Mark Restall, from the world of volunteering, tell us how volunteering has never been higher on the political agenda. Government ministers and voluntary sector Chief Executives love to tell us how important it is. He says, “I know it’s hard to believe, but I get the impression that they don’t actually understand voluntary work at … Continue reading
Here We Stand, the NCIA Inquiry into local activism and dissent has now reported its findings. The Inquiry, carried out with Manchester Metropolitan University, documents how local activists exert an active democratic and egalitarian influence. We found growing resistance to cuts and austerity, with local people organising around what matters to them: safeguarding public … Continue reading
How a CVS in Newcastle is using research to ‘speak truth to power’
Sally Young is the Chief Executive of Newcastle Council for Voluntary Services (NCVS), a large CVS with 500 members from big charities to small community associations. Newcastle historically is a deprived area with high unemployment. Sally says: “There’s a huge kind … Continue reading
A contract with the local council has led a welfare rights service away from assessing and meeting community needs
A consortium of four different organisations – three registered local charities and one national organisation – successfully bid to run a welfare rights and community development service in a large inner city borough. It is a … Continue reading
Why a small charity in Glasgow is refusing to become a social enterprise
Sarah Findlay runs Starter Packs a small charity in Glasgow that collects household items and gives them to people who need to get themselves back on their feet, generally after homelessness. The charity also provides volunteering for socially disenfranchised people who are … Continue reading
A spirit of independence helps an older people’s project in Leeds keep going without council funding but it’s a struggle to provide the activities that people need
Stanningley and Swinnow Live at Home Scheme (SSLaHS) was formed in 1988 by St. Thomas’ Church Group and became part of a neighbourhood network system that was unique … Continue reading
Free NCIA event – book now!
Thursday 19 July 2012
10 am – 4 pm
Resource For London, 356 Holloway Road, London N7 6PA
Click here to download a flyer.
If you’re taking action on issues affecting local people in your area, want to share tactics with others or find out how to get help … Continue reading
Take part in an essential piece of research – NCIA wants to hear from you about where you get support in your campaigns – from fellow activists? From a local network? From on-line contacts?
Tell us what makes the difference, so we can spread the word to others looking for support. Email Penny: email@example.com
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Free seminar – book now!
Thursday 12th July 2012, 9.30am – 1.30pm including lunch
King’s House Conference Centre, Sidney Street, Manchester M1 7HB
How can small community groups survive and thrive in the current climate of cuts? Can new partnerships and peer support help groups become more resilient in facing these challenges? Or do we … Continue reading
Help NatCAN and NCIA shape an event about community action this July. Do you have ideas about speakers, topics or even know of a venue in London we can use? Click here to read more and join the discussion (you need to register with NatCAN – just go to the NatCAN forum then click on … Continue reading