I was at an event yesterday evening linked to Volunteers Week. Ed Miliband gave a quick 5 minute speech before being whisked off somewhere else.
What was really interesting about what he said was that twice he mentioned the amazing work that volunteers did and the work that people who manage volunteers do.
I don't think, even a couple of years ago, that VMs would have been mentioned, particularly for an event that was specifically praising volunteers.
Hopefully, the profile of VMs has been raised, certainlyÂ in Ed's mind, both by the launch of AVM and the quote he gave to support us, and the dinner that was organised by the National Network of Volunteer Involving Agencies a couple of weeks ago that EdÂ came to, where 3 or 4 of us banged on about the importance of VMs.