Charity and Voluntary Sector

BIG: A project that will help families caring for a disabled child has been given the support of the BIG Lottery Fund (BIG). It is one of 160 across England to have been awarded over £44m, including a project that will aim to reduce the chances of ex-offenders re-offending.
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MoJ: A comprehensive package of measures to help the voluntary sector & mutuals compete for contracts to cut re-offending has been announced by the Cabinet Office and the Ministry of Justice. This follows proactive engagement with a range of organisations from the voluntary sector, social enterprises and entrepreneurial staff in probation trusts looking to form new mutuals.
 
Many of these measures are being introduced in response to the recommendations set out in social enterprise organisation 3SC’s action plan.  This follows existing support from the CO that gives probation staff mutuals access to a £10m Mutuals Support Programme.
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UKOC: We all know that the UK online centres network just wouldn't function without the many volunteers who put in their time & effort to make sure that everything gets done. This June it's time to say thanks to those who contribute and UKOC have got just the way to show them.
 
National Volunteers' Week takes place 1-7 June 2013 and UK online centres is offering you the chance to give your volunteers some valuable training opportunities.  There are a range of training webinars from 'Working with others' to 'Debono's Six Hats Technique', all specially designed to help volunteers get the most out of their time and all completely free for the week!
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CAB: Gillian Guy, Chief Executive of national charity Citizens Advice, has responded to a report from a Public Accounts Committee (PAC) investigation of HMRC's performance in cutting the level of fraud & error in the tax credit system.
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CAB: Gillian Guy, Chief Executive Citizens Advice comments on how 2 people with mental health problems have won a legal challenge against government tests for sickness benefit.
Press release & links
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