Voluntary sector

  • Leading the warriors out of COVID

    13 October 2021

    Jim McManus talks to Martin Ford about the impact of the COVID crisis on directors of public health and says we need to take the opportunity to learn the lessons of the pandemic so that we are ready in the future.


  • Acting together on climate change

    07 September 2021

    Molly Hogg explains why local authorities should collaborate with community groups to tackle climate change and highlights how the approach is being used in Cumbria.


  • It’s easy as ABCD

    02 August 2021

    Leeds City Council’s ABCD model is focused on prevention and early intervention and is an asset-based approach aimed at empowering communities and individuals. Carmel Langstaff examines the results of an evaluation into whether it works.


  • A vital support in rural Lincolnshire

    02 August 2021

    A falls service in Lincolnshire is proving to be a game changing approach that could be used across the country, says Cllr Patricia Bradwell.


  • Carpe Diem - Seize the Day

    19 July 2021

    Chief executive at Cratus, Nick Kilby, has been judging the finalist for the Community Heroes Award for The MJ Awards. He says the experience left him feeling ‘emotional and heartened’.


  • Nudging communities to flourish

    30 June 2021

    Kingston Stronger Together has been at the heart of the COVID-19 response. The council is now using nudge theory to widen support further, say Joanne Moulton and Daniel Green.


  • Islington’s core COVID support

    02 June 2021

    The We are Islington helpline acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for local people in need – and the same listening approach is now being used to get vaccinations to all residents, say Cllrs Una O’Halloran and Sue Lukes.


  • Buckinghamshire’s new collaborations

    30 March 2021

    Claire Hawkes outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s community board approach to distributing COVID-19 crisis funding, using a ‘light-touch, but robust application process’.


  • Confident about care

    09 February 2021

    Hertfordshire CC’s new director of adult care services Chris Badger talks to Ann McGauran about investing in extra care housing, COVID’s legacy of loneliness, care market sustainability, and developing diverse teams.


  • The light in COVID-19’s shade

    27 January 2021

    New Local’s latest report identifies the approaches that helped local areas manage the first lockdown. Community-led action works and must be sustained, says Charlotte Morgan.


  • How COVID confirmed Greater Manchester’s focus on people not programmes

    21 January 2021

    Daisy Carter outlines how the citizen experience across Greater Manchester changed during COVID and shows the impact of ‘doing things quite differently’.


  • Genuine community power derives from and requires a strong state

    16 December 2020

    The voluntary and community sector (VCS) should never allow itself to become a surrogate for councils or any other part of the public sector, argues John Tizard.


  • 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.