2 Sep 2021

Continuity and Change: The role of volunteers in community businesses

Join our roundtable to discuss the changes taking place in volunteering in community businesses

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 to join us here. We look forward to welcoming you!

In April 2021, we were appointed as strategic research partner to Power to Change. We support their 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.