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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!

If you would like to subscribe and receive this Newsletter regularly to your in box please go here and fill in the short sign up form.

If you have any information or stories you would like to be included in future issues please get in touch at office@community-matters.org.uk

Best wishes from all the team at CMY

Sector News

Volunteering on a wave - how a New Year's resolution proved to be a life-affirming experience
The arrival of autumn has felt like a good time to do some personal and professional reflection. So much has changed in the year which gave us a global pandemic that it can be hard to reconcile original intentions with the current reality. At the start of 2020, amid all of my usual well-intended New Year’s resolutions to learn a new language and improve my culinary skills, I set myself a resolution which I was actually able to keep; to start volunteering with the Wave Project in Brighton. Read the full article here.
 
One tenth of charities could operate for just a few days if forced to rely on reserves
Many charities went into the Covid-19 pandemic with a low level of reserves, according to new research.  The paper, Assessing the Financial Reserves of English and Welsh Charities on the Eve of the Covid-19 Pandemic, by David Clifford of the University of Southampton and John Mohan of the Third Sector Research Centre at the University of Birmingham. Read the full story here.
A fresh start for charities in 2021
Finally, a chink of light in this otherwise dismal year. Baroness Stowell has announced she will not seek a second term as chair of the Charity Commission. She will be gone at the end of February. Read the full story here
Over 60% of community groups have closed or decreased services during Covid-19
More than 60% of community groups have been forced to close or decrease their services, research by community charity Groundwork has found. Despite these findings, 67% of respondents say there is more need in their communities. The report, Community groups in a crisis: insights from the first six months of the Covid-19 pandemic, examined the effect that Covid-19 and lockdown restrictions have had on community groups and their local delivery.
Read the full story here.

Training

COVID Secure E-Learning
We have been negotiating for access to some computer based e-learning to support organisations as they return to work. This training should take 30 to 40 minutes to complete and is designed for staff and volunteers to do before the organisation re-opens.

The course covers:
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment – hand-washing, surfaces, seating arrangements
  • Getting to work – travelling there and moving round the premises
  • Common areas
  • Working and meeting with customers, colleagues and visitors
  • Cleaning – before, during and at the end of the working day
  • Face and body coverings
  • Deliveries
  • Accidents & incidents
  • Raising concerns
At the end of the e-learning the participant receives a certificate.  The organisation can also receive a certificate to help give confidence to your users. The course will be regularly updated as guidance and legislation changes.

There is a charge of £5 per person for the e-learning,

If you would be interested in this e-learning opportunity, please email us at admin@community-matters.org.uk giving your organisation name and contact number, and an indication of how many people in your organisation may want to undertake the course.
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Funding News

BBC Children in Need’s 2020 appeal raises more than £37m on the night
BBC Children in Need’s 2020 appeal raised more than £37m on the night, which is £10m less than its 2019 appeal.  A total of £37,032,789 was raised on the night, with the final total expected to be announced later. Money is expected to come in from thousands of fundraisers already held, or scheduled to happen, across the UK.
Read the full story here
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