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Small charities are optimistic about their prospects in 2019 despite increasing uncertainty. The majority (84%) of its leaders expect to maintain or increase organisational income in 2019 and over three quarters say they plan to help more people. However, this optimism does not appear to be borne out of stability for the sector, as two-thirds report more uncertainty in their operating environments than in previous years.

Welcome to SEUK's survey on Social Value.

Social Enterprise UK, with the support of Power to Change, The Cordant Group, Engie and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales are undertaking a research project on how social value is being used within central and local government.

The project will develop unique insight into the impact of the Social Value Act to date, and propose recommendations for the future.

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Pilotlight and the Garfield Weston Foundation would like to announce that the Weston Charity Awards are now open for applications.

Established to celebrate and support ambitious charities working in the fields of Youth, Welfare and Community, we are looking for charities who would like mentoring and coaching support to get their organisation to the next stage in its development. This year the Awards are will support 20 charities across the North, the Midlands and Wales.

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An accelerator for ambitious social ventures wanting to scale their impact.

Expressions of interest are now open for year 2 of ‘Thrive – Access to Employment’, an accelerator programme which provides intensive support to social ventures wanting to scale up quickly.

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Communities across the country will have the opportunity to bid for a share of £500,000 of new funding to hold their own local events.

  • Government launches new fund to help communities celebrate the contribution of the Windrush Generation

  • Councils and community groups have a chance to bid for a share of up to £500,000 to fund celebrations

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Prime Minister Theresa May launches Government’s first loneliness strategy.

Loneliness is one of the greatest public health challenges of our time, Theresa May said today as she launched the first cross-Government strategy to tackle it.

The Prime Minister confirmed all GPs in England will be able to refer patients experiencing loneliness to community activities and voluntary services by 2023.

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Civil Society Involvement (CSI) is a new programme part-funded by the European Social Fund to enhance the voice of the third sector at a national level.

CSI works for all third sector organisations involved in European funding programmes to facilitate a healthy exchange of knowledge and make sure that their voice is heard at national level.

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  • The Living Wage Foundation announces new UK Living Wage hourly rate of £9 per hour, an increase of 25p per hour
  • London Mayor announces new London Living Wage of £10.55 per hour, an increase of 35p per hour
  • Over 180,000 workers are set for a pay boost
  • The UK rate is £1.17 per hour more than the government minimum wage (for over 25s) and the London Living Wage is £2.72 higher.
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On the 12 November 2018 the service you use to update your charity details is changing.

Trustees of all charities have a legal obligation to keep the details on the charity register accurate and up to date.

This helps maintain public trust and confidence in the charity sector, and enables the Commission, as the regulator, to contact you with important regulatory information.

EU citizens living in the UK and their family members will need to apply under the EU Scheme (EUSS) to obtain their new UK immigration status as the UK exits the EU.

Protecting your charity from fraud

Like any other sector, charities are not immune to criminal abuse from fraudsters. Fraud poses a serious risk to valuable funds and sensitive data, and can damage the good reputation of charities, affecting public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole.

Fraud is a serious problem that you can’t afford to ignore. Charities can, and should do more, to be fraud-aware.

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Charity umbrella bodies have launched a new social media campaign #YouMadeItHappen.

NCVO, CharityComms, Small Charities Coalition, FSI, the Institute of Fundraising and Acevo are asking charities to thank their supporters and show the difference they have helped to make using #YouMadeItHappen on 19th November.

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Social Enterprise Day falls on 15 November this year.

Once more SEUK is running the #WhoKnew campaign and they want you to get involved! 

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An influential group of over 120 children’s charities, teaching unions and other organisations have accused the Government of ignoring children and young people in its spending commitments.

In an open letter to Downing Street, the organisations have demanded that the Government recognise compelling evidence that the services and support that children and young people rely on are at breaking point.

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The Charity Governance Awards is an exciting not-for-profit initiative created to celebrate outstanding governance in charities both small and large.

We all know that effective governance makes a difference. And by sharing examples of inspirational trustees and brilliant boards we want to show how great governance and doing good go hand-in-hand.

The Big Lottery Fund launched a new Digital Fund on 22nd October to offer dedicated digital funding support to the sector.

The move is a key step in delivering the Fund’s digital ambitions outlined in its ‘Supporting Charities and Community Organisations Strategy’[1]. It follows recognition that more could be done to enable charities and groups to make the most of digital opportunities.

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‘We believe women and girls should have equal power and agency in decision-making at all levels’ - Comic Relief

Comic Relief are excited to launch this funding opportunity focussed on strengthening women’s and girls’ movements. 

They believe that the material and practical considerations of women and girls’ daily lives will only be significantly improved when we have full and equal power in decision making at all levels.

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Shelter exists to defend the right to a safe home

A home is a fundamental human need and a basic moral right, as vital as education or healthcare.

But in Britain today, that right is being denied to millions of people whose lives are blighted by homelessness, bad conditions, soaring rents, discrimination and the threat of eviction.

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Sixty-three per cent of charities believe their core functions are under-resourced, according to research conducted by Charity Finance magazine, as part of the inaugural Charity Finance Week.

In an online survey, charities were asked to comment on the resourcing of their core functions such as finance, human resources, IT, safeguarding and legal support, and 233 responded.

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Pilotlight would like to invite you to take part in a short survey of charity leaders for the Weston Charity Awards – which they run in partnership with the Garfield Weston Foundation.

Your answers will help them to better understand the needs of the sector.

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The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is an international human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations that entered into force in 1987. Its purpose is to prevent the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment).

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Scope of the inquiry

The Health and Social Care Committee will be holding an evidence session in October on the impact of a no-deal Brexit on health and social care.

Terms of Reference

Ahead of the session, the Committee is inviting written submissions from all interested parties, setting out:

Charity Finance Group

In a new report on the impact of Brexit on charities, Charity Finance Group calls on the government to urgently adopt a six-point plan to create a better outcome for the sector.

While there has been some reassurance from Government, the overall picture suggests that, as it currently stands, Brexit will have a negative impact for charities.

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK. It is a key part of maintaining public trust and confidence in the sector, providing reassurance for the public that charitable organisations hold themselves accountable and that they will handle complaints appropriately.

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If you are a Community Interest Company (CIC) you can apply to convert directly to a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO).

Step 1: Prepare a conversion resolution

The directors of the CIC will need to produce a conversion resolution which confirms that the members of the CIC wish to convert the CIC into a CIO under the Charitable Incorporated Organisations (Conversion) Regulations which came into force on 1 September 2018.

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The £3million Sporting Capital Fund was created by Sporting Assets, the leading sport for social impact advisor, in partnership with the Access Foundation.

It is funded by the Growth Fund, which was set up by the Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital, to support social investors committed to meeting the funding needs of charities and social enterprises.

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Enterprise Grants

The Enterprise Development Programme is a five year programme, providing a broad range of support for charities and social enterprises in England, helping them make a transition to new enterprise models, or grow existing ones.

Two year-long pilots of the Programme have launched in September 2018 for charities and social enterprises working in the Youth and Homelessness sectors.

Charity Finance Group

In a new report on the impact of Brexit on charities, Charity Finance Group calls on the government to urgently adopt a six-point plan to create a better outcome for the sector.

While there has been some reassurance from Government, the overall picture suggests that, as it currently stands, Brexit will have a negative impact for charities.

Over £1 million will be available for initiatives which will help boost the digital skills of underrepresented groups and disabled people

  • £1 million Digital Skills Innovation Fund will help people from underrepresented groups gain the skills they need to work in digital roles.

  • An additional £400,000 will help older and disabled people get life-changing digital skills.

Has your voluntary, community or social enterprise group done some amazing patient, service-user or carer involvement work that’s improved healthcare services?

If so NHS England want you to tell them about it. In fact, they want to support you to tell everyone about it.

NHS England will be awarding grants of up to £2,500 to a number of projects that showcase good practice around patient and citizen involvement in healthcare.

The NHS has just celebrated its 70th birthday.

A lot has changed since it was created in 1948, and as a result the NHS is responding to changes in society that were never expected, let alone planned for, when it was set up 70 years ago.

A report from the NCSC that outlines the cyber threat that charities of all sizes now face.

UK charities hold funds, personal, financial and commercial data (and other information) that is of interest or monetary value to a range of cyber criminals and other groups.

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Oversight Panel convened to review the SORP committee and SORP making process.

The four charity regulators in the UK and Republic of Ireland have decided to hold a governance review of the constitution and composition of the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) committee and the SORP making process.

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  • Localgiving to provide grants of £500 to small charities and community groups thanks to support from the players of People’s Postcode Lottery
  • This fund will support sports and physical activities which help to overcome barriers to participation and increase social cohesion
  • Applications take just 10 minutes and over 400 charities and community groups will be able to access a grant.

The government’s new civil society strategy has delivered a range of positive announcements, but implementation will be key, said the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities and volunteering.

Commenting, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:

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Sightline has launched a free and innovative befriending service for people with sight loss.

The service is available to adults across North West England, who have sight loss, and who may benefit from a regular chat with somebody.

Agreement has been reached between the National Employers and the NJC Trade Union Side on rates of pay applicable from 1 April 2018 and 1 April 2019.

UNISON and GMB both voted to accept whilst Unite voted to reject. However, in line with the Constitution of the NJC, Unite accepts the collective majority decision of the other unions that the pay award should now be implemented.

Tuesday 21 August 2018 – 10am

Practical examples of how organisations have secured senior buy-in for their programme and overcome risk and strategic challenges. Interactive discussion about the approach to measurement of impact and building the Strategic Case and information about the tools and resources available to support this. Intention is for this to be interactive, real life examples and practical solutions to take away.

This Call for Evidence is to improve understanding of:

Inclusive Recruitment Practices

What are employers doing, if anything, to create fair opportunities for ex-offenders to compete for jobs within their organisations in the UK?

What information or support would help employers to make the decision to remove the criminal conviction declaration tick-box from their job application forms?

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Be part of something amazing for Young People!

National Citizen Service Trust (NCST)* are inviting organisations to join one of their six discovery events which they are hosting during August 2018. At these events NCST will be communicating their shared vision for the future and providing information about our forthcoming procurement for the 2020 Programme.

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The first Civil Society Strategy in 15 years will build stronger communities by bringing together businesses, charities and the public sector, the Government has vowed today.

  • First Civil Society Strategy in 15 years sets out a vision to create stronger communities
  • The strategy proposes significant reforms across the public and private sectors to build a fairer society
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Grants of up to £25,000 available through the Justice and Equality Fund’s ‘Now’s the Time’ small grants programme.

Now’s the Time is the second programme from the Justice and Equality Fund managed by Rosa. The programme aims to amplify the voices of individuals and groups who are calling for an end to sexual harassment and abuse, in their workplaces and in their communities.

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Key findings from The Status of UK Fundraising - 2018 Benchmark Report:

Celebrating Fundraisers

  • The presence of fundraising staff directly impacts all aspects of the charity
  • Fundraising is ranked first as the most important source of income, with government grants in second
  • Fundraisers are vital to growth across all channels, irrespective of the size of charity

Making an impact

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    The People’s Postcode Lottery has announced that it will open a £3m fund for community projects today (1st August).

    Funding applications will only be accepted between 1st and 15th August.

    Community groups will be able to apply for grants from £500 to £20,000 from the funding pot.

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    Civil Society Futures are now twelve months into their inquiry into the future of civil society in England, hearing over 1,500 people so far — what have they said?

    Civil society really matters – it is a valuable and essential part of our daily lives, bringing people together, building their confidence and capability, offering a helping hand to those in crisis, delivering services, challenging injustice.

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    Live Long and Prosper - People, Communities and Economies

    1 - 2 November 2018, Liverpool

    #duenorth5

    The Fifth Annual North of England Inequalities Conference will be held in Liverpool on Thursday 1 and Friday 2 November 2018.

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    Housing First (HF) is an alternative homelessness intervention strategy, aimed at people with complex needs, particularly rough sleepers.

    This House of Commons Library paper describes the principles behind Housing First and outlines some of the evidence behind it. The paper also sets out how Housing First has developed in the UK, and what support that it has been offered by the governments of the UK, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

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    Thirteen leading charities and voice organisations have collaborated to publish a collection of recommendations for improving health and care – within the NHS and beyond.

    The Government recently announced extra funding for the NHS in England and committed to developing a long term plan for the service. ‘Priorities for the plan’ is designed to support officials preparing the long term plan and other policies to improve health and care.

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    On 1 August 2018 the law is changing to extend the scope of who will be disqualified from running a charity.

    The rules about automatic disqualification for trustees are changing, more reasons are being added and the rules will also apply to some charity senior manager positions (chief executives and finance directors - and those in equivalent roles).

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    Further to their work on rightsnet and our other websites, and in response to feedback from advisers, Lasa have been working on developing a series of web tools, all designed to support citizens' access to justice in relation to social welfare law issues.

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    During the summer Charity Commission will improve their service so charities can keep their details up-to-date as soon as they change.

    All charities must keep their details up-to-date by law. The commission will be improving the current service so you can keep a regular check on your details, and update them when they change.

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    The £11.5 million Building Connections Fund is a partnership between Government, Big Lottery Fund and the Co-op Foundation which was set up in response to the Jo Cox Commission on Loneliness to support projects that prevent or reduce loneliness.

    The fund aims to:

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    The new Integrated Communities Innovation Fund is now open to expressions of interest from applicants.

    In partnership with Sport England, the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is calling for applications to the new Integrated Communities Innovation Fund. The first stage invites short expressions of interest by 11.45pm on 20 August 2018.

    Charity Commission update shows continued increase in reports of serious safeguarding incidents by charities

    Reporting of serious safeguarding incidents by charities continues to increase, according to the Charity Commission. The regulator has published an update on the work of its interim safeguarding taskforce, and has confirmed that it received 620 safeguarding related reports in April and May 2018, compared to 196 during the same period in 2017.

    The Ministry of Defence has launched its first strategy to tackle domestic abuse within the Armed Forces and defence civilian communities.

    The strategy builds on existing work by the military in this area, such as providing specialist training to welfare staff, and will include the launch of a campaign to raise awareness across the Armed Forces and enhancing support for civilian staff.

    The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK.

     It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of The Queen's coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups.

    Any group of 2 or more people doing volunteering work can be nominated for the award. The majority of the group must be volunteers, and more than half the volunteers must have the right to live in the UK.

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    Could your organisation be more effective, efficient and sustainable?

    Pilotlight are looking for ambitious charities and social enterprises based in England and Wales who need support to get to the next step in their development.

    By working with Pilotlight, organisations have:

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    Core costs, and how to fund them, are important issues for many charities, as donors and other funders seek to get the best ‘bang for their buck’ in a marketplace for social good where quantity and quality are very often hard to determine.

    The Behavioural Insights Team believe that to some extent, funders’ behavioural biases – the facets of human psychology that lead us to make decisions that are not always economically rational – are driving their aversion to core costs.

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    Nisa’s Making a Difference Locally charity is continuing its 10th anniversary celebrations by launching its biggest ever competition offering prizes of £10,000 each to 10 small charities to help them expand their marketing.

    With smaller charities struggling to attract new volunteers, supporters and donations the initiative aims to help overcome this by specifying the prize money must be used to fund an element of marketing.

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    Give your views about The Charity Digital Code of Practice.

    Everything you say will help shape the Code, so that it enables your charity and the rest of the sector to use digital effectively.

    The consultation is open from 9am on Tuesday 3 July and runs until 9am on Tuesday 25 September 2018.

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    Charities and community groups will get £20 million of new funding to help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness.

    • Funding will support charities and community groups to bring people together
    • The money will go to support programmes that are proven to benefit individuals and society
    • Thousands of people will be helped to make connections in their communities
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    Read Esmée Fairburn's report celebrating 10 years of making social investment.

    To mark the 10th anniversary of their Social Investment Fund, Esmée Fairburn have written a report reflecting on the achievements, insights and lessons learned to date.

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    Small Charity Week celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

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    Vital resources available free of charge

    Charities and community groups can now benefit from receiving free resources, courtesy of businesses donating their surplus stocks.

    The only requirement is that the charities and community groups register at www.givingworldonline.com, there is even an option to request certain products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.

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    Worrying results: over half of charities see property as a problem.

    53% of charity survey respondents so far say that their property is preventing them from achieving their charitable objectives.

    58% experienced difficulties in obtaining property funding in the past 3 years.

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    Help change the way we see refugees, and ourselves

    To celebrate Refugee Week’s 20th anniversary (18-24 June 2018), people are being encouraged to do one of 20 Simple Acts.

    Simple Acts was first launched in 2009, and people responded in their thousands.

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    The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) is calling for the redesign of the social security system to ensure that nobody in the UK is left without the bare essentials that we all need to eat, stay warm and dry, and keep clean.

    Their report found that more than one and a half million people (1,550,000) were in destitution at some point in 2017, including 365,000 children. This is more people than the populations of Birmingham and Liverpool combined.

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    Commissioning and procurement is how government and public bodies (whether they be the NHS, a local council or a government department) make contracts with others to provide services. This could be a one-off contract to build a new road, or to provide long-term healthcare for a town, and anything in between. Commissioning has become more and more important in recent years as government bodies get others to provide services and do work on their behalf.

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    Events, talks and fun activities to celebrate National Democracy week which will run from the 2 to 8 July 2018.

    Regardless of who we are or where we are from, we must work together to ensure that every member of society has an equal chance to participate in our democracy and to have their say.

    The government wants to find more sustainable operating models, which could see the return of grants, and wants to make charities and other civil society organisations more confident when it comes to campaigning, Matt Hancock has said. Hancock, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, was speaking at an event related to the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport’s consultation on Civil Society Strategy this morning. 

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    Welfare conditionality within the social security system is largely ineffective and in some cases pushes people into poverty and crime, our major study has found.

    Welfare conditionality links eligibility for welfare benefits and services to responsibilities or particular patterns of behaviour, under threat of sanction for non-compliance. It has been a key element of welfare state reform in many countries since the mid-1990s.

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    In the context of the rapidly changing health and care environment, a second phase of the Joint VCSE Review on health and wellbeing will be launched on 16 May, with a renewed focus on a revised set of recommendations to prompt local and national action. The final report of the review originally launched in 2016 with 28 recommendations jointly agreed by the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England.

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    The Institute of Fundraising understands that attending Convention is a big investment, that may not be affordable for all charities. However, we are committed to making Convention as accessible as possible and we are delighted that the following bursaries are currently available for the event.

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    A consultation on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities, and actions proposed to deliver this.

    The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper invites views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities and opportunities.

    The consultation responses will shape the response to domestic abuse at every stage, from prevention through to rehabilitation.

    The questions reference the connections and provisions of cross-sector agencies and departments and reinforces the Government’s aim to make domestic abuse everybody’s business.

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    Since the project was commissioned by NHS England in 2016, the RSA has been working with the New Economics Foundation (NEF) to build momentum for change by supporting six NHS ‘New Care Model’ sites across England. The Health as a social movement programme has contributed to a growing inventiveness of the health system to be open to new influences to meet the daunting challenges it faces, regardless of significant extra resource.

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    In the context of the rapidly changing health and care environment, a second phase of the Joint VCSE Review on health and wellbeing will be launched on 16 May, with a renewed focus on a revised set of recommendations to prompt local and national action. The final report of the review originally launched in 2016 with 28 recommendations jointly agreed by the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England.

    The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) are putting proceeds of crime money to good use with grants to worthy community groups.

    The national team, who investigate and prosecute loan sharks, are encouraging community groups to bid for grants of up to £5,000.

    This available money, which has been confiscated from convicted loan sharks through the Proceeds of Crime Act (2002), is being used to fund local community projects which raise awareness of illegal money lending.

    SafeLives – The housing sector has a vital role to play in tackling domestic abuse.

    Recent research by national domestic abuse charity SafeLives and housing association Gentoo finds that housing providers have a vital role to play in helping victims of domestic abuse and holding perpetrators to account.

    Every year, nearly 2 million people in the UK experience domestic abuse. Seven women a month are killed by a current or former partner in England and Wales.

    Lifting the Lid

    Justlife have published their latest report, ‘Lifting the Lid on Hidden Homelessness: A New Analysis’.

    This report presents the latest findings of our ongoing research in this area but critically on the massive failure of the homeless system to account for the number of people living in unsupported temporary accommodation.

    Big Lottery has made changes to their funding so that it's easier to apply for National Lottery funding.

    They have nearly tripled the number of staff across England, these staff members will be working more closely with communities that Big Lottery support. This means you'll have the same local point of contact throughout your application.

    Reaching Communities has now reopened for applications. 

    They now make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive.

    The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. They can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs.

    Lost Voices aims to seek out and amplify the voices of people with lived experience of social problems, voices which are too often drowned out of public debate.

    Funded by the Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, the project has brought together over 150 organisations from across the sector, politicians and technologists collaborating with the goal of putting lived experience at the centre of digital campaigning.

    CAST is asking for input for its new accelerator programme specifically aimed at small charities, launching in July.

    Tech for good organisation CAST (Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology) is looking for smaller charities’ input for its new digital accelerator programme launching in July.

    Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.

    This consultation closes at 

    This alert provides information and advice to charity trustees, employees and volunteers to help prevent CEO fraud.

    CEO fraud involves the impersonation of a senior figure (usually the Chief Executive Officer) with subsequent requests for transfers of funds. Action Fraud, the UK’s national fraud reporting centre, have reported an increase in this type of fraud.

    Locality

    Locality has called on public service commissioners to take heed of the problems of high-profile outsourcing firms Carillion and Capita and commission more local organisations, as it publishes the findings of a pilot study.

    In a report published yesterday, Locality said current local authority procurement practices “weakens the viability of local community organisations” and “suck money out of the local area”.

    As you may know, Salford is officially an accredited Social Enterprise Place and we have a fantastic network of social enterprises which contribute so much to our local communities. Our Social Enterprise Place accreditation was awarded by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK), the membership body for the sector and they have recently revised and relaunched their membership package.

    Charity Fraud

    The Fraud Advisory Panel has produced new resources to help you prevent, detect and respond to charity fraud.

    All trustees and managers should have the knowledge and skills to recognise the signs of fraud and then shape an effective and proportionate response.

    Claire Dove has been named as the new Crown Representative of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE).

    Ms Dove, who succeeds Michael O’Toole, will work alongside government departments and the Crown Commercial Service to strengthen the sector, support the upcoming Civil Society Strategy, and encourage VSCE organisations to operate more commercially.

    Claire Dove VCSE Crown Representative said:

    70 years of the NHS - celebrations

    Over the last 70 years the NHS has relied on talent and workforce from around the world to make it work.

    Now in their 8th year, the AbilityNet Tech4Good Awards recognise organisations and individuals who use digital technology to improve the lives of others and make the world a better place. They are the only awards that highlight the wealth of charities, businesses and volunteers across the UK that harness the power of technology to benefit the community.

    Tick the Gift Aid box on your donations, government urges, as charities miss out on £600m extra funding.

    People giving to charity are being encouraged by the government to declare Gift Aid on their donations, and boost the money that reaches their charity of choice at no extra cost.

    The call comes after research showed that charities are losing out on potentially hundreds of millions of pounds in extra funding.

    The return on investment tool pulls together evidence on the effectiveness and associated costs for interventions aimed at preventing falls in older people living in the community. The flexible Excel sheet allows for results to be tailored to the local situation based on the knowledge of the user. All interventions are aimed at those aged 65 and over.

    The tool comes with an accompanying report, which details how the tool was constructed and presents the main results.

    Get your favourite National Lottery funded project the recognition it deserves. 

    Enter your chosen project into this year’s National Lottery Awards - the annual search to find the nation's favourite Lottery-funded projects.

    Winners receive a £5,000 prize for their project and star in a television show on BBC One.

    The National Lottery Awards are the annual search to find the UK's favourite Lottery-funded projects. 

    Charities, regulators, and government come together to reaffirm importance of safeguarding in charities working in the UK.

    UK charities have today committed to strengthening their leadership, culture and capacity around safeguarding.

    The pledge was made at a summit in London this morning (Tuesday 6 March), hosted by the Charity Commission and the Office for Civil Society at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

    Around half of people across the UK still believe charities are trustworthy in spite of recent reports about charities, research for the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) has found.

    CAF tracks levels of trust in charities on a monthly basis. A regular poll was carried out by YouGov on behalf of CAF between 13th-19th February, the week after stories about the actions of aid workers in Haiti first appeared in the media, asking to what extent people believed charities were trustworthy.

    Low pay is having a devastating effect on family life and worker health, according to new polling commissioned by the Living Wage Foundation.

    The polling, conducted by Survation, polled 1,016 UK parents working full time and earning less than the Living Wage, and found:

    Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is consulting on its role, vision and funding priorities for the next five years.

    A unique opportunity is now open for everyone who cares about the UK’s extraordinary heritage to give their views on our plans for the future.

    HLF supports projects that range from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings: from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training. 

    About SEUK 

    SEUK are the leading global authority on social enterprise and the biggest network of social enterprises in the UK. Working with their members we have actioned a number of positive and powerful changes, including:

    Where will your seed kit take you?

    Apply now to transform a shared urban or unloved space near you!

    Grow Wild is working across the UK to change lives and transform spaces with UK native wildflowers. It is the biggest initiative of its kind and you can be a part of it!

    Your group is invited to find an urban or unloved space and turn it into a colourful wildflower haven for the whole community to enjoy and benefit from.

    To celebrate the FSI’s support of the small charity sector, the FSI Small Charity Big Impact Awards was launched last year. This year, the awards will celebrate the impact of five small charities and community organisations in the following categories:

    27th-29th March 2018

    Join activists, organisers, commoners, and entrepreneurs to develop a shared agenda for shifting power over our democracy, economy and environment, from Westminster and multinational corporations, to people and communities across Britain.

    Converting schools to academies is central to the Department for Education’s approach to improving the quality of education. At January 2018 it had converted 6,996 maintained schools to academies. However, the Department is taking longer than intended to convert a sizeable proportion of the underperforming schools it believes will benefit most from academy status, says today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO).

    The Charity Commission has opened the waiver application process for people affected by the new trustee automatic disqualification rules.

    The new rules, which seek to disqualify trustees with a criminal record, come into effect on 1 August 2018. Currently automatic disqualification from trusteeship includes those who are bankrupt, have been disqualified from being a company director, or who have previously been removed as a trustee. 

    Locality established the Commission on the Future of Localism in 2017, in partnership with Power to Change, and Chaired by Lord Kerslake to consider how to reinvigorate localism and unlock the power of community. The ambition behind the Localism Act is in danger of waning, and the fundamental shift in power from Westminster to communities has not yet been achieved.  

    Regulator announces summit on safeguarding in UK charities, alongside other measures.

    The Charity Commission has announced a suite of measures to help ensure charities learn the wider lessons from recent safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and other charities, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in charities.

    Trading for Good was commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to provide greater depth of understanding into the work of social enterprises, particularly small and medium-sized social enterprises. 

    The Stephen Lloyd Awards aim to help create success by finding and nurturing innovative ideas and projects that can lead to practical, sustainable social change.

    The awards committee is particularly interested in supporting ideas that address social problems at a systemic level.

    UnLtd have launched ‘Thrive’, a brand new three-year Accelerator programme which will provide intensive support to social ventures addressing ‘Access to Employment’ and wanting to scale up quickly. They are looking for 20 social ventures operating anywhere in the UK that are improving access to employment for those distant from the labour market.

    Report shows increase in compliance case work involving safeguarding concerns

    The Charity Commission says safeguarding should be a priority for all charities, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.

    It comes as the charity regulator publishes a report showing safeguarding concerns are an increasing feature in its regulatory compliance case work with charities.

    Interest is growing in the contribution that volunteering can make in health and social care. This paper from The King's Fund builds on their previous work, which examined volunteering in hospitals, to explore ways in which volunteers are involved with, and are contributing to, general practice.

    In 2017 Skills Platform launched the Charity Digital Skills Report to better understand how not for profit organisations across the UK are using digital. We assessed the skills gaps and how these effect the sustainability of the sector.

    Mark Ward, Interim CEO said:

    “Universal Credit has the potential to be transformative: we welcome the intention to simplify a previously complicated system and make work pay. However, in its current form, we fear it is doing more harm than good for some of our country’s most vulnerable people.  

    The European Commission is conducting a survey on co-operation between social economy organisations (these include social enterprises, social startups, cooperatives, associations, foundations, mutual societies or charitable organisations) and traditional enterprises.  The subject of the study is collaborations between social enterprises and traditional, profit-oriented companies in 10 European countries.

    Britain’s record on tackling poverty has reached a turning point and is at risk of unravelling, following the first sustained rises in child and pensioner poverty for two decades.

    Almost 400,000 more children and 300,000 more pensioners are now living in poverty than in 2012/13. Since that year, there have been continued increases in poverty, across both age groups. Very little progress has been made in reducing poverty among working-age adults.

    The King's Fund have published a report on their research into the current state of community services and to explore how the health and care system needs to change to enable these services to meet the needs of the population now and in the future.

    From 8 January 2018, victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court.

    Changes to evidence requirements in private family law disputes have come into effect. There will no longer be a time limit on abuse evidence, which previously stood at five years.

    The fourth edition of the annual Good Merger Index has been published, with data centring on charity mergers in the year of 2016/17.

    Producing this report continues to give a good overview of merger activity in the not-for-profit sector, including both constraints on consolidation and examples of change. 

    The Diana Award is given out in Diana, Princess of Wales’ name to young role models, aged 9-18 from across the world who are selflessly transforming the lives of others. The awards are looking to recognise young people going above and beyond in their daily lives to create and sustain positive change.

    Child Outcomes Research Consortium (CORC), in partnership with the Anna Freud Learning Network, has developed its first ever online eLearning module: ‘Measuring mental wellbeing to improve the lives of children and young people’

    In late 2017, Tech Trust undertook a survey of charities that are registered on one or more of their services, to provide insight into the state of the sector and give guidance on the steps necessary to make progress.

    The survey explores the digital competence of organisations, their perspective on the impact of digital and their future plans when it comes to investment and application of digital tools.

    Their key findings were:

    This guidance for charities explains the changes to the automatic disqualifications rules and how to prepare for them.

    From 1 August 2018 changes to the automatic disqualification rules mean that there will be more restrictions on who can run a charity.

    For most charities, taking some simple steps to update recruitment and appointment systems is all that will be needed to prepare for the rule changes.

    The National Diversity Awards – a prestigious black tie event, which celebrates the excellent achievements of grass- root communities that tackle the issues in today’s society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work.

    For 60 years the Trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation have supported local charities across the UK.

    These small to medium organisations are often un-sung champions doing important work to keep our communities connected.

    Voluntary organisations should consider publishing information about the differences in pay between men and women even if they have less than 250 employees, an umbrella body has recommended.

    New rules introduced in April 2017 mean that all private and voluntary-sector employers in England, Wales and Scotland with 250 or more employees are required to publish information about the differences in pay between men and women on an annual basis from 2017.

    Big Lottery Fund and Big Society Capital will distribute cash to initiatives tackling a number of societal challenges

    • These include housing vulnerable people, helping disadvantaged young people into work and dealing with problem debt

    • By 2020 the total distribution from dormant accounts to good causes will reach over half a billion pounds

    The Charity Commission is constituted as a small non-ministerial department, responsible for the regulation of over 167,000 registered charities in England and Wales.

    The commission has published their formal response to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities report; “Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society”, and has fully accepted three of the recommendations.

    The Women’s Organisation is seeking expressions of interest from suitably qualified and experienced organisations that will add value to a Mental Health and Wellbeing Partnership being developed to respond to the current competitive call for the £15m Tampon Tax Fund.

    2nd May 2018, London

    Are you changing the way people think about health? 

    Are you a social or digital innovator, campaigner, commissioner or practitioner, helping to create a more people-powered approach to health and wellbeing?

    Do you work with citizens in new ways using social connections, digital technology or creativity?

    People who donate their organs and tissue after they die help save thousands of lives in England each year. However, 3 people die a day due to a lack of suitable organs.

    Although 8 out of 10 people say they would want to donate their organs and tissue after their death, most people never register to be organ donors.

    The National Audit Office has today published its report on the progress made by the Charity Commission. The Commission is the regulator of charities in England and Wales and is an independent, non-ministerial government department accountable to Parliament. 

    • Two out of five have cut donations to street collectors because they carry less cash

    • Donors estimate they are giving an average £14 a year less


    The switch to contactless cards is costing charities with nearly two out of five adults admitting they give less to street collectors as they do not carry as much cash, new research from Consumer Intelligence shows.

    18 – 24 year olds would be first to give up their smartphones to raise money for charity – but are more likely to make checks on their chosen charity first.

    New research from the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator highlights the generosity of the British public at Christmas – and suggests that younger people are savvier about the charities they donate to than other age groups.

    While funding tops list of concerns heading into 2018, the impact of Government changes is next on the charity risk list

    New regulation also on charities’ radar as GDPR and cyber-crime both make top five, while the impact of Brexit only just sneaks into top 10

    A new survey by specialist insurer, Ecclesiastical, has revealed what charities think are the biggest risks facing their sector heading into 2018.

    The Cyber Security Among Charities report presents the findings from qualitative research with UK registered charities exploring awareness, attitudes and experiences around cyber security.

    Personal data and the GDPR – building consumers' trust and confidence

    The ICO recognises that informing and educating the public about their personal information is key to ensuring the ultimate success of the updated data protection legislation for all concerned: individuals, brands, the public and third sectors -  as well as the ICO, as regulator.

    In their first ever advert, Small Charities Coalition ask people to consider giving to Britain's small charities this Christmas, rather than the larger, household names that they are more likely to have heard of.

    The charities featured in the advert are Black Heroes Foundation, Ace of Clubs, Jersey Alzheimer's Association, Theodora Children's Charity and Greyhound Rescue Jersey. They are all small charities, with a turnover of less than £1million.

    These sessions from the CFG Small Charities Programme aim to equip those who work with finances of small groups and small charities.

    This course focuses on Budgets, Management Accounts & Cash Flow Forecasting.

    Viewers will gain an understanding of the key principles and methods to:

    Grants of at least £1 million will be given to projects by UK charities that support mental health and wellbeing and tackle violence against women and girls.

    Women’s charities can now bid for the latest £15 million round of the Tampon Tax Fund, Minister for Sport and Civil Society Tracey Crouch announced today.

    Projects that aim to reduce drug and alcohol abuse and engage excluded and vulnerable women through sport can also apply for funding.

    A new report is published today (Friday 1st December, 2017) from the Third Sector Trends Study which will show that thousands of charities help address poverty across the North of England.

    The report, Tackling Poverty in the North: the role of third sector organisations, is based on a survey of 3,500 charities across the North East, North West and Yorkshire and Humber to capture their contribution in the region.

    The rules about people from overseas volunteering can be complex, so Know How Non Profit have produced an online resource to help to explain the rules.

    There are no restrictions on volunteering for people from within the EU/European Economic Activity (EEA) area. However, for people outside the EEA, there are various restrictions based on what type of visa they are travelling on.

    We are inviting proposals to develop or scale web, mobile or internet based technologies which deliver new or improved services to beneficiaries.

    Funding available

    From November 2017, Comic Relief with Paul Hamlyn Foundation is launching another UK Tech for Good funding programme. This will fund up to 12 digital projects each with grants of up to £47,000. The projects will last for nine months and will include:

    The UK’s small businesses and charities are increasingly seeing a digital skills divide, with organisations now more likely than ever to either be digital experts, or significantly lacking in digital skills according to the Lloyds Bank Business Digital Index.

    However, since the Index launched in 2014, twice as many organisations have developed high digital capabilities, with many more on the cusp of joining them.

    Several VCSE support and infrastructure organisations have given their response to the Budget announced by the Chancellor on 22nd November.

    We have highlighted the responses of some of these organisations below:

    NAVCA

    Autumn Budget delivers....very little

    The Christmas Challenge takes place from 12pm (midday) Tues 28th November - 12pm Tues 5th December when donations to participating charities can be doubled.

    Households below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 – 2015/16

    This report looks at changes in the adequacy of people’s incomes, measured by their ability to reach the Minimum Income Standard (MIS). This measure is based on what members of the public think people need for a minimum socially acceptable standard of living.

    New research involving around 3,500 trustees shows boards are not reflective of the communities charities serve, with men outnumbering women two to one.

    New research recommends that charities do more to promote diversity on their boards and encourage applications from women, young people and people from ethnic minority and socially diverse backgrounds.

    A new resource guide will help health and care professionals meet the needs of older lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans (LGBT) people.

    Age UK has worked with the older LGBT charity Opening Doors London and author Sally Knocker to develop a new LGBT guide for health and social care providers – an area where resources and guidance is sparse.

    A Question of Balance – a guide to the Chair and Chief Executive relationship helps Chairs explore and strengthen the relationship they have with their CEO.

    Forging a successful relationship with your CEO is a key part of the Chair’s role. But that is no simple task. Each relationship is complex, dynamic and unique. It is vital Chairs recognise the importance of the relationship and invest time, energy and effort in making it a success.

    The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund aims to give your community group the support and tools to start setting up your community business. It will also give your group the early stage finance that you need need to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.

    Kirsty's article summaries some of the charity sector's key demands including dormant assets, funding for the charity commission, tax reform, replacing EU funding with grants and training and libor funding.

    Dormant assets 

    The sector has been waiting a while for an announcement about how the government plans to use between £1bn and £2bn in dormant assets to support the sector – the Dormant Assets Commission published its final report in the spring. 

    The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance for local community projects to win funding because together we can do more for the causes you care about.

    Look for projects in your area and help them get to the finals by voting for them.

    You have to register to vote, but you get 10 votes to use how you want. You can give all your votes to one project or spread them across up to 10 projects. The choice is yours!

    The National Trading Standards (NTS) Scams Team is focussing on people living with dementia who may be receiving scams or nuisance calls and offering a solution.

    The NTS Scams Team is offering FREE call blocking devices.

    The Festival of Learning awards celebrate the many benefits learning can have for everyone, and recognise individuals, tutors, employers and projects where learning has changed lives.

    Individual Learners

    Individuals who, through learning, have transformed their own lives and the lives of their families, friends, their communities, and the places they work.

    Our analysis of the first government-backed programme of community-led economic development for 30 years finds that there is a strong and growing desire for local control over the economy, but community groups lack legitimacy and power in the planning process.

    In recent years the Charity Commission has seen its budget slashed from £40m to around £21m – and further cuts could well be on the horizon. As a result, there is a debate about charging charities to plug the gap.

    DSC has launched a campaign against charging charities to cover this cost.

    They believe that a well-resourced Charity Commission is vital for the work of charities, but that diverting charitable resources to fund the regulator is wrong, on many levels.

    The programme will train a million people in basic mental health 'first aid' skills.

    A new £15 million programme will see up to 1 million people trained in basic mental health “first aid” skills. The programme will improve personal resilience and help people recognise and respond effectively to signs of mental illness in others.

    Accredited Living Wage employer Salford CVS welcomes the increase in UK and London rates announced by the Living Wage Foundation as part of Living Wage Week (November 5th-11th 2017).

    In its fourth year as part of a movement of over 3,500 employers who voluntarily opt-in to paying the real Living Wage, Salford CVS has committed to the increase – independently calculated to meet the cost of living – which will be implemented within six months.

    This report is intended to appeal to those interested in understanding more about Community Economic Development (CED). This may include those embarking on developing CED activities in their own communities; policy makers at local or national level keen to build a CED approach into mainstream economic development strategy; or simply those interested in understanding how communities can drive economic development from the ground up.

    Three organisations representing thousands of charities have asked the Electoral Commission to explain its opposition to reform of the Lobbying Act, which contributed to the government dropping plans to make any changes.

    In a letter sent earlier today to Claire Bassett, the chief executive of the commission, NCVO, ACEVO, and Bond have asked for a detailed explanation of why the Commission opposed reform.

    The 2017 State of Social Enterprise Report, supported by Santander, is the largest, most representative survey of social enterprises in the UK. It shows a commercially resilient sector outperforming mainstream SMEs when it comes to turnover growth, innovation, business optimism, start-up rates, diversity in leadership and more. It points towards the Future of Business. 

    New Parks Action Group launched to help England’s public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future.

    Parks and Green Spaces Minister Marcus Jones launched a new Parks Action Group to help England’s public parks and green spaces meet the needs of communities now and in the future.

    After a successful launch last year, where people and organisations from across the UK got involved, Local Charities Day is returning this year on Friday 15 December 2017.

    A Day In The Life is a work-shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff from government and voluntary sector organisations to step into each other's shoes for a day, and learn about how the other sector operates.

    As well as improving cross-sector understanding, the programme helps participants find out about the roles and responsibilities of staff within another organisation, and the operational environments and wider contexts in which they work.

    Protecting your charity from fraud

    Like any other sector, charities are not immune to criminal abuse from fraudsters. Fraud poses a serious risk to valuable funds and sensitive data, and can damage the good reputation of charities, affecting public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole.

    Fraud is a serious problem that you can’t afford to ignore. Charities can, and should do more, to be fraud-aware.

    Sponsored by Nominet Trust, in association with Berenberg.

    The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us. They are open to any business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental impact.

    The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) will launch a dedicated advice line on Wednesday 1 November at 10am to help small organisations prepare for a new data protection law.

    The phone service is aimed at people running small businesses or charities and recognises the particular problems they face getting ready for the new law, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

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    The 2017 Aviva Community Fund is now open!

    The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community.

    All you have to do is enter a project for your community organisation – even if you took part previously – and tell Aviva what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

    Drum up enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community and you make it to the Finals!

    The Big Lottery Fund and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced a £4.5 million fund to support the Place Based Social Action programme.

    Place Based Social Action (PBSA) is a joint £4.5m programme between the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and Big Lottery Fund (the Fund) using National Lottery funding.

    In Spring 2016 the Association of Chairs conducted its first survey designed to learn more about Chairs and Vice Chairs, where they currently get support and the issues that are of concern to them. The survey showed high levels of commitment by Chairs but significant gaps in support.

    Stonewall commissioned YouGov to carry out a survey asking more than 5,000 lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) people across England, Scotland and Wales about their life in Britain today. This report, LGBT in Britain: Hate Crime and Discrimination, the first of a series based on the research, investigates their experiences of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crimes and day-to-day discrimination.

    Coop UK have produced a guide to Community benefit societies.

    More and more social economy organisations and charities are forming or converting to a community benefit society. From local community organisations to high profile charities, they offer a way to boost community engagement, raise finance and secure charitable status and confidence from investors.

    Grants are available to voluntary and community sector groups for community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

    The Home Office is making £500,000 available in 2017/18 to support community projects which reduce knife crime and have a positive impact on young people who are at risk of carrying a knife and committing a crime.

    Now in its 5th year, The Small Business Saturday UK campaign, highlights business success and encourages consumers to ‘shop local’ supporting small businesses in their communities.

    Following on from previous years’ success the Small Business Saturday UK bus will again take to the road in advance of the day itself, Saturday 2nd December.

    Through their consulting and training NCVO are starting to support organisations to review their governance using the new Charity Governance Code which was published in July.

    The latest version of the code represents a significant reworking of the framework, introducing new principles, outcome and recommended practice for both large and smaller charities.

    We stand at a critical juncture. In this era of significant social, environmental, and political challenges, we have an opportunity and an imperative to move towards a more inclusive and sustainable economy.

    Over the last 10 years the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) has been at the forefront of progressive policy thinking and action around public procurement.

    Their work has sought to:

    This anonymous survey of charity leaders for the Weston Charity Awards is run by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight.

    The survey will help them to gauge and respond to attitudes in the sector towards leadership development and strategic planning.

    The Community Life Survey is a survey of adults (16+) in England that explores levels of community cohesion and engagement. The report includes details about charitable giving and volunteering.

    The report summarises the results from the 2016-17 survey, which was run from August 2016 to March 2017. This is the first year that the annual results have been based on data collected using a self-completion online/paper questionnaire rather than via a face to face interview.

    The Partnership offers applicants unique access to a collaborative partnership of leading business and civil society organisations, including their extensive networks, and to financial support for the development of scaling plans.

    During a testing phase from January 2018 through March 2018, businesses and civil society partners will work closely with successful applicants on the development of scaling plans, contributing their:

    Charities have reacted angrily after ministers refused to relax rules restricting them from campaigning during elections.

    More than 100 charities - ranging from Greenpeace to the Girl Guides - wrote to the government calling for the Lobbying Act to be overhauled.

    government-commissioned review by Tory peer Lord Hodgson backed them.

    In December 2016, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) announced an independent review into full-time social action.

    ‘Full-time social action’ is defined here as people undertaking unpaid practical action in the service of others to create positive change, for at least 16 hours a week, for six months or more.

    Many women aren't aware of their rights to choose maternity care. If you're pregnant, you can use the CQC's resources to help choose the right birth plan for you.

    40% of women who recently gave birth either weren’t aware or didn’t feel they had a choice about their birth hospital, according to CQC research.

    If you’re pregnant and choosing where to have a baby, use the CQC's resources to help you make an informed decision.

    Social Enterprise UK recognises that over recent years London’s property market has become pretty turbulent for many social enterprises, particularly for those businesses who require work or maker-space,  and flexibility whether scaling up or down.

    Simply Legal

    Co-operatives UK is the network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives. It works to promote, develop and unite member-owned businesses across the economy. From high street retailers to community owned pubs, fan owned football clubs to farmer controlled businesses, co-operatives are everywhere and together they are worth £36 billion (2017) to the British economy.

    Cancer Research UK want to help as many people as possible to feel confident talking about cancer and health no matter where they are, so they have developed a free online course called Talking About Cancer: reducing risk, early detection and mythbusting.

    Join thousands of people worldwide and learn practical skills for having conversations that can help save lives.

    In 2017 Natwest are making £2 million available across England and Wales through their Skills & Opportunities Fund. The regional boards (with the help of a public vote) will determine the destination of grants of up to £35,000. So, if you’re a not-for-profit organisation and have a project aimed at helping people to help themselves, in the areas of financial capability and enterprise, then keep an eye out for our next application window.

    CAF

    What is the CAF World Giving Index?

    The CAF World Giving Index looks at how and why people around the world give to charity. In this, the eighth edition of the CAF World Giving Index, we’ve collected data from 139 countries, which represents an incredible 95% of the world’s population. 

    The report includes questions about three different types of giving behaviour, with each country ranked according to their answers to: 

    The latest Social Enterprise in Scotland: Census 2017 report has been launched in Glasgow today (Wednesday 6 September). The new report shows clear growth in the number of social enterprises and their economic impact.

    The research cements Scotland’s global reputation as a world-leading nation in the support and development of social enterprise:

    33,000

    In March 2017, there were 869,000 people working in the voluntary sector. As seen in the chart below, most were from the UK (814,000) while 33,000 were from the EU and 22,000 from the rest of the world.

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    Theresa May visited NCS (National Citizen Service) to unveil a new course to raise awareness of mental health among young people.

    Thousands of teenagers will receive additional support to improve their mental health as part of a new youth initiative, the Prime Minister announced on 17 August.

    Fundraising Regulator

    Mandy Johnson, chief executive of the Small Charities Coalition, responds to Lord Grade, chair of the Fundraising Regulator, who described charities that have not responded to requests to pay the levy as "unprofessional".  

    Charity Commission research

    The Charity Commission are looking for people to help us test our digital services to make them easier to use.

    They are developing a number of digital services to make it easier to complete tasks online. As part of this development they are testing services with the charity sector, and using the feedback to improve them.

    Testing services with real users helps to understand needs, and create the best possible experience online.

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    The Five Year Forward View for Mental Health sets out the unarguable agenda for the reform of mental health care. The strategy aims to increase the quality and availability of care and treatment, improve outcomes and well being, and tackle the wider costs of mental ill health to health services and society. Now more than one year on from publication, it is time to deliver the actions required that will make the strategy a reality.

    CSJ Awards

    The CSJ Awards is an annual high-profile, high-impact event in the Westminster calendar at which the CSJ showcases and rewards grassroots charities and voluntary organisations from local communities throughout the UK that have developed effective and innovative ways of addressing a variety of entrenched social issues. These organisations often work with some of the hardest to reach people in the country.

    Aviva Community Fund logo

    The 2017 Aviva Community Fund opens on 12 September, with even more chances than ever before to win.

    The Aviva Community Fund offers you the chance to get funding from £1,000 up to £25,000 for an important cause in your community.

    All you have to do is enter a project for your community organisation – even if you took part previously – and tell Aviva what a difference these much-needed funds could make.

    Data Protection Bill

    People to have more control over their personal data and be better protected in the digital age under new measures announced by Digital Minister Matt Hancock.

    • Public to have greater control over personal data - including right to be forgotten

    • New right to require social media platforms to delete information on children and adults when asked

    In September, CQC will be launching a maternity campaign, which focuses on women who are pregnant, are looking to be pregnant, or have recently used maternity services in England.

    We all have mental health. Good mental health is an asset that helps us to thrive. This is not just the absence of a mental health problem, but having the ability to think, feel and act in a way that allows us to enjoy life and deal with the challenges it presents. Yet it can be easy to assume that ongoing stress is the price we have to pay to keep our lives on track. It is time to challenge that assumption.

    Reporting on Social Value: Good News, Fake News, and the need for Social Audit! 

    The Social Audit Network’s Annual Gathering.

    Friday 20th October 2017

    54 St James Street, Liverpool. L1 0AB

    Event Fees*

    FULL DAY - £125 per delegate / SAN members £80

    HALF DAY - £75 per delegate / SAN Members £50

    (including lunch)

    *Discounts will be available for Members of Social Value UK (SVUK) and Social Enterprise UK (SEUK)

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    The Community Integration Awards reward best practice in community integration and cohesion across the UK.

    The awards want to influence the immigration debate by highlighting positive examples of people doing vital work in their communities which have allowed migrants, refugees, and host communities to flourish.

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    The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement has published its Call for evidence. Interested parties and organisations are invited to submit written evidence to the Committee by 8 September 2017.

    The inquiry

    Lord Hodgson of Astley Abbotts, Chairman of the Committee said:

    Start your Social Enterprise

    There’s a lot of information out there for start-ups, and this guide takes you through the essentials, but we focus on the parts that are most important in a social enterprise. Social enterprises have some unique challenges. For example, in a social enterprise you don’t just have to worry about keeping the customer satisfied. You have to satisfy your social ambitions too – whether that means serving a community, protecting the environment or solving a social problem.

    CQC, the independent regulator of health and adult social care in England, has published their report on the state of care in mental health services.

    CQC make sure health and social care services provide people with safe, effective, compassionate, high-quality care and we encourage care services to improve.

    Some of the key findings from their state of care in mental health services report are:

    What is the research about?

    Welfare benefits increasingly require people to meet particular conditions and behave in certain ways. This study aims to understand the impact of these conditions on Armed Forces Service leavers who are accessing the benefits system. Researchers want to hear from veterans living in Cumbria, Greater Manchester, Merseyside or London who are currently in receipt of any of the following benefits:

    CFG is calling for all charities to sign up to the counter fraud pledge.

    Fraud is estimated to cost the charity sector £1.9bn every single year. This is money which is being syphoned off from charities and the beneficiaries they serve.

    Charities are awake to this threat and many are leading the way with robust counter fraud policies.

    But others are still grappling with this constantly-evolving criminal threat.

    The Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England have launched the new Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Health and Wellbeing Alliance (HW Alliance). The HW Alliance will amplify the voice of the VCSE sector and people with lived experience to inform national policy, facilitate integrated working between the voluntary and statutory sectors, and co-produce solutions to promote equality and reduce health inequalities.

    While the majority of services are safe and of a high quality and many are improving, too many people across England are living in care homes and receiving care and support in their own homes that is not good enough. Without a proper recognition of the importance of adult social care and a renewed commitment to quality, the numbers of people affected by poor care could increase and have a profound impact on their lives.  

    Universal Credit is the biggest change ever made to the benefits system.

    By 2022, more than 7 million households will be receiving it, over half of whom will be in work.

    The aim of Universal Credit - to simplify the benefit system - is right. But Citizens Advice's research shows it is currently failing too many people and forcing many into debt.

    The deadline to apply for the UK Social Enterprise Awards will now be Friday the 14th of July due to multiple requests to extend.

    The system will be accepting applications up until midnight on Sunday the 16th, however after the 14th there will not be anyone to answer queries or provide assistance with the application process. 

    The King’s Fund, Comic Relief and the Big Lottery Fund have opened applications for a unique programme that enables charity leaders to help each other through sharing expertise and developing skills. There are 80 places initially available on the programme, which is free to attend. Charities applying for places, worth up to an estimated £3,000, must show how their work improves health and wellbeing.

    An £80 million fund to provide payment-by-results contracts for locally developed projects by socially minded investors.

    The Life Chances Fund (LCF) is an £80 million top-up fund, whose objective is to help those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. This forms part of the Prime Minister’s life chances approach.


    This report examines the role of the social economy in bringing about inclusive growth that generates more and better jobs in UK cities, particularly for people who are in - or at risk of - poverty. 


    The report finds that:

    I am writing because I am concerned that confusion is spreading about the impact of the Lobbying Act on charities and I want to reassure NCVO members.

    There is no doubt that the Lobbying Act is flawed and there is scope for substantial improvement.

    However, I am increasingly hearing of charities who consider that the Act is a major impediment to their campaigning. I fear that they are almost always mistaken and are unduly stifling their voices.


    3 UK wide parties with significant representation. 3 manifestos between 70-80 pages. Sounds a little daunting?

    DSC have condensed lots of the key points that affect charities to help you out!


    New research conducted by National Voices and Social Enterprise UK has found that only 13% of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) can clearly show that they are actively committed to pursuing social value in their procurement and commissioning decisions.

    Highlighting the risk of human error in charity security systems

    In their latest opinion piece Charity Digital News highlight that despite the recent WannaCry epidemic hitting the headlines, the most common weakness in security systems is human error.

    Human error can result in security breaches from losing sensitve papers or unprotected data sticks, but commonly easy-to-hack passwords are the culprit.

    Charity Commission and partners issue advice on safer giving.

    The Charity Commission is encouraging people wishing to support the victims of this week’s terrorist attack in Manchester to donate to a genuine charitable appeal.

    It says that the great British public are always generous in their support for charities and this has already been reflected via the many giving sites set up to support the victims and families of the appalling attacks in Manchester.

    In 2007, MySpace was the world’s most popular social network, Gordon Brown was prime minister and only the earliest of early adopters had an iPhone. It was also the year CharityComms was born. 

    Today, one Brexit vote, and millions of smartphone swipes later, the landscape looks very different. But, despite big political and technological changes, one thing has stayed the same: comms is still at the heart of how charities change the world. 

    A recent NetSquared London Meetup investigated the IT tools that can be used to get charity operations done cheaply and effectively and how charities can tackle the process of finding the tech that helps the most when you don’t necessarily have the time to research.

    A flagship report from charity think tank NPC explores to what extent and how charities are transforming to deliver greater impact in a changing world.

    Charities are under ever-increasing pressure to deliver more with less, amplified by recent fundraising and governance scandals. While some are adapting and taking the lead in new thinking and ways of operating, others are lagging behind.

    Update from GMCVO

    ESIF Technical Assistance - Upcoming Funding - 22nd March 2017

    The Technical Assistance team updated organisations about calls to be released in Greater Manchester as part of the ESIF programme.

    Part 1: live and upcoming calls in Greater Manchester.

    As a broad-ranging funder, Esmée Fairbairn are not expert on every issue and sector they support. The real experts are the funded organisations. They have much greater knowledge or lived experience, and they operate in the real world, without the security of an endowment. However, as an independent funder Esmée Fairbairn have an overview and a freedom which others in the sectors do not. With this comes the responsibility to share what they are learning from those we support.

    Rathbones, the investment management firm, and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO) have partnered with Dorothy Dalton, former chief executive of ACEVO and one-time editor of Governance magazine, to publish Financial governance: a gentle guide for the non-financial charity trustee.

    NCVO have published a manifesto on what government can do to help volunteering make an even bigger difference.

    Why does it matter?

    The ICO is the UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

    The ICO have create a data protection reform website, this is where they will post information about the reform of data protection legislation, including under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Directive.

    The Social Audit Network will be running a Prove, Improve, Account Workshop in social accounting and audit on 27th and 28th June 2017, hosted by For Viva, Board Room, 52 Regent Street, Eccles. Greater Manchester. M30 0BP.

    Grassroots Giving 2017: applications open from 2 May

    Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving community funding scheme launched for 2017 on Tuesday 2 May – and this year there is a total fund of £82,000 to help small groups and organisations make a difference in their neighbourhood.

    On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force.

    This will have an impact on the way that fundraising operates.

    Share Somewhere is brought to you by Youth United, a network of the UK’s largest and most established voluntary and volunteering youth organisations. Youth United’s vision is that every young person in the UK has the opportunity to a join a uniformed youth group.

    NCVO have produced guidance on volunteering and state benefits. The guidance outlines some rules that volunteers need to be aware of to make sure that their volunteering doesn’t have an impact on the benefits they receive.

    The guidance aims to help people start volunteering by giving an overview of what they would need to know before they start volunteering.

    ACEVO has released 'Speaking frankly, acting boldly', a new report on charity campaigning

    After a series of assaults on their ability to campaign, charity leaders today respond with a  outlining the critical role of independent political pressure in a healthy democracy. At no time is this clearer than when the nation is engaged in the highest manifestation of the democratic process, a General Election.

    In October the End Hunger campaign asked people around the country to hold a Big Conversation on how to solve hunger in the UK.

    One thing that came back loud and clear is that there is a strong mood to see change. People think that the government must act, and that no one should be forced to rely on charity.

    The UK’s biggest survey of charitable giving.

    A vital insight into donor behaviour, key issues affecting charities and responses to significant UK events.

    Published annually, The CAF UK Giving Report is the largest study of giving behaviour in the UK and is freely available to download.

    Brought to you by Charities Aid Foundation, the report reveals comprehensive insight on who gives to charity, how they give and which causes they are most likely to support.

    A study produced by the FSI says voluntary income for charities with turnovers of £1.5m or less has risen by only 1 per cent since June 2013

    Small charities are being urged to act now to ensure their survival after a second survey this week revealed flat levels of income.

    The Fundraising Regulator has now opened its registration system to charities registered in England and Wales, that fall below the £100,000 fundraising levy threshold. This has come as part of a stepped process that saw levy payers registered from October 2016 and former FRSB members registered from February 2017.

    What charities need to consider when campaigning or engaging in political activity.

    Also includes guidance about Elections and Referendums.

    Guidance to advise charities to what extent they can get involved in campaigning and political activity.

    Charities can campaign to achieve their purposes. But a charity can’t:

    In a political world where leaks are routine, Theresa May’s announcement of an election campaign seems to have caught everyone by surprise. Charities will not have made detailed plans for an election, so it’s worth thinking about what we should be doing to make sure we’re part of the debate.

    Over the past year, the Charity Governance Code’s (the Code) steering group has developed a revised version of the Code designed to support charities in meeting governance good practice. The group consulted on the proposed new Code from the beginning of November 2016 to the beginning of February 2017.

    Employer commitment to the voluntary Living Wage is strong, and the experience of most Living Wage employers has been positive, a new study by Cardiff Business School finds.

    Each year Carers UK run the State of Caring Survey to help to show the reality of what it means to care for a family member or friend.

    This year's survey has now been launched.

    To help Carers UK to get a full picture of what caring is like in 2017, please fill in the confidential survey.

    Civil Exchange has published the sixth in a series of annual health checks of the relationship of the state and the voluntary sector.

    This report explores the potential of the new context created by Brexit, including Theresa May's personal commitment to a Shared Society, and looks at what might need to change to make that vision a reality.

    In April 2017, many social security changes come into force that affect children and young people.

    Child Action Poverty Group (CAPG) has outlined their impact in a comprehensive list of social security changes to be made and changes that are already in place.

     CAPG cover changes to:

    Drawing from the Third Sector Trends study – the only large-scale longitudinal survey of the third sector being run in the UK – the IPPR report presents groundbreaking new evidence on the state of the third sector in the north of England in 2017.

    How are they being developed in practice?

    Sustainability and transformation plans (STPs) have been developed by NHS and local government leaders in 44 parts of England. The plans offer a chance for health and social care leaders to work together to improve care and manage limited resources. But will they succeed where other initiatives have failed?

    A free guide to help charities understand GDPR and comply with data protection law has been published.

    GDPR – the General Data Protection Regulation – is a new EU law governing data protection, which will supersede the Data Protection Act in 2018. GDPR will not introduce widespread changes to existing law, but will increase the monetary penalties for non-compliance.

    DVSA's purpose is to help you stay safe on Britain's roads.

    DVSA  has published theirr 5-year strategy and business plan which set out a range of commitments we've made to improve road safety, user experience and value for money.

    The strategy explains what they will do between 2017 and 2022 to help you stay safe on Britain's roads.

    The business plan sets out which parts of the strategy they will be taking forward in 2017 to 2018.

    What’s happening?

    On 28 March a new £1 coin will go into circulation. It features twelve sides and a series of security features designed to combat counterfeiting. From 15 October 2017, the old £1 coin (or ‘round pound’) will no longer be accepted as legal tender. Anyone will still be able to trade in their old coins for new ones after the deadline, but they will have to do so at their own bank.

    NHS Digital aims to help thousands of people to improve their digital health skills, with the launch of the next phase of a three-year Widening Digital Participation (WDP) programme.

    The project will develop 20 local digital inclusion pathfinder projects across all four NHS regions, over the next three years. The pathfinder projects will be delivered by NHS Digital, in conjunction with the Good Things Foundation.

    This call is for one or more suppliers to provide analysis to feed into sections of JRF’s first Poverty Monitoring Report to be written in house.  

    JRF have issued a call for analysis to feed into their first in-house Poverty Monitor Report (replacing the series of reports they previously produced in partnership with the New Policy Institute – Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion).

    What charities and their trustees need to consider when fundraising from the public.

    This guidance explains what trustees need to do to comply with the law relating to the management and control of their fundraising.

    The guide sets out 6 principles the trustees should follow to achieve this. The 6 principles are:

    These days, effective trustee boards need to be at the heart of every effective charity.

    Trustees have a vital role to play, but how do you know if you are governing well?

    Across England the NHS is publishing draft plans that aim to improve health and care for patients whilst also making the most of the funding available.

    If these plans involve decisions that have an impact on local services, what should the public expect when it comes to being involved?

    The NHS in every area of England has been tasked with setting out how it plans to achieve wide-scale changes that make the most of the funding available and improves care for patients.

    A new easy-read guide to trusteeship has been published that will help people with learning disabilities to become charity trustees. The National Council for Voluntary Organisations has translated its best-selling Good Trustee Guide into easy-read format in order to provide information about a trustee's role and best practice guidance to people with learning disabilities.

    This is the final report of the Inclusive Growth Commission.

    It considers evidence reviewed by the Commission through the course of its inquiry, which included evidence hearings, written submissions, research visits, seminars and policy and citizen engagement.

    At the heart of devolution is the belief that decisions should be made by the people affected most. Nowhere is this more important than the design and delivery of public services, some of which are under intense pressure.

    With huge experience of addressing complex needs and advocating on behalf of disadvantaged groups, charities are an important partner for combined authorities looking to use their newly acquired powers to redesign struggling public services.

    Key issues for charities in 2017

    As in previous years, we have considered the key drivers shaping the sector in four areas: political, economic, social and technological. Here are some of the key issues identified in each section.

    The impact of Brexit

    Brexit will dominate the political agenda and almost completely monopolise the attention of decision makers. Charities will need to quickly understand the threats and opportunities, so they can be part of the debate.

    In this first consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice, the Fundraising Regulator seeks views on the following areas:

    • Charity trustees
    • The fundraising ask
    • Solicitation (disclosure) statements
    • Raising concerns about fundraising practice (Whistleblowing)
    • People in vulnerable circumstances
    • Charity collection bags
    • Third parties
    • General questions on the Code

    From November 2015 to August 2016 government collaborated with the New Economics Foundation to develop resources for commissioners and other public sector leaders to help them embed social action in commissioning.

    • Money raised from 5p carrier bag charge at One Stop stores to be used to fund local community projects across the UK
    • Grants of up to £1000 available to non-profit organisations and other groups
    • Environmental charity Groundwork to administer the scheme

    Nesta and The Office for Civil Society have today launched two new innovative volunteering funds worth £2million to support early years development and improve the public’s money management skills.

    Research reveals that nearly a third (30 percent) of children in England1 are behind in development by age five, while 16 million across the UK have less than £100 in savings and owe more than £3,000, excluding mortgage repayments2.

    Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks launched a new LGBTQ resources on the most romantic day of the year!

    The resources aimed at primary and secondary schools fit alongside the existing Real Love Rocks resources around Healthy Relationships and Child Sexual Exploitation Awareness.

    Project Worker Paula Bowman says: “We are really excited to be launching our new resources that will help teachers and professionals to be more inclusive of LGBTQ identities within lessons.

    Charities in the UK play a vital role in society – they make a difference to millions of lives in our country and across the world.

    Charities want to make sure that their supporters and the public have complete confidence in what they do, because ultimately charities can only do what they do thanks to volunteers, donors and spokespeople.

    Following the opinion piece "Charities should stop meddling in politics" in the Times on the 10th January, NCVO have tackled how to talk about charities and campaigning

    Women’s experiences of financial abuse and the potential implications for Universal Credit.

    Women’s Aid and the TUC wanted to find out more about women’s experiences of financial abuse and the potential implications for Universal Credit.

    Social prescribing enables GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

    The King's Fund decribes social prescribing (sometimes referred to as community referral) as a means of enabling GPs, nurses and other primary care professionals to refer people to a range of local, non-clinical services.

    What is Greening Grey Britain?

    Greening Grey Britain is an RHS initiative inviting the nation to help tackle the growing trend of Britain paving over its gardens and green spaces and not growing any plants. The RHS believe it is vital to reverse this trend for the nation's health and wildlife, and to protect the UK from flooding, pollution and heatwaves.

    Sport England have now released further information on their two volunteer funds – Opportunity Fund and Potentials fund.

    The funds open at the end of February with EOI due 24th April and full applications due in June and awards made by late-summer 2017.

    National Energy Action’s (NEA) vision is that ‘no one is living in fuel poverty’ but today the charity warns, that at the current level of delivery and funding this won’t happen in the average lifetime of a baby born today.

    Squeeze on poorer households, rather than 80s-style boom for the rich, driving 21st Century inequality

    Britain is on course for a major living standards slowdown, with typical households seeing almost no income growth over the remainder of this Parliament, according to the Resolution Foundation’s annual audit of living standards published today (Wednesday).

    The Data Evolution project was a research project looking at data maturity in charities and social enterprises.

    It involved hundreds of people and organisations. The project have published our final report for you to use in your organisation. The reports are available to download and use under a Creative Commons licence.

    It's time to celebrate the heroes in your community

    We’ve all met one. A volunteer hero that makes our community a better place. You can find them in community centres, on the streets or in your own home.

    They are the glue that connects us with each other and with the causes we’re passionate about. They are the volunteers that teach your child to read, who spend an hour with your Grandmother or spend their Sundays raising money for charity.

    With cases of dementia on the rise, it's more important than ever that services give people the support they need. 

    Cases of dementia are on the rise. Around 700,000 people in England have the disease currently, and this figure is expected to increase to over a million by 2025.

    Nearly 4 million children in the UK are living in poverty(i) and two thirds of those children are in a household where at least one parent is in work.(ii) Forecasts suggest that child poverty rates will rise significantly in coming years.

    A new report by Localgiving has found that fewer than half of local charities are confident they will still be operating by 2021. Escalating demand for services, coupled with ongoing volatility in the funding landscape has left many groups fearful for their long term survival.

    Statements of Recommended Practice (SORPs) provide recommendations for comprehensive accounting and reporting.

    The Charities SORP is an important document as it can help charities in the preparation of its annual report and accounts.

    Recent failures of government grant giving, particularly Kids Company, have threatened to give grants a bad name. These occasional, though sometimes high profile lapses have made it all too easy for critics of the sector to describe grants in principle as wasteful and to question statutory funding for charities altogether.

    Loneliness and social isolation form a hidden epidemic here in the UK that is negatively impacting on people’s health and wellbeing.

    Studies have shown loneliness to be as damaging to health as smoking and obesity. It’s also putting unnecessary, additional pressure on our hard-pressed public services.

    Here below is a glimpse into the many policy issues that have happened in November. I have not included the Autumn Statement, which was perhaps the most important event last month: for an expert analysis of what the Chancellor’s announcements mean for charities please see Michael’s blog post.

    A consultation has opened on a significant new version of the charity sector governance code.

    The code, a tool to help charities strengthen and develop their governance, was originally created in 2005.

    This major overhaul, launched at the start of Trustees Week 2016, sees new and more detailed guidance included in the code, with an enhanced focus on delivering organisational purpose and direction.

    By concentrating on the voice of small and medium-sized charities and communicating what they learn to other charities, investors and intermediaries, IVAR aim to provide a bridge between those in the field of social finance.

    This is a live project and IVAR will be sharing their thinking as they go along.

    The paper, published earlier this year, focuses on the impact of high-quality early education and effective early intervention, which can act as protective factors for children against the negative effects of poverty. It also highlights how access to flexible, affordable childcare can reduce pressures on family income and help parents work, train or study. 

    Social media is evolving by the week and for charities it can be hard to keep up with the dazzling new platforms while remaining effective.

    The UK should be a country where, no matter where people live, everyone has the chance of a decent and secure life. Instead, millions of people – many from working families – are struggling to meet their needs.

    The Community Life Survey is an annual survey commissioned by Cabinet Office to provide Official Statistics on issues that are key to encouraging social action and empowering communities, including volunteering, giving and community engagement. Headline findings show:

    NPC have produced a report; Boldness in Times of Change' which makes the case for bold and imaginative change from charities in response to the current climate.

    You can download the report in full at the bottom of this page.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has issued a call to healthcare leaders and staff to do more to identify and listen to children at risk of harm, in a report published today.

    'Not seen, not heard' looks at how effective health services are in providing early help to children in need, the health and wellbeing of looked-after children and how these services identify and protect children at risk of harm.

    The review seeks to improve the CQC's understanding of how services work together to meet the needs of older people. The CQC gathered evidence from a range of sources, undertook site visits and spoke with older people and their carers to understand how integration across services affected their experiences of care. They also looked for examples of where care was coordinated effectively and identified barriers that prevent it from working well.

    These have been troubled times, and they will continue to be so. Britain is facing political and economic unrest for months if not years to come.

    Your support and advocacy for the people and causes you work for will be essential in this climate.

    You’d think that, having gone to the trouble of setting up a community anchor organisation and choosing the right structure, which in many cases is a company limited by guarantee, you could sit back and get on with the real job of delivering. But unfortunately you can’t leave it there.

    The final report of the VCSE Review has been published.

    The report, based on the largest ever review of the voluntary sector’s involvement in statutory health and social care, urges local hospitals, clinical commissioning groups and councils to do more to involve expert charities in the design and delivery of services of all kinds.

    In November 2014, the Department of Health, Public Health England, and NHS England initiated a review of the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes. The review included a comprehensive consultation process which ran from August to November 2015 and included feedback through online surveys, face to face interviews and event across the country facilitated by Regional Voices and other strategic partnership organisations.

    Legislation to expand the National Citizen Service

    A new statutory framework will be set up to deliver the National Citizen Service, which will receive a £1.2 billion investment. Plus, a new duty will be placed on schools and local authorities to promote the scheme to all young people and their families.

    The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is the independent regulator of health and social care services in England. We make sure that hospitals, care homes, dental and GP surgeries and other care services in England provide people with safe, effective, compassionate and high-quality care, and we encourage them to make improvements.

    This year over 6,149 people shared their views and experiences on what life is like for carers in 2016, making this the largest State of Caring Survey carried out to date. Thank you to everyone who took part.

    Download the full report

    This document sets out how Public Health England (PHE) intends to achieve its aims over the next four years and outlines the key actions for the year ahead.

    Almanac 2016: The Latest Data on the Voluntary Sector

    NCVO have launched the 15th edition of the UK Civil Society Almanac, providing a comprehensive overview of facts and figures related to the voluntary sector. Read the Almanac on the NCVO website.

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