Extending Scottish sign language service to third sector

A project which allows deaf people across Scotland to contact public sector services is being extended into the third sector (“community groups, voluntary organisations, charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and individual volunteers”).

Launched a year ago and funded by the Scottish Government, contactSCOTLAND uses online video relay interpreting to enable Deaf BSL users to have increased access to public services in Scotland.

See official news release for more background, or the BSL executive summary. » Continue reading news item ... “Extending Scottish sign language service to third sector”

Opening up public data, NI and EU

Northern Ireland’s official open data portal launched recently, developed as the public platform under the government’s Open Data Strategy. OpenDataNI is the place to access a wide range of data from public sector organisations.

There are nine topic areas, such as Health, Education, Finance, Environment and agriculture. See NICVA’s article for more background – this also mentions the voluntary sector’s own Detail Data portal, which will link through to the new facility to avoid duplication. » Continue reading news item ... “Opening up public data, NI and EU”

NI political policies and responsibilities for 2016

Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA shares some quick tips from the ‘Manifesto Engagement Meetings’ it has held so far, on how groups can get their messages across to political parties and into manifestos for 2016 Assembly Elections. See ‘Getting your policies in party manifestos‘.

NICVA also has an article with news on how current government department responsibilities are being shared out in the rearrangement planned for after the elections. » Continue reading news item ... “NI political policies and responsibilities for 2016”

Spending Review and the charity sector

Announcements from the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement and Spending Review of particular interest to those in voluntary organisations.

Also see our CharityBlog Storify.

Big Lottery

No raid of the funds allocated from the National Lottery to the Big Lottery Fund, which hands out a large number of small grants to local charities. See NCVO’s ‘Lottery cash threat’ news release from Saturday (21st November).

Gift Aid review

A Call for Evidence on the operation of the Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme is to be launched in December 2015  – “a big ask met” according to a CFG tweet. » Continue reading news item ... “Spending Review and the charity sector”

Audience building in the arts

A new book about innovative audience-building strategies for arts organisations is a transatlantic production, commissioned by Paul Hamlyn Foundation and the Cleveland Foundation.

It seeks to be a source of ideas and practical principles, not of rules, in developing new audiences. Case studies are of organisations funded by the 2 foundations – in the UK at least these are well-established bodies such as Royal Shakespeare Company and Baltic Centre For Contemporary Art. » Continue reading news item ... “Audience building in the arts”

Charity reaction to Scottish government programme to 2016

Scotland’s First Minister has outlined the policies, actions and legislation proposed for the period up to next year’s Holyrood election. Link to Programme for Government, or see Nicola Sturgeon’s speech (1st September).

Third Force News reports Scottish charities have welcomed plans to improve education standards for children, give greater security to privately renting tenants, end employment tribunal fees and make funerals cheaper for families on low incomes.