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Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Wednesday 28 April 2021
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... In our enthusiasm to involve new volunteers, we often say that we welcome anybody whose skills, interests and enthusiasm fit with the role that we are seeking to fill. However, there are a number of legal constraints on who we can allow to volunteer. There are also people who may think they are prevented from volunteering who are not... Read More
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Tuesday 20 April 2021
Nominations are now open for The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2021. The QAVS is the highest award for voluntary groups and is the equivalent of the MBE. It is awarded to outstanding groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional. Each group is assessed on the benefit they bring to their local community and their standing within that community. ... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Wednesday 17 March 2021
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS, writes... Six months ago, in August 2020, when the first wave of the pandemic seemed to be easing off and lockdown was lifted, I wrote a blog post asking Leaders of Volunteers to review their pre-lockdown opportunities. From where we are now, in March 2021, it is easy to see that I floated that idea too early. We couldn’t have predicted the... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Friday 5 March 2021
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS, writes... Although online, remote or virtual volunteering is nothing new, over the past year (2020-2021) there has been a fantastic growth in the number of such opportunities and in the organisations offering them. Many Leaders of Volunteers have responded to the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic by supporting remote teams. In this... Read More
Monday 22 February 2021
Volunteers across Nottinghamshire are playing a major role in the successful first phase of the Covid-19 vaccine rollout. The Nottinghamshire Vaccine Volunteer (NVV) Programme is managed by a team made up of colleagues from Newark & Sherwood CVS and Mansfield CVS. The team has been responsible for recruiting and managing volunteers at the seven sites across the county. The response of the... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Friday 29 January 2021
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS, writes... I have long been an advocate of the principle that volunteers can do anything. As long as people with the right skills are involved in the right roles, this has always been true. The voluntary sector is made up of hundreds and thousands of small organisations with no paid staff where volunteers have to do everything.  But should... Read More
Volunteering safely during the pandemic
Friday 8 January 2021
We are once again in lockdown and that means that there are likely to be vulnerable people in Nottingham that could use some help. Here are a few ways you might be able to get involved with volunteering in your local community at this time. If possible, volunteer from home If you can, you should volunteer from home or in your local neighbourhood. You may have neighbours who are shielding or self-... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Friday 8 January 2021
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS, writes... We are once again in lockdown and that means there will be a lot of vulnerable people out there who need the voluntary sector's help. The good news is that volunteering is allowed in lockdown including, where necessary, travel and overnight stays. However, we should be very mindful of ensuring that volunteering support is carried... Read More
Wednesday 18 November 2020
The Government has issued new guidance to help community groups and charities in England understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers during the second national lockdown. Issued by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), the guidance makes a number of key points, including that volunteers are exempt from the rule about mixing with other households. According to... Read More
International Volunteer Managers Day
Friday 9 October 2020
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer, at NCVS, writes... It's the one day each year that is all about us, a day to celebrate Leaders of Volunteers! So whether you are a Volunteer Coordinator, Volunteer Manager or anyone else who supports volunteers in any way, please join Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service (NCVS) for a special Leaders of Volunteers Network (LoVN) meeting on... Read More

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