New survey for volunteer managers from JIVE (Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe)

Introduction to project and European research on volunteering within the Criminal Justice System (CJS)
I am leading an exciting new project in Clinks, the membership organisation for voluntary sector organisations working with offenders and their families, called Justice Involving Volunteers in Europe.
We are currently undertaking a piece of Europe-wide research on the role and value of volunteers within the sector because little has ever been commissioned, so I would like to hear your views and experiences by completing our online survey.
The project is exploring the role and value of volunteers across the European Criminal Justice System (CJS), with a particular focus on (ex) offenders, their families and victims of crime.
This research will come together in a final report to be formally launched in Germany next spring 2015.  We will disseminate the findings to policy makers and agencies across the EU in the hope to put volunteering within the sector on government agendas, and really promote its value to the sector and wider society.
How can you have your say and feed into this research?
As volunteer managers I don’t need to win you over or persuade you of the importance and the benefits of volunteering because you already know! However, what I would like is to hear your opinion and experiences of recruiting, training and managing volunteers within your organisation; it is this information which is vital to the project and will help shape in part its direction and structure, so please spare me 20 minutes of your time to complete the survey and help us inform volunteering for the future.
Further information and resources for you
Clinks will be running its ‘Working with offenders’ training course on 2nd and 3rd October 2014 – you can find out more here and submit an application.
Clinks has also published a range of free guides targeted at those who involve volunteers, or provide mentoring and befriending services to (ex) offenders, these guides are designed to support any organisation whether they are already established or just setting up. Hard copies are available on request.
The project is funded by the European Commission. Please visit our webpage for further information including newsletters and details of our other partners.
It would be great to hear some of your thoughts and views – you can email me at [email protected]

Written by Robert Price – Events Co-ordinator – Clinks

Do you manage volunteers?

The UK Workforce Hub are currently undertaking a project to review and refresh the Management of Volunteers National Occupational Standards to ensure they meet the needs of managers in the voluntary and community sector through to 2014.

We are inviting you to take part in a consultation process which asks you to contribute your views on the draft standards which have been updated by a steering group and a consultant. It begins on the 18th October will run until 18th January 2008.

There are 2 ways in which you can have your say:

1. Attend one of the consultation events which are being held in Edinburgh, Belfast, Swansea and London during November and December. Please click here to download a booking form and to get further information on the consultation process please visit

2. By email please visit from the 18th October there will be a questionnaire for you to complete as well as the newly revised standards.

For more information visit:

Debbie Usiskin
Interim Head of Volunteering Strategy

T: 020 7619 7265

Commission on the Future of Volunteering

The Commission on the Future of Volunteering is calling for evidence. AVM has put together an initial draft response to the Commission which is attached. If members wish to feed into the AVM response with their own thoughts and views please respond by Thursday 26th July.

The deadlines for submissions is Tuesday 31st July. For further information about the Commission go to