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The Desert Rats Association - finding funding for commemoration

The Desert Rats Association is raising money to build a new memorial to the men and women who have served in the division from 1940 to the modern day. To do that they needed funding, and lead fundraiser Beverley Cooper - a campaigner and fundraiser of many years’ experience and standing -turned to CAN for further advice and direction. 

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. 

FREE 30-mins 1-to-1 advice for West Norfolk VCSE organisations - 14th April

We are offering FREE 30-minute one-to-one advice slots for West Norfolk VCSE organisations on 14th April (a.m.)

Our Covid work with Good Neighbour Schemes & Mutual Aid

Over the weekend of the 14th March 2020, we saw several hundred Norfolk communities create new Mutual Aid Groups in response to the pandemic's effect on their communities.

This was our community spirit at its best. A process of forming groups that would normally take several months was accelerated into days. People were coming forward to help, who had never volunteered before. Whatever the legacy of the practical support that was delivered, the simple truth is “you can’t un-meet your neighbour” and this is hugely positive for our communities.

Use ‘features and benefits’ to communicate your impact

Knowing the difference you make is absolutely critical for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations of all types.  ‘Feature - benefit’ statements can be a helpful way to communicate it.

For charities, using your resources in the best way possible to help your beneficiaries is a core governance requirement. Understanding how you are benefiting them, and the scale of that benefit is a key component of doing this.

Contacting Elected Representatives

Your elected representatives should take an interest in what is going on in your community and the issues you are facing.  

Making elected representatives aware of your activities and the issues you and your beneficiaries face, is an important part of your overall approach to communications.  

Updated guidance: COVID ‘Road Map’ advice relating to village halls and community buildings

ACRE has issued new information to help village and community halls get to grips with the latest announcements about the lifting of national lockdown restrictions. 


 

Charging for services – tackling the income shortfall

With income under threat from all sides, perhaps it is time to look at all the potential sources of income for charities. So as fundraising income is depressed - in some cases possibly for years - how can VCSE organisations make up for the loss in income?

Village Halls Week – 25th to 29th January – and a new ‘Domesday Book’

It’s Village Halls Week from Monday 25th to Friday 29th January – and village halls across England are being encouraged to sign an online record to mark 100 years of rural community action. 

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