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David Thomas
Wednesday 29 June 2022
One of the things that I try to drum into new Leaders of Volunteers is the importance of not turning volunteers into workers or employees by paying them. The legal position is that the only money volunteers can get is expenses to cover what is costs them to volunteer. This rule comes from both tax and benefits legislation. I also know that many volunteers never claim a penny in expenses and that... Read More
Champions Logo
Wednesday 1 June 2022
In Volunteers' Week 2022, we recognise that many of your volunteers are already engaged in supporting people to address their health and wellbeing and we would like to offer support to enable them to do more.  We would like to invite your volunteers to join a new network of people who will support our local communities to achieve healthier lifestyles. Community Champions help local people that... Read More
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Monday 30 May 2022
We interviewed our new colleague, Ebenezer, to learn about his volunteer journey and how he came to work with NCVS Ebenezer first saw an article about the Community Champions Volunteer role with the Majority Black Led Churches (MBLC) project run by NCVS. He was particularly interested in the work the project was doing to engage with Black communities about Covid-19 vaccination misconceptions and... Read More
Introducing Community Champions - photo of people wearing 'Volunteer' t-shirts
Thursday 21 April 2022
Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) is working in partnership with the Nottingham City Council Public Health team and local NHS services to develop a team of Community Champions. Are you interested in a new volunteering opportunity or would you consider taking on additional volunteering to complement your current volunteer role? We are actively seeking volunteers to join a new... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Wednesday 23 February 2022
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... Over the very many years that I have been a Leader of Volunteers, the phrase “Volunteer Passport” has faded in and out of fashion. It has resurfaced on the national scene in reports produced before and during the Covid-19 pandemic. Although I have never been a fan of this concept, I want to explore the positives and negatives of... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Thursday 13 January 2022
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... Whenever I go to network meetings or conferences, I enjoy a game of Buzzword Bingo as much as anyone. But there’s a word that has been creeping into the vocabulary of volunteering which deserves rather more than a tick on the bingo card. That word is “Impact”. It’s become very popular, although its meaning is sometimes a little... Read More
Tuesday 7 December 2021
Two new reports have made the news in the last couple of weeks, and could influence the future governmental policy response to volunteering. The Royal Voluntary Service (RVS) surveyed 2,500 UK adults in its Volunteering for a Healthier Britain report. The study asked about the wellbeing, health, volunteering activity and social connectedness of people to understand whether it had been affected... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Wednesday 15 September 2021
Dave Thomas Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... Like everyone else, Leaders of Volunteers have had to deal with the effects of the pandemic. Some of us have been able to keep our volunteers involved by moving roles online, home-based or over the phone. Others have created new roles. Some of us have had to suspend our volunteer programme, and our volunteers have either drifted away... Read More
Volunteer Local
Wednesday 18 August 2021
Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) is launching a new project called Volunteer Local which will place it at the heart of local communities. The drop-in service will provide face-to-face support to voluntary and community sector groups looking for volunteers and promote volunteer opportunities to local people. Launching this September (2021) Volunteer Local will launch at Bulwell... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Tuesday 10 August 2021
Dave Thomas Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... In my last blog, I suggested that the language that we use to talk about volunteering is important in valuing volunteers and in making it clear that there is a difference between volunteering and employment. I also admitted that I sometimes struggle to make that clear distinction. In this blog, I’d like to explore three very commonly... Read More

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