‘Times like these’: Researching civil society responses to and recovery from COVID-19 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research e-Conference 2020 – provisional programme

After much hard work, VSSN, NCVO and BVSC are ready to announce the provisional programme for the e-Conference organised for Monday 7th September and Tuesday 8th September.

 

SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

 

Day 1: Monday 7 September 2020

 

10.00 – 11.00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION: FRAMING CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSES TO COVID 19
11.00 – 11.30 Morning break
11.30 – 13.00 SESSION 1A: PHILANTHROPY, FUNDRAISING, FUNDING AND COVID-19
SESSION 1B: VOLUNTEER MOBILISATION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19: INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL INSIGHTS
13. 00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 SESSION 2A: COMMUNITIES AND MUTUAL AID DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC – CONCEPTUAL INSIGHTS
SESSION 2B: VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND COVID-19 – MICRO, MESO AND MACROERSPECTIVES

 

16.00- 17.00 VOLUNTARY SECTOR REVIEW: AN INFORMAL SESSION WITH THE EDITORS

 

Day 2: Tuesday 8 September 2020

 

10.00 – 11.00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION: LIVING CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSES TO COVID-19
11.00 – 11.30 Morning break
11.30 – 13.00 SESSION 3A: VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCES DURING COVID-19: INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANISATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND IMPLICATIONS
SESSION 3B: CIVIL SOCIETY AND COVID-19: CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES
13. 00 – 14.00 Lunch
14.00 – 15.30 SESSION 4A: VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND COVID-19 – MICRO, MESO AND MACRO PERSPECTIVES
SESSION 4B: COMMUNITIES AND MUTUAL AID DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC – INSIGHTS FROM THE FRONTLINE
16.00- 17.00 BOOK LAUNCH: CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF TWO NEW BOOKS

 

DETAILED PROGRAMME

Day 1: Monday 7 September 2020

 

10.00 – 11.00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION: FRAMING CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSES TO COVID 19
11.00 – 11.30 Morning break
11.30 – 13.00 SESSION 1A: PHILANTHROPY, FUNDRAISING, FUNDING AND COVID-19

Chair:

Reserves and financial vulnerability of UK voluntary organisations after COVID-19

John Mohan, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham and David Clifford, University of Southampton

 The impact of COVID-19 on the foundation and dissolution of charitable organisations: A cross-national comparison

Diarmuid McDonnell* and Alasdair Rutherford**, *UK Data Service, **University of Stirling           

Learning in Lockdown: An exploration of active citizenship education for children and young people in lockdown

Alison Body, University of Kent

Navigating new terrain in an emergency grants programme

Sally Vivyan, Open University

The great fundraising furlough swap? Exploring the development and implications of fundraisers’ “furlonteering” during the COVID-19 lockdown.

Lesley Alborough, University of Kent

 

SESSION 1B: VOLUNTEER MOBILISATION IN RESPONSE TO COVID-19: INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL INSIGHTS

Chair:

Community-based volunteering in response to COVID-19: The COV-VOL Project

Julie MacInnes*, Kat Frere-Smith**, Bridget Jones***, Sabrena Jaswal*, Tamsyn Eida*, Vanessa Abrahamson*, Rebecca Sharp****, Heather Gage***, and Patricia Wilson*

*University of Kent, **Brighton and Sussex Medical School, ***University of Surrey

****NIHR Applied Research Collaboration, Kent, Surrey and Sussex

Mobilising volunteers effectively during the COVID-19 pandemic

Harriet Thiery*, Jenny McNeill*, Joanne Cook**, Jon Burchell*, Fiona Walkley**, Erica Ballantyne*,

*University of Sheffield ** University of Hull,

Scotland – Lessons learned in managing the supply of formal volunteers during the COVID-19 crisis and recovery period

Alan Stevenson and Debbie Maltman, Volunteer Scotland

Pandemic recovery and volunteering in Wales – challenges, opportunities, and a research agenda

Emma Taylor-Collins*, Fiona Liddell**, and Hannah Durrant*

*Wales Centre for Public Policy, **Wales Council for Voluntary Action

Volunteering and COVID-19: disrupting geographies of voluntary action

Matt Baillie Smith and Bianca Fadel, Northumbria University

 

13. 00 – 14.00 Lunch

 

14.00 – 15.30 SESSION 2A: COMMUNITIES AND MUTUAL AID DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC – CONCEPTUAL INSIGHTS

Chair:

Locally rooted: community organising in times of crisis

Marilyn Taylor, IVAR

Apart but not Alone? A cross-sectional study of neighbour support in a major UK urban area during the COVID-19 lockdown

Michele Biddle, UWE

Learning from international emergency responses to inform Scotland’s COVID-19 recovery approach

Cathy Hynds, Volunteer Scotland

From Kropotkin to COVID-19: the role of mutual aid associations in democratic participation

Jurgen Grotz*,  Michael Locke and Michael Ashe**

*IVR, **Volunteer Centre Kensington and Chelsea

The Role of Mutual Aid in the COVID-19 Pandemic: Case Studies from Scotland

Jack Rendall, Maeve Curtin, Michael Roy and Simon Teasdale, Glasgow Caledonian University

 

SESSION 2B: VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND COVID-19 – MICRO, MESO AND MACRO PERSPECTIVES

Chair: Jane Cullingworth, University of Glasgow

Delivering community impact through a coordinated VCS response: The Sheffield Hub Network story

Adam Batty, Voluntary Action Sheffield

Third sector organisations and their essential role in Covid 19 response and recovery – a case study of Glasgow

Claire Bynner, University of Glasgow

 Community Businesses and Covid-19

Amelia Byrne, Power to Change and The Institute for Community Studies

Monitoring the impact of COVID-19 on people experiencing homelessness

Jo Brown, Groundswell

16.00- 17.00 VOLUNTARY SECTOR REVIEW: AN INFORMAL SESSION WITH THE EDITORS

Bring along a glass of wine / cup of tea and chat to the editors about getting published in VSR

 

Day 2: Tuesday 8 September 2020

Time Session

 

Location
10.00 – 11.00 OPENING PLENARY SESSION: LIVING CIVIL SOCIETY RESPONSES TO COVID-19

Karl Wilding (NCVO), Anna Fowlie (SCVO), Brian Carr (BVSC), and Nasar Haghamed (Islamic World Relief)

 

11.00 – 11.30 Morning break
11.30 – 13.00 SESSION 3A: VOLUNTEERING EXPERIENCES DURING COVID-19: INDIVIDUAL AND ORGANISATIONAL PERSPECTIVES AND IMPLICATIONS

Chair:

“Just to hear your voice is so lovely”: The health and wellbeing effects of stopping their volunteering as a result of the COVID-19 crisis on older volunteers

Jurgen Grotz, IVR, UEA

The response of volunteers in sport to covid 19

Geoff Nichols*, Lindsay Findlay King** and Fiona Reid***

*University of Sheffield, **University of Northumbria, ***Glasgow Caledonian University

Being neighbours during lockdown: experiences from an outer city estate

Stephanie Denning, Coventry University

 Examining the motivations and emotions linked to the formation of a Voluntary sewing group formed in response to Covid-19

Beverley Gilbert, University of Worcester

Information and Referral Service for Seniors in British Columbia, Canada: Learning from COVID-19

Karen Lok Yi Wong*,**,***, Andrew Sixsmith** and Leslie Remun*

*411 Seniors Centre, **Science and Technology for Aging Research Institute, Simon Fraser University, ***School of Social Work, University of British Columbia

 

SESSION 3B: CIVIL SOCIETY AND COVID: CROSS-CUTTING ISSUES

Chair:

 The role of Local Infrastructure Organisations in the COVID 19 response

Carol Jacklin-Jarvis and Daniel Haslam, Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, The Open University

Embedding a culture of learning: LDCVS and its sounding Board

Jill Anderson and Sam Riches, Lancaster District Voluntary and Community Solutions

Dancing With Elephants: COVID-19 and the response to diverse community needs in Camden

Julie Christie-Webb, Kevin Nunan and Hilary Barnard, Voluntary Action Camden

Community action in a pandemic

Fay Holland, Groundwork UK

 Social surveys are now more important than ever: what can the data tell us?

Patty Doran, UK Data Service

13. 00 – 14.00 Lunch

 

14.00 – 15.30 SESSION 4A: VOLUNTARY AND COMMUNITY ORGANISATIONS AND COVID-19 – MICRO, MESO AND MACRO PERSPECTIVES

Chair: Sophie Wilson, BVSC Centre for Voluntary Action

The impact of Covid-19 on the voluntary sector working in criminal justice

Anne Fox, Clinks

Making it stick: The importance of lived experience insight in systems change

Nathan Dick and Andy Williams, Revolving Doors Agency

Voluntary and community organisations moving from crisis to recovery

Vita Terry, Katie Turner, Houda Davies, Annie Caffyn and Sonakshi Anand

IVAR

 Third sector responses to Covid-19 and poverty in Scotland

Laura Robertson, The Poverty Alliance

 

SESSION 4B: COMMUNITIES AND MUTUAL AID DURING THE COVID 19 PANDEMIC – INSIGHTS FROM THE FRONTLINE

Chair:

The role of community creativity in the time of COVID 19

Sarah Boiling, Anousheh Haghdadi and Amanda Smethurst, Independent researchers

How nonprofit organizations in the City of High Point (North Carolina) responded to COVID-19

Patrick Harman, Hayden-Harman Foundation

Community Responses to COVID-19

Wendy Sugarman*, Richard Usher* and Rob Macmillan**

*Just Ideas, **Sheffield Hallam University

#brumtogether, a study into the impact of the Birmingham and Solihull Local Delivery Pilot on community resilience in the face of Covid-19

Steven Rose, Karen Creavin and Naomi Lynch, The Active Wellbeing Society

A ‘Real Time Evaluation’ of neighbourhood-based projects for older people during COVID 19 pandemic in Leeds

Chris Dayson*, Jan Gilbertson*, Emma Bimpson*, Chris Damm*, Angela Ellis Paine**, Helen Kara*** and Luke Price****

*Sheffield Hallam University, ** Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham, *** Independent researchers, ****Centre for Ageing Better

16.00- 17.00 BOOK LAUNCH: CELEBRATING THE LAUNCH OF TWO NEW BOOKS

Jon Dean: The good glow: Charity and the symbolic power of doing good

Alison Body: Children’s charities in crisis: Early intervention and the state

 

Emotions and feelings in voluntary sector work: Explorations from research and practice  

Call for papers for the first seminar to be held on 10.30am – 4.00pm, 22nd October 2020

 We are grateful for a small grant from the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) to organise a series of events we are running from autumn 2020 on the role of emotions and feelings within voluntary sector work: in community, voluntary, social enterprise or co-operative settings. This may be in the UK, elsewhere in Europe or the world.

About the seminar series

This series seeks to bring together the community, social and psychological realm. The aim of these seminars is to explore the effect and role of emotions and feelings in the Voluntary Sector. Seminars will address this by considering cross-over issues through informed discussion, gaining perspectives from speakers with professional knowledge and co-learning through small group work, involving practitioner experience and research insights. These can later lead to articles, blogs or web posts in academic or practitioner journals. You are welcome to come as a participant or presenter.

Location and on-line

The three seminars will be in Preston (10.30am – 4.00pm, 22nd October 2020), Bristol or south west (March 2021) and London (June 2021). In view of current restrictions due to the Covid-19 virus, all three events will happen on-line and include a mixture including face-to-face events if, or when, Covid-19 restrictions are lifted.

To register your place at the first seminar on the 22nd October please complete the form on Eventbrite as numbers are limited.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/emotions-and-feelings-in-voluntary-sector-work-tickets-108981157576

How to keep in touch

If you have any questions the seminars please contact the initial planning group now: Dr Mike Aiken (Brighton) mikeloscaminos@myphone.coop, Dr Vita Terry (London) vita@ivar.org.uk and Dr Julian Manley (Preston) jymanley@uclan.ac.uk.

Guide to submitting a proposa

1. Aims and initial themes

The aims of these seminars are to encourage joint work and the sharing of insights between the sometimes separate arenas of the social (community, voluntary, social enterprise, co-operative work) with the psychological (the affective realm of emotions and feelings).

Attention to the psychological and the social is also important for workers and volunteers operating in tough urban/ rural communities facing daily anxiety in fragile organisations. The daily stresses and tensions of managers facing tough work, performance targets and disadvantaged communities may present splitting denial and other defences as survival strategies. For example, the entrepreneurial founder of a much praised project may feel locked into a role where their exit may lead to project closure. Trustees can face decisions that conflict with their values and beliefs.

2. Intended participants

2.1     Researchers, practitioners, activists, academics, policy makers and funders engaged in the Community, Voluntary and Co-operative sector (CVC sector – including voluntary, community, social enterprise or co-operative action).

2.2     People active in social, psychosocial or critical perspectives related to the affective realm – of feelings and emotions – within local communities.

2.3     Foundations, funders and local policy makers.

3. About your theme and contribution

Your contribution to the day seminars could be presenting a paper; organising a panel of speakers; facilitating a discussion, workshop or roundtable; analysing a particular situation. You can also contribute as a participant without presenting

Your theme may be a starting question/puzzle or dilemma; or a link to a theoretical framework or debate or contemporary or historical situation, or a cross-disciplinary insight, or international perspective that links to voluntary, community, social enterprise or co-operative action.

You may wish to start by exploring a key topic/puzzle/dilemma relating to work you have been involved in, or affecting practitioners or contemporary practice within voluntary, community, social enterprise or co-operative action.

Participants are welcome to draw from different disciplinary backgrounds (social theory, sociology, psychology or therapeutic studies, women’s studies, post-colonial studies etc) as long as there is a link to voluntary, community, social enterprise or co-operative action.

4.  The format for the session 

Your contribution could be:

4.1     a presentation (with space for questions and discussion)

4.2     a panel with 2 or 3 speakers

4.3     a workshop or carousel format with participants moving between tables that    highlight different questions

4.4     a short informal 10 minute input on a key issue or vignette

4.5     any other format you wish to propose (please advise, or discuss with us).

Please note your panel, presentation, workshop or other format should also allow time for some discussion, interaction, or questions. In total your slot should be either 30 or 40 minutes (that includes at least 10 minutes for questions/discussion.  You can also propose a short 10 minute slot for presenting a key issue/dilemma that you have encountered in your work that you feel needs researching further.

5. Outcomes from the seminars

The outcomes from the seminars may develop during the series. These may include:

5.1     Plans for joint articles (academic but also practitioner journals or magazines (including Voluntary Sector Studies, Civil Society, Organisational and Social Dynamics); contributions to the VSSN annual conference in September 2021; and to VSSN day seminars

6. Ethical considerations and questions

The organisers are mindful of the sensitive nature of research and personal experience that may be shared within these seminars. Customary support practices and ethical procedures will therefore be adopted to offer safe and confidential spaces where appropriate.

7. Timings

If you would like to submit a proposal for the 22nd October please send an abstract of no more than 250 words to Dr Mike Aiken: mikeloscaminos@myphone.coop or Dr Vita Terry: vita@ivar.org.uk. The deadline for abstracts is the 1st September and we will aim to let you know if you are successful by the 24th September.

 

Development grant projects about to go live!

We are proud to announce the results of the latest round of development grants which are all described below and we encourage members and others to get in touch with those delivering the projects and to get involved.

Mike Aiken, Vita Terry and Julian Manley:  Emotions and feelings in voluntary sector work: Explorations from research and practice

We would like to thank VSSN for the small development grant we have been awarded which will support us to set up a series of events from autumn 2020 on the role of emotions and feelings within voluntary sector work. This series seeks to bring together the community, social and psychological realm. Several of us in VSSN and beyond have already been discussing these cross-disciplinary themes as they affect – or intersect with – our existing research. The aim of these seminars is to explore the cross-over issues through informed discussion, gaining insight from speakers with professional insight and co-learning through small group work, involving practitioner experience and research insights.

The three events will potentially be held in Preston (provisionally 20th or 22nd October 2020), Bristol or South West (March 2021) and London (June 2021). However, in light of the current restrictions due to Covid-19 we will hold a mix of on-line and face-to-face events if or when restrictions are lifted.

The initial planning group is composed of Dr Mike Aiken (Brighton), Dr Vita Terry (London) and Dr Julian Manley (Preston). We will set up a distribution list shortly but if you would like to be kept in touch, or contribute and suggest themes please contact us:

Dr Mike Aiken on mikeloscaminos@myphone.coop or Dr Vita Terry on vita@ivar.org.uk

 

Tot Foster, Open University:  Small charities use of video

There are so many barriers to small charities engaging with video, not the least lack of time and money. Yet the rewards can be great – enhancing social media presence, recording and communicating impact. This development grant will be spent on a day long training session for ten small charities in making no/low budget films. As part of her PhD Tot Foster developed a new design-based approach to video production, tailored to small charities. The feedback from the training will inform the next iteration of the production process which will then be converted into an online course such as a MOOC.  The training will be offered later this year to a network of London charities under the umbrella of the digital skills organisation Superhighways. If face to face is impossible then the grant offers an opportunity to deliver and evaluate an early version of the online course.

 

Philippa Davies, Cardiff University: Women leaders’ experiences of gender (in)equality in Welsh sport leadership

The main focus of my proposal is to share the results of my research, which examines women leaders’ experiences of gender (in)equality in Welsh sport leadership, back with the Welsh sport sector, and in particular, Welsh sport leaders. One of the main reasons I researched this topic, was to share anything useful back with the sector to hopefully help women and men sport leaders. I aim to share the results by creating a bi-lingual report which provides an overview of the results and also deliver seminars to present the results and answer any questions (either in person, or due to the current situation by webinar).

I hope to work with leaders within the sector to ensure as many sport leaders (both voluntary and paid), who would wish to, will be able to attend (whether in person or remotely). I am so excited to have the grant which means I can make sharing back the results a more impactful, professional and, hopefully, a useful process for the sport sector.

VSSN operating as normal during ‘lockdown’

Just to let you all know that we are still operating as normal with Steering Group meetings being held by Zoom, and all services still available.   We are here to support you and we will keep you updated with developments around voluntary sector research as we know them.

Facilitating online support for new researchers during the coronavirus lockdown

Are you a new researcher in the field of voluntary sector/action studies?  You may be a student, an early career researcher in an academic environment, or a new researcher working directly in the third sector.  If so, you may be interested in getting involved in VSSN’s online support for new researchers.

We held our first online chat with new researchers on April 27, 2020 – 10 people joined from universities and communities across the UK.  It was a really positive session, providing an opportunity for people to connect, talk about how they are feeling during these difficult times, and to give and get peer support.

Given the success of the session, we are going to facilitate these online sessions monthly.  At the moment the session is unstructured, but this may evolve.  For example, there could be a particular focus to each session; we could also organise breakout rooms for people who want to talk about specific issues.  Potentially new researchers will begin to make connections with each other and organise their own activities – such as an online writing retreat.  Anything is possible!

We are also offering a one to one peer support session of up to 30 minutes – providing an opportunity for you to discuss a research issue with someone from within the VSSN community.  If you are interested, please email me and let me know what you would like to focus on in the session; we will then connect you with the most appropriate person in our network.

The support for new researchers is being offered by Vita Terry, Jon Dean and Jane Cullingworth of the VSSN steering group.  Please note, you do not need to be a member of VSSN to participate – however, we do encourage you to join VSSN.  VSSN is a membership driven organisation that relies on its members for support.  Membership offers a number of benefits and is on a sliding scale; you can find out more here.

Please contact Jane Cullingworth at janecullingworthvssn@gmail.com for more information.

 

Postponement of day seminar – Volunteering in Health and Social Care – 19th May

Postponement of VSSN day seminar:  Volunteering in Health and Social Care.   Tuesday 19th
May, University of East Anglia.

We are sorry to say that the VSSN steering group have taken the hard decision to
postpone the above day seminar until later in the year given the recent announcements from the
Government regarding the coronavirus. Please keep an eye on our website for future
updates.
With best wishes,
VSSN Steering Group

Volunteering in Health and Social Care: making a difference in a complex landscape of rising demand. Call for papers

Call for papers: Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) Day Conference, 19th May 2020

This event has now been postponed hopefully to the date of the usual autumn event in November.   Please look out for further developments.

Volunteering in Health and Social Care: making a difference in a complex landscape of rising demand.

VSSN’s next day conference will take place on 19th May 2020, hosted by the Institute for Volunteering Research at University of East Anglia in Norwich. We will explore volunteering in health and social care, considering the opportunities and challenges encountered in a complex landscape of rising demand and the difference volunteering makes in this context.

Pressures are growing on volunteer-involving organisations, locally-based community organisations and social enterprises to respond to increasing and diverse demands for volunteers to provide health and social care services. These range from national newspaper campaigns to recruit large numbers of new volunteers for a variety of new tasks and settings, to the current drive for social prescribing and increased community involvement.

This day conference specifically aims to explore:

  • the current context of volunteering in health and social care,
  • the current policy drivers
  • new and innovative approaches now being promoted to deal with demand,
  • what difference volunteering makes to health and social care, volunteers, volunteer involving organisations and wider society.

Abstracts

We welcome contributions from researchers, academics, doctoral students and practitioners from a broad range of fields around innovative initiatives taking place in different communities, and critical theoretical debates on what is happening to voluntary and community sector innovation and enterprise in the current period.

We will be pleased to consider proposals on related topics which may include (but are not limited to) organisations working with diverse groups in the population, for example refugee groups, those facing inequalities due to geography, black and minority ethnic led, women’s and faith-based groups.

Your abstract should outline your proposed paper, showing how the issues you raise will contribute to the themes for the day.

Abstracts of 250-300 words should be sent to: j.grotz@uea.ac.uk by March 13th 2020.

Please also attach contact details.

If helpful, please contact Jurgen Grotz j.grotz@uea.ac.uk to discuss contributions informally in the meantime.

We are also happy to accept poster proposals, if you wish to submit a poster please contact Jurgen on the email address above.

Attending the event

VSSN aims to promote an understanding of the UK voluntary sector through research. The event is aimed at researchers, academics, doctoral students and practitioners in voluntary organisations or foundations interested in the UK voluntary sector. We also welcome policymakers and practitioners engaged in relevant fields. We are always pleased to meet and receive contributions from colleagues in similar settings in other countries. The working language is English.

Bookings will open shortly and the normal costs for day seminars will apply: £35 for members, £70 for non members and £25 for non members without institutional support.

We look forward to welcoming you at the University of East Anglia on May 19th 2020.

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.

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

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.