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Continued austerity a threat to communities

Thursday 16th April

CSV, the leading UK volunteering charity, has today (16th April 2015) expressed concern about continued austerity and is calling for the next government to acknowledge the value of the volunteering sector given its critical role in helping to promote and sustain the well-being of individuals and communities.

Local disabled teenagers gain work shadowing opportunity at Scottish Natural Heritage

Wednesday 18th March

Two teenagers from Clydebank had the opportunity to shadow staff at the Scottish Natural Heritage last week, as part of the Inspiring Disabled Young People scheme, created by CSV and the Department of Work and Pensions (DWP).

Disabled teenager from Southend gains work shadowing opportunity at Vodafone

Wednesday 18th March

A teenager from Southend secured a rare opportunity to shadow staff at the local Vodafone store last week. Taryn Gover who is 24 and has Cerebral Palsy spent the day shadowing store manager Mike Hayward, in a bid to learn more about the retail industry and telecommunications.

Local disabled teenager gains work shadowing opportunity at Vodafone

Wednesday 18th March

A teenager from Lambeth has secured a rare opportunity to shadow staff at the Vodafone store in London’s Piccadilly (on Monday 16th March). Bruno Pedro who is 15 and has autism spent the day shadowing store manager Kalpesh Patel, in a bid to learn more about the retail industry and telecommunications.

Hackney school girls win big for CSV and Positive Futures

Tuesday 17th March

On Friday 13th March, three school girls from Cardinal Pole Catholic School celebrated a big win when they were announced as runners up in their school competition, run by charity First Give, celebrating the work of CSV in the Hackney area.

RSVP Dorset East celebrates West How Coffee Mornings' First Birthday

Monday 9th March

On Tuesday 10th March the West Howe Coffee Morning, an incentive run by Community Service Volunteers (CSV) in the Dorset East area, will welcome its one year anniversary with a morning of coffee and cake celebrations.

Young disabled people gain work shadowing opportunities across UK

Friday 6th March

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) launches a new wave of work shadowing placements throughout the UK this week, designed to inspire young people with physical and learning disabilities into work and tackle employer’s misconceptions about hiring disabled employees.

Local teenagers gain work shadowing opportunity on Queensferry Crossing

Thursday 5th March

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) launches a new wave of work placements throughout the UK this week, designed to inspire young people with physical and learning disabilities into work and tackle employer’s misconceptions about hiring disabled employees.

International Volunteers wave Welsh flags with pride on first ever St David's Day

Sunday 1st March

Four young people from Germany, Columbia and South Korea, currently volunteering in Torfaen for national charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV), are celebrating their first ever St David’s Day today with a trip to Cardiff to take in the sights and history of the city.

CSV marks Student Volunteering Week by calling for young people to increase their skills by volunteering

Tuesday 24th February

Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the UK’s largest volunteering charity, is calling for young people finishing school or university all over the UK to seize the opportunity to enhance their employability, gain new skills and prepare them for life at University by becoming a full-time volunteer.

Volunteer befrienders needed for older people across Wales

Tuesday 24th February

A programme designed to reduce loneliness in older people, and highlight the importance of befriending, is urgently looking to recruit more volunteers to help tackle isolation in communities across Wales

CSV Norfolk Knitters win Big Lottery grant

Tuesday 17th February

A group of knitters who come together to make friends and socialise have reason to celebrate today - the Big Lottery has granted CSV's popular Norfolk Knitters and Stitchers project £246,263 to supplement the project's work and activities over the next five years. 

CSV on recruitment drive for Full-TIme Volunteers throughout the UK

Thursday 12th February

Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the UK’s largest volunteering charity, is calling for people all over the UK to seize an opportunity to gain new skills and increase their employability this year, by becoming a full-time volunteer.

Local volunteers heralded by Mayor of Croydon

Tuesday 27th January

On Tuesday 27th of January, the Mayor of Croydon, Councillor Manju Shahul-Hameed, will welcome volunteers from the local area to Croydon Town Hall, to celebrate their work in supporting families, disabled people, and older people in the community.

Make a difference to young people in Hounslow through volunteering

Friday 23rd January

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) the UK’s leading volunteering charity, has arrived in Hounslow and is looking for volunteers to help young people as part of its pioneering Grandmentors project.

'Evolution' acknowledged by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer with invitation to Houses of Parliament

Wednesday 14th January

A project ran by CSV in Ipswich, which offers migrant women the opportunity to learn skills to increase their employability, was acknowledged by Ipswich MP Ben Gummer before Christmas, when he invited the members of the project to tour the Houses of Parliament.

UK organisations launch new Volunteer Charter to increase the number of disabled people volunteering

Thursday11th December

The Disability Action Alliance (DAA) has joined with Community Service Volunteers (CSV) and Disability Rights UK (DRUK) to create the DAA Volunteer Charter and is calling for organisations to pledge their support.

Local Girl is one of 100 disabled youngsters taking part in a new work shadowing initiative

Wednesday 10th December

On Wednesday 10th December, 19 year old Thushara Ananthasigamany from Putney took part in a work shadowing day with Stone Lion Veterinary Hospital in Wimbledon village to help launch ‘Inspiring Disabled Young People’.

Sixteen-year-old Kobe to work shadow in Cambridgeshire Police's busy control room

Friday 5th December

Cambridge's Kobe Huggins-Driver will take part in a work shadowing day with Cambridgeshire Constabulary to help launch CSV's new UK initiative 'Inspiring Disabled Young People' to inspire young people with disabilities into work. 

One hundred young disabled people to shadow prominent figures to inspire them into work

Wednesday 3rd December

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) is launching a new initiative, funded by the Department for Work and Pension (DWP), to inspire disabled young people into work across the UK and tackle employer’s misconceptions about hiring disabled employees.

Hackney’s volunteering charity launches new UK initiative to inspire young disabled people into work

Wednesday 3rd December

Hackney’s volunteering charity, Community Service Volunteers (CSV), has organised a new UK wide initiative to inspire disabled young people into work and tackle employer’s misconceptions about hiring disabled employees.

A budding young politician is one of 100 young people taking part in new disabled work shadowing initiative

Wednesday 3rd December

With a keen interest in politics, David who has Asperger syndrome – a form of autism, shadowed Cllr Hinds as she attended a meeting of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority and a committee meeting discussing how best to promote Edinburgh City Centre.

Girl who battled to recovery from a coma is one of 100 disabled youngsters taking part in a new work shadowing initiative

Wednesday 3rd December

Elise Bresnihan, who was struck down with a debilitating stroke ten years ago and spent four months in intensive care is celebrating ten years of recovery and is taking part in a new UK-wide work shadowing day.

One hundred young disabled people to shadow prominent figures to inspire them into work

Wednesday 3rd December

The launch of ‘Inspiring Disabled Young People’ will see Norfolk’s Kieran Ryan, 23, shadowing a landscape gardener – one of his dream jobs. Kieran, who has severe learning difficulties, will spend Tuesday (2 Dec) with Jimmy Goddard of Goddards Gardening transforming a garden in Old Huntstanton.

Ex Bollywood producer turned charity worker wins top award for her work with migrants

Thursday 20th November

Gauri Desai, a former Bollywood producer who now works for Community Service Volunteers (CSV) has won a prestigious Active Citizens of Europe Award (ACE) for her work with migrants in Ipswich.

Social Enterprise Community Cafe celebrates one year milestone

Thursday 14th November

Celebrations were the order of the day in Derenham yesterday, when The Gallery Cafe, a partnership project between national charity, Community Service Volunteers (CSV), Norfolk's BUILD Charity and Norfolk County Council, celebrated its one year anniversary.

Our Environment, Our Future funded portfolio launched

Tuesday 11th November

Our Environment, Our Future is a Big Lottery funded portfolio that will see £30m being invested across the UK to support young people (aged 11-24) to improve their local environments. We are proud to announce that we are part of a consortium supporting this work.

The UK's leading volunteering charity is celebrating National Befriending Week


Monday 3rd November

Community Service Volunteers (CSV) runs befriending projects across England, Scotland and Wales helping children from disadvantaged backgrounds and lonely older people. To celebrate the important role of volunteer befrienders, CSV is attending the Befriending Networks Annual Conference in Edinburgh on Friday (7 Nov) heralding the end of Befriending Week


CSV appoints new Chief Executive

Wednesday 1st October

Community Service Volunteers (CSV), the leading national charity dedicated to providing volunteering and social action opportunities across the UK, has appointed Oonagh Aitken as its Chief Executive to lead the charity into its new and exciting future.

Bank on helping the environment with an Action Earth grant

Thursday 25 September 

In recent weeks, outdoor volunteers across Scotland have been planning a series of environmental activities to welcome in the autumnal months. Activities will see disability groups developing a horticultural centre in Falkirk, Ethnic Minority Women’s Groups training in gardening skills in North Edinburgh, and a commuters group in Croy reclaiming derelict land around the train station, to name but a few. 


European trip helps volunteers understand and exchange cultural values

Wenesday 6 August 

Fourteen volunteers from across the UK including teenagers from Hackney, Manchester and Wales have returned home from a 12-day cultural exchange trip to France. The young people, who all volunteer with national charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV), applied for the free trip to help increase their knowledge and understanding of their European neighbours. 

Churches and cathedrals sing the praises of CSV's young 'Heritage Camps' volunteers

Monday 28 July 

Young volunteers from across the UK and overseas are helping CSV to restore heritage sites across England, Scotland and Wales. Hundreds of volunteers aged 16 to 25-years-old have signed up for CSV’s Heritage Camps programme which will see them spend one week preserving and restoring historic buildings.

Honouring the fallen from Durham - World War One exhibition opens at Chester-le-Street Library

Wednesday 23 July 


A free pop-up exhibition, uncovering the stories of some of the 80,000+ members of the Durham Light Infantry who served in WW1 opens on July 29th at the Chester-le-Street Library. Community Service Volunteers (CSV) has created the exhibition in partnership with Chester-le-Street Heritage Group which brings together photographs, letters, keepsakes, uniforms and medals - reflecting the North East’s heritage and the human cost of war.


Volunteering charity joins library to open WW1 Commemoration Garden

Friday 18 July 

A commemoration garden built in memory of the 100 year anniversary of the First World War will open at Oakdale Library, Poole, on Saturday 26th July. Thanks to a project by CSV’s Retired and Senior Volunteers, visitors will be able to enjoy a transformed garden home to poppies, planters and a plaque dedicated to the memory of the fallen.

The UK's leading volunteering and social action charity enters exciting new era

Wednesday 3 July

More than 50 years after CSV recruited and placed its very first volunteer, the charity is entering an axciting new ear. Following a period of restructure and transformation, CSV now has a strong base to take forward its core social action and volunteering programme. The charity has an inspiring plan for its future and a new senior team.

Volonteurope statement after the European elections

Thursday 29 May

Following the outcomes of last week's elections to the European Parliament, the only directed elected institution of the European Union, we have witnessed a major degree of disillusion with the current way that the EU operates.

'A Call to Action for the Common Good' report launched

Wednesday 28 May

This report led by CSV sets out the belief that a more hopeful story of change, based on 'common good' principles, is needed to address many of the big challenges faced across the country.

Action Earth campaign launched with £47,000 of conservation grants

Monday 19 May

Now celebrating its tenth year, CSV Action Earth encourages people to make a difference to their local environment by volunteering. Thanks to a partnership with Scottish Natural Heritage grants of between £50-£250 are available.

Gearing up for the European elections with EU Citizens' Dialogue

Friday 14 March
Members of the public were given a rare opportunity to pose their questions to MEPs at an event hosted by CSV (Community Service Volunteers) and New Europeans in Birmingham on Friday 7 March.

Restructure heralds new era for UK volunteering charity

Tuesday 4 March 2014
Fifty years after Community Service Volunteers (CSV) started delivering dynamic volunteering and social action across the UK, the charity is set to transform itself. CSV's trustees have agreed to a major transformation focusing on social action and volunteering programmes.

CSV celebrates 50 years in Scotland

Thursday 6 February 2014
Fifty years after CSV placed its first ever volunteer in Scotland, politicians and business leaders from across the country celebrated in Edinburgh last night.

CSV wins Lottery grant to commemorate 100 year anniversary of WW1

Monday 27 January 2014
CSV has been awarded a £9,700 Heritage Lottery grant to mark the centenary of the First World War in the borough that supplied one of the greatest number of recruits in 2014.

Make a Difference over the 12 Volunteering Days of Christmas

Friday 13 December 2013
National charity Community Service Volunteers (CSV) is asking people to make a difference in their community over the festive period.

CSV pledges to involve more young people in social action

Wednesday 20 November 2013
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.

CSV and CfE Help Charities Measure the Good

Thursday 07 November 2013
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.

Volunteering MPs recognised by CSV at House of Commons event

Wednesday 23 October 2013
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.

Volunteers get on their Barclays bikes to Make a Difference with CSV

Monday 21 October 2013
Barclays, the exclusive sponsor of Barclays Cycle Hire in London, has donated the branding space on the front of selected bicycles to CSV, the national volunteering and learning charity to celebrate their ‘Make a Difference – Get Inspired!’ campaign.

Charity Partners Unite to Make a Difference

Thursday 17 October 2013
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.

Two thirds believe volunteers are taking work of paid staff

Friday 27 September 2013
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.  

CSV says it's "now or never" for volunteering

Monday 16 September 2013
TCSV is seizing the momentum on the recent surge in volunteering popularity by urging people across the nation to Get Inspired as part of October's Make a Difference campaign, which this year is being launched by Minister for Civil Society Nick Hurd MP.

CSV transforms land equivalent of 175 football pitches for Action Earth

Thursday 22 August 2013
The land equivalent of 175 football pitches has been improved and transformed in Scotland – thanks to CSV volunteers.

Volunteers meet Queen to celebrate 50 years of CSV

Thursday 18 July 2013
Her Majesty the Queen has expressed delight at a young man from London who has found two jobs after being involved in a CSV mentoring programme.

CSV leads the way with apprenticeships for young people in Hackney

Monday 8 July 2013
CSV shows once again it is leading the way in assisting young people find work by announcing it will provide up to 75 apprenticeships to those in Hackney looking to develop a career in the construction industry.

Vulnerable families to benefit from CSV lottery boost

Thursday 27 June 2013
CSV in Ipswich has been awarded a welcome funding boost from the Big Lottery to train up volunteers to carry out essential mentoring support to help vulnerable and disadvantaged families.

Last call for Heritage Campers

Thursday 20 June 2013
Young people are still being urged to come forward and celebrate Britain’s architectural heritage by joining a Heritage Camp this summer and have the experience of a life time.

CSV praised for work with volunteers with learning difficulties

Thursday 13 June 2013
CSV welcomed MP Norman Lamb to its Norwich office last Friday to showcase its ground-breaking work with volunteers with learning difficulties.

CSV's Red Route Café open for business in Hackney

Tuesday 11 June 2013
CSV continues to fulfil its mission to invest in the potential of young people after it celebrated the opening of a social enterprise café in Hackney following a significant funding donation which came about as a result of the riots in 2011.

CSV kick starts a summer of volunteering

Tuesday 11 June 2013
With Volunteers’ Week drawing to a close, the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has celebrated its success by passing the volunteering baton over to CSV to kick start its new and improved Make a Difference campaign for 2013.

CSV to get Royal seal of approval for 50th

Friday 7 June 2013
As Volunteers' Week gathers momentum, CSV, the UK's leading volunteering and learning charity, has announced its 50th anniversary will be marked next month at a special event at St James's Palace in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.

CSV volunteers continue supporting vulnerable families

Monday 3 June 2013
As National Family Week 2013 comes to an end, CSV, the UK’s leading Volunteering and Learning charity has announced it intends to train up a further 780 volunteers to provide essential support to 620 vulnerable families.

Investing in Hackney's young people with launch of CSV Cafe

Monday 3 June 2013
Almost two years after Hackney witnessed riots on the streets, CSV Springboard Hackney will celebrate the launch of a social enterprise café that aims to support local young people with employment and training skills as well as volunteering opportunities.

CSV celebrates Manchester's older volunteers

Friday 31 May 2013
In the run up to Volunteers' Week,  CSV has pulled out all the stops to thank its retired and senior volunteers for all their hard work in the community.

Coventry's retired and senior residents celebrate Big Lottery funding

Tuesday 27 May 2013
As CSV marks its 50th anniversary, CSV's Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) in Coventry has had its success recognised with a £288k boost from the Big Lottery for the next three years.

CSV continues commitment to dementia support with Royal Voluntary Service

Friday 24 May 2013
As this year’s Dementia Awareness Week gathers pace, the UK Volunteering and learning charity CSV has reiterated its commitment to supporting people affected by dementia. CSV is backing the Prime Minister’s challenge on Dementia issues by joining forces with the Royal Voluntary Service to continue its successful long standing work with older people and those affected by the condition.

Tales of the City wanted for oral history project

Friday 17 May 2013
Current and former residents and workers of London's Square Mile and its surrounding areas are being urged to come forward to share their stories and memories of the City for a community history project.

Lottery boost to Bristol Play Rangers

Thursday 16 May 2013
Children and young people in Bristol will now have the chance to improve their health, confidence and self-esteem after the CSV Play Rangers project recieved a £250,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fun for the next three years.

Volunteering is the antidote to declining mental and physical health in retirement

Thursday 16 May 2013
CSV’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) is proof that retirement need not signal the start of a decline in physical and mental health as claimed in research published today by the Institute of Economic Affairs and the Age Endeavour Fellowship.

CSV to help small charities fill their expertise gap with skilled volunteers

Wednesday 15 May 2013
Skilled volunteers are being offered free of charge to small charities with the aim of helping them measure their impact - thanks to CSV.

Young artists to be celebrated by V&A through CSV poster competition

Wednesday 15 May 2013
Talented artists aged between 16 and 25 are being encouraged by CSV to get creative and design a dazzling poster to celebrate the postential of young people.

Our response to Independent piece on volunteering spirit

Friday 3 May 2013
According to research commissioned by CSV last September, 3.4 million people were inspired to volunteer as a result of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Odd job volunteers wanted in Forth Valley

Friday 3 May 2013
People in Stirling who are ‘good with their hands’ are being urged to volunteer to do odd jobs around the homes of people in need.
The ‘Handy Person Service’ is run by CSV in Forth Valley as part of its Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP).

Volunteer with CSV to get a head start on the job ladder

Tuesday 30 April 2013
CSV is urging young people who are currently out of work or on a gap year from college to consider full time volunteering to make a real difference to their communities as well as their own future careers.

Celebrate Britain's heritage by volunteering this summer

Tuesday 30 April 2013
CSV is once again urging young people to volunteer this summer by joining a Heritage Camp to help preserve or restore a famous cathedral, church or historic building. The CSV Heritage Camps take place during July and August at various locations across the UK and gives young people the chance to play a vital part in protecting the country’s architectural heritage.

'Urban forager' project launches CSV Action Earth 2013

Tuesday 23 April 2013
An edible hedge and mini orchard will be planted to celebrate the launch of the CSV flagship environmental campaign Action Earth at Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park Local Nature Reserve in Edinburgh at 2pm on Monday 29th April 2013.

CSV takes strategic role in improving health and wellbeing

Friday 19 April 2013
CSV is one of 21 organisations chosen by the Department of Health this year to be part of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partner Programme 2013/14.

Green grants up for grabs

Tuesday 16 April 2013
CSV’s Action Earth campaign is giving away grants worth up to £500 to get people in Scotland more involved in their local outdoor spaces. We will be launching the grants scheme with our first project of the year on Monday 29 April at Burdiehouse Burn Valley Park, a Local Nature Reserve in Edinburgh.

CSV research sheds new light on changing relationships in employee volunteering programmes

Thursday 11 April 2013
Innovative research carried out by volunteering charity CSV has shed new light on the relationships between employers, employees and community groups engaged in employee volunteering programmes.

CSV's LifeLines older men's cooking group appears on BBC One 'The One Show'

Friday 5 April 2013
Older men from CSV’s LifeLines project in Brighton will be showing off their recently-learned cooking skills on BBC One’s The One Show today, Friday 5 April at 7pm. The 'cook, share and eat' group brings together older men who haven’t had much experience in the kitchen to learn how to eat healthily and cook themselves nutritious meals at home.

Charities team up to benefit unemployed, elderly and excluded young people

Tuesday 26 March 2013
Elderly people in Hartcliffe, south Bristol, are benefiting from the donation of a van to CSV’s environmental project which provides a landscaping and gardening service so they can carry on enjoying their gardens when maintenance gets beyond them.

Help write a community history of London's Square Mile

Friday 22nd March 2013
We are inviting people who live and work in the City of London Square Mile and surrounding areas to take part in an oral history project. We want to promote understanding of local history by sharing stories and experiences of the local area.

Charities champion greater people power in local health and social care in support of NHS Change Day

Wednesday 13th March 2013
To mark NHS Change Day on 13 March, a partnership of four leading national charities Healthwatch-Communities Involved is calling on people and communities to make their mark by getting involved and adding their voice to how health and social care services are run in their area. On March 13 thousands of NHS staff across the country will mark NHS Change Day by showing how one simple act or new idea can make a positive difference for patients.

CSV celebrates the achievements of volunteers supporting families

Tuesday 26th February 2013
Today, CSV thanked volunteers in Bristol for their role and valuable contribution in supporting troubled families. The celebration event by CSV Parent Mentoring saw a host of volunteers, families and professionals from Bristol City Council speak about their experiences.

Mentors needed in Leeds to support offenders

Monday 25th February 2013
Volunteers living in Leeds are needed to mentor offenders being released from prison to help them with employment, housing and education.  CSV, UK volunteering and learning charity, is recruiting volunteers to offer 1-2-1 mentor support to people who are about to be released from prison or serving a sentence in the community.

New Volunteer Opportunities for Kent

Thursday 14th February 2013
Enthusiastic people living in Rochester, Medway, Royal Tunbridge Wells and Maidstone are needed to volunteer to talk and read to older and vulnerable people living in local care homes, hospices and sheltered housing. CSV, UK volunteering and learning charity, is recruiting volunteers to encourage older people to engage in conversation, reading sessions and reminiscence activities.

Charities join forces in push for greater people power in local health and care services

Monday 4th February 2013
Four leading national charities have joined forces today to encourage more people and communities to get involved and have a say on how health and social care services are run in their area.

Charity launches booklet highlighting success of volunteer retirees

Friday 11th January 2013
An inspirational booklet that highlights the achievements of older people volunteering in retirement has been published by UK volunteering charity CSV to encourage more newly and upcoming retirees to think about volunteering.

Lucy de Groot: "Older volunteers offer solutions to society, not problems"

Friday 14th December 2012
Responding to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s final speech in the House of Lords on the army of older people contributing to society, Lucy de Groot says that older volunteers offer a vast wealth of life experience, skills and energy to society.

CSV Volunteering helps young people with learning disabilities make the transition

Monday 12th November 2012
An independent report by the Norah Fry Research Centre University of Bristol has concluded that CSV’s Respect Us programme provides positive outcomes for young people with learning disabilities in making the transition from school to adulthood.

CSV Make a Difference Day hits one million volunteers

Monday 12th November 2012
CSV Make a Difference Day, the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering, saw over 70,000 people take part with their friends, family, neighbours and colleagues to benefit their local area on Saturday 27th October 2012. Since 1996 one million people have given their time to help others through CSV on through this annual event.

Pete Waterman thanks CSV Make a Difference Day volunteers

Thursday 8th November 2012
“It’s such an honour to say thank you to the tens of thousands of people in the UK who took part in this year’s CSV Make a Difference Day at the end of October," says Pete Waterman, a long-standing supporter of CSV's flagship campaign.

Sir Jon Shortridge, Chair of CSV, supports Trustees Week 2012

Friday 2nd November 2012
UK volunteering charity CSV is encouraging the nation to become trustees of local charities. It comes as CSV Chair, Sir Jon Shortridge, joins other leading charities in support of the Charity Commission's Trustee Week (5th - 11th November).

Diane Abbot MP thanks Hackney teens for volunteering efforts

Friday 2nd November 2012
Diane Abbot MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington joined with young people, youth services and the council to celebrate the volunteering achievements of Hackney young people and the benefit to the area. Volunteers from CSV's Young Hackney Volunteers programme and the Concorde’s Youth Board organised a celebration event at Concorde Youth Centre to thank the achievements of the young people so far.

The UK’s volunteer army joins forces with communities to make a difference

Wednesday 24 October 2012
Thousands of volunteers throughout the UK will be taking mass action in their communities to improve their environment, share career skills and support small charities, clubs and groups to help them survive the current recession.

New funding for isolated, older adults in Coventry

Tuesday 16 October 2012
CSV Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme (RSVP) award winning project has received a £288,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund for three years to support older and isolated adults in Coventry to improve their mental and physical wellbeing by enabling them to devise, set up and take part in activities as volunteers and organisers and lead independent lives.

Councillor Mark Reed pledges to take action in Pilgrims Hatch

Friday 28 September 2012
Councillor for Hutton South, Brentwood Mark Reed will be launching a new CSV project in Pilgrims Hatch on Friday 28th September at Bishop’s Hall, which sees residents pledging to give their time and skills to promote acts of kindness within the community.

Voluntary sector needs more commercial skills to weather the tough economic climate

Tuesday 18 September 2012
New research has revealed that a significant skills gap exists within the voluntary sector and that there is a real need for commercial expertise to help charitable organisations to weather the tough economic climate.

Urging all professionals to transform your community

Monday 17 September 2012
Calling all beauticians to hairdressers, web designers to accountants, and chefs to photographers – whatever your profession, you can share your job skills to support local charities, community clubs and youth groups in a bid to help them survive during the recession, as part of CSV Make a Difference Day on Saturday 27 October 2012.

New funding for vulnerable adults getting back into the community

Tuesday 11 September 2012
CSV’s pioneering Vocal Project has received a £420,000 boost from the Big Lottery Fund for three years to support 120 adults with a learning disability in Norfolk to volunteer, gain employment and access training.

How to Bake a Difference

Monday 10 September 2012
Budding bakers are being challenged to bake a special Banana and Chocolate Chip Cake in a bid to help the most vulnerable people in society, as part of the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering on Saturday 27th October.

City of London Small Grants Scheme

Friday 7 September 2012
Small grants are available for community projects and voluntary organisations within the City of London “square mile”. Anyone who would like to set up a new community project or wishes to develop an existing one could be eligible to receive funding from the new scheme which has been set up by the City of London Corporation in partnership with CSV in the City.

Green fingers brighten up local communities

Wednesday 05 September 2012
Amateur gardeners are being challenged to bring a touch of green to their communities, donating their green fingered skills by planting flowers for local schools or turning waste ground into a rose garden as part of the UK’s biggest single day of volunteering, CSV Make a Difference Day on Saturday 27th October 2012.

Over three million people inspired to volunteer by the Olympics

Monday 03 September 2012
3.4 million people have been more inspired to volunteer due to the London 2012 Olympics, according to independent ICM research commissioned by the CSV Make a Difference Day campaign.

Nation asked to share professional skills to boost local charities

Tuesday 28 August 2012
The nation is being asked to volunteer their professional skills to boost charities, local community groups and clubs and help them survive the recession, as part of Make a Difference Day on Saturday 27th October. Local organisations like playgroups needing advice on how to recruit volunteers safely, local clubs wanting advice on refurbishing their buildings, and hospices looking for help with their ICT and websites are only some of the beneficiaries of CSV Make a Difference Day.

Volunteer to gain key skills for employment

Wednesday 15 August 2012
Young people concerned about the difficult jobs market and rising tuition fees can opt for a voluntary ‘Gap Year’ in the UK to boost their CV and employment skills.

iPod Generation makes up 40% of all UK volunteers

Monday 13 August 2012
New research released today reveals that 18-24 year olds are the most likely age group to give up their free time to help in their community with 85% willing to commit time to voluntary projects.

Having a 'wheely' good time at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

Friday 10 August 2012
CSV HR advisor, Anthony Price volunteered on the set of the Olympics Opening Ceremony on Friday 27th July as one of the 62 cycling doves, in one of the most talked-about parts of Danny Boyle’s critically acclaimed show. "Danny Boyle personally made it clear to us that it was the 7,000 volunteers who made it happen, and if we could keep that volunteering momentum going it would be incredible..."

CSV celebrates Olympics volunteers

Wednesday 8 August 2012
Lucy de Groot, CBE, Chief Executive of CSV says: "If you could bottle the enthusiasm of the Olympic volunteers you could change the world!"

CSV supports Older People's Day and the Big Skill Share

Monday 6 August 2012
"I am delighted to support Older People’s Day UK and the Big Skill Share this year. This is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of the valuable contribution that older people make to society..."

Cyclists set off to raise money for CSV in memory of volunteer

Friday 3 August 2012
Today, Joan Scourfield, her family and friends set off for a gruelling 186-mile charity cycle ride in memory of her son, James Hodgkinson, to raise money for CSV, which James volunteered as a befriender to a young person in care.

Adventure Play for 2500 Bristol Kids

Wednesday 1 August 2012
Today over 2500 children across Bristol, many disadvantaged, are taking part in sports and play activities at College Green, organised by Bristol City Council with help from UK volunteering charity, CSV, and other play providers, as part of ‘Playday’, a national celebration of play campaign.

Local disabled volunteers model fashion show

Tuesday 24 July 2012
Local community group, CSV Active Volunteering by Disabled People, organised a fashion show in Barnet to raise awareness of the valuable contribution that disabled people make in their community, on Saturday 21st July 2012.  Local MP, Theresa Villiers, attended the event and gave a speech about the importance of volunteering to lead independent lives for disabled people.

CSV creates TV show with learners and volunteers

Thursday 19 July 2012
CSV’s Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme Manchester (RSVP) volunteers have worked together with CSV Learning North young volunteers and learners to create “CSV Live” a film in the style of a TV Show. The event was filmed in front of a live audience where volunteers, learners and staff operated cameras, sound equipment and performed as presenters and guests. The TV Show showcased the work of CSV Learning North and celebrated RSVP Manchester’s first year.

Celebrating 50 years of making a difference

Thursday 12 July 2012
Since 1962, CSV has supported three million people to volunteer, learn new skills and make a difference – to their communities and in their own lives.

CSV learner honoured for turning his life around

Monday 2 July 2012
Curtis Blanc, a volunteer and learner with CSV, is an example of how a little determination goes a long way. At just 26, inspirational Curtis has overcome the odds and turned his life around after spending more than two years in prison.

CSV volunteer carries Olympic Torch today

Friday 29 June 2012
Today, CSV volunteer Kya MacKay will carry the Olympic torch in her home town of Derby (Friday 29th June 2012).  The 15 year old has been in care since she was 4 years old. Kya was nominated by CSV for all the hard work on behalf of children in care.

Young campers restore UK’s Cathedrals

Wednesday 13 June 2012
This summer young people will be touring UK’s cathedrals, chapels and churches in a bid to protect and restore UK faith buildings, as part of CSV’s Cathedral Camps volunteering summer programme.

CSV celebrates the support of volunteers for troubled families

Friday 1 June 2012
Today, CSV thanked volunteers in Coventry for their role and valuable contribution in supporting troubled families, as part of Volunteering England's Volunteers Week.

CSV responds to Stephen Peck’s comment on ‘bad volunteers are like a cancer to an organisation’

Friday 18 May 2012
Last week the operations director for the Scout Association, Stephen Peck, likened bad volunteers to a ‘cancer in your organisation’. He sparked a very sensitive debate on managing volunteers effectively.

Green grants launch in Scotland

Wednesday 3 May 2012
The CSV Action Earth campaign in Scotland launches on Tuesday 8th May in Glasgow. Hundreds of grants worth up to £500 are available to voluntary groups and individuals thanks to support from Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Oonagh Aitken joins CSV

Tuesday 2 May 2012
Oonagh Aitken joins UK volunteering and learning charity, CSV this month to take up the joint posts of Director of Social Action and Volunteering and Director of Policy and Fundraising.

‘The Professionals’ unleash their skills

Monday 1 May 2012
New volunteering initiative will strengthen community groups and boost local services

CSV volunteers support older people to switch to digital

Tuesday 24 May 2012
CSV volunteers are working round the clock to support people aged over 50 and low income families with the digital switchover.

Young people urged to take volunteering gap year

Friday 4 May 2012
Skills and experience can enhance UCAS applications

BBC's Rachel Burden says: volunteer on your gap year

Wednesay 2 May 2012
BBC Radio Five Live presenter is backing CSV's drive to recruit 'Gap Year' volunteers aged 18 to 35.

Response to the launch of the £600m Big Society Capital fund

Wednesday 4 April 2012
CSV Chief Executive Lucy De Groot says that while it's good that the Government is finding new ways to fund social action and encourage enterprise, small-scale community action must continue to be supported.

Response to the Riots, Communities and Victims Panel Report

Wednesday 28 March 2012
Responding to the publication of the final report by the Riots Communities and Victims Panel today, CSV Chief Executive Lucy de Groot said: “The Panel is right to emphasise the importance of equipping young people with the skills and confidence they need to secure and remain in employment."

CSV supports the Big Lunch

Thursday 8 March 2012
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the UK to have lunch with their neighbours in a simple act of community, friendship and fun.

CSV volunteers win Team London Awards for helping build stronger, greener city

Monday 5 March 2012
Volunteers based in Camden and Dagenham have won two prestigious Team London Awards, showing how CSV projects are helping create a greener and more socially inclusive London.   The awards, hosted by London Mayor Boris Johnson, were presented at a ceremony at City Hall on Thursday evening.

Riots Panel Secretariat learns how CSV helps get young people on path to success

Monday 5 March 2012
The Government’s Riots Panel Secretariat has visited two CSV projects to observe best practice on how to equip young people with the skills for work, giving them a positive stake in their communities.

CSV demonstrates positive impact of digital solutions to combat youth unemployment

Friday 17 February 2012
Read Lucy de Groot's response to an article in Civil Society about how the internet can play a part in getting young people back to work

CSV backs Give More campaign

Tuesday 14 February 2012
Give More is a 12-month campaign to encourage people to share their passion for the causes they care about, and to get us all talking more about giving.

Work is not the only answer to loneliness, says Barbara Locke

Monday 13 February 2012
Barbara Locke, Head of CSV Retired and Senior Volunteer Programme, points out that there are other ways to engage older people to sustain their physical and mental wellbeing than paid employment.

Lucy de Groot responds to the rising number of children in care

Friday 10 February 2012
Lucy de Groot, Chief Executive at UK volunteering charity CSV, responds to an article in the Guardian (9th February 2012) recommending the support of volunteers to assist troubled families address the many problems they face.

Read Lucy de Groot’s response to ACEVO’s report on youth unemployment

Wednesday 18th January 2012
Lucy de Groot, Chief Executive of UK volunteering and learning charity, CSV, says the ACEVO report highlights the corrosive impact of youth unemployment and the depth of the problem in some parts of the country.

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