Re:act, a new web app developed by One World in conjunction with Do-it, “uses cutting edge technology to find and recommend volunteering opportunities (from the Do-it database) that match your interests, skills and availability”.
A new short animated video provides a simple and straightforward explanation of the work of communities umbrella Locality – “we want to change the world, one neighbourhood at a time”, http://locality.org.uk/news/locality-watch-animation/.
The Welsh Government is to switch its web domain from .gov.uk to .wales and .cymru. It will start the switch next year, joining other organisations such as Sport Wales and the National Museum of Wales.
HM Revenue and Customs has announced that it is developing and testing a new digital service for organisations applying to be recognised as a charity for tax purposes. How to trial this is at http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/charity-registration.htm.
New Philanthropy Capital has created two online tools to help charities measure their impact, as part of the Inspiring Impact programme. Measuring Up is a self-assessment tool to help organisations review and improve impact practice, and the Impact Hub is an online directory of resources.
The Health and Safety Executive’s guidance for those providing and managing care homes has been extensively rewritten, with a number of new topics, and brings together key messages on risks to both workers and residents.
The Labour Party has launched a consultation to review and strengthen the relationship between Labour and the third sector, and to understand sector priorities. It covers seven key issues: volunteering, people in the voluntary sector, supporting charities to grow, charities and procurement, the Big Lottery Fund, charity campaigns, and the Charity Commission.
To mark the 50th anniversary of credit unions in Britain, the government has launched a Call for Evidence on the future of the sector. It wants views from wider society too, and is particularly keen to hear innovative ideas on credit unions providing responsible financial services to even more people in their communities.
An article on accountancy body ICAEW’s charity forum reports that the Charities section of HM Revenue and Customs has set up a dedicated Outreach Team to offer help and support to charities to enable them to get things right first time.
Alongside its 2014 update on ‘Growing the social investment market’, the government has announced an investment fund to help more social ventures benefit from social finance. It is for social ventures who have high potential but struggle to access finance, and who could benefit from business capacity building support in preparing for bidding for social investment.