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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
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