Big Picture Charity Films 2024 Free Film Giveaway

Big Picture has been producing films for charities since 2012.  For 2024, they are now offering TEN COMPLETELY FREE CHARITY FILMS to UK Registered Charities who apply before 31 January.

They will work with you to plan and create a storyboard, film, and edit a broadcast quality film in return for their travel expenses (which is usually minimal). 

All charities that apply will be notified by 9 February. 

For more information about Big Picture, and their online application form, visit their website here.

Funding awarded to voluntary and community groups to help customers with tax affairs

Twelve voluntary and community sector organisations were awarded a share of £5.5 million funding to:

  • help customers who need extra support with their tax affairs,
  • offer specialist knowledge and experience to deliver tailored tax and benefits advice
  • provide free advice and support to those who face difficulties in understanding their tax obligations or have complex needs

The grant funding programme will run from April 2024 to March 2027.

Read more here.

Eligible working parents can apply for free childcare

Eligible working parents of two-year-olds will be able to register to access 15 hours free childcare per week from April 2024. Registration for parents will be opened between January to end-February 2024.

There is also funding available for new childminders:

  • £600 available for those who choose to register with Ofsted and
  • £1,200 for those who choose to register with a childminder agency.

Click here to find out more information.

Faith Security Training: Face-to-face

The Faith Security Training is a new awareness training offered to faith communities.

This is a FREE learning resource developed by the Home Office together with other government departments, experts from security and policing partners.   

The training aims to raise awareness of security risks and how to respond to them. The course is designed to:

  • equip participants with essential skills, and
  • enhance the security and safety in their places of worship.

The Home Office is piloting face-to-face delivery sessions, and those in leadership positions or responsibility for security at places of worship are particularly encouraged to attend.

People interested in attending one of the pilot sessions will need to complete the expression of interest form. Click here.

If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone directly, please contact 0330 1756962 or email

GCHQ Christmas Challenge: for 11-18-year-olds

Register before: 14 December 2023

Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), is running another annual special festive Christmas Challenge for 11-18-year-olds on 14 December. This is an opportunity for students to put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills to the test in a series of puzzles, which is being coordinated for the day on 14 December.

Registrations are invited from:

• schools,
• colleges and
• educational institutions.

Members of the public however, will still be able to take part and download the challenge from the GCHQ website on Thursday 14 December.

Click here to visit website where you can download a registration pack which will provide more details about the Challenge.

Smokefree generation consultation – reminder

Deadline: 6 December 2023

The UK Government proposes to take action to protect future generations from the harms of smoking, and the Department for Health and Social Care (DHSC) would like your views.

The consultation asks questions in 3 areas for which new legislation would be needed, which are:

  1. Creating a smokefree generation: consulting on the smokefree generation policy and its scope.
  2. Tackling youth vaping: consulting on several options to ensure we take the most appropriate and impactful steps, building on England’s analysis of the youth vaping call for evidence.
  3. Enforcement: consulting on the proposal to introduce new powers for local authorities in England and Wales to issue fixed penalty notices to enforce age of sale legislation of tobacco products and vapes.

Read Stopping the start: our new plan to create a smokefree generation.

Click here for the survey.

50 For Free offers fifty stays at Landmark properties

Deadline for applications: 28 November 2023 (11pm)

50 For Free offers fifty stays at Landmark properties for charities on behalf of their service users. A selected range of Landmarks throughout England, Wales, Scotland will enable people with differing access needs to participate in this scheme.

The stays offered as part of the 2024 scheme are:
• midweek (four nights) and
• weekend (three nights)
• breaks 8-11 March or 11-15 March 2024.

Please note: Applications should be made by charities for their service users.

To find out more, click here.

Innovation adoption training programme for the health and care workforce

Jed Skinner started a discussion:

Calling voluntary, community, faith and social enterprise sector colleagues!  Would you be interested in trialling new training opportunities designed to support health care staff understand and adoption innovations to improve patient care?


People working in health and care interact with innovations in a variety of ways, yet, the health and care workforce are not systematically supported to adopt innovations, which can be a complex process. There is no standard programme for innovation adoption training (practical skills development) or education (theoretical knowledge development).

Following extensive scoping with health and care staff across all sectors, NHS England and partners are developing an innovation adoption programme to support health and care professionals with a range of education and training offers. Stage 1 of this work is to develop an online training offer suitable for all health and care staff (including NHS, care homes, community providers, VCSE sector). Once this has been developed and tested, the work will move on to further phases developing more formalised training routes for those who wish to pursue it. These will include formal qualifications and likely placements.

Stage 1 has included an exercise to compile existing resources available to health and care professionals. We are now trialling these resources with a group of user testers from parts of the health and care workforce. The testing process will review how useful the content is, how accessible the formats are (e.g. podcasts, written documents etc.), and where there is opportunity to create new materials with our partners to address the gaps.

The ‘Ask’:

We are looking for teams/ organisations to be part of our ‘Cohort A’ testers. You will be the first people outside the project team to view the resources and give feedback. Organisation who agree to be part of the user tester/ market research will be asked to identify teams or individual staff who can review and complete specific modules of training and complete brief feedback surveys as part of the evaluation. Its anticipated that teams/individuals will spend approximately 10-15 hours reviewing the materials before the end of December 2023. Up to £1000 per organisation involved in user testing is available.

Next steps / Longer term:

This is phase 1 of the work and there are plans for further development of this learning and development programme.  There will be opportunities to stay involved, should you wish, and be part of a national cohort of ambassadors influencing and shaping this work.

Organisations interested in finding out more should contact in the first instance.

The Directory of Grant Making Trusts 2024/25

This is the key information source for fundraisers. The Directory will help you target grant-makers that are relevant to your charity and discover funders you might not have known about.

DSC’s (Directory of Social Change) flagship guide to grant-makers includes:

  • Concise information and contact details for every entry
  • Total amounts of funding available for each grant-maker
  • Examples of beneficiaries in each listing, for guidance on the types of project previously funded
  • Extensive indexes divided by geographical area, field of interest and type of beneficiary, type of organisation, and type of grant available
  • Each grant-maker’s description of project types that can or cannot qualify for funding

Click here to visit website for a copy.