Bank pledges half of its core charity funding to ethnic and disabled communities

5 October, 2022 - 12:17

Lloyds Bank Foundation has unveiled ‘Building a Better Future‘, a five-year strategy focussed on equity, diversity and inclusion. The strategy commits to helping smaller charities increase their resilience, and will assist in the strengthening of communities. 

Barriers faced by people...

Black History Month 2022

30 September, 2022 - 14:50

Black History Month is a time to celebrate black history, exalt black icons and interrogate institutional racism. Needless to say, these are year-round activities, but it's useful to have one month in particular to shine a light on black excellence and champion black voices. 


Lord Kamall appointed minister for civil society

26 September, 2022 - 16:32

Lord Kamall has been appointed by The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) as minister for civil society.

Prime minister Liz Truss' reshuffle saw Nigel Huddleston, Kamall's predessecor, moved from his post less than a year after assuming office. 

Lord Kamall is professor...

Charity leaders respond to Kwarteng's 'mini-budget'

26 September, 2022 - 12:46

Leading voices from across the VCSE sector have responded with concern to Kwasi Kwarteng's so-called 'mini-budget'. Whilst measures on Gift Aid were largely welcome, many charity leaders have stated that more needs to be done to protect the most vulnerable in society from the cost-of-living...

Charities' energy bills cut

22 September, 2022 - 10:53


The context:

It's been a nerve-wrecking and confusing time for many in our sector, as unprecedented supply-side disruption has seen energy bills subject to historic inflation. The government has announced a new scheme to help businesses, charities and public...

Have your say: dormant asset consultation

13 September, 2022 - 15:51

£738 million has been unlocked for good causes in England by the expansion of the Dormant Assets Scheme, following the passing of the Dormant Assets Act 2022. Your input is now sought to a government consultation on how best to use these funds to deliver the greatest impact. 


Rebecca Mear joins Voscur as CEO

1 September, 2022 - 13:15


Rebecca Mear has joined Voscur as the new Chief Executive Officer. This appointment follows a wide-ranging and open recruitment process, and we are thrilled to have Rebecca in post.


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NCVO warns of volunteer burnout and guilt  

27 July, 2022 - 11:15


The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has just published their report Time Well Spent: Impact of Covid-19 On the Volunteer Experience, and...

Could you sponsor a young person to take part in the GAP initiative?

25 July, 2022 - 12:34

The Grassroot Activators Programme (GAP) is a year long initiative taking place within Bristol communities. It's purpose is to raise aspirations and develop pathways to future opportunities for 16-25 year olds from marginalised neighbourhoods across the city.

The hope and plan is that...

Bristol Local Food Fund is now recruiting for their Citizens Panel

20 July, 2022 - 11:08


Bristol Local Food Fund is looking for seven people with lived experience of food insecurity who will decide how £60,000 of funding is given out to community food projects across the city that are at the forefront of tackling this issue.

The Panel will meet in person over five ...