Voluntary sector

  • Councils and charities must stand shoulder to shoulder to lead the rebuild

    16 November 2020

    While there’s a natural tendency to fight our own local government corner first, the smart approach is to recognise many charities are critical to the delivery of many public services. says Claire Kober.


  • Rebooting the housing crisis

    11 November 2020

    Tackling the housing crisis post-COVID will mean more than just building. We need to build health, wellbeing and communities as well as houses, argues Tony Clements.


  • Intelligence, tested

    11 November 2020

    Peter Baeck says an enhanced understanding of how to make the most of collective intelligence will ensure public institutions are better placed to respond to the pandemic – and prepare for any others that follow.


  • Communities, COVID and Marcus

    10 November 2020

    Community and charity activity is helpful – and absolutely essential during COVID – says Dan Corry. But he argues that the comprehensive actions we need to tackle so many of the issues we face also depend on the central and local state.


  • Nurturing a close community partnership

    21 October 2020

    Community solidarity and social activism should not be seen as a willingness by the voluntary and community sector to step in where the State should act and provide, says John Tizard.


  • NHS Goodsam app has proven its benefit in Middlesbrough

    21 August 2020

    Joe Carson describes how the NHS volunteer responder scheme has helped Middlesbrough Council reach many more people in need of vital support during COVID-19.


  • Has the pandemic built embryonic ‘antifragility’ in places?

    20 August 2020

    Is it the case that the pandemic has had a strengthening effect within some places, chiefly through the forging of new relationships and the rewiring of old ones, asks Helen Goulden.


  • Keeping positive outside crisis time

    28 July 2020

    The better nature of people has come to the fore during the recent pandemic, but how do we keep the momentum going in more ‘normal’ times? Dan Corry poses the question.


  • We need to talk about this emergency and others to come

    27 July 2020

    As we move into the next phases of the COVID-19 response, the Red Cross's Norman McKinley looks at lessons learnt, and how to make sure access to food is central to emergency planning.


  • The very big and the very small

    24 July 2020

    Chief executive of Shared Lives Plus Alex Fox outlines three ways we might move from thinking big to thinking small as the crisis moves into its ‘new normal’ phase.


  • Mutual aid, councils and finding compatibility

    14 July 2020

    Thousands of mutual aid groups have emerged from the pandemic. The NLGN's latest report recommends councils act as a supportive platform, says Luca Tiratelli. He considers what better systems might look like, and extracts some lessons.


  • Building on citizen power

    07 July 2020

    The Local Area Co-ordination Network is dedicated to helping people find solutions to complex challenges through local resources rather than service interventions, as Professor Donna Hall and Nick Sinclair explain.


  • The 2020 Public Services Commission: 10 years after

    11 June 2020

    Ben Lucas and Dr Henry Kippin assess the work of the 2020 Public Services Commission. They also address how society can recover from the coronavirus crisis, and argue the need for a different economic model if we want to build back better.


  • Melting the boundaries after COVID

    09 June 2020

    In our first virtual round table alongside recruiters Faerfield, chiefs from across the sector talk to Heather Jameson about the opportunities ahead to ‘build back better’ and reshape public services.


  • Protecting our social infrastructure

    03 June 2020

    The needs of community infrastructure are as deserving of funding as the multi-billions being allocated in capital funding to our big state growth schemes, says Localis chief executive, Jonathan Werran.


  • Care after coronavirus

    03 June 2020

    Magda Stainton looks at what local authority adult social care needs to do to be sustainable in the ‘new normal’ life after COVID-19, and outlines how interim and permanent recruitment specialists can help them get there.


  • The lesson of the last 10 weeks

    02 June 2020

    Increasing social capital in the long-term could be a positive legacy of the crisis and councils are surely the bodies to enable it, argues Claire Kober.


  • Cultivating community is key to our COVID-19 recovery plan

    02 June 2020

    Graham Duxbury believes that as part of a green recovery we must redouble our efforts to ensure those who need it most can connect with nature close to home.


  • We’re far from being a selfish - even selfie - society

    15 May 2020

    Marina Kim says the economic impact of coronavirus will only create more demand for volunteers – ‘but we must not waste this precious goodwill brought about by the crisis’.


  • A ‘trusted national database of volunteers’ can support councils during COVID-19

    13 May 2020

    RVS has provided a radical way to mobilise a volunteer army to help councils and the NHS provide support during the pandemic using the GoodSAM app. Rebecca Kennelly talks to Ann McGauran.