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This blog is written by Graeme Reekie, Director of Wren & Greyhound, and a respected charity specialist with more than 25 years' experience. Find out more about Graeme here


We've begun exploring the idea of 'punk leadership' with out partners at ACOSVO, with a workshop at their recent members' day and a dinner that was hosted on 28th June. 

 

“I have a visit to the palace this week”. Not sure these are words I ever thought I would ever say. But here we are, hitting the wrong side of 50, over 30 years in the sector and getting an OBE.

 

What do you do if your organisation is suddenly left with a gap in leadership? Or perhaps the Chief Executive is in need of support in times of crisis. There can be many reasons an organisation might be faced with this reality but whatever gap has been identified there is now a timely, highly effective service which provides third sector organisations with access to expert, experienced third sector Interim Executives to support leadership transition within third sector organisations.

 

Over the past three months, ACOSVO has had Belgian student Erika Kraus intern for us. She shares her experiences working in the third sector for the first time and her overall journey with ACOSVO. We will definitely miss having you around the office! We wish you all the best in the future and be sure to come back and visit us soon.

This blog was written by Matt Lobo who volunteered with ACOSVO over a 5 month period while at University. All of us here at ACOSVO wish Matt all the best in the future and will miss his friendly face around the office.


"This internship has enabled me to learn new skills, apply my studies to a practical project, hear about the incredible people in the third sector and work with a welcoming and friendly staff team.

 

This blog is from one of our ACOSVO Mentors, Philippa Bonella. If you are interested in becoming a mentor or a mentee, see here for more information.

 

Over the past few weeks ACOSVO has had graduate volunteer Ben Rogers working with us. Here he discusses lessons learned from student life, and the potential benefits of a leadership exchange. (Originally published 05/09/17 in TFN).

 

By ACOSVO member & Director, Barnardo's Scotland, Martin Crewe

 

"A recent UK report from the Lords Select Committee described charity leadership as being like "juggling on a unicycle" - balancing a huge range of tasks and skills while simultaneously facing unrealistically high expectations.  Also the stress of knowing if one ball drops, that will be the one that is noticed, not the many others that you are still successfully managing to juggle.

The current academic literature on public administration is full of research on collaborative governance, integrated services and community participation. This research reflects a reality where boundaries between public, private and Third Sectors are increasingly blurred and where services are being redesigned to better meet rising public expectations at the same time as facing the challenges of austerity and Brexit.

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