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Reading in lockdown: The future of charity? - 3rd November 2020

When I worked in the voluntary sector in the 1990s, the word charity was rarely used – it was seen to be old-fashioned and somewhat patronising. I’ve noticed that the term has become more common recently in discussions of the voluntary sector – perhaps because it tries to convey the act of generous giving that is at the heart of society’s understanding of the sector. Two recent books help the reader, whether student, practitioner or academic, to reflect on the work that the idea of charity is doing in 21st century society.

Reading during lockdown: Insights from Global Ethnography - 11th August 2020

By Carolin Decker-Lange, Senior Lecturer in Management, based in the Department of Public Leadership and Social Enterprise at The Open University Business School. 

2020 World Refugee Day: Marked During the Covid-19 Pandemic and Contextualised by Black Lives Matter Social Movement - 7th July 2020

In this post blog, Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at The Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership (CVSL) discusses on the 2020 World Refugee Week (June 15th to 21st 2020). He reflects on the impact of Covid-19 pandemic on refugees and displaced people across the work. He explores through the lens of the Black Lives Matter Social movement what happens when migrants and refugees are excluded and suffer social and racial inequalities over time.

Navigating access to the boardroom: experiences from my PhD journey - 1st July 2020

Lindsay Wilson Jones is a PhD Student at The Open University.

Volunteers’ Week: The Open University’s Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership Joins Millions of Volunteers Across the UK Celebrating Volunteering this week - 2nd June 2020

In this blog, Dr Fidèle Mutwarasibo, Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership, explores why we should celebrate volunteering. This week, we are marking the National Volunteers’ Week. It is timely to remember the difference millions of volunteers make in the daily lives of many. Although we are in difficult times, he argues that volunteering will be critical in the post-COVID-19 pandemic’s new normal.

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others

Interview with Dr Peta Wilkinson - 28th April 2020

In this Video Clip, Dr Peta Wilkinson, Chief Executive, Willen Hospice and alumni of The Open University, discusses the benefits gained from her involvement as a participant in the pilot CVSL learning club, co-hosted with MK Community Foundation and Community Action MK in 2018.

She articulates the benefits at three levels: personal, organisational and the social care sector.

#NeverMoreNeeded - 24th April 2020

CVSL Director, Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, talks about the value of small charities, and how even the failure of one at this time might have unforeseen consequences.

A message from the CVSL Centre Director - 2nd April 2020

CVSL Director, Dr Carol Jacklin-Jarvis, would like to send this message out to colleagues, partners and all third sector organisations, as support in these fast changing times.

A shout out for leadership - 20th March 2020

In these extraordinary times, we want to give a shout out for the amazing leadership shown by so many in voluntary and community organisations, large and small - including our friends at Community Action:MK, Works for Us and MK CAB, NAVCA, UK Community Foundations and beyond.  We are indeed seeing that leadership is practiced by people at all levels, across boundaries, and in different contexts to 'make things happen' in challenging circumstances.

Water, water everywhere...the role of voluntary organisations in flood management - 24th February 2020

With fields up and down the UK increasingly looking like lakes, this month we link to a blog from CVSL colleague Karen Potter that considers the implications of flood water management for voluntary organisations through the case of Toddbrook Reservoir.

Toddbrook Reservoir – A Case of Dam Charity or Charity be Damned?

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