Building a stronger sector data resource

Funding from the Economic and Social Research Council will enable NCVO and the Third Sector Research Centre to collect data from a sample of 10,000 charities in England and Wales. Building on research already carried out for the annual UK Civil Society Almanac, they will then create a data resource that will improve the evidence base for the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to its finances and resources over the past decade.

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Improving the social investment market

The final report of the Alternative Commission on Social Investment has fifty recommendations for improving the social investment market. Civil Society News leads with “Social investment in the UK requires less hype, more transparency from lenders and more focus on the needs of charities and social enterprises if it is going to succeed”. See more of their coverage.

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Sector struggle reflected in two survey results

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 per cent experiencing an increase in demand for services in the last 12 months, and the same number expecting an increase in the next year.

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Enabling local response to international crises

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.

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A ‘web portal’ for older people in N Ireland

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.

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Engaging youth, relationships for health, causes of destitution

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.

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