Ever wish there was more time to pause and reflect on the changes that are taking place within and around your organisation, or the voluntary sector more generally? The last 12 months have been incredibly challenging for many voluntary organisations, with those in leadership positions having to work ever harder to navigate a rapidly changing environment. Day to day fire-fighting leaves little space for reflection. Is it time for some space to think?

BVSC Research is working in partnership with the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham and Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University to build a network of existing and aspiring leaders from Birmingham’s voluntary and community sector. We will use findings from research to stimulate discussion, reflection, sharing of experience and learning. While each meeting will begin with a brief presentation or provocation based on recent research evidence relating to the topic, the emphasis will be on group-based participation, discussion, and a sharing of experiences and learning. The group will meet quarterly, for a lunchtime, virtual session. The topics for the first four sessions have been identified in advance; requests will be taken for future themes. 

Session 2: Changing needs: what do we know and how do we respond?

There is growing concern about a tsunami of need as the full effects of covid-19 come to be realised. Understanding the latest national and local evidence on issues such as poverty, unemployment, debt and mental health within our communities is vital to inform our thinking about future responses.