Voluntary sector

  • 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.


  • Local authorities can help make mutual aid a positive legacy of COVID-19

    12 May 2020

    John Copps argues that local authorities should encourage and promote the sustainability of mutual aid groups as part of their recovery strategy.


  • A catalyst for change?

    29 April 2020

    The coronavirus crisis is speeding up the shift towards new people-centred operating models that were already being adopted by progressive councils, writes Codrina Cretu.


  • Adapt, Innovate, Motivate: Responding to a Crisis

    27 April 2020

    Since the pandemic began, North Kesteven DC has transformed the organisation into a virtual network with a straightforward AIM: to Adapt, Innovate and Motivate.  Ian Fytche explains.


  • We have an opportunity to re-boot and take stock

    15 April 2020

    Local authorities have by necessity become far more introspective than ever before as they've been forced to consider their own survival, says Gill Kneller.


  • At times like this local government comes into its own

    07 April 2020

    Anthony May looks at how local government has ‘pivoted to this new normal, perhaps faster than anyone could imagine’ – but many unresolved issues remain.


  • Money matters to the extent that it supports life and wellbeing

    07 April 2020

    Gary Fielding says we will all have to pay for the economic consequences of COVID-19, but perhaps more of us will be prepared to accept investing more in communities and social care.


  • Let’s make the argument now for the world we want to live in

    06 April 2020

    Will the impact of coronavirus mean more state investment or 10 more years of austerity to pay for the Government’s interventions, asks Dr Jonathan Carr-West.


  • Safeguarding Bristol’s rough sleepers during the pandemic

    01 April 2020

    Marvin Rees says Bristol City Council has successfully placed the majority of rough sleepers in hotels and all shelter occupants are in alternative accommodation, while negotiations continue with hotel chains for a further supply of rooms.


  • ‘I am humbled by the amazing groundswell of community support in Westminster’

    01 April 2020

    Leader of Westminster City Council Rachel Robathan says while ensuring the health of residents is the key priority during the COVID-19 outbreak, there will come a point in future months when the council will also need to revive the economy.


  • Place-based principles’ critical response is working

    01 April 2020

    Alison Mckenzie-Folan explains how Wigan’s place-based model of integrated public service delivery, based around seven ‘footprints’ each with their own ‘healthy networks’, has been used to respond to the COVID-19 emergency.