Lords committee on charities helps research on their role

A voluntary sector researcher has read through a large pile of written submissions to the House of Lords Select Committee on Charities so you don’t have to! Specifically the 86 submissions which answered the question “What is the role and purpose of charities in civic society in England and Wales?”.

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Local help to support smaller charities demonstrate impact

New research commissioned by local voluntary sector body NAVCA highlights difficulties smaller charities have when using data to demonstrate their value. The research from Think:Learn:Do also looked at how local sector support organisations (infrastructure) can provide support for this.

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Growth in community-run businesses

An assessment of the community business sector in England found that it grew faster than charities and small businesses last year.

Research institute Power to Change commissioned Social Finance this summer to follow up on earlier reports ‘What if we ran it ourselves?’ and ‘The State of the Community Business Market’.

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A December date to celebrate local charities

The first Local Charities Day, already trailed by minister for civil society Rob Wilson, is now set to take place on 16th December.

The minister announced the date at an event run by Civil Society News – see their coverage (the speech is on the government’s website, titled ‘Local charity day: Rob Wilson speech‘).

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Labour shadow voluntary sector minister appointed

The gap in the Labour Party’s shadow cabinet covering the civil society brief has new been filled, by Steve Reed, Labour and Co-operative MP for Croydon North.

Civil Society News on the announcement, or see their interview titled ‘The government has attempted to undermine the sector’. A sample extract:

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