Voluntary action, the state and the market

do-nothing-go-forward-pic-monkey2A new rendition of the findings of our Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services can be found in the Summer 2015 edition of Soundings: A journal of politics and culture – Issue 60 – Austerity and Dissent. A PDF version of this article is to be found here. For subscription enquires to Soundings … Continue reading

“Our raison d’etre is based on dissent – dissent from a policy that endorses destitution.”

asylum seekersWe hear a lot from service providers about how they have no alternative but bend to government and state policies or risk going out of business. But another way is possible. Those of us who went to the recent NCIA meeting in Sheffield were lucky enough to hear Gina Clayton talk about the work of … Continue reading

5 more years of Tory rule – fighting back? – Durham 16th July

wheels4wellbeingFighting poverty, more cuts, disability rights, silencing dissent, privatisation, turning voluntary groups into sub-contractors, abandoning whole communities…… how can community action deal with this tsunami? These are some of the themes that will be explored at:

‘Protecting Democracy: independent community action in North East England’

Thursday 16th July (10am – 4pm)

At: Alington House … Continue reading

The Perils of Participation in ‘Workfare’ – 14th July in Manchester

kvvlogo_2The Perils of Participation: Voluntary Groups, ‘Workfare’ and Benefits Sanctions – Manchester 14th July 1-4pm

The Government’s ‘Help to Work Programme’ 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’ placements? Have you been put under pressure as more … Continue reading

Cuts, Co-options & Trojan Horses – House of Commons – 30th June 5.30pm





5.30pm – 8.30pm

Under New Labour and Coalition Governments, the role and purpose of those providing voluntary and community services has been co-opted by central and local government. Contract-based commissioning and procurement regimes have replaced grant … Continue reading

NCIA roadshows coming up – Sheffield, Brighton, Durham

Listen to us cartoonNCIA Transition Roadshows – Meet… Discuss… Debate…Act…

The NCIA Transition ‘roadshow’ is about to start. The first three are happening in Sheffield, Durham and Brighton, each organised by a local host in collaboration with NCIA. This is part of NCIA’s transition and goodbye handshake in its current form. Book your place directly with the local … Continue reading

This Volunteers Week…. let’s keep it voluntary

KVV posterIn the year since Keep Volunteering Voluntary launched, over 550 charities and voluntary groups have pledged to turn their backs on workfare. Together we are highlighting the value of volunteering and building a strong consensus that responsible voluntary organisations will not take part in workfare schemes and put people at risk of devastating welfare sanctions. … Continue reading

Action and the future: What happened at the last NCIA Assembly?

do-nothing-go-forward-pic-monkey2Exactly 50 people came to the NCIA Assembly on Friday 17th April at the London Welsh Centre and we had apologies from almost the same number again. People came from as far as Scotland and Wales, from Durham, Bristol, Manchester, the Midlands, London and the South East.

What happened?  We had lightening speakers including Armine … Continue reading

Third Sector and the NHS – The Trojan Horse?

Trojan_HorseSussex is one area of the country lucky enough to have a feisty local Defend our NHS campaign. Lately the group has been taking a look at the role of voluntary agencies in the struggle to stop the break-up of the Health Service. The result is an impressive paper. Whilst voluntary groups can both oppose … Continue reading

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   http://www.londonwelsh.org/contact-us  That is a 12-15 minutes walk south from Kings Cross Station (Nearest station: … Continue reading