Civil Society

Shuffle The Pack

Dan Corry | Posted 30.08.2016 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

Are these changes wise? Experts like the Institute for Government tend to think not and indeed there is a general consensus amongst academics and former mandarins that the only decent change in recent decades has been the creation of the Department for Work and Pensions.

Why I am a Litter Picker

Karin Sieger | Posted 21.07.2016 | UK Lifestyle
Karin Sieger

But an increasing number of people clearly cannot be bothered to put their rubbish in the bins or take it home. Take-away wrappers, containers, cutlery, bottles, cans... they are all left there, just dumped. Often with many balloons and laughing gas canisters. So, on most days I pick up litter

Local Social Action Is More Vital Than Ever - And So Are Its Champions

John Tizard | Posted 12.07.2016 | UK Politics
John Tizard

If ever there was a time for bold, brave focussed leadership in the voluntary and community sector, at both national and local level, surely it is now? And this must particularly be case in respect of the local community and small charity sector, which are the backbone of strong communities and the catalyst for local social action.

Humanity, You're Fired!

Adam Hamdy | Posted 04.07.2016 | UK Tech
Adam Hamdy

"The market has decided this is my stuff," won't work for much longer because there soon won't be enough people with jobs to support a market. The next phase of the history of stuff might be, "We all get the same stuff," but that sounds suspiciously like socialism, which can't possibly be right...

Why the World Should Not Fear Brexit

Adam Hamdy | Posted 27.06.2016 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

A fevered referendum has divided Britain and unsettled the world. I've previously criticised the tone of the Remain and Leave campaigns for stoking fear and hate, and we are now living with the consequences of their irresponsibility.

Why Brexit Poses a Huge Risk to Charities and Volunteering

Rob Wilson | Posted 22.06.2016 | UK Politics
Rob Wilson

For civil society, the risks of EU withdrawal are huge. At a time when the country needs charities and volunteering to be at the top of its game, they could be compromised, overwhelmed by demand and starved of resources. Brexit is a huge risk to the stability of the sector, one that may take decades to recover from.

Let's Make Society Stronger Through Volunteering

Anne Heal | Posted 02.06.2016 | UK
Anne Heal

This is the year that Volunteers' Week has been extended from seven to twelve days, enabling more people to take part. The final day coincides with the Patron's lunch: a celebration of Her Majesty the Queen's lifetime of service to more than 600 charities and organisations, on the occasion of her 90th birthday.

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...

If Charities Are to Thrive in 2016 Listening to Supporters Will Be Vital

John Low | Posted 07.01.2016 | UK
John Low

In 2015 charities were put under greater scrutiny - and attack - than in recent memory. Under such circumstances it would be easy to be gloomy, even to fear that charities are facing an existential threat.

Uruguay: Gay Marriage, Legal Dope and Gender Based Violence

Sophie Bauer | Posted 03.12.2015 | UK Universities & Education
Sophie Bauer

GBV is the ugliest, most demeaning manifestation of gender inequality. Uruguay is a country that proves case in point that responding effectively to an issue as complex and deeply rooted as this requires so much more than services. It is also a question of changing cultures and mindsets.

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.

Raising More Tax Requires Investment in Civil Society

Hans Zomer | Posted 26.07.2016 | UK Politics
Hans Zomer

We must not allow a situation to arise where the focus is merely on increasing government income, without ensuring adequate accountability mechanisms are in place to ensure the tax money raised is spent wisely. And as we know only too well from our experience in Ireland, a healthy civil society is absolutely vital in that regard.

Garrick Vote: You Poor Men

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 06.07.2016 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

It seems a waste of time to put energy into a rational argument to counter your irrational position. But perhaps now that at least we are all talking about your strange habit, things might change. n the meantime, what the rest of us can do is stop treating your club as exclusive, but instead as ridiculous.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Must Respond to the 2015 Election With Both Sophistication and Voice Anchored in Its Values

John Tizard | Posted 10.05.2016 | UK
John Tizard

The outcome of the General Election has significant implications for the voluntary and community sector (VCS). At both a local and national level, it must now respond - in a constructive but principled manner.

The Importance of Civil Society Organisations in National Conversation

Muhammad Abdul Bari | Posted 05.05.2016 | UK
Muhammad Abdul Bari

Charity and philanthropy depend on citizens' concern and proactive activism for the good of humanity, at home and abroad, in areas such as poverty alleviation, social justice, equality, clean environment and healthy politics. Dedicated volunteering from under-performing communities can lift them up which also enhances better community relations.

Racists on Trains and the Silence of the Bystander

Gabriel Webber | Posted 19.06.2015 | UK
Gabriel Webber

History's worst acts of evil all happened amidst the silence of the bystander. Ms Nagesh is most unwise to encourage her readers to keep quiet when they witness acts of hatred.

2015: Setting the Right Course

Lord Michael Hastings | Posted 11.04.2015 | UK
Lord Michael Hastings

2015 gives me hope, but we need faith in the political system, in businesses, in civil society and in the people running them to ensure that the promise of the SDGs is fulfilled and the global economy works for all communities, now and in the future.

Charity Regulation: Time to Debate the Fundamentals, Not Just the Charity Commission and Its Chair

John Tizard | Posted 03.04.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The re-appointment of William Shawcross as Chair of the Charity Commission has understandably and rightly sparked much media and charity sector interest in his views and political allegiance as well as the role of the Commission itself. The latter is old news...

A Message for 2015 to Charity Sector Leaders: Step Up - or Step Aside

John Tizard | Posted 06.02.2015 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The charity and wider voluntary and community sector faces many challenges, most of which originate externally. However, I do fear that an unfortunate proportion (hopefully not too large a proportion)of these challenges are self-generated, and of these, it seems to me that far too many stem from within these organisations' executive and trustee leadership teams.

After Scotland: English Devolution - why, what and how?

John Tizard | Posted 26.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

September 18th 2014 has changed the politics and governance of the UK radically and irreversibly. But let's please be clear about what we are seeking to do and for what purpose; and then let's get to it!

Self-Confidence Is Essential in the Voluntary and Community Sector

John Tizard | Posted 17.12.2014 | UK
John Tizard

The voluntary and community sector faces unprecedented challenges. These challenges are deep and very significant including the withdrawal of public funding, political attacks, and increased demand for services (especially as a result of cuts to public services and the impact of austerity).

Bailing Out the Food Banks

Adam Hamdy | Posted 13.12.2014 | UK Politics
Adam Hamdy

Food bank use is rising almost as quickly as executive pay. If something isn't done to correct the worsening structural inequality in the economy, the government may find itself called upon to bail out the food banks and provide basic nutrition to people living in one of the richest nations in the world.

Memorandum to the New Minister for Civil Society - Time for Action

John Tizard | Posted 04.12.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Dear Minister, Welcome to the new job. I write this memorandum as someone who works with many civil society organisations, is a trustee of some national and local charities and as a former senior executive in that sector.

Time for National Charity and VCS Bodies to Lead a National Discourse

John Tizard | Posted 25.10.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

These are going to be critical months for the voluntary and community sector (VCS) and charities more generally - and this is especially the case for the national sector bodies. It will also be a critical period for all of us and there needs to be an open debate about the future of society which these bodies can lead.

Jimmy Savile and the Banking Crisis - United by Failure to Question

Fiona Hotston Moore | Posted 05.10.2014 | UK
Fiona Hotston Moore

There is a great deal we could gain as a culture from being more questioning, which is not the same as being more cynical. Scepticism is what allowed the Age of Enlightenment to emerge in the Seventeenth Century, a liberation of arts and sciences from the stranglehold of religious orthodoxies.