As part of the coalition government's new approach to "welfare to work", they are looking to replace all existing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) programmes with a single framework that will cover all benefit claimants - Jobseekers Allowance claimants 12 months plus (or 6 months plus for under 25's), Lone Parents on Income Support, Employment and Support Allowance flow and Incapacity Benefit claimants.
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The Transport Board agreed that a sum of £12,000 be earmarked within the TTP’s 2010/11 WNF programme specifically for community and voluntary sector groups to bid into, for projects to promote sustainable transport.
In consultation with the Transport Action Group Convenor, the Transport Policy Unit has drafted the criteria, which will determine the approval or otherwise of project proposals brought forward by community and voluntary sector groups, the criteria can be found below.
The latest National Statistics from the Citizenship Survey produced by Communities and Local Government have been released.
Statistics from the Citizenship Survey include data covering a range of issues including community cohesion, empowerment, values, racial and religious prejudice and discrimination, volunteering and charitable giving.
Data in this statistical release are based on England, with the exception of the labour market and organisational discrimination figures which are based on England and Wales.
Volunteer-involving organisations that want to increase the diversity of the volunteers they recruit are being offered advice by Volunteering Greater Manchester.
Volunteering Greater Manchester is offering to work directly with a number of volunteer organisations to help them to think through and implement changes which could help them to involve volunteers who are more representative of their community.
For further information, contact Gwen Mason, on 0161 831 5457, or email: GwenM@refugee-action.org.uk.
Financial services provider Zurich has launched a scheme offering public liability insurance to small voluntary organisations and community groups for less than £10 a month or £75 a year.
Zurich said the policy would enable groups to purchase comprehensive public liability cover for a range of activities covering claims and losses of up to £10m.
The offer was developed in collaboration with local umbrella body Navca and is delivered by Tennyson Insurance.
The Office for Civil Society (OCS) has announced that it will cut £11m from its 2010/11 budget.
The cuts will come from the OCS itself, strategic partner v, Capacitybuilders, the Commission for the Compact and programmes to support social enterprises.
Youth volunteering charity v will lose £1.95m from its £39m grant for 2010/11, while its £15m match fund, in which the charity finds investment from the private sector to match the government’s contribution, will be reduced to £10m.
Get Legal has been developed by NCVO, with support from BWB, to enable organisations and their advisors to access clear information and guidance on the most appropriate legal form and governance structure for delivering their goals.
Get Legal offers clear guidance and information about legal structures. It aims to help individuals, organisations and advisors to make informed decisions as they set up and develop charities, social enterprises and co-operatives. It also explains a range of legal forms in detail.
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, and Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd, have written an open letter to the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors asking them to contribute their ideas to help reduce the deficit. They are being asked to share ideas about how they can help reduce the deficit directly with the Office for Civil Society.
The application window for grants under ‘cycle 4’ of Comic Relief’s UK Grant Programme is now open.
Registered charities and voluntary organisations (including social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK are invited to apply for grants of between £25,000 and £40,000.
The programme aims to bring about positive and lasting change in the lives of poor and disadvantaged people in the UK by investing in work that addresses people's immediate needs, as well as tackling the root causes of poverty and injustice.
Rayne fellowships for Refugees 2010 are now open
Fellowships enable individuals of a refugee back-ground to be supported with a resource fund of £15,000 to help grow their big idea. This could be in sport, culture, social enterprise in your community.
Rayne Fellows will be people with a great idea and a passion for building bridges between communities.
Rayne Fellowships are an exciting initiatives of the Rayne foundation supported by the Diana Princess of Wales memorial Fund