My Week: Chloe Stables

The parliamentary and media manager at the NCVO recounts her week

Chloe Stables
Chloe Stables

MONDAY - The public benefit case on fee-charging schools starts tomorrow. The NCVO will be giving evidence and it's both exciting and daunting to be involved with a case that has such massive implications. I spend much of the day talking to our policy team, updating staff on the case and finalising what we can and can't say. A quick hop on the tube to Camden for a bite to eat and then a gig at the Roundhouse, which is interrupted only by a message from the chief executive to update me on his meeting with Lord Hodgson, NCVO president and head of the Big Society Deregulation Taskforce, which will be launching its report in the morning.

TUESDAY - I head to the office early with several buckets of caffeine. By mid-morning I'm juggling text messages from our policy officer, who is at the public benefit hearing, and tracking emerging media coverage of the case when news comes in about the imminent launch of the Giving White Paper. We've been waiting for this for a while, so it's sod's law there would be movement in such a busy week. A quick discussion on our likely response and a check to see who will be around to help shape our thoughts. Then Roberta Blackman-Woods, Labour's shadow minister for the voluntary sector, arrives for a meeting of the Labour Party's civil society policy review group. An interesting discussion ensues on Labour's response to the big society.

WEDNESDAY - I have a quick catch-up with Alun Michael MP, chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Civil Society and Volunteering. The NCVO provides the secretariat to the group and we're opening up membership to the sector. We hope to make the group a vibrant forum on sector issues.

FRIDAY - The NCVO is building a fourth floor so we can develop a 'sector hub', which we will rent out to charities. But that means our entire department has to shift downstairs while building work takes place. The huge number of reports, letters and articles that cross my desk means that I have to spend longer than expected sorting stuff out.

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations supports and represents voluntary sector bodies

Chloe Stables is parliamentary and media manager at the NCVO

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