Cabinet Office Update – May 2018

Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:
1. Government invests £2.7 million to bring communities together through volunteering
Updates from other government departments:
1. HMG Integrated Communities Strategy – have your say
2. Coastal revival fund announcement

Updates from stakeholders:
1. Last chance to book Small Charity Week initiatives
2. Last few £15 tickets for The FSI Fundraising Conference
3. Limited places still available for prestigious International Debate at the House of Lords
4. Early Intervention Foundation Call for Evidence

European Update
1. The manual ‘Liasons: for the prevention of youth violent extremism through youth information’ was published by the Council of Europe last week

Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:
1. Government invests £2.7 million to bring communities together through volunteering
The Connected Communities Innovation Fund, delivered in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and innovation foundation Nesta, will support people and places to thrive through the power of volunteering. The fund builds on the work already underway between DCMS and Nesta to encourage people of all ages to volunteer and to ensure people see social action as a routine part of their lives. Please see here for more information.

Updates from other government departments:
1. HMG Integrated Communities Strategy – have your say
The Integrated Communities Strategy green paper invites views on the government’s vision for building strong integrated communities where people – whatever their background – live, work, learn, and socialise together, based on shared rights, responsibilities, and opportunities. The green paper sets out an ambitious programme of actions we propose to take across government to deliver this vision at the local and national level. We want to hear from individuals, communities, and organisations about the most effective ways to address integration challenges. Please see the consultation here.

2. Coastal revival fund announcement
The Minister for the Northern Powerhouse and Local Growth, MP Jake Berry, announced the launch of the Coastal Revival Fund on 17th May at Pier Approach in Bournemouth. The press release, prospectus, and application form can be found here. Should you have any queries, you can contact our team at coastalrevivalfund@communities.gsi.gov.uk.

Updates from stakeholders:
1. Last chance to book Small Charity Week initiatives
Small Charity Week (18th – 23rd June) is the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions, and support over six days for charities or local community organisations with an annual turnover under £1.5 million. For full information about the week visit www.smallcharityweek.com.
2. Last few £15 tickets for The FSI Fundraising Conference
With Small Charity Week just around the corner, the Foundation for Social Improvement has limited places still available on their annual FSI Fundraising Conference (21st June). The FSI has established itself as delivering one of the leading Fundraising Conferences for Small Charities in the UK and is thrilled to have the world renowned Professor Adrien Sargeant rounding out this fantastic lineup of fundraising experts:
• Building Donor Loyalty – Professor Adrian Sargeant, University of Plymouth
• Making Major Gifts Work in a Small Charity, Christine Harris, London School of Economics
• Building Strategic Corporate Partnerships, Brendan Hanlon, Just a Drop
• Online Fundraising – Theory into Practice, Rachel Earnshaw, The Big Give and Suzie Rees, East African Playgrounds
• Future Proofing your Fundraising – Maximising Millennials, Morgan Kainth, Raise your Hands
• Meet the Donor – A panel of Trust and Foundations
Places are filling up fast, so book your place today to access this fantastic opportunity.
3. Limited places still available for prestigious International Debate at the House of Lords
If you are an international development charity, there are very few places left to join the FSI on Policy Day at their International Development round table at the House of Lords, hosted by Baroness Pitkeathley and facilitated by Dr Nicola Banks, co-lead on mapping the UK’s Development NGO Sector.
The round table will bring together MPs, academics, and small charities working in international development to discuss collaboration with the international development community, and how small charities can make the most of collaborative relationships. Visit their website for full information and to book your place.
4. Early Intervention Foundation Call for Evidence
The EIF Guidebook is a key resource for evidence-based information about the potential impact of early intervention programmes. Programmes may be added to the Guidebook once they have gone through our programme assessment process, which appraises the strength of the evidence for a programme’s effectiveness, using our standards of evidence.
EIF has previously undertaken programme assessments as part of a series of major thematic reviews. In 2018, however, we are offering the opportunity for providers of programmes that have empirical evidence of improving EIF child outcomes to submit their programmes for assessment.
The call is open now: visit our website to find out more, and to download a background paper which explains the criteria EIF will use to select programmes for assessment.
The deadline for submissions is 5pm, Thursday 14 June.

European Update
1. The manual ‘Liasons: for the prevention of youth violent extremism through youth information’ was published by the Council of Europe last week
A toolkit for preventing violent extremism through youth information has been published by the Council of Europe in cooperation with the Counselling Agency (ERYICA) and with the support of the Bureau International Jeunesse (Belgium). Member States have been invited to circulate the resource to practitioners who work with young people.

Helga Edström

Office for Civil Society

Local Team West

Helga.Edstrom@culture.gov.uk | 07795 801624

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