Posts Tagged: CSV

Grandmentors is an eye-catching ‘big society’ idea, but its funding looks fragile

It was difficult to miss the launch yesterday of Grandmentors. The 3-year pilot project aims to match what the press release from CSV calls “troubled teenagers” from deprived parts of London with grandparent-style volunteer mentors. Grandmentors cropped up on the Today programme, in the Daily Telegraph – ‘granny knows best’ – and in The Times… Read more »

Will charities be complicit in the public-sector jobs cull?

Could a little-noticed strike brewing in Southampton signify problems to come for the big society programme of the new government? Earlier this week librarians were balloted on industrial action over the city council’s plan to replace six full-time staff with volunteers. The council says the move will save £137,000. The issue goes right to the… Read more »