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Volunteering activity is the bedrock of the VCS and this is a time for dramatic change for volunteering as it is given a more prominent role in the Big Society agenda.

The Citizenship Survey shows that 41% of the UK population volunteer formally once a year. It is estimated that an even larger number of people volunteer informally, by giving unpaid help to people who are not relatives (outside any formal setting).

Based on a survey of volunteering across the East Midlands carried out in September 2010, around 15,000 people have been supported into formal volunteering roles in the last year with more than 20,000 volunteering opportunities still available.

One East Midlands supports the England Volunteering Council (EVDC) in the region, which aims to capture the intelligence of a broad range of organisations in the region and act as a powerful lobby to steer government policy.

Investing in Volunteers

Managed by the UK Volunteering Forum, Investing in Volunteers is the UK quality standard for all organisations which involve volunteers in their work.

Good Practice Bank

Volunteering England’s Good Practice Bank aims to provide a one-stop shop for volunteers and volunteer managers looking for advice and information about how to support volunteering.

Spirit of neighbourhood volunteering

The spirit of neighbourhood volunteering remains a legacy from last year’s 2012 London Olympic Games, but community organisations are missing out from the goodwill bonanza, research has shown.

New owner of Do-It

Online charity YouthNet has announced that a partnership led by the team behind the volunteering social networking site ivo.org is the intended new owner for its volunteering service, Do-it.

Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund 2013-14

The Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) is an innovative capacity and grant funding programme which helps to build capable communities.

Give More Challenge Week

Give More, the campaign designed to get people giving more time, energy and money, has launched a challenge week, aimed at mobilising volunteers and donors across the country.

Britain’s Personal Best

Britain's Personal Best is a national Olympic Legacy initiative funded by the Big Lottery Fund to get people to achieve their very own personal best.

Britain’s Personal Best

Britain's Personal Best is a national Olympic Legacy initiative funded by the Big Lottery Fund to get people to achieve their very own personal best. This could be for their individual good or for a good cause, culminating in the weekend of 4 to 6 October.

What factors predict volunteering among youths

The Third Sector Research Centre has published What Factors Predict Volunteering Among Youths in the UK?, the first large-scale analysis of youth volunteering in the UK.

Changing profile of volunteering

Zurich Municipal is conducting research on the change in profile of volunteering.

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