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
As analysis of the riots replaces knee-jerk condemnation of young people, Bernard Davies reflects on NCIA’s research about voluntary sector youth work.
Four case studies show how local organisations are striving to continue community-based youth work despite pressure to deliver the latest policy initiative or be subservient to contractors.
The case studies show how government … Continue reading
Is your organisation managing to stay independent and true to the purpose it was set up for? NCIA challenges you to find out.
These are difficult times for the voluntary sector. NCIA is getting more and more reports from people who are uncomfortable about changes to working methods and management styles which make their workplace … Continue reading
Sarah Lamb, trustee of Adur Voluntary Action and a lifelong volunteer, explains why the Transforming Local Infrastructure scheme won’t work
The beauty of the voluntary sector has been, and still is in many instances, precisely the fact that the solutions it finds, the ways it relates to the people it serves and the people it … Continue reading
Two new youth work case studies show that we need to defend independent voluntary action if young people and youth workers are to be included in democratic decisions about youth services.
From partner to butler: Defending young people’s participation from local authority take-over (2011) shows how a council’s narrow vision of voluntary action limited young … Continue reading
Read our new guide and manifesto for managing for independence (4 pages PDF) for ideas about how to get talking, make power visible, organise and act, and get help when you need it. The guide is designed to help us remember that effective voluntary action can’t be reduced to targets and the latest management jargon … Continue reading
Thursday 27 January 2011, 1.30pm to 5pm
Quaker Meeting House, 10 St James Street, Sheffield S1 2EW
Cuts, privatising public services, commissioning replacing grants, voluntary agencies being run like businesses, managers who don’t understand the front line work, nonsensical targets… If you’re feeling angry, you’re not alone!
At the last NCIA assembly we discussed … Continue reading
Want to resist being told what to do as well as how to do it? Check out NCIA’s latest pamphlet “Managing for Independence”, which sets out what’s going wrong in managing voluntary agencies, what we want to see instead, and what we can do to make this happen. Use it to spark a debate with … Continue reading