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Amy Hallett

The Hate Crime Community Projects Fund

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Deadline 7th December 2018 

Hate crimes are crimes that are motivated by hostility or prejudice on the grounds of race (including colour, nationality, ethnicity and national origin), religion, disability, sexual orientation and transgender identity. Providing funding for projects that prevent hate crime is one of the actions included in the UK government’s hate crime action plan.

The aim of the fund is to work with affected communities to fund the development of projects that:

  • prevent hate crime
  • respond to hate crime in our communities
  • increase the reporting of hate crime
  • improve support for the victims of hate crime
  • build our understanding of hate crime

The Home Office is seeking to fund projects up to £75,000. Project are expected to finish delivery by March 2020, with all invoices submitted by 31 March 2020. We expect to fund up to 8 projects but reserve the right to vary the number of projects we fund.

The following organisations are eligible to apply: (please see point six which would allow for us to engage in delivery as a partner)

  • any registered English or Welsh charities
  • any charitable incorporated organisation in England or Wales
  • companies limited by guarantee
  • not for profit registered community interest companies
  • constituted community and voluntary community sector groups
  • 3rd sector/public sector partnerships (providing the lead organisation bidding for funding is not a public sector or local government body)
  • groups who have applied to this scheme previously whether they have been successful or unsuccessful in securing funding.

For more information or to apply, please click here.

Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme: Energy Saving Trust

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Energy Saving Trust has been appointed by Ofgem to distribute payments from energy companies who may have breached rules. The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills. Projects should be of benefit to people in England, Scotland and Wales.

Energy Saving Trust has developed an open application process for charities seeking funding from the Energy Redress Scheme. Successful projects will be selected with input from an independent panel of experts and could cover a range of locations across England, Scotland and Wales. They will be administering the scheme until 2021.

The amount of funding available through the scheme varies throughout the year and will be reviewed on a quarterly basis in October, January, April and July. Eligible charities that have registered interest in the scheme will be notified when funds become available. The minimum grant that can be requested is £20,000 and the maximum amount is the lesser of £2 million or the total value of the current fund.

The funds can pay for anything from making a home more energy efficient, to providing advice that helps consumers keep on top of their bills. Projects should be of benefit to people in England, Scotland and Wales. Organisations wishing to access the Energy Industry Voluntary Redress Scheme must complete a simple online information form so that Energy Saving Trust can check whether they are eligible to apply. Charities that meet the initial criteria will be notified and will be emailed a link to create an account, through which they can apply for all subsequent rounds.


Share your views on purchasing over the counter medicines for minor conditions

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Last year the NHS spent approximately £569million on prescriptions for medicines for minor conditions which could have been bought over the counter from a high street pharmacy or supermarket.

Share your views on purchasing over the counter medicines for minor conditions. This will enable us to review how we spend NHS money in the future, ensuring everyone can get the prescription medicines they need, when they need them.

Click here for the survey.

UK Torture Review

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The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment is an international human rights treaty adopted by the United Nations that entered into force in 1987. Its purpose is to prevent the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment (ill-treatment).

States that have signed up to the Convention against Torture are required to report to the UN on their progress towards implementing the treaty every four years. In April 2019, the UK will be reviewed by the UN Committee against Torture as part of its sixth periodic review.

REDRESS is coordinating and facilitating a joint civil society shadow report to the Committee against Torture to provide an alternative, fact-based view of the measures taken by the UK to implement its obligations under the Convention against Torture. They will be holding in-person consultation events for civil society organisations across England and Wales as well as a call for written evidence throughout October 2018.

They are working on this project with help from organisations including: Children’s Rights Alliance England (CRAE), Children in Wales, Disability Rights UK, Liberty, and Freedom from Torture.

To read the full review please click here.

Listen up Lincolnshire’ group launched to help those with hearing loss

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Press release on Wednesday 13th October 2018

A new support group has been set up for people affected by hearing loss in Grimsby.

‘Listen up Lincolnshire’ welcomes all hearing aid users, past and present, and their family and friends.

Mary Ramsden set up the group with the support of staff in the audiology service at Grimsby’s Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital.

Mary said: “As a hearing aid user for 36 years I have a lot of knowledge I’d like to share with others. If you or a loved one is struggling with hearing loss and want to learn how to communicate better we’ll be offering top tips for how to get the most out of hearing aids and giving you the chance to try out specialist equipment.”

Ross Keith, Team Leader in Audiology, said: “This is a much needed source of support for people in Grimsby that will offer a great opportunity to speak to others who are dealing with the challenges that can be associated with hearing loss.”

The next meeting is due to be held on Thursday October 25 from 2pm to 3.30pm at the Val Waterhouse Centre, Kent Street, Grimsby. Email listenuplincolnshire@gmail.com for further information

About Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust

Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust provides acute hospital services and community services to a population of more than 400,000 people across North and North East Lincolnshire and East Riding of Yorkshire.

We have three hospitals: Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital in Grimsby, Scunthorpe General Hospital and Goole and District Hospital. We also deliver community services in North Lincolnshire.

Our annual budget is £330 million and we employ around 6,500 people. Each year our emergency departments see around 130,000 attendances, we deliver more than 4,500 babies, carry out around 30,000 operations, treat 96,000 inpatients and run 390,000 outpatient appointments.

As a Foundation Trust members of the public can get involved with their local hospitals and participate to influence plans for the development of the Trust and its services by becoming members. To find out more contact our membership office on (03033) 302852 or email nlg-tr.foundationtrustoffice@nhs.net

For further information contact the NLaG communications and marketing office on 03033 302528 or email nlg-tr.comms@nhs.net

For a copy of this and all other news from Northern Lincolnshire and Goole NHS Foundation Trust visit our website at: www.nlg.nhs.uk/news

Sport England: Funding to Increase Diversity in Leadership Roles

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Lottery and Exchequer money will aim to provide 140 ‘board ready’ candidates by 2021.

Up to £400,000 is being invested by us to increase diversity in sports leadership roles by 2021.

New training, networking, mentoring, deployment support and online activities will be provided to potential candidates, with expressions of interest now being invited from formally constituted organisations to the fund that hopes to provide a list of at least 50 ‘board ready’ diverse candidates to apply for leadership positions by the end of March.

A further 30 candidates are to be targeted by October 2019, another 30 by March 2020 and the final 30 by December 2020.

“Our Towards an Active Nation strategy highlights the importance of increased diversity in leadership as a way of representing the communities we wish to engage in sport and physical activity,” said Phil Smith, our director of sport.

“If you have more people with different experiences and perspectives on boards, the leadership is better equipped to make decisions which will not only benefit the organisation but also the customers they wish to serve.”

To read the full article or apply, please visit the Sport England website here.

Sport England: Code for Sports Governance

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Organisations seeking public funding for sport and physical activity must meet new gold standards of governance. To help you achieve this take a look at Sport England: Funding to Increase Diversity in Leadership Roles

A Code for Sports Governance sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that will be required from those who ask for Government and National Lottery funding from April 2017.

You can download  A Code for Sports Governance here.


The code has three tiers and will apply to any organisation seeking funding from us or UK Sport, regardless of size and sector, including national governing bodies of sport, clubs, charities and local authorities.

The code is proportionate, expecting the highest standards of good governance from organisations requesting the largest public investments, including:

  • Increased skills and diversity in decision making, with a target of at least 30 per cent gender diversity on boards
  • Greater transparency, for example publishing more information on the structure, strategy and financial position of the organisation
  • Constitutional arrangements that give boards the prime role in decision making.

Sports Minister, Tracey Crouch MP, said: “It is vital that our domestic sports bodies and organisations uphold the very highest standards of governance and lead the world in this area.

To read the full article, please visit the Sport England website here.

Make Digital Marketing work for your English business

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Build your presence online and create professional quality videos with the free online courses tailored to businesses in England.

For a limited time Digital Skills England are able to offer fully funded training to businesses throughout England. Employees can gain a nationally recognised qualification in Digital Marketing and get to grips with Smartphone Videography.


Transform your business and upskill your employees with our free online course that covers all things digital.

Your team will discover the industry secrets of getting found online, social media marketing, and how to boost your digital presence.

Our state-of-the-art online course couldn’t be easier to navigate and has a proven record of getting results


We are offering organisations who sign up three or more of their team to our Digital Marketing course the chance to take our brand new course in Smartphone Videography.

Statistics have proven that video is a must for businesses!

If you’re not using video, your competitors surely will and your business will lose out

To find out more please visit the Digital Skills England website here.

The Big Lottery: The Digital Fund

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Deadline 3rd December

The Digital Fund is a new UK wide £15 million funding programme to support charities and community organisations. It is about helping the charity and voluntary sector to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive.

You can submit outline proposals from 22nd October 2018 until 5pm 3rd December 2018. There will be further opportunities to apply in 2019.

The Digital Fund is currently offering two strands of funding. To find the right kind of support for your organisation, choose one of the following options:

Digital Fund Strand 1 offers grants of up to £500,000 and a tailored support package. The aim is to help established charities use digital to take a major leap forward. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

Digital Fund Strand 2 offers grants of up to £500,000 for newer organisations that have already launched promising services that use digital to achieve scale or impact. We expect grants to last from 1 to 4 years.

For more information please visit The Big Lottery website here.