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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, June 1st, 2017

Leading the Way

Another opportunity for this column to let a more informed source do the work this week.

The charity Think Tank, NPC, has been researching the ‘State of the Sector’ and highlighting the factors that are helping leading charities succeed. Their conclusions are that the following factors are amongst the keys to achieving impact and longevity in

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Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Three Girls out of Many

Did you watch the BBC’s ‘Three Girls’?

If not, you should. It is available on iPlayer until 15 June. Not only is it an outstanding, whilst tough to watch, drama, it gives a real insight into the reality of child sexual exploitation (CSE). I found the performance of 19 year old Molly Windsor in the lead

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Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Bonds or Bondage?

This Blog Post is a simple one, which will advocate looking at a post published this week on the Blog run by my colleague at the Birmingham & Solihull Social Economy Consortium, Alun Severn. It is an essential read for those interested in grant funding:

It looks at Social Impact Bonds (SIBs), the relatively new wheeze aimed at better use

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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, 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, 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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