Real Times:
Unfolding tales of voluntary action


              Part One:                        Part Two:
     "Divine intervention"             "The boss"


In the coming months this new series of short papers will be telling some of the unfolding stories arising from our longitudinal case study work.

Each instalment draws on some of the rich data generated through the research, linking it to wider debates and literature about the sector.

The aim is to add to conversations about the everyday realities of voluntary action in different contexts.

Please send us your feedback:

  • how do your experiences compare with the stories told here?
  • does what you read in these instalments resonate with your knowledge and experience? 

Please email Rob Macmillan, Real Times research lead:


This series is produced in partnership with the Changing Landscapes for the third sector project at the School of Sociology and Social Policym, University of Leeds.