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Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Friday 9 July 2021
Dave Thomas Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... “Sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me”. This chant has rung out in school playgrounds and where groups of children get together since time immemorial. Even as we chanted this, or heard it chanted, we knew that it wasn’t true but it reminds us that words can hurt and the way we use them is important. If you... Read More
Dave Thomas, NCVS Volunteering Development Officer
Tuesday 29 June 2021
Dave Thomas, Volunteering Development Officer at NCVS writes... One of the most important questions that I ask people who tell me that they want to volunteer is “what do you want to get from your volunteering?” The answer to this question can go a very long way to helping them to choose the opportunity that best suits them from the ones on offer on our 'Search for Opportunities' page. As Leaders... Read More
Loneliness Awareness Week 2021
Tuesday 15 June 2021
This week it's Loneliness Awareness Week (14-18 June 2021), hosted by Marmalade Trust. The campaign aims to raise awareness of loneliness and get people talking about it. After a year of lockdowns, social distancing, and restrictions, more of us are experiencing loneliness than ever, which is having a big impact on our wellbeing. The theme for this year's campaign is acceptance and the tag line... Read More
Trevor Clower with his Lifetime Achievement Award
Monday 14 June 2021
NHS Volunteer/Parent Carer Trevor Clower, has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the NottinghamshireLive Heroes Awards. The awards celebrate and honour the achievements of the remarkable people who make Nottinghamshire a better place. Trevor won the award in recognition of his work in championing unpaid carers. His dedication, enthusiasm, and commitment have made a big difference to the... Read More
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
Thursday 3 June 2021
Congratulations to Nottingham-based domestic abuse, sexual violence and gender equality charity Equation for receiving The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. 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. The charity was nominated for the award by... Read More
Thank You Day
Wednesday 2 June 2021
On Sunday 4 July (2021) the country is coming together to celebrate Thank You Day. This new national day of recognition, to mark the Covid-19 pandemic, is being supported by hundreds or organisations across the country and has received backing from celebrities, religious leaders and sports stars. The aim is to encourage as many people as possible to get involved, however they would like, so... Read More
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

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