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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: United Kingdom  Research
New Zealand has most number of prison volunteers 
"New Zealand has more prison volunteers in proportion to the prisoner population than anywhere else in the world", according to Kim Workman, National Director, Prison Fellowship. He was speaking in support of Volunteer Awareness Week.

"There are currently over 3000 volunteers and around 7,500 prisoners – that equates to 40% of the total prisoner population. As far as we can establish, Canada is next, with a volunteer population that equates to 28% of the prison population. The UK's volunteer population equates to 14% of the prison population, with Australia and other OECD countries lagging well behind."

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More about: New Zealand
United Way 
United Way of America is the national organization dedicated to leading the United Way movement. Local United Ways create long-lasting community change by addressing the underlying causes of the most significant local issues. Common focus areas include helping children and youth achieve their potential, promoting financial stability and independence, and improving people's health. Its goal is to create long-lasting changes by addressing the underlying causes of problems.  Visit site
More about: United States  Activism
UK jobseekers on benefits 'should be able to volunteer' 
In the UK, volunteering should be recognised as a legitimate job-seeking activity for young adults on Jobseeker’s Allowance, according to a cross-party inquiry focusing on volunteers between the ages of 18 and 24. The Morgan Inquiry recommended setting up an accredited volunteering scheme that matched unemployed young adults with skill-enhancing volunteering.  Visit site
More about: United Kingdom
Volunteerism in Islam 
Dr Ahmad Hussein Sakr. In Islam there is a strong ethic of volunteerism. This does not simply extend to running study circles or fundraising for the masjid. As Muslims, we see our role as world citizens. The idea of working for a better society or community shouldn't be limited to the Muslim community but should extend to the broader non-Muslim community as well. Because we live in that community too, whatever weaknesses are present affect us also.  Visit site
More about: Civil society
Volunteering on a shoestring (not another toolkit) 
A short, easy to use, step-by-step toolkit for LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered) organisations wanting to involve volunteers.  Visit site
International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) 
The International Volunteer Programs Association (IVPA) is an alliance of nonprofit, non-governmental organizations based in the Americas, that are involved in international volunteer and internship exchanges. IVPA offers a forum for international volunteer program representatives (staff, board members, etc.) to share information and resources, develop new skills, and collaborate on cost-saving initiatives.  Visit site
Alternative travel guide 
Alternative travel can be one of the most educational, inspiring, and exciting things you do in your lifetime. OneWorld U.S. has compiled a list of volunteer and travel opportunities offered by their nonprofit partners to make it easier for potential volunteers to find something that matches their interests.  Visit site
Volunteering Options 
Comhlámh’s Volunteering Options programme aims to develop best practice in the growing sector of overseas volunteering, and to support volunteers in a longer-term commitment to development.   Visit site
More about: Ireland
Men and Women Volunteering: Gender Differences in the Effects of Employment and Family Characteristics  
The study reveals that there is a statistically significant difference in the way employment status affects men's and women's volunteering behavior.   Visit site
More about: United States  Gender

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