In-depth look at sector future

The ‘Making Good: the Future of the Voluntary Sector’ debate has now published the full collection of essays from sector leaders and thinkers. (Earlier news item on the launch of the debate.)

The section titles give a flavour: A turning point, Modernising mission, Valuing the voluntary sector, Strengthening communities, An independent voice, Adding value to public services, Funding fit for purpose. News release from Civil Exchange, or direct link to the 116 page pdf (2MB).

The coverage of the launch by Civil Society Media includes some interesting observations of shortcomings in the voluntary sector from relative newcomers, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/18557/, while essays editor Caroline Slocock reckons that the sector “needs to get off the back foot and set a new direction of travel”, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/blogs/content/18545/.

In advance of the launch, abridged versions appeared in Civil Society News and the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network, and can also be found at http://www.civilexchange.org.uk/making-good-blogs. Community Matters has put online the full version of one essay ‘How to improve relations between councils and the community sector’.