Volunteers can make a difference in end of life care

An evaluation into the ‘End of Life Social Action Fund’ has been published by the government. This looks at how effective social action befriending services across 11 sites were at improving quality of life for adults in the last year of life.

The research into the first trial of such a volunteer service was undertaken by Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care and the Institute for Volunteering Research. » Continue reading news item ... “Volunteers can make a difference in end of life care”

Report from faith social action conference

Third Sector Research Centre has published a report of the ‘Faith in Social Action: Where Next?‘ conference held at the University of Westminster in May 2016. The event fed back findings from the Centre’s Faith in Social Action research and explored the future role of faith and inter-faith work in austere times.

The conference was jointly convened by TSRC, Faith Based Regeneration Network and the Edward Cadbury Centre for the Public Understanding of Religion (University of Birmingham). » Continue reading news item ... “Report from faith social action conference”

Health, faith and social action

Some research and resources on health and care, faith and health, faith and social action.

Voluntary sector strengths needed in health and care

New from think tank NPC, ‘Untapped potential: Bringing the voluntary sector’s strengths to health and care transformation‘. With the health and care system in a state of flux, the voluntary and community sector needs to make a strategic case for its inclusion in the design and delivery of the future health system. » Continue reading news item ... “Health, faith and social action”

Pointers to making real change

New from sector consultancy nfpSynergy is ‘Past Imperfect’, examining data to try and see what changes in charity areas of activity, for better or worse, have taken place over the last few decades.  The areas covered were cancer, heart disease, disability, poverty, and the environment.

There is an overview of the report’s conclusions, in ‘How can charities change the world?‘. There is of course a download link too for the full report (registration required). » Continue reading news item ... “Pointers to making real change”

Informal approach crucial for inclusive community participation

New from Third Sector Research Centre is Briefing Paper 136: ‘Blending, Braiding and Balancing: Combining formal and informal modes of social action’.

Its introduction says

The interplay between formal and informal ways of organising for collective action generates several tensions and anomalies; some reflecting power differentials, others due to cultural differences. Formal procedures and structures tend to be regarded by policy makers and public officials as the optimal or default mode.

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Learning from Community Organisers, Urban Forum

The Community Organisers programme was funded by the government, and the Cabinet Office commissioned evaluation work. This began in October 2012 and the final assessment report was published in December 2015 (there is also “a near final assessment” summary report from March).

This evaluation considers how effective the programme has been and the social impact it has achieved. It includes both primary and secondary data collection and analysis, including online surveys of programme participants, longitudinal community-based case studies, and analysis of management information.

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