Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence
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Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence

Richard Bridge examines the relationships between local authorities and community groups. This article is part of a series on the future of the voluntary sector being published by Civil Society News ahead of the publication of  a collection of essays by Civil Exchange.

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Councils need to stop trying to control everything and respect the community sector’s independence

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Beth Yorath

In the second blog from our Frontline series, Vodafone World of Difference winner Beth Yorath leaves the comfort of Western luxury to return to Romania where eight years ago she met a little girl, named Andrea.

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Debbie Attwood, author, That Charity Style

Are charity retailers trying to run before they can walk by launching online stores? Civil Society's new charity shop blogger Debbie Attwood offers her thoughts on the unusual tack.

Trustees can be held responsible for abuse by employees

When acts of abuse occur under your organisation's care, the trustees may be held liable. Lindsay Driscoll advises where the charity stands and what action should be taken.

Water Aid toilet finder...genious!

iPhones are a gift from the mobile gods to charities. Niki May Young explains why.

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