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Future of Volunteering 2021 hosted by the National Volunteering Unit

June 1 – July 1, 2021

Registrations are closed

•    Tuesday 1 June 2021 – Inclusivity in Volunteering

•    Wednesday 2 June 2021 – Employer Supported Volunteering and "The Big Questions" in Volunteering

•    Thursday 24 June – Inspiring the Future: NHS Ambassador and Inspiring Governors Programmes

This three-day conference is taking place in support of National Volunteer’s Week 2021 and to showcase and highlight the significance of volunteering within health and social care. 

We are the NHS Health Education England Volunteering Unit. Our aim is to support, develop, design and promote education, training and development opportunities for all volunteers within the NHS. We encourage staff who want to volunteer within the NHS, by providing unique and accessible projects and programmes to do so. We harness and embrace the power of new technology and digital to drive forward our work.

The first day of the conference focuses on inclusivity and diversity within volunteering; why is it important, what does it look like and how do we achieve it? 

On the second day we explore cross sector working. We will look at employer supported volunteering; the benefits, how we support employers to develop programmes and what we can learn from other sectors. Our final session on day two focuses on some ‘big questions’ around the future of volunteering in health and care. We will consider the impact of the pandemic on the volunteering landscape, the nature of the partnership between the voluntary community sector and the NHS; history, present and future and whether volunteering can truly be something that everyone can partake in.

On the third day we focus on the Inspiring the Future and Inspiring Governance programmes led by our charity partner Education and Employers. We will look at the outcomes of the ‘‘NHS Ambassadors: how you've helped 400,000 young people’ report and the difference your volunteering can make. We will showcase what the NHS Ambassadorial programme looks like in action by holding a virtual careers chat with young people and invite you to observe. Finally, we will hold an information webinar which will provide an opportunity for anyone considering to become an Ambassador or governor to hear more about these programmes, including hearing from current Ambassadors, as well as the benefits and impact.

We want, volunteer voice and experience to be paramount, open dialogue about key debates, to shine a spotlight on the barriers to volunteering and social action faced by excluded groups and to create a blueprint and toolkit for the practical steps we can take towards positive change. 

We hope that hearing from inspirational volunteer experts and volunteering leaders, and learning about exceptional community led projects, will encourage system leaders and volunteer service managers working to integrate and grow volunteering within their organisations and localities, to think creatively, and act, in carving out more inclusive volunteering opportunities for genuine and meaningful involvement. 

Our conference is for anyone with an interest in volunteering, but we think it will be of particular relevance to volunteers, representatives from organisations who recruit and manage volunteers directly or indirectly and senior leaders from health, social care and the third sector. 

We warmly welcome and encourage participation from all irrespective of culture, race, ethnicity, disability, religious or spiritual beliefs, gender, age, sexual orientation, sexual identity or employment status.   

For more information or for queries in the meantime please contact The National Volunteering Unit at NHS Health Education England on  

Confirmed keynote speakers:

Dr Navina Evans, Chief Executive, Health Education England

Ravi Singh, Founder, Khalsa Aid

Baroness Diana Barran MBE, Minister for Civil Society

Marie Costa, Campaigner/Activist


Start: June 1, 2021
End: July 1, 2021
Future of Volunteering 2021

Future of Volunteering 2021 Virtual Platform

United Kingdom

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