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Trading Standards Officers are urging Staffordshire residents to keep a look out for dangerous counterfeit Glens vodka following investigations undertaken in Cannock. The public analyst has reported that samples recently seized by officers from a local retailer have been found to contain dangerous levels of Tert butanol and IPA (2-propanol). Click here for more information >>>>>> Fake Glens Vodka Warning
A former commissioner of public services gives some simple steps to stop bidding and tendering being overwhelming for charities. On The Guardian’s Voluntary Sector Network, ’10 things charities need to know to win a government contract’.Click here for more information >>>>>>
The Living Wage Commission published its final report on Tuesday (24th June). Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, was a member of the commission and said “Wherever possible, I would encourage charities to consider becoming living wage employers. One of>>>>>>>>>>Push for living wage across the voluntary sector
The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee is to examine four rights introduced in the Localism Act – the community right to challenge, the community right to bid, the community right to build and the community right to reclaim land. It is seeking evidence from community groups and will accept written evidence until 4th September. Read more >>>
Please find attached the Summer Edition of Network News, a copy of the Annual Survey, and also an Invitation from South Staffordshire and Shropshire Healthcare Foundation NHS Trust regarding their Governor Elections. Network News 51 Summer 2014 NN51_SSNMH Annual Survey 2014 NN51_Letter SSSFT Elections_Jul14
They would very much welcome their members who have experience of mental illness to complete the ANNUAL SURVEY 2014 and return by FREEPOST. Alternatively, you can complete it online at the following address: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SSNMHSurvey14
Headway South Staffs would like to invite you to their Annual General Meeting on Monday 30th June 2014. They have continued to develop their services during 2013/14 and would like this opportunity to detail their growth and commitment to helping people with Acquired Brain Injury and to answer any questions you may have. For more information on the AGM please click here>>>>> Headway 2014 AGM
This is an exciting opportunity to set up a new enterprise, based around gardening, providing training and employment opportunities for young people with learning disabilities and adults with mental health issues. For more information click on the link….Project Manager june14
The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on setting up and registering a charity. It is hoping that the user-friendly format will encourage people to think carefully before setting up a charity, with the guide suggesting alternatives to creating a…Setting up a charity, trustee duties
The Information Commissioner’s Office has published new guidance ‘Data controllers and data processors: what the difference is and what the governance implications are’. This should help with determining data protection responsibility between organisations working together. In pdf, 290KB.
This is a recognised accredited teaching qualification. As the preliminary required qualification for teaching in Further Education, this course is intended for professionals already qualified in the subject they wish to deliver. Read more ………Introduction to the Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector
More than £500m of funds will be available to voluntary organisations if advanced talks between the Big Lottery Fund and European Commission about a match-funding scheme come to fruition, according to Dawn Austwick, chief executive of the BLF. Read more below …………………..
On behalf of the Executive Committee I am delighted to enclose our annual newsletter and hope that you will find it of interest. How quickly the year has flown and how much has happened during that time! See attached below
More than 350 voluntary sector organisations, including the National Coalition for Independent Action (Andy Benson, director, pictured), Christian Aid, Oxfam and Navca, have signed up to the Keep Volunteering Voluntary campaign, read more below
The final Queens Speech for the current parliament, before the elections in May 2015, was given on 4th June.
There are two legislative items of specific interest to the voluntary sector:
Volunteers Week always sees a range of articles on many volunteering issues. Here are some we’ve spotted.
From NCVO, both staff and guest authors: