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”
The Charity Commission (England and Wales) has opened a customer survey about the use of its digital services. It asks questions about preferred times, communication methods, etc.
Official news item with link to the survey, which closes 5pm, 18th January.
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.
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”
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).
Sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital has brought together key findings from an 18-month programme of research into the role of faith-based charities.
The report outlines what makes faith-based charities unique, the contribution they make to the wider charity sector, and the challenges and opportunities they face. It draws on desk research, a survey of faith-based charities, and in-depth qualitative interviews with charities, funders and key stakeholders. » Continue reading news item ... “Key findings on the role of faith-based charities”