ACEVO – The Charity Leaders Network Annual Report

Read the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations Trustee Report and Financial Statement for 2018/2019

As well as being of interest if you want to know more about ACEVO and what they do, this is also a good example of how to structure your annual report and make sure that it’s clear, relevant and interesting.

Download the report:

Visit the ACEVO website

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The Civil Society Strategy: One Year On

A View from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Last August the government published its civil society strategy. One year on Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy and Public Services at NCVO, looks at what’s happened, whether any progress has been made, and what effect Brexit and changes in ministers have had.

Since its publication last summer, we’ve seen changes in the ministers in charge of civil society policy, as well as a necessary focus on all the departments’ resources and capacity on preparing for Brexit, most urgently for the event of no deal. And politically, as of last month we have a new government in charge.

All this has inevitably meant that the impetus that was initially behind the strategy, as well as its ambitions of setting a roadmap for the future of civil society, has somewhat been lost along the way.

But has this really been noticed? Are charities up and down the country asking themselves ‘what is happening with the civil society strategy?’.

Read the full article…

New Funding for Community Spaces

Grants and loans of up to £50k available from The Co-op Foundation and Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Space to Connect Fund – England only

This is a joint DCMS – Co-op Funding opportunity for community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Please note, there are two strands of funding. The ‘Enhance’ strand for existing projects to scale or secure financial sustainability, closes on 31 July; the ‘Explore’ strand for conception stage projects is open for application till 12 August.

For more information and to apply see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/space-to-connect/

Community Space Interest Free Loans – Wales only

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to help organisations that own or manage a community space in Wales for the benefit of local people and the environment to grow their trading activities and become more sustainable. Funding should help organisations boost their income through viable business ideas so they can benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges.

For more information, see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/cs-funding-uk-2/ 

Endangered Spaces

The Co-op Foundation is inviting community organisations to apply for funding from its new £1.6m partnership with government to help save, improve and protect 2,000 spaces by 2022. Organisations can register interest and will be contacted by Co-op to discuss opportunities.

For more information, see: https://www.coop.co.uk/communities/endangered-spaces 

West Yorkshire based sexual violence charity to host official launch of VictimFocus Academy on 8th July

Survivors West Yorkshire, the Yorkshire region’s ONLY online specialist support service for male survivors of child sexual abuse (Ben’s Place) hosts launch of VictimFocus Academy with the generous support of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ)

This exciting event is taking place on Monday 8 July 2019 at The Digital Exchange in Little Germany, Bradford. It will celebrate the launch of the VictimFocus Academy and Resources Collection, an innovative new international service providing evidenced, critical and ethical resources, tools, books and products. The new collection of resources and education aim to support the field to improve our responses to people who have experienced sexual violence, abuse and trauma. 

With a focus on developing professionals and students towards anti-victim blaming, anti-stigma, trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches, Dr Jessica Eaton will present discussion, debate and findings from her work and from her new resources and services.

The VictimFocus business model is an ethical approach to provision of resources and education, with much of the new products being completely free and with all products being priced to be very affordable.

Dr Eaton (FRSA) is the founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. The VictimFocus Blog has 1.2 million readers per year and provides a lively, funny and critical perspective on CSE, victim blaming, feminism and sexual violence against females and males. In 2018, Dr Eaton developed and launched the VictimFocus Charter to encourage all professionals to challenge and reduce victim blaming in their practice.

Bob Balfour, CEO and founder of Survivors West Yorkshire, said “we are delighted to be hosting such an important event. It is particularly poignant at a time when funding is increasingly difficult to get, despite organisations reporting big increases in demand for their services. Victim blaming undermines the safeguarding of children and the well-being needs of the adults they become.”

Survivors West Yorkshire is the home of Ben’s Place, a pioneering and secure specialist digital cloud based counselling service. It currently provides professional counselling, emotional support and advice during its operating hours. Its counsellors are BACP registered and have undergone specialist training to work online. During 2019 – 2020 it hopes to offer increasing counselling and support services offline across West Yorkshire.

The free counselling service is available to all males (aged 16 years plus) throughout the whole of West Yorkshire. 

Ben’s Place is named after a West Yorkshire male survivor who experienced childhood sexual abuse between the ages of 10 and 13. Ben took his own life shortly after his 23rd birthday. 

Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18. This is probably a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. West Yorkshire has some of the highest rates of sexual crime in the UK.

The mission of Ben’s Place is to deliver a professionally qualified and informed specialist support, counselling and advice service to adult male survivors (currently aged 16 plus) who are ready to look for help with their experiences of sexual crimes committed against them. 

Simply knowing they’re not alone is powerful and healing for many male survivors, especially given society’s denial of sexual violence-abuse, as evidenced by the latest reports from the Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse (IICSA) led by Prof, Alex Jay. 

Survivors West Yorkshire has, for 20 years, proactively lobbied to improve services. It believes that when society listens to the stories of recovery and growth that survivors experience when they are able to access good practice specialist services, it will want to support the amazing courage males show by breaking their silence to recover from the sexual crimes – done to them – as children or adults.

For tickets to the VictimFocus launch visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/victimfocus-academy-launch-conference-bradford-tickets-52264396216

VictimFocus: https://www.victimfocus.org.uk

Fundraising Regulator Updates Code of Practice

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The Fundraising Regulator has launched a “new and improved” Code of Fundraising Practice which will come into effect in October 2019, reports http://www.charityupdate.co.uk. 

The changes are said to be designed to make it easier for fundraisers, charities and third-party organisations to understand the standards expected of them when fundraising. The regulator added the new code is also easier for the public to navigate, so that they know what to expect from ethical fundraising.

Read the full article here…

Find out more about the new code of practice here…

Report Says Charities Need to Do More on Bullying

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Charity leaders should initiate a sector-wide discussion about bullying and workplace culture;

and every charity should nominate at least one trustee and one senior manager to lead the organisation’s approach to staff workplace wellbeing, according to a new report, says http://www.charitytimes.com.

The report, In Plain Sight, published by ACEVO and the Centre for Mental Health, assessed the experiences of bullying among 524 respondents to an online survey; and 20 people with whom the researchers conducted in-depth interviews. All examples of bullying occurred within registered charities in England and Wales during the past five years.

Read the full report here…

Read the report here…