Supporting The Voluntary Sector

News, analysis and comment on the infrastructure and capacity of the UK voluntary sector, including third sector provision of public services, the "Big Society", NCVO, Acevo and other sector advocacy and support organisations.

Sector Support In Depth

Lord Ashcroft has called for greater consolidation and collaboration of military charities

Are forces charities too 'old-fashioned' to change their ways?

Lord Ashcroft's blunt review of military charities calls for greater consolidation and collaboration. Annette Rawstrone looks at the report's proposals and whether they will be implemented

Charity Defence Council

Analysis: Do we need a Charity Defence Council?

Recent criticism of the sector has prompted some to call for a body to protect its reputation. Andy Hillier canvasses whether that model could work here and looks at the US example.

Tameside 4 Good

Analysis: local infrastructure - 'It's been all right for some'

Has the government's Transforming Local Infrastructure scheme, which has helped create projects such as Tameside 4 Good, had the desired effect on the sector's landscape? Andy Hillier reports

Sir Stuart Etherington

Interview: Sir Stuart Etherington

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has weathered the cuts and the priority now is the growth of civil society, its chief executive tells David Ainsworth


Latest Sector Support Comment

Wally Harbert says the commission is unlikely to achieve anything radical

Wally Harbert: Don't ask the Vatican to advise on birth control

Community groups will struggle to be heard by the Commission on Ageing and the Voluntary Sector because it is dominated by large charities that view the Big Society with contempt, writes our columnist

Why shouldn't donors, beneficiaries and volunteers have choices, asks Debra Allcock Tyler

Debra Allcock Tyler: Too many charities? It's like saying there are too many types of biscuit

One principle of a free democracy is the ability of people to come together in service of something they care about, regardless of whether or not someone else is already doing it, writes our columnist

Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway

Consolidating military charities won't help their beneficiaries

Lord Ashcroft's Veterans Transition Review recommended that armed forces charities merge - but diversity is essential in a sector that serves such a broad range of needs, according to Lieutenant General Sir Andrew Ridgway


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90 per cent funded training for third sector: Collaborative Leadership Programme

  • Date: Thu 13 Mar 2014 - Fri 16 May 2014
  • Venue: Leeds

Lies, damned lies, and statistics: what should you really be measuring?

  • Date: Wed 23 Apr 2014 - Wed 23 Apr 2014
  • Venue: Westminster

People power

  • Date: Wed 30 Apr 2014 - Wed 30 Apr 2014
  • Venue: London

Third Sector Insight