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Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Charity Commissioning ‘in Crisis’?

Local charities who rely on commissioned services and local commissioners who do business with local charities should all read a report from the Lloyds Bank Foundation.

The report warns of something our local sector has been wary of for some time, that commissioning processes can unwittingly penalise smaller, local charities and put them at risk, to

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Thursday, April 13th, 2017

Make Our Votes Count

Once this Bank Holiday weekend is done, dusted and filed in the memories box, there will be just two weeks to the Mayoral election. Everyone who is on the electoral roll and who lives in one of the seven metropolitan districts of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, Walsall or Wolverhampton will be entitled to vote.


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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, March 16th, 2017

It’s A Date for Action!

Some of these special national observance days are so off the wall it makes one very cynical about them.

I presume that you were unaware that this is National Bed Month and this is also Healthcare Science Week and National Butchers Week! Wonder when National Toenail Clipping Day is?

But, tomorrow, 18 March, there is a much

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Thursday, March 2nd, 2017

A Dose of Reality

A recent article in Third Sector listed and expounded on the techniques that the modern charity is using to fundraise. It included:

Contactless donations
Online charity shops
Customer relationship management software
Virtual reality

“Virtual reality?” you might ask, if you are not quite so ahead of the game. Let The Resource Alliance, a London based charity that ‘inspires sharing and

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Thursday, February 16th, 2017

Mental Health – Time for Change

One in six adults and 1 in ten children between the ages of 5 and 16 have a mental health problem at any one time in our region, according to “Thrive West Midlands”, a vital new report from the Mental Health Commission established by the Combined Authority.

Not only does this blight the lives of the

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Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

Time To Spell Out Support Needs

Through the extensive work that SUSTAiN undertakes supporting the organisations in Solihull Voluntary and Community Sector, we know the broad spectrum of need that arise. We have been set and cracked quite a range of challenges in our time as your Infrastructure Support Service provider.

Now is the time for everyone with an interest in the future of this service

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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, January 5th, 2017

What to Expect from Officials

The Ivan Rogers affair is reverberating around the corridors of power at the moment, both in the UK and Europe. The election of Donald Trump is reverberating globally. Both raise some questions about the role of elected and career officials.

It seems to me that elected officials at all levels are there to act in the interests

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Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Celebrate Local Charities

This is being published on Local Charities Day, a day designated by the Department for Culture, Media & Sport, which gives small, local charities and community groups a chance to sit in the spotlight.

In announcing the date, Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson said:

“On Local Charities Day, I want us all to shout from

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