September 2011 Blog Posts (13)

BIHR workshops

I attended the Birmingham run of the BIHR '16 Cities/Rights/Weeks' today. It was very practical, and well worth attending if you're involved in delivering any kind of public service or provide support to VCOs that do. I think today was their fourth session, so still 12 to go - get to one if you can.  Information is on the Events page. 

Added by Kate Gordon on September 29, 2011 at 20:07 — 1 Comment

YCAN Conference and AGM

Ycan are holding a conference at the St George's Centre Leeds on 12th October.

For full details you will need to search Ycan's own website (It may not be on the YCAN site connected to this Natcan Website), and book as requested.

The event is free and will incorporate the organisations first AGM. If you want to serve on the committee add your name to the list.

NB There are many members who have subscribed to the Ycan Section of the Natcan site who are not otherwise known…


Added by Peter Martin on September 28, 2011 at 18:12 — 1 Comment

Local news: Mike Swain, All Saints Action Network Wolverhampton

It was reported in the local newspaper (Black Country Express & Star) towards the end of last week that Mike Swain, chief exec of ASAN in Wolverhampton, had died of cancer.    I don't know whether he was well known outside of the area, or even in the area by name, but a lot of people locally will have attended events at ASAN over the years.    I first went there quite a long time ago when ASAN was developing its services and products, long before 'social enterprise' was…


Added by Kate Gordon on September 25, 2011 at 21:16 — No Comments

Looking for Reception/Room or Space in Southwark urgent



Greetings All

We would like to put in a request for a meeting space for October 8th 2011 @ 5.00pm.

Our group ileto Caribbean Network are involved with a European Partnership of women's groups, which are Austria Germany, Poland and Turkey. This will be most of the Women's groups first visit to the UK.

But try as we have, we have been unable to access a suitable venue for the kick off event (  the reception) so  I am putting the post here.

We are…


Added by kenyasue Smart on September 24, 2011 at 1:30 — No Comments

University-Community engagement

"Current policy pressures on universities to focus on improving their research excellence and to widen participation make it hard for them to engage meaningfully with excluded communities, according to research funded by…


Added by Kate Gordon on September 19, 2011 at 22:15 — 1 Comment

Pub is the Hub

Your chance to help populate this directory.



The Wolverhampton Express & Star mentioned a recent study which looked at community involvement - quite a depressing picture in the West Midlands.   I emailed asking them to tell me the name of the study.  They haven't replied, but I have since found out it was commissioned by Punch…


Added by Kate Gordon on September 13, 2011 at 7:34 — 1 Comment

New Homes for Daneshouse & Stoneyholme

Gleeson Homes are proposing to build 108 new homes in Daneshouse & Stoneyholme, 2,3 & 4 bedrooms with driveways, gardens & garages. There will be events next week starting Tues 13th 6-9pm at Burnley Boys & Girls Club, Weds 14th 10am-1pm Ladies Only and 6-9pm at Daneshouse & Stoneyholme Community Centre, Thurs 15th 6-9pm at Colne Rd. Library.

Please feel free to forward this information on


Added by Lynne Blackburn on September 8, 2011 at 10:00 — No Comments

"A fair deal for the voluntary and community sector - from Whitehall to town halls"


"Mr Pickles has also sought to cut reams of red tape on local councils to make it easier and more efficient for them to meet the needs of their residents. The Communities Secretary has scrapped 56 pages of prescriptive statutory guidance on local priorities introduced by the previous Government.

Instead, councils will have…


Added by Kate Gordon on September 5, 2011 at 15:07 — No Comments

"The Data Tsunami"


a role for community statties? 

Added by Kate Gordon on September 4, 2011 at 14:30 — No Comments

The revolution of capitalisation- point of view Sunday 4th Sept


An interesting ten minute listen. 



Added by Bren Cook on September 4, 2011 at 13:44 — No Comments

"Tenants to be trained to take control of their neighbourhoods post-riots"


Good luck with that - if it's anything like being a parent governor sitting on a potential pupil exclusion panel!  [luckily, I don't speak from bitter experience: the parent/s couldn't be bothered to turn up ..]


other related stuff…


Added by Kate Gordon on September 1, 2011 at 16:43 — 2 Comments

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