News Archive: April 2011

Wandsworth Big Society Fund

The Wandsworth Big Society Fund is a new Wandsworth Council small grants fund.

It will fund projects which:

(a) Encourage, promote and support active citizenship, civic action and volunteering.

(b) Support the aims of the borough’s sustainable community strategy, Our Wandsworth 2018, to make Wandsworth safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable;

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Volunteer management is gaining momentum

St Mungo's: The big society has put volunteering in the spotlight and increased pressure for more resources

Last summer, the Institute for Volunteering Research revealed that 42 per cent of volunteer managers had received no formal training. But with volunteering firmly on the government agenda, charities are under increasing pressure to meet high expectations, not least from volunteers themselves, and many are starting to think about investing in development for volunteer managers.

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Office for Civil Society gives £1.25m in core funding

Office for Civil Society: Youth volunteering charity says it will seek other income from donations and contracts

The volunteering charity v will receive £1.25m in core funding from the Office for Civil Society in 2011/12.

The charity, which was set up in 2006 with £117m in government funding, was given £37m from the OCS last year. It would not give details yesterday on how much of this was spent on core costs.

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Male volunteering soars at British Heart Foundation

British Heart Foundation volunteers: Tripling of numbers since 2008 driven partly by rising unemployment, says the charity

The number of male volunteers working in shops run by the British Heart Foundation has more than tripled over the past three years, new figures show.

In 2008, the charity had 1,739 male volunteers in its shops: by 2011 this had risen to 5,472, a rise of 215 per cent, according to figures released by the charity.

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