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Transformation of the public health system in Manchester

6 Jun 2011 - 09:27 by michelle.foster

The specialist public health function in Manchester is changing. For many years there have been three main parts of this system:
• a Public Health Team based within NHS Manchester;
• the Joint Health Unit based within Manchester City Council;
• public health provider services, such as the Public Health Development Service and Healthy Living Networks.

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Government funds for volunteering database and sector support

2 Jun 2011 - 13:10 by michelle.foster

The government has published its Giving White Paper, setting out plans to boost the giving of both time and money. This includes thirty million pounds for a Local Infrastructure Fund to be administered by the Big Lottery Fund, "to improve support for frontline civil society organisations in England by helping both general and volunteering infrastructure organisations to modernise and improve the relevance of their services".

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Zero Waste Champions

1 Jun 2011 - 15:41 by michelle.foster

On average each person in the UK throws away seven times their own body weight every year.

By reducing the amount of stuff that is thrown away resources could be conserved, climate change could be combated, reduce pollution to the land, water and air and save money.

EMERGE want people from across Greater Manchester to become Zero Waste Champions and take the Zero Waste Challenge. The challenge is to reduce the amount of stuff you throw away to as close to zero as possible in one month.

What’s involved?

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Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs)

31 May 2011 - 11:14 by michelle.foster

Our colleague Robert Nieri, Senior Associate at Freeth Cartwright Solicitors, has provided us with an article highlighting some of the key features of this new legal form, soon to be available.

Further information about whether the CIO structure would be appropriate for your organisation can also be found at: http://www.sandy-a.co.uk/managing.htm#cio-yes-or-no.

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David Cameron Announces £30m to Support Infrastructure

25 May 2011 - 11:16 by mike.wright

David Cameron unveiled a £10m Social Action Fund as part of its Giving White Paper today. The raft of measures include £30m to support voluntary sector infrastructure, moves to enable cashpoint donations and a 'giving summit' in the autumn.

The £30m local infrastructure fund, which will be delivered by the Big Lottery Fund, will support the development of "more efficient local hubs to offer better-integrated support services for front-line civil society organisations", the paper says.

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The Risks of becoming a Trustee

25 May 2011 - 11:00 by mike.wright

A new briefing from specialist charity solicitors Russell-Cooke on the risks of being a charity trustee says that the rewards of being a trustee should outweigh any concerns about liabilities.

However, the briefing points out that anyone considering taking up the role will want to know what legal duties, responsibilities and potential liabilities are involved.

What are the Risks of Becoming a Charity Trustee? can be downloaded from: www.russell-cooke.co.uk/resources-articles.cfm.

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Giving plans aim to boost charitable donations and volunteering

25 May 2011 - 10:58 by mike.wright

The Government has announced a £10 million Social Action Fund as part of its white paper on giving, published on 23rd May.

The fund will "support new models that incentivise people to give, such as ‘complementary currencies’ that offer people credit for volunteering", says the paper. Banks and cashpoint providers have unanimously agreed to work together to enable donations to be made at ATMs by 2012, the paper says.

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Race Online 2012

19 May 2011 - 12:33 by michelle.foster

Race Online 2012 pulls together biggest ever cross-sector volunteer force.

The UK’s Digital Champion, Martha Lane Fox, has announced a national network of local volunteer ‘digital champions’ who will help to inspire, encourage and support nine million offline adults in the UK to get started with the internet.

The recruitment drive is part of a national Race Online 2012 challenge to 30 million daily internet users in the UK to pass their skills on to those who are yet to go online.

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Community Voices Grants

19 May 2011 - 12:32 by michelle.foster


Does your community feel unheard? Are you part of a community that feels voiceless due to long-term illness, disability, or older age?

Community Voices is all about supporting grassroots communities to make a meaningful difference to their own lives from the bottom up. If you have an idea for how your community can address the challenges it faces through digital media then tell them all about it and the difference you hope to make.

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