VoluntaryNews

A ‘web portal’ for older people in N Ireland

POP NI is a new ‘Community Guide for Seniors Online in Northern Ireland’, at http://www.popni.net/.

The website gathers information and news that could be of direct relevance to older people in the north of Ireland, their families and those who work with them. Main menu sections include Your rights, Money matters, and Get help. Organisations and individuals can also upload information such as group meetings and events.

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Engaging youth, relationships for health, causes of destitution

New research reports of particular interest to some segments of the voluntary sector: young people and social action programmes, Destitution in the UK, importance of relationships for health and wellbeing.

London Youth has published ‘Getting beyond the usual suspects: Social action for all young people‘. The product of discussions with a wide range of charities and other organisations working with young people, it offers some clear pointers for those wanting to engage young people who face barriers in taking advantage of social action projects and opportunities.

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Funding news round-up

Apply for funds for community causes, the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund, lottery applications process to be improved, creating alternative finance sources.

Just launched (24th March) is the Aviva Community Fund. This is inviting submissions of a project from community organisations –  “tell us what difference these much-needed funds could make … and Secure enough votes from friends, family and supporters in your community” to be in with a chance. The four funding levels available range from £1,000 to up to £25,000. Submit by 24th April, with the public vote taking place during May.

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Neighbourhood services campaign and other election updates

A further round-up of activity and material around the general election in May.

Locality, the body for community-led organisations, has launched its campaign for public services to be commissioned and delivered at a neighbourhood level, instead of being supplied by large national companies. They say that research proves that local organisations offer substantially better outcomes and value, because they know their communities and have a flexible approach, which is vastly more effective than standardised, one-size-fits-all services.

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