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Ferg Slade

I focus on the impact local and national government policy might have on Nottingham’s voluntary sector, which has more recently included cuts, Big Society and volunteering. All views are my own!

I am the Policy and Campaigns Officer for Nottingham Community and Voluntary Service. I focus on the impact local and national government policy might have on Nottingham’s voluntary sector, which has more recently included cuts, Big Society and volunteering. I also work to connect the voluntary sector with statutory and business partners. I grew up in Nottingham, and attended university at Lancaster University and Copenhagen University, and gained a Masters degree from Nottingham University.

Big Society vs Traditional Volunteering?

You know what I hate more than anything in the world? Being told to calm down. I could be in a bath of spiders and be, well, not relaxed but content, then someone would tell me to calm down and I'd go nuts. I'd have been perfectly calm before, and the insinuation that something irrational that someone else has done has somehow made me look stressed is just offensive to me.
09/01/2012 11:22 GMT

Cameron's 'Troubleshooters' are an Ironic Example Of Britain's Late Reaction Culture

I watched intently yesterday as David Cameron <a href="http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/newsroom/2052313" target="_hplink">announced a £450m plan to tackle Britain's worst 120,000 families.</a> According to the Prime Minister, these families and their truancy, joblessness and anti-social behaviour cost Britain £9bn a year, and what we really need is someone to coordinate all the agencies that work with them to make them be less Shameless, more Waltons.
19/12/2011 14:33 GMT