Back to the future: What next for voluntary action and the welfare state?

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Friends House

173-177 Euston Road

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NW1 2BJ

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A free, one-day conference exploring what we can learn about the future of voluntary action from both the present and the past. We welcome people from across the voluntary, community and public sectors, academics, students and others to join in the conversation.

Along side the project team, speakers include:

· Elizabeth Balgobin (Voluntary and community sector consultant)

· Kathy Evans (Chief Executive, Children England)

· Anna Smee (Chief Executive, UK Youth)

· Steph Harland (Chief Executive, Age UK)

· Karl Wilding (Director of Public Policy and Volunteering, NCVO)

· John Mohan (Director of the Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham)

· Ellie Munro (PhD student, Third Sector Research Centre, University of Birmingham)

· Christala Sophocleous (WISERD)

· Anne Baxendale (Shelter)

We are currently witnessing considerable changes in the ways in which welfare services are provided in England. Significant shifts in access and entitlement to basic services are being rolled out, and the funding and delivery of services is being rethought. These changes have major implications for voluntary action in welfare provision. The boundaries between the state and the voluntary sector are being renegotiated, to the extent that some have called the 2010s ‘a revolutionary moment’. The same term was used to describe the establishment of comprehensive welfare services in the 1940s. At these two transformational moments, fundamental questions have been raised about who is responsible for the provision of welfare services.

The Discourses of Voluntary Action study has been exploring these debates. We have been comparing and contrasting the ways in which the general public, politicians, and voluntary sector organisations talk about these issues; highlighting the contested nature of the boundaries between sectors and challenging some of the prevailing wisdom. Findings from this study will be brought together with insights from four other research projects and from the experience of voluntary sector leaders during the conference.


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