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    Study into Bilateral Cochlear implants to take place

    Bilateral cochlear implants are prosthetic devices which make use of electrode arrays surgically implanted in the cochlea of the inner ear to provide a sense of sound to those how have a profound loss of hearing, reports the Guardian. Working with therapy they allow children born without hearing to develop excellent speech and language. One implant allows users to perceive speech and sounds, and...

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    CHARITY WORKS TOWARDS A NATIONAL PLAN TO END HOMELESSNESS

    Prime minister, Theresa May and the first ministers of Scotland and Wales congratulated "Crisis" on its anniversary and gave an assurance to work hand in hand with them while on a quest to eradicate homelessness.'Crisis' aims for the following:According to Prime Minister, Theresa May:"No one should be forced to sleep on our streets, and this government is determined to end homelessness in all...

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    THE FATE OF EU-FUNDED PROJECTS AND ITS EFFECT ON CHARITY SERVICES

    In March 2016, forecasts of growth were low and the government's own estimates put the Treasury's coffers £122bn poorer by 2020.The supreme court has also determined that MPs must approve the triggering article 50, which means legislation, will be needed.This may mean that services will be cut, hitting the poorest and hence, more pressure on charity services.According to the Guardian, the fate...

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    INCREASE IN THREATS OF EVICTIONS FROM HOMES

    After analysing statistics from the Ministry of Justice, the housing charity (Shelter) found the following:In the past year, the number of people seeking advice from 'Shelter' on their eviction issues is on the increase - 9,800 people facing eviction have called the Shelter helpline, and 500,000 people have visited their website eviction advice pages.The helpline director for shelter, Nadeem Khan...

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    CHARITIES, THEIR BRANDS, BENEFICIARIES AND HOW TO EFFECT CHANGE

    "Most charities exist because their founders believed the future could be different if they mobilised supporters", but Mandy Johnson of the Guardian believes"This vision is being lost."Charities are reluctant to create change if the method of doing so does not shine a light on their organisation and comply with brand guidelines."Branding is important, but surely, if you have the opportunity to...

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    Support for veterans to return to work

    Places for People hopes to support veterans into the workplace and also benefit from the skills and experience they have to offer, reports 24dash.All veterans applying for jobs in Places for People's Property Maintenance Division through the CTP will be guaranteed an interview as long as they meet the minimum role requirements. Roles include, plumbers, carpenters, electricians, team leaders,...

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    Charity registers as social landlord

    It has now registered its housing department as a housing association, Inside Housing reports.The charity set up Golden Lane Housing (GLH) in 1998, which has now registered to be a social landlord with the Homes and Communities Agency.The organisation owns 400 homes across England and will now be subject to HCA regulation and access grant and financial benefits for housing associations.Director...

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    Charity to develop app for people with disabilities

    The funding will enable the charity to develop and test the free app, called FlyCatcher, which could be on the market by 2016.The app uses iBeacon technology to send information through smartphones and tablets. It could transform how people with disabilities and learning difficulties manage in unfamiliar surroundings, SouthWest Business reports.Information can be first designed as text, images,...

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    Young people’s health harmed by fuel poverty

    The Department of Energy and Climate Change have reported that 10% of households in England were in fuel poverty.The charity, Turn2us have stated that 75% of the 2,060 adults in the PRS who were surveyed last year stated that their children's health was affected due to not being able to heat their homes sufficiently, Inside Housing reports.  81% of the people who partook in the study, whose...

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    Homelessness in Scotland

    Shelter Scotland stated that this percentage is ‘disproportionate' to the sector's size which makes up 13% of all housing in Scotland, Inside Housing reports. It was also mentioned that the number of people who gave ‘long term roofless' as their previous housing situation increased by almost 25%.The youth homeless rate is at 13.7 per 1,000 which is at more than double the rate for the over...

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    Homelessness an ‘increasing trend’ in Wales

    Cais blames the lack of options available to individuals due to the change in the type of support that can be offered.The Chief Executive of Cais, Clive Wolfendale has described the problem of homelessness as an ‘increasing trend', BBC reports. Wolfendale further stated, "I think individuals are finding themselves not able to be supported by housing organisations and authorities of all types....

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    £2.3m for people with vulnerabilities given out by the Scottish Government

    The Scottish Government has announced that 32 projects will receive a part of the money which has been set aside in its 2015/16 draft budget, reports Inside Housing.Housing minister Margaret Burgess made the announcement saying: "It is heart-breaking that in a country as prosperous as Scotland some people do not have the support they need to help them live as independently as they can and fulfil...

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    Strike suspended for staff at Shelter charity

    The strike was intended for three days, and was due to start yesterday but was called off after the management at Shelter proposed an improved offer to their staff. Reports Inside Housing. that wasThe negotiation includes better pay rates for beginners, and the withdrawals of plans to review pay for existing staff and will be put to embers in a ballot over the next few days.A recent Unite ballot...

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    Donating to Charity with a Tweet

    Technology has made for pathways and platforms for people to post their interests with the world. Although we've made easy access for pages, people and hobbies that we like, we haven't been paying much attention to the people and causes that need our consideration. Using the same technology that aids us in keeping up to date with the things that we find beneficial for our own amusement,...

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    Charity prepares for rise in domestic violence over Christmas

    The Southern Domestic Abuse Service provides refuge accommodation and outreach services for women, children and men who have experienced in the past, or still experiencing domestic abuse. This charity is a safe haven for people who do not have any other options for when their families break down, especially during the Christmas period where they have do not have any others to turn to.They have...

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    Unilever’s Campaign: #ClearAPlate

    Unilever have launched a new campaign, #ClearAPlate with aims to reduce food waste and raise awareness about food poverty. This campaign encourages people to share a photo of their empty plates on Twitter or Facebook, emphasising the need for people to try and decrease their wastage as much as possible. Currently, an estimated 11,500 tonnes of food is thrown away every day. Unilever directly...

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    The power of social media in preventing diseases

    The Waterworks application enables Facebook users to learn of the differences that their donations actually make.Almost 800 million human beings do not have access to clean drinking water. This is made worse when water-borne diseases pose a major threat to the weakest members of society and leads to a child dying from a water-related illness every 20 seconds. However, this is all preventable.The...

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    Caring at Christmas - Shelter for the Homeless

    It is a unique month to the rest of the year as some of us will find ourselves gazing in awe at the glistening lights and festivities in the city, some of us will be slowly ticking off our never-ending shopping lists, but many of us will be trying to give our friends and family that very special Christmas. Whilst we may plan feasts with our loved ones, there is a large proportion of our...

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    Charities say use their expertise to improve work programme's ‘poor performance'

    A report by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations has found that the contractors of the work programme "are failing to help people furthest from the labour market to find work," reports Inside Housing.Stepping Stones, the Role of the Voluntary Sector in Future Welfare to Work Schemes, says that the work programme has "failed to help many service users with multiple or complex needs"...

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    Over 870,000 people in Scotland are living in poverty

    A group of eight charities which include Shelter Scotland and Child Poverty Action Group have joined together to form Scotland Outlook, and say there is a "bleak outlook" for people living in deprivation in the country. The group have said that many children were living below the breadline and many were turning to foodbanks to feed themselves, reports Inside Housing.Their campaign aims to show...

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    Housing group and youth homeless charity join forces

    Charity Key Unlocking Features has joined Progress Housing Group so that it can extend its independent support work.The charity provides help and support to young people up to the age of 25 who are homeless or worried about becoming homeless. It offers information and advocacy, giving support to young people in their accommodation, a drop-in service, counselling and mediation services as well as...

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    Shelter hangs stockings outside Scottish parliament

    The stockings are said to symbolise the amount of children who will be homeless in the country over Christmas.  They intend to hand the empty stockings out to members of the public who will then be asked to donate a gift so they are able to give it to a homeless child. Shelter also wants the Scottish Government to adopt guidelines on minimum standards of temporary accommodation whilst also...

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    Shelter Scotland want to 'Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster'

    ‘Banish the Bedroom Tax Monster' campaign calls on Scotland's politicians in Westminster, Holyrood and in local authorities to do more to support households affected by bedroom tax. A survey by Shelter found that nearly half of those in Scotland think the Scottish government should help household that have been hit by the task. 47% of people asked said the Scottish government should provide...

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    Non-Profit portfolio service has been launched for charities overlooked by asset managers

    It is their view that policymakers will refrain from raising interest rates for some years so that the economy will recover and older investors and institutions seeking income will support the bond market in the long term. Bob Devin, the Portfolio Manage said, "Research indicates there is a lot of spare capacity in the economy and GDP growth could continue to rise significantly before capacity...

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    Help and support needed for "forgotten families"

    Shelter believe that a multibillion-pound programme to build shared ownership properties is needed to help the 1.8 million "forgotten families" in England. This is due to three-quarters of households earning £20,000 to £40,000 are now unable to buy a family-sized home and with a lack of social housing, they are facing having to rent privately or being stuck on the first rung of the property...

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    Charities Are Deviating From Writing Text Based Reports And Embracing Forms Of Media Including Social Media

    Earlier this year, at the Charity Finance Group's annual conference, charities were counselled to tweet about the impact they are having, rather than produce impact reports.This was a quest to encourage the use of social media as well as other forms of media to disseminate information.The Guardian has revealed the opinions of some charities:Sound DeliveryJude Habib, creative director at the...

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    New implications for charity campaigns

    In September the Transparency of Lobbying, Non-part Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Bill will be given its second reading in the Commons. In section two of the Bill, provisions intended to stop third party spending in general election campaigns having "undue influence". This is due to government's claims of a lack of transparency in the way that third parties campaign in elections...

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    Disabilties holding people back from securing volunteering roles

    Through seminars ran earlier this year, the Disability Rights UK and Community Service Volunteers have conducted research and found that many people with disabilities experience a high level of difficultly when finding volunteering roles. They interviewed disabled people and tried to find out what barriers were stopping them from being able to volunteer. Sue Bott, director of policy and...

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    Funding for numerous homelessness projects

    Inside Housing have reported that homelessness projects have been awarded £84,747 in England to help strengthen and secure their future. The ‘Future Ready Fund' has granted projects in the east midlands, south east and east to help tackle homelessness.The fund has a total budget of £500,000 in 2013/14 and has made 37 grants worth over £750,000 to date. These funds are backed by the Homeless...

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    Charity sees 30% rise in rape and sexual assault reports

    New Pathways is a registered charitable company that provides a range of specialist counselling and advocacy services for women, men, children and young people who have been affected by rape or sexual abuse.The charity's sexual assault referral centres are used by Welsh police forcesNew Pathways have reported that the number of rapes and sexual assaults has risen by 30% in a year. Referrals have...

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    Charities Could Gain £175m From Payroll Giving

     Payroll giving is where people are able to give to charity from their salary before tax is deducted; there are currently around 735,000 payroll donors in the UK who gave a combined £118million to charity in 2011/12, but this is the equivalent of only 1 in 34 employees donating through payroll giving.This is likely to be because only 8,500 of the UK's 4.8 million employers offer their employees...

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    NCVO Pointers on PASC Review of Charity Act

    The report on the implementation of the Charities Act 2006 says the Charity Commission is being asked to do too much, with too little.The charitable sector is at the heart of UK society, involving millions of people and £9.3 billion received in donations in 2011/2012. Around 25 new applications for charitable status are received by the Charity Commission every working day.Summary of the PASC...

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    Lack of Funding for Charities to Manage Finances

     Smaller charities could be hindered by relying on staff who are underqualified for the position, in particular for financial management roles.Making it Count: A Report into Financial Management in Small Charities shows that most financial management is carried out by staff and trustees who do not have adequate financial expertise.This is usually due to lack of funding available to employ people...

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    Abuse Poster That Only a Child Can See

    The special design means that the image you see is different depending on the angle you view it at, so the helpline is only visible from a childs height.This is intended to be a private message for if the child is with the person who abuses them, to prevent their abuser discouraging them from calling the number.Spanish organisation the Anar Foundation used lenticular printing - a technique which...

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    Shelter and CAB Create Joint Service for Welfare Reforms

     Shelter Scotland and the Inverness, Badenoch & Strathspey CAB will be opening a joint hub in Inverness, offering weekly drop in sessions and appointments.It will have a housing adviser and a money and debt adviser, to give a place where both sets of advice can be obtained at a time when more and more people need help.They hope it will help people keep their homes as they struggle with rent and...

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    Guidelines to Ensure Charities are used fairly for public contracts

     The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Serco have publish a best-practice public services contracting code to try and keep contractors and charities working smoothly together.There have been problems experienced so far with charities being at a disadvantage, and the guidelines are intended to help improve relationships between private and voluntary sector.Contractors have...

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    MOJ launch service to help Charities with Reoffending

     The data will give voluntary and community sector (VCS) agencies access to high-quality reoffending data tailored to their needs. The data they submit will matched with national records to give a reoffending rate, and will be compared with a control group to show the effectiveness.This is intended to give valuable information for rehabilitation schemes and gives the service an understanding of...

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    Finance for Charities falls £2.1bn short

    Mind the Finance Gap: Evidencing Demand for Community Finance shows that the government estimate in 2011, when giving approval for state-aid for social enterprise lender Big Society Capital, shows the difference was at £1.7 billion then.The report says that this amount could have grown by up to £400m since that point because of worsening funding conditions and increased demand from entrants to...

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    Shelter At Risk of Closing Advice Services

    Via Cambell Robb, The GuardianWe have been informing staff at 10 of our advice services that their offices are at risk of closing in April. While we will be doing everything we can to keep the numbers as low as possible, if the proposals go ahead, up to 100 people would be made redundant. This is a significant proportion of our work - in total, we provide services in about 30 locations across...

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    Midlands charity named as most innovative housing providers

     The charity provides services in Birmingham and the surrounding areas including having core services in Derbyshire and Shropshire. Formerly the care and support department within Trident Housing Association, it was set up as a separate charity in 2009.Rajbir Shergill, Head of Tenancy Support at Trident Reach, said it was a major achievement for such a relatively young organisation to be...

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    Catholic Charity has to Stop Discrimination Against Same Sex Couples

    A report on the St Margaret's Children and Family Care Society by the OSCR says the charity fails the charity test and will lose its charitable status unless it complies with the Equality Act 2010, which outlaws discrimination against same-sex couples.The regulator found that the charity was prioritising applications from couples who had been married for at least two years. The inquiry report...

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    Two Big Issue Vendors Murdered in Birmingham

    Wayne Busst, 32, and Ian Gladwish, 31, both from the city, had sold the Big Issue in Birmingham for a long time, and were said to be popular with the charity.Big Issue founder and editor-in-chief John Bird has paid tribute to the two vendors and said everyone at the magazine was devastated. He said:Myself and everyone at The Big Issue has been deeply saddened to hear the tragic news that two of...

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    Donating needs to modernise for younger donators

    A report, Insights Into 25 Years of Payroll Giving, published by CAF on Monday, shows that only 3 per cent of employees give to charity through the scheme. In 2011/12, £118m was given to good causes by 735,000 people through the payroll.But only 1.9 per cent of employees under 30 give through the scheme, compared with 4.5 per cent of those aged between 30 and 49, the report found.CAF has urged...

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    Charities Hit Hard by Cuts

    252 senior workers in charities of all sizes were surveyed between 18 September 2012 and 1 November 2012.Nearly half of the executives surveyed said they were using reserves to cover income shortfalls in the past 12 months and more than a quarter said they had cut front-line services, with one in four making staff cuts.The survey has found:CAF has launched a new campaign last month with the NCVO...

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    Children in Need raise record donations

    This shows that in spite of difficult times, Children in Need has not lost site of the poverty and struggles surrounding some children's lives at the moment.The help that they give to thousands of families struggling to survive, as well as those children suffering from abuse and neglect, is even more important in times of austerity.It is easy to lose sight of the real issues behind the scandals...

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    Charity treasurer jailed for writing £27k of cheques to himself

    Wrench had been a volunteer at the charity, which helps people suffering with multiple sclerosis, for 6 years; between March 2010 and February this year had written himself 71 cheques out of the Macclesfield branch's annual income of £100,000.As treasurer, he is required to complete the annual reports before 31st October, but by January had not submitted them. He then gave his notice for this...

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    NCVO income falls by 27% after reductions in grants

    This is following a reduction in the grant they receive from the Cabinet Office of over 50%, £1.09m to £500,000, and loss of all its funding from Capacitybuilders, which was £1.6m in 2011.The NCVO's yearly income fell over a quarter from £10.14m to £7.39m, and over the year reduced it's staff from 115 to 88. Donations fell from £60,000 to £36,000 and membership also dropped from 8,375 to...

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    Bullied 14 year old starts Tourettes Awareness Charity

    After being diagnosed with Tourette's Syndrome at seven years old, he started to get tics when he was 8, and now suffers with head movements and a facial tic.Jack also suffers with Asperger Syndrome, which is agrevated by the tics, as they cause him anxiety and stress, but he controls this himself.With support from his family and teachers, he has worked for a year to set up a Tourettes Awareness...

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    Only 12% of charities comply with reserve rules

    The figure now is 59% have a reserves policy with annual incomes between £25,000 and £250,000, and 91% of charities with incomes of more than  £500,000 per year did.However, this still needs to be improved as only 12% explain where this figure comes from, and 17% overstated the level of their reserves.The report says:For example, most of the statements reviewed do not contain an adequate...

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    Small Charities Will Struggle to Claim under new Small Donations Scheme

    Thomas was speaking in Parliament during the committee stage of the Small Charitable Donations Bill, and said the bill had originally been intended to be easy and light on paperwork, but that it was now extremely difficult for small charities to use.The small donations scheme will allow charities to claim £1,250 a year in Gift Aid-like payments on donations without an individual Gift Aid...

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    Professionalisation of charities might have alienated donors

    Research published last month by CAF showed that more than half of all donations to charities now come from the over-60s, compared with just over a third 30 years ago.Stewart told delegates part of the problem was that many people had become disconnected from those charities that had professionalised their operations.He said:We have put so much energy and joy into the development of a specialised...

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    Funding Central - a useful guide for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises

    Funding Central is a free website for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises, run by NCVO and funded by the Cabinet Office.The site provides access to thousands of funding and finance opportunities with the ability to search for the funding required, as well as tools and resources supporting organisations to develop sustainable income strategies appropriate to their needs.They...

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    51 charities in Colchester close in 5 years

    The figures, obtained from the Charity Commission, show 51 organisations have been taken off the charity register since the recession hit.The statistics also show schools' friends groups and women's institutes have suffered as much as mainstream charities.In 2007/08, six charities came off the register, including Layer-de-la-Haye Women's Institute and Colchester Mencap Hospitals League of...

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    Changes to business rates might harm charities, say NCVO and CFG

    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Charity Finance Group have warned that proposed changes to business rates might harm charities.Both organisations made the claims in response to a consultation document, Business Rates Retention: technical consultation, put out by the Department for Communities and Local Government, which closed on Monday.The department proposes to increase...

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    Charities face generation time-bomb

    CAF, which promotes charitable giving and provides financial services and social finance to not-for-profit organisations, is calling for urgent action to reverse the alarming trends highlighted in a new report by a leading academic.The study by Professor Sarah Smith, of the University of Bristol, which was commissioned by CAF, warns that charities face a ‘donation deficit' in the years to come...

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    The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and Volunteering England agree to merge

    The organisations announced that their trustee boards had agreed to go ahead with the merger, providing the diligence process was satisfactorily completed.A joint statement said that the merged organisation would use the NCVO's name but it would keep the brands of Volunteering England and the Institute for Volunteering Research, a Volunteering England initiative that carries out research into...

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    Walk to a Well World Week!

    Bupa's Walk To A Well World week runs from today to Sunday, September 23.It will promote the physical and mental health benefits of walking and hopes to inspire Bupa residents, staff and members of their communities to become more active.The Saltshouse Road nursing home is stepping up and taking part in a memory walk on Friday, and is encouraging members of the local community to join in.Home...

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    Barnardo's and KFC start new partnership

    Barnardo's has partnered with fast food chain KFC in a new initiative where unemployed vulnerable young people gain work experience in unpaid work placements at KFC branches.It follows a successful pilot where nine young people from Barnardo's services did work placements with KFC - two found paid employment as a result.KFC and Barnardo's are now rolling out the partnership across the country in...

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    Third sector and small charities at risk following cuts

    Since 2009, larger charities and housing associations have found a modest growth in income. However, for other charities it has still not improved since 2009 and a large proportion are spending more than their income.Martin Sime, Chief Executive, Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said:As income falls short of expenditure, particularly for smaller charities, organisations are being...

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