About this event
Volunteers have been thrown into the spotlight with Covid-19, from people volunteering for the first time to longstanding volunteers having to step back to shield themselves from the virus. The pandemic has encouraged people to volunteer in different and new ways, such as by joining mutual aid groups, participating in micro-volunteering, volunteering remotely, and using their skills to give charities support they would otherwise be unable to afford. But it has also raised questions around safeguarding, welfare, coordination and changing volunteer expectations.
From helping vulnerable people meet their basic needs to their direct involvement in administering vaccines, volunteers have shown they will be crucial for the remainder of the pandemic. Yet as we enter the second year of the crisis, there are signs that the number of people willing to volunteer is starting to wane due to fatigue, frustration and fear of catching the virus itself.
This seminar—run in partnership with The Clothworkers’ Company—explores what trustees are and should be doing to ensure their charity is effectively supporting its volunteers and harnessing volunteering opportunities for greater impact. It will cover:
- How volunteers have supported charities’ response to Covid-19 so far and the challenges it has caused for charities reliant on volunteers for impact.
- What questions trustees should ask themselves to ensure their charity effectively manages and retains its volunteers throughout the remainder of the pandemic.
- Ideas for trustees on empowering volunteers and capitalising on different opportunities volunteering can provide through and beyond Covid-19.
The event will be chaired by Lucy de Groot CBE, NPC trustee. She was formerly CEO of CSV (now Volunteering Matters). Speakers include, Tiger de Souza MBE, Volunteering, Participation & Inclusion Director at the National Trust, Nicola Steur, Trustee of Help on Your Doorstep and Paul Reddish, Chief Executive of Volunteering Matters.
This seminar explores what trustees are and should be doing to ensure their charity is effectively supporting its volunteers and harnessing volunteering opportunities for greater impact.
Covid-19 has accelerated the transition to digital for many charities. Trustees need to decide how to capitalise upon digital innovations and how to integrate new working practices with some of their charity's more traditional approaches.
Five things to keep in mind when times are tough.
Reward your trustees for their work during this crisis and learn from those who showed resilience over this tough period.
Reserves are meant for a rainy day, and Covid-19 is undoubtedly such a day. What types of reserves should a charity hold and how should trustees handle them in the current climate?
We have partnered with decision-science consultancy Leapwise to explore how decision making by charity boards has changed during the crisis, and to provide support on how to strengthen this for the next chapter.
Trustees need to enable their charities to deliver their mission post-crisis. At a recent NPC and Clothworkers’ Company seminar, two charity leaders discussed what trustees should now be thinking about, as we move on from the initial Covid-19 crisis and into the recovery.
Four charity leaders spoke about diversity and inclusion at a 2019 NPC and Clothworkers’ Company seminar. At this event, the speakers discussed their experiences of recruiting and supporting a diverse mix of trustees.
A charity’s trustees are responsible for identifying, prioritising and managing its risks, as well as opportunities. As this crisis drags on, and a major recession becomes ever more likely, many will need to switch focus to how they deliver their mission over the medium term.
Will Hanford, NPC’s communication manager, attended his first ever NPC Ignites this year and has written a blog on the highlights of his experience. He detects a strong theme of power, particularly the power wielded both consciously and unconsciously by funders, running through the day.