Lonely Not Alone campaign

Coop Foundation are launching Lonely Not Alone campaign 7th October. The Campaign is created by young people, for young people. The campaign asks us all to wear yellow socks to show young people everywhere that they might be lonely, but they’re not alone.

Young people are lonely more than any other age group and all the latest research we’re seeing during the coronavirus pandemic indicates this isn’t changing. In fact, the Mental Health Foundation recently found that young people are affected by loneliness in lockdown more than any other age group.

Click here to find out more.

Understanding the possession action process: guidance for landlords and tenants

The government have published guidance for landlords and tenants in the private and social rented sectors to explain the possession action process in the county courts in England and Wales.

This guidance is to help private landlords to understand their rights and responsibilities when they need to take possession of their property through the county court by explaining how the possession action process works. It will also help social landlords understand the new arrangements which will be in place when the stay on possessions ends.

Click here for the full guidance.

IiV Essentials – Free health check for volunteer management

IiV Essentials is a free online tool designed especially for volunteer-involving groups and organisations. It was developed nationally and is supported by NCVO, Volunteer Now, Volunteer Scotland and WCVA.

This tool will help you do a basic health check on your volunteer practice. It covers the basic areas to model good practice for involving and managing volunteers. It will help you to think about volunteers’ experiences and how volunteers can help make the biggest difference to your cause.

Click here for the NCVO website.

Call for Expressions of Interest – get involved in a new Social Rights Alliance (England)

Deadline for submissions of EOI is Monday 12th  of October 5pm

Are you a group, project or organisation wanting to make change in your community? Are you interested in building an alliance with others to address inequality and injustice from a rights-based perspective?

Just Fair are inviting local and regional groups and organisations working with people with lived experience of inequality and injustice, to join a new Social Rights Alliance for England.  Alliance members will be supported to develop their knowledge, skills, tools, resources, and collective power from a rights-based perspective, and drive change on the issues that matter to them.

Click here for the website.

Designing and Delivering Online Sessions

Lloyds Bank Foundation have created a toolkit that will support you to deliver sessions online that are engaging and designed with your audience in mind.

The toolkit provides guidance and support on:

  • how to move what would have been face-to-face sessions online
  • how to make sessions interactive and engaging
  • the different platforms available for virtual sessions
  • tips for when you are the host and facilitating online sessions
  • the key principles to consider when designing your session
  • how you can embed online sessions into your organisation for the long-term

Click here for the foundations website.

The New Citizenship Project

update from The New Citizenship Project:

We realise that the first set of workshops have passed however there are 2 more in October that may be of interest:   

I’m getting in touch about the chance to participate in a series of workshops being run by Historic England and starting this weekend.

To give you some context – Historic England is working with us, the New Citizenship Project, to develop a new public engagement and communications strategy, and they want to co-create it with people interested in history, heritage and the historic environment.

Historic England’s aim is to encourage everyone to shape and champion England’s heritage, and so we are inviting people to share stories of things they’ve done to support historic places, from small, everyday things like championing the local pub, or park, to something big like saving a building from dereliction or demolition. 

The workshops will be a chance to share experiences of what’s already happening to support historic places, what’s inspired that and made it possible, and also to share ideas for what more could be done to inspire and empower people to champion places that matter to them.

The workshops start this weekend and the idea is that participants take part in two workshops either on:

  • Saturday 12th September AND Saturday 3rd October, 10am-12noon


  • Sunday 13th September AND Sunday 4th October, 10am-12noon

If you’re interested in participating or want to find out more please do get in touch!

If you’re not able to join then we’d love to hear your experiences of supporting historic places. You can add your story here – https://historicengland.org.uk/get-involved/your-stories/

Thanks very much,

Anna Maria

Anna Maria Hosford

Head of Strategy

New Citizenship Project


City of Sanctuary mental health resource pack

Bereavement and dealing with trauma is  huge issue in supporting refugees and asylum seekers. City of Sanctuary have created a mental health resource pack to support volunteers understand the trauma experience by those who fled war:


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