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Volunteers Week 2018

31st May 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a national celebration to say thank you for the fantastic contribution volunteers make. Running 1-7 June, hundreds of events and celebrations will take place all around the country to say thank you to volunteers and recognise their invaluable contribution to the communities and services across the UK. We’d like to say a…

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Measuring Wellbeing – new guide published

8th February 2018

A new guide for charities has been published to better understand wellbeing, with advice on how you can evidence the impact of your work on individual’s wellbeing. The step-by-step guide has been designed by What Works Wellbeing for charities and social enterprises to measure the wellbeing of the people you work with – particularly useful…

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Volunteering proven to increase wellbeing and happiness

31st January 2018

It’s great to find out about projects that some of our Connect for Volunteering customers are involved in, that highlight the role that volunteering is playing to achieve health and wellbeing targets. Volunteer Centre Sutton recently shared findings from their ‘Prescribed Volunteering’ project, after spending 12 months tracking volunteering journeys of local people. Volunteers accessing…

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Visit us at NAVCA’s Future Forward conference

18th November 2017

We’ll be attending the NAVCA ‘Future Forward’ annual conference once again this year, to showcase our range of VC Connect services. This year’s conference takes place on Tuesday 5 December at St Bride Foundation in central London. The theme for the day is future-proofing our sector, our organisations and ourselves to deliver powerful and impactful…

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2017 Annual AVM Conference

25th October 2017

We exhibited once again at this year’s Association of Volunteer Managers annual conference in London, to meet with national charities to discuss their needs and priorities for effectively managing their volunteers nationwide. The conference had a packed agenda with a number of useful workshops and interesting key note speeches; James Probert (Director, The Full Time Social Action…

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VC Connect presents at social prescribing conference

5th October 2017

Last week, Sirinda from the VC Connect team spoke at a Kent-wide conference in Whitstable about our work nationally, and our vision for VC Connect for Wellbeing. Sirinda was invited to speak about our background over the past decade of working in the sector and responding to changing needs, including the increasing interest in social…

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VCSE Health & Wellbeing Fund

28th September 2017

Applications to the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Fund are now open to support the delivery of social prescribing services focusing on improving equality and reducing health inequalities. The objectives of the programme are to: Encourage co-production in the creation of person-centred, community-based health and care which promotes equality for all; Enable the voice of people…

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New features in Volunteer Connect, thanks to Hackney Volunteer Centre

3rd September 2017

We would like to say a huge thank you to Hackney Volunteer Centre for their recent investment into Volunteer Connect. The team came to us earlier in the year with great ideas for how we could improve our online service for volunteers and the sector. They were also able to invest money to help us put their ideas into…

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Preparing for GDPR

21st August 2017

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply from 25 May 2018, and is a significant change to EU privacy law to bring it into line with current technologies. We have been preparing for GDPR for some months now, in terms of our internal processes and procedures and reviewing how data is captured and used…

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Social prescribing – going from strength to strength

28th July 2017

Last week we held a round table meeting with our VC Connect for Wellbeing customers to share experiences and best practice. We were pleased to have representation from each organisation that is using VC Connect for Wellbeing to deliver and manage their social prescribing service. The meeting was really useful, and it was great to hear how all…

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