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?
The National Archives and the Pilgrim Trust launched Archives Revealed last month, a new programme of grant funding for organisations including charities to scope archiving projects and create new collections. So I thought I’d share some charity histories that I’ve found over the past few weeks. Charity histories are important because they tell our stories in … Continue reading Telling Charity Histories
Every once in a while, when I mention that I’m a trustee, someone will say to me “Oh I’ve always wanted to do that. I think it’s something I’ll do later in my career, when I’ve got the experience.” I’m here to tell you to do it now – because you’ve got what you need, … Continue reading On why I’m a trustee (and why you should be too)
One of the best things I’ve done this year is become a trustee of a charity. I’ve been a trustee before, many years ago for Children’s Rights Alliance for England, which was a great experience and helped me learn about what’s involved in running an organisation. But that was a very different organisation and a … Continue reading New Year’s Resolution no. 2: making a mark as a trustee
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 … Continue reading Resolution no. 1: supporting equality in football
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