Volunteering England Resources
Volunteering England produce a range of student volunteering publications and toolkits, which are available to download or purchase.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Student Volunteering Week, which took place on the 21-27 February 2011, Georgina Brewis from the Institute for Volunteering Research produced ‘A short history of student volunteering’. The report documents the history of the week, and the wider tradition of student volunteering in England from its origins in the 19th century to the present day. It highlights the ongoing importance of student leadership in being able to deliver benefits for students, and the wider community. A copy of the publication was sent to colleges, universities, students' unions, Volunteer Centre's and other stakeholders across England to celebrate Student Volunteering Week 2011.
- 'This is a useful and practical tool for anyone involved in the external evaluation of community volunteering programmes.'
Dr. Bob Snape, University of Bolton
The Volunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit is suitable for helping organisations in any sector to measure that difference that volunteering makes.
Students’ unions and researchers in Higher Education will find it the ideal tool to assess a wide range of impacts on volunteers, their institution, beneficiaries and the wider community.
Volunteering England members will receive a 20% discount on the toolkit, paying £23.99. Non-members pay the full price of £29.99.
To celebrate Student Volunteering Week 2010 (22-28 February), Volunteering England commissioned a piece of research to increase knowledge and information about students volunteering in the UK.
Using Futuretrack data, Volunteering England’s Student Volunteers: A National Profile provides an analysis of student volunteering at UK Higher Education Institutions.
This publication and resource helps Further Education Colleges to support more vulnerable adults and students under the age of eighteen to volunteer.
An updated edition of this popular title. The publication that helps you identify and create the best volunteering opportunities for you, and effectively articulate the value of your volunteering experience
Stronger Partnerships, Better Service
How colleges, Volunteer Centres and local authorities can work together to achieve their goals
“By working together, Further Education Colleges, Volunteer Centres and other voluntary organisations can achieve a great deal, promoting volunteering and getting more people involved in the Big Society. I welcome the guide, Stronger Partnerships, Better Service as a useful resource for these organisations”
John Hayes MP, Minister of State for Further Education, Skills and Lifelong Learning
Volunteering England have launched a guide to partnership between colleges, Volunteer Centres and local authorities which is exclusively available to members: 'Stronger Partnerships, Better Service (6.3Kb) .
'From talking to various further education colleges, local authorities and Volunteer Centres, Volunteering England became aware that there is widespread need for partnership. The following guide outlines useful ideas for partnership and identifies solutions to common challenges.
Working together can be a great way to meet the challenges of a tougher funding environment whilst making the most of renewed government interest in the role of volunteers in enriching their local community.
"In an increasingly tough financial environment our students and students’ unions are having to innovate, building greater links with their communities. These toolkits will provide support and additional inspiration to support this important work".
Susan Nash, Vice President Society & Citizenship, National Union of Students
The purpose of a partnership should be to help each party achieve more than they could independently. The mutual benefit of partnership will be different in every case. Likely benefits include:
• Creating better volunteering experiences;
• Improving access to funding;
• Demonstrating community engagement;
• Enhancing reputation;
• Accessing a wider pool of expertise.
What kind of partnership?
Partnerships do not have to be formal or all encompassing. They can cover fixed time periods or one-off projects. While some partnerships will be strategic, others may be operational, focusing on day-to-day issues.
What colleges and Volunteer Centres can offer each other will vary from place to place and over time. Likely areas of collaboration include:
• Brokerage (matching volunteering opportunities to volunteers);
• Projects and events;
• Promoting volunteering opportunities;
• Working together on local government priorities;
• College governance The full guide explains why partnership can be beneficial, outlines useful ideas for partnership and identifies solutions to common problems.