Many organisations either rent or use council-owned premises. The attached guide, produced by NCVO, is a short introduction on how the Compact, public law, and equalities duties, are relevant and can be used where decisions are taken that affect your use of premises. It will help organisations to know where they stand, what their rights are, and how they may be able to challenge unfair decisions.
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Are you new to Manchester? Do you feel isolated or would like to meet new people? Then it may help to meet with one of LGF’s befrienders.
The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) are offering a free service to Manchester residents over the age of 25 who would like to engage with their local community, try new things and build confidence.
LGF will cover the cost of activities and can help towards travel expenses.
For further information and to apply, contact 0845 330 3030, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Old Possum’s Practical Trust is a registered charity giving grants to support literary, artistic, musical and theatrical projects and organisations. The amount of each grant usually falls within the range of £500 - £5,000.
Grants are more likely to be given for projects which fall within artistic, aesthetic, literary, musical and theatrical criteria. All applications must demonstrate a high level of sustainability and contextual impact. Priority will be given to those which have an impact on future literary work and display enterprise in their artistic endeavour.
A resource on risk management for small charities and new trustees has been published on the Charity Commission’s website.
The new web pages provide 10 useful questions that small charities should ask themselves to avoid problems. These cover areas such as making sure your charity is working in line with its governing document, ensuring that all trustees are properly appointed, how to assess risk and the importance of preparing accounts and trustee reports. Simplified risk management and how small charities can avoid typical risks are also covered.
Compact Voice are encouraging anyone with a knowledge of their local Compact to take part in their first annual survey.
The short survey aims to gather up-to-date information about the state of all local Compacts across England, identifying where they are working well and where improvement is needed.
The current era of localism, deregulation, and budget cuts means it’s vital that strong relationships and services flourish and remain intact, and local Compacts are a key mechanism to help achieve this.
Manchester Adult Education Service in partnership with Greater Manchester Skills Funding Agency have released information about the Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities (NLDC) Fund 2011-2012.
The purpose of the Neighbourhood Learning in Deprived Communities (NLDC) fund is to:
• reach disadvantaged communities and individuals; to enable them to participate in learning
• support local voluntary and community sector organisations to develop their capacity to deliver learning opportunities for residents of disadvantaged neighbourhoods
While the Big Society Bank is being set up the Big Lottery Fund (BLF) have been asked to distribute up to £5 million raised from dormant bank accounts, to realise some early benefits and provide a springboard for the future.
The aim is to build the diversity and resilience of the social investment market by investing in well managed, ambitious and financially sound social investment intermediaries, so that charities and social enterprises are able to access capital that will enable them to work more effectively in communities and together address the needs of society.
A £30 million fund aimed at helping families and individuals avoid financial difficulty has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund.
The Improving Financial Confidence programme will offer grants worth between £500,000 and £1 million for projects lasting between three and five years, to be delivered by partnerships led by voluntary sector organisations.
The aim of the programme is to give people more confidence and skills in accessing and using financial services, such as bank accounts and affordable loans.
The Charity Commission has launched updated versions of its model of Articles of Association, Constitution and Trust Deed.
These model documents now have the same provisions for benefits and payments to trustees and those closely connected with them. These provisions are also consistent with the CIO model constitutions.
Manchester Local Involvement Network (LINk) has published “Your Home, Your Rights - A guide for customers”. The booklet provides advice for vulnerable people on what they have a right to expect and how to raise complaints about personal care provided in their own home (homecare).
The booklet gives real life examples of the experiences people have had – good and bad – to help people get the message that they have a right to good care.