Useful Links

Volunteers and benefits
A guide to state benefits rules for those volunteering.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)
NCVO is a national organisation that champions the voluntary sector and volunteering. They provide support and resources on all aspects of volunteering including How to Guides for volunteering involving organisations.

Investing in Volunteers (IiV)

Investing in Volunteers  is the UK quality standard for good practice in volunteer management awarded to organisation sthta can demonstrate best practive in volunteer management.

Volunteer's Week

Volunteers' Week is an annual event, coordinated by NCVO, which takes place on 1- 7 June to recognise and celebrate the contribution made by volunteers nationwide. Find information on how to organise events for your volunteers.


ivo is a free to join social media platform that connects people that work with volunteers, social action and civil society projects. ivo is a professional networking space that supports global networks of volunteering leaders to connect, learn and share. It is the leading social site for volunteering, with over 10,000 members and 25,000 monthly visitors.

Help from Home- micro volunteering

Help From Home is a Cardiff, UK based volunteer driven initiative that promotes and encourages participation in easy, no commitment, on demand nonprofit run microvolunteering opportunities where a spare 10 seconds to 30 minutes is all that is needed to help out worthy causes. They have a lot of advice and guidance or porganisations wanting to set up micro volunteering.


vInspired is the nation's leading youth volunteering charity. They provide young people with voluntary opportunities or provide support to take action on causes they care about. They run an on-line award scheme for young volunteers to gain recognition for the volunteering they complete.

Association of Volunteer Managers

The Association of Volunteer Managers (AVM) is an independent membership body that aims to support, represent and champion people in volunteer management in England regardless of field, discipline or sector. It has been set up by and for people who manage volunteers.

Institute for Volunteering Research
NCVO's Institute for Volunteering Research (IVR) is a  research and consultancy agency specialising in volunteering. They undertake research, consultancy and evaluation projects to help improve volunteering policy and practice. Copies of free volunteering reports and evaluations are available at their evidence bank.

Institute of Leadership and Management
Information on qualifications for Volunteer Managers with links to local and distance learning providers - Level 3 Award and Certificate Management of VolunteersLevel 5 Award and Certificate in Management of Volunteers 

NCVO UK Civil Society Almanac

The UK Civil Society Almanac is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in the voluntary sector and volunteering, and its role in civil society. It draws together trends, facts and information from their research programme including data on volunteers and workforce.