About this event
Community businesses help make places better in a real way. From saving local shops and creating leisure facilities to providing training opportunities for local people and helping to build affordable housing. Yet none of this would be possible without the contribution of volunteers, who not only give their time but also keep these businesses firmly rooted in the communities they serve.
In partnership with Power to Change, the trust that backs community businesses in England, the Institute for Community Studies is delighted to invite you to join our roundtable that will bring together community business leaders, researchers, policymakers and sector experts to discuss three major new reports commissioned by Power to Change.
These reports capture a variety of insights into the changing profile of volunteers, such as the increased role played by young people during the pandemic. Ahead of the event, you’ll receive a provocation paper sharing key themes from the studies to inform the debate and pose questions about the future conditions and infrastructure necessary for meaningful volunteering.
The event will be chaired by Dr Justin Davis Smith, former Chief Executive of Volunteering England and Director of the Institute for Volunteering Research, with opening remarks from Vidhya Alakeson, the Chief Executive of Power to Change. Our panellists include:
- Yvonne Field, Founder and CEO, The Ubele Initiative
- Joy Johnston, Deputy Director, Volunteering & Tackling Loneliness, DCMS
- Paul Reddish, CEO, Volunteering Matters
- Richard Wilson, Director, OSCA
Register here. We look forward to welcoming you!
This event has been organised by the Institute for Community Studies, which is powered by The Young Foundation. It’s a new kind of research institute, with people and communities at its heart. It believes that the involvement of communities leads to better decision making on the issues that most affect them. In April 2021, it was appointed as a strategic research partner to Power to Change. The Institute supports Power to Change’s mission to strengthen community businesses to tackle some of society’s biggest challenges at a local level, including the three biggest challenges of our time: climate change, digital transformation and social inequalities.