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Nick Stanhope, “We Are What We Do”

About Nick Stanhope:

After graduating from Oxford University in 2002, Nick spent six years working on the ground in communities and nationally on social marketing campaigns, before joining We Are What We Do in 2007 and becoming CEO in early 2009. Nick began his career as a teacher, working in the UK and abroad, and then joined Anti-Slavery International as a campaigner and fundraiser in 2003. As part of a two-year volunteer project, Nick spent seven months cycling from Cape Town to London and returned to write his first book, Blood, Sweat and Charity, published in 2005. From 2005, Nick worked as a youth worker in Lambeth and Southwark and used that experience to go on to create a national youth engagement programme and employee volunteering scheme with T-Mobile in 2006. Nick joined We Are What We Do in 2007 to develop their dedicated schools work, creating their children’s book, Teach Your Granny to Text & Other Ways to Change the World, and a series of national youth projects.

With Nick at the helm, We Are What We Do has gathered a team of more than 20 people in London, Sofia and San Francisco, and has launched a set of award-winning products and tools all over the world, such as Historypin, Internet Buttons and Action Stationery.

About We Are What We Do:

We Are What We Do is a not-for-profit behaviour change company that creates ways for millions of people to do more small, good things. We make stuff that people want to buy or use and which have positive behaviours built in, aiming to reach massive audiences and help address major social and environmental issues. At the heart of our work is the understanding that telling people what to do doesn’t work. So our creations are things people simply like, which incidentally help them to do more.

Robert Beard: NAVCA

Robert Beard currently works as Policy Officer with the National Association for Voluntary and Community Action (NAVCA). NAVCA believes voluntary and community action offers solutions to the challenges we face. Action rooted in communities brings local people together to campaign, volunteer and provide services. Uniquely, NAVCA is a national membership organisation with a grassroots view. Our membership network of over 350 local support and development charities keeps us in touch with the views of local charities and community groups from across the whole of England.

Robert read Divinity at the University of St Andrews, graduating with honours in 1985, and then spent six months in Sri Lanka working with the Christian Workers Fellowship. He subsequently trained for ministry in the Church of England at Ripon College, Cuddesdon, and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California.

Ordained in 1988, he served in parish ministry in the diocese of Sheffield until 2002. During this time he taught on the diocesan Pastoral Workers and Readers course, and was Chair of Sheffield Interfaith, Adviser to the Bishop of Sheffield on Interfaith Issues and Associate Chaplain at Sheffield Hallam University Multifaith Chaplaincy.

He co-founded, and from 2002 to 2005 worked with, Simunye, a local intercultural community arts and enterprise project. He also worked with the Open Forum For Economic Regeneration (OFFER) on the early development of Sheffield Faiths Forum.

From 2005 to 2008 he was Policy Officer at the Churches Regional Commission for Yorkshire and the Humber (, working with the Yorkshire and Humber Faiths Forum and managing the Faith Matters training and consultancy programme.

He has been a member of the FaithLinks group at Government Office for Yorkshire and the Humber and of the Faith & Community working group and the Local Area Agreements Project Board at the Department for Communities and Local Government.

Daniela Bosioc, The European Volunteer Centre

The European Volunteer Centre (Centre européen du volontariat, CEV) is the European network of nearly 100 national, regional and local volunteer centres and volunteer support agencies across Europe. Through our network we work together to promote and support volunteering through advocacy, knowledge sharing and capacity building & training. In this way we reach out to the many thousands of volunteers and volunteer organisations who look to volunteer centres a source of support bringing the European dimension to their work.

CEV channels the collective priorities and concerns of its member organisations to the institutions of the European Union and the Council of Europe. Together with other European networks active in volunteering we exchange policy, practice and information in order to ensure effective and coherent follow up to European Year of Volunteering 2011 and ensure its legacy through the implementation of the Policy Agenda for Volunteering in Europe (P.A.V.E).

CEV’s vision is a Europe in which volunteering is central in building a cohesive and inclusive society based on solidarity and active citizenship. Our mission is to contribute to the creation of an enabling political, social and economic environment in Europe where the full potential of volunteering can be realised.

Together with our members we work to:

  • Be the representative voice for volunteering infrastructure in Europe
  • Strengthen the infrastructure for volunteering across Europe
  • Promote volunteering as an expression of European values.

Our strategic objectives:

  • Knowledge Sharing: To serve as a knowledge and research resource for volunteering funding and practice in Europe.
  • Partnerships/Networking: Developing partnerships and alliances with key stakeholders across all sectors to promote and win recognition for volunteering as an expression of active citizenship in Europe.
  • Policy/Advocacy: Acting as a bridge for communication between volunteer infrastructure organisations and the work of the European institutions contributing to the development of policies to promote and support the role of volunteering as an expression of active citizenship in Europe.
  • Training and Capacity Building: To promote innovation and good practice in the field of supporting and reinforcing volunteering, participation and active citizenship through exchange, structured dialogue and network-building.

CEV’s initiative and facilitating role was a crucial element in the civil society campaign achieving the European Year of Volunteering 2011 together with all our partner networks active in volunteering at the European level. These networks formed the ‘EYV 2011 Alliance’ and CEV was been mandated to host the Secretariat for the implementation of the civil society strand of the European Year of Volunteering 2011.

Nick Ockenden, Institute for Volunteering Research

Nick is the Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research where he has worked since 2005. He was previously a Head of Research and Research Officer. Nick leads IVR’s work programme and is responsible for its strategic development. In his time with IVR he has worked on a wide range of projects including numerous programme and organisational evaluations (English Heritage, the Natural History Museum, v), the development of volunteering strategies (the National Offender Management Service, the Northern Ireland government), sector-wide reviews of volunteering (Natural England) and studies into volunteering behaviour and impact (the Volunteering Hub, Capacity Builders). Nick’s particular research interests are focused on volunteering within small, community-based organisations and environmental and conservation volunteering.

In the past Nick has worked at GreenSpace, an environmental charity working with parks and green spaces throughout the UK. Nick is a board member of the Social Research Association, and also currently volunteers with the British Red Cross. He is currently an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck, University of London and a Visiting Fellow at Northumbria University.

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