Volunteering strengthened and valued

Millions of people want to give their time and talents to their community, or to the causes they support. People’s interest in and ability to volunteer should be encouraged, setting them on a path of contributing to their communities and to wider society.

As volunteering plays a more prominent role in our society’s future, we will need to make sure that access to charities and volunteering is more inclusive and reflective of our society.

We call on the next government to:

  • introduce a statutory duty to allow employees of organisations over a certain size to take a limited amount of time off work to volunteer, including to perform trustee roles.
  • develop new funding for volunteer-involving organisations to help them better involve disabled people and break down barriers to volunteering.