All posts by Christopher Damm

Scottish Women and Girls’ Cricket Research Network Launch -14th Nov 7-9pm

You are invited –along with individuals, organisations, stakeholders and partners from across Scotland and beyond to create a research network –starting with the virtual LAUNCH on 14th November. Let’s work together to build the future of women and girls’ cricket in Scotland using evidence. We have already got some information about of the history of […]

VSSN and VSR elections

Opportunities to become more involved with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network and Voluntary Sector Review  VSSN is volunteer-led and we rely on members to help shape our direction and focus. If you would you like to support the work of VSSN and have ideas about how you’d like to see the network develop, please consider nominating yourself for […]

VSSN’s Strategic Review 2023

Every so often, the Voluntary Sector Studies Network’s Trustee Board undertakes a review of our organisation’s strategy. This includes going back to first principles: looking at our charitable objectives and assessing how best to meet them, to serve our members and the wider voluntary sector and associated research communities. At the start of 2023, with […]

VSSN event: A one day conference on community and voluntary organisations and polarisation #VSSN_Aber | 24 May 2023, Aberystwyth University

+ iCal+ Google Calendar 24th May 2023 (9:00 am – 4:00 pm) The role of community and voluntary organisations in polarisation in local communities The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, UK Full details: Eventbrite Registration Information Questions? Email Introduction “A high level of polarisation can be destabilising and dangerous. It’s this we have to counteract.” Goldsworthy et […]

Launching UK-CAT

First published 06/07/2021: Today we’re launching a new classification of charities in the UK, which aims to help researchers, umbrella bodies and others make sense of the diverse group of organisations that form the voluntary sector. The voluntary sector is defined by shared characteristics – legal form, volunteerism, non-profit distributing – but the sector […]

2021 conference booking is now open!

Booking for the 2021 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference is now open. Please use this link to access the Aston University booking site:   This year, we have decided to make access for those working at voluntary organisations slightly easier. So VSSN members and anyone from a voluntary, community, social enterprise or faith organisation […]

A UK Charity Classification System

Our aim In our previous blog, we introduced our project to refresh the classification of the national charity registers into ICNPTSO (activity area) categories, using keyword searching, and where possible applying machine learning techniques. To our knowledge, this was last attempted at scale over a decade ago.   We also, however, acknowledged some of the challenges […]

Classifying the charity register

To anyone doing research on the voluntary sector, or building services that help voluntary organisations, the size and diversity of activities that charities undertake is always staggering. From a large international charity building relations between Britain and Japan to a small trust maintaining a village playing field, the term “voluntary sector” hides a huge amount […]