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Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Beware the Burn Out

For many charities, the end of the financial year approaches and, with it, an escalation in stress levels.

This will be against a background of a rising tension that is permeating the sector. Reports indicate that a combination of diminishing grant funding, the public sector commissioning culture, growing demand for services, concerns about staff and volunteers

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Thursday, March 7th, 2019

Time to Return to Civility

I read with dismay the results of a survey indicating that
half of the women aged 18 to 34 who use Facebook have experienced harassment,
sometimes somewhat extreme and leading to recipients fearing for their safety,
whilst using the site.

This was reported in several newspapers and the results are
set out in a post by the research company Survation.


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Friday, October 19th, 2018

CIO – the way to go

When it was introduced five years ago the Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) form of charity caused some nervousness, it was new, the legal infrastructure was untested and the queue to form one was not long.

Now it has become the default form for new charity application, because it is well proven and the advantages are so

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Thursday, October 4th, 2018

Read it if You Can

I must commend as a vital read, a report from the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University, in conjunction with Lloyds Bank Foundation.

It considers the importance of small, local charities, with turnover between £10K and £1M.

It finds that they play “a vital role within ecosystems of local service provision”, generate

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Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Leveraging Local Investment Several Times Over

This Blog has looked previously at the ‘Keep It Local’ campaign run by Locality and those who attended the 2016 VCS Conference will have heard about it first hand.

There is a central argument that investment in a local community organisation is worth more than its face value, and that, in making decisions about grant giving or about

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Friday, November 24th, 2017

Blowing Our Own Trumpet and Changing Face

We don’t often blow our own trumpet. After all there is barely time for putting the bugle to the lips when there is constant demand from people needing help and support. And, anyway, it doesn’t feel right to pull the spotlight away from them.

However, Wednesday night’s celebration of the Colebridge Trust’s 15th Birthday providing the opportunity

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Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Election Reflection

It has been a different experience, observing a general election from almost 2,000 miles away, no television pundits or live commentary, reliant on reporting after the event, social media and online papers through, patchy at best, wifi.

The picture gained here from the consensus among these commentaries consumed whilst relaxing in the peaceful hills

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Thursday, March 30th, 2017

Charities: “The Lifeblood of Society”

The report by The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities, entitled ‘Stronger charities for a stronger society’, has been well received and also gives pause for thought for those of us in the sector…

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Thursday, January 19th, 2017

A Question for every Rail Traveller

The disruption on train services caused by the row over who shuts the doors has been going on since early December. It is easy to feel isolated from it here in the Midlands, but we should not be. It could affect us in the end.

Everyone has their chance to express their opinion on the issue at stake except

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Thursday, November 17th, 2016

If You Read Nothing Else ……

….. before this year draws to its final curtain, then read the Sustainability and Transformation Plan for Birmingham and Solihull. This joint NHS/Local Authority publication sets the stage for radical change within the provision of services and anyone involved in the voluntary or community sectors should know about it and prepare to engage with this vision.

The programme declares a ‘Triple Aim’

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