28/11/13 – Rounding Out the Year

Together in Service

FaithAction’s new programme Together in Service launched last week at Westminster Cathedral Hall with an event featuring showcases from social action groups and speeches by Eric Pickles MP and Stephen Timms MP. Check out the launch over on our Together in Service site.

On the 3rd of December, we’ll be holding a free Together in Service Accelerator Briefing at the Nishkam Centre in Birmingham. This briefing will give you information on Together in Service and the grants programme and show you how to apply, as well as let you meet and talk with the team behind Together in Service.

If you’re interested in attending the briefing, you can sign up here.

If you’d like to know more about Together in Service and the grants scheme, be sure to visit www.togetherinservice.net and follow @toginservice on Twitter.


Regional Sounding Boards: Birmingham Next Month

FaithAction will be holding regional Sounding Boards in order to find out what issues you are currently facing, where your priorities lie, and how we at FaithAction can support you and represent your experiences on a national level. The first of these Sounding Boards will be held on the 3rd of December at the Nishkam Centre in Birmingham.

If you’re interested in attending, sign up via our EventBrite page.




Department of Health’s Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund announces 2013 winners

The Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) run by the Department of Health has announced the 25 organisations that will receive up to £50,000 of funding over 3 years. The money will be used to increase the volunteering capacity of these organisations in health and social care. Each of the organisations was chosen due to displaying excellence in one of five areas: increasing user voice to improve quality of care; community based health and care interventions; improving public health through prevention and risk reduction; improving management of chronic and long term conditions; building capable communities. The funded projects cover a range of health issues, from encouraging healthy lifestyles and mental wellbeing, to supporting people with conditions including muscular dystrophy and deafness, to schemes aimed at reducing isolation and loneliness.

Director of the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund Ashfa Slater said:

"Our fourth round of local funding has brought forward 25 new projects that are working on some of the most important and valuable health and social care activities at community level. My team is really looking forward to seeing the projects we have been able to fund in action." 

Read the full list of funded organisations

More information on the HSCVF can be found at www.volunteeringfund.com


Office for Civil Society considering financial support for charities

Third Sector reports that the Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society, has said that the Office of Civil Society was considering measures to support charities that have been forced to use reserve funds. While what form the support would take is still undecided, Hurd said that measures would be aimed at medium-sized charities that are sustainable in the long term, but are having issues staying afloat on a short-term basis due to the effects of the recession and local government cuts.

He also stressed that some charities had become too dependent on government funding, that they had ‘felt lost’ without it, and that it was in the interest of charities to be able to survive without government grants.




Social Enterprise Workshops

The Cinnamon Network is delighted to invite you to a workshop exploring Social Enterprise. Everyone wants their charity or mission project to be self-financing, but how can enterprise and business ideas be harnessed to create this holy grail? What ideas and projects are realistic? How do we get going?

This participative workshop is for those who are already actively planning a Social Enterprise, or running an income generating project, that are prepared to join a group of like-minded entrepreneurs to explore how can we do this, do it well, and positively impact our communities.

Workshops will be held in London, Birmingham, Leeds and Manchester.

Full details on the event are available at The Cinnamon Network.


Commissioning for Equality – Measuring Outcomes and Impact

Places are filling up fast for this series of workshops hosted by FaithAction and the National Children's Bureau…

These free one-day training events are designed by New Philanthropy Capital, looking at the measurement and evaluation of social impact, with a focus on children's health.

The next event will take place in London on 11th December.

For more information, please see our page on the event.




The King’s Fund have released a report on the level and value of volunteering in NHS acute trusts.


Think tank Demos have published a report on the value of charity shops for the high street and the community during recession.


nfpSynergy have released results of their research into levels of CEO pay in charities.


The Institute of Public Policy Research have published a paper setting out a strategy for getting more young people into work or further education.