Belinda Pratten

Belinda Pratten

Belinda Pratten is an independent consultant with extensive experience of working in and with the voluntary and community sector, including large national charities, grant making trusts and smaller, specialist organisations. She also teaches on the Community Development and Leadership degree at London Metropolitan University and contributes to the University's international programme for community development and social entrepreneurship.

Trust isn’t a popularity test

Like many long-established institutions, the charity sector has struggled to find its feet in the accelerating roil of political debate.

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Guest blog: Politics has just got interesting again

With Parliament in recess it’s a good time for policy wonks and campaigners to reflect on the year just gone – and the year ahead. And looking back, what a year its been: if nothing else, politics has started to get interesting again. In the short term, the recent election may not have changed much on the

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Guest blog: Carry On Campaigning

Rumours are swirling that charities have been silenced by the Lobbying Act during the election period, prevented from speaking out in support of their beneficiaries or cause. The Guardian, for example, reports that ‘sector leaders feel muzzled’ by the Act. But while it has undoubtedly helped to create a ‘chilling climate’ for campaigning, its impact must