So this landed in my inbox last night and feels as welcome as a bout of recurring Covid symptoms. It is quite something to on the one hand aim to place charities beyond politics and on the other hand blatantly politicise the appointment process for the charity commission.
I obviously can’t (and have no intention to) speak for the whole sector, but in health it is really not possible or helpful to ‘just’ do a bit of ‘helping’ without ever straying into how things are actually organised.
If you want to ensure women don’t wait 8 years to have their endometriosis diagnosed, is a charity allowed to say what needs to change, or should they just hold the hands of women who struggle with symptoms and impacts?
If you want to help with vaccinations, is it okay to say the NHS has erected many barriers between itself and marginalised communities that are hard to break down? Or is the only thing that’s allowed welcoming people who are willing to attend?
I assume feeding children is okay, but is it also allowed to say that no school meals in the school holidays mean that many kids go hungry? Is it okay to say how this could be changed?
This is all such hollow, culture war nonsense. And it is an utter distraction for the many many charities and voluntary organisations we @NVTweeting work with.
Our sector is full of practical people who try to help where they can - and that includes pointing out where other people (government, employers, society) need to do their bit too.

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