UK Charities

The EU and the Referendum Matter to Charities and VCS - They Need to Engage Positively

John Tizard | Posted 20.05.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The outcome of the UK wide referendum on 23rd June will have significant long term implications for the country's governance, politics, economy, environment, public services, employment rights, social mobility, migration, refugees, asylum status ... and so much more.

Anti-Corruption Summit Should Go Beyond Lip Service and Provide Room for Civil Society to Function in the Most Affected Countries

Donald Mogeni | Posted 12.05.2016 | UK
Donald Mogeni

David Cameron will today be smarting from the faux pas of making an acutely embarrassing indiscretion under the glance of cameras. Just days before the 2016 anti-corruption summit, the UK Prime Minister will be hosting, he was caught on camera in discussion with the Queen and the Archbishop of Canterbury, describing two of the countries sending delegates to London as "fantastically corrupt countries".

Contemporary Charities: The Big Lottery Should Support a Big Debate

John Tizard | Posted 29.04.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The Big Lottery Fund's report and initiative on "The Future of Doing Good" is both timely and challenging. As the Government and others seek to redef...

Charities Cannot Ignore Political Events and Should Be Ready to Pounce

John Tizard | Posted 20.03.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Charities have rightly been arguing against specific benefit cuts on behalf of their members and their beneficiaries; drawing evidence from disabled people, carers and also from their own professional staff; and making the case for excluding some of the most vulnerable and poorest members of society from further cuts to their limited income.

So the Cancer Drugs Fund 'Reform' Is Happening

Mark Flannagan | Posted 08.03.2016 | UK
Mark Flannagan

The Cancer Drugs Fund "reform" is happening. We have a new approach that puts NICE back in the driving seat. The hoped for result is no more surprises, no unexpected calls on a fund for a new drug that will change someone's outcome.

Young Voices Are Worth Paying Attention To - Age Is Just a Number

Charlie Doherty | Posted 02.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Charlie Doherty

As I sit here reflecting on all the privileges I have experienced as a teenager, I wonder if it had not been for the life changing moment that I saw the news coverage on TV of the terrible and devastating 2004 Tsunami in Indonesia, would my life have taken a different path?

A Charity Worker's Perspective on Trading Activities

Caroline Abrahams | Posted 11.02.2016 | UK
Caroline Abrahams

As you can imagine, in my role as Charity Director at Age UK I have been following the current media debate about Age UK's trading arm's activities - and about charity trading arms more generally - very closely.

Big Charities Are Spoiling Things for Small Ones

Jo Ivens | Posted 10.02.2016 | UK
Jo Ivens

Of course I know that 'Charity Does A Good Job' and 'No Governance Concerns At Charity' are not juicy headlines, but what I take from all of this is that it seems that most people writing (and reading?) about charities don't actually know much about charities, about the reality of running a charity, working in a charity, or receiving services or support from a charity.

Government Should Encourage Charities to Challenge and Campaign for and Against Policy - Not Seek to Stifle Them

John Tizard | Posted 08.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Last year, charities were threatened with the Lobbying Act's "gagging clauses", and now we learn that the Government wants to prevent charities using public money to participate in contemporary debates on public policy.

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 | 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?