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Talking about voluntary action and the welfare state: Historical reflections, current debates, London, 30th April 2019

A chance to find out Discourses of Voluntary Action Project (ESRC funded). The project team will share their emerging findings and offer a highly interactive workshop that will inform the final stages of their analysis.

The Discourses of Voluntary Action study has been exploring debates about volunteering in both in the 2010s and the 1940s. They have been comparing and contrasting the ways in which the general public, politicians, and voluntary sector organisations talk and write about these issues; highlighting the contested nature of the boundaries between sectors and challenging some of the prevailing wisdom.

Programme outline

09.30 Arrival, tea, coffee and biscuits

10.00 Welcome, introductions and warm up

10.25 Presentation of findings

11.00 Round table discussions

12.00 Plenary discussion – implications and actions

12.30 Lunch

The research is being undertaken by a team of researchers: Irene Hardill, Northumbria University; Georgina Brewis, University College London; Angela Ellis Paine, University of Birmingham; Rose Lindsey, University of Southampton; and Rob Macmillan, Sheffield Hallam University.

The study is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (grant reference ES/N018249/1), and supported by five partner organisations: Age UK, Children England, Mass Observation, NCVO and UK Youth. Susanne Rauprich, previously the Chief Executive of NCVYS, has been involved in the study throughout and will chair the workshop.

For more details and to book at place visit the Eventbrite page