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How to embed youth volunteering - meaningfully

November 2018

Annie Caffyn

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The challenges of embedding volunteering are well-documented – from the shifting sands of voluntary services to staff perceptions and the need for regular communication and support. We've collated tips and tricks from hospital volunteer coordinators.

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It’s one thing to decide that you want to work with young volunteers, but where do you start and how do you keep new recruits interested? We've collated tips from hospital volunteer coordinators.

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'If not us, then who?'

November 2018

Katie Turner

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Senior researcher Katie Turner reflects on her conversations with small charities in Ealing, as part of research to understand what is distinctive and valuable about them relative to larger charities and public bodies.

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Grant reporting is broken. But we can fix it!

October 2018

Renae Mann | National Business Development Manager | Refugee Action

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Funders and funded organisations eagerly debated how we could improve grant reporting culture at a recent workshop. Renae Mann shares her reflections on the session.

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The art of accountability beyond counting

October 2018

Mike Aiken

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Just try saying the word 'accountability' in your community organisation. Even the sound of it can make us think of 'counting' or even 'accountancy'. We set out to discover, for Power to Change, what accountability means in community-based organisations and how it is done in practice.

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How are we using the law as a tactic for social change?

July 2018

Harriet Lowe | Communications & Research Officer at The Baring Foundation

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Law and human rights based approaches can be important tools for civil society. But when and how are they used by the UK voluntary sector? The Baring Foundation's Communications and Research Officer introduces the findings of their review of the evidence base around legal action by the voluntary sector.

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Grant reporting - can we fix it? Yes we can!

June 2018

Tessa Hibbert | Regional Partnerships Manager at The Blagrave Trust

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A response to last month's blog about the state of grant reporting. Tessa Hibbert says it can be fixed, and shares The Blagrave Trust's approach.

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Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it?

May 2018

Gina Crane | Communications and Learning Manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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'Funder-led. Bureaucratic. Time-consuming. Misunderstood.' These are words used to describe grant reporting by six UK funders and six organisations they fund, at a workshop run by IVAR and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in April. Read about the discussions and share your thoughts about grant reporting.

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Our Chair explains why we've launched a new area of our website designed specifically for the CEOs and trustees of small organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

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Over the past 18 months Leila Baker, our Head of Research, has been working alongside Commonweal Housing to help them enhance the way they use learning and evaluation to inform their work on housing solutions for social injustice. She shares the thinking behind the approach they have developed.

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