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Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management

Today, July 1st, is the deadline for applications for University College Cork’s Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management.  Prospective students who have a background in the community and voluntary sector can get more details at, or by emailing Féilim Ó hAdhmaill,, at the School of Applied Social Studies, U.C.C.

Added by Feilim O'hAdhmaill on July 1, 2014 at 9:30 — No Comments

University College Cork’s Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management

University College Cork’s Masters in Voluntary and Community Sector Management is now recruiting for September 2014.  Prospective students who have a…


Added by Feilim O'hAdhmaill on March 28, 2014 at 18:32 — No Comments

Is it a duty or a right to ask for money?

Quite a lot of research is coming out about the public response to street canvassing, or as the media would have it "chugging". It tends to elicit heated responses whatever the findings though interestingly complaints are actually falling (PFRA 2013).

I went to a very interesting media briefing meeting with the Public Fundraising Regulatory Authority (PFRA). Now whilst much of what was said comes under "Chatham House Rules" a very interesting discussion emerged over the aborted…


Added by Peter Maple on September 26, 2013 at 17:33 — No Comments

New Research Consultancy

With Meta Zimmeck and Bill Rushbrooke I have formed a research consultancy called Practical Wisdom R2Z.Our first major project was a summative evaluation of the Compact for the Commission for the Compact before it was culled by the Coalition government. Our report Use it or Lose it can be found on the Third Sector Research Centre's website.

Added by Colin Rochester on September 27, 2011 at 11:12 — No Comments

My personal news

I am now working on a critical review of theory and practice in the voluntary and community sector provisionally entitled Rethinking Voluntary Action and will be a co-editor with David Horton Smith and Robert Stebbings of a Handbook on Volunteering and Nonprofit Membership Associations which is scheduled for publication in 2014.
I have also left Roehampton University after 12 years and have become an Honorary Research Fellow at Birkbeck College since 1st July.

Added by Colin Rochester on July 7, 2011 at 15:30 — No Comments

Adrian Ashton's website is currently 'unwell'...

dear all - sadly my main website is unwell.

Hopefully back up before too long, but until then thanks for your patience if you're trying to access copies of any of my published articles, cheesy pics or links...

in the meantime you can still see my blog -, follow my tweets at,… Continue

Added by Adrian Ashton on March 21, 2010 at 20:13 — 1 Comment

The history of voluntary action

With George Campbell Gosling, Alison Penn and Meta Zimmeck I have just signed up with Sussex Academic Press to produce an edited book based on contributions to the last Voluntary Action History Society International Conference. The book will be published in March 2011 under the title Understanding the Roots of Voluntary Action: Historical perspectives on current social policy.

Added by Colin Rochester on March 12, 2010 at 16:25 — No Comments

Site set up!

So, here is an initial mock-up of an online VSSN Members Directory using social network technology (with thanks to the good folks at, as it's free - hence the adverts we need to tolerate for now). What do you think of this experimental pilot online membership directory? Comments, suggestions and feedback is welcome - see the Forum posting. We cannot control *everything* that appears here but Ning can be "tweaked" a little so we may be able to go along with suggestions and requests...

Added by Nick Plant on April 30, 2009 at 22:30 — 2 Comments


Welcome to VSSN's Membership Directory - an opt-in home for profiles of all paid-up VSSN members.
We've gone advert-free! by taking advantage of the new pricing plans introduced by our temporary hosts,
...and we'll soon be integrating the Directory a bit more closely with our main site at so stay tuned...

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