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Thursday, November 29th, 2018

A PACT for the Future

I commend another really important read this week, perhaps the most important read of the year – Civil Society Futures, the result of a two year independent inquiry into the future of community action “from informal networks to vast charities, Facebook groups to faith groups”.

The results identify four key themes:

Places that matter
Belonging and identity
Reimagining work

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Thursday, November 15th, 2018

Who Knew?

Did you know that yesterday, Thursday 15th November, was Social Enterprise Day?

Amongst the many days, weeks and months that take a theme and spotlight it these days, almost lost between World Town Planning Day on 8th November and World Hello Day on 21st November, this day was celebrated worldwide by putting the spotlight on Social

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Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Weighty but Essential Reading

The King’s Fund has published a report entitled ‘A year of integrated care systems – Reviewing the journey so far’. It reviews progress with the national quest to provide ‘joined-up and proactive’ health and social care support in local communities by ‘collaborating across organisational boundaries’, to optimise use of resources and improve the health and wellbeing of local people.

Even where

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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, September 20th, 2018

Breeding Butterflies

Baroness Brady, or Karren as she is known to Bluenoses and Apprentice fans, is reported in last Sunday’s press to have advocated that all children should volunteer, play sport and get a part-time job by the time they are sixteen.

She reflected concern that kids today get buried in the world of WhatsApp and

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Friday, September 7th, 2018

Watch for the Threat from Inside

You can trust people who are involved in charities and community groups, right, they are good hearted people?

The Charities Commission is quite clear that the answer needs to be ‘no’. It’s message is that Trustees are too trusting and too much cash given for charitable purposes is being fraudulently siphoned off into the pockets of

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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

A New National Strategy

A ‘must read’ document has been published by HM Government, a new Civil Society Strategy

In launching it, Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said:

“Civil society is the bedrock of our communities. [ ]  Our strategy builds on this spirit of common good to help create a country that works for everyone. [ ]Through collaboration, we will

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Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Developing the Right Skills (and Attitude)

Some very good news for West Midlands was announced a week ago when Education Secretary Damian Hinds visited the Black Country, a significant boost of up to £69 million for skills development in the region. If you missed it you read all on the Government web site  and/or the Combined Authority site.

It is a long

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Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Introducing the SolVE Network

A group of Solihull organisations have come together to strengthen the local sector and support future collaboration.

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