Three new reports on partnership working between faith and local government.

09/05/13 – Faith With its Sleeves Rolled Up Launches

Faith With its Sleeves Rolled Up

Speaking at a packed parliamentary gathering yesterday (9th May) the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP launched  a new collection of essays  – Faith With Its Sleeves Rolled Up – intended to record the most innovative faith based analyses of social action today which emerges from our work with the All Party Parliamentary Group on Faith in Society

It takes the form of a collection of essays, with fifteen contributors in total; each of which examines the practical role faith can play in the positive shaping of UK society. Perspectives are diverse; comprising academic, political and even artistic angles on the value of active faith. We also hear from members of faith-based organisations themselves, each of whom are working tirelessly to make a difference in our shifting social and economic landscape.

The publication of this book will help publicise our message – shared by the APPG – that people of faith are making significant, though underappreciated, contributions to UK society. We hope it will give active faith the increased publicity it deserves.

View the full press release here.

Faith With its Sleeves Rolled Up will be available to buy online from Monday!




New system to protect people in care should providers fail

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb has announced new measures, overseen by the Care Quality Commission, to protect people in care should a large care provider fail. The scheme is designed to provide oversight and co-ordination on a national level for around 60 of the largest care providers, and provide early warning if a provider faces difficulty. The measures will grant the CQC a range of powers, including the ability to obtain financial and performance information, as well as a ‘sustainability plan’ to manage risk of failure. The CQC can also commission independent reviews of companies in financial trouble, and help co-ordinate with local authorities should a provider fail. Financial trouble is stated to be a predictor of poor quality care, and will enable the CQC to better identify quality failure.

More information on the plans are available at GOV.UK.

New charity alliance to fight youth homelessness

A number of leading charities and businesses are to form an alliance with the goal of ending homelessness for young people. The End Youth Homelessness Alliance, launched at the House of Commons on Wednesday, plans to be an influential force in the field, combatting the causes of youth homelessness through campaigning for changes in government policy and providing education, training and support to those affected. Involved in the alliance are Centrepoint, Depaul UK, St Basils, Homeless Link, Relate, Family Lives and the Prince’s Trust. They are joined by business charity Business in the Community alongside HSBC, Taylor Wimpey, National Grid, and the Royal College of Practitioners.

The Chair of the Alliance, Robert Gray of HSBC, said that it was “the first time ever that the voluntary sector and private businesses have joined forces to tackle youth homelessness.”

More information on the Alliance is available via Inside Housing and Civil Society.


Performance pressures restricting schools from working with charities

A survey carried out for the Charity Aid Foundation, as part of the Growing Giving inquiry into the generational gap in giving, shows that, while the majority of teachers see charities as playing an important role in motivating students and developing their social skills, many feel that the pressure of performing well on the league tables, coupled with crowded timetables and a focus on exams have led to educating students about charities and social values taking a low priority.

John Low, CEO of CAF said, “It’s heartening to see the enthusiasm teachers have for working with charities, but it is important to recognise the benefits both socially and academically that our young people gain from working with and learning about charities.”

A summary of findings and the full report can be found at CAF.




Volunteers’ Week

1st – 7th June

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. This year’s Volunteers’ Week focuses on saying ‘Thank You’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, and to recognise the way that organisations celebrate the work of volunteers across the UK.

For more information and to get involved, visit Volunteer’s Week.


Public Health 2013
Working together to improve outcomes

2nd October; The Barbican, London

‘At the sixth event in our Public Health series we will be exploring leading initiatives and best practice case studies that will help delegates develop their plans to improve the health of local communities. The agenda will explore how best to tackle the real issues that blight local areas and encourage people to live longer, healthier and more fulfilling lives.’

For more information and to book, please visit Public Service Events.


Changing the Culture of Care
Raising Standards Of Compassion, Dignity and Safety

4th July; The Clarendon Suites, Birmingham

‘At Changing the Culture of Care: raising standards of compassion, dignity and safety we will be exploring the key recommendations of the Francis Report, what impact they will have on health services and how they can be practically implemented by management and frontline staff. The agenda will focus on how to deliver safe, effective and dignified care and ensure services are joined-up around the needs of the patient.’

For more information and to book, please visit Public Service Events.




Criminal justice charity Clinks will be working with New Philanthropy Capital to help support criminal justice organisations with capacity-building and research and evaluation. As such, they are seeking views from VSC organisations involved with criminal justice regarding the scope of support needed.




Ahead of the launch of their book How to Run a Charity, the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) has released a video briefing on the subject, featuring tips of a number of experts. They also have a Checklist of the Week, extracted from the book, covering the formation of a Charitable Incorporated Organisation.


At the end of last month, the government launched its ‘Choosing care’ comparison website, allowing visitors to view details of over 8000 care providers and find the one best suited to their needs.