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ACEVO recommends: May 2024

“ACEVO recommends” is a monthly blog curating noteworthy resources, content, and events pertinent to leaders within the sector.

Support for those who care for others

Do you work with individuals who care for others? BITC Let’s Care Together programme matches unpaid carers with a trained befriender who helps them to improve their wellbeing through a series of up to six, flexible, online sessions. They are accepting referrals into the programme and have befrienders ready to support. If your beneficiaries or colleagues could benefit from the programme and would like to find out more, sign up for an information session on Wednesday 29 May at 12pm. Or email

Volunteers’ Week and The Big Help Out

Volunteers’ Week takes place from 3-9 June, and celebrates the amazing contributions volunteers make to communities across the UK. From open days to celebration events, hundreds of online and in-person activities take place across the UK every year to mark Volunteers’ Week and celebrate volunteers. This year Volunteers’ Week will culminate in The Big Help Out, from Friday 7 to Sunday 9 June, where people across the UK will get the chance to experience a range of volunteer taster sessions. Check the website to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Big Give’s Christmas Challenge

Big Give’s Christmas Challenge is the UK’s biggest match funded campaign. For seven days, supporters of participating charities can double their donations and, in doing so, make an extraordinary difference to the world’s biggest challenges. Applications for Christmas Challenge 2024 open now and close at 5pm Friday, 5 July. 

Charity Governance Code: consultation now open

The Charity Governance Code steering group has launched a public consultation to inform our review and update of the Code. Whether or not you use the Code, we want to hear from you. Your feedback will shape the next version of the Charity Governance Code, help us to ensure it works for organisations of all sizes, and ultimately support good governance across the sector. The consultation is open until 11t August. Find out more and submit your responses.

Net Zero Champions: founders driving sustainability

Social Founders and Green Business Action are offering bursaries for London-based founders and business owners to have a free place at their Net Zero Champions workshop on 4 June. The focus of the event is to support you to lead the drive to Net Zero in your organisation. We have an experienced sustainability founder to talk to us about his own leadership strategies, and to discuss these issues with you, followed by an expert-led workshop to guide you through drafting your own organisational carbon reduction plan during the workshop. There’s a networking lunch afterwards if you’d like to stay on to network with other founders and business owners from around London. To be eligible for afree place you need to have at least 2 members of staff and a minimum turnover of £50k. Book ASAP if yes, using the NetZero promotional code to secure your bursary place. 

IVAR launches new podcast

A new podcast from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) explores some of the knotty challenges facing the voluntary sector. Hosted by Ben Cairns, director at IVAR, each episode features different perspectives and a learning together about how best to deliver for communities and causes across the UK. We start by chatting with two charity leaders and a grantmaker about recent findings shared in our latest Leading in Uncertainty briefing, hearing their responses and hopes for the future of grant-making.

DEI in the charity sector: CEOs roundtable and networking event

ACEVO’s CEO Jane Ide is speaking at an event organised by the Employers Network for Equality and Inclusion focused on the role of leadership and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) within the charity sector. The gathering takes place on 10 July and aims to facilitate meaningful discussions, share valuable insights, and provide practical strategies for DEI implementation.

Measuring emissions and setting a net zero target

Join CAFA (Climate Action for Associations) experts on 30 May as they guide you through measuring your organisation’s emissions and offer insights on setting your initial net zero target. Learn how to effectively collect accurate emissions data and ensure that your targets align with organisational objectives and global climate goals.

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