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CAF Event "The Future of Volunteering"  Nick Ockenden - Institute of Volunteering Research Slides CAF Event "The Future of Volunteering" Nick Ockenden - Institute of Volunteering Research Slides Presentation Transcript

  • Employer-supported volunteering:a voluntary and community sectorperspectiveNick Ockenden30th November 2011London
  • Introduction• The national policy context• Volunteering supply and demand• VCS organisational culture• The challenge of limited resources• Increasing the diversity of volunteers• Developing innovative volunteering• Encouraging further volunteer involvement• The ESV Resource Hub
  • The national policy context• Calls for an increase in volunteering • Aims for a ‘step change’ in the level of giving time and giving money • ‘We want every adult in the country to be an active member of an active neighbourhood group.’ (Conservatives, 2010)• Specific policies affecting volunteering • Grassroots activity – Community Organisers • More structured activity – National Citizen Service pilots • ESV – developing a ‘civic’ service• Wider policy areas • The Localism Bill and the community right to challenge
  • Supply and demand• Debate about rates of volunteering • Assumption that volunteering rates have increased • Nationally, rates have been static since 2001, and recently declined• What’s really happening to supply and demand? • Volunteers pushed into new areas as organisations take on more service delivery and contract delivery (i.e. Localism Bill) • Organisations find it hard to recruit enough volunteers (55%) • Or enough volunteers with the right skills (57%) • Organisations cannot involve all of the volunteers that come to them (36%)
  • Organisational culture• Recognising and managing sector and organisational differences • Real and perceived inequality between corporates and the VCS • How to develop a mutually beneficial relationship• Securing buy-in from across the organisation• Demonstrating the difference that their work makes • Evaluations and impact assessments • Communication
  • Limited resources• A difficult environment getting worse • Volunteer management already an under-resourced profession • Government attempts to reduce the public deficit • May have an adverse impact on the volunteer experience• Certain volunteer roles under-represented • IT support; fundraising; handling money; leadership / project roles; research and policy work• Further training required for volunteer managers • Obtaining funds for volunteering; supporting the development of volunteers’ skills / knowledge; leading and motivating volunteers; raising the profile of volunteering within the organisation
  • The diversity of volunteers• The ‘civic core’ and limited diversity • A need to increase representation from all parts of the community• Looking beyond the larger organisations • Informal volunteering • The prevalence of ‘below the radar’ organisations: grassroots; volunteer-led; community-based • Challenges and resource needs often more pronounced amongst these organisations
  • Developing innovative volunteering• Challenges often associated with ‘traditional’ ESV • How to accommodate and resource large team-building days • How to develop skills-based volunteering opportunities• Applicable examples elsewhere in volunteering • Family volunteering • Micro-volunteering and smart phone technology • Voluntary volunteer management
  • Encouraging further involvement• Factors that would encourage people to take part in ESV schemes If I could choose the activity 84% If I could have paid time off to do it 82% If it would help improve my skills 81% If there was more information available 79% If I could do it as part of a group 74% If it would benefit my career 70% If I could use workplace materials 69% If I could get qualifications 67% If I could have unpaid time off to do it 49%
  • The ESV Resource Hub• Volunteering England lead the ESV strand of the European Year of the Volunteer• A new ESV Resource Hub • Guides and tools • Research and evidence • Information • Case studies • …please use and contribute!
  • www.ivr.org.uk