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National Coalition for Independent Action September 2011 newsletter

National Coalition for Independent Action have published their September 2011 newsletter which you can download below.

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In this month's issue,

Surviving hard times with integrity – Tuesday 27th September

Organised jointly by NCIA and Aston-Mansfield Community Involvement Unit, this event will focus on the cuts, increasing demand, threats to sustainability, the impact of competition and strategies to survive these attacks on our independence and integrity. Speakers include: Josie Soutar (Sheffield Alcohol Support Service), Adrian Barritt (Adur Voluntary Action), Steve Clare (Locality), David Robinson (Community Links) and Andy Benson (NCIA). There will also be practical workshops on these themes

Tuesday 27 September, from 10am to 4.30pm at Durning Hall Community Centre, Earlham Grove, London E7 9AB. Places for the conference are limited, so you should register in advance. Tickets are £12 for voluntary groups and £25 for statutory sector organisations, but are free for volunteers and people coming from unfunded groups. Best way to register is online here or download a registration form here. Hope to see you there.

 

An Essay on the Big Society

John Seddon reflects on how a ‘systems thinking’ method has improved public services but is now under threat from cuts, commissioning and ‘big society’ as the government fails to move beyond central control and large-scale initiatives.  Read more

 

Mad world, my masters: CVS says no to Transforming Local Infrastructure scramble

Adur Voluntary Action has opted out of bids for the transforming local infrastructure fund. Adrian Barritt explains the practical and philosophical concerns that led to the decision – read more.

Meanwhile Sarah Lamb, one of AVA’s trustees, gives her personal take on the voluntary sector’s dilemma with initiatives like these – read more 

 

Next Planning Group at the TUC

The next NCIA planning group meeting will be on Monday November 21st, 2pm to 5pm.

We will be meeting at the TUC – Room 4, 5th Floor, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS. Please let This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.know if you’d like to come.

 

NCIA Independence Audit now available

Is your organisation managing to stay independent and true to the purpose it was set up for? NCIA challenges you to find out. Our independence audit is now available. It can be done as a self assessment, or an NCIA consultant can go to an organisation and do it with you. The Independence Audit web page has all the details.

We’re looking for organisations who want to do the audit, and individuals who are interested in conducting audits for us. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

NCIA responds to the Panel ‘investigating the independence of the VCS’

Baring Foundation has set up a panel to carry out a five-year investigation into the independence of the VCS. The panel has produced its first report and is inviting responses by the 21st September, to help form a report into the state of independence later on in the year. In our response, NCIA has urged them to revisit their terms of reference to make them relevant to current circumstances before going any further. This will be up on our website soon. We’ll let you know if we get a reply.


 

Transition Town Peckham late summer 2011 newsletter

Transition Town Peckham's latest newsletter is now available to download below.

In this month's issue:

Food and Growing

Over the summer, the Burgess Park Food Project has moved from planning to planting. We were so pleased that the Food Project won the competition out of 200 applicants to improve the area between the Surrey Canal and Burgess Park in June. There was a planting day in June when 30 people helped plant out perennial herbs and vegetables. But the project is still in early days and requires more hands / heads to ensure that a sustainable food growing area can be maintained, so if you can lend a hand, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ">Daniela.

The TTP Community Allotment has really thrived in only its second summer, thanks to the rain and the hard work of Daniela, Annina, Shirley and Ed (and Nicolas!). It’s unbelievable that in little over 12 months, our overgrown space has turned out a more plentiful harvest of all imaginable veg, herbs and berries. There’s always too much produce for the hands who help and we can always do with additional people to help out and take away the produce before the snails get at it. If you’d like to find out more about the allotment and growing (no experience necessary) then there is an allotment open day on 24th September (12-3pm). We’re also holding a final harvest and winter growing preparation day in October (date to be confirmed). On both days, all are invited to come along and find out how you could help grow the food for your dinner and you might even come away with

SE5 Forum September 2011 newsletter

SE5 Forum's September 2011 newsletter is now available to download below.

People's Republic of Southwark September 2011 newsletter

If you have not received our monthly newsletter, you can now download the pdf version below. If you can, print out a few copies and give them out to your friends with limited internet access.

Southwark Friends of the Earth August 2011

Southwark Friends of the Earth's August 2011 newsletter is now available to download below.

SE5 Forum August 2011 newsletter

SE5 Forum have published their August 2011 newsletter which you can download here.

People's Republic of Southwark August 2011 newsletter

People's Republic of Southwark August 2011 newsletter is now available for download below. If you can print out a few copies and give them out to people without internet access, we would really appreciate it.

NCIA August 2011 Newsletter

NCIA (National Coalition for Independent Action) have published their August 2011 newsletter.

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