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E-bulletin – November 2005

Welcome to our November e-bulletin which is designed to provide an update on Russell Commission implementation in England. If you have any questions or comments, please email

  • Small grants round launched
    On Friday 4th November, Ian Russell launched a £600,000 small grants round, to fund preparatory work that will lay the foundations for the work of the new Russell Commission charity. The grant round aims to fund projects in two key areas:-

    • Developing volunteer involving strategies – encouraging organisations to develop their volunteering strategies for 16-25 year olds, so that they can increase the number of opportunities for young people, especially those from groups that are under-represented in volunteering activity

    • Best practice examples – encouraging existing volunteer-involving organisations to build the evidence base on how to reach new groups of young volunteers, particular black and minority ethnic groups, disabled people, faith groups and those without qualifications.

    Guidance notes and application forms can be downloaded from For more information about the grants round, please call the grants helpline on 0845 603 1869 or email The closing date for applications is 12.30pm on Friday 2nd December 2005. Applicants will be notified of the outcome of their bids by 22nd December.

    In addition to the small grants round, Ian Russell will also be inviting a small number of key stakeholders to develop a capacity building programme for organisations who will be involved in Russell Commission implementation. We will be approaching ten organisations who have been active in supporting the Russell work so far. Invitations to bid will be issued in week commencing 21 November 2005.

  • Over 160 young people apply to join Youth Advisory Board
    The campaign to recruit a new Youth Advisory Board has received an outstanding response, attracting applications from over 160 young people throughout England, who are keen to help revolutionise youth volunteering. The twenty successful applicants will also have the opportunity to apply for four trustee positions on the Main Board, ensuring that young people have a key role in the governance of the new charity. Interviews are taking place in Leeds on Saturday 12th November and in London on Saturday 19th November 2005.
  • Chair, Board and CEO recruitment reaching final stages
    Ian Russell is overseeing the final stages of the selection of the Chair, Board and CEO for the new charity. Young people from the existing Youth Advisory Board are also involved in the selection process. Announcements on all appointments are expected in early December.
  • Regional events - workshop toolkits now available
    Throughout October and November, over 350 volunteering practitioners participated in Russell Commission regional events throughout England. The events were designed to update practitioners on implementation progress to date, as well as supporting organisations to prepare for the step-change outlined in Ian Russell’s report. Downloadable workshop toolkits, outlining all the topics covered at the events, are now available at The toolkits provide helpful tips and best practice to support practitioners in delivering high quality volunteering opportunities for young people. Topics include youth-led volunteering, running taster sessions, full-time volunteering, quality, accreditation and raising money from the private sector.

Our thanks go to everyone who attended the events to feed in their views, and particularly to the workshop leaders from BTCV, CSV, get2thepoint, Reed Consultancies, UK Youth, Volunteering England and Youth Action Network.

For more information on any of the news updates contained in this e-bulletin, email