Voluntary Sector

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

John Tizard | Posted 02.02.2015 | 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...

Mental Health Services for Young People Need Money and New Ideas, Not Outrage

Dr Simon Newitt | Posted 01.02.2015 | UK
Dr Simon Newitt

Since we lack the political introspection to ask more urgent questions about the health of our increasingly unequal world and the political and economic aetiology of mental ill health more specifically, the basic issue of resources seems to me the most urgent place for our contemporary politicians to fix their gaze.

Change Is Unavoidable - And There's No Excuse for Not Doing It Well

John Tizard | Posted 09.01.2015 | UK
John Tizard

Whatever sector and level you identify yourself with (public, social, voluntary, community, social enterprise, voluntary, NGO or business sectors), it is a given that leaders, managers, employees, service users and customers are facing the fastest pace of change in their lifetimes, with only two certainties ahead - still more uncertainty, and more change.

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).

Party Conferences - Opportunity to Engage With Charities and Voluntary and Community Sector

John Tizard | Posted 22.11.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The party conference season is underway. These are going to be last conferences before the 2015 general election. Therefore, they each will take on an added significance as policy is debated and announced.

Should Charities Be Lobbying Government?

Simon Stevens | Posted 12.10.2014 | UK
Simon Stevens

Over the last decade or two, it has been interestingly the fashion for many charities to consider themselves political 'think tanks' who believe they have the ability and indeed the responsibility to lobby governments on behalf of the people they claim to represent, particularly in the field of disability.

Charity Leaders Must Lead

John Tizard | Posted 14.02.2014 | UK
John Tizard

Many organisations in the sector are already using modern technology and social media to connect and develop new relations with funders, volunteers, beneficiaries and supporters. More will have to do so. Leaders will need to drive this development.

The Monopoly Board: Why Paying Trustees Isn't the Best Way to Invest in Your Board

Rachel Egan | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Rachel Egan

If we want the third sector to maintain its well-respected image and continue to thrive, surely calling for charities to spend their money on training to improve the work of its senior decision-makers should be top of our agenda before we offer out salaries.

Funding Impact

Dan Corry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

Funders in the charitable sector give their money to good causes, so it can seem churlish to say that they need to think more about the impact of their giving. But surely this is true. The way in which funders support their chosen cause can mean they have a lesser or greater impact.

A Failure of Leadership: Where Are Dave, Ed and Nick (or Russell Brand)

John Nickson | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Nickson

The 2015 General Election Campaign has begun. In 2010, David Cameron campaigned for The Big Society causing widespread bafflement. Since then, The Big Society has silently shuffled off stage in a fog of embarrassment...

New Commission to Put Ageing on the Agenda of the Voluntary Sector

Dan Corry | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Dan Corry

The Commission will draw together existing research, engage and consult the sector through a series of events, and work with voluntary organisations to develop answers as to how the sector can lead the way in adapting to an ageing population.

No More Revolving Door?

Vicki Helyar-Cardwell | Posted 03.12.2013 | UK Politics
Vicki Helyar-Cardwell

The government is poised to embark on a sweeping set of reforms that will change the criminal justice landscape for the significant future..

Councils and Councils for Voluntary Service Can Find Common Cause

John Tizard | Posted 17.11.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

Local authority support and in particular financial support for local Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS) is ebbing away in too many places. This is tragic. They serve the same communities. There should be common cause to promote community well-being and much more. Well-being and outcomes in challenging times require strong public - social/sector partnership.

All Charities Must Prepare for Ageing

Dan Corry | Posted 14.10.2013 | UK
Dan Corry

Our aim is to give the sector a gentle kick up the pants. We all know the population will look different in 20 years time and we need to start thinking what that means for charities and their funders now.

The Government Is Seriously Damaging the Voluntary and Community Sector by Continuing to Heap on Pressure

Jon Trickett MP | Posted 26.07.2013 | UK Politics
Jon Trickett MP

This week has illustrated just how the Government is continuing to heap pressure on the voluntary and community sector. Charities are suffering a triple hit with cuts of over 45 per cent in central government funding, local councils being forced to cut their VCS budgets, and a significant reduction in donations.

Can Councils Justify Disproportionate Reductions In Charity Funding? Should Charities Complain?

John Tizard | Posted 09.08.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In my opinion in these difficult financial times, it is imperative that the voluntary and community sector and councils work even more effectively together. They must strive to find common cause and not fall out.

The Voluntary and Community Sector Must Be Confident

John Tizard | Posted 13.06.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

There is no doubt that many in the voluntary and community sector are struggling to survive, to secure funding, and to honour their missions.

Voluntary and Community Sector and Local Government Should Seek Common Cause

John Tizard | Posted 16.05.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

My strategic advice to the sector, is to seek to find common cause with local government to make the case to central government to stop or at least mitigate the impact of further cuts; to expose the human and financial implications of the Government's welfare 'reforms'; and to argue for greater localism with more devolved responsibility and resources to localities.

VCS Must Remain True to Mission; Not Be Seduced or Silenced By Contracts

John Tizard | Posted 03.05.2013 | UK
John Tizard

For some charities it may be too easy to walk into contracts because that is where the money is without considering the implications

It's Time for the Leadership of the Voluntary and Community Sectors to Find Their Voice

John Tizard | Posted 03.03.2013 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The hope and confidence that the government's commitment to the 'Big Society' offered to the VCS in 2010 has ebbed away to be replaced by a cynical dismissal of what now seems to have been little more than rhetoric rather than an substantial set of policies.

Debating How Child Poverty Is Measured Must Not Distract From Urgent Action Needed to Tackle It

Anne Marie Carrie | Posted 14.01.2013 | UK Politics
Anne Marie Carrie

Barnardo's believes that the scandal of child poverty in this country will only be tackled when action is taken to improve both the income and the access to services that the poorest families have. We know that money matters to the poorest families - especially when rising living costs, stagnating wages, a weak labour market and spending cuts are placing more pressure on them than ever before. Many families in poverty in the UK live on just £12 per person per day after housing costs. That £12 has to stretch to cover everything: food, electricity, water, gas, bus fares.

Time for Local Community Leaders to Collaborate and Put Place First

John Tizard | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
John Tizard

In 2013 and over the next few years, I predict that many places will regret the abolition of their LSPs and other places will be creating new local partnership and collaborative arrangements. What they are called is of little matter but what they can achieve can be very significant and relevant to local communities, businesses and citizens. And surely that is the whole point?

A Bold Social Voluntary and Community Sector Needs a Bold Minister

John Tizard | Posted 14.12.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

We need collaborators, and not castle builders.

Cuts and Unfairness: Charities and the Voluntary and Community Sector Have to Speak Up

John Tizard | Posted 09.11.2012 | UK Politics
John Tizard

The voluntary and community sector has always championed the rights and needs of the disadvantaged; fought for equality; and stood up for social justice. Now is the time to advocate these aims as never before. Cuts and many other government policies are taking the country in the opposite direction. Charities cannot ignore this.

Where are the Good Ideas?

Helen Goulden | Posted 06.11.2012 | UK
Helen Goulden

The question is how do you find and finance solutions to these problems - that aren't sexy, lucrative or easy to solve - and where solutions are likely to be found at grassroots, by people who are close to their communities, who might not find it easy to source funding on the high street?