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WISERD hosts successful conference with VSSN

During November Wiserd hosted a joint day conference with the Voluntary Sector Studies Research Network entitled ‘Civil society in the four UK nations: past, present and future challenges’. The day included a diverse range of papers from academics and third sector organisations. The first session presented research findings on civil society and the state across time and territories. Irene Hardill (Northumbria University) and Rob Macmillan (Sheffield Hallam University) presented ‘Moving frontiers: Voluntary action and social welfare’ exploring and comparing dominant discourses from the 1940s and 2010s on the shifting relations between the state and civil society. Hannah Ormston from the Carnegie UK Trust introduced the recent report ‘Carnegie UK Trust: The Enabling State’. This compared approaches to public policy-making in the nations of the UK and found the devolved legislatures involved a complex process of learning and dissemination but also enabled generally more favourable developments in Wales and Scotland in relation to civil society than those in England. Other presentations included analysis of changing governance and voluntary sector engagement in Wales (Amy Sanders Cardiff University, WISERD) and in Scotland (Jane Cullingworth University of Glasgow), highlighting the complex trade-offs many voluntary organisations have to negotiate as they seek to influence government.
Rich insights were shared in the panel discussion, ‘Community action in local places – Building leadership and leading change’. James Rees (University of Wolverhampton) highlighted the importance of relational networks within civil society in generating place leadership. This theme was picked up by Dr Sarah Lloyd-Jones, who outlined the Rank Foundation funded project ‘The Llechi, Glo a Chefn Gwlad (Slate, Coal and Countryside) partnership’ which will work with 9 community organisations to support the development of local leaders. Finally within this Panel, Sue Denman (Solva Care and Solva Community Land Trust) and Jessie Buchanan (Trecadwgan Campaign Group) provided rich evidence of how community ownership and delivery of social care can grow through local community action.
The initial afternoon panel focused on the ‘politicisation/ de-politicisation and/or re-politicisation of children and young people’s voluntary action’ and considered how this group engages in voluntary action. Contributions from Alison Body (University of Kent), Esther Muddiman (WISERD, Cardiff University) and Emily Lau (Canterbury University), highlighted the importance of how we involve children and young people and its subsequent impact on ongoing civic action. Rich empirical data demonstrated the role of schools and families in both facilitating and shaping values and action by young people.
The final panel reflected on lessons from practice, with contributions on ‘the impact of government initiatives to end rough sleeping on voluntary sector organisations across England, Wales and Scotland’ (Mike Hemmings York Saint John University); ‘Tensions from volunteer befriending inside a British immigration detention centre’ (Joanne Vincett Open University); and ‘Welsh Town Twinning: A future for civil society across borders, or the end of association?’ (Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins Aberystwyth University). Joanne Vincett described the tensions negotiated by the volunteers she studied, as ‘quietly advocating’. This term captures a key theme emerging from the day, highlighting how voluntary organisations are continually challenged to find ways to advance their actions whilst maintaining working relationships with the institutions of government.

VSSN and VSR election results

VSSN is delighted to announce the results of recent elections for the VSSN steering group and the Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Management Board (EMB).

 

For the steering group:

 

  • Jane Cullingworth was re-elected
  • Vita Terry was elected
  • Jurgen Grotz was elected

 

For the EMB:

  • Feilim OhAdmaill was re-elected
  • Joanne Vincett was elected

 

Congratulations to the successful nominees and thank you to everyone who stood for election, it is much appreciated. We would also like to thank again retiring steering group members Linda Milbourne and Mike Woolvin and retiring EMB member Eddy Hogg for their huge contributions.

VSSN writing retreat – spaces available!

VSSN is organising a structured writing retreat exclusively for interested members (i.e. only those who have paid their annual membership fee). The event is on the 23-25 March and will be at the Chapel Garth estate in North Yorkshire for three days of concentrated writing time.

 

This is a great opportunity to break the back of that article or book chapter that has been sat at the top of your to do list for ages! The venue is beautiful and catering is amazing (all home cooked, vegetarian): https://www.chapelgarth-estate.co.uk/retreats  We will be the only group on the writing retreat, but will follow their programme – led by a trained facilitator Dr Marcella Sutcliffe – of writing slots interspersed with plenty of breaks and social/relaxing time. Writing takes place in a shared space.

 

For the accommodation there is a mix of single, twin and triple rooms. Some of the rooms have ensuite facilities, for others the bathrooms are across the corridor. Please be assured that all the rooms are very comfortable and spacious – sharing shouldn’t be a hardship.

 

The nearest train station to the venue is Northallerton (2 hours on the train from London), and it is then about a 30 min taxi journey away. We would try to coordinate group taxis from the station (about £10 each, each way).

 

There are 15 spaces available (assuming people are willing to share bedrooms), which will be allocated on a first come first serve basis.

 

As we are a group booking they have agreed a reduced rate. Exact price will depend on final numbers and room sharing arrangements, so please see the email sent out to the JISCmail for details on pricing.  The price covers accommodation and all food. You would then need to pay for your own individual travel.

I have been on a writing retreat here before and can thoroughly recommend it!

 

Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis, and payment will be required in advance so only sign up if you can definitely make it. If you want to attend please email me asap (a.ellispaine@bham.ac.uk), stating whether or not you would be willing to share a room (as mentioned above, if we do not have enough people willing to share we won’t be able to accommodate as many people and prices will go up). Please also let me know whether you have any access requirements. Once we have 15 people, in the correct room sharing arrangements, I will close the bookings.

NCVO has just published the NRS best paper blog

NCVO has just published the NRS best paper blog.

Emily Lau, winner of the New Researchers Prize at this year’s Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference organised by VSSN and NCVO, is a lecturer at the Faculty of Education, Canterbury Christ Church University. She is completing her PhD in Education looking at young people and their experiences of social action. At the VSVR conference in September, she presented her paper which looks at how universities have a vital role to play in creating spaces where young people can actively explore their own role in civil society.

Young volunteers and social action: The task for universities, the voluntary sector and communities

Voluntary Sector Review – Vacancy for an Editor

Voluntary Sector Review – Vacancy for an Editor

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and the Policy Press invite applications for the position of an Editor to join the current editorial team for the Voluntary Sector Review from February 2020 to February 2023. Voluntary Sector Review (VSR) is a journal with a growing international profile that publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice.

The new journal Editor will join the current team of two Editors: James Rees (Wolverhampton University, UK) and Carl Milofsky(Bucknell University, USA). The editor will be under contract to Policy Press and will work closely with the VSR Editorial Management Board.

Tasks that that the Editor will undertake include:

• Receiving submissions; identifying suitable referees; making editorial decisions on acceptance, revision or rejection in the light of referees’ reports; overseeing the journey of accepted papers from acceptance to publication; liaising with the publisher over publication arrangements
• Maintaining and further developing the national and international reputation of the journal
• Commissioning articles and encouraging submissions
• Participating in person or virtually in twice yearly meetings of the Editorial Management Board

The Editorial Management Board of VSR is looking forward to receiving applications from those interested in taking on this position on the editorial team of the journal from January 31th2020 for an initial period of three years. Applicants should have a strong international reputation in voluntary sector scholarship. They are asked to provide a short CV highlighting relevant experiences and a brief account of their strategic plans to maintain and develop VSR’s international profile.

Prospective applicants may also like to contact informallythe Chair of the VSR Editorial Management Board, Daiga Kamerade (d.kamerade-hanta@salford.ac.uk), or other members of the selection committee:
James Rees (James.Rees@wlv.ac.uk) Co-Editor of VSR and VSSN member
Carl Milosky (milofsky@bucknell.edu) Co-Editor of VSR
Julia Mortimer (Julia.Mortimer@bristol.ac.uk) Journals Director atPolicy Press.

The deadline for applications is December12th2019. Applications should be sent to: d.kamerade-hanta@salford.ac.uk.

Preferred candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee. Policy Press will enter into contract with the selected candidatesfor an initial period of three years.

Voluntary Sector Review: Call for Practice and Book Reviews Editors

The Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) and Policy Press invite applications for the positions of Practice Editor and Book Reviews Editor to join the current editorial team for the Voluntary Sector Review from February 2019 to December 2022.

Voluntary Sector Review (VSR) is a journal with a growing international profile that publishes high-quality, peer-reviewed, accessible papers on third sector research, policy and practice.

The new Practice Editor will join an existing Practice Editor, and will focus on editing practice-oriented papers. S/he will work closely with the VSR Editorial Team, the Editorial Management Board and Policy Press. Tasks that the Practice Editor will undertake include:

  • receiving submissions, identifying suitable referees, making editorial decisions on acceptance, revision or rejection in the light of referees’ reports
  • maintaining and further developing the national and international reputation of the journal
  • commissioning articles, encouraging submissions, and supporting authors for the Practice section
  • participating in person or virtually in twice yearly meetings of the Editorial Management Board.

The new Book Reviews Editor will focus on identifying and receiving suitable books for review, inviting and supporting reviewers, and editing reviews. S/he will work closely with the VSR Editorial Team, the Editorial Management Board and Policy Press.

Job Descriptions for both roles can be found here.

The Editorial Management Board of VSR is looking forward to receiving applications from those interested in taking up these positions on the editorial team of the journal from February 2019 for an initial period of three years.

Applications

The deadline for applications is 10th January 2019. Applications should be sent to: d.kamerade-hanta@salford.ac.uk.

Applicants should have experience of research, research methods, academic writing and /or teaching in a relevant field, as well as experience of working or volunteering in the voluntary sector/civil society arena.

All applicants are asked to provide a short CV highlighting relevant experience.

Applicants for Practice Editor should also provide a brief account of their strategic plans to maintain and develop the VSR’s Practice Section.

Prospective applicants are welcome to contact the current Practice Editor (Chris Dayson – c.dayson@shu.ac.uk) and Book Reviews Editor (James Rees – james.rees@open.ac.uk) informally to discuss the roles further.

Prospective applicants may also contact other members of the selection committee:

Daiga Kamerade, Chair of the Editorial Management Board (d.kamerade-hanta@salford.ac.uk)

Rob Macmillan, Editor (rob.macmillan@shu.ac.uk)

Julia Mortimer, Publisher (julia.mortimer@bristol.ac.uk)

Shortlisted candidates will be interviewed by the Selection Committee.

Conference report and presentations – Diversity in the spotlight

The report and all presentations from our recent conference, Diversity in the spotlight: highlighting perspectives on race, culture and migrants, are now available to download.

Thank you to all our speakers and attendees for a very stimulating start to what we hope will be a series of events exploring the marginalisation or absence of diverse groups from voluntary sector research and debates.

VSSN Steering Group and VSR Editorial Management Board nominations

Nominations for places on the VSSN Steering Group and the Editorial Management Board (EMB) of our journal, Voluntary Sector Review, have now been received.

In each case, the number of nominations did not exceed the number of vacant places, so an election was not required.

Click to read the candidate statements for the VSSN Steering Group and Editorial Management Board.

Angela Ellis-Paine, Co-Chair of the VSSN Steering Group:

“We were delighted to receive three nominations for the VSSN Steering Group. All the nominations were from current Steering Group members who had either come to the end of their first term of office or who had previously been co-opted members. You can read their nomination statements here.

With three nominations for three vacancies, the elections were uncontested and all three will be warmly welcomed back on to the Steering Group at our AGM in November. Chris, Chris and Jon have already made considerable contributions to VSSN, and we look forward to continuing to work with them over the next three years”

Daiga Kamerade, Chair of the Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Management Board:

“We received three nominations for the places on the Editorial Management Board: Mike Hemmings (York St. John University, UK ), Rita Mano (University of Haifa, Israel), and Jon Dean (Sheffield Hallam University, UK). You can read their nomination statements here. With three nominations for three vacancies, the elections were uncontested and we look forward to their contribution to the Board over the next three years.”

Call for nominations: VSSN Steering Group and Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Management Group

Would you like to support the work of VSSN more actively? Do you have ideas about how you’d like to see the network develop?

If so, please consider nominating yourself for a place on either or both of:

  • the VSSN Steering Group
  • the Editorial Management Board (EMB) of Voluntary Sector Review, the journal produced by VSSN with Policy Press

It is a self-nomination process; you do not need to be nominated by someone else.

Simply complete the VSSN Steering Group nomination form and/or the Voluntary Sector Review Editorial Management Board nomination form and return by email by 19th October.

You must be a paid-up member of VSSN by 22nd October in order to nominate yourself.  New members are welcome!

If you would like to be more involved but don’t want to join the Steering Group or Editorial Management Board, there are other voluntary roles which are equally valuable and help us develop our networks and activities. For example, we would welcome help with moderating the VSSN email discussion list.  This is an important role but not an onerous one. It would only take a few minutes of your time each week and full training will be available if required.  If you are interested in finding out more about this role please contact me at a.ellispaine@bham.ac.uk.

More information about the roles and the election process here. We look forward to receiving your nomination.