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15/08/13 – Have Your Say With the FaithAction Team

Director’s Lunch

Want to let FaithAction know about your needs and what you’re up to?  Want to speak to Daniel Singleton, the National Executive Director of FaithAction?  Well, here’s your chance!

FaithAction is launching ‘Director’s Lunch’, the opportunity for you to speak directly to Daniel Singleton, while he has his lunch!  All you need to do is send a short e-mail, letting us know your needs, what you’re up to and anything else to [email protected]!  These will then get passed to Daniel to read and respond to during his lunch break.

If you have any queries on this, please get in touch with the FaithAction team!

 

Coming soon….

Meet the FaithAction team and have your voice heard… FaithAction will start to do some sounding board meetings in the coming months across the country and we would like to meet you!

Come and meet the FaithAction national team, ask questions and get answers, and let us know what you’re particularly struggling with and coming across!

The dates of these will be released soon, and places will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.  However, get ahead of the queue by e-mailing [email protected] to register your interest.  Events will be held in Birmingham, Manchester and London.

 

Volunteer Policy Intern

FaithAction is looking for a volunteer Policy Intern to join the team part time for 2 – 6 months. The placement would be ideal for someone looking for work experience in public policy and the faith/voluntary sector.  A full job description can be found here.

 

 

News

NHS England to launch £50m fund for innovation

NHS England has revealed details of a £50 million Specialised Services Commissioning Innovation Fund (SSCIF), which will help the identification, testing and adoption of news innovations in prescribed specialised services – those that cover rarer conditions – that NHS England commissions.

The fund will open for applications on 2 September; however, the first stage self-assessment form has been made available already, to help potential applicants judge their suitability.

More information on the SSCIF is available at NHS England.

 

Welfare reform will lose households £1615 a year

Inside Housing reports of research carried out by the Centre for Economic and Social Inclusion that highlights the total impact of the welfare reforms, including benefits caps and the ‘bedroom tax’, which means that households on benefits could stand to be worse off by up to £1,615 in 2015-16. The report also draws attention to the fact that 60% of the households that are affected have at least one person in work, and that 80% are likely to require some form of assistance if they are to cope with the reductions.

 

 

Get Involved

Personal Finance Education and Enterprise

MyBnk are offering free financial education and enterprise workshops for schools and youth groups around London and in Cumbria. Request a session on their website.

 

Develop your mentoring skills

Leaders Together, a London-based mentoring project which matches leaders from small charities and community groups with senior professional volunteers to offer one-to-one support, are offering free mentoring training which involves a minimum of 24 hours of meetings over a period of six months. Email Claire at [email protected] for more information, or call 020 3111 0726.

 

Sponsored mentoring and visits through BIG Assist
BIG Assist's peer-to-peer programme is offering to cover the costs of learning from other infrastructure organisations face-to-face. Through their online platform ConnectSpace you can offer to host a visit, choose to attend a visit or offer yourself/find a mentor.

 

 

Resources

The Guardian looks at the use of zero-hour contracts in the voluntary sector.

 

National Philanthropy Capital have published a guide for potential social investors to help them decide whether it’s the right choice.

 

The Third Sector Research Centre have published a briefing paper on their forthcoming research on the influence Black and Minority Ethnic groups have on policy and practice.

 

Another piece from TSRC, looking at what factors help predict volunteering among youths.

 

The Cass Business School’s Centre for Charity Effectiveness have published a ‘Thought Piece’ which examines how to build and maintain trust when part of a collaborative project.