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Looking for the Front Door: three examples of brokerage solutions for community-university partnerships

Universities are complex organisations that have no clearly-recognisable ‘front door’ for the community, making it difficult for VCS organisations to access relevant university-based resources and expertise on their own terms. This event will showcase three examples of community-university partnership brokerage...

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Community transport has potential to save taxpayers £1bn

Community transport schemes have the potential to make savings of up to £1.1bn a year for the public purse, concludes a new report from ECT Charity, one of the UK’s leading community transport providers. The Why Community Transport Matters report...

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Talk Action is expanding its national training programme and requires more trainers.

Talk Action seeks a highly experienced trainer to run our Volunteer Management Training days across the UK. You’ll be required to run regular courses in London and Edinburgh as well as bespoke sessions in other parts of the country. Voluntary...

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Weston Charity Awards Open to Include Charities from the Midlands

The Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight are inviting applications to their Weston Charity Awards from registered charities in the North of England and the Midlands working in the areas of youth, welfare and community. The Awards have been created through...

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Additional £80m to be invested in social impact bonds

The money will be used to help tackle issues including homelessness, mental health and youth unemployment, the Cabinet Office says The government is to invest an additional £80m over the next four years to encourage the creation of further social impact...

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Minister announces £1.5m funding for UK social enterprises

The minister for civil society Rob Wilson has today announced the UK government is providing £1.5m funding to help charities and social enterprises unlock further funding through social investment and win public service contracts. The second tranche of the Impact...

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Big Society Capital’s new CEO is announced in the UK

Cliff Prior is to step down as CEO of UnLtd to take up the same post at the world’s first social investment bank Big Society Capital, it has been announced today. Prior will remain in post at UnLtd, which uses...

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LandAid’s £1m Grants Programme Open for UK Applications

LandAid, the property industry charity, has opened its annual £1 million funding programme to bring empty properties across the UK into use for young people in housing need. UK-based charities working in areas with high indices of deprivation can apply...

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Focus on.... Blogs

Run community hospitals as social enterprises and save the NHS millions

16 June, 2014 | By Tracey Bush Give social enterprise a greater role in the provision of local healthcare and you can energise staff, save the NHS money and bypass the red tape that holds back innovation, argues Tracey Bush...

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Believe the hype: Big data can have a big social impact

Annika Small looks at the diverse and new ways social organisations are increasing their power by tapping into open data Given all the hype around so called big data at the moment, it would be easy to dismiss it as...

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Fusion 21: How to grow your turnover and maintain your social impact

Procurement social enterprise Fusion 21, which started in 2002 with a £250,000 loan, has enjoyed rapid growth over the past decade, turning over £6.5m in the most recent financial year. The organisation works nationally with housing and public sector organisations...

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Five questions about social investment tax relief

This month’s budget saw the announcement that the UK social investment industry’s favourite policy innovation, Social Investment Tax Relief (SITR), will be set an 30% when it comes into force on April 6th. SITR is particularly notable because as well as...

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I long for the day when every business is a social enterprise

We urgently need robust firms that prove you can make a positive contribution to society, says Margaret Heffernan A few years ago, I helped to guide a group of American business school students around England, studying social enterprises. We visited...

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Why social enterprises should work with students

With their high levels of talent, digital competency and fresh thinking, students can be a hugely positive investment With ever-increasing interest from students in pursuing meaningful careers that have a positive impact on the world around us, it seems that there has...

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BLF’s Austwick: bold with entrepreneurship, cautious with social investment

At a breakfast press briefing today, new Big Lottery Fund chief executive Dawn Austwick firmly embraced entrepreneurship, highlighting it as a common feature of her favourite charities, but offered cautious words on social investment. Dawn Austwick is a firm believer...

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What makes a spin-out success?

Simon Denny finds that employee-led public sector delivery organisations are growing and creating jobs, but finances are a top concern. The development of the ‘spin-out’ sector that began in the late 1980s and early 1990s with the formation of new housing...

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Focus on.... Events

Westminster Social Policy Forum Keynote Seminar

Policy priorities for transgender equality with Rt Hon Maria Miller MP, Chair, Women and Equalities Committee; former Minister for Women and Equalities and former Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport and Helen Belcher, Trans Media Watch; Peter Dawson,...

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Housing Social Value

Unltd and Make it Happen Proudly invite you to A complimentary Seminar, knowledge exchange and networking event  measuring and accounting social value June 19TH The Old Library, Custard Factory, Birmingham An Introduction for Housing Associations to measure direct, indirect and...

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Imagineer CIC training

SUPPORT BROKERAGE TRAINING – ACCREDITED OPTION AVAILABLE A full 5 day training course covering all the areas of knowledge needed to successfully fulfil the function of a support broker. During the course we will look at the following areas; negotiation...

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Reaching and Measuring your own Social Impact and Value

Midlands charity spearheads trailblazing drive to help beat funding cuts A Midlands-based charity is supporting a drive to help fellow third sector organisations beat public sector funding cuts by raising awareness of the far-reaching social benefits of their work. Trident...

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Social Value Conference: Bristol

Helping local authorities, commissioners, social enterprises and charities engage and implement the Social Value Act The event is designed to improve understanding of the Social Value Act within the social enterprise sector and local government, and help in these fields...

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Community Led Care- Meeting Needs Closer to Home

24 September 2013, Manchester Conference Centre Do you want to provide the right care, to the right patient, at the right time How can unnecessary admissions to hospitals be reduced so that those who really need acute treatment can be...

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Want to find out more about Crowdfunding?

CrowdfundUK will be running a Crowdfunding Bootcamp in late July or September at Price Waterhouse Coopers in Manchester It will include: * develop your pitch * pitch it to PWC dragons (or angels) Please register your interest by emailing anne@crowdfunduk.org...

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Making a Difference – When It’s More Than Money

with Social Enterprise expert Michelle Atkin Wednesday 27th March, 8.30pm   “Are you running a business and feel unfulfilled? Do you know that you can make a difference to your community and not sure how to? Learn how to build...

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Focus on.... Funding

Postcode Community Trust Community Grants Programme Opens

The Postcode Community Trust’s Community Grant scheme opens on 5 January to applications from charities and other not-for-profit groups in England, Scotland, and Wales with a deadline of 28 January 2016. Established in 2014, the Postcode Community Trust is a...

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Arts Council England’s Catalyst: Evolve Programme Due to Open

Arts Council England will begin accepting applications to its new £17.5m Catalyst: Evolve Programme on 14 January 2016. Arts organisations that are registered charities or community interest companies are invited to apply for Arts Council England’s new £17.5million initiative designed...

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Heathrow Community Fund Announces 2016 Communities Together Deadlines

The Heathrow Community Fund has announced the 2016 deadlines for its Communities Together programme aimed at protecting and enhancing the local environment and bringing communities together. The Communities Together programme offered by Heathrow Community Fund is open to local schools...

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Urban Community Energy Fund Encourages Groups to Apply

The Government’s Urban Community Energy Fund remains open for applications and is encouraging community groups from across England to investigate opportunities in their local area. The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) established the £10 million Urban Community Energy...

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Commonwealth Foundation grants call open

The Foundation opens its new call for grant applications under the four focus areas of Creative Expression, Capacity Development, Constructive Engagement, and Learning and Sharing on 1 December 2015. In addition, we are awarding grants under the special focus area...

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Baring Foundation Offers Funding for Training, Education and Capacity Building

Registered charities in the UK have until 18 December 2015 to submit an application to the Baring Foundation’s pilot fund for training, education and capacity building under its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Programme. The Baring Foundation is an independent charitable...

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Baring Foundation Offers Funding for Training, Education and Capacity Building

Registered charities in the UK have until 18 December 2015 to submit an application to the Baring Foundation’s pilot fund for training, education and capacity building under its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector Programme. The Baring Foundation is an independent charitable...

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Community Care to Get a Boost from New £12m Care and Wellbeing Fund

Big Society Capital and Macmillan Cancer Support have joined together to launch the new £12 million Care and Wellbeing Fund that will provide loans and other investment to develop and scale community care services in the UK. The Care and...

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