Charity and Voluntary Sector

DWP: The Government has announced an extra £3m for disabled people’s grassroots organisations to better deliver services disabled people really need. User-led organisations (ULOs) will be able to bid for the extra money for specific projects that will make a significant difference to their development & sustainability from July 2011. Minister for Disabled People, Maria Miller, is also appealing for 'ambassadors' to share best practise across the country.
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BIG: Every child has the potential to succeed in life and yet each year thousands of young people find themselves entering the criminal justice system.  Last week the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) opened its search for a UK Partner to help deliver a new £25mn programme that will support young people at-risk to avoid the pathways into offending.
 
BIG’s new Realising Ambition programme is to look for outstanding projects across the UK that have already proven their effectiveness in diverting young people from crime and will provide funding so these effective approaches can be replicated elsewhere.  

The programme is focused on young people aged 8-14 years old who have not yet had any formal contact with the justice system.  Organisations interested in applying to become a UK Partner are invited to register their interest in attending a briefing event held on 26 May 2011.
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