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* Volunteer Development England ( Tel: 0121 6334555; l Volunteer Development Scotland (

Tel: 01786 479593;

* Welsh Council for Voluntary Action (

Tel: 029 20431700.

All co-ordinate the network of local volunteer bureaux, which promote volunteering, provide opportunities for volunteers, and offer information on using and managing them.

* Community Service Volunteers ( Runs two schemes that put volunteers into schools: Learning Together involves university students (tel, 020 7643 1320). RSVP is aimed at over-50s (tel, 020 7643 1385).

* Volunteer Reading Help (VRH) ( Tel: 020 7729 4087. Trains volunteers to boost literacy skills in primary schools .

* National Education Business Partnerships ( 01740 652681. Contact for details of local partnerships - most run some kind of volunteer or mentoring scheme, and offer excellent training.

* Business in the Community ( Another organisation linking businesses and schools.

* Timebank ( uk). Promotes voluntary activity of all kinds. Initiatives include an "artists in schools" programme.

* Campaign For Learning (www.campaign-for-learning. 020 7930 1111.

* National Confederation of Parent Teacher Associations (

Tel: 01732 748850.

* LEAs offer governor training, from induction to specialist courses.

* The National Association of Governors and Managers ( has a wide range of publications and reports.

* The National Governors' Council ( produces resources and organises conferences.

* has information, resources and useful links.

* index.cfm has basic information.

* www.schoolgovernors-osss. tries to find governors for schools.


* volunteering.

* studysupportrespublications community. Has lots of downloadable information on best practice involving volunteers.

* www.millenniumvolunteers. Encourages 16 to 24-year-olds to provide voluntary help in the community, including work in schools with younger children.

* Promotes voluntary participation in extracurricular activities.


* No Limits, by Jim Mulligan (CSV, tel: 020 7643 1314). Offers "a blueprint for involving volunteers in schools" with case studies.

* NASUWT (www.teachersunion. Publishes a booklet, Adults in Schools, with a section devoted to involving volunteers. Tel: 0121 453 6150.

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