NAVCA has welcomed the NHS five year plan, launched yesterday by Simon Stevens, the chief executive of NHS England. The NHS five year forward view has a welcome recognition of the value of the voluntary sector in delivering community based services that improve health.
NAVCA in particular appreciate the:
- Recognition of the value of volunteering and volunteers.
- Acknowledgement that the NHS can conflate volunteering with the voluntary sector.
- Measures to address funding pressures on the voluntary sector and the recognition of the importance and value for money grants offer.
- Increased focus on prevention and early intervention.
- Recognition of the role of local infrastructure bodies in community solutions by highlighting the social prescribing pilot led by Voluntary Action Rotherham.
Neil Cleeveley, acting Chief Executive at NAVCA, said;
“It is really good to see Simon Stevens understands the important role that charities and community groups can play in improving people’s health and providing better local services.”
“I am particularly pleased to see the social prescribing work lead by Voluntary Action Rotherham get such recognition. We have many other examples of how NAVCA members are providing a bridge between NHS partners and local charities.”
An NCVO article takes a look at the implications of significant changes to the way government works which could have a big impact on voluntary sector campaigning.
Stephen Bubb, boss of charity chief executives body ACEVO, has highlighted a seemingly new regulatory area included in the Charity Commission’s Statement of Regulatory Practice: the regulation of “improper politicisation”. He is concerned whether this could be another curb on the sector’s independent voice, http://bloggerbubb.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/what-are-charity-commission-up-to-now.html.
The Institute of Fundraising and Charity Finance Group have produced a guide to selecting and using online giving platforms, in collaboration with accountants Crowe Clark Whitehill. It was written in the wake of the problems around the CharityGiving website, see Civil Society Media news item http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/fundraising/news/content/18314/.
Nesta, the innovation charity, has published ‘Going Digital: Five lessons for charities developing technology-based innovations’ (pdf 253KB).
UK Fundraising summarises that “If more charities are to succeed in using digital technology to achieve their aims, then they will need more appropriate funding, better support networks, and better guidance for trustees in areas such as impact investment and technology”.
Local sector support body NAVCA has published the findings from its annual survey of Chief Officers to determine the views of members on current policy issues. Despite massive cuts the vast majority of local authorities are still funding local support, with demand increasing.
We gather that the new version of the online volunteering recruitment system Do-it is due to go live on 25th November, with a lead in for Volunteer Centres from a month earlier. More on the expected changes at http://ivo.org/ivo/posts/ivoorg-do-it-faq. Update One feature mentioned on Twitter: an option to rate your volunteering experience.
As highlighted by the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (http://www.charitycommissionni.org.uk/news/new-sorp-committee/), new members are currently being recruited for the committee which is responsible for the review of the SORP charity accounting standard.