December 2011 Blog Posts (5)

The Changing Britain Vision.

Like many here (and elsewhere) I also believe that things have gone too far. For too long I have posted comments describing my frustration to various guestbooks etc., without ever really making a difference.

However, past experience has taught me that commitment, drive and energy are required in order to make real and lasting change.

I am determined to work with others to turn this country around. Why? Because there are so many things wrong with the UK, on so many levels that…


Added by Peter on December 29, 2011 at 11:48 — 2 Comments

CLG - Community Budgets, announced


"The pilots will create a joint team with local partners, aided by Government officials and the Local Government Association to establish their devolved budget proposals with decision making structures for a locally run operation during…


Added by Kate Gordon on December 22, 2011 at 1:28 — 1 Comment

When the big society says No.

You don't have to squint too hard to join the dots between economic austerity measures and the policies of the big society. As austerity begins to bite, the government's fantasy armies of unpaid volunteers will emerge from the gloom to fill the inevitable gaps. Stop laughing at the back.

It's easy to mock. In fact it's essential. But it's not enough. I've long had the impression that many in the community & voluntary sector see themselves as passive participants or recipients of…


Added by Ally Fogg on December 19, 2011 at 15:15 — 3 Comments

‘Why have a meeting when you can have a party?’

Last Saturday, December 10th, Croydon Voluntary Action (CVA) hosted a party at The Darby and Joan Club to celebrate Thornton Heath. We heard inspiring ideas and felt the passion of local people who, despite the challenges, are making a meaningful difference to strengthen their community.


Social Reporter, David Wilcox, joined our…


Added by Sarah Taylor on December 16, 2011 at 14:10 — 1 Comment


Have a look at this very important website the Encyclopaedia of Informal Education . It is the repository for both the history and theory of Youth and Community work. There are fabulous stories of folk past that have contributed much to the fabric of our civilisation. There is much to be learnt or re-learnt from them! Also the theoretical side of the work is important in order to challenge in a thoughtful way the overriding hegemony of our times.



Added by Bren Cook on December 8, 2011 at 10:22 — No Comments

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