Benefact Group: New Charity Heroes Awards

Entries close: 26 July 2024

The Benefact Group was excited to announce the launch of their Charity Heroes Awards, which started June 17th. These awards celebrate and support the incredible charities making a positive difference in our communities.

How to Enter:

  • Apply Online: Simply fill out a quick and easy form telling them which charity deserves to win and why.

Prizes:

  • Winners: £5,000 donation for each category winner.
  • Runners-Up: £1,000 donation for each runner-up.

Key Dates:

  • Entries Opened: June 17, 2024
  • Entries Close: July 26, 2024
  • Awards Ceremony: November 28, 2024, at the Tower of London, featuring fantastic guest speakers.

For more information, and to apply, visit their website:

Charity Heroes Awards 2024 – Benefact Group

Out to Lunch campaign!

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Kid’s meals are often high in ultra-processed food, high in sugar and salt, and lacking in fresh fruit and veg. That’s why the Soil Association launched their ongoing campaign, Out to Lunch, to raise the bar for kid’s meals. 

Their previous campaigns have resulted in improved kids’ menu options at chain restaurants – more fruit and veg, more sustainable options with ingredient sourcing on the menu, and a reduction in oversized puddings and sugary drinks. Now, they need YOUR help for their 2024 campaign.

They’re looking for parents or caregivers of under 12s to help by becoming a secret diner. You’ll be scoring the children’s food options at a high street chain restaurants – and your kids will eat for free

Sign up to become a secret diner, click the link below:

Become an Out to Lunch secret diner! (soilassociation.org)

Homelessness and rough sleeping: Test & Learn programme for councils and third sector

The DLUHC has tasked the Centre for Homelessness Impact to develop a program to identify cost-effective, evidence-based strategies for improving outcomes for those at risk of homelessness. Councils and third-sector organisations are invited to participate in the Test & Learn projects, with some providing funding for service delivery.

For more details, visit the Centre for Homelessness Impact website.

Test and Learn (homelessnessimpact.org)

For specific project inquiries, contact:

ella@homelessnessimpact.org

rebecca@homelessnessimpact.org

Windrush Day 2024 funding

The government has allocated funding to twenty-eight groups via the Windrush Day Grant Scheme to finance arts, educational, and sporting initiatives honouring the Windrush generation.

With £480,000 in funding for projects in England, communities will celebrate Windrush Day on June 22nd with events and activities organised by community-led organisations from June 8th to August 21st.

To read more, click link.

Windrush Day funding awarded to 28 community groups – GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)

Natwest Top 100 Social Enterprise Awards

Save the date: Tuesday 16 July,  London. Registration will open soon.

Deadline for entries: 5 May 2024

Pioneers Post is now accepting entries for this year’s NatWest SE100 Social Business Awards, searching for pioneers in diversity, climate action, social investment, impact management, and leadership. Don’t miss the opportunity to be recognized among the UK’s top 100 impact enterprises—submit your entry by May 5th.

These awards acknowledge social ventures and mission-driven enterprises that exemplify excellence in building businesses that offer solutions to significant social and environmental challenges.

Read more here.

Charity Times Awards 2024

Deadline for entries: 30 May 2024

The 25th annual Charity Times Awards will celebrate best practices in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector.  Since their inception, the awards’ objectives have remained consistent:

  • To honour the outstanding professionals in the many and varied fields of charity management
  • To recognise, celebrate, and promote best practice
  • To support continuing professional development
  • Contribute towards raising the standards of charity management
  • To promote and raise the profile of the charity sector
  • To provide recognition for those who are providing effective support to the sector.

Click the link to find out more: Welcome // Charity Times Awards

Third Sector Awards

Awards Ceremony: 20 September 2024

Join to celebrate the outstanding achievements of individuals and organisations in the third sector. This event recognises their dedication and significant impact on our communities and emphasises the collective effort and essential role of the third sector.  Come and acknowledge those dedicated to addressing social challenges and shaping a brighter future for our communities at the Awards Ceremony on 20 September 2024.

Entry Dates

Early Bird entry deadline – 2 May 2024

Standard entry deadline – 23 May 2024

Click link for more information and entry fees: Home – ThirdSector Awards

Third Cost of Living Payment

Low-income households will receive the third Cost of Living Payment worth £299, which will be sent automatically without having to apply to receive it.  Some payments may take until 22 February to come through.

People in need of additional support are encouraged to check their eligibility for the various cost-of-living schemes through the government’s website Help for Households.

Click here to read more.

Flexible working laws are changing

Employers will need to change how they manage flexible working requests from employees, as from 6 April 2024.

Flexible working enables employees the opportunity to work in a way that suits both the needs of the businesses and the employee’s. Options include, but are not limited to:

  • Job sharing
  • Remote working
  • Hybrid working
  • Part time
  • Compressed hours
  • Flexitime
  • Annualised hours
  • Staggered hours
  • Predictable hours or set shift pattern
  • Phased retirement

Click here to read more.

Charity Governance Awards 2024

Entry is free; the deadline is 6 February 2024.

The Charity Governance Awards initiative looks to celebrate outstanding governance and trusteeship in charities across the UK.  Their mission is to celebrate and reward exceptional charity governance, while sharing exemplary work that inspires and informs boards and trustees across the country.

For more information and to find out how to enter, click here.

View press release.