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Welcome to Voluntary Sector News

Welcome to CMY's new Voluntary Sector Newsletter. We hope this is helping to fill the gap left by the closure of the long running "Voluntary News" (which we used to subscribe to). While Voluntary News was produced weekly, we decided after careful consideration that to maintain a regular schedule with current resources, we would aim for newsletter production Monthly (on or near  30th of the month).  We are pleased to be continuing a valued service and hope you find it useful too!

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Sector News

Free IQ Element
IQ have made Element 4 of the Quality Scheme freely available, allowing organisations to capture their learning. F4.7 is about Risk both personal and organisational. Which organisations had pandemic in their risk register? get your copy at
Mapping the humanitarian response to the Covid-19 pandemic
Liz Hughes, from MapAction, an Oxfordshire-based NGO that deploys expert volunteers to provide data management and mapping services, explains how the charity is responding to the global coronavirus crisis. Read the full story here.
Why is it so difficult to say anything sensible about charities?
The chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, described charities' “gentleness” as their hallmark contribution to the national effort against Covid-19. This reminded me of the Sunday School caricature of “Gentle Jesus, meek and mild”, there is some truth in it, but it is an unsatisfactory overall description of the figure who overturned the tables in the temple, sent the rich empty away and gave religious hypocrites the lash of his tongue. Similarly, it's an unsatisfactory description of charities. Read the full story here
Too important to fail? Are governments doing enough to support the third sector?
The Covid-19 pandemic is proving to be an epoch-making catastrophe. In addition to the tragic loss of so many lives and the ordeal of those who are recovering from the effects of the disease, the social and economic consequences are already staggering. Read the full story here.
UK volunteering soars during coronavirus crisis
Ten million UK adults have been volunteering in their community during the coronavirus crisis, and most say they will carry on after the lockdown ends, according to new research. Read the full story here.

Digital Developments

How charities can use marketing effectively in times of crisis 
Professor Ian Bruce provides five tips on how charities can utilise marketing to effectively overcome obstacles presented by Covid-19, and how more traditional charities can embrace digital channels to help generate income during these uncertain times. read more here.

Social Media 4G are a digital marketing agency based in the North of England who specialise in supporting small charities and social enterprises to develop their social media and digital marketing via coaching, training, consultancy and assistance with content production.

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Funding News

Government to give VAT from donated PPE to healthcare charities
The government is expecting to give up to £1m to two charities after it pledged to pass on the VAT revenue it has received on personal protective equipment (PPE) donated to NHS and care providers Read the full article here.
£52m grantmaker is biggest new entrant on Charity Finance 250 Index
The Sequoia Trust is the largest of 17 new entrants in this year’s Charity Finance 250 Index. The Index measures the 250 biggest charities by income, outside of the top 100, and is produced every year by Civil Society Media's Charity Finance magazine. Read the full article here.
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