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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.

Free* professional support for community enterprises

Business in the Community, a member of One East Midlands, engages professionals firms to provide free* professional services to community enterprises in their local area through its ProHelp service.

Social Value Act comes into force

The Public Services (Social Value) Act, which requires local authorities and other commissioners of public services to consider how their services can benefit people living in the local community, came into force on 31 January.

Discounted building materials for charities and communities

Recipro, an online exchange for construction surplus and re-usable materials, aims to divert surplus building materials away from the waste streams to charities, community groups and other community projects.

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.


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