All posts by Meg Wright

Registration Open for Day Event

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network, Volunteer Now, NICVA, ARK, Queen’s University Belfast and Ulster University are delighted to jointly host a symposium to explore pathways to collaborating on voluntary and community sector (VCS) research in Northern Ireland. This free event will be held on the 25th June thanks to support from   NICVA, WISERD and Queen’s […]

Hold the Date

BREAKING NEWS!   The VSR conference 2024 will be held on the 11th and 12th September, with an opportunity for new researchers to meet on the 10th September. The venue is Bayes Business School, London. The theme will be Voice of the People? Democracy, representation, and involvement in and through the voluntary sector and volunteering […]

Forging Voluntary Sector Studies

On Thursday 16th November 2023, VSSN was delighted to host an event to consider the way the Welsh and Northern Irish Voluntary Sectors are discussed and researched, and whether that differed in comparison to the rest of the UK. The panellists agreed that the Welsh and Northern Irish Voluntary Sectors operate in contexts which are […]

Introducing New Trustees

VSSN is delighted to introduce four new trustees to our board. We are thankful to Jon Dean, Chris Damm and Diarmiud McDonnell for their service over the years and are excited to welcome the new Trustees. They bring a variety of skills and experience that will be an asset to VSSN and our members. Pat […]

Panel confirmed for our upcoming event Voluntary Action Paradigms

Voluntary Action Paradigms in Wales and Northern Ireland, Thursday, 16 November, 14:00 – 17:00, online We are delighted to welcome the following members for the event’s expert panel: Denise Hayward (Chief Executive), Volunteer Now Celine McStravick (Chief Executive), NICVA Carl Milofsky, (Professor of Sociology, Emeritus), Bucknell University Amy Sanders (Post-Doctoral Research Associate), Aberystwyth University Dirk Schubotz […]

Reflections of a trustee by Jon Dean

Being a VSSN Trustee Jon Dean, Sheffield Hallam University If you are interested in becoming a Trustee of VSSN, or joining the Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Board, please click here. Any issues, please email When I applied to become a Trustee of the VSSN, and then later volunteered to Chair the organisation, I did […]

Wiserd, Wilsons and Welsh cakes

Sophie and Susannah went along to a Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) conference in Aberystwyth last week at the National Library of Wales. Wiserd is the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research and Data, which organised the conference alongside the VSSN. The topic of conversation was “The role of community and voluntary organisations in […]

2023-2024 VSSN Small Grants Application now open

We are delighted to announce that the VSSN’s Small Grants programme is now open for applications. This fund seeks to support individuals or organisations to develop an idea or activity that will benefit voluntary sector studies in the UK. Grants of up to £750 can be used to fund seminars, workshops, roundtables, webinars and other […]

Honour for VSSN Executive Officer

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network is very proud that our Executive Officer, Dr Meg Wright, has been awarded an MBE in the Birthday Honours List. Meg has been recognised for her outstanding service to the voluntary sector across the UK. Of special focus in her award is the support Meg has provided to organisations going […]