Your NCVO member bulletin for April + practical tips, training and jobs
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Don, in your bulletin this month; our brand new data on charities and what the figures show, a big win on business rates relief, micro-volunteering in focus, practical tips on our Knowhow site, training, jobs and more. I hope you find it useful and if you're coming to our annual conference on Monday, we're looking forward to seeing you there! Best wishes, Andrew, Membership Manager.

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*Our 2016 data on the voluntary sector is now live*
The refreshed UK Civil Society Almanac has all the voluntary sector facts and figures you could ever need including...

...where charities get their money from and how they spend it many people the sector employs and who they are many people volunteer and what motivates them.

It's a fantastic reference tool to help your charity plan its operations, write funding bids and much more.


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Top ten findings from the new data
Our researcher Jennifer Crees picks out some of the standout numbers and key trends.

Sharp increase in young people's volunteering
Some really positive news – but what's behind it? Nick Ockenden joins the dots.

*Members get more from the Almanac*
Log-in or register on the almanac website to get extra exclusive content  – use your membership number: MEMBERVC/13814

More news and comment

Government confirms support for charities' business rates reliefs
A letter from the Treasury has confimed that NCVO and the Charity Finance Group's pre-budget representatations were successful in heading off any cut to mandatory rates relief.

Happy microvolunteering day! #microday 
Our new almanac data identifies 'time' as being the biggest barrier to volunteering, so developing more bite-sized oportunities might work for your charity. Our microvolunteering guide can help you decide.

Upcoming political events that might affect your charity
Our parliamentary expert Chris Walker summarises them for you in his latest blog post and full member-only briefing the Inside Track.

Bold commissioning – a glimmer of hope
We're part of a project driving commissioners to be more ambitious and creative in how they design public services. Lev Pedro has some recent innovative examples.

The future of libraries and volunteering
8,000 jobs have been lost in libraries and 15,000 volunteers recruited. Nick Ockenden looks at the implications.

Our Annual Conference is on Monday
All kinds of topics will be up for debate. Follow the conversation on twitter with #ncvoconf.

*Catch up with all the latest posts on our blog.*

On our Knowhow practical support website
Our 50+ video courses are free to members, including: How to raise legacies from scratch

We've got lots of useful case studies from members - here's one from Mencap explaining how they developed their team's digital skills.

And browse our 300 how-tos like this one: How to tell your impact story

Upcoming training and events

9 May: NCVO/BWB HR Conference
Get legal and regulatory updates on HR issues affecting charities, plus practical tools and guidance.

4 May Clarify your fundraising responsibilities as a trustee

20 May Understanding the numbers – financial intelligence for trustees

19-20 May Strategy for growth - Giving you the tools to create a meaningful and effective strategy

11-12 May Project management specifically for the voluntary sector

13 May Digital skills for campaigners - Tips for online mobilisation planning and implementation

23 May Develop strategies to influence select committees

View all our upcoming training and events for 2016.

The latest advice and offers from our Trusted Suppliers

Some events coming up:

Phoenix Software: Microsoft Update for charities webinar - 27 April

HR Services Partnership: An introduction to managing long term sickness absence - 11 May

BWB and Cluttons: Relocation made easy – fail to prepare, prepare to fail: 25 May
Our new NCVO Trusted Supplier GCEN help clients mitigate their currency risk in the volatile market. All  members are entitled to a free currency audit to identify possible savings and risk mitigation strategies.

*Find out all the ways our 33 Trusted Suppliers can help you*

Your career
The latest vacancies on our CharityJob page include:

View all 38 CharityJob vacancies
Looking for a trustee postition?

There are 38 vacancies on our Trustee Bank (free for members to advertise on).
And here's a new opportunity from Trustees Unlimited: 

Leuka are are a leading leukemia research charity committed to improving the survival of patients with blood cancers. They are recruiting a treasurer and trustees.
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Publishing Training Centre

The PTC offers the widest range of tried and tested courses for your whole publishing workflow: from copy-editing, proofreading, rewriting, copywriting, to project management and copyright, in print and digital. Make sure your organisation has the sharpest expertise at every stage of the process.

Choose where to join your PTC courses: with convivial groups in central London, customised in your offices, or by distance learning. 
020 8874 2718 |

Sterling solutions

Sterling communications agency
Sterling specialise in working with voluntary  organisations in a consultative way to plan, create, produce and manage communications according to strategic objectives:

• magazine production and distribution
• donor recruitment, retention and engagement
• general marcomms

Visit us on Stand 34 at the NCVO Annual Conference on 18 April or contact James Fear or call 01536 572332 for more information.

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Charity Times Awards 2016

28 September 2016, Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London
Free to enter. Deadline for entries: 31 May 2016.

Now in their 17th year, The Charity Times Awards continue to be the premier celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.

This year we have three new categories: Advisory Provider of the Year, Excellence in Internal Communications and the Change Project of the Year.

Find out more:

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