Opinion: They said it

'The public's perception of the voluntary sector remains based on out-of-date stereotypes. The image of amateur do-gooders still pervades.'

John Low, chairman of Acevo and chief executive of RNID, asks if charities can shake off their amateurish image

'I presumed that it would mean working in a drab office and the job wouldn't be very exciting. It turns out I was wrong - it doesn't feel like working for a charity at all here.'

Mo Kanneh, YouthNet UK, on working in the voluntary sector

'It seems two lifetimes ago. I'm bloody glad I am not in it now.'

Lindsay Boswell, head of the Institute of Fundraising, looks back on his early career - he joined the Army after leaving school

'Re Resch is a blancmange. It is a foundation for nothing but a sinking feeling.'

Lord Phillips of Sudbury, on the 1967 independent schools case under debate in the Charities Bill committee

'When couples express a clear commitment to their relationship, they are taking an important step towards enhancing the health and security of their relationship and the wellbeing of their family.'

Angela Sibson, chief executive, Relate, on the royal engagement.

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