What do we really know about levels of homelessness in this country?

18 February 2019
Outreach work in the city of Birmingham has shown me that the effects of homelessness are malignant and often rapid.

When volunteering in a frontline organisation to provide food, support and advice to the homeless population, it became clear to me that those issues which may have led to homelessness tend to immediately worsen once an individual finds themselves in such circumstances. Furthermore, many of those who were healthy upon becoming homeless quickly began to...

Guest Blog: Brian Holman, Manager of Cambridge Cyrenians

29 October 2018
Guest blog: Brian Holman, Manager of Cambridge Cyrenians

Cambridge Cyrenians is a local charity which has been providing accommodation and support to homeless men and women for 50 years. We currently offer 101 bed spaces across 20 different schemes. This includes specialist accommodation for ex-offenders and women only accommodation. In addition we have a Registered Mental Nurse on the staff team to support the many residents with mental health issues, we provide...

Guest Blog: Undertaking a cost benefit analysis of Place2Be’s one-to-one counselling by Sarah Golden, Head of Evaluation, Place2Be

21 May 2018
Guest Blog: Undertaking a cost benefit analysis of Place2Be’s one-to-one counselling by Sarah Golden, Head of Evaluation, Place2Be A gap in our evidence

Place2Be is a children's mental health charity providing school-based support and in-depth training programmes to improve the emotional wellbeing of pupils, families, teachers and school staff. We currently provide mental health support in 286 primary and secondary schools across England, Scotland and Wales, reaching...

Guest Blog: Evaluating the value of our Speech Bubbles programme by Adam Annand, London Bubble Theatre Company

12 April 2018

Our Speech Bubbles programme delivers drama lessons in primary schools aimed at improving children’s communications skills, confidence and wellbeing. We know different things about our Speech Bubbles programme and the different things we know we know in different ways. There has been a process of discovery that has improved our knowledge and led to significant developments in the programme. What follows is a brief story of what led us to carry out a value for money...

Guest Blog: Investing in Community Wellbeing

13 December 2017

This blog is written by Robert Marks, a policy adviser, member of the Government Economic Service and volunteer from Pro Bono Economics, the charity that helps other charities and social enterprises understand and improve their impact and value, with a central focus on well-being.

It accompanies the launch of a PBE report for Power to Change, the trust focused on improving the environment for community business in England. A guide for community business and report on...

The Economic Value of Volunteering

26 May 2017

NCVO national volunteering week is 1st – 7th June and so this is a great moment to highlight the work of Pro Bono Economics (PBE) volunteers and their contribution in providing economic advice and analysis to charities. But this also provides a good opportunity to highlight the many ‘layers’ of economic value that volunteering can provide to the people and charities helped, the wider community and also to the volunteers themselves.