Help Historic England develop a new public engagement and community strategy

Please see the message below from Historic England:

Historic England is working with the New Citizenship Project to develop a new public engagement and communications strategy, and we 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. 

You can tell your story here:  – we are really keen to hear from as broad and diverse a group as possible. There is also an opportunity to sign up for a series of workshops in September and October to help draw on these stories to shape our approach to involving more people in taking action to support the historic environment. If you’d like to know more about these workshops then please get in touch with

It only takes a couple of minutes to share a story and can be anything at all in support of history or heritage. We’re keen to hear from as many people as possible so please feel free to circulate this e-mail to anyone you think may be interested.

The King’s Fund – How Covid-19 has magnified some of social care’s key problems

In 2019 King Fund’s discussed eight key problems facing social care and called for reforms to address them.

Now, the Covid-19 pandemic has shone an uncompromising light on the sector, its staff and the people of all ages who use its services. As the sector emerges slowly into a new normal, fearful of a second wave while still trying to make sense of the first, it’s time to take stock. Analysis is difficult because of a lack of up-to-date, quantitative data and the ongoing nature of the pandemic. Nonetheless, in six of those eight areas, Covid-19 has brought significant change and, if anything, exacerbated these challenges.

Click here to read the article.

Hopeful Town

The project aims to better understand what makes a place confident, optimistic and open, and to help towns across England and Wales to fulfil their potential.

Hopeful Town want to address the root causes of hate, to stop divisive narratives from taking hold in the first place, and want to promote policies which champion the value of towns, and stress that every town matters.

Click here for the Hopeful Town website.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation – Resuming regular grant-making: Looking ahead to the autumn

Régis Cochefert, Director of Grants and Programmes, reflects on the Foundation’s emergency grant-making as they prepare to reopen to applications, whilst retaining a commitment to quicker decisions, more flexibility and better responsiveness to applicants.

Funds to reopen in late October. ‘Explore and Test’ and ‘More and Better’ grants to be replaced with a single, more flexible funding route.

To read the full article, please click here.

Free Clinks membership

Clinks are now offering voluntary organisations free membership – lasting until the end of March 2021. Both new and existing members can have free membership during this timeframe.

Clinks provides a collective voice for voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system. They have an ongoing dialogue with otheir members who share their experiences and views.

They advise, support and signpost to sources of further information, enabling you to provide the best opportunities for your staff and the people you engage with:

  • Free, unlimited access to a funding directory
  • Discounted training and events which inform, engage and promote discussion on topical issues 
  • Advertise your job vacancies on their popular jobs board
  • Get exclusive offers with their partner organisations.

Click here for the Clinks website.


BAMER HUB is a free online platform providing members exclusive access to content to strengthen and grow their non-profit organisations. Benefits include priority access to information, funding opportunities, support sessions, workshops, tools and resources for business continuity, resilience, networking and income generation.

Click here for the website.

Government creates new National Institute for Health Protection

A brand new organisation whose primary focus is public health protection and infectious disease capability is being established by the government.

  • New organisation to focus on rigorous science-led approach to public health protection
  • Institute will boost UK’s ability to deal with and recover from COVID-19 and meet health challenges of the coming winter
  • The organisation will be formalised and be operating from spring 2021

Click here for the full government press release.

NAVCA – Local Infrastructure Support

NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action) has launched a new campaign #HeartOfOurCommunity to help show the important role that local infrastructure organisations play in supporting their communities.

The #HeartOfOurCommunity campaign is a celebration and a thank you to all NAVCA members for their dedication, hard work and sacrifice during these difficult times.

Click here for the website.