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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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Thursday, February 21st, 2019

Bus Service Reduction Disappointing

It is disappointing to find that a number of Solihull’s rural areas are to be served by a less frequent bus service from this weekend, affecting the young and the elderly, who are more reliant on the service, in particular.

Several services are being cut from half hourly to hourly. One village is being reduced

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Thursday, February 7th, 2019

Planning Permission for the Web?

There has been much exposure in the press over the past week or so about materials on the Internet encouraging young people to self harm or even commit suicide, in the wake of the tragic story of 14 year old Molly Russell.

Calls for greater regulation of the Internet appear overdue and we should ask

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Thursday, January 24th, 2019

Those Torn from Home

I write this after attending Solihull’s moving commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day this morning. The Memorial Day itself is on Sunday, January 27th, a day earmarked every year in the UK

“to encourage remembrance in a world scarred by genocide [and] to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of

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Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Local Charities Day

Today, Friday 14 December, is Local Charities Day, an opportunity to reflect on the importance of strong local charities within our communities.

Local charities are run by local people who bring an extra passion and care to their work and an eagerness to support their local area and fellow citizens.

Local charities may be small but they

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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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