29 Oct 2013
St Andrew’s Healthcare, one of the largest charities in the UK, has been told by commissioners that calling itself a social enterprise will help it win contracts.
The Learning and Skills Council is to allow volunteers at voluntary and community organisations access to a training fund designed to help employers improve the skills of their staff.
The government should use the voluntary sector as a "test bed for new ideas" at a local level rather than rolling out centralised programmes devised in Whitehall, according to Liberal Democrat leadership hopeful Nick Clegg.
Three charities that make payments to their trustees argued the case for doing so against three that don't, at a seminar organised by the Charity Commission last week.
Recruiting donors can be expensive so you need to ensure that once you've got them, you can keep them. Some of the sector's most experienced fundraisers share their views on how to do this effectively.
Big Society indeed. Big bucks for the big players and let the rest of us, operating diligently and frugally, eat dust. I hope this story keeps its legs and congratulate those who continue to dig.
Barnardo's chief executive Martin Narey sought to rally support for a concerted third sector campaign against the "insanity"of multiple funders and short-term contracts, in his plenary speech to the acevo annual conference last week.
Governance expert Dorothy Dalton has denounced the "negative spin" that chief executives' body acevo has attached to its latest report into voluntary sector governance.
Volunteering England has expressed "deep concern" at the government's statement last week that volunteers are not entitled to reimbursement of childcare costs.
Charities and private sector organisations who take on government contracts to get unemployed people into work, will be paid according to how long their clients stay in jobs, the Department for Work and Pensions has proposed.