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Thursday, February 1st, 2018

Fundraising by the Code

Charity fundraising is getting a bad name. From 92 year old Olive who committed suicide in Bristol as a result of receiving 466 appeal mailings in a single year from 99 charities to the reports of donations being diverted to support Middle Eastern terrorism to the shenanigans last week at the Presidents Club dinner, there

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Thursday, January 18th, 2018

Good News Already Bubbling in 2018

Building on the previous post in this Blog, heralding 2018 as a time to focus on hope, it is encouraging that there is good news to build on around our local community sector.

One of the key elements of future success for local charities will be to develop independent sources of income to offset the impact

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Thursday, January 4th, 2018

As 2018 Chimes In – Time to Focus on Hope

The fireworks have lit the skies from east to west and the New Year is with us, but what will it bring?

We find ourselves in stormy times – Brexit, Austerity, Cuts, A&E Congestion, Demands for Social Care, Terrorism, World Tensions, Government Instability, the list goes on. For the Voluntary and Community Sector times are tough

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Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Not Getting Outdoors

How did you get on when the snow came?

Personally, I chose not to venture outdoors on the Sunday when it the fall did not seem to stop at all during daylight hours, even sacrificing my Sunday paper in favour of the online version. Then, as darkness loomed, it took two of us almost an hour

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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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Thursday, November 9th, 2017

Facing Up to the Funding Challenges

On Monday this week, two papers affecting a number of our local charities commissioned by the Council went before the Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Adult Social Care and Health. They can be found at Items 5 and 8 on the meeting Agenda.

Item 5 dealt with the dissolution of the Community Initiatives Fund and the transfer

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Thursday, November 2nd, 2017

An Example to Us All

I had the privilege on Wednesday night to attend the official opening of the new extension at SoLO’s Walnut Close premises and the launch of its new Supported Living programme.

This represents an exciting new stage in SoLO’s exemplary work in Solihull and the culmination of an ambitious and testing period of planning and development.

But the mood of achievement

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Friday, October 13th, 2017

Libraries at the Heart of Communities

This week (9-14 October) is the very first Libraries Week, and an opportunity to reflect on the role of, and importance of, libraries in the community.

The public announcement for this new themed week in the calendar stated:

“Libraries Week is an opportunity to celebrate the very best that libraries have to offer.” Accordingly, our libraries have

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017

Great Service – When They Get There

Have you seen the BBC series BBC series ‘Ambulance’?

If not, you really should. It takes a ‘fly on the wall’ on ambulance provision in the West Midlands, filming both in the central control centre in Brierley Hill and on the ground with crews.

For me, three things come across very clearly.

The first is what a great

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