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Nine tips for taking a better photo
By Martin Smith
Everybody uses photos, whether for a report, website, or other marketing materials. Photos are a great way to capture a moment, summarise a message, or make your mark as a organisation. As an ex-professional photographer, it bothers me to see the same mistakes being made all the time when a photo has potential. So here’s a few tips for getting better photos: Invest in a camera. A £100 camera will take better photos than any phone. Make sure the picture is straight and level. Try to have a clear background. Make sure there aren’t any trees/poles/anything else sticking out from people’s heads! Hold the camera close to you. It will help prevent the camera from shaking. Try to avoid using flash indoors – it creates a harsh light that isn't flattering. When using a photo in a document etc., always keep the aspect ratio correct when resizing. I have seen many reports where the subjects look like aliens with distorted heads! For example, if you're using Word, this means dragging the corner handle to resize, which keeps the same proportions. In other programs, you might need to hold Shift while resizing instead. Take a few minutes to understand what the…
PHE Consultation: Level 3 apprenticeship for community-centred roles
As a recommendation from the apprenticeship scoping workshop held in March, Public Health England have now opened a consultation with employers of community-centred workers and front-line workers to better understand the duties, capabilities and current training opportunities of this workforce, as well as the extent of employer need and commitment to an apprenticeship standard at level 3. The consultation, along with the March 2019 workshop report, is available via the link below and is open until 5pm on Friday 1 November. https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/public-health-apprenticeships-community-centred-roles Please share this link with your colleagues, employees and networks. Any queries can be directed to email@example.com.
Call for evidence on the experience of using health services whilst homeless
Groundswell, a member of Homeless Link, has launched a new partnership called #HealthNow with Crisis and Shelter. Funded by Community Fund (formerly BIG Lottery), the campaign is all about working towards an inclusive health system where everyone has access to the health care they need; ultimately moving people out of homelessness. As part of this work, Groundswell is working with the Patient Experience Library to conduct a literature review and is looking for evidence of the experience of people using health services while homeless. The call for evidence closes on 23 September and can be found at https://groundswell.org.uk/2019/healthnow-callforevidence/ To submit evidence, you can contact #HealthNow Director Jenny: Jenny.McAteer@groundswell.org.uk
FUNDING: Tampon Tax Community Fund
The Tampon Tax community fund supports women and girls of all ages across the UK to build their skills, confidence and self-esteem. Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run projects and services directly benefiting women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health, and long-term unemployment. The programme seeks to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back to work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks. Priority will be given to grass-roots organisations, organisations working with women or girls facing multiple challenges, user-led organisations, and sustainable projects providing long-term solutions. The Tampon Tax Community Fund is delivered through a network of Community Foundations. The first round of the programme opened in September 2018 and a further round is due to open for applications in early September 2019, although some members are running to a slightly different timetable. For more information on the programme or to apply, groups should get in touch with the Community Foundation closest to them which is administering the programme. Please refer to this list to…
TweetDeck: Twitter's lesser-known sidekick
By Chris Miller
If, like a lot of charities, you use Twitter, you’ll probably agree that it can be a lot of work to get the most out of it. (Not using Twitter yet? Check out our guide to getting started.) Thankfully, Twitter seems to agree as well, which is why they also offer TweetDeck - a highly-customisable dashboard aimed at empowering the user, full of lots of features which will make your life on Twitter a lot easier. It’s even free too! All you need to use TweetDeck is your Twitter account - simply head over to tweetdeck.twitter.com and log in. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll see something similar to the below. As you can see, TweetDeck uses columns to arrange and display information to you. TweetDeck will show a few columns by default, giving you access to most of Twitter’s basic functions, all in one compact view - your timeline, notifications, messages, as well as the activity of the people you’re following. However, there are a lot more columns than these available to you, giving you quick at-a-glance access to useful information - want real-time updates when your favourite news source Tweets something new? See who’s posting on that hashtag you’re…
- 23 September - Mental health and the VCSE sector Mental Health webinar
- 12 October - Mind and Soul Foundation – Running on empty (Brighton)
- 16 October - Faiths & Civil Society Unit Public Seminar Series 2019: Grassroots faith movements and partnerships of hope (London)
- 19 October - Mental Health, Healing and Ministry: ‘Binding up the Broken Hearted’ – Study Day (Kettering)
- 29 October - Do you run a health programme that you think would work elsewhere?
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