Charity and Voluntary Sector

VSO: Dr Tom Bashford, 32, from London, recently won the Patient Safety Award from the Association of Anaesthetists of GB and Ireland, for his work promoting safe surgery while working as a VSO volunteer doctor in Ethiopia. He spoke recently of a ‘moral obligation’ to support developing countries with UK-trained medical professionals.
 
His role entailed sharing simple, life-saving skills & practices with the hospital team: setting up a High Dependency Unit; introducing the globally-recognised WHO Safe Surgery Checklist; and training staff to use life-saving equipment which had been donated but they did not know how to use.  He left behind a team who had the skills to keep patients alive through surgery and crucially, who could train the next staff intake to do the same.
Press release & links
 
BHF: October is one of the busiest months of the year to move house, so why not donate your unwanted & reusable household goods to one of the British Heart Foundation’s Furniture & Electrical Stores, which operate a FREE collection service for your unwanted household goods, which can even be booked online.
Press release & links
 
HL: Recently, the Homelessness Transition Fund launched a new fund to help homelessness charities respond to pressures caused by rising demand at a time of cuts to funding. Under Future Ready, voluntary sector organisations that work with homeless people can apply for grants from £5,000 - £25,000 to help them respond to the challenges they face.
 
With homelessness numbers at their highest since 2008 and 6 out of every 10 projects having had their budgets cut in 2011, Future Ready aims to help organisations prepare for further changes to the commissioning and funding of services.
Press release & links
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