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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 26 October 2011 - 10:35am

Civil society starts early here. Our plenary and workshops got off to a rousing start at 8.30 with a speech from the Secretary General of CIVICUS ( the world alliance for citizen participation ) Ingrid Srinath, who spoke on the global context of civil society. And a great contribution it was!

She spoke about the downside of 9/11 and the worldwide restrictions on civil liberties and restrictions on freedom of information that have been the consequence.

There has been a subversion of democracy, and worse; a "take over of mindsets" with the reduction of people to economic units.

She said we had fallen into what Gandhi had so eloquently described as the 7 social sins. These are;

# Wealth without work

# Pleasure without concience ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 26 October 2011 - 10:29am

The European Commission has just published proposals to promote social investment.

Measures to improve the access to funding for social businesses such as:

• Setting up a European financial instrument of €90 million to improve social businesses' access to funding (operational from 2014).

• Introducing an investment priority for social enterprises in the regulations ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) and ESF (European Social Fund), as proposed in the regulatory package on the Structural Funds 2014-2020.

and ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 25 October 2011 - 2:48pm

Part of the CHOGM extravaganza is the Youth Forum; and who should be running this but our very own John Loughton. John has been involved with our ACEVO young CEOs and leaders special interest group. He is now a Director at Relate- ACEVO member Clare Tyler is the CEO. Here he is resplendent in his tartan!

One of the expected announcements from this CHOGM is an initiative to finally eradicate polio. And so on Friday evening there is an" end of Polio " fundraising concert with various bands etc who may well be well known but how would I know! I shall be there - looking for the Bootleg Beetles!


Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 25 October 2011 - 9:36am

Traditional greeting from the Noongar elders

The Commonwealth's People's Forum opened today with a special event hosted by the Australian PM and Premier of Western Australia. The event was organised by the nattily named WACOSS- the WA Council of Social Services- the peak body for the sector here. Led by Sue Ash , the dynamic CEO .


Julia Gillard spoke about the Commonwealth as its people, but frankly you would hardly notice. It's one of those throw ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 24 October 2011 - 3:03pm

The meeting ended, it was time to sample the major cultural events that have been put on for CHOGM.

Perhaps one of the most interesting is in the Convention Centre where the CHOGM opening events take place. It's a celebration of the aboriginal story as seen through the Canning Stock route , a cattle drover's track from Perth northwards that went through the aboriginal lands; stunning display of paintings as you see here.


Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 24 October 2011 - 10:02am

Met as a civil society committee yesterday in the evening and again this morning to talk about our role in the whole CHOGM and Commonwealth forum process. The official Opening ceremony for the Commonwealth People's Forum takes place tomorrow, opened by Julia Gillard, the much embattled Australian PM.

The big row here is over the Report of the so called " Eminent Persons Group" and the fact it has been kept secret ( see previous Blog from last week ). I have made a fuss about the fact that the civil society committee has not been given a copy even though it refers to the rose of civil society and we have finally got a copy ( unofficially if you know what I mean! ). Interesting bedtime reading!

Although there is a lot of good stuff and ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 21 October 2011 - 1:18pm

I think it is a safe bet to say that Luke Lancaster is ACEVO's youngest member! 16 year old Founder and CEO of young people’s charity Young Pioneers, Luke has been awarded the prestigious World of Children Youth Award. Often referred to as the “Nobel Prize for child advocacy”.

This is the first time that the accolade in this category has been given to a British recipient since the awards were launched in 1996.

As the winner of the Youth category, Luke will receive his award at a ceremony in New York on November 3rd 2011.

He founded Young Pioneers at just 12 years of age and has dedicated his teenage years to developing accredited educational initiatives and programmes that enable young people with the skills they need to lead personal and social change. Much of the work the charity does focuses on vulnerable and disadvantaged young people , building confidence and enabling young people to overcome adversity.

Young Pioneers programmes are delivered ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 20 October 2011 - 9:43am

An unlikely scene I know: me and 70 kids at school! It was Year 6+7 of the Halls head Primary School and I was talking to them about CHOGM, the Royal Family and knights!

A bright bunch. I rather enjoyed myself and they were a lot more lively and enquiring than some of the voluntary sector gatherings I have been to in England! They asked me what was my favourite charity and I told them, but at risk of offending my 1999 members who I didn't mention I better not say. Just a hint; a previous ACEVO Vice Chair is its CEO !

It was a very interactive session which may surprise those who have sat listening to various of my Lectures. Perhaps the example of my sister Sara is rubbing off. She has written 14 books on teacher training and induction; all very ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 19 October 2011 - 12:15pm

When I was a kid we were taught about the Commonwealth. I even remember several trips to the Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High St; a truly beautiful building.

I doubt the Commonwealth gets much of a look in on the national curriculum these days. And like the fate of that wonderful building there seems to be questions about the usefulness of this modern day Commonwealth of Nations.

I've arrived in Perth. ( That's Perth Australia not Scotland ! ) for CHOGM; the bi-annual gathering of the heads of the Commonwealth- 15 of them with the Queen as Head of State. I'm here as part of the Commonwealth's civil society Committee which organises a big world wide civil society gathering and people's forum. I'm speaking on UK developments in civil ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 18 October 2011 - 11:41am

There is an absurd contention in our sector that small is good and large is not. The reality is that there are some stunning small and community charities and there are some stunning large national charities too. It's the diversity of the sector. I get cheesed off when I'm told ACEVO only represents large nationals. The reality is we have a wonderfully diverse membership.

So let me tell you about an ACEVO member to prove the point!

Eric (Education + Resources for Improving Childhood Continence) last week won the Third Sector award for Small Charity, Big Achiever for its Banish the Wee Horror campaign; an awareness month held in June last year to raise awareness of bed-wetting and childhood continence problems. Eric is led by CEO and active ACEVO member Jenny Perez. Jenny is also a member of ACEVO's Women CEO Special Interest Group.

The Banish the Wee Horror campaign cost Eric just £550 but punched way above its weight. With just eight staff behind it, Eric's ...more