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Adult Learners’ Week 2012 Get Involved

22 Mar 2012 - 10:19 by michelle.foster

What is Adult Learners’ Week?
Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest annual festival of learning; inspiring thousands of people each year to discover how learning can change their lives. Adult Learners' Week has been promoting and supporting adult informal learning in the UK for over 20 years.

Informal Adult Learning includes a massive spectrum from arts and crafts and wider cultural learning, to personal development, active citizenship and the growing agenda of environmental issues.

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The Hilden Charitable Fund – Summer Play Schemes

22 Mar 2012 - 10:07 by michelle.foster

The Hilden Charitable Fund has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities. Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.

Trustees look to fund:
• Projects for children aged 5 to 18 years
• Locally based schemes lasting from 2 to 6 weeks
• Schemes with strong volunteer support

Applications are accepted from voluntary agencies with an income of less than £120,000.

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Changes to HMRC Charities Gift Aid Declarations

22 Mar 2012 - 10:00 by michelle.foster

HMRC has published its updated guidance notes on Gift Aid declarations and provided new model declarations. HMRC have added a new checklist of the minimum information to be included in a declaration if a charity decides to create and use its own declaration form.

The new HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) Charities Gift Aid declaration form and guidance notes came into effect in late February 2012 and charities have until 31 December 2012 to comply.

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Help a Heart Grants

22 Mar 2012 - 09:57 by michelle.foster

The British Heart Foundation would like to hear from people with ideas to improve heart health across the UK.

If you have an idea for a project that could make a real difference to people living with a heart condition, or those who are at high risk of heart disease, then the Help a Heart Grant could be the kick start your project needs.

The British Heart Foundation have Help a Heart Grants for between £300 and £2,000 available for voluntary and community groups that want to make a real difference in their area.

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Empty Homes Community Grant Programme

16 Mar 2012 - 14:44 by michelle.foster

The Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister published Laying the Foundations: A Housing Strategy for England on 21 November 2011, an important part of which is its strategy for tackling empty properties.

The strategy, as part of the Government’s wider approach to housing outlines a number of tools, approaches and potential resources for tackling empty properties, including £100m capital funding from within the 2012-15 Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).

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BBC Children in Need General Grants Programme

16 Mar 2012 - 11:42 by michelle.foster

BBC Children in Need Grants are given which focus firmly on children and young people experiencing disadvantage, organisations are funded which work to combat this disadvantage and to make a real difference to children and young people's lives.

The BBC Children in Need's grants programmes are open to organisations working with disadvantaged children and young people who are 18 years old and under.

Organisation and projects must be based in the UK and need to be a registered charity or other not-for-profit organisation.

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Volunteer Centre Manchester - Consultation Questionnaire

15 Mar 2012 - 11:53 by michelle.foster

Volunteer Centre Manchester and Macc would like to thank you for taking the time to come along to the consultation events at the end of February / start of March.

If you could not make the events and would still like to have your say, you can complete the following online questionnaires which should take no more than a few minutes of your time.

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Manchester Net Squared

14 Mar 2012 - 16:05 by michelle.foster

Manchester Net Squared (#mcrn2) brings together social changemakers and web innovators to network, socialise and share ideas.

Manchester Net Squared holds regular events to bring together nonprofits and social benefit organisations to see how they can use the web for social change.

They organise two things:
• Net Tuesdays are free monthly gatherings that focus on a use of technology for social change. These are held at the MadLab in central Manchester and generally involve someone giving a talk or demo, plus some discussion and learning.

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