Early Intervention Fund for east London

CAN Invest, the Social Investment Financial Intermediary (SIFI) arm of CAN, is today launching a new social investment (loan) fund aimed at accelerating positive early intervention impact on communities and individuals in the boroughs of East London.

In partnership with UBS, the ‘Early Intervention’ Fund will provide loans and business support to voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations planning to deliver innovative, demonstrably effective products and services in the ‘early intervention’ space for the benefit of children and young people. » Continue reading news item ... “Early Intervention Fund for east London”

A small change in volunteering rates

The newly released government’s Community Life Survey 2013 to 2014 has shown a small decline in volunteering rates. NCVO has an article on ‘Why we shouldn’t get too worried about declining rates of volunteering’ http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/07/22/why-we-shouldnt-get-too-worried-about-declining-rates-of-volunteering/, taking a closer look at the data.

The full survey results can be found at https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/community-life-survey-2013-to-2014-data.

Sector essay collections for party conferences

ACEVO, the charity leaders network, and Charities Aid Foundation have announced a joint project to put charities and social enterprises at the top of the political agenda in the run up to the 2015 election. This will see the production of collections of essays by leading thinkers and politicians from the three major parties, to be published at the respective party conferences in the autumn. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector essay collections for party conferences”

Sector role in future welfare to work schemes

NCVO has published ‘Stepping Stones: The role of the voluntary sector in future welfare to work schemes’, which calls for a major overhaul of how welfare to work schemes are designed and paid for. The government is urged to work more closely with charities and service users when designing contracts.

NCVO press release http://www.ncvo.org.uk/about-us/media-centre/press-releases/703-ncvo-next-work-programme-must-involve-charities-in-design-to-succeed, or see their article giving an overview of Stepping Stones http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/07/29/stepping-stones-the-voluntary-sectors-role-in-future-welfare-to-work-schemes/ » Continue reading news item ... “Sector role in future welfare to work schemes”

Understanding collaborative risk

CollaborationNI has developed guidance to help voluntary and community organisations understand what is meant by the term “due diligence”. It has been devised to assist organisations considering merger or joint tendering to understand what is involved in the process of appropriate risk assessment when considering working collaboratively.

A large pdf, but only 7 pages of text, via http://www.nicva.org/resource/due-diligence.