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Communities are at the very heart of all VCS work. The VCS is formed from and works with communities of place and identity in varied ways, tackling issues, providing specialist support and filling in gaps that may not be met by mainstream service providers. This section will keep you up-to-date with policies that affect communties ranging from social inclusion to citizenship and community empowerment.

2013 New Years’ Honours List

One East Midlands would like to congratulate to all those individuals in the East Midlands who were honoured in the 2013 New Years’ Honours List for their services to their communities, volunteering or charity work.

Final 50 areas to receive Big Local funding announced

The Big Lottery Fund has announced the final 50 areas, which will receive funding from its £200million Big Local scheme, including Elmton & Cresswell, Grassmoor & Hasland, Central Boston, and Kirk Hallam in the East Midlands.

Streetlife local social network

Streetlife is a new local social network at, which aims to provide a free and simple place to connect people in their area and share local knowledge, advice, skills and belongings; so together they can make the most of where they live.

Bespoke training for community groups

Community Matters are offering bespoke half day or day long sessions for up to ten participants on a shared subject of the participants choosing. These practical, facilitated sessions will offer a defined group of organisations the opportunity to get to grips with and take action on a tangible issue.

Streetbank online network

Streetbank is a free network of sharing communities, helping neighbours lend, give away and offer skills and items to people living within one mile of their home.

Local Works promotes Sustainable Communities Act

Local Works, which campaigned successfully in June to reverse the government’s plans to weaken the Sustainable Communities Act and got them to make regulations that strengthen it, is now encouraging councils to op in the act and agree with their communities on proposals for new government action for local sustainability and to put those proposals forward to government.

Community Shares launched

Communities Minister Don Foster has launched a new Community Shares Unit to help local people claim a stake and become part owners of much loved local assets and services such as their community pub, football club or even in the generation of renewable energy.

BT Community Connections Award

BT Community Connections is an award scheme offering community groups the chance to get online and help people discover the wonders of the internet.

Pride in place: Tackling incivilities

Local environmental problems – or incivilities – can have a serious and long-lasting impact on wellbeing and quality of life for individuals and communities. Issues including vandalism, graffiti, litter, dog mess and discarded rubbish really matter to people and have a disproportionate impact on those living in the UK’s least affluent communities.

Spacehive funding platform

Spacehive, the world's first funding platform for neighbourhood improvement projects, aims to make it easier for people with inspiring project ideas, to pitch for support and funding from their community.


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