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Volunteering returns to 10 year high, says new report

Young most likely age group to volunteer and men overtake womenVolunteering is at the joint highest level for ten years with over a quarter of the British public (26%) having given time in the last three months (chart 1)Volunteering by men at 10 year high as they overtake women (chart 2)Volunteering by 16-24 years at 10 year high and at twice level of a decade ago (chart 3)The young are still the most likely age group to volunteer, having consistently reported the highest volunteering levels of any age group on average over

The New Alchemy Parts 2 and 3: Trends and motivations

This is the second part of our new volunteering report and you can download it free in the top right hand corner of this page. It's being released in seven parts:Part 1 – The political and social landscape for volunteeringPart 2 – Volunteering trends over the last decadePart 3 – Harnessing volunteer motivationsPart 4 – The changing mechanics of volunteeringPart 5 – Engaging the young, the old and the family to volunteerPart 6 – How do we manage the 21st Century Volunteer?

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Abolishing the Slave Trade; the first global campaign

When Granville Sharp found escaped slave Jonathan Strong outside his brother’s surgery for the poor in Cheapside in 1765, it was the spark that started the campaign to end the slave trade. Strong’s face had been beaten to a pulp by a pistol-whipping from his owner.

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Seen and Not Hurd; what awaits Brooks Newmark, the new Minister for Civil Society?

As Nick Hurd leaves the sector to applause and acclaim from sector leaders, all eyes shift to Brooks Newmark MP, the new Minister for Civil Society. Apart from a name as unconventional as his background – he was born in the United States and lived there until he was nine – little seems to be known about him as he moves into the third sector hotseat.