Publications

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Independence Under Threat: The Voluntary Sector 2013

The Foundation has a long standing interest in the independence of the voluntary sector. In 2011 we initiated the Panel on the Independence of the Voluntary Sector. This is a five year initiative to bring together a group of authoritative sector figures to make a regular public statement on the state of voluntary sector independence in order to stimulate reflection, debate and action. This is the Panel’s second report, published in January 2013. The first report was Protecting Independence: The Voluntary Sector in 2012.

Joint International Development grantee gathering

Note of a meeting held on 30 January 2013 hosted by the Baring Foundation and the John Ellerman Foundation.

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Arts and Older People in Finland

An article by David Cutler on a study visit to Helsinki focused on good practice in care homes.

 

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Social Welfare Legal Advice and Early Action

This paper, by Joe Randall, looks in more detail at one of the themes being explored by the STVS Future Advice programme. This paper picks up the growing interest in the topic of early action. It discusses what an early action advice sector might look like, what the barriers are to putting a system like this in place and what early action can deliver for people who use advice services.

Social Welfare and Early Action

This paper, by Joe Randall, looks in more detail at one of the themes being explored by the STVS Future Advice programme. This paper picks up the growing interest in the topic of early action. It discusses what an early action advice sector might look like, what the barriers are to putting a system like this in place and what early action can deliver for people who use advice services.

 

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Future Advice: the Strengthening the Voluntary Sector grants programme 2012-2015

This paper, by Matthew Smerdon and Joe Randall, sets out the background to the current STVS programme. The Foundation believes social welfare legal advice plays a vital role in tackling disadvantage and discrimination. The advice sector has been under pressure for some time, and this has increased significantly as a result of public funding cuts and the rise in demand for advice services. The Future Advice programme is seeking to support work across a series of themes, from attracting new forms of income to making more use of strategic litigation. The report sets out the thinking and lists all the grants given so far.

Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Bulletins

The bulletins below reflect some of the early learning from grants made under the Baring Foundation’s Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme in 2012/13. This work aims to support transitional activities that will put the social welfare legal advice sector on a more sustainable footing and thus help it traverse some difficult years ahead. The programme is being run in conjunction with Comic Relief and Unbound Philanthropy.

Bulletin 1 Early Action and Advice by Liam Orton

Bulletin 2 Collaboration with non-legal advice agencies by Liam Orton

Bulletin 3 Pro Bono in Practice by Helen Rogers

Bulletin 4 Involving volunteers by Emma Makarova

Bulletin 5 Charging for advice by David Gilmore

The bulletins capture some of the key issues have been identified by grantees in the few months since their funded projects have got underway. Each one pulls together a mixture of common lessons and challenges facing specialist legal advice agencies, in the hope of providing pointers for other sector leaders planning their own transition towards sustainability.

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Justice at Risk

This report by Julie Gibbs and Deri Hughes-Roberts, funded by the Baring Foundation, was commissioned in 2009 by Refugee and Migrant Justice, in partnership with Asylum Aid and the Immigration Advisory Service. Since that time, both Refugee and Migrant Justice and the Immigration Advisory Service have entered administration. In June 2011, the Runnymede Trust was given permission to publish the report. It seeks to help policy makers, practitioners and others consider how best to ensure value for money in civil legal aid. It focuses on experience in the asylum legal sector; brings together the results of a research and seeks to draw out the lessons.

 

Unexamined Truth Update

This report by the former Deputy Director of the Baring Foundation, Matthew Smerdon, gives an update on the Foundation’s Climate Change Special Initiative. This has sought to encourage non-environmental charities to examine the impact of climate change on their work and their beneficiaries.

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After You Are Two

Based on visits to a wide range of projects funded by the Baring Foundation, our Arts Adviser Kate Organ has in this publication sought to distil what is important in working with older people and the significance it has for an artist’s own practice. She asks: is the process as important as the product? What is the relationship of reminiscence and life story work to arts in older age? What role does participatory arts with older people have in the wider public realm? Who is in control – the artist or the participant? Is it useful to think of a field of practice that specialises in Arts and Older People?
Hard copies are available free of charge from the Baring Foundation’s office.