Support for third sector organisations to use data and statistics

Many third sector organisations use data and statistics for a wide range of purposes, including measuring impact and outcomes. However, some charities lack people with the appropriate skills and resources for statistical analysis, which could help with making better decisions and informing policy.

Statisticians for Society was introduced for this purpose; to offer the time and skills of statisticians at no cost. Royal Statistics Society are inviting charities to approach them and they will match their needs with their volunteer statisticians.

To be eligible for the scheme, an organisation

  • Must be a third sector organisation 
  • Must be based in the UK 
  • Must have an annual turnover no more than £500,000

To find out more, visit their website here.

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BBC Young Writers Award 2020

Deadline 23rd March 2020

BBC are looking to shortlist 5 young writers, aged 13 – 18.

It is one entry per writer with a maximum of 1,000 words. Original fiction on any topic.

The shortlisted young people will have their stories broadcast on the BBC, and published in an anthology. The winner will also receive a personalised mentoring session with an author.

To find out more, click here.

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Eden Project Communities Introduce Free Nature Resources for young people to engage in environmental social action

Eden Project Communities have introduced environmental youth social action. Environmental social action takes many forms, and there are a variety of opportunities to get involved throughout the academic year.

#iwill campaign have teamed up with Eden Project Communities and have created a series of adaptable resources to support schools and organisations to take part in environmental social action; with links to the curriculum and the 2019 Ofsted Framework, they encourage and support young people to get the most out of helping nature to thrive.

You can find out more on the their website here. 

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Pearls of Wisdom are giving away £100,00 consultancy

This £100,000 Consultancy Giveaway is run by Action Planning. Action Planning has provided consultancy services to the not-for-profit sector for the last 30 years, the giveaway in celebration of its 30th anniversary.

Through the £100,000 Consultancy Giveaway, Action Planning plans to offer around 50 discrete pro bono consultancy packages, valued at or around £2,000 each at charge-out rates, to non-profit clients. These packages will be spread across Action Planning’s three core areas of Strategy and Governance, Fundraising and Marketing, People and Practice.

Eligible criteria are:

  • Be a not-for-profit organisation (such as a charity, CIC/social enterprise, or non-profit Trust) registered and based in the UK.
  • Have an annual income of at least £200,000 in the last financial year, and/or have at least two full-time equivalent paid staff members in post.
  • Be able to provide a written statement confirming that they have the full and genuine support of their CEO and Chair for the work to be carried out.
  • Be able to host the delivery of this work within 6 months of the notification of the award of the project, or by the end of 2020, whichever is the later.
  • Meet the cost of any prior agreed out-of-pocket expenses incurred by the Associate Consultant in delivering the project.
  • Agree to be bound by the terms and conditions of the £100,000 Consultancy Giveaway as set out in this policy.

To find out more, click here.

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King’s Fund announces new £3m programme to boost communities health

Civil Society have released an article explained that King Fund have announced the new £3 million programme to fund partnerships between local charities and the public sector, with the aim of improving local healthcare. The Healthy Communities Together programme is a partnership between health charity King’s Fund and The National Lottery Community Fund, which has provided the funding. 

The scheme will offer funding and support for charities and community organisations to partner with NHS and local authorities, and help them “boost the health and wellbeing of their communities”. The King’s Fund said that lack of funding can make it hard for local organisations to “share their knowledge of the community” with the public health sector, whose bureaucracy can be difficult to navigate for charities.

The new programme will try to address these issues.  The scheme will open in spring 2020 and will pilot in up to six areas, chosen among those “experiencing the most disadvantage”.

To read the full article, please visit Civil Society website here.

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The Great British Spring Clean 2020

The Great British Spring Clean 2020 officially launches on Saturday 25th of January.

In 2019, over 563,163 people, including 175,055 students, volunteered their time to take part in our campaign – the biggest ever! Cleaning up streets, parks and beaches, #LitterHeroes across the country have been making big improvements to the environment on their doorstep.

Clean ups will take place 20th March – 13th April 2020 across the UK.

To find out more, visit the Keep Britain Tidy website here.

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Jobcentres across the UK are to benefit from a boost of up to £3 million to support homeless people

The new funding will see jobcentre staff joining outreach teams on the streets to speak to people sleeping rough, helping them to claim their benefits, find new work, secure stable accommodation and direct them to additional support.

Staff will be able to spend more time working with charities and other organisations to help people who are homeless, including those rough sleeping.

The funding will also be used to bolster projects jobcentres are already working on with various organisations, such as the Salvation Army in Cardiff, and Teardrops in St Helens, to support homeless claimants.

To read the full press release, please click here.

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