Hope in dark days: canvassing with NARAL Pro Choice Oregon

NARAL Pro-Choice America is a national reproductive rights organisation with 1.2 million member activists and a network of state affiliates, such as NARAL Pro-Choice Oregon. This piece looks at how activists in Oregon are fighting at state and national level to protect and extend women’s right to choose. It’s been a hard week for women’s …

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Cuts, closures… and consultations. What’s shaping the space for young people’s policy?

Me and Laura Kelly (mostly Laura) from University of Birmingham’s Third Sector Research Centre wrote this article in The Conversation, prompted by the focus on young people in the Civil Society Strategy, voluntary and youth sector campaigning, and Labour Party responses. This is a longer version with some more policy content. Enjoy! Since 2010, youth work … Continue reading Cuts, closures… and consultations. What’s shaping the space for young people’s policy?

50 years since Seebohm: its place in voluntary sector history

The Report of The Committee on Local Authority and Allied Personal Social Services, known as the Seebohm Report after its Chair Frederic Seebohm, is 50 years old this month. The Report is an important milestone in social work history; it recommended the creation of unified, ‘family-centred’ social services departments at a local authority level, a … Continue reading 50 years since Seebohm: its place in voluntary sector history

What’s happened to the voluntary sector since 1965?

I decided a little while ago that my literature review wasn’t pretty enough. So I made this timeline of voluntary sector history instead. Enjoy!  My research looks at how the local voluntary sector in Birmingham has developed from about 1965 onwards. The story of the national voluntary sector, and the policy, programmes and debates that … Continue reading What’s happened to the voluntary sector since 1965?

Scrutinies, strategies and reviews: what does government want from the sector?

This is a long blog about government scrutinies, strategies and reviews of voluntary sector policy. I’ve done a quick summary here, also at the bottom, in case you just want the gist (and the badges). Otherwise, read on. I had a throwaway conversation a while ago on twitter about ‘surviving’ various government reviews of the … Continue reading Scrutinies, strategies and reviews: what does government want from the sector?