TSRC News

Older people's prevention services

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New independent research funded by the National Institute for Health Research's School for Social Care Research (SSCR) confirms the significance of the role third sector organisations (TSOs) have historically played in the delivery of adult social care, and that TSOs remain a popular choice with local authority commissioners as providers of preventative services. While the research finds positive aspects within the current arrangements, it also identifies gaps in setting and understanding outcomes.
Date:
23/01/2014

Guardian article: Why are charitable resources not targeted where most needed?

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Why are charitable resources not targeted where they are most needed?A Centre for Social Justice study shows charities concentrated in prosperous areas, with 'voluntary cold spots' in deprived regions. TSRC Deputy Director John Mohan gives more detail in the Guardian...
Date:
15/01/2014

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…

Description
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
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