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Discover Donate: Online charity hub







DiscoverDonate is a Charity Hub, which gives you your very own dedicated newsfeed to show what everyone around you is donating. It empowers you to receive donations of money, volunteers, skills and items. It’s totally free to use, with no monthly fees and no set up costs.

What makes DiscoverDonate different?

The first of its kind, a dedicated charity newsfeed, DiscoverDonate is updated every second with donations of time volunteers, skills, and items from donors in your local area and across the UK. It’s your own personal community.

DiscoverDonate allows every person to become a donor in whichever way they want. Any person can donate money, time, an item or a skill at a click of a button. You as the charity can choose whatever you want, whenever you want. When they say donation of a skill, they really mean that. Users can finally donate what they are good at. Need a photographer, an accountant, a web developer, a joiner or a mechanic? It’s all available at DiscoverDonate.

A simple, sleek and innovative site to appeal to all ages. Users can donate however they want with just a few clicks and charities can create their profile in a few minutes.

How does it work?

  • Step 1 – Create your Charity Profile. It only takes a few minutes to be seen by the world.
  • Step 2 – Access the Charity Hub. Your own dedicated news feed of volunteers, and donations of skills or items.
  • Step 3 – Recieve Monetary Donations from across the UK & Worldwide.

Their dedicated team is on hand to support you every step of the way.

Visit DiscoverDonate.com to find out more.

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The Dulverton Trust


The Dulverton Trust is an independent grant-making charity which supports UK charities and CIOs (charitable incorporated organisations) tackling a range of social issues, protecting the natural world, and preserving heritage crafts.

The Trust awards both single year and multi-year grants.

  • Single year grants are typically between £25,000 and £35,000
  • Multi-year grants are usually for a period of 2-3 years, and are only awarded to charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant

Eligible applicants should have an annual income of between £200,000 and £10 million (but preference is given to charities with an income of £5 million or below). They will consider applications for the following:

  • Project costs
  • Core funding (usually for charities which have previously received a Dulverton grant)
  • Capital costs (usually under the preservation category)
  • Scholarships and bursaries (usually under the preservation category)

The Trust makes grants under the following categories: Youth opportunities; general welfare; conservation; preservation; peace and humanitarian support; Africa.

There are no deadlines for applications – applications all year around but Trustees make decisions in February, June and October.

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Lloyds Bank Foundation: Enable and Invest funds






The Foundation has recently launched a new strategy, Reaching Further, and has subsequently updated its funding approach and criteria.

The Foundation provides long-term funding for charities with a proven track record of helping people achieve positive change through deep, person centred and holistic support.

They fund work which helps people aged 17+ overcome complex social issues:

Dependency Asylum Seekers and Refugees Care Leavers
Domestic and Sexual Abuse Homeless and vulnerably housed Learning disabilities
Mental Health Offending, prison and community service Sexual abuse and exploitation
Trafficking Young Parents


The Foundation offers two grant programmes, one for core costs and one for developing charities and organisations:


Provides long-term funding for the day-to-day running of charities (core costs) and/or the direct delivery of work. Grants of between £30,000 and £100,000 for up to three years are available.

Application window: Initial applications can be submitted between 28 August and 5 October 2018


Enable grants fund opportunities for charities to develop or trial new approaches to service delivery e.g. through areas such as business planning, monitoring, leadership and governance and communications. Grants of up to £15,000 are available for one or two years.

There are no deadlines for Enable – this is a rolling programme.

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Bupa UK Foundation: Caring for Carers 2018





The Bupa UK Foundation is looking to support practical, community focused projects designed to help older carers to manage and improve their own health and wellbeing. Organisations must be able to demonstrate a track record of engaging, working with and supporting carers.

In deciding which projects to fund they pay particular attention to who will benefit, the difference a project is likely to make to their health and wellbeing and how this will be demonstrated, using simple and realistic measures. They also consider how a project might deliver a longer legacy or learning that can be shared more widely.

Grant size: Up to £20,000

Deadline: 5 October 2018

Application process: Bupa UK Foundation website

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You can now submit your 2018 charity annual return online





The Charity Commission has announced that the 2018 annual return service is now available online, following the results of a consultation. You must send an annual return (or update your details) every year if your charity is registered in England or Wales.

A reminder that if your income is over £10,000, you must send an annual return within 10 months of the end of your financial year. You also need to keep your charity’s details up to date.

If your income is under £10,000 you only need to send an annual return if your charity is a CIO (charitable incorporated organisation).

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Rosa Justice and Equality Fund: Now’s the Time Grant





Women’s organisations can apply for grants for projects that aim to stop sexual harassment and abuse of women at work and within their communities. The type of projects that will be supported will include the following:

  • Prevention work (including education and other initiatives)
  • Awareness-raising activities
  • Grass-roots activism
  • Influencing
  • Work with groups and communities who might face additional barriers to getting their voices heard, or might be at higher risk of sexual harassment and abuse, to amplify those voices
  • Work that tries out new ideas
  • Innovative uses of tech/arts/sports/etc.
  • Work that replicates tried and tested approaches in new settings
  • Work that others can learn from

The funding consists of two strands:

Women’s organisations applying for between £5,000 and £25,000 can apply by themselves, or in a partnership. The closing date for applications is 28 September 2018.

Women’s organisations applying for between £25,000 and £100,000 will need to apply in partnership with at least one other organisation. This strand will open for applications on the 24 September 2018 and close 14 December.

Read more and apply here

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Training for chairs and vice chairs of smaller charities




Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity?  

The Association of Chairs has launched its Beacon Programme, providing support to Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income below £1 million) in their role. The programme will be delivering a series of workshops in 9 locations all over England – including dates in Newcastle upon Tyne – and providing a wide range practical resources tailored to the specific needs of Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities.

Click here to find out more about the programme.  If you are a Chair or Vice Chair of a smaller charity in Newcastle or the surrounding areas then this programme has been researched, designed and created for you and it is rare to have access to good quality training for chairs outside of London.

Register today 

By completing the registration form, you will be able to join fellow Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities at the programme’s first workshop called ‘Being an Effective Chair’ taking place on Wednesday 5 December at Brunswick Methodist Church, Brunswick Place, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE1 7BJ at 9.30am to 1.15pm.  Places are limited so don’t miss out. This interactive workshop will provide a unique opportunity for Chairs and Vice Chairs to:

  • Be clear about your role and legal responsibilities
  • Understand what can help you be effective
  • Have practical tools to help you run effective meetings
  • Meet and learn from other Chairs of smaller organisations

Read more and register here

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Your opinions on brand awareness and new media wanted





North Tyneside charity Remembering the Past Resourcing the Future is currently hosting an MBA student who is
looking to interview people from charities in the local area about their understanding of brand awareness and new media.

Interviews can be conducted face-to-face, over the phone or via email and would take around 20 minutes of your time. Interviews need to be completed by 5 September 2018.

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Consultation on draft charity code of ethics





NCVO has been developing a set of principles that can act as a ‘code of ethics’ for the charity sector and has launched a consultation on a draft code.

Recent concerns about safeguarding and wider conduct at work are, rightly, a major priority for charities, government, and regulators. At summits held by the Charity Commission and the Department for International Development, charities, sector bodies, the regulator and government agreed to put new mechanisms in place to strengthen safeguarding, workplace practices and culture, and prevent incidents wherever possible.

NCVO hopes the code will provide a framework for charities to review their own policies and practice. They can then identify where these need to change in line with their own purpose and specific values.

They have launched a consultation to gather the views of charities and other vcs organisations – the consultation closes on Wednesday 26 September 2018.

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Free course for women effected by domestic abuse

Staying Afloat Together is a programme delivered by Barnardo’s which aims to help women find a way back from domestic abuse, feel better about themselves and get more out of life.

Taking place at the Linskill Centre, the programme consists of seven group sessions for women exploring themes such as resilience, inner strength, self-belief, self-care and managing feelings. There are also three one-to-one coaching sessions and an away day at the end of the course for women and their children. The sessions run on consecutive Friday mornings from 21 September – see the poster for dates and full details.

Booking is essential and a free creche is available.

For more information or to book your place contact Jill Marriott at Barnardo’s on 0191 212 0237.

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