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Vacancy for a Wellbeing Co-ordinator (Social Prescribing)

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Deadline 5pm 6th November

Interviews will be held on 13th November

Salary: £20,867 pa, full time, 37 hours per week

Forum is recruiting a full time Wellbeing Co-ordinator to join the Connect Well Hull social prescribing service.

Based in GP practices and other community locations across the city, the service provides residents with a variety of advice and support, and links to other sources of help. For more information about Connect Well go to the website

For more information about the role please contact Phil Wray on 07504 006 326 or e-mail phil.wray@connectwellhull.org.uk

Please e-mail Ali@nbforum.org.uk for an application pack, which includes a job description, person specification and information about the service.

Previous applicants need not apply

Interviews will be held on 13th November

Start date: ASAP

Housing and employment: A survey of rural residents’ experiences and opinions 

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Rural England CIC has published a summary note based on a survey of rural residents to explore their views about housing development and priorities, and related employment issues.

According to the survey, rural residents fell into two broad groups when asked about new housing development taking place in their local areas. 42% took a positive view, either welcoming that development or seeing it as needed, whilst 46% held more negative views, that it either threatened the rural character of their area or was simply inevitable.

You can read it as an online pdf here

Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief announce long-term partnership on Tech for Good

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Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Comic Relief have renewed their commitment to supporting not for profit organisations who are using technology to deliver new ideas and make their services more effective, with funding totalling £2.4 million. After co-funding two rounds of Tech for Good in 2017 and 2018, they have once again joined forces to continue running the programme for another three years to 2021.

The Tech for Good programme was developed in response to the emerging need for charities to use technology to explore different approaches to delivering better services. As part of the programme, funded partners are offered a monetary award alongside access to support from experts and advisors, as well as the opportunity to collaborate and share learning with other teams.

Previously funded projects have included the development of a Braille e-reader, a programme to digitise food vouchers for fruit and vegetable markets, and an app to help young people who sleep rough find a safe place to stay.

Building on the success of the previous rounds, Comic Relief and Paul Hamlyn Foundation are excited to enable organisations to plan for three years of this opportunity.  Furthermore, it will be a chance for funders in this space to learn from and iterate on this digital funding programme.

For more information go to the Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Neighbourly calls for charities to join its food surplus scheme

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PRESS RELEASE, 19 September 2018

Giving platform Neighbourly has today put out a call inviting charities, food projects, schools and community groups to join its free food surplus redistribution scheme. Neighbourly is the redistribution partner to retailers and manufacturers including Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Danone.

Through the Neighbourly platform, the equivalent of more than 7 million meals has been distributed to over 1,500 charities and community projects in local communities across the UK and Ireland.

Now Neighbourly is extending the scheme to more communities whose residents and families are suffering from food poverty and insecurity. The latest research from WRAP shows that food redistribution from commercial sources (retailers, manufacturers and hospitality and food services businesses) has increased by 50% in just two years but that there is potential for increased redistribution. One of the things that is needed for this to happen is for more charities to be aware that this resource is available to them and join up to benefit from the scheme.

Neighbourly’s own research – from surveying its food surplus recipients – shows just how important receiving surplus is to them. On average, charities reported that they save an estimated average of £161 a month through these food donations and 90% find the Neighbourly food surplus schemes beneficial or extremely beneficial.

Food surplus available for daily collection includes fruit and veg, bakery products and ambient food (food which can be safely stored at room temperature in a sealed container). It is also possible for charities to collect chilled items from some stores – dairy, meat, fish, chilled drinks and packaged ready meals, as long as they can meet certain criteria for safe collection, transportation and storage of chilled goods.

For the the full article please visit the Neighbourly website here.

Property Advice for Charities From The Ethical Property Foundation

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The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Their Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped over 3,500 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2004.

They also work with landlords and tenants to improve the social and environmental impact of commercial property through an ethical workplace accreditation, the Fair Place Award.

Members of the Ethical Property Foundation Register of Property Professionals share their expertise on the hottest property topics affecting voluntary organisations.

Latest webinars include:

  • Property Brief
  • Successful Asset Transfer
  • Property Strategy

Big Potential Announces Changes to Final Deadlines (England)

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The final deadlines have been moved forward for grant applications to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in England in order that they may deliver greater social impact.

Big Potential is drawing to a close, and due to a ‘spike’ in interest, the deadline for all applications is being moved forward.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations based and operating in England can apply to the following funding routes:

Breakthrough Grants of between £20,000 and £75,000 for VCSEs with an ambition to raise up to £500,000 of new repayable investment. These organisations are looking to develop a more sustainable funding model and be less dependent on grants but require support to do this. Applicants are expected to have existing products or services that could support taking on repayable finance.

Advanced Grants of up to £150,000 for VCSEs with an ambition to raise more than £500,000 of repayable investment or win contracts of at least £1 million. They should have a strong proposal and be sufficiently ambitious to be able to develop a project of the desired scale in a set time period. VCSEs applying to this route will be expected to have a sufficiently strong grasp of what it means to take on social investment and understand their social investment needs.

The three remaining deadlines for this programme are:

  • 30 June 2017 (midday) for submitting Big Potential Breakthrough diagnostic reports. Those who wish to proceed will then be able to book a 1-1 session with an independent adviser in July.
  • 9 August (midday) for Advanced Grant applications. Decisions will be made in September with all applicants informed of the outcome by the end of October.
  • 15 September (midday) for Breakthrough Grant applications. Decisions will be made in October and November with all applicants informed of the outcome by December.

Big Potential How to Apply


CQC report on health & social care for older people

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reviewed how well different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England.

In its report, Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, it warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors, substantial progress is needed to better support people who use a number of services, reduce hospital admissions and avoid confusion about where to go for help. The report concludes that with a growing elderly population, now is the time to act.

CQC carried out site visits in eight areas and gathered evidence from a range of sources and spoke with older people and their carers to understand how their experiences of care related to services working together.

The report highlights many instances of good practice where those providing and commissioning health and social care share information and co-ordinate services for older people. The report sets out the barriers to delivering joined up care. It concludes with five key recommendations for health and social care leaders.

For more information and to read the report go the CQC website

The Care Quality Commission urges action to ensure high quality and personalised end of life care

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A national review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that people from certain groups in society are experiencing poorer quality care at the end of their lives than others because providers and commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.

In “A different ending: Addressing inequalities in end of life care”, published on Monday 9 May 2016, the CQC reports that only 67% of the 40 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) it surveyed said that they had assessed the end of life care needs of their local populations – meaning that one in three had not.

Also, the CQC found that only 18% of the 40 CCGs had commissioned specific services for at least one of the population groups considered in its review – this includes people whose social circumstances make them vulnerable, older people, people with dementia, a learning disability, a mental health problem, or a chronic progressive illness other than cancer.

The impact of this could be that local health and care services are not fully equipped or ready to help these particular groups of people in their areas to get truly personalised care at the end of their lives.

This could lead to people’s wishes not being met or them not having the full range of options of where they would prefer to be cared for and die available to them. For example, an older person may be admitted to hospital in the last days of their life when they would prefer to die at home.

While in some areas commissioners and providers are taking an equality-led approach, the review findings raise concerns that some might not be fulfilling their duties under the Equality Act 2010, which states that all public bodies have a legal duty to consider the needs of a range of equality groups when carrying out their day-to-day work.

In its national review, CQC is calling for action to make sure everyone has the same access to high quality, personalised care at the end of their lives, regardless of their diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.

For more information and to download the report, go to the CQC