Voluntary sector

  • Hope for young adults in custody

    07 June 2022

    Jessie Ben-Ami outlines how the West Midlands’ Always Hope project pilot is working with councils and other partners to increase the chances of rehabilitation for young care-experienced men aged 18-25 leaving prison.


  • Drawing from the past to help today’s refugees

    18 May 2022

    Brad Collier draws from his experience resettling Vietnamese people in the 1980s to set out what support needs to be provided to Ukrainian refugees – and he believes councils must be empowered to manage resettlement.


  • The voluntary sector is not a surrogate for the state

    04 May 2022

    Councils can and must show leadership to tackle the deep challenges of the years ahead – but a healthy and dynamic relationship with the local VCS also has a critical role to play, explains John Tizard.


  • When crises hit

    22 March 2022

    We want to move fast in a crisis, but there are many dangers in dispensing with order and setting up something from scratch, warns Dan Corry.


  • Helping highly vulnerable families to recover, rebuild their lives here, and thrive

    22 March 2022

    Implementing and delivering the Government’s Homes for Ukraine scheme will require more than just goodwill, says Graeme McDonald.


  • Social value must not be a tick box exercise

    08 March 2022

    Mo Baines says councils should not simply apply the principles of the Social Value Act to outsourced contracts, but ‘engage in the spirit and intention of the Act, which is to get the very best outcomes from public money’.


  • Hammersmith & Fulham’s ‘exemplary’ work supporting refugees

    07 March 2022

    Lord Alf Dubs says the job of welcoming refugees ‘is much greater than just a roof over their heads’ and he reflects on the support given by Hammersmith & Fulham LBC to those traumatised by war.


  • Ready for the future

    02 March 2022

    Mike Adamson explains why it is time to refresh the Civil Contingencies Act, and strengthen the duty on local resilience forums to collaborate with the voluntary and community sector.


  • Reaping the rewards of community collaboration

    26 January 2022

    Peter Marsden and Julie Smith outline the main areas where councils can drive value from adopting a more collaborative approach with communities – and listening to the right people at the right time is crucial.


  • We need the help of Government to support Afghan arrivals

    18 January 2022

    Cllr Danny Thorpe says that it was his London council and local NHS partners who supported traumatised Afghan refugees, and once again ‘local authorities and charities are bearing the brunt of the responsibility’.


  • What does living with COVID really mean for local government?

    08 December 2021

    We’re not just living with the virus itself, but with the knock-on effects, says Zina Etheridge.


  • Leading the warriors out of COVID

    13 October 2021

    Jim McManus talks to Martin Ford about the impact of the COVID crisis on directors of public health and says we need to take the opportunity to learn the lessons of the pandemic so that we are ready in the future.


  • Acting together on climate change

    07 September 2021

    Molly Hogg explains why local authorities should collaborate with community groups to tackle climate change and highlights how the approach is being used in Cumbria.


  • It’s easy as ABCD

    02 August 2021

    Leeds City Council’s ABCD model is focused on prevention and early intervention and is an asset-based approach aimed at empowering communities and individuals. Carmel Langstaff examines the results of an evaluation into whether it works.


  • A vital support in rural Lincolnshire

    02 August 2021

    A falls service in Lincolnshire is proving to be a game changing approach that could be used across the country, says Cllr Patricia Bradwell.


  • Carpe Diem - Seize the Day

    19 July 2021

    Chief executive at Cratus, Nick Kilby, has been judging the finalist for the Community Heroes Award for The MJ Awards. He says the experience left him feeling ‘emotional and heartened’.


  • Nudging communities to flourish

    30 June 2021

    Kingston Stronger Together has been at the heart of the COVID-19 response. The council is now using nudge theory to widen support further, say Joanne Moulton and Daniel Green.


  • Islington’s core COVID support

    02 June 2021

    The We are Islington helpline acts as a ‘one-stop shop’ for local people in need – and the same listening approach is now being used to get vaccinations to all residents, say Cllrs Una O’Halloran and Sue Lukes.


  • Buckinghamshire’s new collaborations

    30 March 2021

    Claire Hawkes outlines Buckinghamshire Council’s community board approach to distributing COVID-19 crisis funding, using a ‘light-touch, but robust application process’.


  • Confident about care

    09 February 2021

    Hertfordshire CC’s new director of adult care services Chris Badger talks to Ann McGauran about investing in extra care housing, COVID’s legacy of loneliness, care market sustainability, and developing diverse teams.