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Interviews from the People Powered Change event, 20 June 2011

The Big Lottery Fund brought practitioners of Asset Based Community Development together for a half-day seminar Over 80 community activists and other professionals gathered at Kings Place to hear from practitioners of Asset Based Community Development, and to discuss the issues which it raises. Here are four interviews with some of the key figures from the day. Jim Diers explains what asset based community development is, and why it matters; and assesses its prospects for success in the UK. Big Lottery Fund chief executive Peter Wanless tells us why BIG brought Jim Diers to Kings Place for this seminar; and how BIG is pursuing some of the principles behind asset Read the Rest

People Powered Change: Jim Diers and Asset Based Community Development

US community development expert Jim Diers is at Kings Place today for an event organised by the Big Lottery Fund We’ll be uploading interviews from the event here, plus Jim Diers’ speech and tweets throughout the day Community action Voluntary sector network blog David Mills © Guardian News & Media Limited 2011 | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

Bertie talks to the leader – Part 2

The second installment of Bertie’s Talk to the leader podcast series sees him chatting with Peter Hollins, Chief Executive of the British Heart Foundation.

JustTextGiving YouTube Video Competition

JustTextGiving has just been launched to all individual fundraisers – each person with a JustGiving fundraising page will now be able to create their own unique text codes, allowing them to share the text code and fundraise creatively on the go. To celebrate this JustTextGiving are launching a YouTube competion (full details below) with a top prize of £500 for charity – I’m chuffed to say I’ll be on the judging panel!     Want to win a £500 donation to your charity? Think of a fun and inventive way of fundraising with your JustTextGiving code. Will you print it out on your running vest? Will you write it on your Read the Rest

Volunteering has to be voluntary

Former Labour MP Tom Levitt disagrees with Ed Miliband’s plans for linking housing allocation to volunteering A few years ago the idea was mooted that every teenager should be required to do a couple of hours volunteering each week as part of the school curriculum. Introducing the idea of personal social responsibility and widening young people’s experience sounds attractive but it isn’t volunteering. Volunteering must be voluntary. Those who were keen to expand the school curriculum in this way were eventually persuaded that while there could be a place on Wednesday afternoons for “community service”, volunteering itself could not and should not be timetabled. The voluntary sector agreed. Now the Read the Rest

A social divide, not digital

The ‘digital divide’ is only superficially digital. Until we start to unpick its social dimensions, many of our organisations may continue to have online conversations among themselves I’ve found myself in the middle of countless ‘digital divide’ debates in recent years with people in the voluntary and community sectors trumpeting social media as either a solution to all of our problems, or a middle-class fad that only serves to amplify the voices of the relatively privileged. After being on both sides at various times, I’m now comfortable making the case for elements of both arguments, but have also been looking at the divide from a different perspective altogether. While access Read the Rest

Poll: Do funders waste applicants’ time?

For small organisations with limited resources, submitting applications can be very time-consuming David Mills

WRVS puts the focus on social impact

Charity publishes report on social return of new way of delivering integrated services for older people WRVS and NPC shone a spotlight on social impact at this week’s seminars, supported by the Guardian, on leadership and social impact. Lynne Berry, WRVS’s outgoing chief executive, talked about the organisational transformation she led as a result of getting a real grip on the impact that WRVS has on the lives of older people. WRVS has now published, with Frontier Economics, a report on the social return on investment of its new way of delivering integrated services for older people in communities and hospitals. The results, like the results of its earlier social Read the Rest