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Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has called on people to overcome a “fatal reluctance” to talk about organ donation with relatives, as he launches a major public consultation on plans to introduce a new opt-out system. Figures from NHS Blood and Transplant show that in the past year around 1,100 families in the UK decided not to allow organ donation because they were unsure, or did not know whether their relatives would have wanted to donate an organ or not. Every day three patients die needing a new organ. In October, the Prime Minister announced that the Government will change to an ‘opt-out’ system, shifting the balance of presumption in favour of organ donation, in a bid to save the lives of the 6,500 people currently waiting for a transplant. Currently, 80 percent of people say they would be willing to donate their organs but only 36 percent register to become an organ donor. It is hoped that changing the system to an opt-out model of consent will mean more viable organs become available for use on the NHS, potentially saving thousands of lives. With the launch of the consultation today, Mr Hunt is starting an open conversation about opt-out organ…
The BBC Children in Need Main Grants programme will consider applications requesting grants of over £10,000 to support projects for up to three years. Registered charities and not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply if they are supporting children and young people of 18 years and under who are experiencing disadvantage through: illness, distress, abuse or neglect; any kind of disability; behavioural or psychological difficulties or who are living in poverty or situations of deprivation. There are three deadlines for initial applications in 2018: 16th January, 17th May and 13th September. Find out more at www.bbc.co.uk
A new report, Voluntary Sector Action on the Social Determinants of Health, is designed to help charities that do not have a health focus understand the evidence about how their social action improves people’s health. The report, produced by the Institute for Health Equity, developed in collaboration with New Philanthropy Capital and commissioned by the Health Foundation, provides a wide range of evidence demonstrating the impact of social determinants on health. It identifies clear levers that can be utilised by the voluntary sector to highlight the need for action, to approach potential new partners, and to work collaboratively across sectors. One of the report’s key messages is: Strong friendship networks and participation in community, political, religious and social groups have a positive impact on physical and mental health. It adds, Research has found that a sense of community can boost immune systems, lower blood pressure and guard against cognitive decline, while joining a community group can reduce the risk of dying. Find out more at www.instituteofhealthequality.org
Google.org and ISD have partnered to award grants of between £2,000 and £200,000. The fund will support innovative projects on and offline that seek to disrupt, undermine, counter or provide positive alternatives to hate and extremism. New partnerships and initiatives from organisations that may have never worked on projects in this space are encouraged to apply. ISD will provide training and skills support to awardees where necessary, as well as a robust evaluation framework to measure impact. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.isdglobal.org Deadline for applications: 5 January 2018
Epping Forest District Council are awarding grants of up to £5,000 to organisations involved in providing community work, cultural or sport activities. Organisations eligible for financial assistance include: Local voluntary and community groups Sports clubs Arts and culture groups Trusts Friendly societies Social enterprises Community interest groups For further information, please visit www.eppingforestdc.gov.uk