Growing the grassroots - putting communities at the heart of place-making
Graham Duxbury of Groundwork says a new survey of community groups reveals the gap is growing between local need and the capacity to respond.
Social action - core to community wellbeing
John Tizard explains how local authorities can rebuild and transform relations with the voluntary and community sector.
Collaborative leadership for thriving places
PlaceMakers is a programme that brings local leaders from all sectors together to develop a collective understanding of their place. Anna Randle and Alex Khaldi explain why single-sector leadership development programmes are not enough.
Community support key to Co-operative Council of the Year accolade
South Tyneside Council has become Co-operative Council of the Year. Its leader Cllr Iain Malcolm, explains just what the accolade means – and says it is a testament to those in communities who’ve stepped forward to support people and place.
Place and the future of the social sector
A group of national charities, think tanks, social infrastructure and umbrella organisations have come together to advocate and begin to campaign for a shift in thinking towards more meaningful forms of place-based social change and transformation.
Let’s rebuild support for our voluntary bodies
Something is not right in the state of the relationship between local government and the voluntary and community sector – yet the importance of a productive collaboration has never been greater, argues chair of NAVCA John Tizard.
Pressing on with spending plans despite uncertainty
Newcastle City Council has just launched its medium-term plan for consultation, says Tony Kirkham. Waiting for stability seems even more risky, he adds.
The finite capacity of civil society
How much capacity has civil society got to absorb the increased demands on its financial and human resources, asks Sarah Longlands
Building a better sense of community
Dan Corry looks at the launch of the Government’s Civil Society Strategy and asks whether it can move us forward to create a society that works for the benefit of all communities.
Council response to Grenfell tragedy was 'weak' - report
Damage caused by Kensington and Chelsea RLBC's ‘weak’ response in the immediate aftermath of the Grenfell Tower fire will be ‘difficult to repair,’ a report has suggested.
Minimum wage for sleep-in shifts poses ‘existential threat’ to care sector
The financial viability of nearly 70% of the care sector is threatened by the looming funding crisis over sleep-in shift pay, according to a survey by the Voluntary Organisations Disability Group (VODG).
'Give managers greater decision-making power to innovate'
Senior council managers should devolve powers to all levels of leadership in order to innovate in a time of austerity, new research has suggested.
Time to wake up the sleeping sector?
Dan Corry muses on how to get the charitable sector more involved in public services and challenges ministers to make it a new priority
How do we support the next generation of community leaders?
At the moment, too much money goes to the bigger care providers. Ewan King argues we must be better at building local community-based care services.
Championing the community
Cambridgeshire CC won the Excellence in Community Engagement prize at The MJ’s Local Government Excellence Awards 2016. Here’s how they did it.
The voluntary and community sector are our natural allies
Local authority leaders should foster and develop strong relations with the local voluntary and community sector, writes John Tizard.
How to create the winning team
The New Local Government Network (NLGN) has produced research on the relationship between councils and the voluntary and community sector. Sarah Stopforth and Claire Mansfield say the time has come to embrace a new way of thinking and working
Keep the relationship alive
The voluntary and community sector and local government need each other now more than ever, says John Tizard
Reach for a helpful partnership
Local government must not lock charities out of work and should use devolution to bring about dramatic change, writes Dan Corry
Charities vital to devo success
Alan Fraser explains why local government can’t afford to cut the not-for-profit sector out of devolution deals