Grass roots news websites, ‘hyperlocals’, should benefit from a share of the multi-million public funding that is made available to local UK news organisations each year, according to Carnegie UK Trust after an interim evaluation of its Neighbourhood News project.
Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Equality and Human Rights Commission in Scotland have created a new website which provides a range of material and advice to help public bodies carry out equality and human rights impact assessments.
A batch of specific issue resources:
- Children’s right to play, culture and arts, produced by Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People. In pdf, 859KB at http://www.sccyp.org.uk/ufiles/Right-to-Play.pdf. (Source: Voluntary Arts Scotland)
Solicitors Tods Murray have come up with some issues for charity boards on “what next?” following the Scottish Government White Paper on independence – for discussion within the organisation and also with service users.
Good to see that the Charity Blog pages from accountancy body ICAEW have come back to life. A recent entry is ‘Differences between charity and commerce’, giving some personal thoughts on what new trustees from the corporate world need to understand about the non-profit sector. She has ‘VAST’ as a summary of the differences: Volunteers, Accounting, Strategy, and Taxes (or Trustees).
New from Third Sector Research Centre ‘Evidence and transparency in the open public services reform: perspectives for the third sector’. The Working Paper examines possible contradictions between the multiple purposes of transparency and evidence-sharing.
The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network has articles on learning from successful campaigns:
- Civil rights charity Stonewall gives its guide to successful lobbying.
- From fox-hunting bans to climate change laws, 38 Degrees explains what makes a charity campaign tick.
NCVO has published a report on Payment by Results and the voluntary sector, exploring the viability of PbR as an effective method for procuring public services, in particular for harnessing innovation and service quality. NCVO warns that the instability created for providers by PbR is in danger of making them more risk-averse and less inclined to experiment with new ways to achieve results.
Thanks to Sandy Adirondack’s Legal Update for the following: the Race Equality Foundation has published a 16-page toolkit for voluntary and community organisations on using and complying with the Equality Act. Intended primarily for organisations working with children, young people and families, but suitable for other organisations as well.
Annual Lecture from the Association for Research in the Voluntary and Community Sector (ARVAC)
at The Lutyens Room, Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66, Portland Place, London W1B 1AD
Professor Jenny Pearce, Bradford University