It’s time to talk?

The Covid-19 crisis has involved profound and acute challenges for many voluntary organisations, charities and social enterprises in England. According to the DCMS Committee in May 2020, ‘their contribution is needed now more than ever as the country responds to the challenge of Covid-19. Charity workers are some of the real heroes of the response … More It’s time to talk?

Back to the Future?

On 2 July 2019 the Discourses of Voluntary Action team organised our end-of-project conference ‘Back to the Future: What next for voluntary action and the welfare state?’ We asked PhD student Charlotte Nisbet for her reflections on the day: What a successful day! The Back to the Future event was a combination of enthusiasm, meaningful … More Back to the Future?


Welcome to the website of the new ESRC-funded Discourses of Voluntary Action project. We’re really excited to have this website up and running and to be able to share the progress of the research as it develops. It’s been a busy few months, starting with an early presentation in July at Mass Observation’s 80th Anniversary Conference at the University of Sussex by Irene Hardill, … More Welcome