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#FaithinPartnership

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

26/09/13 – Serving the Community

News

Charity Shops on the High Street Growing

Civil Society Media reports of research released by PricewaterhouseCoopers and the Local Data Company that examines the net change for different types of businesses on the high street in 500 town centres for the first half of 2013. Figures show that there was an overall reduction in the number of shops, with 3,366 opening against 3,157 closing.

Many of the losses were in outlets, with photographic and women’s clothing shops suffering the greatest falls. However, not all types of business faced a decline in numbers; charity shops recorded the highest net change, with nearly 100 extra shops over the six months period. Also recorded as being on the rise are cheque cashiers and betting shops.

 

Lottery grants do not hinder charity funding

Third Sector reports of research carried out by the Centre for Market and Public Organisation that says that receiving a lottery grant would likely lead to further income for charities, and not ‘crowd out’ additional funding as is sometimes thought.

The research analysed 5,000 grant applications made to the Community Fund's Grants for Large Projects programme – one of the precursors to the Big Lottery Fund – and found that, four years after being awarded a grant, a charity had an average of around 20% more income. The largest impact was made in the first two years, likely due to that being the period of most grants, but the award still conferring some benefit for up to two years after.

 

 

Get Involved

Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event – Mental Health and Wellbeing

10am – 4:15pm, Thursday 31st October
Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, Stamford St., London

The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners invite voluntary sector colleagues to join a free learning event for the Sector on Mental Health and Wellbeing.

The event will cover the stigma and myth of mental health, its role as an important component of wellbeing, and the importance of development and growth in innovation to meet rising needs.

For more information and to book, please visit the event page.

 

Joint Voluntary Sector Learning Event – Reducing Avoidable Mortality

10am – 1pm, Tuesday 17th October
Emmanuel Centre, Marsham St,. London

The Department of Health, Public Health England, NHS England and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partners invite voluntary sector colleagues to join a free joint learning event for the Sector on reducing avoidable mortality.

This event will explore the contribution of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisation in addressing avoidable mortality and its associated health inequalities.

For more information and to book, please visit the event page.

 

Work Capability Assessments – Conservative Party Conference Fringe Meetings

Tuesday 1st October
London Scottish House, Mount St., Manchester

The WCA Action Group are holding two fringe meetings during the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester in October.

12.40 – 2.00pm: Work Capability Assessments: Are They Working? 
  2.10 – 3.30pm: WCA Impact: Real Stories, Real Lives

Headline speaker will be Dr. Greg Wood, former GP and WCA Assessor for Atos, speaking for the first time since he resigned from Atos in protest at what he called ‘an embarrassing shambles’.

Further information on the WCA Action Group and the meetings is available via their site, the event flyer, and their first newsletter.

 

Active Citizens Programme

The British Council and the National Council for Voluntary Youth Services are looking for a number of young people interested in social action in England aged between 18 and 25 to join their Active Citizens programme. Participants will receive training, accredited by the British Council, covering leadership, inter-cultural relations and project management, as well as the chance to take part in a study visit to Sri Lanka.

More information on Active Citizens is available at NYVCS.

 

Resources

As part of the Universal Credit Toolkit, the government has released a new guide dealing with the effects of Universal Credit on employers.

 

nef, the New Economics Foundation, has released a report on the failings of the welfare state and spending cuts entitled Surviving Austerity.

 

neighbourly is a new website recently launched that aims to join up local community projects with companies to support them.

 

The HMRC is introducing new contact numbers for a number of its services, which should be cheaper than the existing numbers for most people.