WCVA has a new strategic framework

The sector body Wales Council for Voluntary Action has recently gone through a period of change, seeing a new Board, Chief Executive and Strategic Management Team in place. With the added uncertainty within the wider Welsh and international contexts, a Strategic Review was undertaken to refresh ways of working and goals.

See WCVA’s news item on the launch of its new Framework, setting out its vision, mission and values, or direct to Strategic Framework page (the attached document is a single page pdf, 137KB).

Opening up government process for sustainable development goals

Sector bodies across the UK have worked together to create the Open Government Pioneers Project, aiming at strengthening civil society’s influence on opening up the devolved governments and pushing progress towards sustainable development goals.

The project is led by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, Northern Ireland Environment Link, Wales Council for Voluntary Action and Involve UK, a public participation charity. It is linked to the International Open Government Partnership, where governments and civil society of 70 countries are working together to make their governments more open, accountable, and responsive to citizens. » Continue reading news item ... “Opening up government process for sustainable development goals”

Sector websites update

Forum for community project discussion

The My Community website, run by Locality to provide support and information for community projects, now has a forum which

connects people who are who doing great things in their communities – from taking over pubs or green spaces, running local projects and making plans that will help shape the future of their neighbourhoods and communities.

You need to sign up to post new topics, but you can browse existing posts without. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector websites update”

Impact practice – user voice, small charities, media coverage

New from think-tank New Philanthropy Capital is ‘User voice: Putting people at the heart of impact practice‘. The report explains how charities can best harness the views and needs of their beneficiaries in order to improve their impact. It gives a step-by-step guide, and highlights organisations already adopting various ways of involving and empowering their beneficiaries.

Recognising small charity impact

Recognising the valuable contribution small charities make‘ is a blog from the chief executive of the Lloyds Bank Foundation. » Continue reading news item ... “Impact practice – user voice, small charities, media coverage”

Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society

Welsh umbrella body WCVA has published two reports which show that a strong third sector in Wales has a vital role to play in securing a positive future for our society. However, action is needed now to prevent the sector becoming weaker and more fragmented.

Research for the reports explored what global trends might mean for Wales and its third sector. It revealed an increasingly uncertain and complex future, including through globalisation, climate change, fast-changing technology, demographic changes and new relationships between citizens, community groups and public services. » Continue reading news item ... “Shaping a strong Welsh third sector for society”

Short survey for NI faith based organisations

Northern Ireland’s sector umbrella body NICVA is currently delivering infrastructure support for faith based organisations on behalf of the Department for Communities. As part of this work, they have produced a short survey for faith based organisations to complete, in order to understand the needs of these organisations and the work that they do with the wider community in Northern Ireland.

The survey closes at 4pm, 2nd December. » Continue reading news item ... “Short survey for NI faith based organisations”