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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.

The One Show seeks community projects

BBC 1's The One Show is seeking community projects across the UK that need a helping hand.

Rural Statement unveiled

Rural England has new power to hold the Government to account on its promise to grow the rural economy and support thriving rural communities, through the new Rural Statement, unveiled by Environment Secretary Owen Paterson.

Queens' Birthday Honours List 2012

One East Midlands would like to congratulate to all those individuals in the East Midlands who were honoured in the Queens' Birthday Honours List 2012 for their services to their communities, volunteering or charity work, including the following individuals:

Online map of local Compacts

Compact Voice has published details of every local Compact in England via an online map, including the nine Compacts in the East Midlands. To access the map, which includes the individual website addresses of each Compact and the VCS, and in most cases the local authority, contact visit

To comment on the map or update your details email

Lloyds TSB Foundation Community Programme

The Lloyds TSB Foundations' Community Programme, which focuses on core and project funding for local charities with an income of less than £1million, is interested in supporting work that improves social and community involvement, improves life choices and chances and helps people be heard. Grants are made appropriate to the size and needs of the charity and funding is available for core costs, including salaries and rent, as well as project costs.

Volunteering social networking website launched

ivo, a new social networking website, which claims to provide the first-ever national listing of charity volunteers, has being launched.

VCS organisations can search the website, which is designed to match people with community projects relating to their interests, for volunteers by skills and location. The website, which has been launched following the success of the 18-month i-volunteer pilot, also provides a forum where people can share their interests and experiences using blogs and videos.

Join One East Midlands' Safer Future Communities networks

Following One East Midlands appointment to work in partnership with NAVCA and CLINKS to run four local networks in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, as part of the Safer Future Communities programme, we are now looking for groups to join the networks.

One EM appointed to deliver Safer Future Communities networks

One East Midlands has been appointed to work in partnership with NAVCA and CLINKS to run four local networks engaging communities with police and crime commissioners in Derbyshire, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Nottinghamshire, as part of the Safer Future Communities programme.

£150million Community First endowment fund launched

The Community First endowment fund, which aims to raise £150million of investment to deliver around £12million in annual returns to provide grants to local community and social action projects from 2015 onwards. has been launched.

Two new blog posts and a twitter feed

Following her presentation on community organisers at the NAVCA Annual Conference in London on 22 November and the public sector strikes on 30 November, Rachel Quinn, Chief Executive of One East Midlands, has published her latest two blog posts presenting her thoughts on the subjects.

To read both of Rachel's blog posts, entitled Don't blame my dad and Community Organisers - Opportunity or Threat? click here.

You can also now follow Rachel on Twitter at @RachelQ_OneEM.


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