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As part of a national programme funded by Sports England, Mencap are encouraging people with a learning disability to become active and engage in sports. 

The Round the World programme is for anyone over 16 with a learning disability who wants to complete enough hours of physical activity for the equivalent journery around:

The UK - 20 hours

Europe - 40 hours

The world - 100 hours 

The Pankhurst Centre’s Rise Voice Vote project seeks to inspire young people’s political participation and activism through shared stories, learning and celebration. 

This toolkit is designed to support teachers and youth and community workers to reproduce the activities of the Rise Voice Vote project with students and young people. Download session worksheets below and let’s #powerup the next generation!


Join the new campaign for workplace culture change!

My Whole Self, a new campaign from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England, is calling on organisations to empower employees to bring their ‘whole self’ to work. The highest performing workplaces are supportive and inclusive. By putting diversity and inclusion at the centre of mental health and wellbeing, employers can create a culture where people can be themselves at work.


Charities are being asked to take part in this year’s Charity Digital Skills Report, the annual barometer of the sector’s use of digital technology.

The report aims to create an up to date picture of current digital opportunities within charities as well as risks the sector is facing. It will also help charities benchmark their digital capabilities.

  • People who sleep rough have complex and multiple health and care needs that all too often are not met. They have some of the worst health outcomes in England.

  • The NHS alone cannot reduce poor health outcomes for people sleeping rough. Tackling rough sleeping involves improving people’s health, social wellbeing and housing situation as well as supporting them to find long-term solutions.


The Communities in Charge campaign is a coalition of local people, community groups, businesses and national organisations calling for communities to be put directly in charge of the government’s post-Brexit fund for economic regeneration.


The Comic Relief Community Fund (England) is offering grants to grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000.

There are two types of grants available to organisations whose work delivers on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:


In this provocation paper, designed to spark discussion and debate across the sector, Dan Corry uses data to ask if the current distribution of charities around the country is what we would want in an ideal world and explores what government, funders and charities could do about it. 


Do you have a bright idea for a community business? Need a bit of help developing it and making it a reality?

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is now open for applications until Tuesday 7 April 2020!


The 12th of March represents an international annual celebration of social prescribing.

This is a specific date in the calendar to highlight the importance and significance of social prescribing within healthcare.


As part of the NHS England and NHS Improvement ‘Universal, Personalised Care’ delivery plan  under the NHS Long Term plan, National Voices has helped develop resources for the Primary Care Network (PCN) national programme. This briefing paper is intended to inform all kinds of VCSE groups and organisations, including those with little knowledge of healthcare policy.


A programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care professionals and researchers work together to improve health care.

This programme is open for application until 20 March 2020.

The Health Foundation has launched an exciting new £2.1m programme for partnerships developing collaborative communities where people, families, health care professionals and researchers work together to improve health care.


Packed with information, case studies, checklists, templates and practical tools, The Community Hub Handbook is a new, free resource that sets out how to run a thriving community hub and ensure its future is secure.

The Handbook covers a wide range of business essentials such as building relationships, acquiring premises, securing sustainable income, marketing, staffing, governance and more.

Last week, the government set out the details of its new immigration system which will come into force on 1 January 2021, when freedom of movement with the European Union comes to an end.


The Engagement Practitioners Network has been developed in response to feedback from engagement staff from across the health and care sector.

You said you wanted to link with other staff to share information, learn from others’ practice and seek support in what we know can be an isolated, challenging and misunderstood role. You also wanted a ‘go to’ place for resources, policy updates and online discussion.


Ten years after his landmark review on health inequalities in England, Professor Sir Michael Marmot, confirms that, for the first time in more than 100 years, life expectancy has failed to increase for a decade across the country, and for the poorest 10% of women it has actually declined. Over the last decade health inequalities have widened overall, and the amount of time people spend in poor health has increased since 2010.


The Living Wage Champion Awards celebrates individuals and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the Living Wage movement.

Nominations are now open for applications until the 10 March 2020. 


Grants of National Lottery funding up to £5,000 could help repair damage to pitches and facilities.

Storm damaged pitches and facilities could be back in use sooner than expected thanks to Sport England's new emergency flood relief fund.


Can you help our sector finds its voice?

Leading property advice charity the Ethical Property Foundation runs free workshops across the country and has just launched its CHARITY PROPERTY MATTERS SURVEY 2020. We are asking every voluntary group in the area to spend six minutes filling in the survey so that funders and policy makers will understand the bricks and mortar reality what we are coping with.    


The Equality and Human Rights Commission have launched a legal challenge against the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care over the repeated failure to move people with learning disabilities and autism into appropriate accommodation.

They have longstanding concerns about the rights of more than 2,000 people with learning disabilities and autism being detained in secure hospitals, often far away from home and for many years.


Working in the criminal justice system can be challenging – voluntary organisations are supporting more and more people, whose needs are growing more complex and urgent.

Clinks are to help. Clinks is the infrastructure charity for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. 

2027 is a 12-month salaried job and professional development programme, giving talented people from working-class communities with experience working in frontline roles the tools and experience to develop in grant-giving positions in foundations and trusts. It was was launched in 2017 supported by Big Lottery Fund, Barrow Cadbury Trust and Esmee Fairbairn.  


The Charity Awards provides charities of all shapes and sizes with a window to showcase their efforts and the impact they have made.

The Charity Awards is a year-round programme that uses Civil Society Media’s portfolio of magazines, reports, events and websites to celebrate and highlight best practice across the sector. 


This report sets out findings from a three-year research project aiming to understand the benefits and values of urban green infrastructure to older people and how green infrastructure attributes and interventions can best support healthy ageing in urban areas.


The 2020 National Walking Summit will take place in Manchester on Friday 6 March.

Is walking the miracle cure for our public health crisis?

Come and join experts from Greater Manchester and beyond as we discuss the link between making our streets fitter for walking and improved public health.

Could our transport choices save lives? Is walking the answer to all our health problems? How can we get more people walking and make them happier and healthier?


The inequalities in investment across England and the rest of the UK has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years – especially when considered through the lens of multiple deprivation.

Since the EU referendum in 2016, more political and media attention, if not necessarily action, has been given to ‘forgotten’ or ‘left behind’ places than ever before.


Titanic Hotel, Liverpool — Thursday, 12 March 2020

This conference hosted by the DBS aims to shine a light on the challenges and dilemmas of protecting children and vulnerable people in workplace and voluntary sector settings. 
It will explore how safeguarding partners can contribute to safer recruitment practices before, during and post recruitment and will focus on the necessary responses when abuse is suspected and disclosed.


This £3.85 million England wide programme is jointly funded by Power to Change and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. The programme is being led by Plunkett Foundation and delivered in collaboration with leading organisations within the sector.

In January 2019, NHS England published the NHS Long Term Plan, outlining its vision to improve the health and wellbeing of people over the next 10 years. Central to this vision is a commitment to designing and delivering services that are more joined-up, tailored and community-based to meet the needs of local people, including those who face health inequalities.


Following a combined £1.2 million DCMS and National Lottery Community Fund investment, a new portal has been launched to strengthen the support to charities handling safeguarding concerns or allegations. 

The portal, at, offers a step by step guide to help charities correctly manage their concerns, identify the right people to contact if needed and access helpful resources and advice.


We are increasingly recognising what a big issue loneliness is in our society, and what terrible effects it can have.

Tackling loneliness is becoming a political priority, with a Government strategy in 2018 and a national campaign beginning in June 2019. But all this is nothing new for faith groups, who have been “right up your street” – often for decades and more – working to provide places where people can feel they belong.


This online tool will help your organisation to audit it’s engagement with Inclusion Health groups.

These are the groups identified as experiencing the worst health inequalities in the UK.


Declare Your Care is a year-long, campaign focusing on four key population groups which have lower awareness of CQC.

1. Long-term conditions 2. People from black and ethnic minority communities 3. Children and young people 4. People with learning disabilities

Key findings for people with a learning disability their family, carers and advocates.


Could you help people in your community become more physically active?

Would a grant of between £300 and £10,000 help make your ideas happen? 

Sport England want to support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity whether this is formal sport or informal activity aiming to help people lead more active lifestyles.


It's Young Carers Awareness Day on 30 January 2020.

Young Carers Awareness Day raises awareness of the challenges faced by young carers and campaigns for greater support for them.

Every day across the UK thousands of young people help to look after someone in their family, or a friend, who is ill, disabled or misuses drugs or alcohol.


The 2020 Swimathon Foundation Community Grants Scheme is inviting applications from groups and individuals who aim to promote swimming participation in their local community. 

The Swimathon Foundation is a passionate advocate for swimming and the Grants Scheme is part of their effort to bring swimming to as many people as possible. In previous years a wide range of projects have been supported to help provide and promote swimming.


It is Cervical Cancer Prevention Week, running until 26th January.

Cervical cancer can affect people at any age but affects people at primarily 30 – 45 years of age. In the UK, the cervical screening programme is estimated to save over 4,000 lives each year. 

Cervical cancer is almost wholly preventable, women and people with a cervix need to know how. This means:


It is Sugar Awareness Week 2020, which runs until 26th January.

Sugar Awareness Week is an opportunity to celebrate the success of food industry, government and NGOs' progress so far, and discuss the future for sugar and calorie reduction and its place in the government’s Childhood Obesity Plan.


The Institute for Community Studies, powered by the Young Foundation, is seeking to understand what matters to communities in the UK.

This will help them to prioritise which issues need most attention by research and policy, and to share what’s working in finding solutions that support communities and those in power to take action.


We’ve become accustomed to hearing our ageing population presented as a bad thing.

Ageist attitudes are reinforced by policy makers spending more time worrying about the fiscal costs of ageing than exploring how to maximise the opportunities of longer lives. Our public policy response to longevity is too often negative and defensive.


The Fawcett Society’s 2020 Sex and Power Index charts the extent of male domination of positions of power - with women still missing in significant numbers from top jobs in politics, the law, civil service, trade unions, charities, professional bodies and sport bodies. The Index also reveals an alarming lack of women of colour across the top jobs in all sectors.


Many of the Sustainable Development Goals call for long-term attitude and behaviour changes.

Volunteers facilitate changes in mindsets by raising awareness or championing those changes and inspiring others.


There’s a lot of information out there for start-ups.

This guide from Social Enterprise UK takes you through the essentials, but they focus on the parts that are most important in a social enterprise.


The theme of Greening Great Britain in 2020 is Growing Connections.

The RHS are inviting groups to connect with others in their community, through the power of plants

We all know that gardening is good for us, but often what community gardeners value most is the chance to come together with others.


Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) 2020 marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau.

The theme for this landmark anniversary and HMD 2020 is: Stand Together. It explores how genocidal regimes throughout history have deliberately fractured societies by marginalising certain groups, and how these tactics can be challenged by individuals standing together with their neighbours, and speaking out against oppression.


The third Monday in January has been labelled the most 'depressing' day of the year, earning it the title 'Blue Monday'.

Since 2019, Samaritan's have been taking over Blue Monday and replacing it with Brew Monday their campaign to get people talking over a cuppa.


Overall picture positive but research reveals areas for improvement to allow public sector volunteering programmes to fulfil their potential, says NCVO.


The objectives of the Trust are to donate to UK registered charities whose purposes encompass one or more of the following:

  • to benefit or protect animals
  • to relieve animals from suffering
  • to conserve wild life
  • to encourage the understanding of animals

If you wish to apply for a donation from the Trust you need to:


    The Bank of England are the UK’s central bank.

    Their job is to promote the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

    That means managing inflation – the rate at which prices rise – and making sure that the financial system, which includes banks and building societies, functions properly. They also issue bank notes and run the system that allows electronic payments to take place.


    This Guide is for those who:

    • You’re not sure how the law operates
    • You want to know what is possible
    • You think the law could be useful but need help to get started
    • Your organisation isn’t yet equipped to use legal tools in campaigns.

    Comic Relief are seeking proposals from organisations who share their vision in supporting young people to fulfil their full potential, and have security and safe shelter. 


    Changes to the built environment – ranging from the materials used, to the construction methods employed – have contributed to making fires more complex, more severe, and harder to tackle.

    At the same time, the causes of fire, including arson, hot works, and accidental ignition, are not going anywhere.


    The Coalfields Regeneration Trust is dedicated to improving the quality of life for the 5.5 million people living in Britain’s former mining communities.

    Many of these communities still require support due to the huge impact the closure of the mines had upon them.


    Thousands of people are set to benefit from new pocket parks or the revival of rundown green spaces from a £1.35 million fund.

    Championing the crucial role parks and green spaces play at the heart of our communities, Mr Jenrick opened bidding for the pocket parks programme, which helps support communities to transform unloved, neglected or derelict urban spaces into new green spaces.


    Payment dates will change over Christmas and New Year as follows:

    Universal Credit

    Due Wednesday 25 December and Thursday 26 December paid on Tuesday 24 December

    Due Friday 27 December, Saturday 28 December & Sunday 29 December paid on Friday 27 December

    Due Wednesday 1 January paid on Tuesday 31 December  

    Personal Independence Payment


    Digital payments firm Nochex has launched a Christmas appeal for small charities.

    Through the appeal shoppers paying through the payment firm’s services will be asked to make a donation through its receipt function.

    Via receipts shoppers will be told more about what the charity does and then asked to make a donation.


    The Charity Commission have issued an alert providing information and advice to charities about mandate fraud (impersonation of staff).

    The commission have received several reports from charities who have been targeted by fraudsters impersonating members of staff, specifically attempting to change employees bank details. In all these cases the request was made through an email.


    Flu vaccination is available every year on the NHS to help protect adults and children at risk of flu and its complications.

    Flu can be unpleasant, but if you're otherwise healthy, it'll usually clear up on its own within a week.

    But flu can be more severe in certain people, such as:


    A number of charities have produced manifestos in the approach to the UK General Election 2019.

    With voting just one day away, take a look at what changes charities are suggesting the new government should commit to:

    National Children's Bureau

    The Lloyds Bank Business and Charity Digital Index reports are the largest measure of digital capability and skills for UK small businesses and charities.


    The DigitalAgenda Impact Awards celebrate digital innovations that improve people’s lives and the world around us.

    They are open to any individual, business, government or non-profit using digital products or services for positive social or environmental benefit. The Impact Awards, now in their fourth year, are grouped into three themes with four categories in each creating 12 awards.


    Small Grants

    Could you help people in your community become more physically active? Would a grant of between £300 and £10,000 help make your ideas happen? 

    Sport England want to support projects that help everyone to take part in physical activity whether this is formal sport or informal activity aiming to help people lead more active lifestyles.


    Locality's manifesto for how the next government can unlock the power of community has been published.

    Ahead of the General Election, Locality have published a manifesto calling on the next government to rebalance power to our communities, strengthen community ownership and invest in our local infrastructure and public services.


    The inequalities in investment across England and the rest of the UK has come under increasing scrutiny in recent years – especially when considered through the lens of multiple deprivation.

    Since the EU referendum in 2016, more political and media attention, if not necessarily action, has been given to ‘forgotten’ or ‘left behind’ places than ever before.

    NAVCA is working with NHS England and NHS Improvement to conduct some research into partnerships between NHS Trusts and organisations within the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.


    The National Lottery’s 25th birthday is bringing people together.

    The National Lottery are offering people and communities with great ideas the chance to receive a grant between £100 and £1,000.

    If you have an idea for an event or community activity or even if you want to buy something, that will bring your community together – they would love to hear from you.

    Any group of two or more people with a great idea can apply.


    The Weston Charity Awards were created by the Garfield Weston Foundation to celebrate and support great front-line charities working in the fields of Community, Welfare and Youth.

    For 2020, they are looking for great organisations to support across Wales, the North and Midlands of England.


    The Government Equalities Office have provided guidance for those looking to return to work following a career break, as well as information for employers wanting to implement a returners programme at their organisation.

    Businesses and organisations across the UK face the same issues around addressing the gender pay gap, accessing talented staff, reducing training costs and improving diversity.


    Most people agree that charities do great work for the people and causes they serve.

    But few people in positions of authority in our society understand that the true value of charity is about more than the combined work of individual charities.

    Find out how to recognise when contact from HMRC is genuine, and how to recognise phishing or bogus emails and text messages.

    Phishing is the fraudulent act of emailing a person to get their personal or financial information.

    These emails often include a link to a bogus website encouraging you to enter your personal details.


    Manifesto for a Better Childhood

    In 1969, the National Children’s Bureau published the ground breaking study Born to Fail? It showed how poverty damaged children’s lives, resulting in poor health and underachievement at school. Distressingly, the inequality that they found 50 years ago still persists today. In many cases it is getting worse:


    ACEVO wants to gather anonymous information about clauses in governmet grants and contracts that restrict or prohibit funds being used for advocacy and/or public affairs work, or that make reference to the grant-maker's reputation.

    Two examples of such clauses are:

    "The provider shall, shall not do anything (by act or omission) that would, or would be reasonably likely to:

    (i) damage the reputation of the Authority or the Contractor;


    The academy will help more people benefit from arts, sport and leisure activities across the country.

    Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock is setting out his ambition for every patient in the country to have access to social prescribing schemes on the NHS as readily as they do medical care.

    NCVO are always looking for ways to make the campaigning environment more supportive for charities.

    They have supported Lord Hodgson’s recommendations to reform the Lobbying Act and other electoral law for non-party campaigners. They have also worked to get government to make sure grants and contracts don’t constrain charities’ right to campaign.


    Digital Evolution: Healthier. Happier. Better Off. takes place on Thursday 28 November at the BT Centre in London.

    The event will bring together a range of organisations from communities across the UK - including members of the Online Centres Network, other organisations delivering digital inclusion activity, national partners, funders and stakeholders - and more.


    Good mental health is vital in allowing young people to learn, build resilience and develop the skills they need to grow into well-rounded, healthy adults. But how can we ensure that schools, colleges and universities are nurturing environments which promote their wellbeing?


    The Baring Foundation is pleased to announce funding for a new sector support body for the creative ageing field has been awarded to a partnership led by Manchester Museums.

    The Baring Foundation is backing the creation of an agency that will advocate for and support the cultural sector to be more age friendly.

    Since 2010, the Baring Foundation has dedicated its arts funding to work with older people. David Cutler, Director of the Baring Foundation said:


    A new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness across the country.

    Minister for Civil Society Baroness Barran announced the funding, which aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups. 


    Managing the impact of the menopause at work is important for both workers and employers.

    For the worker experiencing symptoms:

    • it can be a difficult and stressful time
    • a very sensitive and personal matter

    For their employer:


    JRF want to inspire action and change to solve UK poverty, but they know there’s a lot of work to do if more people are to understand it and call more loudly for solutions.


    The grants HMPPS is offering are for activity over two years (April 2020– March 2022) and are aimed at supporting rehabilitation of people in the criminal justice system. They are open to voluntary sector organisations to support the piloting of new services, approaches or extending/developing current programmes. This means the grants cannot be used to fund existing work.


    The Office for Civil Society (OCS) – part of the Department for Culture, Media and Sport – has issued a newsletter dedicated to helping civil society organisations to prepare to leave the European Union on 31 October.

    The newsletter includes:


    Cascading Leadership is a free peer-to-peer leadership development programme for voluntary and community sector (VCS) organisations working in health and wellbeing. It enables VCS leaders to share their extensive and varied expertise with peers, to talk about some of the challenges they face and to plan new ways of working. 

    • NCVO’s Knowhow advice site is hub for range of new online resources
    • User testing ensures resources meet user needs, are accessible and easy to use
    • Developed as part of DCMS and National Lottery-funded Safeguarding Training Fund

    Safeguarding should be a core value of every voluntary organisation and considered a personal responsibility of everyone working in them, NCVO today urged.


    The 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.


    The #iwill Fund is an England wide joint investment that brings together £40 million in funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and The National Lottery Community Fund, creating a central investment pot.


    Think Tank Institute for Government have published a report on government outsourcing.

    The role of external suppliers in delivering services to the public and to government has been expanded significantly over the past 40 years. Their report assesses where outsourcing has worked and where it has not, and why, and makes recommendations on how to improve the way government contracts out services.


    In March 2019, Public Health England convened a workshop to explore the employer demand for an advanced level apprenticeship (level 3, see academic levels) for community-centred roles (such as social prescribers, link workers, community connectors, health trainers, and other similar roles).


    The mission of the Institute for Community Studies is to include the voices and improve and inform the efforts of all people working in and with their communities across the UK.


    The New Economics Foundation have published a report; Councils in Crisis: local government austerity 2009/10 - 2024/25.


    Comparing local authority funding across time is complicated as the composition of funding has changed, as well as the demographics and needs of the populations local authorities serve. Nevertheless, our indicative estimates find:


    The Making Tax Digital scheme will soon be mandatory for all organisations that process tax – Charity Digital News have found a list of resources where charities can go to find out all the details and comply.

    From October 1st this year, tax is going digital for all charities. The Government is enforcing major new rules about how organisations process and submit tax and payments, with a strong emphasis on digital processes and tools.


    This strategy sets out Public Health England's priorities for the next 5 years.

    The PHE Strategy 2020 to 2025 sets out how Public Health England will work to protect and improve the public’s health and reduce health inequalities over the next 5 years.

    Sexual harassment is any unwanted conduct of a sexual nature that makes you feel intimidated, degraded, humiliated or offended.

    The Equality Act 2010 says that employers are legally responsible if an employee is sexually harassed at work by another employee, and the employer had not taken all steps they could to prevent it from happening.

    Why is the consultation happening?


    The Social Audit Network (SAN) Gathering for 2019 will be held on Wednesday 16th October 2019.

    The Gathering will bring together a huge range of people with a shared interest in social impact, social accounting or social enterprise. It will take place at the aptly named Impact Hub Birmingham, 58 Oxford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B5 5NR. The venue is a short walk from Birmingham New Street and Moor Street Stations.


    A Million Realities want people across the world to live purposeful, fulfilling lives that are fully self-expressed.

    Many of the world’s problems are getting bigger, not smaller. It is becoming clear that in order for us to find long term solutions to these problems we need to put ego aside, think big and invest in the new generation of brilliant and ambitious leaders who care as much about creating change as they do about inspiring others to do the same.


    ACEVO releases joint statement on the prorogation of parliament

    Civil society organisations provide support, advice and services. However, another vital role for the social sector is to amplify the voices of the communities and causes we serve. People and issues that are too often ignored or unheard by those in positions of power. A thriving civil society is an indicator of a healthy democracy.


    The Co-op Economy is the nation’s only comprehensive report on the UK’s co‑operative sector.

    It reveals turnover, membership and employee figures for thousands of co‑op businesses across the UK. The 2019 report reveals:


    The CSJ Awards is an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroot, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across Britain. Six winners will receive a £10,000 grant and be profiled in front of hundreds of leading figures from across the country.

    The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) exists to prevent and tackle poverty across Britain.


    Charities are employing highly qualified staff but this may be at the cost of excluding people who face greater barriers to education and experience, new NCVO research suggests.

    Over half the voluntary sector workforce (51%) is educated to degree level, researchers found, while over 70% of voluntary organisations put ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ value on applicants having relevant work experience.


    ACEVO and Voice4Change England are carrying out research to understand what people connected to charities think about race equality, diversity and inclusivity in the charity sector.

    Please respond today and tell them about your experiences and opinions. Early responses are appreciated.

    About the survey


    Social prescribing – where a person is referred to a link worker who then works with them to identify and link them to activities to improve health and wellbeing- can connect communities and healthcare. It is a way to support people’s wellbeing and quality of life while reducing pressure on the NHS. It links patients to community based activities, rather than simply prescribing them medicine.

    Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is searching for a passionate, dynamic and experienced small charity leader to help transform and strengthen small charities and the future of the sector through a 12-month secondment role.

    • New tax rules and more Gift Aid awareness could bring charities 100s of millions/year
    • Universal donor database and encouraging Payroll Giving would boost funds further
    • No review of charity tax reliefs in 20 years despite digital revolution

    Tax reliefs offered to UK charities urgently need an overhaul, according to a new report from a group led by the former chairman of the Inland Revenue (later HMRC).


    This directory showcases types of support that are innovative in their approach to improving people’s health and wellbeing.

    They come in all shapes and sizes and share the following features:


    Sharing and Celebrating Patient and Public Involvement in Healthcare community grants – apply now!

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

    If so, we want you to tell us about it. In fact, we want to support you to tell everyone about it!


    Social Metrics Commission

    The Social Metrics Commission was founded in 2016 to develop a new approach to poverty measurement. In response to the fact that the UK no longer had an official measure of poverty for children, adults or pensioners, its ambition was to develop metrics that both better reflected the nature and experiences of poverty that different families in the UK have, and which could be used to build a consensus around poverty measurement and action in the UK.


    Government’s vision for building a stronger sense of belonging and shared prosperity within local communities.

    Communities Secretary Rt Hon. James Brokenshire today (20 July 2019) laid out the government’s vision for building a stronger sense of belonging and shared prosperity within local communities.


    Like, share, comment, repeat: How to build the online community that will amplify your cause.

    With 3.5 Billion people on social media, it’s easy for charities to feel like they’re making a small splash in a big pond. No matter the size, scope or mission of your charity, your online community is out there waiting to become advocates for your organisation. 


    The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £100 million Climate Action Fund that will enable people and communities to take the lead in tackling the climate emergency.

    The new fund, from the largest funder of community activity in the UK, will build a network of people and communities, well-placed to drive change within, between and beyond their community.

    Is your charity or social enterprise involved in bidding for public service contracts?

    Do you have experience of competition or collaboration between organisations?


    The Tech to Connect Challenge is looking to help civil society develop their early stage ideas for tech that enables more or better interactions between people.

    Tech can be alienating or divisive for those that are isolated, so we want to help civil society translate their knowledge into good ideas for new ways to connect people.


    Health and Care Innovation Expo is the biggest NHS-led event of the year.

    Held every September at Manchester Central, it attracts around 5,000 people from the NHS, social care, local government, the third sector and the commercial sector.

    Expo 2019, on 4-5 September, is focused on bringing the NHS Long Term Plan to life.


    The Catalyst sets out to revolutionise how we tackle social and environmental issues in the UK: reshaping organisations to be more responsive to the communities they serve; more resilient; and more collaborative in the creation and scaling of solutions.

    They are a coalition of major foundations, digital design agencies, civil society bodies and the UK government, seeking to massively accelerate the use of digital in the UK's voluntary and charity sector.


    Care Quality Commission research shows racial disparity in people raising concerns about their care.

    Research undertaken for the Care Quality Commission (CQC) as part of their year-long “Declare Your Care” campaign has revealed those from a black and minority ethnic (BME) background are less likely than those from a non-BME background to raise concerns about the standard of care they receive, particularly in relation to mental health.


    Following the publication of the NHS Long Term Plan, NHS England and NHS Improvement committed to publishing an implementation framework, setting out further detail on how it would be delivered.

    Local systems are working hard to develop their five-year strategic plans. These plans will clearly describe the population needs and case for change in each area, then propose practical actions that the system will take to deliver the commitments set out in the NHS Long Term Plan.


    The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding, training and development for charities doing excellent work to improve people's health and wellbeing.

    They are funded by GSK and managed in partnership with The King's Fund. The awards are open to registered charities that are at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £80,000 and £2.5 million.


    In September 2019, for the first time since 1982, the world’s best cyclists will come to Yorkshire for the UCI Road World Championships. This major international event will include a range of men’s and women’s races, across age groups and will include for the first-time, para-cycling. Yorkshire is aiming to deliver the most inclusive, innovative and inspiring Road World Championships in the history of the UCI.

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

    This year the Queen’s Award results were announced on the 2nd June - the anniversary of Her Majesty’s Coronation. Greater Manchester enjoyed another successful year with 35 organisations being awarded (full list here). Congratulations to all awardees.


    In March 2018, the Carnegie UK Trust brought together a Kindness Innovation Network of people and professionals from across Scotland who had an interest in encouraging kindness in their organisations and communities. At the same time, the Trust began working in partnership with North Ayrshire Council to embed kindness as a value throughout the local authority and region.


    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?


    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 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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:


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    The 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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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:

    • 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
    • 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

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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:


    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.


    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. 


    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.


    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.


     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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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  

    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:


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    Social Enterprise Day falls on 15 November this year.

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


    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.


    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.


    ‘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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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).


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.


    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.

    • 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:


    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?


    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.


    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

    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.


    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


      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.


      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.


      Live Long and Prosper - People, Communities and Economies

      1 - 2 November 2018, Liverpool


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


      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.


      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.


      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).


      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.



      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.


      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:


      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.


      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:


      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.


      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.


      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.


      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

      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.


      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.


      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, there is even an option to request certain products that would truly help the local community, completely free of charge.


      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:


      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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