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Adult Social Care: Quality Matters

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This page on the Government website has documents that provide information on Quality Matters, an initiative to improve the quality of adult social care. This includes the newly published action plan for year 2 of the initiative.

The Quality Matters initiative is jointly led by partners from across the adult social care sector.

It sets out a shared commitment to achieve high quality adult social care for service users, families, carers and everyone working in the sector.

You can see the guidance here

Additional details on Quality Matters are available on the GOV.UK Social Care blog.

The Three Guineas Trust

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This is one of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts

Trustees will consider proposals in the field of autistic spectrum disorder. Wherever possible, projects are preferred which include people with ASD in decision-making. The trustees do not usually fund capital projects in this area of grant-making. The trustees do not make grants directly to individuals, or fund pure research.

The Trust also considers proposals in the field of disability, violence and access to justice. This is a developing field of interest. At present grants in this area mainly arise from trustees’ own research and that of their expert advisers.

The trustees have an annual small grants programme for play schemes run in the summer school holiday which support children with ASD.

For more information go to the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trust website

New Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

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The Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra) has launched a £3 million fund to improve village halls located in towns or villages across England that have a population of less than 10,000 people.

Village hall committees can start the application process now for grants of between £10,000 and £75,000 which can cover up to 20% of eligible costs.

The funding is intended for the updating and refurbishment of village halls so that they are fit for purpose and can provide activities which seek to achieve one or more of the following outcomes for the local community:

  • Improved health and wellbeing/reduction in loneliness
  • Demonstrates a positive impact on the environment
  • Supports the local rural economy

The funding can support a number of different things, including, but not limited to:

  • Internal reconfigurations.
  • New roof and roof refurbishment which includes insulation.
  • Improvements which help to increase energy efficiency.
  • Refurbishment of toilets and kitchens.
  • Damp proofing.
  • Installation of Wi-Fi.
  • Guttering, repointing and drainage.
  • Replacement of external and/or internal doors.

Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE) is managing the fund on behalf of Defra.

For more information go to the ACRE website

The Tree Council’s Tree Futures Grant Scheme

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Deadline 17th May

Traditionally, the scheme offered help for tree planting through three separate programmes: Trees for Schools, Community Trees and Orchard Windfalls.  This year, they have simplified this process and have now just one grant on offer, which encompasses all the above.  They will also be including hedgerow planting in the scheme for the first time.

Any school or community group within the United Kingdom that is planning a project which actively involves children under the age of 16 is encouraged to apply for this grant to plant trees and hedges, and make a greener future.

The Tree Council’s National Tree Week is the focus for these projects and successful applicants should organise their planting events in conjunction with this annual celebration of the new tree planting season.

They are able to fund projects between £300 and £1000 and successful applicants will receive up to 80% of their planting costs.  For example, if your project totals £1000, The Tree Council would offer up to £800. The remaining £200 will need to be secured by your school or organisation.

The deadline for applications is 5pm, 17 May 2019, and successful applicants will be informed by the end of June, with planting normally taking place between 23rd of November to 1st of December.

For more information go to the Tree Council website

Scurrah Wainwright Charity

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Deadline 14 May

Grants are available to charitable organisations for projects taking place in Yorkshire with an emphasis on social reform and tackling the root causes of social inequality through innovative work.

The organisation need not be based in the region but the project itself must directly benefit the Yorkshire community.

National charitable organisations may only apply if the project is specifically working in the Yorkshire region, with clear evidence of local control and access to the grant.

Maximum Value:£ 5,000

Minimum Value: £ 1,000

The annual deadlines are 14 January; 14 May; and 14 September.

For more information go to the Trust’s website

ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021

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Deadline 31st May

Humber Learning Consortium have successfully been awarded the ESF Community Grants Programme 5 2019-2021 and are pleased to announce the launch of the 1st round of funding available.

ESF Community Grants  are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme which is distributing small grants in the Humber, East Riding, York and North Yorkshire region. The aim of the fund is to help unemployed people progress towards employment through access to learning and training opportunities.

Grants of between £5,000 and up to £20,000 are available. For further details go to the HLC website – To apply, or for more information, contact Jacquie Newman on 01482 327438 or jacquie.newman@hlc-vol.org

Deadline for application receipt is Friday 31st May 19 – 2.00pm.

*There are several changes to this programme so it is recommended that even if you have delivered ESF Community Grants before that you attend one of the Application Development workshops available. This new programme includes progression outputs that are required to be evidenced within 28 days of them occurring so please take advantage of the workshops to gather as much application information as you can.

Places are limited – so please book early by contacting Jacquie:

Hull  24th April

2 separate workshops. 9.30 – 12.30 and 1.00 – 4.00pm.

Centre 88, Saner St, Hull HU3 2TR

NE Lincs, Grimsby –  25th April

10.00 – 1.00pm

Centre 4, 17a Wooton Road Grimsby DN33 1HE

N Lincs, Scunthorpe – 26th April


Westcliffe Community Centre. 7 Newbolt Ave Scunthorpe DN17 1PE

East Riding, Goole – 29th April

10.00 – 1.00pm

The Courtyard, Boothferry Road, Goole, DN14 6AE

East Riding, Bridlington – 30th April

10.00 – 1.00pm

Christchurch Community Centre, 2 Quay Road, Bridlington, YO15 2AP

Clampdown planned for British online pharmacies

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From the BBC

New rules to keep people safe when buying medications from online pharmacies have been described as a “big step forward” by Britain’s pharmacy regulator.

It comes after patients and relatives raised concerns, as well as an investigation by BBC Panorama.

The General Pharmaceutical Council has issued guidance for providers.

It will help regulate access to addictive medication, such as strong painkillers

The way some online pharmacy websites operate will change, and more checks will be done on medications.

Extra safety measures include:

  • Sites cannot be set up in a way that allows patients to choose a prescription-only medication before an online consultation with a healthcare professional
  • More safeguards will be introduced for certain medications, including antibiotics and medicines that need ongoing monitoring or management
  • For medications that are liable to abuse, overuse or misuse, or when there is a risk of addiction, the prescriber needs to contact the GP in advance of issuing the prescription (and they have confirmed it is appropriate for the patient and the appropriate monitoring is in place)
  • Online pharmacy websites should be clear about the identity and/or location of the pharmacies issuing prescriptions

You can read the full article on the BBC website here

You can read the guidance as an online pdf here

Fundraising Regulator reveals details of new Code of Fundraising Practice

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From Civil Society

The new Code of Fundraising Practice is to come into force in the autumn, amid changes to the regulator’s powers, the chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator has revealed. Speaking at the Trustee Exchange in London last week,

Gerald Oppenheim revealed changes being made to the Code of Fundraising Practice, following a 10 week consultation from September to November 2018 to solicit views from the sector about how to make it simpler.

Oppenheim said there was “broad support” for changing the code and that it will be written in simpler English and would include a glossary of terms to help with legal jargon. He added that it would be made more accessible online. He said it was important to update the code to mitigate against instances in which fundraisers have failed to regulate their fundraising behaviour.

Oppenheim said that the new code will be signed off in May and that it will be made available to the sector afterwards. Then, following a three-month period for staff to become accustomed to the changes, the code will come into effect. While he did not specify a date, he said he expected this to be some time in October.

To read the full article go to Civil Society

Inspiring Impact

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New Philanthropy Capital’s joint venture project Inspiring Impact has launched a new website, using National Lottery funding. The website is aimed at small and medium charities that do not have a dedicated impact management team to find practices to improve impact.

The website provides free how-to guides and self-assessment tools, and resources from the sector including research, diagnostic tools, outcome frameworks and surveys.

Inspiring Impact will also run peer learning networks all over the UK to connect people facing similar challenges. Sharing experiences, and giving and receiving feedback, helps to embed learning and enhance individuals’ knowledge and practice of the subject.

They offer grant funding, too, so charities and social enterprises that would otherwise lack the opportunity can invest in understanding and improving their impact.

For more information go to their website.