Under 3mins Pitch: Why being a Trustee is the best Volunteer role

In the video below, I outline in under 3 minutes why being a Trustee is the very best volunteer role there is. If you cannot bear looking at my face for that long, and I do not blame you, then you can read my blog article explaining similar arguments.

Initial Response to Kruger ‘Levelling up Communities’ Report

Last week the government published the ‘Levelling up our communities: proposals for a new social covenant’, report by Danny Kruger MP which has recommendations and suggestions for developing civil society based on the amazing response by the voluntary and community sector to the Covid-19 pandemic. In late June Danny was asked [note: I am not …

Volunteer Managers’ Cafe

I am pleased to report on the success of a new innovation for 2020, a Volunteer Managers’ Café, that started before Covid-19 and has carried on through the crisis and is becoming more important during the recovery phase and beyond. At Volunteer Centre Camden we have a dedicated service to support best practice volunteer management …

Covid-19 Volunteer Response: Boats Analogy

As I have been asked a few times, here is my boats analogy for explaining the volunteering response to Covid-19 in the UK. It helps explain the different speeds and approaches of the different participants in society and also how they have come together. Mutual Aid Groups – DinghiesMutual Aid Groups (MAGs) and similar were …

Stop Calling it the ‘Third’ Sector

It is increasingly bothering me, to the point of driving me crazy, that people refer to the sector I work in as the ‘Third’ sector. It just seems wrong and symptomatic of a sector that is under-appreciated and undervalued. But we accept it, as that is what our sector does, we do not make a …

Trustee – Probably the best volunteer role there is

More people should be trustees. They really should. It is often forgotten as a volunteer role, but it is absolutely one of the best ways to volunteer your skills and experience and make a real significant contribution to a charity. This truly fantastic volunteer role suffers, in my view, due its name. The word ‘trustee’ …

Why do so many misunderstand DBS?

The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check, formerly Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), is widely used throughout the voluntary and community sector to involve volunteers but I never cease to be surprised at how often it is misused, either through misunderstanding or deliberately. At the Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre, we are an authorised umbrella DBS …

Participaction – The new name for volunteering

I have been in denial. No, I am not doing a bad joke about a river in Egypt, but referring to my coming around to the notion that the word ‘volunteer’ is not as cool and sexy as it used to be. The concept of giving time to help others is still very much cool, …

Celebrating 10 years of Not-for-profit Social Enterprise Works4U!

I write with unashamed and enormous beaming pride to announce that award-winning not-for-profit social enterprise Works4U is celebrating its 10th birthday. This 100% self-sustaining internationally-recognised London enterprise has a social mission to help businesses to support the community through volunteering. In the past 10 years Works4U has organized for over 15,000 business volunteers to carry out almost …

Who is the Dominic Pinkney person?

Well, Dominic Pinkney (that’s me, but I’m writing in the third person) is a voluntary sector CEO, with specific expertise on volunteering. He is the CEO of two amazing Volunteer Centres: Volunteer Centre Camden (VCC) Hammersmith & Fulham Volunteer Centre (HFVC) He is also the CEO of Works4U, a not-for-profit social enterprise whose social mission …