Monthly Archives: July 2011

There are volunteers ready and waiting across the country, so why aren’t charities asking for their help?

One of the main issues that comes up again and again in the world of volunteering is the need for better communication between volunteers and those needing their services. This is typically provided by volunteer brokerage organisations, such as ourselves here at iT4Communities, but there is a real difficulty in linking the two groups. We… Read more »

We are starting to win the battle of social enterprises

Recently, Craig Dearden-Phillips and Rob Greenland, two of our most respected social enterprise commentators, both wrote blogs that, taken together, shattered the illusion of a consensus on the definition of social enterprise. The part in particular that stood out for me was when Rob asked how wages and loan interest are any different to paying… Read more »

Charity archives: A hidden casualty of the cuts?

The history of charity is perhaps a hotter topic today than it has ever been, so it is ironic that voluntary organisations face greater challenges than ever before in preserving their records and making these available to researchers. The British Records Association and Charity Archives and Records Management Group (CHARM) have recently had to cancel… Read more »

Inspiring activism: outreach that goes local and personal

What is the best route to mobilising local activism? Of course, all organisations are different, and the current social and economic climate provides a challenging backdrop. But at the Switchover Help Scheme – the organisation set up to deliver practical support to help older and disabled people switch to digital television – we’ve worked with… Read more »