UK Charities

What We Can Learn From Kids Company and Why There's Still Lots to Be Proud Of

Dr Carole Easton | Posted 01.02.2016 | UK
Dr Carole Easton

Either way, the work we need to do as a sector to learn lessons from what went wrong with Kids Company should be harnessed as a force for the good and not as a way of undermining work which makes a massive difference to some of the most disadvantaged people in the country.

The Three Problems Facing the Charity Sector

Robbie Crow | Posted 13.01.2016 | UK
Robbie Crow

One of the most common questions that charitable organisations are asking future employees at interview is "what do you think are the biggest challenges facing the sector at the moment?". Yes, there are the answers that everyone gives, such as "we're just coming out of a recession. There is no money", but I like to think out of the box. Here are the answers I like to give.

The Five Worst Charity Names

Stuart Laws | Posted 05.01.2016 | UK Comedy
Stuart Laws

A disclaimer here, which is, I hope obvious, but should be clarified. I'm not criticising the work of these charities, or the people that work for them, they're doing good work (I assume) and they're good people (I assume).

Britain's Celebrated Care Sector Can't Run on Praise Alone

Clare Periton | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK
Clare Periton

I am well aware, of course, that hospices are by no means alone in excelling in their field. The charity sector as a whole consistently provides world class, specialist support across a range of areas and increasingly fills the gaps of previously State commissioned services.

The Year That Changed My Life

Luke Cameron | Posted 22.12.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Luke Cameron

I guess the difficult thing for me is that as of right now, there is no-one (that I am aware of) who has been immersed to completely in 45 different charitable organisations. A feeling and experience I cannot share with anyone else. But, today I want to try and share that feeling with you.

Daily Mail Readers Are Outraged That A Refugee Charity Is Actually Helping Refugees

The Huffington Post UK | Chris York | Posted 19.12.2015 | UK

The Daily Mail has published an article detailing the "jollies" refugees are being treated to in an effort to help them integrate in British society. ...

Let's Celebrate Britain's Generosity This #GivingTuesday

John Low | Posted 01.12.2015 | UK
John Low

So, if you haven't already, why not think about making a small commitment to give your time, your voice, or even your money to back a good cause too?

These Charities You've Never Heard Of Are Working To Make Britain Better

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 30.11.2015 | UK

Seven outstanding small charities were honoured this week as the winners of the 2015 Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) Awards, which recognise outstandi...

Sol Campbell Is Trying To Join The House Of Lords

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 26.11.2015 | UK

Former England defender Sol Campbell is making plans to extend his political career with a peerage, after previously putting himself forward to be the...

Life to the Full

Ally Paget | Posted 17.11.2015 | UK Politics
Ally Paget

This research comes at a watershed moment for the relationship between charities and government. Life to the Full represents our plea for both to be ambitious - ambitious for what they can achieve when they work together, and ambitious for this too-long-overlooked group of children.

Politicians Should Not Tell Charities How to Use Their Reserves

John Tizard | Posted 30.10.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

My plea to council leaders and senior officers is simply this - remember that you and the local voluntary and community sector seek to serve the same communities and same people. Respecting, valuing and working with each other as 'real' trusted partners, you can make a big difference, especially in these hard times of austerity and cuts.

Voluntary and Community Sector - A Movement for Change

John Tizard | Posted 26.10.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

"We must campaign for social justice, equality and a fairer society. We should not be intimidated by Government, our regulator, public sector funders ...

A Million Reasons to Empower Young People

Hannah Kentish | Posted 13.10.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Hannah Kentish

I am so proud of the great things that Scouts do in local communities up and down the country. Now, with the launch of A Million Hands, our new campai...

No Charity Campaigning = No Progress

John Tizard | Posted 08.10.2015 | UK
John Tizard

Every so often and with seemingly increasing frequency, the siren voices of parts of the media and certain politicians demand that charities cease campaigning. Some of these voices actually go further and demand that the Government passes legislation to silence charities.

Why Everyone Should Know About the Lunchbox Fund

Lydia Suffield | Posted 21.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Lydia Suffield

View image | gettyimages.com Photo property of Getty Images Before I went to school, my mother always made sure I'd finished my breakfast. Wheneve...

Youth Discrimination on Charity Boards

Robbie Crow | Posted 18.09.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Robbie Crow

Young people are the future of this country, and they are the future leaders of the third sector. Surely the quicker we can encourage and mentor them, the better?

The Changing World of Adoption

Hugh Thornbery | Posted 10.09.2015 | UK
Hugh Thornbery

BAAF's demise coincided with that of Kids Company. Two more dissimilar charities in the children's sector could not be imagined yet in the public's mind, fed by much of the media reporting and punditry, some much better informed than others, one could assume that the closure of both charities signaled a wider problem in the charity sector.

Charities Must Show We Can Be Trusted With Personal Data

John Low | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK Politics
John Low

It has not been a good summer for charities. Questionable fundraising practices have dominated newspaper front pages, raising very serious questions a...

This Dog Singing 'I Will Survive' Will Make You Want To Adopt All The Pets In The World

The Huffington Post UK | Louise Ridley | Posted 08.09.2015 | UK

Animal charity The Blue Cross has released a new advert featuring an unwanted pet dog singing singing 'I Will Survive' as he is liberated from his abu...

Charities Need Effective Governance and Excellent Trustees - And Some Should Be Remunerated

John Tizard | Posted 07.09.2015 | UK
John Tizard

The closure of Kids Company over the summer was one further case study in the importance of effective charity governance. Kids Company was high profil...

Ambivalence Avenue Is an Undesirable Address

Jilly Forster | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK
Jilly Forster

When austerity-focused government chooses to leave increasingly demanding social issues to charities, there is an opportunity for mainstream businesses to collaborate and make a real difference.

A Business-Like Approach Is Key to Good Governance

Mark Flannagan | Posted 02.09.2015 | UK
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Mark Flannagan

As a charity chief executive, I've been asked a lot recently about the demise of the Kids Company charity. It has generally led to a wider conversation about charity fundraising, what "business-like" means in relation to running a charity and what the role of a charity chief executive is. So, I thought I would give my overview.

Kids Company and G4S - What They Say About Modern Britain

Mark Rusling | Posted 11.08.2015 | UK Politics
Mark Rusling

It all seems so cut and dried. Hundreds of families and Kids Company staff protest outside Downing Street, blessed briefly by the presence of the charity's founder, Camila Batmanghelidjh. Charity good; government bad. Kids Company failed because the government wouldn't bail it out. Damn those heartless bastards. The reality is so much more complicated.

This Radio 4 Interview With Kids Company's Founder Has Been Branded 'Shameful'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 06.08.2015 | UK

The founder of Kids Company has mounted a passionate defence against claims of financial mismanagement at the troubled charity, resulting in a bizarre...

The Voluntary and Community Sector Can Light a Beacon to Hope and Change

John Tizard | Posted 24.07.2015 | UK
John Tizard

Given the current political and economic agenda, it is all too tempting for the voluntary and community sector to retreat into a shell of despondency,...