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The Community and Education Awards award the unsung heroes, who despite adversity, go above and beyond in their community or within education to positively shape those around them.
 
Is there someone at your primary school or secondary school that always goes to infinity and beyond for your community?

Is there someone you would like to thank for giving you a helping hand when you needed it most?

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Superhighways was awarded funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to offer training, advice and resources that small charity leaders can use to get important conversations started, make strategic decisions and build digital capability.

The Superhighways Digital Leadership 101 initiative partnership includes NAVCA, the FSI and London Plus, who have contributed to a comprehensive series of blogs offering tips and advice across a range of digital topics.

Following the success of the inaugural William Sutton Prize, Clarion Housing Group has today announced that applications are open for the second year of the scheme.

Clarion is seeking applications from individuals or organisations presenting an innovative concept, product or service that will have a positive social impact on a community.

Homeless Link and Homeless Justice are working in partnership to reach out and hear directly from small charities (under £1m income), community groups and/or faith-based groups working on homelessness.

They want to hear about your experiences locally, your views on the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy and the challenges and opportunities you are facing.

Open call for evidence for the UK government’s National Data Strategy.

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) leads across government on data-related policy issues, both within Government and the wider economy. This is a broad, wide-reaching remit and we will be in a continual process of engagement throughout the Strategy development to ensure that views across society, economy and government are taken into account.

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

Eligibility

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.

To be nominated they should do work that:

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The Crown Representative for VCSEs has commissioned this guidance for VCSEs looking to work with central and local government.

The Office for Civil Society, with support from the Cabinet Office has written a guide for voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations considering selling to central and local government or becoming part of the supply chain for delivering public services.

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Greater Manchester’s ambitious Local Industrial Strategy is designed to deliver an economy fit for the future, with prosperous communities across the city-region and radically increased productivity and earning power.

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The Charity Digital Skills Report is the definitive survey of the digital skills landscape across the third sector.

Now in its third year, the report provides an annual barometer of the state of digital skills within the charity sector.

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A review has been conducted of how the Charities Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for accounting and reporting is developed and governed.

The Charities SORP sets out financial reporting requirements that apply to most charities preparing accounts. This review assesses how the future development of the Charities SORP is governed.

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In autumn 2018 the Fundraising Regulator consulted on changes to make the Code of Fundraising Practice more accessible. 

They asked for views on a new draft of the code, including:

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A £4.9 million programme to tackle unemployment has been launched in April 2019 with backing from the European Social Fund.

The funds have been granted by the government’s Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) in partnership with Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership to the WEA (Workers' Educational Association), an adult education charity which provides training and learning opportunities for people at risk of exclusion.

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National Lottery funding available to engage women and/or BAME communities in positive workforce opportunities.

Up to £1 million is available to diversify coaches and volunteers in the sport and physical activity sector.

The Workforce Diversity Great Ideas Fund will be open for a month (from 3rd June) and we want to hear from anyone wanting to engage women and/or black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) communities in volunteering or coaching opportunities.

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In 2017, the independent Commission on Dormant Assets reported on the feasibility of including a wider range of assets in the dormant assets scheme.

Under the Dormant Bank and Building Societies Accounts Act 2008, only assets from the banking sector can currently be transferred into the scheme.

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The experiences of people who give their time through employer-organised or employer-supported activities, known as employer-supporter volunteering (ESV), are positive but lag behind those who arrange their own volunteering, a new report from NCVO finds.

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Brevio believes that current grant-making processes are wasteful and inefficient. Charities must fill in many slightly different grant-application forms taking hours/ days to complete, often with low success rates.

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People seeking safety in our country are banned from working.

They are unable to provide for themselves and their families and often left to live in poverty. Join the campaign to #LiftTheBan!

Right now, right here in the UK, people seeking refugee status are banned from working whilst they wait months, and often years, for a decision on their asylum claim.

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The Google.org Impact Challenge on Safety is a €10m fund to support organisations across Europe that are working on challenges related to hate, extremism, and child safety, both online and offline. By funding new and existing community projects across Europe, Google hope to support initiatives to counter hate and extremism and help young people to become confident digital citizens.

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It’s been over a year since GDPR came into force, but what impact have the new regulations had in reality?

With 2018 seeing the biggest ever fines issued by the ICO, Charities are under increasing pressure to protect both their finances and theirreputation from a GDPR breach.

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SEUK's latest research report calls for a rethink on how public bodies use social value, urging it to be placed front and centre of how local and central government works.

Based on in-depth research across local government, the report paints a mixed picture – one in which real progress is being made by forward-thinking local authorities but where the transformative potential of social value is not being fully realised.

11th-12th July, Marylebone campus, University of Westminster

This two-day collaborative conference will provide an exciting opportunity to hear the latest research and thinking on the implementation and practice of social prescribing around the world.  We will be hearing how social prescribing is being implemented in Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Finland as well as understanding progress in the home countries of the UK.

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Doit.Foundation are consulting on their small grants pilot.

Their aim is to explore how digital can enable them to provide small grants to small VCSE organisations in an easy way.

Before groups register for the grants pilot they need to complete a short questionnaire. This will help Doit.Foundation to plan the pilot and their wider small grants programme.

The questionnaire will run until 30th June 2019.

Social enterprises are organisations that are not principally motivated by profit or commercial return. Instead, they have a social purpose to achieve community benefit through the organisation – a social return. Most profits will be reinvested in the enterprise to help it fulfil its social purpose.

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About the Webinar:

An improved understanding of your audience and your content goals can help your charity be more effective on social media and engage the right people at the right time.

On Thursday 16th May at 1 pm join non-profit social media experts Lightful as they share tips on how to include effective personalisation in your social media posting habits.

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UK Giving from CAF is the largest multi-year study of giving behaviour in the UK.

The findings are based on monthly interviews and includes a yearly total of more than 12,000 individual interviews. The report will help you understand who gives to charity, what causes they support and how they like to support them.

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The England Illegal Money Lending Team (IMLT) has funds available to enable local organisations to access grants that actively reduce crime and disorder and raise awareness of loan sharks.

The Fund is formed of money seized from illegal money lenders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (POCA) and is awarded to groups who wish to invest in local community projects.

The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) is an independent statutory body, funded by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is the UK Government’s advisory body on social security matters. In addition to providing advice and assistance to the Secretary of State, it performs mandatory scrutiny of most secondary legislation laid before Parliament that underpin the welfare system.

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Consortium, the UK's umbrella body for LGBT organisations has announced that the second round of funding applications from the LGBT+ Futures Fund is open.

Last month, successful applicants from the first round of funding saw £200,000 awarded to LGBT voluntary and community organisations across England.

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Cutting through the noise and politics of Brexit can sometimes feel like an overwhelming task.

This new toolkit is aimed at those organisations wishing to equip themselves with tools to prepare for Brexit and engage with the decision-makers in the process. This could either be through lobbying around specific pieces of Brexit legislation or making sure members and activists are equipped to engage with key areas in the Brexit process.

NHS cancer services plunged into worst winter on record as patients left waiting weeks for treatment, warns new BMA report

Doctors’ leaders have warned that thousands of cancer patients were left waiting weeks for treatment this winter according to the NHS’s own data. New BMA analysis1 also revealed that other key parts of hospital care in England missed critical targets by the largest margin on record.

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Nfp Synergy's new report with the People's Post Code Lottery highlights how fundraising limits affect charity lotteries- and ultimately hurt smaller charities.

It explores the fundraising environment for small charities, examines charity lottery regulation and its impacts, as well as analysing attitudes toward charity lottery limits among MPs and the general public.

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Tom Watson, Business and Communications Lead at NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) talks about their work with the National Centre for Cyber Security and their simple tips for keeping your small charity safe online:

The ways in which charities and voluntary sector groups are using digital to support their work is growing everyday; from using online HR Systems, to online finance apps, social media to cloud data storage, the list is pretty much endless.

The Institute of Fundraising published their refreshed version of our GDPR: The Essentials for Fundraising Organisations guidance.

Sam Boyle, Policy and Information Officer at the IoF, talks through what has changed and why they felt the need to update it:

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  • Donating to a cause or fundraising for a charity in the UK will be completely free of platform fees on JustGiving from today, in the biggest change to the company’s fee model since it was founded 19 years ago
  • Donors will be able to make a voluntary contribution to support the operation of the platform, increasing choice for donors and delivering more money for charities
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  • Donating to a cause or fundraising for a charity in the UK will be completely free of platform fees on JustGiving from today, in the biggest change to the company’s fee model since it was founded 19 years ago
  • Donors will be able to make a voluntary contribution to support the operation of the platform, increasing choice for donors and delivering more money for charities
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Inspiring Impact has merged with the Impact Management Programme, and they have a new website.

Inspiring Impact is on a mission to make good impact practice the norm by creating a culture of continuous improvement among voluntary organisations.

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The Civil Society Strategy committed the government to use its buying power to drive social change. Central government will, in future, take better account of social benefits in the award of its contracts.

The grant-giving sector is good at speaking about inequality, and the value of all people at bringing about social change.

But it has a diversity problem.

By 2027 they want to fix this.

The new, 12-month salaried programme takes brilliant frontline workers from working-class communities, and prepares them for decision-making roles in grant-making organisations.

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Charity leaders tell CAF about the obstacles and opportunities they are currently facing.

Each year CAF survey charity leaders to understand the challenges they face, and to assess the impact these challenges have on the sector’s ability to meet the needs of its beneficiaries. 

Formerly known as the Social Landscape report, this year's survey reveals a complex mixture of hope, fear and resilience; against an ongoing backdrop of uncertainty and change.

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Woodland Trust want to make sure that everybody in the UK has the chance to plant a tree.

So they are giving away hundreds of thousands of trees to schools and communities.

They are currently taking applications for trees to be delivered in November 2019. Please note that responses to applications may take a few weeks due to current high demand.

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Percentage of businesses experiencing cyber breaches or attacks has dropped.

  • Percentage of businesses experiencing cyber breaches or attacks drops from 43% to 32%.
  • New laws to strengthen data protection have had a positive impact on cyber security.
  • Businesses and charities urged to train more people to help manage cyber risks.
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How to manage and review your charity's connection to a non-charity.

Your charity’s distinctive status is important. It allows certain freedoms and benefits, including tax reliefs. But its status also places important limits on your charity. To protect it, you and your co-trustees must be able to show that everything your charity does helps to achieve the purposes for which it is set up, for the public benefit.

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The campaign urges women to attend their cervical screening, with data showing that the number of women attending screening has fallen to a 20-year low.

Public Health England (PHE) has today, Tuesday 5 March 2019, launched the major new national campaign ‘Cervical Screening Saves Lives’, to increase the number of women attending their cervical screening across England.

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Mental health problems are the most common health issue among Citizens Advice clients, impacting 89,410 clients last year.

Previous research found people with mental health problems are more likely to struggle with essential services, and support offered by providers is inadequate.

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The Peer Support Hub is an online bank of high quality, curated resources for people looking to measure, evaluate, sustain and grow different types of peer support programmes.

Resources can be in a wide range of formats including reports, toolkits, videos, presentations and journal articles.

Next month, several changes will be coming into force which will alter current employment law, and with it, the way you’re currently doing things.

How much you pay to abide by the National Minimum and Living wage, how you issue payslips, and how much you contribute to pensions will all change in April, so it’s really important to act now for your charity to be prepared.

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Following reports that primary schools in Manchester have been contacted by parents unhappy over sex and relationships lessons that teach children about LGBT rights, LGBT Foundation’s Chief Executive Paul Martin OBE has today written a public letter to schools in Greater Manchester setting out why LGBT inclusive education is so important.

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The Digital 5 A Day provides a simple framework that reflects the concerns of parents/ carers as well as children’s behaviours and needs. It can also act as a base for family agreements about internet and digital device use throughout both the holidays and term time.

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The Ticket Bank provides event tickets to disadvantaged and marginalised individuals free of charge.

The Ticket Bank is for charities and community organisations that want to improve access to the arts for their service users; or as a reward for their service users/beneficiaries.

They are keen to work with anyone that supports individuals facing barriers to attending events and who are less likely to have engaged in arts and cultural activities.

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The United Kingdom (UK) will leave the European Union (EU) on 29 March 2019.

Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens.

Use the information below to find out how to prepare and the steps you may need to take:

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Giving World have launched a brand new website to make it even easier for charities and other not-for-profit organisations to receive free resources, courtesy of businesses donating their surplus stocks.

Giving World receives goods from businesses all over the country, and advertises the items on the website for charities to request to help pass on to their beneficiaries.

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The My MS My Needs survey is the largest survey of people affected by multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK.

This year, for the first time, the MS Society are also running a MS family & friends survey, alongside My MS My Needs. 

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Social prescribing and community-based support: Summary guide

The guide is intended for people and organisations leading local implementation of social prescribing.

The Social Prescribing Summary Guide is intended for people and organisations leading local implementation of social prescribing. It enables:

The Mental Capacity Act is designed to protect and empower people who may currently lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care and treatment. It also facilitates people who have capacity to make preparations for a time when they may lack capacity in the future.

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More than £300,000 of funding is available for organisations that can support local basic digital skills learning.

Applications are open now, closing on Friday 8 March.

The Charity Commission requires charities to report serious incidents. If a serious incident takes place within your charity, it is important that there is prompt, full and frank disclosure to the Commission. You need to report what happened and, importantly, let the Commission know how you are dealing with it, even if you have also reported it to the police, donors or another regulator.

Safeguarding children, young people and adults aged 0-25 in the voluntary and community sector.

This set of recommended standards and accompanying guidance will help non-statutory organisations in England that work with children and young people up to the age of 25, to put clear safeguarding arrangements in place.

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 NCVO launches Charity Ethical Principles guidance after thorough engagement with the sector

  • Principles should be viewed as a benchmark of good practice, and are complementary to existing sector codes

  • Endorsement of the principles is voluntary, but NCVO encourages all charities to reflect them in their work and decision making

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Communities across the country are set to benefit from a £6 million funding boost to help them build more of the homes that their area needs, Housing Minister Kit Malthouse MP has announced.

The Community Led Homes Programme – managed by 4 leading housing charities – will provide local people with funding to kickstart community-led housing developments that will benefit their neighbourhood.

The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) was established in 2012 and its indicators are reviewed every 3 years. Public Health England (PHE) is planning to update the PHOF in the summer 2019, to ensure that it continues to be relevant and meets the needs of users.

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The LGBT+ Consortium is pleased to announce the launch of LGBT+ Futures Fund small grants programme to support LGBT+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans+) voluntary and community organisations across England. 

Applications are now open, with the deadline for receiving applications Wednesday 6th March at 5pm.

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To celebrate their Centenary year Tesco are pleased to announce two different projects that will benefit local community groups across the UK.

This year, they are holding two special voting rounds of the Bags of Help community project funding scheme across England, Scotland and Wales, called Bags of Help Centenary Grants.

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People’s Postcode Lottery is urging charities and community groups across Southern England, Scotland & Wales to apply for funding, through People’s Postcode Trust’s Small Grants programme.

The current funding round is open to charities and organisations in Southern England (excluding London & Greater London), Scotland & Wales until 1 May.

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How are charities influencing change in the prison system?

In the first of two discussion papers, NPC focus on charities’ role in influencing change in the prison system. They share our early findings from conversations across the sector with policymakers, parliamentarians charities and funders. And propose a framework for thinking about how charities bring about change.

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Data protection has always been historically important, from Caesar’s cipher device to our modern data protection laws. Data protection is a core area of a charity’s operations and the implementation of the GDPR by the European Union in May 2018 means that charities need to understand and implement regulation effectively and efficiently. Effective and efficient data management is so much more than simply knowing what data is coming in and what your charity is doing with it.

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On Time to Talk Day we want everyone to have a conversation about mental health.

Time to Talk Day 2019 is taking place on Thursday 7 February.

This year’s Time to Talk Day is all about bringing together the right ingredients, to have a conversation about mental health. Whether that’s tea, biscuits and close friends or a room full of people challenging mental health stigma, we want you to get talking.

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The Big Lunch is taking place on the 1st and 2nd June 2019.

The Big Lunch is about millions of people getting together to share food, have fun and get to know each other better.  It's a simple idea - that for a few glorious hours, cars stop, shyness stops and neighbours come together in the street to meet, greet, share, swap, sing, plan and laugh.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief have renewed their commitment to supporting not for profit organisations who are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective, with funding totalling £2.4 million. After co-funding two rounds of Tech for Good in 2017 and 2018, we have once again joined forces to continue running the programme for another three years to 2021.

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Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has released research to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2019.

Five per cent of UK adults don’t believe the Holocaust – the intentional murder of six million Jews by the Nazis and their collaborators – really happened and one in 12 (8%) say the scale of the Holocaust has been exaggerated, according to research released on Holocaust Memorial Day (Sunday 27 January 2019).

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The National Cyber Security Centre have published 5 quick tips that can help keep your mobile devices (and the information stored on them) secure.

Mobile technology is now an essential part of modern business, with more of our data being stored on tablets and smartphones. What's more, these devices are now as powerful as traditional computers, and because they often leave the safety of the office (and home), they need even more protection than 'desktop' equipment.

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The NHS is one of Britain’s greatest achievements and for 70 years its dedicated staff has been there for us.

A lot has changed since it was created in 1948, and today the NHS is responding to changes in society that were never expected, let alone planned for.

The Government has announced additional funding for the NHS and this means they can plan to make the NHS fit for the future for patients, their families and our staff.

  • NCVO’s Road Ahead advises charities to prepare for another financially challenging year
  • A combination of Brexit uncertainty, tight government budgets and a slow economy will continue to add pressure on beneficiaries and front-line services
  • NCVO’s annual PEST analysis of drivers for the sector provides food-for-thought for charities preparing for 2019  
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The Wildlife Trusts give their views on the draft Environment Bill:

The draft Environment Bill published today by the Government does not go far enough to tackle the serious environmental challenges we face or provide legal certainty for the future of our natural world, say The Wildlife Trusts. And nor does the accompanying policy note.

The Bill and policy note fall short in a number of ways:

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Community groups can bid for funds to establish a new pocket park or refurbish an existing park.

Green-fingered communities across England can now bid for a share of £1 million fund to help develop their own ‘pocket parks’.

Pocket parks are small plots of land, often about the size of a tennis court, and mostly seen in urban spaces. They provide a green oasis which can help improve the physical and mental health of the communities using them.

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It can be confusing for people running community projects to find the right information, advice and support.

There are so many organisations, tools and websites, it can be difficult to know where to look.

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We’ve all been there. Chatting at a family dinner or social gathering, and the ‘so what do you do?’ question comes up. ‘I work for a charity’ you reply, to be met with umpteen opinions and factoids about how to do your job, fundraising, or charities generally.

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Against a backdrop of growing need and a shrinking state, the social sector needs effective answers and solutions. NPC has launched a commitment by charities, funders and infrastructure bodies to work in a way that emphasises place as a positive way to achieve the changes we are all working towards.

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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 benefit.

About the Awards

The Impact Awards, now in their third year, are open to any UK-operating businesses, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental benefit.

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

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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.

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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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    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.

    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:

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    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.

    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.

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