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Volunteers prevented from volunteering

Charities are becoming increasingly concerned that they are losing volunteer at an alarming rate.

More and more volunteers are been placed onto the Work programme where providers seem to be disregarding the volunteering and valuable work experinece they are alredy getting.

Volunteers are being placed by providers onto work related activities which invariably is not as useful or indeed as relevant as the existing work that they were doing whilst volunteering.

Charites are asking the government and providers to review this and to arrive at a viable and commonse approach which dovetails neatly into the Big Society objective of encouraging volunteering whicls supporting job seeking and building up relevant experience.

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Big Society Endowment launched

Son of Douglas Hurd helping the Big Society along…

Today Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd launched the new Community First endowment. The endowment aims to raise £150 million to be invested to secure the future of local community projects in England.

The Government will pay in up to £50 million, giving 50p for every £1 raised from individual, corporate and philanthropic donors. With Gift Aid tax relief, this is expected to create a pot worth in excess of £150 million. The money will be invested and the return, expected to be up to £12 million per year, will be used to provide grants to local community and social action projects from 2015 onwards.

From today, the Community Development Foundation (CDF), which manages Community First, will begin work with local Community Foundations in the Community Foundation Network (CFN) to raise money for the endowment.

Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, said:… we know what he said don’t we?

… It’s time we invested in our future rather than borrowing on it. The Community First endowment will be a lasting source of money blah, blah blah ….

More interestingly;

This year yes 2012, the Community First fund will also pay out £30 million in small grants to community groups and local social action projects in the 600 communities in England which need the support most, through the Neighbourhood Match Fund. People are being asked to form local panels to distribute the funds themselves. Good old ASDA has pledged its backing through in-store promotions, by allowing communities to use its stores as meeting places for community panels and through its existing community investment strategy.

… and there’s more…

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Charities fearful about their future

The Guardian has reported today that when the employment minister Chris Grayling launched the government’s radical Work Programme in April, he promised that the “Big Society” would be at the heart of the nationwide scheme to get the long-term unemployed back into work

Yet four months on, many charities, including those with a long history in helping people back into employment, tell a very different story.

Outsourcing back-to-work policies isn’t new: Labour had begun to use a growing number of private and voluntary sector providers through the Flexible New Deal and the Pathways to Work programme, which tried to get long-term sickness benefit claimants back into the workforce.

Duncan Shrubsole Head of Policy (Crisis) concludes the Guardian article with ;

“What we fear will happen is, in two years’ time, people will wake up and say: ‘We have got this a bit wrong, we need to go and speak again to the voluntary organisations,’ and they’ll find that they’ve had to shut down their services and the expertise has been lost.”

Read the Guardian article here

Comment from yesMinister

These are indeed challenging and uncertain times. The article in the Guardian correctly sums up the mood and the fears.

However, there is an alternative view point which says that much more needs to be done to drive up performance and bring an outcomes focused approach to the Third Sector…. (note I said Third Sector not Charities).

Quite naturally the drive towards profit maximisation through increased performance on outcomes focused contracts needs to be balanced and have regard to supporting the Charitable sector to do what it has always wanted to do…. provide charitable services for the ‘Public Benefit’: we/the government must not lose sight of this irrespective of what ill winds blow across these shores

Eyullahemaye Henry

Operations & Information consultant

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….more coming…..

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A LLAKES Briefing event: 

Education, opportunity and social cohesion


Tuesday 28 June, 17.00-19.00, Registration 17.00-17.30

Room 739, Institute of Education, followed by a canapé reception

In this briefing event, Professor Andy Green and Dr Germ Janmaat will draw on recent LLAKES research to highlight current threats to social cohesion from declining job opportunities and persistent inequalities in education and incomes. The education system is a crucial arbiter of life chances. Where it is perceived to distribute opportunities equitably, it can provide legitimacy for the social and political order and thus promote social cohesion. However, in the UK educational outcomes are exceptionally unequal. Declining job opportunities, particularly for young people, coupled with high levels of inequality, threaten to weaken core beliefs in individual opportunity and just rewards and to erode the social and political trust on which social cohesion depends.

There will be a response from Dr. Floyd Millen, Director of the new public affairs think tank –yesMinister.

Attendance at the event is free, but places should be booked in advance via llakesevents@ioe.ac.uk.


Information about LLAKES

LLAKES is an ESRC-funded research centre, based at the Institute of Education, University of London. LLAKES researchers are studying the bonds holding together different societies, and the role that education systems play in promoting – or undermining – social cohesion in different contexts. The research brings together the findings from different social science disciplines and uses a variety of empirical methods and data sources to explore these issues. Datasets analysed include the Programme of International Student Assessment (PISA); the International Adult Literacy Survey (IALS); various rounds of the World Values Survey/European Values Study (WVS/EVS), the European Social Survey (ESS), Eurobarometer and the Civic Education Study (Cived). Various analytical methods have been employed, including correlations, time series analysis, cluster analysis, factor analysis, reliability analysis and multilevel analysis.


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