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?

How Rob Wilson views the sector: singing the refrain

If you’re a voluntary sector fan, you’ll probably have seen Rob Wilson’s comment piece in Third Sector magazine by now (summarised in Civil Society if you get stuck behind the paywall). Described by some as interesting, others as insightful, and by one newsletter compiler as full of good lols, there’s certainly a lot to get … Continue reading How Rob Wilson views the sector: singing the refrain

The Aves Report: the old debate on volunteering and public services

This month I have mostly been reading The Voluntary Worker in the Social Services, known as the Aves Report. It was named after Geraldine Aves who chaired the Committee on the nature of volunteering in this developing public sector field, set up in 1966 and reporting in 1968. If you’re an avid voluntary sector fan … Continue reading The Aves Report: the old debate on volunteering and public services

New Year’s Resolution no. 2: making a mark as a trustee

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