Tag Archive for "volunteering"

What about a Participation Income?

June 12, 2015 – Sonia Bussu

When it comes to welfare, there is a deep fault line separating, on the one hand, those in favour of universal mechanisms such as the unconditional basic income (UBI) and, on the other hand, those supporting “workfare”. The first one is understood as an income granted to each individual, without means test or work requirement.…

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Pathways through Participation

November 30, 2011 – Tim Hughes

Pathways through Participation was a two and a half year (April 2009 - November 2011) qualitative research project, which aimed to improve our understanding of how and why people participate, how their involvement changes over time, and what pathways, if any, exist between different activities.

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How to build voluntary sector support infrastructure?

September 16, 2011 – Thea Shahrokh

Over the past 10 months I have been working to promote the quality, strength and value of volunteering in Guyana. One of the objectives for this work has been to create an enabling environment within which to build a central support infrastructure for the voluntary sector. Countries with independent and cohesive civil societies often have…

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The bitesize Pathways through Participation report

September 13, 2011 – Simon Burall

The Pathways through Participation report was published today. Is it possible to boil down over two years of research and hundreds of hours of interviews into one finding?  It's important to be wary about boiling research findings down too much. Oversimplification can hide and confuse much more than it illuminates. For a project the size…

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Evaluating the Big Society will destroy it

September 1, 2011 – Simon Burall

With so much public money being spent on the Big Society, the government is going to be under pressure to demonstrate that this is money well spent. However, centrally planned and implemented evaluations will act against the development of authentic, self-reliant community groups. How can government resolve this tension? The Big Society is an important…

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Valuing volunteering

July 25, 2011 – Thea Shahrokh

A recent call by UK MPs for a rethink of David Cameron’s flagship National Citizen Service scheme has come at an interesting time for volunteer service initiatives internationally. The United Nations International Year of Volunteers+10 and the European Commission’s European Year of Volunteers are currently being used to drive global policy development in support of…

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National Volunteer Teacher Guyana, Thea

Valuing volunteering

July 25, 2011 – Thea Shahrokh

A recent call by UK MPs for a rethink of David Cameron’s flagship National Citizen Service scheme has come at an interesting time for volunteer service initiatives internationally. The United Nations International Year of Volunteers+10 and the European Commission’s European Year of Volunteers are currently being used to drive global policy development in support of…

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