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Ali Middle

Age-friendly and inclusive volunteering: Review of community contributions in later life

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This review of community contributions in later life from The Centre for Ageing Better calls on charities, voluntary organisations and the public sector to do more to support and sustain the good will and effort of older volunteers.

Over 40% of people over the age of 50 contribute in some way at least once a month, according to the 2018 Community Life Survey. This can include ‘formal’ or ‘informal’ volunteering.

For more information and to download the review go to the Centre’s website

Aid secretary announces new measures to stop abuse and exploitation 

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From Civil Society

The international development secretary has announced a raft of measures, including the creation of a passport system for aid workers, at a summit on safeguarding in international aid.

Penny Mordaunt announced that DfID is supporting a pilot led by Interpol, The Association of Chief Police Officers’ Criminal Records Office and Save the Children, to create a system that will prevent sexual predators from moving between aid organisations.

The Interpol pilot, named Operation Soteria, will cost £10m and take five years. DfID has committed £2m.  Mordaunt said that there will be a “disclosure of misconduct scheme across the NGO sector to prevent known perpetrators”. She said 15 aid organisations had already signed up and she hoped this would reach 100 by the end of the year.

Mordaunt said that  the day’s summit was partly to “strengthen capacity and capability” and announced the creation of a resource hub for aid charities.  This will include research, guidance and training for everyone involved in delivering aid and also offer access to specialist investigators.

To read the full article go to Civil Society

To read the transcript of her speech go to the Government website

2018 UK annual report on modern slavery

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This report provides an overview of modern slavery in the UK and explains how the UK has responded to this threat over the last 12 months.

You can read the report here

Following on from the publication of this report, the Home Office is writing directly to chief executives of 17,000 businesses telling them to open up about modern slavery in their supply chains, or risk being named as in breach of the law.

Businesses with a turnover of more than £36 million must publish annual transparency statements, known as a Modern Slavery Statement, setting out what they are doing to stop modern slavery and forced labour practices occurring in their business and supply chains.

At the moment, it is estimated that 60% of companies in scope have published a statement. Whilst there are many examples of good practice, some of these statements are poor in quality or fail to even meet the basic legal requirements.

For more information, go to the government website

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Paul for Brain Recovery seek trustees

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Deadline 16th November

PAUL for Brain Recovery is a charity based in Hull, which exists to make life easier after brain injury by providing advice and support to empower all affected. The charity also campaigns to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding of brain injury.

They are seeking to strengthen their Trustee Board and would like to hear from anyone with a genuine interest in and passion for helping people that have been affected by brain injury.

In addition to the general responsibilities of a trustee, the skill and experience they are looking for include:

  • Experience of working and achieving at senior or board level in a small/medium sized organisation, with a good understanding of the main components including planning, budgeting, contract management, assurance, control and performance management of its activities.
  • Experience in a healthcare/clinical setting, preferably specific to brain injury is desirable.
  • Previous experience as a Trustee of a charity is desirable.
  • An understanding of brain injury and its effects would be beneficial.

Time Commitment

The Trustee Board currently meets once a month in an evening at their centre in Hull.  Meetings usually run for 2-3 hours. Trustees are required to attend meetings regularly and attendance at various events throughout the year is also required. Trustees are unremunerated; however reasonable travel expenses can be claimed.

Application process

Please send your CV and a covering letter setting out why you are suited to the role, and why you are interested in joining the Board of Trustees of PAUL For Brain Recovery to info@paulforbrainrecovery.co.uk.

If you would like to discuss the role before submitting your application, please contact Leigh North, Business Lead on 01482 620229 or info@paulforbrainrecovery.co.uk

Deadline date 16th November 2018.

Provisional interview date w/c 26th November 2018.

Funding Manager at The Hinge in Bridlington

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Deadline 26th October

£28560 PA pro rata – hours negotiable

The Hinge Centre, which is a growing local charity based in Bridlington, is currently looking for a dynamic, experienced and hardworking manager to join its team and develop the charity strategically.

The main functions of this role will include all areas of Funding, Finance and Governance. The successful candidate will have substantial experience in bid writing and budget management and a clear understanding and experience of a charity’s obligations.

It is essential that the applicant has experience working in a fast paced and challenging environment and is passionate about service provision within this sector.

Applicants wishing to apply should email jo@thehinge.org.uk or call 01262 679671 for a full job description and person specification to ensure meeting the essential criteria.

Applications will be via CV and covering letter. Closing date: 26th October 2018

Interviews will take place on the Thursday 1st November 2018


Pause Co-ordinator (Hull)

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Deadline 5th November

Salary details: £17972 – £18870

This is a one year fixed term post to cover maternity leave.

Pause is an innovative, dynamic and creative approach designed to address the needs of women who have had multiple children removed from their care, it offers an intense programme of therapeutic, practical and behavioural support through an integrated model.

As the Pause Co-ordinator you will be responsible for providing comprehensive and confidential assistance and administrative support to the Pause team to assist it to perform their duties effectively and efficiently. In addition you will act as a key liaison point to the National Pause Office.

You should be educated to GCSE standard English and Maths or Literacy & Numeracy Award equivalent.

For more information go to the Hull City Council website


Facts and figures: UK charity sector 2018

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From nfpSynergy

You asked – they delivered.

The updated version of the essential facts and figures about the UK charity sector at your fingertips, including statistics on volunteering, donations, size of the sector and more. Take a look at the 10 key figures below and download the full article for more from the nfpSynergy website

10 key facts

  1. There are 880,000 paid employees in the charity sector
  2. There are nearly 200,000 registered charities in the UK
  3. The total income of all charities combined is about £48 billion. This is higher than the Higher Education sector, and about £10 billion less than Tesco.
  4. The voluntary sector contributes approximately £15.3bn to UK GVA – more than the arts or agriculture.
  5. The value of formal volunteering in the UK is around £22.6bn
  6. Individuals account for almost half of the sector’s total income
  7. The median for the 100 highest paid positions is £185K per annum
  8. Charities have over 10 regulators
  9. Charities fund almost half of all medical research in the UK
  10. 35% of the total voluntary sector workforce work in the social care subsector

Charities must make changes to Gift Aid from trading arms after SORP update

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From Civil Society

Charities cannot now report Gift Aid from their trading arms in their accounts until they actually receive it, unless they have a legal agreement in place, after changes were made to the Charities SORP.

It is one of a number of changes made by UK charity regulators to accounting rules this month and follows recommendations from a review by the Financial Reporting Council in December 2017. Charities will need to comply with this change for accounting periods beginning on or after 5 October.

The SORP committee published a bulletin published on 5 October saying that Gift Aid payments should not be accrued in the accounts of the parent charity “unless a legal obligation for the subsidiary to make the payment exists at the reporting date”.

For more information go to Civil Society

Final report of Charity Commission safeguarding taskforce

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In February 2018, the Charity Commission announced a suite of measures to help ensure charities, and the Commission, learned the wider lessons from safeguarding revelations involving Oxfam and other charities, and to strengthen public trust and confidence in charities.

One of these measures was the establishment of an internal taskforce. This report provides a summary of the findings emerging from the work of the taskforce.

Charities submitted a total of 2,114 reports of serious incidents relating to safeguarding incidents or issues between 20 February and 30 September 2018.

To read the report go to the Government website


Masonic Charitable Foundation Later Life Inclusion Grants

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Deadline: The application window for large grants will open in November

Deadline: 26 October 2018 for small grants applications.

The Foundation has set out new target areas for its grant-making programme which includes the Later Life Inclusion Grants.

Grants can be offered to charities that support disadvantaged and vulnerable older people over 50 years.

Grants can be offered to charities that provide:

  • Mental and physical health support
  • Gateway and access to service, e.g. transport and technology
  • Community based approaches, i.e. volunteering, positive ageing and neighbourhood support
  • Advocacy, social and welfare support

Example Initiatives

Grants can be offered to charities that provide activities such as:

  • Support for emotional and psychological planning for later life
  • Digital inclusion sessions to enable older people to access services
  • Activities and clubs enabling older people to remain active and make friends
  • Providing companionship and befriending schemes for periods of transition
  • Advice and information on options for those with health conditions
  • Carers and respite support

Examples of Desired Outcomes

Short Term

  • Older people adapting to key transitions in their lives
  • Older people well supported, better informed and receiving essential advice
  • Existing services better supporting the physical, psychological and emotional needs of people as they age
  • More therapeutic support available to people at key points in their lives
  • Greater knowledge of options and rights leading to greater confidence in choices
  • Increased cultural and social participation choices for people as they age
  • Greater awareness of the issue within the Masonic community

Long Term

  • Reduced feelings of loneliness or social isolation for people in later life
  • Improved health and sense of wellbeing for people as they age
  • More active social lives for people in later life
  • The older population living as they choose in a healthy and safe environment
  • MCF’s profile raised within the Masonic community, public and third sector


  • Applicants can only apply for one grant programme at any time
  • If your project ‘saddles’ both themes, then please choose the one that the primary beneficiary group fits in
  • At least 50% of the charity’s beneficiaries must fall within one of the MCF’s target beneficiary groups, i.e. disadvantaged
    children and young people under 25 years or isolated and disadvantaged older people over 50 years.

For more information go to the Foundation website