£700,000 of funding to the volunteering charity CSV to help small charities

  • The Cabinet Office has provided about £700,000 of funding to the volunteering charity CSV to run a scheme that aims to match 9,000 volunteers with 400 small charities.

    The Professionals scheme, funded through the government's £20m Social Action Fund, encourages people with professional skills to provide specific help to more than 400 community groups in activities including recruitment, IT support, fundraising or marketing.

    CSV has already been using the funding, given in April, to match 1,750 people with 180 organisations.

    It has a team of 12 staff across England encouraging people with the appropriate skills to get involved in the scheme. It will run until September 2013.

    CSV has also released the findings of research among 50 organisations of all sizes into the skills that they needed. It found that nearly half of those surveyed needed skilled volunteers. Two-thirds of them needed help with fundraising, 61 per cent with marketing and 44 per cent with accountancy and finance.

    Lucy de Groot, chief executive of CSV, said:

          "Our findings reinforce what we are hearing back from charities. It is clear that in the period of austerity we are all going through charities need more volunteers with commercial skills.

          They also need to make better use of the professional skills of existing volunteers to ensure their organisations are more businesslike and achieve greater charitable impact."

    Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, will today officially launch a partnership between CSV and National Grid that will see the energy company encourage its 10,000 employees in England to take part in the Professionals scheme.
    He said:

          "I have seen what a difference someone with business experience can make to a local charity. It is always striking how much they too get out of the experience personally.

          This campaign is a chance to inspire more people to use their talent and knowledge to put something really positive back into their community."

    Source: Third Sector

Related articles

  • Read More


    It was also found that the social care sector has the following characteristics:Social care seems like an adjunct to the NHS instead of being an important service in its own right. While the...

  • Read More

    Scottish Welfare Fund grants see a 13% rise in applications

    Data from the Scottish Government has shown that the number of applications to councils under the Scottish Welfare Fund has increased by 13% in just the last year, reports The Courier.Over the most...

  • Read More

    Local welfare assistance funds held back by councils

    The Centre for Responsible Credit using Freedom of Information requests carried out a study which found that 127 local authorities spent 52.8% of their £148.5m sharing of the local welfare...

  • Read More

    Landlord scheme has saved the NHS thousands of pounds

    The groups - Oldham Council, Oldham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and Oldham Housing Investment Partnership - consist of 10 social landlords who co-invested in the ‘Warm Homes Oldham'...

  • Read More

    Calls for NHS funding

    Stevens also called for an end to the ‘boom-bust' approach. Stevens told the Financial Times he hoped for more annual funding in addition to the £2bn lifeline that the Chancellor, George Osborne,...

  • Read More

    New Fundraising Campaign Launched by Hospital Charity

    The campaign encourages its supporters to partake in its ‘Every £1 Counts' fundraiser by making a donation and sharing a ‘pound selfie' on Facebook and Twitter throughout January.The charity are...

  • Read More

    Home care sector facing crisis due to workers’ wages

    A study by contractor Mears and the Local Government Information Unit have reported that councils should ensure they pay providers to enable them to pay ‘at least' minimum wage salaries.Liberal...

  • Read More

    Supported housing service for women and their children has received funding for community garden

    Endeavour Housing Associaiton's Rainham House temporary accommodation service has been awarded funding for their Roots and Shoots garden project. Working in partnership with community allotment...

  • Read More

    Social landlords urged to make do without grants

    Speaking to Inside Housing at the Conservative Party conference this week, Mr Lewis said: "If housing associations want to survive without government funding, that's a good thing."He said it would...

  • Read More

    Supporting People budget cut by £10m by the Welsh government

    A draft budget shows the government announcing plans to cut the budget for Supporting People from £134.4m in 2014/15 to £124.4m in 2015/16 which is a drop of 7.4%, reports Inside Housing.Despite...

Exempt Accommodation, Welfare Reform and Vulnerable Tenants Another excellent session from Support Solutions - excellent value for money and excellent training D.A - St Vincent's Housing Association


Briefing Signup