Charity and Voluntary Sector

10 DS:  Orange RockCorps, an innovative programme connecting people who want to make a difference to their community with dynamic charities in their area, is the latest winner of Prime Minister’s Big Society Award.

The ORC programme inspires people to volunteer within their community by producing concerts for which you can’t buy a ticket.  By giving 4 hours of their time to work on a volunteer project, participants can earn a ticket to an exclusive gig.  So far over 36,000 people have earned themselves a ticket to an ORC event. 

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BHF:  New research has found low dose ibuprofen is less likely to increase someone’s risk of heart or circulatory disease, compared to other painkillers.  Analysis of more than 50 previous studies showed non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) diclofenac, even in doses available without prescription, elevated someone’s risk of heart attack or stroke.  The findings also indicated that indomethacin and new NSAID etoricoxib were associated with an increased risk.

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ACE:  Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the DCMS have announced further details of the £100m Catalyst scheme to boost private giving to the cultural sector and build long-term resilience, sustainability & innovation.  Full guidance for applicants has now been published with the first part of the scheme now open for heritage applications.

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DWP:  Dozens of organisations from across the voluntary, private & public sectors are coming together in partnership to celebrate the lives of older people and address the challenges of our ageing society.  Launched last week to coincide with Older People’s Day celebrations, the Age Action Alliance will work together to improve the lives of older people and help transform communities into a better place to grow older.

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