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New study of sector mergers

A new study of mergers in the sector has been published, focusing on 90 such processes taking place between January 2013 and April 2014, in England and Wales. Carried out by Eastside Primetimers, they found that some 4 per cent of people working in the charity sector had been involved. The biggest was the merger between St Mungo’s and Broadway, and the most complex the merger of ten organisations to create Community Action Suffolk.

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Mobile donation platform for culture scraps fee

DONATE was launched in 2013 by the National Funding Scheme to make it easy to make donations to cultural causes using a mobile phone. Currently adopted by some two hundred arts and heritage organisations across the UK, it is claimed to be only UK digital giving tool to combine SMS text giving, web app, QR and Near-Field Communication technology in a single platform.

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Building a new relationship between public and voluntary sectors

Children England, the body for organisations working with children, young people and families, along with the TUC, has produced a a document that aims

to reunite public sector services, charities and voluntary groups in our shared vision and commitment to children, young people and families.

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Backing for sector living wage in Scotland

The Scottish Government has produced a major report on workplace relations and productivity which includes the recommendation that workers in the third sector workers should receive a living wage.

Third Force News has coverage at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/management/news/government-welcomes-living-wage-for-charity-workers, or see recommendation 21, amongst others, in the ‘Working Together Review’ summary page http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/08/4647

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Attracting older volunteers in an ageing society

The Commission on Voluntary Sector and Ageing has issued a new discussion paper on the future of volunteering in an ageing society. The Guardian has an article from the chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, at http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/aug/15/can-charities-keep-attracting-ageing-population, which starts:

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Welfare reform hits voluntary services in Scotland

A three month research project from the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (Iriss) and the Coalition of Care and Support Providers, Scotland concluded there are pressures beginning to affect the work of care and support services in Scotland. Social care staff in Scotland are facing a bigger workload and higher levels of anxiety.

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Experiences of providing support for family carers

A Voluntary Sector Review journal article, written by two King’s College London researchers, has been made open access.

‘Fragmentation and competition: voluntary organisations experiences of support for family carers’ draws on a large study looking at social care practice with carers, to illustrate how changes in social care commissioning and cuts in funding have created difficulties for organisations providing practical help and support to family carers. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tpp/vsr/2014/00000005/00000002/art00007

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