Category Archives: community

Seasonal greetings – the very best for your enterprising community in 2020 and beyond

Supporting communities wherever we can, developing ethical and sustainable settings, projects and programmes. See  more

In 2020 why not look at our literacy and author visits – see more

In 2020, if you’re in the East Midlands, ask about our support at SocEntEastMids.

In 2020, if you are looking for a new community web presence, ask for our technical assistance at Thirdsectorweb.co.uk.

If you’re busy in 2020, let us provide a solution – taking the strain to promote community gain, on any day in the calendar.


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The Charity Governance Awards 2017 winners

The Charity Governance Awards nomination process was featured on our pages at the beginning of the year.

The winners are now available and a great cluster of charities , with some amazing stories to share, are featured on the web pages of the 2017 awards.

The winners include:

Board Diversity and Inclusivity
WinnerVoluntary Arts

Embracing Digital
WinnerAsthma UK

Embracing Opportunity and Harnessing Risk
WinnerPreston Road Women’s Centre

Improving Impact (up to 3 paid staff)
WinnerSt. Peter’s Community Wellbeing Projects

Improving Impact (4 – 25 paid staff)
WinnerPrisoners’ Education Trust

Improving Impact ( 26+ paid staff)
WinnerStep by Step

Managing Turnaround
WinnerOff the Record

You can see a series of short films about each winner here.
https://www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/2017-winners-videos/

You can see a list of all the charities short-listed in 2017 here.
https://www.charitygovernanceawards.co.uk/2017-short-list/

Congratulations to everyone who took part and contributed to the work. Looking forward to another challenge in 2018.

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Get ready for Social Saturday 2016

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See more here…

15th October 2016, a key date for your diary and community action list.

‘Social Saturday is a platform on which you can promote your social enterprise. So why not get involved in this national campaign, raise awareness about the work you do and encourage people to buy social.

Social Saturday is dedicated to the UK’s growing social enterprise movement. So wherever you are, join in and let’s put social enterprises on the map’.

Source: The Social Saturday web pages   Accessed: 05.08.2016

You can download pre-formatted letters and templates for letters of invitation, press releases and much more. All available from the pages of the Social Saturday web site.

You can tweet and message about your enterprise using the Social Saturday new media guide, and have the opportunity share your social business with the Social Saturday team as well.

This is how it went in 2015…

Find it all on-line here…get involved for 2016.

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Have an enterprising 2016

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Enjoy 500 free things on the internet for Christmas.

 A great collection of links and resources, whether you are a reader, writer, social entrpreneur, thoughtful learner or just interested in change and growth for 2016. See the list here

With thanks to Kevin de Asis for a great collection!

Happy Christmas.

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Our Urban Shop,
The Plunkett Foundation

 

Our Urban Shop is a unique pilot project that aims to help urban communities in the UK overcome the issues of buying good food locally.

We’ve partnered with Locality and received funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to help urban communities access the support and resources available for rural communities to set up community-owned shops…’  (Source: The Plunkett Foundation, Nov. 2015)

The programme application process is now open for this new Foundation initiative. See more here.

The Plunkett Foundation have already helped ten urban groups to explore the potential of their urban community owned shop idea. Is the time right for your community?

The Foundation will make grants of between 20,000 and thirty thousand pounds, and it is open  to applications from across the UK.

interneticon    You can download the grant guidelines and application forms here on the Foundation web site. The short film below gives you some headline advice and information about the project plans.

Our Urban Shop from Plunkett Foundation on Vimeo.

You can find more detailed scoping advice to download from the Foundation below…if you do apply, good luck!

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Building Better Opportunities

Big Lottery Fund is matching funds from the European Social Fund for projects across England that tackle poverty and promote social inclusion.

biglotteryButtonBig Lottery Funding and ESF (European Social Fund) money is being deployed through the LEP network in England to offer matching funding to a variety of local projects, which tackle the root cause of poverty, promote social inclusion or drive local job creation.

You can see, currently, 71 opportunities for investment with the fund, of which 25 LEP areas are now live, with more to be available in the autumn of 2015.

You can see the Lottery key article on the web here.

Having reviewd the details, and to express an interest for your community or project, please complete this expression of interest on-line form here.

The Lottery have partnered with two organisations for the provision of support to applicants and to generate support materials as appropriate. You can register for these here.

If you do apply for your community…good luck.

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A community resource on-line

Reaching out and sharing experience

This is a new community resource covering a variety of topics that will, we hope, be useful for community organisations undergoing change, community business development or creating new forms of governance.

Our news feeds will keep you up to date on funding, Charity Commission updates and the news from the Church of England, in concert with the Near Neighbours Programme.

What others do in the world to effect change can often create passionate communities for change at home.

We will add feature articles to this page, constantly updated and refreshed, that we hope will help you and your community persevere with your enterprise ambitions.

Do book mark our pages above, or visit our site, as we cycle and refresh our content regularly. We hope to become a reliable and regular resource for your project.

(We’re happy to feature your success as well as ask the enterprising community for reflection on things that aren’t going so well too!)

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