THE Volunteer Centre UK holds its annual conference on Thursday 15 October at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham. The theme, 'Raising awareness of volunteering: how do we get the message across?' will be discussed within four forums: employee volunteering from the corporate sector; television images of volunteers; equal opportunities; and the benefits of volunteering. For more details, contact the Volunteer Centre UK, 29 Lower King's Road, Berkhamsted, Herts HP4 2AB; 0442 873311.

THIRD Sector, a new fortnightly subscription magazine for charities, will be launched on Thursday 8 October. Aimed at people working in charities, trusts, foundations and voluntary organisations, the magazine will concentrate on up-to-date news. The editor, Sandra Greaves, says it will deal with issues like the Charities Act, new trends in management practice and investment, and fund-raising. For more information, contact Third Sector, 4 Assam Street, London, E1 7QS; 071-247 0066.