The government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes if there’s no Brexit deal

GOV.UK have provide an overview of the scope of the government’s guarantee for EU-funded programmes and to link external stakeholders to the parts of government responsible for overseeing the application of the guarantee for specific programmes.

This is a guidance on how UK organisations such as charities, businesses and universities who receive EU funding would be affected if the UK leaves the EU with ‘no deal’.

To find out more, please visit the GOV.UK website here.

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Deadline 5pm Monday 23rd September 2019

The GSK IMPACT Awards are an annual programme, funded by GSK as part of the company’s commitment to promote community health and wellbeing.

The awards have been running since 1997, and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care. The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

  • Up to ten winners will receive £30,000, with one overall winner receiving £40,000
  • Up to ten runners-up will receive £3,000
  • The awards are designed to recognise success and achievements for existing work so you do not have to present a new project
  • Award winners will also be offered training and development valued at an average of £9,500 and have a film made about their work.

To find out more, please visit The King’s Fund website here.

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Reshaping standards, enabling change: consultation response

Earlier this year Social Work England launched a 10 week consultation on their rules and professional standards and education and training standards that will be the basis on which we will regulate social workers in England.

As part of this consultation we engaged with and listened to thousands of people who told them what they thought of their proposals.

In the consultation response, they have detailed the challenges and feedback they received and what they did as a result.

To access the report, please click here.

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School Sport and Activity Action Plan

This action plan is a statement of intent, setting out a joint commitment from the Department for Education (DfE), Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), and Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC), to ongoing collaboration at national level to ensure that sport and physical activity are an integral part of both the school day and after-school activities, so that all children have the opportunity to take part in at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We will publish further details on these commitments in an update to this action plan later in the year.

To access the action plan, please click here.

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Place-based approaches for reducing health inequalities: main report

The main points made within this report are:

  • the gap in life expectancy in England is growing, with females in the most deprived parts of the country experiencing a decline in life expectancy
  • health is not just about the length of life we live, but also the quality of life – the gap in healthy life expectancy (years lived in good health) between the most and least deprived areas of England was around 19 years for both males and females from 2014 to 2016
  • the extra costs to the NHS of health inequalities have been estimated as £4.8 billion a year from the greater use of hospitals by people in deprived areas alone
  • health inequalities reduce employment and productivity – which has a cost for the national and local economies
  • acting on health inequalities is, therefore, an investment for England’s national and local economies – with the cost of inaction running into the billions.
  • the focus on narrowing gaps in life expectancy in the Industrial Strategy, DHSC’s vision paper for prevention, and the NHS Long Term Plan all create welcome opportunities for ambitious, co-ordinated, national and local level action on health inequalities
  • health inequalities are not caused by one single issue, but a complex mix of environmental and social factors which play out in a local area, or place – this means that local areas have an important role to play in reducing health inequalities
  • addressing the wider determinants of health through a life course approach is important for achieving impact at the level of population health – rather than at the individual level

To access the report, please visit the GOV.UK website here.

You can also access the presentation here.

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Implementing The Charity Governance Code: A Toolkit For Micro Charities

This practical toolkit is designed to be used by the boards of micro voluntary charities to assist them to review and improve the governance of their charity.

Charities come in all shapes and sizes and it’s up to charity trustees to determine if this tool is suitable for a charity’s context. As a rule of thumb, for the purpose of this tool NCVO have defined ‘micro’ as meaning charities with an income of less than £100,000 per year with no paid staff.

The toolkit is based on the foundation principle stated in the Charity Governance Code, along with its seven principles of good governance.

To access the toolkit, please click here.

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HOPE not hate Charitable Trust: FEAR AND HOPE 2019 Report

A political realignment is taking place across British society, with Brexit fuelling an anti-politics surge and political distrust.

The emerging tensions are fuelling a growing ‘culture war’ between those who celebrate diversity and those who perceive it as a challenge to their position in the world, according to polling unveiled today in a major new report from HOPE not hate Charitable Trust. 

One of the most comprehensive reports of its kind looking into the changing nature of British identity and attitudes to race, faith and belonging – Fear & HOPE 2019 – shows how Brexit has changed Britain.

Click here to read the full report FEAR AND HOPE 2019.

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Refuge and Women’s Aid will no longer partner on domestic abuse helpline

Refuge has been awarded a £1.2m Home Office grant to run the national domestic abuse helpline by itself after doing so for 15 years in partnership with Women’s Aid. 

The government retendered the contract last year and both charities submitted separate bids. The current arrangement comes to an end this autumn. 

Last week the government announced that Refuge had been awarded a £1.2m grant to run the 24-hour service from 2019 to 2022. 

Refuge will also develop digital resources as part of the contract.  Sandra Horley, chief executive of Refuge, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract grant funding, which will increase the support available to those experiencing domestic abuse.”

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

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