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Attitudes to Foster Care Survey

11 Apr 2012 - 09:05 by michelle.foster

Caritas Diocese of Salford, a Greater Manchester social welfare charity that is also a Foster Care Agency, is conducting an online survey in order to find out more about the region’s attitudes towards Fostering and Foster Care.

The results will help vulnerable children in the care system by having a more targeted approach in attracting local carers.

The survey only takes 10 minutes to complete and applicants can enter into a prize draw to win a £100 M&S voucher.

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Achieve Pilots – Helping Ex-Offenders into work

5 Apr 2012 - 15:46 by michelle.foster

“Achieve” is a Ministry Of Justice scheme, to help ex-offenders into work, especially those with additional disadvantages. Participants in the scheme are either on community orders, released on licence, or released from a short sentence.

Greater Manchester Probation is delivering the scheme for the North West region. They are just finishing delivering the first contract and will begin a second one in April 2012.

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Hilton in the Community Foundation

5 Apr 2012 - 10:03 by michelle.foster

The Hilton in the Community Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.

There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request; however, the Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to two years for any particular project.

Grants can be awarded for medium to long-term projects or for one-off causes.

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Nominet Trust

5 Apr 2012 - 10:00 by michelle.foster

The Nominet Trust will provide funding to organisations to carry out UK-based or international projects to improve and encourage the safe use of the Internet for educational, inclusion and other charitable purposes.

To make sure they achieve the greatest impact, their focus is on supporting projects and organisations that use digital technology to improve lives of the disadvantaged and vulnerable and to strengthen communities.

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Carillion Dragon’s Den

30 Mar 2012 - 14:15 by michelle.foster

Carillion, a UK Construction Company, are committed to enhancing the environment and communities in which they work. Carillion focuses on those areas where they can contribute most, using their knowledge and expertise, reflecting the priorities of their stakeholders.

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Guides to Help with Tendering

30 Mar 2012 - 14:11 by michelle.foster

Tendering for Care (TfC) have produced a Handy Guide to Tendering and Procurement and a Public Procurement Glossary that are available to download for free.

When facing their first public sector tender for a health or social care contract many providers find the whole prospect daunting. The secret of success is not to leave finding out what it is all about until the tender is published, prepare and plan early, leaving plenty of time to deal with the requirements and the documents themselves.

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NCVO Campaign - Give it back, George - drop the charity tax

28 Mar 2012 - 14:48 by michelle.foster

The cap on income tax reliefs that George Osborne announced in the Budget will negatively affect many voluntary sector organisations, both large and small.

It will discourage the major donors that give large, one-off donations to many charities. And it's important to remember that today's gifts are also tomorrow's grants. These donors are behind many of the grant-giving trusts and foundations that support frontline organisations.

It's also worrying that the Treasury are now equating giving to charity with avoiding tax.

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