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Prince's Charities 
A group of not-for-profit organizations of which The Prince of Wales is President: 18 of the 20 charities were founded personally by The Prince.The group is the largest multi-cause charitable enterprise in the United Kingdom, raising over £100 million annually.  Visit site
UK National Occupational Standards for Managing Volunteers 
Standards written by a steering group of experts and practitioners led by the UK Workforce Hub and compiled by the Management Standards Consultancy, after a three month consultation period in which individuals were able to contribute their views via an online consultation or at one of the UK events.  Visit site
More about: Management
Former Scottish First Minister backs Malawi volunteer appeal 
Former Scottish First Minister Jack McConnell, who was recently appointed as British High Commissioner for Malawi, has thrown his full weight behind a drive to get Malawians in diaspora to volunteer back in their homeland.  Visit site
More about: Malawi  Advocacy  Policy  Youth
Painting a positive picture 
Young volunteers from the Queen Margaret Academy in Ayr are taking part in a community art project to improve their school garden by creating a colourful outdoor classroom. Six schools have been involved in The Duke of Edinburgh's Award Curriculum for Excellence pilot project during the past academic year, with groups of over 280 young people positively contributing to improve their schools and wider community through projects in child care, sports coaching, community arts and conservation projects.  Visit site
Image problem turns recruits away 
Despite heavy investment from the government and the sector, charities are still struggling to recruit volunteers. An independent inquiry into young adult volunteering in the UK, published in June, advised that greater recognition of volunteering as a legitimate job-seeking activity is needed, along with better support from the business community.   Visit site
More about: Advocacy  Civil society
Supporting Kids in Peru (SKIP) 
SKIP is a UK non-profit organization helping disadvantaged children to realise their right to an education. It is currently working on the north coast of Peru, in the impoverished districts that surround the city of Trujillo. Its primary work area, El Porvenir, has a great deal of social problems that need urgent support. The team is comprised of volunteers from overseas, as well as from the community of El Porvenir and local universities in Trujillo. SKIP is always looking for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers who can contribute something positive to the project and help achieve more.   Visit site
Volunteer makes his mark in Peru 
Teenager Mark Pope has just returned from a spell volunteering in Peru. The 19-year-old joined Platform 2 which aims to raise awareness of global development amongst young British adults who would not normally be able to afford the opportunity to volunteer overseas.  Visit site
IT4Communities (UK) 
A charity supporting IT volunteering in the UK, funded by the charitable arm of the Information Technologists' Company and by corporate sponsorship. Supports a large network of IT professional volunteers throughout the UK and, occasionally, overseas. Since inception in 2002 its volunteers have delivered over £2.5 million worth of support to charities and voluntary sector organizations in the UK.  Visit site
More about: Online volunteering
Scots the top volunteers in Europe? 
According to the Scottish Government, "The rate of volunteering has been higher in Scotland than the rest of the UK and other European Countries. Despite this, demand for volunteers exceeds supply." See their 2007 Household Survey for more.  Visit site
More about: Civil society  Research
Volunteering to lead: A study of leadership in small, volunteer-led groups 
This study aims to explore issues of leadership within small, volunteer-led groups and the challenges associated with their growth and development. It has been funded by the Volunteering Hub and carried out by the UK-based Institute for Volunteering Research.  Visit site
More about: Infrastructure  Research

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