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Charities Bill – Factsheet
The Government has published a fact sheet on the new Charities Bill, which can be accessed here.
The National Lottery Community Fund: data breach
TNLF has issued a statement about a data breach related to data provided to them between by UK Portfolio, England funding and Building Better Opportunities customers September 2013 and December 2019. Find out more, including whether the breach could affect your organisation, here.
England Civil Society submission to UN: Racism is systemic in England
The Runnymede Trust’s report, representing more than 100 race equality and civil society organisations across England, finding that ‘racism is systemic in England and impacts BME groups’ enjoyment of rights’. The report shows that legislation, institutional practices and society’s customs continue to combine to harm BME groups. Read more here.
Report: Volunteering in England during Covid-19: Current issues and learning for recovery
This briefing presents early findings from research capturing the experiences of those working with volunteers within organisations and communities in England during the- Covid-19 pandemic, providing a snapshot of the current challenges and opportunities faced, and reflections on how to support volunteering as we move towards recovery. Read more here.
Vision of Volunteering
This is a joint initiative within the voluntary and community sector, led by NAVCA, NCVO, Volunteering Matters and the Association of Volunteer Managers. It aims to bring together people and organisations across England, collaborating and creating a long-term vision and shorter-term objectives, to change our communities for good. Sign up here to receive updates about the project and find out more on: visionforvolunteering.org.uk.
AHA MK: Cultural Traineeships
Our friends at AHA-MK are working with six arts and heritage partners (MK Gallery, Milton Keynes Arts Centre, Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre, Bletchley Park, InterAction MK and The Parks Trust) to deliver a number of cultural traineeships. All training will be delivered by Milton Keynes College, and the trainees will have 70+ hours work experience in one of the above cultural organisations. This project has been funded by MK Council. Read more here.
Heads Up – Men’s mental health campaign
Heads-Up is a campaign to help men get happy and stay happy. It has been set up to help men identify and deal with issues that tend to crop up in life from time to time. If you are a man aged 35-65 living in Bedfordshire, Luton or Milton Keynes and would like to help develop a local campaign, there are opportunities to get involved. Find out more here.
NHS England: Every Mind Matters
The campaign has produced 11 tips to cope with anxiety about coming out of lockdown. Read more here.
The Poetry Project
This free project has been doing positive things for mental health awareness in the UK, Australia, and America since 2018. As well as appearing around the world, it is also a community-based project that is all about grassroots and bringing local communities together with messages of hope and support. The project is all about having positive, empowering, and motivational messages on display in public areas to promote well-being and raise awareness of mental health issues. It is also being used on social media and behind the scenes in the office place, to motivate staff and increase productivity. Read more and find out how you can get involved here.
Burnout and the UK charity sector
The recent podcast from Charity Digital is exploring the ways to counter burnout, caused by the challenging time over the coronavirus pandemic, by supporting staff and volunteers. Listen here.
Cranfield Trust: Business Planning templates
Cranfield Trust, who support charities through management consultancy, mentoring, and training services, have lots of useful information and resources (including free to download templates) related to business planning. If you are new to this area and/or have been asked to provide a business plan with a funding application, this is a helpful resource to refer to. Read more here.
Red Thread Partnership Training – Back to Business modules
Red Thread Partnership have produced a leaflet detailing their latest training programme – Back to Business. The programme aims to help women get back to work, get promoted or start their own business. Find out the details of each of the modules and which might be right for you or the community members you are working with or supporting here.
Age UK blog: Things to consider when Covid-19 restrictions end
Read the reflections from Dr Elizabeth Webb in this Age UK blog addressing the concerns about the end of the Covid-19 restrictions in the UK and how “No restrictions doesn’t mean no COVID”. Read the blog here.
The Big Issue: #StopMassHomelessness campaign
The recent research shows that every 3.5 hours a household becomes homeless in the UK and many grapple with rent arrears, fuel poverty and other financial difficulties. The Big Issue has launched a major new campaign to #StopMassHomelessness and calls on government to take immediate action to support people who are at risk of losing their homes and long-term action to end homelessness for good. Read more and sign the petition here.
MKCDC – Hit The Right Note music project
Milton Keynes City Discovery Centre’s new Covid-19 music project aims to use the power of music to re-unite families and friends in the UK with families and friends overseas who have been isolated and kept apart by the pandemic. A massed choir will see a collaboration between a diverse range of organisations and schools, reaching out to BAME, LGBQT+, dementia and music therapy groups, bringing together voices from across the community. This will culminate in a live streamed performance in the grounds of Bradwell Abbey this December, alongside the premiere of a ‘making-of’ documentary. To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fairspace MK and a new co-workers space in Milton Keynes
MK Community Foundation have opened the doors to their new co-working facility – the new shared office facility on the 3rd floor of Acorn House. This new Co-Workspace sees the launch of Fairspace MK, an MK Community Foundation’s subsidiary brand. Find out more from the Foundation’s press release here.
The Time is Now – Petition
The Time Is Now is a campaign run by The Climate Coalition, the UK’s largest group of people dedicated to action against climate change. Read more and view the petition here.