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Is social investment serving the needs of social sector organisations?

Posted on February 8, 2017
Posted by Deborah Smart
Fellowship: 2015

Social investment is a subject that has been much talked about in recent years. There are some within the voluntary and community sectors with strong views about social investment, either for or against.  As someone who has spent almost a decade working in the realm of social investment, I am most definitely an advocate.  But recently I have found myself becoming quite frustrated with the social investment sector because I am not sure we are adequately serving those who have social impact at the heart of their mission – charities and social enterprises.  

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Tags: Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Leadership; Social enterprise; Social investment; Third sector.

Social integration and 'British values': what's human about that?

Posted on February 6, 2017
Posted by Emma Brech
Fellowship: 2016

‘I am human, and nothing of that which is human is alien to me.’

- Publius Terentius Afer

At the end of his 2016 Reith Lectures, Kwame Anthony Appiah left us with this striking quotation. Written by a man who was ‘ a slave from Roman Africa, a Latin interpreter of Greek comedies and a writer from Classical Europe’,  the words attest to a profound appreciation of what it is to be human, and how our humanity, once acknowledged, transcends concepts of nationality, identity or status.

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Tags: Citizenship; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Community development; Diversity; Equality; Human rights; Leadership; Migrants; Social change; Third sector.

Specialist services ARE special & crucial for those in crisis

Posted on January 31, 2017
Posted by Hayley Speed
Fellowship: 2015

I have worked in world of ‘crisis support’ in various roles for 15 years. For me, crisis support is for people who feel they cannot cope or move forward without external help. The people I have worked with who are in crisis are often dealing with a multitude of issues they need support with such as rough sleeping, mental health needs, domestic violence and substance misuse.

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Tags: Clore Social Leadership Programme; Community development; Health and well-being; Service users.

The next big thing in preventing and tackling homelessness

Posted on January 31, 2017
Posted by LĂ­gia Teixeira
Fellowship: 2016

Crisis and Glasgow Homelessness Network have announced their intention to create a new dedicated body that is sector-led (by homelessness specialists from charities, government, research bodies and others) to improve the lives of people affected by homelessness by instigating a shift in resources to evidence-based solutions. As part of her Clore Social Leadership fellowship, Ligia Teixeira explains why.

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Tags: Campaigning; Charity; Clore Social Fellows; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Collaboration; Housing; Leadership; Third sector.

How do think tanks create change?

Posted on January 23, 2017
Posted by Julia Slay
Fellowship: 2015

Last Autumn I left my job at one of England’s biggest think tanks. As I moved out of the think tank world, I began mulling over what difference, if any, I had made over the last seven years. Funders were increasingly asking us to demonstrate our impact, and so as part of my Clore Social Leadership fellowship I have conducted a short piece of research on this topic titled, Impact: an enquiry into how think tanks create change, interviewing some of the key people working with think tanks to explore exactly how they create change in the world.

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Tags: Charity; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Impact; Leadership; Policy; Public sector; Third sector.

Good leadership

Posted on January 17, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Paul Farmer is the CEO of Mind, and Chair of ACEVO.  Paul’s blog is in response to our third report, Leadership Development in the Third Sector: Bridging Supply and Demand.  

A New Year always means new plans, good intentions, and aspirations for what we as a charitable and social sector can deliver for our beneficiaries and wider society.

2017 is no exception.

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Tags: Board of Trustees; Chairs and CEOs; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Health and well-being; Leadership; Leadership development training; Third sector; Trustee.

It's time for us to rediscover our national character

Posted on January 16, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Sophie Livingstone is Chief Executive of City Year UK, Co-Chair and Co-Founder of Generation Change, and a Trustee at Royal Voluntary Service.


Make no mistake, this country faces huge challenges.  We have an epidemic of loneliness and isolation, a mental health crisis, girls growing up with extreme levels of anxiety about the pressure to conform, and a high rate of young male suicides.  We are a world leader in educational inequality, social mobility is ever more entrenched, we have a social care crisis and a subsequent near NHS meltdown. According to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, 13.5m do not earn enough to get by.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Citizenship; Clore Social Associates; Clore Social Leadership; Collaboration; Community development; Leadership; Older populations; Partnerships; Social change; Third sector; Values.

Putting the Place into place based health

Posted on January 10, 2017
Posted by Sue Brown
Fellowship: 2016

STPs and community approaches to health

When I began my year as an older people’s specialist Clore Social Fellow I was interested in looking at asset based community development (ABCD) in relation to social care. My interest had been sparked by what I heard about how this was being put into practice in Leeds. During my Clore year, while shadowing in a hospital which is leading on one of the NHS Sustainability and Transformation Plans, (STPs) I started to wonder how relevant these ideas were for the NHS.

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Tags: Care; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Leadership Programme; Health and well-being; Leadership.

'Clore6 is paying dividends' - Develop your leaders

Posted on January 9, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Charlotte Hill is Chief Executive of Step Up to Serve. Her Campaign Manager, Fiona Ellison, is a participant of our first Clore6 programme. In this blog they both give their perspectives of the benefits and value of the programme.

Charlotte, Chief Executive, Step Up To Serve

I am lucky as a CEO to feel very supported by my peers.  I am part of a fantastic Action Learning Set of fellow voluntary sector CEOs which has been together for six years.  Whilst CEO of UK Youth and Step Up To Serve, I built a strong network of peers and friends who have always been close at hand for support and advice

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Tags: Campaigning; Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Leadership; Clore Social Youth Sector Leaders Programme; Leadership; Leadership development training; Social change; Third sector; Youth sector.

'How am I doing?' How feedback enables social leadership

Posted on January 4, 2017
Posted by Guest Blogger

Andreana Drencheva is a Lecturer in Entrepreneurship at the University of Sheffield where she helps social entrepreneurs to develop entrepreneurial and leadership capabilities.


In the 1980’s New York’s legendary mayor Ed Koch was known for his phrase ‘How am I doin’?’. This phrase was not just his public slogan, but also a genuine request for feedback and a meaningful and authentic way to connect with constituents and stakeholders. While we usually think of leaders as the individuals who provide feedback to those they motivate, inspire, organise, and manage; leaders, particularly social leaders, are also in a unique position to benefit from feedback.

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Tags: Charity; Chief Executives; Clore Social Associates; Collaboration; Leadership; Social change; Social enterprise; Third sector.

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