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Celebrating the 35th Annual Volunteers Week!

by Lynn Cadman

This year, Volunteers Week (1-7 June) celebrated the 35th anniversary of this annual campaign to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers. It is co-ordinated by NCVO (the National Council of Voluntary Organisations) which is itself commemorating its centenary this year. During the week hundreds of events take place to thank volunteers and raise awareness of the huge array of volunteering oppor...

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Use your skills to volunteer – and take a step up the career ladder along the way

by Dale Archer

As we celebrate Volunteers Week 2019, we talked to Vanessa Johnson at Governors for Schools about how skills-based volunteering can be good for your career and your community. Becoming a school governor can lead to a better future for you, your career and the young people in your area. You’ll develop new skills, build your network and gain board-level experience - all while giving back to your ...

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London Plus, championing civil society

by Margaret Cooney

London Plus is the ‘hub’ body for the capital’s 120,000 plus voluntary and community organisations that form part of civil society in London. We arrived at an interesting time for civil society as the boundaries between the state, voluntary, private and public sectors in supporting civil society have become more blurred. London Plus also emerged out of a shared consensus that although social ac...

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Supporting the London Marathon as it breaks the £1bn mark

by Gillian McKay

This weekend sees the 2019 London marathon take place from Greenwich to the Mall. The marathon is one of the UK’s biggest single fundraising events, this year will see the amounts raised for charities since its inception in 1981 break the £1billion mark. In celebration of this fact this year’s campaign message is #ThanksaBillion. In addition to all the money raised by individual runners, the pr...

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Recruiting charity trustees - a practical guide

by Penny Wilson

The charity Getting on Board has just launched free guidance for the charity sector: How to Recruit Trustees for your Charity – a Practical Guide. We asked CEO, Penny Wilson, what prompted the guidance and how it could help to change the way charity leaders are recruited. Getting on Board’s research shows that there are great benefits to being a trustee: 96% say they’ve learnt new skills, 22% g...

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Feel confident in your role as a charity trustee

by Lynn Cadman

January saw the launch of the new Volunteering Community – and with it ICAEW’s new online Trustee Training Modules. We caught up with co-author of the modules, Lynn Cadman, to find out more about this online training and why she wanted to be involved in the project. I’ve been a charity trustee for a few years now. It is incredibly rewarding, giving you the opportunity to enhance your skills and...

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Make volunteering your 2019 New Year’s Resolution

by Poppy Bragg

Here are nine reasons why volunteering is the New Year’s Resolution to make (and keep) in 2019. 1. You can contribute to a cause that you care about “The broadest, and maybe the most meaningful definition of volunteering: Doing more than you have to because you want to, in a cause you consider good.” – Ivan Scheier Whether your chosen cause relates to supporting education, health, sports or art...

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Stay well in the festive period

by Jayne Hill, CABA

Jayne Hill of CABA writes about how to stay well during the festive period and highlights how volunteering can help with your mental health. Whatever you have planned for the festive season, there’s no doubt that this can be a busy time of year. It’s important to take extra care of your emotional and physical wellbeing so here are some tips from the experts at CABA for staying well through the ...

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Confessions of a new trustee

by Lynn Cadman

Trustees’ Week 2018 is taking place 12 – 16 November and is a chance to celebrate all things trustee-related: championing existing trustees, inspiring new ones and informing people from all walks of life about using their skills and experience to support good causes. So what better opportunity to reflect on my own experience of joining a board this year? Here are my ‘confessions’ of a new trust...

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Being a Charity Trustee - Busting the Myths

by Lynn Cadman

As Trustees' Week 2018 begins we thought we’d correct a few of the myths surrounding trusteeship… Myth no.1: Trusteeship is only for people in senior professional roles or who are retired Ok so it’s correct that the average trustee is aged 60-62 and that 60% of trustees have a professional qualification (according to Taken on Trust (2017)). However, that doesn’t mean that trusteeship is only op...

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