CSV is a member of The Network of National Volunteer-Involving Agencies (NNVIA)

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The Network of National Volunteer-Involving Agencies (NNVIA) aims to give charities a stronger voice to influence the Government’s development of support for the volunteering sector.

NNVIA's  members seek to offer high quality volunteering opportunities in communities across the UK. Activities range from enabling organisations to deliver local services through to raising funds for the benefit of society.

Established in 2004, NNVIA currently has 70 active member organisations mobilising over two million volunteers.

NNVIA welcomes any charitable organisations who take a national approach to volunteering and for whom involving volunteers is critical to the delivery of their mission and goals to become members.

The network promotes collaboration and partnership across the volunteering sector. By working together, member organisations demonstrate the impact of volunteering.

What we do

By meeting every six weeks and collaborating online, NNVIA seeks to

  • Influence the development of public policy issues as they relate to volunteering;
  • Engage with Government initiatives and policy development to drive benefit for the volunteering sector;
  • Effect positive change in the volunteering sector through sharing and development of working practices;
  • Promote the reciprocal benefits and broader value of volunteering to the public, private, voluntary and community sectors;
  • Enable the widest possible participation in volunteering by encouraging members to work actively to overcome barriers to volunteering.

As part of CSV's work for the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners Programme for 2013/14, NNVIA will support the sharing of information, policy and good practice between the volunteering and health and social care sectors.

This will provide an effective way for the Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and other Strategic Partners to engage the volunteer involving sector in the development and implementation of health and social care policy.

What we offer

  • An efficient, effective way to gather expert information ‘from the front line’ and garner the support of our members;
  • A pragmatic approach to encouraging agencies to solve problems and progress matters of joint interest;
  • A well connected and informed approach to working with other parts of the sector, for example working partnership with Volunteering England and its networks;
  • A platform for both the private and statutory sector to engage and share policy and good practice with the volunteer involving sector, through our UK and European networks for example Volonteurope.

NNVIA's current members

Action for Children

Action on Hearing Loss

Age UK

Alzheimer’s Society

AOPM (Association of Panel Members)



The Blue Cross

British Heart Foundation

British Red Cross


The Canal & River Trust

Cancer Research UK


Cats Protection

Charities Advisory Trust

Children’s Society

Citizens Advice

Clic Sargent

Crisis UK


Deafblind UK

Diabetes UK


Family Action

Girlguiding UK

Guide Dogs

Jewish Care

Leonard Cheshire Disability


Macmillan Cancer Support

Making Music

Marie Curie Cancer Care



Missing People


MS Society


National Autistic Society

NCT (National Childbirth Trust)

National Trust


Parkinson's UK

The Prince’s Trust

The Ramblers Association


Refugee Council



Royal British Legion

The Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

Royal Voluntary Service


The Salvation Army



The Scout Association




St John's Ambulance

The Stroke Association

Sue Ryder



United Kingdom Neighbourhood Watch Trust


The Wildlife Trusts

The Woodland Trust

Youth Hostelling Association


NNVIA Report

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Evaluation of the Modernising Volunteering National Support Services Programme

This NNVIA evaluatory report features research on overcoming barriers to volunteering undertaken by CSV and Amber Consulting.

It was conducted to gather evidence of good practice on including volunteers from socially excluded groups, survey the practice of NNVIA members in developing and implementing volunteer policies and practices that are targeted at different socially excluded groups, and inform recommendations for Year Two and beyond.

It also includes all activity associated with Year Two, including the establishment and running of five Policy Action Community Teams (PACTs) which were established to develop policy and practice on removing the barriers to volunteering for different under-represented groups.