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Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust – Positive Pathways

One-off grants of up to £70,000 are available to Armed Forces charities for projects and activities that support the mental health and wellbeing of veterans in the UK. The fund aims to give veterans more choice and control over their own personal recovery journeys, enabling them to take part in activities that are personally meaningful, while receiving good support with their mental health and wellbeing needs.

The programme offers fixed one-year grants of £35,000 or two-year grants of £70,000 to organisations primarily supporting past and present members of the Armed Forces and their families. Funding can be used towards the costs of activity-based projects that will have a positive impact on the mental health and wellbeing of veterans. The Trust will prioritise applications from small and local (rather than national) organisations and those whose projects are led or partly led by veterans.

Successful applicants under the Positive Pathways Programme will be supported by larger organisations that have already been awarded grants under the Fund’s Strategic Pathways Programme to help connect their work with wider networks that support veterans’ mental health.

Deadline: 6 September 2019 for the first round*
*Applications are assessed on a rolling basis but applications submitted by 6 September 2019 will receive a decision by the end of November 2019.

Read more and apply here.

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Charity Digital Skills Report 2019

The new Charity Digital Skills report 2019 is now available. The report reveals the temperature of the charity sector and, more specifically, how it’s using digital.

The report – produced by the Skills Platform in partnership with Zoe Amar Digital – is the definitive survey of the digital skills landscape across the third sector.
The aim of the report is to develop a shared understanding of how digital can help charities to achieve their missions.
Headline findings from the report are that more than half of charities (52%) don’t have a digital strategy – an increase from the last two years; and that more than two thirds of charities (67%) want to use digital to increase their impact.
You can find a summary of the Charity Digital Skills Report here, where you can also download a copy of the full report
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NCSC launches cyber security toolkit for charity boards

The National Cyber Security Centre’s latest roundtable event highlighted its new toolkit for boards – a manual for charities to develop their cyber security strategies and create the right dialogue with their trustee boards.

The vast majority of organisations in the UK rely on digital technology to function.

Good cyber security protects that ability to function, and ensures organisations can exploit the opportunities that technology brings. Cyber security is therefore central to an organisation’s health and resilience, and this places it firmly within the responsibility of the Board.

New regulations (such as GDPR) as well as high profile media coverage on the impact of cyber incidents, have raised the expectations of partners, shareholders, customers and the wider public. Quite simply, organisations – and board members especially – have to get to grips with cyber security.

Why have the NCSC produced a Board Toolkit?
Boards are pivotal in improving the cyber security of their organisations. The Board Toolkit been created to encourage essential discussions about cyber security to take place between the Board and their technical experts.

Read more and access the toolkit here.

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10 tips to help your project reduce loneliness

NPC (New Philanthropy Capital) has published a resource for grant holders of the Building Connections fund which can be used widely for projects that are tackling loneliness.10 tips to help your project reduce loneliness focuses on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. It is designed to help organisations plan and implement projects to work more effectively to reduce loneliness and focuses on opportunities to incorporate best practice.

These tips focus on how services are delivered, rather than what they deliver. The aim is to help you plan and implement projects so that they work more effectively to reduce loneliness.

These tips focus on opportunities to incorporate best practice. The diversity of types of loneliness, types of interventions, target beneficiaries and locations are such that there will never be a one-size-fits-all approach to fighting loneliness.Drawing out promising factors, mechanisms and approaches that make existing interventions more likely to be effective. As some tips emphasise, approaches should be personalised and localised to tackle loneliness.

Find out more and access full the resource here.

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Joseph Rowntree Foundation – UK Poverty 2018 & Minimum Income Standards

Two recent reports from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF), UK Poverty 2018 and Households below a Minimum Income Standard: 2008/09 to 2016/17, highlight the increasing number of children living in poverty and households living below the Minimum Income Standard.

UK Poverty 2018

The JRF annual report which examines the nature and scale of UK poverty and the effect of the UK poverty rate on the people gripped by it.

The report examines how UK poverty rates have changed in our society over the last few years, as well as over the longer term. The research focuses particularly on changes to poverty among children and workers, as well as giving an overview of trends among pensioners and other groups.

This research reveals that, in our society:

  • Child poverty has been rising since 2011/12;
  • 4.1 million children are living in poverty, a rise of 500,000 in the last five years;
  • Four million workers are living in poverty –a rise of more than half a million over five years; and
  • In-work poverty has been rising even faster than employment, driven almost entirely by increasing poverty among working parents.

Read more and download the report here.

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Community Business Weekend 16-19 May

The Community Business Weekend, delivered by Power to Change, celebrates the 7000 community businesses in local hands across England. 225 community businesses opened their doors in 2018 and used Community Business Weekend to demonstrate the positive impact they have on society and tell their stories of success. Over 17,000 people visited them and found out how community business can make change happen at a local level. Some of them are now new volunteers, shareholders and customers. 97% of community businesses who took part recommended others should too!

Locally, Meadow Well Connected showcased all the great services and activities which happen in the centre. Cafe 32 at the Linskill Centre used the opportunity to celebrate ten years of providing a community cafe at Linskill and launch its new summer menu, whilst celebrating with staff, suppliers and the local community.

Hosting an open doors event is a great way for you to build your local connections and inspire people to get involved in your community business. Read here to find out more about the 2019 Community Business Weekend and to sign up to take part.

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Video – North Tyneside VCS: 2018 successes & 2019 ambitions

At a recent event we asked local voluntary and community organisations to share their successes from 2018 and ambitions for 2019. This is what they told us…

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Bill Brown 1989 Charitable Trust

The trust is particularly interested in supporting the following areas:-

  • Research into blindness
  • Other medical research
  • The deaf and blind
  • Care of the elderly
  • Care of the disabled
  • General welfare
  • Hospices

Read more and apply here.

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The Adint Charitable Trust

Makes grants of between £250 and £15,000 to registered charities for general charitable purposes, but has a preference for charities working in the fields of education, training, disability, sport and/or recreation.

Applications can be submitted at any time.

Applications should be in writing to the address below and include full details of the charity for which funding is requested.

Mr. Douglas Oram FIH MCIPS, The Adint Charitable Trust, Suite 512, 517, Finchley Road, London NW3 7BN

Email: adintct@gmail.com

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The Charity Governance Awards 2019 are open!

Now in its fourth year, the awards aim to recognise and reward great charity governance by shining a spotlight on your success stories and awarding £35,000 in prizes to winning charities.

Has effective governance helped to transform your charity? Do you want to recognise the hard work of your trustees? Then enter one of the seven categories. Shortlisted charities will be invited to an exclusive Awards Ceremony and Reception where the winners will be announced. The winning charity in each category will receive £5,000. Take a look at the criteria and enter the Charity Governance Awards here.

Deadline: 22 January 2019

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