National Council for Voluntary Organisations
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|National Council for Voluntary Organisations|
|Formation||1919, as the National Council of Social Services (NCSS)|
|Legal status||charity and membership organisation|
|Location||King's Cross, London|
|Chief Executive||Sir Stuart Etherington|
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is the umbrella body for the voluntary and community sector in England. NCVO works to support the voluntary and community sector and to create an environment in which an independent civil society can flourish. NCVO has a membership of over 10,000 voluntary organisations. These range from large national bodies to community groups, volunteer centres, and development agencies working at a local level.
NCVO's headquarters are in the King's Cross, London area at 8 All Saints Street, London N1 9RL.
NCVO’s stated aims are:
- to bring about a comprehensive understanding of the distinctive value and values that the voluntary and community sector brings to society;
- to ensure that voluntary and community organisations and their users can play the fullest possible part in civil society and in building a diverse, tolerant, just and compassionate society;
- to redefine, develop and improve the relationships and partnerships within the voluntary and community sector and those with the other sectors and the general public;
- to ensure that a voluntary or community organisation, at whatever stage in its development, can access appropriate information, advice and models of good practice easily and quickly;
- to ensure that voluntary and community organisations have access to the resources and personnel they need to achieve their mission and to make the most effective use of those resources.
NCVO represents the views of its members, and the wider voluntary sector to government, the European Union and other bodies. It carries out research into, and analysis of, the voluntary and community sector. It campaigns on issues affecting the whole of the voluntary and community sector, such as the role of voluntary and community organisations in public service delivery and the future of local government. It provides information, advice and support to other organisations and individuals working in or with the voluntary and community sector. Many now well-established voluntary organisations started out as projects within NCVO, including Age Concern, Citizens Advice, the Charities Aid Foundation, the Black Environment Network, the Youth Hostel Association and the National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs.
NCVO started in 1919 as the National Council of Social Services (NCSS). NCSS was established in order to bring various voluntary bodies together and into closer relationships with government departments. Its foundation was made possible through a legacy from Edward Vivian Birchall, who had played a large part in the emergent voluntary sector before he was killed, aged 32, in France during the First World War.
On 1 April 1980, just over 60 years since its foundation, the National Council for Social Service became the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.
- 1919-1921: The Rt Hon the Viscount Ullswater PC GCB
- 1921-1928: The Rt Hon J H Whitley PC MP
- 1928-1932: Captain The Rt Hon E A FitzRoy PC MP
- 1932-1935: The Rt Hon J H Whitley PC MP
- 1935-1938: The Rt Hon the Viscount Bledisloe PC GCMG KBE
- 1938-1939: The Rt Hon the Lord Snell PC CBE
- 1939-1951: Sir Percy Malcolm Stewart Bart DL OBE
- 1951-1954: The Rt Hon the Earl of Halifax PC KG OM GCSI GCIE
- 1954-1957: Sir Edward Peacock GCVO
- 1964-1969: The Rt Hon the Lord Hayworth
- 1969-1973: His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh
- 1973-1981: Sir John Partridge KBE
- 1981-1986: Sir John Hedley Greenborough KBE
- 1986-1991: Sir Kenneth Durham
- 1991-1997: Sir Campbell Adamson
- 1997-2002: The Lord Plant of Highfield
- 2002-2007: The Baroness Rawlings
- 2007-2012: The Lord Hodgson
The Chief Executive is Sir Stuart Etherington, who succeeded Judy Weleminsky in 1994.
The equivalent infrastructure bodies for voluntary organisations in the other UK countries are:
- Wales: WCVA, Wales Council for Voluntary Action
- Scotland: SCVO, the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations
- Northern Ireland: NICVA, the Northern Ireland Council for Voluntary Action
- "About Us: Our members". NCVO. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "The History of NCVO". NCVO. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Griggs, Ian (12 December 2012). "NCVO and Volunteering England to merge on 1 January". Third Sector. Retrieved 25 February 2013.
- Coles, Kay (1993). "NCVO from 1919 to 1993". NCVO. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "Our governance". NCVO. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Tonkin, Tim (16 October 2012). "National Council for Voluntary Organisations to appoint Tanni Grey-Thompson as next president". Third Sector. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "NCVO's Trustee Board". NCVO. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Ricketts, Andy (24 November 2010). "Former newsreader Martyn Lewis is new NCVO chair". Third Sector. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "Interview with Martyn Lewis". Third Sector. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- "Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive, NCVO, biography". NCVO. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
- Coles, Kay (1993). National Council for Voluntary Organisations from 1919 to 1993: A Selective Summary of NCVO's Work and Origins, London: NCVO Publications. ISBN 0-7199-1360-8.