Moving on the VoluntaryNews facilities

It is nine months after the VolResource newsletter ended and publishing our own news items ceased on this site, although direct news and events contributions have continued. Time to move on with VoluntaryNews facilities.

The direct news submission form will be switched off (done), along with the events form (done), during September. Existing registered users will still be able to add events until later in the year – the events listing section should be removed by the end of December (done). » Continue reading news item ... “Moving on the VoluntaryNews facilities”

Final VolResource newsletter

The final edition of the VolResource newsletter has been sent out.


A special mailing for all subscribers has also gone out (12th January 2017), giving details of possible replacement publications you might like to sign up for, and other alternative sources. Community Matters Yorkshire has started a Voluntary Updates newsletter, twice a month, to fill the gap. The first issue can be seen here. » Continue reading news item ... “Final VolResource newsletter”

NI law society provides translated leaflets

The Law Society of Northern Ireland has published various translated information leaflets on legal matters.

They have been translated by students into 9 languages including Chinese and Arabic, covering topics such as property, claiming asylum, making a will. They are available for download from both the Society’s publications section and a news item on Community NI website. Hard copies are available on request from the Society or solicitor firms throughout Northern Ireland.

Local charities suffer from poor commissioning

A new report from Lloyds Bank Foundation, ‘Commissioning in Crisis’, highlights

“some of the ludicrous processes used (in public sector commissioning) to bridge the gap left by too little money. These approaches penalise small charities in particular, excluding them from bidding for, let alone winning, contracts, leaving many deprived of funding and on the brink of shutting up shop.”

Civil Society News coverage leads with: Current commissioning processes are a “major threat to the survival of smaller charities” and are failing at every level. » Continue reading news item ... “Local charities suffer from poor commissioning”

WCVA has a new strategic framework

The sector body Wales Council for Voluntary Action has recently gone through a period of change, seeing a new Board, Chief Executive and Strategic Management Team in place. With the added uncertainty within the wider Welsh and international contexts, a Strategic Review was undertaken to refresh ways of working and goals.

See WCVA’s news item on the launch of its new Framework, setting out its vision, mission and values, or direct to Strategic Framework page (the attached document is a single page pdf, 137KB).