14/03/13 – The Giving Generation

As usual, we have a selection of news, events, and resources for you. Of note is a report from a Lords Select Committee that finds the care system 'underprepared' for the growing elderly population, as well as the new Parliamentary Inquiry run by the Charitable Aid Foundation that will examine differences between generations when it comes to charitable giving.

We're also nearing the date of the last FaithAction and National Children's Bureau workshop on commissioning health and social care.


Each week, we showcase the work of one of our members at the end of our newsletters. If you’re interested in having your organisation featured in one of our upcoming newsletters, please send your details to [email protected].




Charities Aid Foundation Launches Inquiry into Charitable Giving

The Charities Aid Foundation has launched a year-long Parliamentary Inquiry by the name of Growing Giving, chaired by former Labour Home Secretary David Blunkett. The Inquiry will examine charitable giving in three areas of society: the young, the working, and the retired; and the differences between them. Alongside the Inquiry, the CAF released the results of survey on giving amongst young people, showing that junior school children give an average of £2 a month to charity. More information is available at the CAF and the Inquiry site.


Benefit Cap National Roll-out Dated

The Department of Work and Pensions has outlined the dates for the rollout of the new cap on benefits, introduced with the Welfare Reform Bill last year. Four London local authorities – Bromley, Croydon, Enfield and Haringey – will be the first to introduce the cap in April, with a phased roll-out across the rest of the country between July and September. Under the cap, couples and single parents may receive no more than £500 a week in benefits, while single adults are limited to £350. More information regarding the benefits cap is available at the DWP.


Lords Committee Warns of Elderly Support Crisis

A report published by the Select Committee on Public Services and Demographic Change warns that both Government and society are ‘woefully underprepared’ for a rapidly ageing population, and what is a ‘great boon’ could become ‘a series of miserable crises’. Issues highlighted by the report include ‘cliff-edge’ retirement practices, an uncertainty regarding state pensions, and a health and care service unable to meet the needs of an ageing population. More information on the report is available via BBC News.


Big Lottery Fund Launches £300k Fund to Showcase Innovation

From May, BIG (The Big Lottery Fund) will be offering a £299,975 Kick-starter fund to social business and organisations involved in social investment products to help them produce a report that showcases the impact of their work to potential social investors. Approved organisations will be featured on the upcoming Social Stock Exchange, an online platform to help investors find social investment opportunities. More information on the fund is available at BIG.




A Wider Look at Commissioning: Commissioning for Equality

FaithAction and the National Children’s Bureau are working together to host a series of workshops designed for the voluntary sector and commissioners of services. These sessions aim to provide valuable local networking, information, tools, and topics for better local commissioning.

Upcoming workshops include:
South West – Bristol – 21st March


The State of Caring 2013

Wednesday 1st May; Bloomsbury, London

Carers UK are holding a conference to bring together people from all aspects of the care sector to provide insight and discover solutions to the growing care crisis, including topics such as the effect of people leaving work to care for others, the welfare state, and the inability of the health system to provide the required level of care. More information and booking details are available are Carers UK.




In the wake of the abandoned merger of NAVCA and Community Matters last week, Third Sector has published an analysis of the dangers that pension deficits can pose to charities.


With the NHS Commissioning Board taking the reins of the health service from next month, the Guardian has published a rundown of the key figures involved.


The NHS has launched the first public version of its Health Apps Library, a collection of NHS-reviewed online and mobile apps to help people manage their health. More info


NAVCA have published a report on the work done to transform voluntary sector infrastructure services with Transforming Local Infrastructure grants. More info



Featured Member

Our Featured Member this week is Parish Nursing

Parish Nursing Ministries UK is a Christian charity that helps local churches in the appointment of parish nurses, whose role is to support people and the community towards whole-person healthcare; that is, care for a person’s overall well-being, including body, mind and spirit. Parish Nurses do not undertake “hands-on” nursing but complement the provision of nursing services by the NHS and other nursing providers. Each Nurse is registered with the NMC, and is trained to work with their church, local community, and healthcare providers to best support the needs of the people in their area.

For more information on Parish Nursing, please visit www.parishnursing.org.uk