Charity and Voluntary Sector
DUK: Sitting for long periods of time can increase your risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and death, a new study has found. The researchers are the first to analyse the association between all sedentary behaviour and long-term health, rather than focusing on time spent watching television. According to the study, those who sit for long periods of time on a daily basis double their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, even if they take regular exercise.
BIG: Highlighting abuse in vulnerable teenage relationships and ensuring young people know how to stay safe will be at the heart of an initiative receiving almost £300,000 from Big Lottery Fund (BIG). AVA (Against Violence and Abuse) will raise awareness about domestic & sexual violence with around 400 young people across England and encourage them to be advocates for their needs across social care and education. It is one of 74 innovative initiatives sharing a total of £17.6m from BIG’s Reaching Communities programme this month.
CO: Fledgling & existing mutuals will be given a vital helping hand from 15 inspiring individuals, Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude announced last week at the SOLACE Summit 2012. These leaders in their fields, part of the Mutuals Ambassadors Programme, will work free of charge to drive forward the public service mutuals movement.
CEOP: A new weapon to combat the threat of UK sex offenders travelling to other countries and gaining access to children through teaching, charity or volunteering roles has been launched - the International Child Protection Certificate (ICPC). It will help identify & screen out those who have previous convictions that make them unsuitable to be working with children – See ‘General News’ section for more information.