Closures and changes in sector support

March is the end of the financial year for many charities, grants and contracts, and this is reflected in changes to organisations.

NCVO’s volunteering integration

England’s sector umbrella body NCVO has undertaken a restructure after the “end of multiple time-limited projects“. It is reducing the number of departments from four to three with effect from the new financial year, namely:

  • Public policy and volunteering
  • Enterprise and development
  • Planning and resources

While the government contract to run Funding Central, the website that lists grants, contracts and loans available to the sector, has come to an end, the site will continue and NCVO will look for new ways of funding it.

“The structure reflects a complete integration of volunteering policy and support into NCVO, following the merger with Volunteering England three years ago. This will allow NCVO to put its full weight behind volunteering policy and support, building further on its investment over the last three years.”

Justin Davis Smith, the director of volunteering and development, is moving to a new post at City University Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness as a senior research fellow. NCVO is part-funding the new position, which includes advising them on volunteering matters. See Cass CCE press release on VoluntaryNews.

Also see more in Civil Society News.

Community Matters closes

Community Matters is to be wound up after more than 70 years of support to the community sector.

“You may wonder why we have not entered into a merger. We have explored this twice in recent years, but the reality is that saddled as we are with a pension deficit in excess of £330,000 it is of no surprise that no organisation has been willing to take on that liability.

“In the last weeks the Chief Executive has been working on a legacy plan to find new host organisations for our key services. Good progress has been made and we hope to make an announcement by the end of this month.”

Community Matters news item.

VoluntaryNews readership

We have noticed a number of newsletter subscriptions being cancelled recently as projects and organisations close. Doesn’t seem any more than other years at present, but early days.