Voluntary sector

  • A wealth of benefits

    15 January 2020

    Community Wealth Building is too commonly seen as ‘local procurement’, but this seriously misses its breadth and potential impact, believes John Tizard.

  • The Market leaders

    19 November 2019

    Kevin Foster explains the purpose of the East Sussex Social Value Marketplace – an online platform that enables the public, private and voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sectors to raise their needs so that contractors can respond.

  • Growing the grassroots - putting communities at the heart of place-making

    07 October 2019

    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

    24 September 2019

    John Tizard explains how local authorities can rebuild and transform relations with the voluntary and community sector.

  • Collaborative leadership for thriving places

    17 July 2019

    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

    25 June 2019

    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

    11 December 2018

    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

    04 December 2018

    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

    04 December 2018

    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

    13 November 2018

    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

    15 August 2018

    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

    30 May 2018

    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

    08 May 2018

    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'

    03 October 2017

    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?

    14 June 2017

    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?

    01 June 2017

    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

    20 April 2017

    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

    28 February 2017

    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

    29 June 2016

    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

    17 May 2016

    The voluntary and community sector and local government need each other now more than ever, says John Tizard