The next government has a big role to play in supporting the VCSE sector, volunteers, and catalysing wider change in the country. NCVO have published a manifesto with five key asks from the next Government. They are:
Making it easier and more rewarding for people to volunteer
- Allowing employers time off work for volunteering
- Providing a support fund to address barriers to volunteering for people with disabilities.
- Recognise the difference that volunteers make to their communities
- Strengthening volunteer development and management
Supporting local communities for a generation to come
- Create income-generating endowment funds
- Put more assets in community ownership
Facilitating charities and volunteers to support our public services
- Services such as the NHS should be asked to set targets for the management and development of volunteering
- Senior public service leaders should be asked to become volunteering champions - raising greater awareness
Enabling people to develop their skills and employment opportunities
- Replace European Union programmes that help people get back to work
- Make it easier for unemployed people looking for work to volunteer
Giving everybody a stake in post-Brexit Britain
- Ensure the right to stay of EU national is resolved without delay
- Simple and effective visa requirements should be put in place to enable people from overseas.
- In the voluntary sector alone, around 5% of staff are non-UK EEA nationals, with this proportion increasing at a higher rate in recent years than the private or public sectors
These five areas all draw upon the idea of the next government acting as an enabler for the sector to develop and flourish even further. Charities and volunteers across the country and in all communities are already making a difference to people’s lives and changing things for the better. With the right support and opportunities, they can do even more.
For further details, NCVO's full manifesto is available here.