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Volunteering and the Cost of Living Crisis

13 July 2023 | 9:30am – 12:30pm 

Ticket prices: Members £25 | Non-members £40

Online via Zoom

The impact of the cost of living crisis on people, organisations and communities across the UK is profound.  Volunteering is no exception to this. 

At this event we will consider the research around the impact of the cost of living on volunteers and volunteering, the implications for your volunteering programme and practical support on how to address the challenges posed by the crisis. We will also consider how volunteers are integral to tackling the crisis and what this means for us as volunteer managers and leaders.

This event will cover:

  • Understanding the impact of the cost of living crisis on volunteers and volunteering, including increased demand for services, challenges around recruitment and retention and the health and wellbeing of volunteers.
  • Practical guidance on how to support your volunteers and address the challenges posed by the crisis within your volunteering programme.
  • Understanding how volunteers are integral to tackling the crisis and what this means for volunteer managers and leaders.


This is a half day event, starting at 9:30am, and will be on Zoom

09:30-9.45    Networking, introductions and welcome

9.45 – 10.00 Open and welcome

10.00 -10.40 Sarah Latto, Volunteer Scotland – Impact of the cost of living on volunteers and volunteering

10.40 – 11.20 Leanne Shipley, Community Action Northumberland – Warm hubs

11.20 – 11.30 Break

11.30 – 12.10 Miranda Beebe, The Trussell Trust

12.10 – 12.30 Q&A

12:30 Event ends

About our Speakers

Sarah Latto – Policy Officer, Volunteer Scotland

Sarah is an experienced volunteer manager and now uses this experience to try and ensure that volunteering is better reflected in Scottish Policy. She joined Volunteer Scotland in April last year as their Policy Officer and her role involves drafting responses to consultations, engaging with elected representatives and consulting with the wider volunteering sector to ensure their views and experiences are reflected in policy recommendations.

Prior to this role, Sarah was the Volunteer Development Manager for Shelter Scotland for 5 years where she introduced a range of innovative initiatives focused on improving volunteer inclusion. She was also the voluntary chair of the Scottish Volunteering Forum, a network of organisations committed to increasing the visibility of volunteering, from 2017-2021. 

Leanne Shipley – Warm Hub Co-ordinator, Community Action Northumberland

Leanne is a Warm Hubs Co-ordinator at Community Action Northumberland and previously worked as an energy advisor for the same organisation. In her current role Leanne manages the Northumberland Warm Hub scheme. The scheme has been running for 8 years across 42 community buildings and village halls. Her role also involves the roll out of the Warm Hub scheme across the country, including working with local lead agencies, providing advice, support and guidance regarding the implementation of Warm Hub schemes in line with the Warm Hubs toolkit in their regions.

Miranda Beebe – Head of Volunteering, The Trussell Trust

Miranda has over ten years’ experience as a senior leader in national, complex organisations, keeping people at the heart of operational and strategic change. In her current role Miranda oversees the charity’s volunteering programme, providing transformational leadership to empower The Trussell Trust’s network of 30,000 food bank volunteers to have the confidence, capacity and capability to deliver the range of services needed to deliver their shared strategy and vision: to end the need for food banks in the UK.

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July 13, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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Online on Zoom