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Thursday, August 31st, 2017

A Shot in the Arm for a Whole Community

I want to commend this article (“Collaboration with communities is key to the future of local government”) as a worthwhile, thought provoking read.

It talks of a successful Big Local project and the difference it is making in a local area by fostering greater community ownership of ‘place’ and new levels of collaboration between the community

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Thursday, July 27th, 2017

Ooh Err, Missus! Strife at the Beeb

Well, what a farce. There stands the BBC, caught on stage, with its trousers down, in the heat of one of its own spotlights.

We in the Third Sector can stand proud on the other side the Stage Door. Any vestiges of unequal pay appear to be long banished from our doors. Women are an able, 

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Friday, July 14th, 2017

Get your data in order – the GDPR is coming!

Many charities and community organisations in Solihull will need to start thinking about GDPR or, after May next year, they may find themselves on the wrong side of the law. It is heavy stuff and, to be comfortable, a good 6-8 months for planning and implementing changes would be sensible.

So, what is it? The EU

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Thursday, June 29th, 2017

It’s a Fine Life???

I have observed in this column before that I use my annual holiday as an opportunity to catch up with my failure in youth to consume the masterworks of Charles Dickens and that I seem to find every volume ringing bells that chime today.

This year’s tome, Oliver Twist, has been no different. At its heart

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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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