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

Trojan_Horse‘CUTS, CO-OPTIONS AND TROJAN HORSES:

VOLUNTARY GROUPS AGAINST A CONSERVATIVE GOVERNMENT’

 

HOUSE OF COMMONS ON TUESDAY 30th JUNE 2015

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

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 (http://www.independentaction.net/future-of-ncia/) .

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