This blog is part of my New Year’s Resolution series. More to come… Trigger Warning: Discussion of misogyny, rape and racism. As a football supporter, this year has been an interesting and difficult one for me. In the first of my ‘New Year’s Resolutions’ I talk about losing faith with the teams I followed, and finding it …
It’s coming up to that time of year where, once all the deadlines are hit and the Christmas parties are through, we think about what’s passed and what’s to come. Next year is going to be an exciting year for me, as I will be looking for new challenges in new places. So I thought … Continue reading New Years Resolutions
Last week, George Osborne said to the Institute of Directors that business must: get out there and put the business argument. Because there are plenty of pressure groups, plenty of trade unions and plenty of charities and the like, that will put the counter view. This, understandably, made a lot of people in the voluntary … Continue reading On George Osborne and Missing the Point
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What is the job of the Civil Society Minister? Rob Wilson MP (above right) will be pondering this question as he succeeds the short-lived tenure of Brooks Newmark (above centre). His departure was part of an uncomfortable double-billing of headlines for David Cameron on the weekend ahead of the final Conservative Party… Continue reading A New Civil Society Minister
Local Democracy and Health A summary of the governments policy on health and social care is a bit like this: focus more on preventionsupport people to live longer in their homes through better integration …..and the solution is to take money out of acute care and invest it in communities This should represent a real … Continue reading Who really makes decisions about local health funding for the Voluntary and Community Sector?
My last blog was about the relationship between the voluntary sector and local government, and how that relationship is changing. This one is about a different kind of relationship; between the voluntary and the private sector. Recent development funds for local infrastructure organisations (LIOs) have included significant drivers encouraging voluntary organisations to work more closely … Continue reading Business and the Voluntary Sector: Giving time, giving money, giving enough?
This is one of the most common messages I hear when I’m out and about from local infrastructure organisations (LIOs), such as Councils for Voluntary Service (CVS): We’ve lost funding from the local authority already. We’re expecting to lose a lot more. Here’s why: This is the so-called local government Graph of Doom (a term … Continue reading The Local Authority: That’s all folks? A call for evidence
Recently I spoke to somebody in the voluntary sector who said the following: “I don’t think there should be money for the voluntary sector. I think there should be money for working in areas like mental health, regardless of what sort of organisation you are.” My initial reaction to this statement was surprise. Of course … Continue reading What’s in a Sector?
I first met my youth worker when I was 14. He’d come into school, trying to get a bunch of us interested in this new-fangled thing called ‘Youth Parliament’. Being that sort of 14-year-old, I went along to see whether it could be the beginning of my career as a famous political correspondent for the … Continue reading This week is Youth Work Week: Me and My Youth Worker
Well hello there. For those who don’t know me, my name is Ellie, and I have decided to start a new blog. But that much is obvious. This September, I started my year as a Charityworks Graduate Trainee. Charityworks is a scheme designed to encourage talent in the voluntary sector, and give graduates a way … Continue reading Firstly, to introduce myself…