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Bank of America Merrill Lynch sponsors Volunteers' Week 2011
Volunteering England has announced that Bank of America Merrill Lynch will be the official sponsor of Volunteers' Week 2011. Volunteers' Week takes place from 1-7 June each year and is designed to celebrate the contribution that millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Employers' Forum launched to support third sector apprenticeships
Apprenticeships can improve your organisation's performance, and high quality apprenticeship programmes deliver excellent results for both employer and employee. This was the message to representatives of over 60 third sector organisations who gathered in central London last week for the launch of a new Employers' Forum.

London 2012 launches volunteer interview programme
The London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced the launch of the Games Maker selection events.

Businesses fail to capitalise on demand for volunteering, says report
Nearly two thirds (61%) of UK employers have said they do not provide a good level of support for their employees to volunteer, according to a new report by v, the National Young Volunteers Service.

OU course aims to help people get the most out of volunteering
The Open University and education charity Young Enterprise have joined forces to launch 'Learning by Volunteering' - a new course for volunteers, that aims to help them make the most of their volunteering experience by transferring the new skills they develop back into the workplace.

Charity highlights benefits of volunteering at the 2012 Games
The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games offer employers a unique opportunity for encouraging their staff to volunteer and get involved in supporting sports and events in their communities, the charity Volunteering England has said.

Volunteer project opens its doors to new entrants
The Galloway Forest Volunteer Project which helps young people from Ayrshire, Dumfries and Galloway to gain work-based skills has attracted a further 180 young people to the programme.

Report explores volunteer management skills and support
According to a new report published today, nearly half of people who manage volunteers have not received any training that would help them in their work.

Up to 70,000 volunteers to be recruited for the London 2012 Games
With almost two years to go until the London 2012 Games, the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG) has announced plans to recruit up to 70,000 volunteers for the London 2012 Games.

HRH The Prince of Wales sees WaterAid in action at Glastonbury Festival
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales today spent time at the 40th Glastonbury Festival learning about the charities supported by the iconic music event. As President of international charity WaterAid, The Prince was keen to hear how the charity has benefited from a long-standing partnership with Glastonbury Festival alongside Oxfam and Greenpeace.

Volunteering England launches volunteer management campaign
Volunteering England has launched a Value Volunteer Management campaign that aims to increase awareness of the value and importance of investing in volunteer management.

Report highlights value of healthcare volunteers
Healthcare volunteers play a valuable role in their sector, going beyond an 'extra pair of hands' to provide unique value to patients and colleagues, says a new report published by Skills for Health.

Workshops to show how to create volunteering opportunities inspired by London 2012
Over 1,000 local organisations will be given the chance to hear how to create volunteering opportunities inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games during a series of regional workshops rolled out from July 2010 by the charities Volunteering England and YouthNet.

Student Volunteering Week 2010
Volunteering England is calling on local communities across England to support student volunteering and help celebrate Student Volunteering Week, which runs from the 22-28 February 2010.

Volunteers sought to help tackle digital divide
A new project is looking for volunteers across the East Midlands, particularly people who are currently unemployed, to train as Digital Activists and help local people to get to grips with new technology.

Glastonbury stars go blue for Oxfam
Jarvis Cocker, Little Boots and Fatboy Slim are among the stars who have painted themselves blue for an Oxfam photo shoot ahead of this year's Glastonbury Festival.

New report looks at the benefits of volunteering
Volunteer organisations YouthNet and v have published the results of a study into what makes people volunteer.

Oxfam celebrates its fifteenth year at Glastonbury Festival
Oxfam is celebrating its fifteenth year at Glastonbury Festival with ten tonnes of festival fashion, 1,800 volunteer stewards and a campaign to gauge the issues that really matter to festival-goers.

WorldSkills Competition gets underway
The 2007 WorldSkills Competition starts today in in Shizuoka, in the foothills of Mount Fuji, Japan. The UK team flew out to Japan last week, accompanied by a team of volunteer training managers who have helped prepare the team and who will now take part in judging the event as part of an international panel.

Volunteers wanted for European skills competition
UK Skills is looking for volunteer training managers to help prepare the UK team for the newly launched EuroSkills Competition.

Trustee e-learning programme launched
An e-learning programme that aims to help trustees in voluntary organisations to improve their skills has been launched by the Governance Hub in partnership with SAVO (Suffolk Association of Voluntary Organisations).

Bourne delivers document management course for VSO
Bourne Training has completed the development of a computer-based training programme for international development charity Voluntary Service Overseas.

Association for Coaching appoints new council member
When the Association for Coaching were looking for a new council member to volunteer as Head of Professional Forums, Jacqui Mann, managing director of J Mann Associates put her name forward - and was elected.

Trustees focus on e-learning programme
A series of focus groups organised by the Pensions Regulator has provided positive feedback on the regulator's proposed e-learning programme.

Scouting for knowledge
The Scout Association is using e-learning to provide training for its 100,000 adult volunteer staff throughout the UK.

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