28th November 2019

Butetown Community Centre, Cardiff , United Kingdom

The next VSSN day seminar is being held in partnership with WISERD, the Wales Institute of Social and Economic Research, Data and Methods at Cardiff University.

The seminar will explore how civil society has responded to socio-economic change in terms of national devolution and uneven patterns of localism in the UK, alongside future uncertainties and dissatisfaction with a seemingly uncaring political elite prompting a new identity politics and an upsurge of new civil society movements.

You can download the outline programme here.

The full programme with abstracts will be available shortly and sent to all those attending.

Venue:  Butetown Culture and Media, Loudoun Square, Cardiff, CF10 5HW   –   https://www.institute-of-fundraising.org.uk/events-and-training/events/venues/cmc-culture-and-media-centre/


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9.15 – 9.45                   Registration and Coffee

9.45 – 10.00                 Welcome  Professor Paul Chaney, Co Director, WISERD and Dr Alison Body, University of Kent and VSSN

10.00 – 11.45              Paper panel: Civil society and the state across time and territories

Moving frontiers: Voluntary action and social welfare Georgina Brewis (University College, London), Angela Ellis Paine (University of Birmingham), Irene Hardill (Northumbria University), Rose Lindsey (Southampton University) and Rob Macmillan (Sheffield Hallam University)

Carnegie UK Trust: The Enabling State Hannah Ormston, Policy and Development Officer, Carnegie UK Trust

Welsh third sector lobbying, maintaining a critical voice and engaging in a partnership with devolved government and beyond Amy Sanders (Cardiff University, WISERD)

Democratic governance in Scotland: learnings for civil society Jane Cullingworth (University of Glasgow)

11.45 -12.00                Coffee Break

12.00 – 1.15                Panel discussion: Community action in local places – Building leadership and leading change

The role of the voluntary sector in generating place leadership: a relational network approach James Rees (University of Wolverhampton), Carol Jacklin-Jarvis (Open University), Vita Terry (IVAR), Ellen Bennett, Chris Damm and Chris Dayson (Sheffield Hallam University)

The Llechi, Glo a Chefn Gwlad (Slate, Coal and Countryside) partnership: Sarah Lloyd-Jones, People and Work

How easily can a community own and deliver a vision for care and wellbeing: the experience of Solva Sue Denman (Solva Care and Solva Community Land Trust), Mollie Roach (Solva Care), Maria Jones (Solva Care), Jessie Buchanan (Trecadwgan Campaign Group)

1.15 – 2.15                  Lunch

2.15 – 2.35                  VSSN AGM

2.40 – 3.40                  The politicisation/ de-politicisation and/or re-politicisation of children and young people’s voluntary action: Panel discussion  Alison Body (University of Kent), Esther Muddiman (WISERD, Cardiff University), Chris Taylor (WISERD, Cardiff University) and Emily Lau (Canterbury University)

3.40 – 4.40                  Panel discussion: Territorial policy – Reflections from practice

Ending rough sleeping? The impact of government initiatives to end rough sleeping on voluntary sector organisations across England, Wales and Scotland Mike Hemmings (York Saint John University)

Advocacy or complicity? Tensions from volunteer befriending inside a British immigration detention centre Joanne Vincett (Open University)

Welsh Town Twinning: A future for civil society across borders, or the end of association? Bryonny Goodwin-Hawkins & Rhys Dafydd Jones (Aberystwyth University)

4.40 – 4.45                  Closing Remarks Angela Ellis-Paine, Co Chair, VSSN



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