Two separate ‘state of the sector’ reports were published this week. The 2015 version of an annual set of surveys, ‘Managing in the New Normal’ was run by Charity Finance Group, Institute of Fundraising and PwC. Over 400 charities responded, with seventy...
A Humanitarian Leadership Academy has been launched which will train frontline aid workers and volunteers across 50 countries, enabling local response in the critical life-saving 72 hours of any crisis. The first of its kind, the Academy is a global collaboration between the private sector, governments, academia and NGOs.
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.
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.
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.
The Call for Papers for the 2015 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference has been issued. This year’s conference is in Leeds, 8th/9th September. A background article encouraging first time submissions is at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2015/03/23/research-conference-2015-why-we-want-to-hear-from-you/.
The Health and Safety Executive has updated its web section on ‘Health and safety for disabled people’. These pages help those employing disabled people to understand their health and safety responsibilities, http://www.hse.gov.uk/disability/index.htm.
After taking part in a DataKind UK event, an NCVO research assistant gives some insights into how charities can use data to strengthen their campaigns and services. ‘How you can (and why you should) meet some data scientists’ at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2015/03/20/how-you-can-and-why-you-should-meet-some-data-scientists/
Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA is running a ‘Cuts Watch 2015′ survey. They would like organisations to share information on the impact and extent of funding cuts, both those that have been confirmed and those that are at risk.
A tweet from NCVO’s Karl Wilding suggests this “good evidence-based blog” and asks whether (highly competent) charity boards make poor decisions so as not to hurt trustee feelings. ‘When nice is wrong’ from LF Leadership, http://www.lfleadership.com/2015/03/11/when-nice-is-wrong/.
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.