Internet safety: The Government launches an inquiry into current ‘offensive communications’ laws

8 February, 2018 - 15:46
In the wake of the Internet Safety Green Paper consultation, the Government has recognised a potential need to refresh legislation to align with the modern digital age. It has asked the Law...

Safer Internet Day and online safety

6 February, 2018 - 14:55


Safer Internet Day 2018  is being celebrated globally on Tuesday 6 February 2018 with the slogan “Create, connect and share respect: a better internet starts with you”. The UK Safer Internet Centre has made available...

Bristol’s new-look drug and alcohol services

6 February, 2018 - 10:00
Bristol’s re-commissioned Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service (ROADS) went live on 1 February.
ROADS is a partnership between BDP (Bristol Drugs Project), DHI (Developing Health & Independence) and (AWP) Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS...

Sad passing of Linda Bell

31 January, 2018 - 15:11
The team here at Voscur were saddened to hear the news that local community activist, Linda Bell, passed away in her sleep on the 25 January at the nursing home where she had been since Xmas. 
St Werburghs Community Centre, where Linda worked for many years, says: “...

Research idea you are keen to explore? Check out the Community University Partnership Initiative

24 January, 2018 - 15:23
The National Coordinating Centre Public Engagement (NCCPE) are pleased to announce the launch of the Community University Partnership Initiative (CUPI). Funded by...

Blog: "Sorry, we don’t want your money!" - the importance of a robust donations policy

24 January, 2018 - 14:59

Written by Jenny Wildblood, Voscur’...

Photo by City of Seattle Community Tech CC BY-NC 2.0

Ready for GDPR? Read our helpful guide and FAQs for VCSE groups

23 January, 2018 - 11:32
By now, most people will have heard about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force in May 2018, but do you understand what it means in practice for your group/organisation?

Following a number of inquiries from our members and other VCSE...

Legal system ‘failing’ women and in need of reform, says Fawcett in landmark sex discrimination law review

23 January, 2018 - 10:51
A ground-breaking report released by the Fawcett Society concludes that our legal system is failing women and needs fundamental reform. The report, which is the conclusion of the Fawcett Society’s Sex Discrimination Law Review (SDLR) Panel, also found that violence against women and girls is ‘...

Guest Blog: Loneliness can affect us all

18 January, 2018 - 14:38

This week, the Government announced the appointment of Tracy Crouch as the UK's Minister for Loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox. An issue affecting about nine...

New Disclosure and Barring Service basic check service

18 January, 2018 - 12:36

If you need a basic disclosure check for a job in England and Wales, you should apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS), which now provides the service for England and Wales. If you need a basic check for a job in Scotland, then you should apply to Disclosure Scotland. If you want a...