Callum Bergin, NCVO ncvoupdate@ncvo.org.uk 14 May 2021
Volunteers’ Week 2021
As you know Volunteers’ Week is just around the corner! During an exceptionally difficult year, people from all walks of life around the UK have taken the time to volunteer and make a huge difference to people and their communities – just as they do every year.   That’s why the theme for this year’s Volunteers’ Week is ‘A time to say thanks’.  We’d like to encourage you to take the time to recognise volunteers that helped during the last 14 months and to thank those who usually volunteer, here’s how you can join in:  Check the Volunteers’ Week website for information on how you can get involved Organise online events to connect with your communities Download the resources you need. Follow @NCVOvolunteers on twitter and share your inspiring stories, pictures and videos using #VolunteersWeek and #MonthOfCommunity

We want your feedback on ‘Levelling Up’
The government is developing a plan for how it intends to ‘level up’ the country, with almost £5bn of spending committed to doing so. We think charities and volunteers can play as essential role in this. We want practical ideas and solutions that can tackle social and economic inequality, based on your experience running charities, working with volunteers, and supporting communities. Please submit your ideas via our form.

Coronavirus guidance – latest updates
We will be updating our coronavirus practical advice pages to reflect the very latest information following the further relaxation of rules on 17 May.

How is covid-19 impacting your organisation?
We are currently conducting the largest UK study exploring the impact of covid-19 on the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector. The latest round to the survey is now open until 26 May. The more organisations that complete this the more impact it has. Take part.

Together we can Crack the Crises
The Crack the Crises campaign is a call to action for our communities to work together to tackle covid-19, injustice, and climate change. It aims to harness the power of the collective kindness and solidarity we’ve witnessed throughout the past year of challenge. We’ve just signed up to the campaign and we’re asking you – our members, charities and volunteers – to join us

Care-Full Closures Fund
Stewarding Loss have announced ‘The Care-full Closures Fund’. This pilot fund will support four organisations to consider and design an organisational closure or merger in a proactive, intelligent and care-full way. More information and how to apply. You can read our own guidance on closing down an organisation on Knowhow here

Small Charity Week – Policy Day  
This interactive webinar on 16 June will be delivered in partnership with Small Charities Coalition (SCC) and will support small charities to influence decision-makers at a local level. The session will help participants know how to build relationships with and influence MPs and councillors. Attendees will receive practical tools and resources from NCVO’s Knowhow platform to support their future influencing work. Sign up for free. On the blog…  

Read our latest topical monthly round-ups
Volunteering – news, tools and more in volunteer management
Governance – the latest news in charity governance for Trustees
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion –  NCVO staff share what they’ve been reading and thinking about around EDI. 

Queen’s Speech: What charities need to know
30 bills were announced in the Queen’s Speech this year. Here’s a blog that covers what charities need to be aware of. 

NCVO online training
How to create your next strategy
Safeguarding essentials
Charity finance for non-financial managers
Writing successful bids
Good practice in volunteer management
Charity trustee induction/refresher
eLearning course on the roles and duties of trustees
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