Trustees and chief executives urged to spend more on volunteer management

Volunteering England will launch drive to win over charity leaders in June

Volunteering England is to launch an initiative aimed at urging trustees and chief executives of charities, businesses and public sector bodies to spend more money on volunteer management.

It has been funded from part of a £200,000 grant under Capacitybuilders' £3m volunteer management scheme and will be launched in June.

The initiative will consist of meetings with senior figures in organisations that work with volunteers, as well as a new website that will contain videos of other chief executives talking about the advantages of investing in volunteer management.

Volunteering England will also urge volunteer managers to "influence up" in the attempt to gain more support for their work from senior managers in their organisations.

Amy New, head of volunteer management at Volunteering England, said: "Many volunteer managers lack confidence in their own roles. When fundraising started, nobody understood that they had to spend money on it and volunteer management is in the same situation now."

The organisation is developing a new website that will act as a portal for information about volunteer management.

It will provide links to information about volunteer management on Volunteering England's own website, but also to information from other sites. It is also expected to be launched in June.

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