RCN's Roberts takes top Volunteering England role

Volunteering England has poached one of the Royal College of Nursing’s top PROs to be its head of comms and marketing.

Sonya Roberts, who joins next week, will be responsible for publicising the charity's events calendar – including its Volunteer Week in the first week of June.

Volunteering has been at the top of the political agenda recently. The government is preparing to launch a new volunteering charity this April on the back of last year's Russell Commission report, and last month Tory leader David Cameron unveiled his compulsory volunteering programme.

Volunteering England's head of policy Andy Forster hit the headlines after criticising Cameron's programme, saying if it was compulsory then it should not be called 'volunteering'. Roberts replaces Fiona Llewellyn, who left to become a domestic violence counsellor.

The charity has grown from 35 to 70 staff in the past 18 months.

As RCN media officer Roberts ran a number of high-profile campaigns, including last year's anti-smoking drive 'A breath of fresh air'.

Volunteering England was formed in April 2004 following a merger between The Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering, The National Centre for Volunteering and Volunteer Development England.

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