A little of what you missed – note of key VSSN Steering Group activities

Angela Ellis Paine wrote, as a follow-up to VSSN’s 2007 AGM, which took place during the Day Conference on 28/11/07:-

Dear all,

For those of you unable to attend our recent AGM, we thought you might like to hear about some of the key activities and developments that have taken place in VSSN over the past twelve months. More information on many of the points is available here on our website and in our Annual Report, which you can download here

a) This year has seen the introduction of a subscription fee for VSSN membership, with an encouraging number of people becoming fully subscribed. The fee has enabled the appointment of a part-time Executive Officer enabling member services to be extended. Follow this link to join

b) Over 130 delegates attended the joint VSSN/NCVO annual conference held at Warwick in September this year while the two VSSN day seminars (held in Glasgow and South Bank) were each attended by over 30 delegates. Read conference reports and check out details of forthcoming events here

c) A new edition of the membership directory has been published and distributed free to all paid-up members. A course directory is also being compiled, the first entries for which will be here on the website soon (watch out for further news on submitting details via the web site).

d) The number of subscribers to the free email list has continued to grow and it now has over 300 members.

e) We are currently in discussion with two publishers about our proposal for a new UK-based voluntary sector journal. Needless to say, these things take time and it is likely to be a while before any such initiative is fully off the ground. However, initial discussions have been positive. We shall keep you informed of progress.

f) Based on comments from our members, VSSN has recently submitted a response to the OTS/ESRC consultation on the proposed Third Sector Research Centre. Find out more here

g) A Special General Meeting took place in spring 2007 in order to amend the constitution to allow for postal and electronic voting in elections to the Steering Group and this new system came into force in November when VSSN’s first electronic vote took place, with the new Steering Group formally appointed at the AGM on November 28 (minutes available via this page). Details of all Steering Group members