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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, September 20th, 2018

Breeding Butterflies

Baroness Brady, or Karren as she is known to Bluenoses and Apprentice fans, is reported in last Sunday’s press to have advocated that all children should volunteer, play sport and get a part-time job by the time they are sixteen.

She reflected concern that kids today get buried in the world of WhatsApp and

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Friday, September 7th, 2018

Watch for the Threat from Inside

You can trust people who are involved in charities and community groups, right, they are good hearted people?

The Charities Commission is quite clear that the answer needs to be ‘no’. It’s message is that Trustees are too trusting and too much cash given for charitable purposes is being fraudulently siphoned off into the pockets of

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Thursday, August 9th, 2018

A New National Strategy

A ‘must read’ document has been published by HM Government, a new Civil Society Strategy

In launching it, Tracey Crouch, minister for sport and civil society, said:

“Civil society is the bedrock of our communities. [ ]  Our strategy builds on this spirit of common good to help create a country that works for everyone. [ ]Through collaboration, we will

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Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Developing the Right Skills (and Attitude)

Some very good news for West Midlands was announced a week ago when Education Secretary Damian Hinds visited the Black Country, a significant boost of up to £69 million for skills development in the region. If you missed it you read all on the Government web site  and/or the Combined Authority site.

It is a long

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Thursday, July 12th, 2018

Introducing the SolVE Network

A group of Solihull organisations have come together to strengthen the local sector and support future collaboration.

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Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Who do MPs Represent?

Who do MPs represent? Who should they represent? These appear relevant questions in the light of current events.

I was always led to believe that their role was to represent their constituents. Over the years it has become clear to me that they also have a responsibility to their party and those who voted for that

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Thursday, June 14th, 2018

A Deficient and Defective Discourse

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) recently established an independent Charity Tax Commission to undertake a full review of the impact of the tax system on charities.

The commission is being chaired by Sir Nicholas Montagu former chair of the Inland Revenue, who has published his thoughts in a ‘guest blog’ for BVSC. It makes

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Thursday, May 31st, 2018

It’s Volunteers’ Week

It is Volunteers’ Week – “a chance to say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK”.

It gives us all an opportunity to reflect. If we manage volunteers, do we appreciate them enough? If we volunteer, do we do enough? If we don’t volunteer, could we consider it?

My own reflections tell

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Friday, May 18th, 2018

Taking the Lid Off Mental Health

This is Mental Health Awareness Week.

It is also the week in which I was made aware of an acquaintance who was waiting for a mental health bed and has now been allocated one. It is about a hundred miles away from home and family.

I recall being involved in the preparation of the Healthwatch Solihull report ‘The Future

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