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Volunteers on Management Committees 'Giving Leadership, Giving Time' to Make a Difference

08 December 2015

A major research report ‘Giving Leadership, Giving Time’ has been launched into the governance of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.

VSB Foundation commissioned Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd to undertake a comprehensive research report focusing on the needs and issues facing Management Committee Members/Trustees and the findings will inform the sector, funders, policy makers and the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland.

Giving Leadership Giving Time

At the Launch of the research report  'Giving Leadership, Giving Time: Gabrielle Doherty, Trustee, VSB Foundation, Mervyn Storey MLA, Minister for Social Development,  Wendy Osborne CEO, Volunteer Now and Martin Busch, Trustee, Volunteer Now

A vibrant voluntary and community sector is fundamental to a healthy civil society and the health & wellbeing of the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland is dependent on the volunteers who give time to become members of Management Committees/Trustees. Their volunteer roles are pivotal in providing the leadership and accountability for all of the work and activities undertaken by thousands of organisations.

Brian Gibson, Chairperson, VSB Foundation said:

“Given the change in charity legislation, the establishment of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland and the many challenges facing organisations and groups across the voluntary and community sector,  VSB Foundation considered it was timely to undertake a comprehensive research project that involved  asking Committee Members/Trustees and organisations their views”

Speaking at the launch of this report, Wendy Osborne CEO Volunteer Now said:

“Over 33,000 individuals volunteer their time to be involved as committee members with voluntary and community groups and organisations.   The difficulty in finding new volunteers and no change in the diversity of these committees suggests we are moving towards a recruitment crises.  This research highlights that attention needs to be given now to support good governance for the voluntary and community sector in Northern Ireland.”

The report can be downloaded from Volunteer Now website http://bit.ly/1HQ07aS or alternatively contact Wenda.Gray@volunteernow.co.uk for a hard copy.