New Report on the Value of Volunteering in Education
December 17, 2020
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The following was published by Education and Employers.

We are publishing a new report entitled The Value of Volunteering – volunteering in education and productivity in work’.

The report will be launched at a webinar on the 8th January. Register now.

New report on the value of volunteering in education

Education Volunteering – ‘one of the best investments employers can make’

The new research, in collaboration with CIPD, reveals the positive value that organisations can realise by supporting their staff to undertake volunteering in the UK’s schools and colleges.

The report’s findings show significant benefits of educational volunteering, including improved communication and influencing skills; an improved sense of mission and loyalty at work; and greater staff productivity. These organisational benefits sit alongside the personal benefits realised by individuals themselves, with evidence showing volunteering can improve staff well-being.

And the volunteers surveyed felt that they made a difference to young people. This tallies with research Education and Employers has done with young people over the last ten years which shows that encounters with volunteers from the world of work helps to: Improve academic attainment at GCSE, Increase young people’s earning potential; Broaden young peoples’ horizons and raise their aspirations; Excite children about subjects, increasing motivation, confidence and attitude to learning; Challenge gender and social stereotypes; and reduce the likelihood of young people becoming NEET.

The webinar will begin with the unveiling of the main findings, and will be followed by a panel Q&A session with contributions from:

  • Peter Cheese – Chief Executive of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development
  • Justin Placide – Assistant Director – Business, Investment & Growth at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and Co-Chair of the Civil Service Race Forum
  • Karen Giles – Headteacher of Barham Primary School and Education and Employers’ Trustee
  • Natasha Davies – National Senior Programme Lead – Volunteering at Health Education England

We hope you can join us for this special event at the start of the New Year – which has got to be better than this one!

Register for the event

Engaging Older Volunteers
October 23, 2020
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This guide by the Centre for Ageing Better is designed as a practical tool to support organisations working with volunteers to engage over 50s and widen participation among different types of people.

Helping out

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted an outpouring of community spirit and volunteering, which has been critical to the local response. Many older people have made significant contributions to their communities during lockdown, with 30% of people aged 50 to 70 volunteering informally and 87% saying they wanted to continue.

However, others have been prevented from helping during this time and may now require support.

The five actions in this guide include approaches tested before lockdown and provide insights into how taking an age-friendly and inclusive approach prepared Ageing Better and DCMS’ five grant funded projects across England to respond to the pandemic and can support organisations to re-engage volunteers and widen participation among those aged 50 and over in future.

As we emerge from the COVID-19 crisis, we hope these actions can help sustain and build on those efforts.

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Webinar Recording: Age Friendly​ Volunteering
August 14, 2019
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In this recorded webinar (lasting 40 minutes) the Centre for Ageing Better discusses the six principles for age-friendly and inclusive volunteering and ideas for how to put them into practice.

Watch the highlights below: