Youth sector infrastructure support

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is part of a group of funders, which is looking to understand how best to support the sector, particularly in terms of infrastructure support. This is part of a wider collaboration that aims to ensure children and young people thrive and brings together a wide range of stakeholders including young people, funders, service and direct delivery …

Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from 1 October

The Prime Minister on Friday announced that business events, conferences and events centres will be given the go-ahead to reopen on 1 October, as long as users are adhering to social distancing. New guidance to be published by DCMS and the Association of Event Organisers, will help event organisers, venue operators and participants understand how they can work and host …

COVID-19 guidance updates from UK Government

There have been a host of Government updates recently to prepare people and organisations for what comes next. So here we have a round-up of relevant documents that have received the update treatment this week: Guidance for the safe use of multi-purpose community facilities Guidance for the safe use of places of worship during the pandemic Guidance for people who …

Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme

Community organisations in England facing financial difficulties due to COVID-19 can apply for grants of up to £100,000 from the Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme. However, the window for applications is really tight. There are three – 28th July, 4th August and 11th August and it appears they open for 3-hour slots. There is a webinar on 23rd July to clarify …

Comic Relief COVID-19 Community Support Fund – Now open for applications

Comic Relief has released their own COVID-19 Community Support Fund which will support local grassroots organisations to recover after the initial COVID-19 emergency, and it will award grants of £4,000. The programme is designed to provide a grant for immediate short term recovery purposes rather than fund a specific project. There is also a capacity building grant of £1,000 available. …

Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands – Volunteer as a Trustee

Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands is a charity that offers support and practical help to parents with children in the Staffordshire Moorlands’ District. They are currently recruiting two Trustees. Volunteer Trustees: Treasurer & General Trustee Would you like to be involved as a trustee in improving the life chances of families in the Staffordshire Moorlands District? Home-Start Staffordshire Moorlands is looking to …

£585,000 of emergency funding for LGBTQ+ organisations and groups

LGBTQ+ organisations and groups across the UK will soon be able to apply for grants of up to £15,000 to help their vital role in supporting LGBTQ+ communities through the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. METRO Charity in partnership with NAZ, Equality Network, The Rainbow Project, Umbrella Cymru, Yorkshire MESMAC and Birmingham LGBT, will be cascading the £585,000 fund from Comic …

Government guidance: two things to note

The Government has issued guidance on two topics relevant to the voluntary sector recently. Here they are below in more detail: Holding meetings online or by phone Guidance for charities electing to hold governance meetings online or over the phone, specifically if there is no reference to this in their governing documents. Please click here to see the guidance Insolvency …

VCS Emergencies Partnership website launched

The VCS Emergencies Partnership has launched its website which includes a service to support local organisations and community groups to respond to emergencies, where needed. This is done by matching needs with resources locally, regionally and nationally. Click here to go to the VCS EP website

20 areas of England at most risk of coronavirus resurgence

The Government has drawn up a list of 20 councils facing the worst coronavirus outbreaks in England, with Bradford, Sheffield and Kirklees identified as areas needing “enhanced support”. As evidence mounts that the relaxation of lockdown rules is leading to a resurgence of Covid-19 in some of England’s most deprived and ethnically mixed areas, officials have ordered the army to …