First national convention for Volunteering England

Volunteering England is to hold its first national convention. The event, which will be held in Newcastle upon Tyne next month, will bring together delegates from the public, private and voluntary sectors.

Topics for discussion include the 2012 Olympics ‘volunteering legacy’ and the risks of the new criminal records vetting system for people working with children and vulnerable adults.

The convention, which will run from 23 to 25 April, will feature a panel debate in which policy-makers, volunteer managers and corporate CSR managers will have the chance to grill charities minister Phil Hope, shadow charities minister Greg Clark and Lib Dem charities spokeswoman Susan Kramer on volunteering.

Members of the Commission on the Future of Volunteering will be on hand to discuss the findings and next steps resulting from its Manifesto for Change report.

The programme also includes a variety of practical sessions on topics such as finding a celebrity volunteer patron and furthering your career through volunteering.

“Volunteering is enjoying an unprecedented opportunity to influence public policy,” said Justin Davis Smith, chief executive of Volunteering England. “But we must face up to the challenges that brings, such as maintaining our independence and ensuring the critical work of volunteering infrastructure is properly funded. I’m really looking forward to debating the issues.”

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