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Category: Reports and articles

Community health service funding bids open to VCSE organisations in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire

30th January 2019

£3 million of CCG Community Health Commissioning in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire will be allocated to the voluntary and community sector, under changes to how services are commissioned. The new commissioning model is expected to increase the choice of support on offer in local communities and take pressure off GPs and frontline services. Sandra Meadows, … Read more

Publication of NHS Long Term Plan

8th January 2019

The NHS have just published a new long term plan which was developed by health and care leaders. The plan aims to make the NHS fit for the future, and get the most value for patients out of every pound of taxpayers’ investment. The plan has been drawn up by those who know the NHS best, … Read more

Reform in government procurement

27th November 2018

Central government have announced changes to its procurement practices to boost social value considerations and reduce barriers for social enterprises. Cabinet minister David Lidington said the new approach in central government “will ensure this further levels the playing field for our small businesses and social enterprises – they are closest to our communities and will … Read more

Making it Real

25th October 2018

Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) have relaunched Making it Real this month. Making it Real is a framework for how to do personalised care and support. It’s for people working in health, adult social care, housing, and  for people who access services. It is an easy to use, jargon-free set of personalised principles that focus on what matters … Read more

Trading for Good: a report on the work of small and medium-sized social enterprises

14th May 2018

Trading for Good was published by Social Enterprise UK (SEUK) and commissioned by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales to provide a greater depth of understanding into the work of social enterprises. This report shows the important impact social enterprises are having on some of the poorest communities in the UK, and calls for more … Read more

State of Social Enterprise Survey 2017

25th September 2017

Social Enterprise UK supported by Santander have produced their biannual State of Social Enterprise Report, a detailed examination of the sector, which you can download by clicking here.     Read more

Measures to help small charities get into the public services supply chain

16th December 2016

Earlier this week, Government Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson announced three new measures as part of a programme to help tackle the challenge of getting small charities into the public sector supply chain. They are: Developing a placed based Public Service Incubator that helps small charities get commissioned. Exploring the development of a commissioning … Read more

Local Authorities urged to make personal budgets dementia friendly

28th November 2016

Fewer than a third of people receiving social care support for problems with memory and cognition have a personal budget, despite the government’s aspirations for a person-centred care and support system. Alzheimer’s Society have aimed to help address this by producing a personal budgets guide of easy and cost effective actions that councils can take … Read more

12 tips on running a social enterprise

28th November 2016

SSE’s social entrepreneur of the year, Sophie Unwin, has put together 12 tips on running a social enterprise. Sophie has shared lots of really good and practical information, which you can read here.   Read more

Kinder Communities: The Power of Everyday Relationships

4th November 2016

Carnegie UK have recently launched the report Kinder Communities: The Power of Everyday Relationships. This report marks the beginning of a project exploring the importance of kindness and everyday relationships and interactions for wellbeing and empowerment, at both an individual and community level. The central question is whether we should, or could, do anything to … Read more