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Third sector boards in an era of austerity

Metcalf, LJ (2017) Third sector boards in an era of austerity. In: The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference 2017 . (The Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference 2017, 7-8th September 2017, Nottingham, UK).

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TSOs are experiencing a turbulent period of rapid policy change. A multitude of challenges are arising from the contract culture and austerity policies that are resulting in unprecedented cuts to funding for TSOs whose 'resilience is being severely tested' as they face rising demand for their services from vulnerable groups directly affected by welfare reform and changes in public services (Jones et al., 2016).
This paper introduces an ongoing study into the experiences of volunteer board members of local third sector organisations (TSOs) in England. They have ultimate responsibility for governing organisations supporting some of society's most vulnerable communities/ groups, yet research has often overlooked them. Qualitative, semi-structured interviews were carried out in 2009/2010 to explore the board members’ experiences. In 2017, follow-up interviews are being conducted to explore the issues for board members within the current context. This paper outlines the background context to the study and its methodology.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: Voluntary Sector Studies Network / National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2017 10:32
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2022 15:15
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/7056
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