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Key Campaigning Considerations for Charities Ahead of the General Election

The UK general election is set for the 4th July 2024, presenting an important period for charities to consider how political developments may impact their causes. Within the Voluntary, Community, and Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector, many organisations are actively sharing their insights and expertise. Given the critical role charities play in advocating for societal issues, it is essential that they do so within a framework that ensures neutrality and compliance with legal guidelines. 

Norfolk Small Charities Showcase 2024

Norfolk's small charities are the lifeline for many in our communities, that's why at the Kearns Foundation are responding to a need to celebrate and support them with the 2nd Norfolk Small Charities Showcase taking place in Norwich on 22nd June

Protecting charities from abuse for extremist purposes

The government has issued updated guidance aimed at charities, including those within the Community Transport sector, to effectively manage the risks associated with extremism.

A banking blackout for charities? Why a collective voice is important

Nationally it appears that tighter banking restrictions coupled with a sustained period of financial inactivity due to the pandemic has led to a change in banking practice in relation to charity banking services provided to VCSE groups and organisations. 

Energy prices and charities

Community Action Norfolk are becoming more concerned with the energy price rise and the impact it is having on not only individuals, but on charities and village halls. That is why we are launching a campaign to raise awareness of the issue and to advocate for change.  

CANConnect - Combating social isolation and loneliness in Breckland and North Norfolk

CAN is working in partnership with Future Projects in combating social isolation in the Breckland and North Norfolk districts of the county.  We'd be grateful if those reading this and living or working in Breckland or North Norfolk could share this information - especially to anyone you know who may be interested in volunteering. Thank you.

Charities and community organisations – closing down vs other options: Part 2 - Ashwellthorpe

This is Part 2 of last week's article about other options when Charities and Community Organisations might be considering closing down.  You can read Part 1 here.

Charities and community organisations – closing down vs other options: Part 1

More than 60 per-cent of community groups across England and Wales have been forced to reduce their services or close completely because of the pandemic, whilst two-thirds say need has increased in their communities. Closure can, however, be a positive move however, often arising from positive circumstances. And there are often other options. 

‘We do housing differently’: Eastern Community Homes launch

Eastern Community Homes officially launched last month with an online event over three days.  ‘Eastern Community Homes: We Do Housing Differently’ saw more than 450 delegates booked in to hear a range of expert speakers share their experiences and projects.

#thankyouVCSE – Celebrating our sector

It’s now been twelve months since the pandemic hit.  As people needed more help and support the local voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector responded rapidly and in diverse ways.  Overnight the creation of hundreds of community responses alongside huge efforts by established organisations to adapt what they do to meet the changing needs of their community. People innovated, people coordinated, but most of all people went above and beyond to help.

This covers a vast range of activity but as examples we estimate:  

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