Over the next 18 months, seven ‘Cities of Service’ will use a successful US model to encourage local volunteers to play their part in tackling some of the most pressing issues in their areas. The cities are Barnsley, Bristol, Kirklees,...
A new scheme to match up voluntary sector organisations with help from government statisticians has been launched by the Government Statistical Service and NCVO.
The GSS Voluntary Sector Placement Scheme aims to arrange short placements of up to five days to provide analytical support. This could be advice on how to collect or analyse some data, or measuring impact, for instance.
Leading medical research charities have come together to create the Charity Open Access Fund to help make charitably funded research available at no cost as soon as it is published. Charities include Arthritis Research UK, the British Heart Foundation and the Wellcome Trust.
The body for charity communications professionals, CharityComms (http://www.charitycomms.org.uk), is establishing a working group to look at how charities can be more proactive in explaining how they work and respond to criticism.
A development professionals piece from the Guardian, ‘13 things you need to know before starting an NGO in China‘ gives insights from a sector panel on the state of Chinese civil society.
Nonprofit Quarterly has an article about a working paper ‘Wisdom or Madness? Comparing Crowds with Expert Evaluation in Funding the Arts’, which looks at the differences between funding decisions for theatre projects made by the “crowd” on Kickstarter and those of a panel of experts.
The Social Economy Alliance has launched its manifesto for May’s general election, asking for support for community energy schemes, social enterprises and co-operative housing. Recommendations include enhanced community ownership of infrastructure and utilities, and a ‘local by default’ approach.
Personnel professionals’ body CIPD has a new report ‘Volunteering to learn: employee development through community action’, with a framework to get more employees volunteering to help young people get into work. It looks at embedding such volunteering within an organisation’s learning and development agenda and key benefits of volunteering for employees.
A couple of recent discussion articles around volunteering:
– NVCO’s volunteering director looks at issues around volunteering and back to work programmes, with ideas for what needs to change.
– Matthew Taylor, chief executive of the RSA, reckons that “the way we think about (volunteering) as a system tends to be rather ad hoc and under-conceptualised”, and looks at the definition of volunteering in ‘A formula for volunteering?‘.
A policy officer at the Carnegie UK Trust writes for Think NPC on the trust’s work around a ‘Roundtable on Measuring Well-being in Northern Ireland’, and the opportunity for the Northern Ireland Executive to make a real difference, http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/well-being-in-northern-ireland/.