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- Our UK partner bodies
- Volunteering sector
- Non-profit sector resources
- Research organisations
- European and International
- Virtual volunteering
- Volunteer Awards
- Employee volunteering/ corporate community involvement
- Visit our volunteer centre finder page for details of local volunteer development agencies
Our United Kingdom partner bodies
- Volunteer Development Scotland
The Scottish national centre for volunteering
- Wales Council for Voluntary Action
Supports volunteering and the voluntary sector in Wales
- Volunteer Now (Northern Ireland)
- Do-It (on-line database of volunteering opportunities)
This site provides details of volunteering opportunities throughout the UK and is powered by an on-line database of current vacancies. Do-It allows users to search by postcode, type of organisation and type of work.
- Association of Volunteer Managers
Set up to facilitate and support effective peer-to-peer networking of those involved in volunteer management locally, regionally and nationally across England
This BBC supported campaign gives you the opportunity to share your time and skills with your community. The site allows you to register your details in order to receive a list of organisations in your area that need help, and which match your interests.
- CSV (Community Service Volunteers)
Large scale provider of volunteering opportunities in the UK. CSV also supports training and education initiatives.
V aims to inspire young people (16-25) into volunteering
Social network for people who love everything and anything to do with volunteering.
- Red Foundation
Red Foundation is a not for profit community interest company promoting social action and volunteering. Aim to help organisations develop their volunteering programmes through affordable consultancy.
- Volunteer Genie
This site is specifically designed to help charities use the power of the media to recruit volunteers
- Youth Action Network
A network organisation that supports and develops a range of youth volunteering projects accross England.
A web site for people who want to find out about specific volunteering opportunities in Wales.
- Society Guardian - Volunteering section
Up to date news coverage on volunteering issues from the on-line version of The Guardian newspaper
- Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP)
Promotes volunteering by older people and matches individuals with local voluntary opportunities. It operates across Great Britain with more than 5,000 volunteers and aims to involve as many people as possible over the age of fifty.
Recruits people of all ages and backgrounds throughout the UK with specific business, professional, managerial or technical career experience.
- Community Development Foundation
Works to promote the idea and practice of community development.
- Help the Hospices
A major source of information on hospice and palliative care in the UK and overseas
Useful non-profit sector resources
- National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Umbrella body for the voluntary(non-profit) sector in England.
- NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action)
The national voice of local voluntary and community sector infrastructure in England
- Third Sector
Up to date news on issues effecting the voluntary and not for profit sector in the UK
- Compact Voice
Provide help and guidance on issues relating to the compact between the government and the voluntary sector.
- NICVA - Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
Umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland
- Active Citizenship Centre
Home Office web site which provides information on the range of ways in which citizens can 'take part'.
An on-line resource for people seeking jobs in the UK charity sector
- Age UK
The leading charitable movement in England concerned with ageing and older people.
- Directory of Social Change
Publish a wide range of literature and provide training courses on the management and finance of voluntary organisations. Also run the annual Charity Fair event.
- The Media Trust
The Media Trust is a charity which works in partnership with the media industry to meet the communications needs of the voluntary sector. One of the services the Media Trust offers is The Media Resource which identifies the skills of media professionals and matches these with the communications needs of voluntary organisations.
- Vol Resource
Information resource for voluntary sector organisations (small and large). Includes information on the legal and financial aspects of running a voluntary organisation, suppliers of services to the voluntary sector and a paid and volunteer jobs section.
- Sandy Adirondack
Freelance management and training consultant for the voluntary sector, includes a page of up-to-date legal information for voluntary organisations.
- EQUIP - Electronic Quality Information for the Public - an NHS website which signposts members of the public to useful health and social care websites that have been quality-checked and has a directory of over 4200 support groups and services both national and local to the West Midlands and checked regularly.
Web site dedicated to providing information on fundraising and giving
- Big Lottery Fund (formerly the Community Fund)
For information on how you may be able to apply for funding.
Support for not for profit organisation or individuals wanting information on potential funding opportunities.
- Institute for Volunteering Research
Site includes summaries of research on different aspects of volunteering.
- Centre for Charitable Giving and Philanthropy (CGAP)
Research centre which aims to improve understanding of charitable giving and philanthropy.
- Voluntary Action History Society
Holds regular seminars and publishes papers on the history of voluntary action, charitable & voluntary organisations
- Joseph Rowntree Foundation
This site contains on-line versions all their
- Association for Research on Non profit Organisations and Voluntary Action(ARNOVA)
Group dedicated to to the creation, application and dissemination of research about voluntary action, non profit organisations and philanthropy.
European and International
- European Volunteer Centre (CEV)
Volunteering England is a member of the European Volunteer Centre (CEV). CEV aims to be an effective voice for volunteering in Europe, strengthen the infrastructure for volunteering, promote volunteering and make it more effective.
- World Volunteer Web
UN web site providing information about volunteerism worldwide
- International Association of Volunteer Effort
Has a mission to promote, celebrate, and strengthen volunteerism worldwide.
The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) is a global volunteer initiative that allows volunteers from any country to give their skills and time to extend the opportunities of the digital revolution to developing countries.
- United Nations Volunteers
Places qualified experienced and motivated people in developing countries as volunteer specialists and field workers.
- Volunteer Resource Centre
The Volunteer Resource Centre promotes, supports and facilitates volunteering in the Republic of Ireland.
- Arbeitsgemeischaft Bürgerschaftliches Engagement und Seniorengenossenschaften
- Aktion Gemeinsinn e.V.
- Foundation "Bürger für Bürger" (Citizens for Citizens)
Leading international training, consulting and publishing firm specialising in volunteerism. President Susan Ellis is recognised as a guru on volunteering issues.
- Independent Sector
National leadership forum working to encourage giving, volunteering and not for profit initiative and citizen action.
- Points of Light Foundation
Works to engage more people more effectively in volunteer community service to help solve serious social problems. Includes links to Volunteer Centre's throughout the US.
- Volunteer Canada
The national charitable umbrella organisation of Canadian volunteer centres.
- Volunteering Australia
Provides potential volunteers with all they need to find out about volunteer opportunities within Australia
Virtual (on-line) volunteering
- Online Volunteering
This site which is managed by UN Volunteers contains a wide range of online volunteering opportunies with organisations working in developing countries.
- Virtual Volunteering Project
US based site that allows you to contribute your skills without leaving your home or office. Contains extensive information and advice on virtual volunteering as well as links to agencies that provide on-line volunteering opportunities. A must see site for anyone considering virtual volunteering or for organisations who would like to recruit on-line volunteers.
- Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK for outstanding work done in their local communities.
- The Young Achievers Awards
The YAA recognise volunteers in arts, community, environment and sport.
- The League of Mercy
The League invites voluntary organisations to nominate individuals who have given seven or more years of 'outstanding service'.
- The Beacon Fellowship
Award six annual Prizes to individuals who have made exceptional contributions to charitable causes or to organisations that benefit the public.
Employee volunteering/ corporate community involvement
- Business in the Community
Aims to increase the quality and extent of business involvement in the community
- The Corporate Citizenship Company
Provides research, consultancy and publications around the issue of corporate community involvement.
- AM Training
Run a comprehensive programme of training courses for volunteer managers
- Directory of Social Change
Run courses on volunteer management, recruiting volunteers, developing volunteer skills and volunteers and the law.
- Virtual University for Voluntary Sector Studies
Offer a free Certificate in Interpersonal Skills for Volunteers