Government reshuffle sees move for ‘Civil Society’

After some delay, it has been confirmed that the government reshuffle saw both the Office for Civil Society and the Minister for Civil Society (Rob Wilson) moved from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.

The reaction of sector leaders was not generally positive: Charity leaders question decision to move charities brief to DCMS. NCVO’s news release was a little more circumspect, saying that it was a good thing to “continue to have an experienced minister, familiar with both the challenges in the sector and the potential that voluntary organisations have to help create a stronger society”. However it continued

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Sector networks, animated facts, social media

Some research items on voluntary sector networks, social media use and animated sector stats.

Learning from regional network G:Up

New from Third Sector Research Centre is ‘The Story of G:Up; a regional third sector network’. The working paper provides a critical reflection on the story of G:Up, a regional infrastructure network which aimed to support voluntary organisations working with children and young people in the West Midlands, which was funded from 2003 to 2012.

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App to include youngsters with special needs

A Disability App for Leaders, already available for Apple’s iOS and now for Android devices too, has been produced by the Boys’ Brigade in Northern Ireland.

The app provides quick, basic information for youth leaders on 25 different disabilities that affect children and young people. Its not just for BB leaders, and is for anyone working with young people, giving accessible information and guidance to include boys who may display a disability or a particular special need.

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Youth services in The Mix

The youth organisation formed by the merger of charities YouthNet and Get Connected has launched its new brand, The Mix.

The Mix will offer a range of support services for under-25s, with a focus on mental wellbeing and creating opportunities through volunteering. The branding will be fully rolled out by the summer, with an aim to reach over 2 million young people by 2018, a quarter of the UK’s population of 16-25 year olds.

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