Volunteering has a powerful impact for individuals, for communities, and for wider society. The act of volunteering may be with a large organisation, or with an informal community of people brought together through a common interest, or just simply a personal-level desire to make a difference. The driver for a person to volunteer may be rooted in altruism, to express a moral commitment, to pursue a shared interest, to address a perceived institutional deficiency, to bring about societal change or even for personal benefit. Regardless of the complex and myriad motivations, the combined range and scale of volunteering exerts a powerful force in contemporary Britain. There is also sound evidence of the positive benefits to the health and well-being of the individual volunteer. Yet volunteering has started to decline in recent years. What may be the consequences, what are the threats, and how can they be addressed?
Derek Milton Twine CBE FRSA is a British charity CEO, trustee and consultant who served as the Chief Scout Executive of the Scout Association from 1996 to 2013 (and was a volunteer adult Scout leader from 1968 to 1976).
Derek is an Honorary Lay Canon in the Diocese of Leeds, and he was Chair of Bradford Cathedral Council 2013-2023, and since 2023, Derek is a member of Ripon Cathedral Consultative Council. He has been vice-chair of the Church Urban Fund, and a member of Council of the National Trust. In 2020 he was appointed by the Secretary of State as a member of the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, and is Deputy Chair of the Authority.
Derek is an Alumnus of Bangor University and graduated in 1973.
This lecture will be given in English.
Refreshments will be available after the lecture.