The union Unite has launched a strategy document ‘A strong voluntary and community sector – the foundation for a thriving society’ and is writing to organisations across the sector with a view to creating a new consensus on how to...
PACE, the informal national network of chief executive assistants, is celebrating its tenth year, with over 250 members from a diverse range of charities spread throughout the UK.
The network gives members an opportunity to share good practice, exchange information and support each other, and to meet other chief executive assistants for development days and networking sessions. It runs on a very simple, and cost free, basis via email – no website or social networking. Contact Diana Bramson, email@example.com
Organisations that are working to enable individuals and communities to gain more control over their own wellbeing can enter a new Enabling State Challenge being run by the Carnegie UK Trust.
NCVO chair and well-known newsreader Martyn Lewis has an interesting article providing background to the recruitment for a new ‘media network coordinator’ role. This is part of plans to set up a network aimed at securing better coverage for voluntary organisations in the mainstream media.
Civil Society News reports on how the National Trust is getting powerful results from its digital transformation programme, which is giving staff better access to supporter data. Helping property managers understand their local audience has seen one property achieve a three-fold increase in the number of visitors to an event.
Sector think tank NPC has launched a ‘Digital Transformation’ programme, which will bring together charities with some of the biggest names in tech. IBM and the Tinder Foundation are two organisations already signed up. The aim is to encourage voluntary organisations to adopt the sort of digital technology already transforming our lives elsewhere.
Third Force News reports that a People’s Council movement has been formed in Scotland, aimed at transforming democracy at a local level.
Originally set up as a result of a perceived lack of community support from Argyll and Bute Council, the movement is calling for fundamental reform of local government in Scotland and a People’s Council meeting has been called to look at how this can be achieved.
Nacro, the crime reduction charity, and personnel professionals body CIPD have produced practical guidance for employers on employing ex-offenders. The guide gives tools to recruit safely and fairly, and “to ultimately gain skilled employees from a large and diverse talent pool”.
VODG, the umbrella body for voluntary sector social care support, along with National Care Forum, has produced a volunteer management toolkit. They say it complements existing resources by addressing key questions raised by frontline service managers:
NCVO’s chief executive Stuart Etherington has written about ‘A referendum on Britain in Europe: what role for the voluntary sector?‘.
Constitutional affairs and Brussels are … too important to be left to politicians or think tanks alone. .. The call for a constitutional convention, involving citizens and civil society more broadly, is correct.
New research from Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s Risk, Trust and Relationships programme investigates how everyday help and support allow people to lead ‘liveable’ lives. It explores the impact of social context and relationships and the development of support over time.