National charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV) is asking people to make a difference in their community over the festive period.
Following the success of its ‘Make a Difference – Get Inspired’ campaign which reached over 7 million people, CSV has launched ‘The 12 Volunteering Days of Christmas’.
From carol singing to odd jobs, it’s hoped the 12 volunteering ideas will inspire even the busiest of people to make a difference in their local community.
CSV is supporting the Campaign for Youth Social Action’s goal of doubling the number of young people participating in social action to over 50% by 2020.
We are committing to involve more young people in playing an active role in building stronger, safer communities through high quality social action that benefits them and society as a whole.
Specifically, we are pledging to involve 380 young people in social action in Dover and Canterbury over the next two years.
20 UK charities are now better able to measure their achievements thanks to a Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Coalition for Efficiency (CfE) programme aimed at improving charitable services through better impact measurement.
The “Measuring the Good” programme, funded by Esmée Fairbairn and the Garfield Weston Foundation, provided 20 charities with structured, facilitative support from senior volunteers from the private and public sector to help the charities focus on their mission and improve their process of impact measurement.
MPs throughout the country who have been leading by example by volunteering in their constituencies as part of the October-long Make a Difference – Get Inspired! campaign have been thanked by CSV at a special event at the House of Commons.
As the Government makes plans to get the long-term unemployed back to work using, in some cases, volunteer placements, several MPs have been doing their own volunteer work to highlight the benefits to be had in contributing to their communities. CSV celebrated their efforts at a House of Commons reception on Monday October 21.
As the month long Make a Difference campaign reaches the halfway point, Community Service Volunteers (CSV) is delighted that an overwhelming 22 partner charities are now on board to support the campaign and help to drive the encouragement of volunteer participation in Britain.
The annual Make a Difference campaign, which for the first time takes place over a whole month, encourages people to volunteer their time by taking part in local events to support their community and charitable organisations.
Two thirds of people in the UK feel that volunteers are being used to take the place of paid staff in public services – according to independent ICM research commissioned by the CSV Make a Difference campaign.
Out of the 2,000+ people surveyed, an astonishing 59 per cent felt that volunteers are increasingly sought to undertake the work of paid staff due to reductions in public services.
Two-thirds of all respondents thought volunteers were increasingly sought to undertake the work of paid staff due to cuts to public services.