The chief executive of NCVO has given an interesting speech on ‘local infrastructure’ – the support bodies which give important help to many smaller voluntary organisations and community groups. Such bodies are under increasing pressure, particularly on funding, and from political, economic, social, technological and structural change too.
“The status quo is not an option, and infrastructure organisations must adapt.”
The article gives a range of examples of infrastructure bodies doing just that (starting about a third of the way in).
NCVO press release with full speech. There is also a shorter article, without the examples, ‘Why innovation is vital to the future of infrastructure‘. Civil Society News piece leads with
There are too many infrastructure organisations in the UK and many need to “shrink, merge or close”.
The announcement of the closure of one such body came hard on the heels of the speech. Involve Yorkshire and the Humber is to cease trading at the end of November, due to a decline in available resources. Involve’s own announcement or read sector reaction on Civil Society News.