TSRC News

European Third Sector Impact Consortium

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TSRC is playing a significant role in a major FP7-funded consortium led by the Norwegian Institute for Social Research. John Mohan (Birmingham) and Jeremy Kendall (Kent) are involved in two of the project's workstreams. The main objective of the research project is to create knowledge that will further advance the contributions that the third sector and volunteering can make to the socio-economic development of Europe.
Date:
10/01/2014

Analysis: high pay in charities

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High salaries are the exception rather than the rule in the charitable sector, but media coverage begs to differ, avoiding factors such as the exceptional scale of some organisations.
Date:
10/01/2014

A workforce with resilience

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Steve McKay reports in Third Sector Extra that workforce levels are proving resilient, and that the sector values life experience.
Date:
10/01/2014

Social enterprise - the defining characteristics: article and study guide

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Interest in social enterprise has progressed beyond the early focus of definitions and context. Writing in the International Journal of Management Reviews, authors Doherty, Haugh, and Lyon identify hybridity, and the pursuit of the dual mission of financial sustainability and social purpose as the defining characteristics of social enterprises.
Date:
10/01/2014

Has government policy supported the development of a strong civil society?

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Rob Macmillan considers key developments in the policy context focusing on market-making in support services, through a discussion of the Big Lottery Fund's 'building capabilities' framework and the promotion of 'demand-led' capacity building.
Date:
10/01/2014

Environmental third sector - a distinctive field of activity?

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The third sector has a long history of environmental action and yet we lack systematic knowledge of the size, scope and activities of third sector organisations with an environmental mission.
Date:
10/01/2014

Support for all in the UK Work Programme? Differential payments, same old problem…

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Quantitative + Qualitative research = a thorough exploration of whether 'creaming' and 'parking' are widespread and systematically embedded in the government's flagship employment scheme.
Date:
10/01/2014

Is volunteering... (1) - a solution to socio-economic problems?

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In tough economic times, with demand for many forms of social service increasing and government funding being cut, the role of volunteers has gained increasing political prominence as a means of tackling social problems, particularly at a local level.
Date:
09/01/2014

Is volunteering... (2) a route to employment?

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Using insights from the British Household Panel Survey and beyond, Angela Ellis Paine, Steve McKay and Domenico Moro questioned whether there is proof that volunteering improves employability.
Date:
09/01/2014

Underemployment in northern England...

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A recent journal article by Rafferty, Rees, Sensier, and Harding, 'Understanding Growth and Recession: under employment and the labour market in the North of England', assesses the recent employment history of the north describing its performance and examining changes in the patterns of employment following the recession in 2008/09.
Date:
07/01/2014
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