Cultural Playing Field


Department of Culture, Media and Sport Third Sector Forum meeting by Robin Simpson
October 2, 2009, 8:04 am
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Our main focus this time was the impact of the recession on the third sector. The consensus was that the main effect to date has been on matched funding. In the short term it seems as if the recession has encouraged a significant growth in levels of volunteering. The real impact on public sector funding is likely to be in 2 – 3 years time. In this context it’s going to be important for us to look at how the third sector can best support DCMS negotiations with The Treasury ahead of the next Comprehensive Spending Review. The other subject on this week’s Third Sector Forum agenda was to discuss the implementation of the new DCMS Third Sector Strategy. It will be a key function of the Forum to monitor the progress of the strategy over the coming year.

Robin Simpson.



England Volunteering Development Council meeting by Robin Simpson
October 2, 2009, 8:01 am
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EVDC is always a great networking opportunity, bringing together a wide range of volunteering infrastructure and volunteer-involving organisations. At the last two meetings we have been discussing the future role of EVDC – its functions, membership and administration. While there is a danger of doing too much navel-gazing, it has been helpful to revisit the purpose of these meetings. We also heard this week about the progress of the Association of Volunteer Managers, which has just had its second AGM, and about the Volunteering England/British Red Cross fringe events at the main political party conferences.

Robin Simpson.