Third Sector Podcast: The charity sector’s class problem

Rebecca and Emily speak to Alan Lally-Francis, head of influencing at Acevo, about improving social mobility in the sector

This week, Third Sector’s features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney and editor Emily Burt follow up on a widely-read magazine feature that asked: Does the voluntary sector have a class problem?

They spoke to Alan Lally-Francis, head of influencing at the charity leaders’ body Acevo, about the need to gather data that will demonstrate the sale of the sector’s class challenge, and to foster inclusive working environments that enable working-class people to share their experiences.

They also discussed Acevo’s work with the Social Mobility Foundation to encourage charities to sign up for the Social Mobility Employer Index. The index is an annual benchmarking tool that helps organisations understand how they are performing on social mobility and where they can improve.

Charities can register to participate in the index here, or email employerindex@socialmobility.org.uk for more information.

This week’s Good News Bulletin spotlights Age UK’s partnership with Innocent Smoothies, which sees crafters around the country knitting tiny hats to raise much-needed funds that help Age UK provide vital services and support to older people.

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