Charity and Voluntary Sector

ScotGovTeenage Cancer Trust will extend free cancer awareness sessions in schools, colleges and universities across Scotland, thanks to a £70,000 funding boost. The funding is part of the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early programme, which aims to raise awareness of the early signs & symptoms of cancer and encourage people to seek help earlier. 
 
Teenage Cancer Trust's free cancer awareness sessions cover a range of topics including the signs of cancer, its treatments and tips for healthy living to reduce future cancer risks.  

The cancer awareness sessions are designed to not only help young people spot the signs of cancer in themselves & others, but also empower them to be persistent at the doctors if they are worried.  Young people are also encouraged to pass on their knowledge to friends and family.
Press release & links
 
BIG: A project supporting women experiencing perinatal depression – which can occur from the time of conception to one year after childbirth - has been awarded almost £500,000 funding from the Big Lottery Fund to deliver its vital work across 3 areas of England.  

The announcement came as a report from the NSPCC, calls for action to plug the gaps in mental health services for pregnant & new mothers.
 
The NSPCC says 1 in 10 new mothers experience perinatal mental illnesses.  The Lottery award will enable the charity Family Action to continue to deliver the Perinatal Support Project Plus in 3 target areas (Hackney, Swaffham in Norfolk, and Mansfield).
Press release & links ~ Perinatal Support Project Plus
 
HMRC: More than 12,000 charities have registered with HMRC to claim gift aid online since a new online service was introduced in April, makes claiming gift aid repayments faster for charities & sports clubs.
 
From 30 September 2013, HMRC will stop accepting Gift Aid repayment claims on R68i forms and users will be required to use the Charities Online service to make claims.
Press release & links
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