The Speak Up Fund is provided and administered by the Community Film Unit. Funding is intended to support voluntary organisations across England that have a film-based project that shows dedication towards their local communities.
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Following the first round of commissioning in July 2011, during which Manchester City Council commissioned youth related activities from voluntary sector organisations within the city for the period 1 August 2011 to 31 March 2013. Manchester City Council are now seeking to commission further services for young people aged 10-19 for the period of 1 April 2012 to 31 March 2013. The second round of funding is being jointly commissioned by Neighbourhood Services and Children's Services and reflects the jointly agreed Valuing Young People Strategy.
NCVO is seeking your comments and experiences on the relationship between local authorities and the voluntary and community sector.
Your views will be collated and submitted to the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG, the central government body responsible for local authorities).
To complete the survey visit: www.surveymonkey.com/s/dclg_commissioning.
Deadline: Thursday 9 February 2012
The government vision for the NHS seeks to put patients and the public first; the principle is based on shared decision-making; learns from people’s experiences of using services and listens to patients and the public in the commissioning and provision of services for local communities.
In line with this vision the current Health and Social Care Bill seeks to strengthen the collective voice of patients, users of care services and the public through the establishment of HealthWatch England and Local HealthWatch organisations in each county council and unitary local authority area.
In autumn 2010, the Government's Comprehensive Spending Review outlined plans to reduce public spending. This meant that Manchester City Council had to make £109million of savings during the 2011/12 financial year, rising to £170million by 2012/13; this is a reduction representing around 25% of the net spend of the Council.
The Manchester Health & Wellbeing Board is updating the city's strategy around alcohol. The key themes are:
• Developing a culture of responsible drinking, where we drink less, less often, by ensuring that individuals have access to information and support to help them make informed choices and change behaviour
• Ensuring a responsible alcohol retail industry brings benefits to our economy without harming our communities, by supporting responsible retailing and enforcement activity to address poor practice
The Managing Money Better grants programme will help older people cope with the challenges of this particularly harsh financial climate and the resultant exclusion and hardship it is causing.
This programme will be aimed at supporting older people (65+) to build their knowledge and skills to manage their money more effectively, ensure access to good, independent financial advice, guard against financial scams and abuse and cope better with cold homes.
FC United are working alongside Manchester City Council, ZEST and Adactus Housing Association to run a Good Neighbours Scheme. The scheme is staffed by police checked volunteers.
The volunteers will visit an older person who may be struggling with day to day tasks. They can visit once a week to help out with whatever is required, such as helping with a visit to the shops or the post office, help with simple shopping or DIY or just to come around for a brew and a chat.
The Big Lottery Fund has published a discussion paper, Building Capabilities for impact and legacy, about its new £20m infrastructure programme which will complement the Transforming Local Infrastructure fund. This discussion paper is for voluntary sector and social enterprise managers working in both frontline and infrastructure support and development organisations.
WWF is running a nationwide competition to find one community which will be given the honour of leading the Earth Hour switch-off in the UK. The winning community will win a £1,000 grant to make sure that their ‘switched off’ event goes with a bang. Entries for the prize are being invited from schools, workplaces, streets, villages, pubs and clubs.
The annual event, which asks communities around the world to turn off their lights at home for just an hour, will take place on 31 March 2012.