Volunteers are fantastic – not the cheap option
Oonagh Aitken, chief executive of Volunteering Matters says ‘awarding public sector contracts to volunteering groups is all well and good, but it needs to be properly thought through – and costed‘.
Government can’t ask charities to compete for contracts while savaging council spending
In her blog, Kathy Evans, chief executive of Children England states that the government cannot tell charities they must compete for contracts in a market while slashing the spending power of the only paying customers, local authorities.
‘Newspapers don’t want good news stories about charities’
Two veteran newspaper journalists told an audience of charity leaders that positive stories about the sector are unlikely to attract the attention of editors.
What gets communities off the couch and on to the street to protest?
Civic mobilisation has piqued academic interest over recent decades. Among the many explanations to emerge, three themes echo loudly through the literature: grievance, efficacy and social embeddedness.
Charities ‘do not live up to young employees’ expectations
Many charities do not live up to graduate employees’ expectations, do not make the most of talented young people, and are too tolerant of bad management, a charity recruitment specialist told an NCVO conference this week.