NCIA’s Assembly – Friday 17th April

Listen to us cartoonA quick reminder for those of you who are booked into our Assembly meeting this week – Friday 17th April starting at 10.45am and finishing at  4.30pm. The venue is the London Welsh Centre, 157-163 Gray’s Inn Road, London WC1X 8UE  That is a 12-15 minutes walk south from Kings Cross Station (Nearest station: … Continue reading

The future of voluntary action – the great non-debate

what next?NCIA director Adrian Barritt, of Adur Voluntary Action, driven in from a chilly Bodmin Moor, took the opportunity to ponder four reports recently published that examine the state of the voluntary sector and its possible futures. The result is an elegant analysis of the issues and of the forces and factors that explain the responses … Continue reading

Barings Panel say the right thing but then lose the plot

Independence-Panel-Report_An-Independent-Mission-PR-1-212x300The Barings Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector finished its work with the publication of its fourth report. Faithfully repeating the evidence it received – the state of the sector is bad and getting worse – the report broadly supports what NCIA has been saying for years. But sadly lacking is any kind … Continue reading

The future of NCIA – special meeting April 17th


Listen to us cartoonIf you’ve visited our website recently you may have noticed that we have started a conversation about the future – both the future of NCIA and how the campaign issues that we stand for can best be carried forward ( .

As part of this process we are holding a special ‘Assembly’ … Continue reading

NCVO buys out its biggest critics

corruption 2NCVO is accused today of harming voluntary groups and the communities they serve. In a forensic examination of NCVO activities over the last decade or so, Les Huckfield shows how NCVO has made voluntary agencies subservient to Government policies and begging for crumbs from private corporations. As damaging to the reputation of NCVO is the … Continue reading

19th March – Voluntary Groups and ‘Workfare’


Voluntary Groups, Workfare and Benefits Sanctions – the Perils of Participation

Wednesday 19th March 12.30pm-3pm

LIFT Islington, 45 White Lion Street, London N1 9PW

The ‘Help to Work Programme’ (introduced last April) is specifically designed to attract the involvement of charities and voluntary groups.

Has your voluntary group received offers of ‘too-good-to-be-true’ 6-month long ‘volunteer’ … Continue reading

Voluntary services face bleak future as ‘servants of the Government’

do-nothing-go-forward-pic-monkey2Launching the final report from their Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services, the National Coalition for Independent Action (NCIA) has today called on voluntary and community services to face up to a decisive moment in its history. In a blistering critique of the systemic threats posed to the values, work and freedom of the … Continue reading

Speaking out: why the voluntary sector needs to hold on to its campaign roots

megaphoneResponding to Mike Aiken’s report on campaigning and voluntary services, and with the General Election looming, Gavin Barker explores what we might actually do to counter our “hollowed out democracy hijacked by a corporate elite”. Linking the muzzling of dissent to the general weakening of democracy, Gavin argues that the election provides the opportunity to Continue reading

Charities told to keep quiet or lose government contracts

gaggingPRESS RELEASE: New research reveals that charities and other voluntary groups are often absent from campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty. A report released today shows that voluntary groups, especially those under contract to government, face threats to remain silent about their experiences and many are fearful to speak out in case they … Continue reading