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Running Your Group resource re-launched

The Running Your Group online resource, which is designed to give people all the tools they need to start up, fund, market and manage their group or small organisation, has been re-launched.

Adobe donates software to charities

Adobe has joined the Charity Technology Trust CTXchange donation programme, which offers charities and charitable housing associations design and digital editing software.


Free workplace learning for VCS staff

Enable, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCS learning and skills consortium, has secured £1.4million of ESF funding to help VCS employees in the East Midlands improve their employment potential through workforce learning.

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

East Midlands VCS Workplace Learning Contract

Enable, the Nottingham and Nottinghamshire VCS Learning and Skills Consortium, has secured £1.4million to help employees within VCS organisations across the East Midlands improve their employment potential. The funding will also enable VCS organisations to develop individuals within their workforce to expand their roles or take up new roles that will support their organisation's sustainability and growth.

Unionlearn offers support to VCS

Unionlearn, which has brought benefits to workers and employers across the country for more than a decade, is now looking to take its work into community and non-union workplaces, including the VCS. Over the past 12 years more than 26,000 union learning reps have been trained and 740,000 people have been given training and learning opportunities via their union.

New guide for charities going through structural changes

Charity insurance specialist Ecclesiastical has published a risk guide for charities undertaking structural changes or changing business models, including collaboration and mergers.

Volunteering code of practice published

Volunteering England and the Association of British Insurers (ABI) have published a code of practice for volunteers, which has been developed by a working group to address the problem of unnecessary red tape raised in Lord Hodgson's report Unshackling Good Neighbours.

The code informs people that volunteering is not a generally risky activity and provides seven points to give volunteers guidance on staying safe and when to ask for advice:

Primetimers expand work into the Midlands

As part of the £9million Social Action Fund, Primetimers, which aims to achieve social change through building capacity, has been awarded a grant to replicate its London model in across three new regions, including the Midlands.

Alongside their expansion into South West and Yorkshire and Humberside, Primetimers will now be able to deliver their capacity building support from business and public sector specialists to VCS organisations in the Midlands.

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.


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