Volunteering Matters

The Network of National Volunteer-Involving Agencies (NNVIA) was formed in 2003.  It brings together more than 100 national charities that recognise the critical importance of volunteers in achieving their mission. NNVIA charities collectively involve millions of volunteers.
NNVIA is coordinated by Volunteering Matters and chaired by Chief Executive, Oonagh Aitken

August 3rd 2017, I am at The British Red Cross building in London for a meeting hosted by NNVIA with people who run Volunteering projects

We had the opportunity to feed directly into crucial discussions about volunteering, young people, communities and local government.

We heard from Steve Holliday, former CEO of National Grid, who has been asked by the Government to Chair a Review into Full Time Youth Social Action. It will investigate the legal and regulatory barriers to full-time volunteering and consider whether the Government should take action to encourage more young people to undertake voluntary service opportunities. His report will help set the tone, direction and ambition for volunteering across government, and is likely to have an impact far beyond full-time volunteering for young people.

Colin Brown, the UK Director for Independent Living and Crisis Response, British Red Cross, updated the group on the response to the Grenfell Tower disaster.

We had a presentation from Dr Jenna Ward from De Montford University on a work intended to build emotional resilience into volunteer management.

Rosalind Duignan-Pearson shared information about the EU Aid Volunteers Programme – how to be involved, and the support available.

Volunteering Matters, with support from NCVO, has been asked to take the lead on drawing together a response to the recent House of Lords report on the future of charities.

Great to meet Ruth from Macmillan cancer support, this is a great opportunity for me to network and learn.

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