Online sales increase as retail income drops for charities

16 August, 2021 - 11:41


Shopiago, a company that allows people to donate to charity online, reported a 151% rise in sales between February and July this year. 

This welcome rise represents an effort from retail charity shops to cover the losses suffered during the...

Voscur supports grassroots groups to share in Bristol’s flagship community development programme

9 August, 2021 - 15:24


Bristol City Council’s Impact Fund invests £5.8m into community-led initiatives for a more equitable city 

40 local charities and social enterprises will receive £5.8m over the next four years targeted towards making Bristol a more inclusive and...

Third Sector

Late-filing penalties appealed by thousands of charities

4 August, 2021 - 11:05


Since the start of the pandemic, thousands of charities have appealed against late-filing penalties from Companies House. 

Of the 177,865 penalties issued by the arm's-length body last financial year, 47,166 appeals were returned - this according to its latest annual report. 6000...

Donations and formal volunteering down. Informal volunteering up.

4 August, 2021 - 10:36


A recent study carried out by the government has suggested a marked decrease in the number of people giving to charitable causes, as well as those involved in formal volunteering. The survey,...

VCSE organisations encouraged to support Bristol residents cope with new drugs coming into the city

3 August, 2021 - 15:44


Bristol's health and community leaders are warning that a dangerously high-strength batch of drugs circulating locally has killed one person and hospitalised around twenty others. The ecstasy pills, which are blue and feature a Tesla logo, have been described as a “serious health risk”...

Charities: giving down, trust up

20 July, 2021 - 11:39


Many in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector continue to face tough choices in the light of falling revenues from fundraising. The Charity Commission’s ...

Small but mighty

14 July, 2021 - 17:00


The Lloyds Bank Foundation evidenced it nationally. Voscur identified echoes of it locally. And more sector leaders are...

Whose Bristol is it anyway?

14 July, 2021 - 16:22


As we look ahead to end of national restrictions and measures to help contain the Covid pandemic, what have we learned about our own city?


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The best podcasts to improve your VCSE organisation and career development

5 July, 2021 - 15:56


As pandemic recovery rolls on, it may still be some time before you’re back in the workplace with all your colleagues and attending face-to-face events. Things might be a little too quiet right now, after 16 months of COVID-19 work patterns and solo coffee breaks....

Left behind or levelled up? Research in areas of deprivation

30 June, 2021 - 20:26


Earlier this year, we were given public data that unsurprisingly showed the highest number of COVID-19 infections were found in parts of Bristol with higher than average national indices of multiple deprivation. We...