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Managing an online community - what we learned

(This article originally appeared on civilsociety.co.uk on 08 Nov 2021) My colleague, Lesley Pinder, and I recently stepped away from managing the popular Fundraising Chat Facebook group after 6.5 years. We wanted to share what we've learned along the way. Recognising the need for fundraisers to have

Managing an online community - what we learned
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Guest Blog: Helping Staff To Feel They Belong

Guest blog about inclusivity at work from Kath Howard - Assistant Director of People & OD at Samaritans Organisations can be lonely places. It’s not unusual for organisations to talk about ‘employee engagement’ and inclusion but when the big stuff goes on in someone’s personal life, it’s

Guest Blog: Helping Staff To Feel They Belong
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Where Power Lies: Putting Lived Experience at the Heart of Decision-Making

'There’s really no such thing as the “voiceless”. There are only the deliberately silenced, or the preferably unheard.’ – Arundhati RoyRight from the outset of my quarter-century career in the voluntary sector, I’ve been troubled by the frequent disconnect between those at the leadership levels of charities and those

Where Power Lies: Putting Lived Experience at the Heart of Decision-Making
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Passing the Baton and Sharing Power

As we enter the next phase of living with Covid-19, it’s been interesting to look back and reflect on what this time has revealed about the interplay between social change and power, particularly in London where I live and work, and where I am also a Lambeth councillor. In

Passing the Baton and Sharing Power
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Pride Month in a Plague Year

It’s a strange Pride Month this year. Instead of coming together in festivals, marches and celebrations during June and on into the summer, over 500 Prides around the world have been cancelled or postponed. Lesbians, gay men, bi, and transgender people the world over are reeling from the impacts

Pride Month in a Plague Year
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Charities Seem to be Failing at Change and Justice. So What’s the Point of Them?

I wrote this post with my colleague, Matthew Sherrington. It originally appeared in Third Sector Let us know what you think! There are moments when scales fall from eyes, and you start seeing things afresh, perhaps as they always were. Moments that become turning points. Covid 19 should be the

Charities Seem to be Failing at Change and Justice. So What’s the Point of Them?
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Exciting new equality, diversity and inclusion project news!

ChangeOut have been appointed to lead a partnership diversity and inclusivity review and we’re very excited to be embarking on this work. Co-operatives UK, Locality, Plunkett Foundation, and Power to Change share an interest in developing and supporting the community business sector. Over the past two years, they have

Exciting new equality, diversity and inclusion project news!
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If you're in the market for an UpRising, I'm your woman

(Email to UpRising staff on my last day 29.3.19) My gosh what do you ever say on your last day in an organisation? I've been thinking lots of thoughts over the last few weeks as this day got nearer and now it's time to put them down. It's

If you're in the market for an UpRising, I'm your woman
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What's this ChangeOut all about then?

ChangeOut is a social enterprise and consultancy working with charities, activists and campaigners

What's this ChangeOut all about then?
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Lessons in inclusion from the corporate sector

It is well documented that UK civil society doesn’t represent wider society. Only Barnardos, St Mungos and Victim Support featured in Stonewall’s Top 100 Workplace Equality Index 2018. Furthermore, research by Colour of Power published in October 2017 found that only two of the top 10 charities have

Lessons in inclusion from the corporate sector
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