Charity and Voluntary Sector

BIG:  Celebrations are underway for supporters of the Lifelong Carers project, the second group to win the public vote and a slice of Lottery good cause cash from the Big Lottery Fund through the BBC’s Primetime programme.
 
Lifelong Carers won the hearts & minds of viewers across Scotland with their pitch to spend £418,090 to support older family carers of adults with learning disabilities in the areas of North and South Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway.  The project will meet the needs of the growing number of carers, by helping them to understand what their rights are and how to access respite care and other services available to them.
Press release ~ Lifelong Carers project ~ Enable Scotland
 
CLG:  A new initiative to help give the chance of a job to more people who have experienced homelessness has been announced by Housing Minister Caroline Flint. Homeless charities, led by Thames Reach, are joining forces with the Government to deliver a new ambition to employ at least 10% of their workforce from ex-homeless people.
 
The new plan, backed by £200,000 of investment, will help around 800 people to find work in the voluntary sector over the next 2 years.  The initiative will focus on the 46 biggest homeless organisations before moving on to other smaller charities across England.
 
Under the scheme homeless charities will be given a bespoke consultancy service to help them employ ex-homeless people.  The charities will get support to set up training courses across many areas of their business, including IT, finance and client counselling.
Press release ~ CLG – Rough sleeping ~ Thames Reach ~ National Rough Sleeping Estimate ~ Sustainable Communities: settled homes; changing lives - A strategy for tackling homelessness ~ Helping rough sleepers off the streets ~ Roughly Sleeping (see ‘related files’ link) ~ Homeless Link: Action Plan to End Homelessness ~ HL: Unlocking Solutions - Developing Move On Plans ~ National Alliance to End Homelessness
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