Review and Renew: responding to recent events
In light of the recent disturbances across the country, NCVO’s focus is on helping our members and the wider sector to feed back their experiences and offering practical advice and support.
We are getting in touch with all our members and CVSs this week asking them to let us know their experiences and concerns, whether they have been directly affected by the disturbances or if they are supporting others. Working with partners in the sector, we have set up a new online space, http://reviewrenew.posterous.com, where people can share their stories and discuss the sector’s role in helping affected communities.
Many inspiring examples have already come to light of how voluntary organisations and local infrastructure organisations are responding in affected areas. For example, Hackney CVS brought together community leaders, faith leaders, young people, youth workers and front line staff to reflect on what action the community could take to prevent problems escalating. And the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) has set up a ‘Not in my name’ campaign to illustrate that the vast majority of young people play an active and positive role in their communities.
In the longer term, we are planning to hold a summit for key voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in the affected areas. This will explore how the sector can help communities to rebuild, how we can help policy makers to reflect on the context and causes of the disturbances, and identify what support affected organisations need to get back on their feet.
We will also be working with our strategic partners and the Office for Civil Society to agree next steps and how to best coordinate support for frontline organisations.
Sir Stuart Etherington, Chief Executive of NCVO, said:
‘While this meeting will not be able to identify all of the solutions to or causes of the disturbances, we want to do what we can to bring together and amplify the thoughts and direct experience of those working on the ground. Voluntary organisations will play a key role in rebuilding communities and supporting those affected, and we hope that this exercise will give the sector the voice and the means to respond as fully as they can.’
Please feel free to add your comments under articles on the Review and Renew site, or if your organisation is interested in getting involved, email communitymanager@ncvo for more information.