This year’s Tech4Good Awards are open to charities, social enterprises, schools, individuals, and others based in the UK that are using technology for good. Award categories are: Accessibility Award BT Ingenious Award Community Impact Award Digital Health Award Digital Skills...
Plenty of media coverage on the statement from the government’s Communities Secretary Eric Pickles that charities would be stripped of grants if they campaigned against government. Civil Society News article, for instance. The official press release, with quotes and link to the full statement to Parliament, is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/eric-pickles-cracks-down-wasteful-spending-of-government-lobbying-government
A new report from charity chief executives body ACEVO argues that ‘alliance contracting’ between the NHS and the third sector can integrate health and social care, and overcome “bureaucracy that harms people”.
The Wales Volunteer of the Year Awards, run by sector body WCVA, are now open for nominations. There are six categories:
- adult (age 25 and over)
- young volunteer (under 25 years)
New Philanthropy Capital ran its ‘State of the sector 2015: Where next for the data revolution?‘ session this week. In the run up, an NPC research manager reported on other recent ‘Data 4 Good’ events, covering big data as well as sharing and using open data http://www.thinknpc.org/blog/data-4-good/.
The Welsh Government has added a section to its website providing guidance to help community groups who wish to take on the management of local facilities. Material includes a Community Asset Transfer checklist (see Practical Support) and currently a single case study – perhaps more will join it soon.
The Welsh Government has switched its main website over to the .wales and .cymru domains. www.wales.gov.uk becomes www.gov.wales, and www.cymru.gov.uk is www.llyw.cymru.
Changes to other Welsh Government sites will follow, and the domains are also being developed so that local authorities can adopt the format “councilname”.gov.wales and “councilname”.llyw.cymru.
With the release of the new 2015 Annual Return form by the Charity Commission, registered charities (in England and Wales) must answer three new questions when they complete the return online:
The Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) has produced new draft guidance about how it interprets and applies the charity test.
The guidance explains what OSCR takes into consideration when deciding if an organisation can become, or continue to be, a charity in Scotland. These are also the things that charity trustees should be thinking about to make sure their charity continues to comply with this part of Scottish Charity law.
Core services undertaken by the Mentoring and Befriending Foundation are to be transferred to NCVO, with a target date of 31st March.
MBF helps organisations to increase the effectiveness and quality of their mentoring and befriending services. The three staff working on the delivery of this will join NCVO’s volunteering and development department, but will continue to operate from Manchester, based in the offices of GMCVO.