Civil Society

A challenging year ahead of us

I’m not sure if I’m a glass half full or glass half empty person. But I think it’s safe to say that the year ahead for Scotland's voluntary sector will be more challenging than the last. Firstly, there is the perennial issue of funding. Of course good strategic planning can make it easier to sustain… Continue reading A challenging year ahead of us

Civil Society, Employment Relations

One in four staff earning less than a living wage is nothing to be proud of

Working for a charity can be very rewarding, but don’t expect to be well paid. OK, so some of the larger charities will pay their most senior post holders an attractive salary, but for most working in the sector, I doubt the prospect of a healthy wage cheque was the primary attraction. This is illustrated… Continue reading One in four staff earning less than a living wage is nothing to be proud of

Civil Society

A more informed dialogue on charities’ role in civil society is needed

Public expectation weighs heavily on charities. They are rightly seen as forces for good, helping the vulnerable, tackling social problems, and helping to meet gaps in public services. What’s more, they do this against a backdrop of funding pressure and an increasingly complicated regulatory climate. But does this level of expectation make it difficult for… Continue reading A more informed dialogue on charities’ role in civil society is needed

Civil Society, Politics

Civil society needs to speak up and be heard

The expectation of change I had in the first few days following the election result, sadly, is now subsiding. A Conservative government will likely continue, with Theresa May seeking the votes she needs from the DUP to stay as prime minister. My own disappointment is I am sure, widely shared by the community and voluntary… Continue reading Civil society needs to speak up and be heard