Volunteers' Week 2022

15 June, 2022 - 13:02


The Voscur team had a really positive day last Sunday and enjoyed meeting and greeting the hundreds of people that visited College Green for the celebration event marking the end of Volunteers' Week 2022.

Visitors to our exhibition stand got to hear more about the work we...

Charity gift-card supports new shopping habits

13 June, 2022 - 14:49


Charities are meeting rising demand for good value, ethical, environmentally friendly shopping options. Increasing numbers of consumers are turning to second hand goods as they try to cope with the cost-of-living crisis and shrinking household budgets at the same time as making efforts...

Transforming food systems – national and local perspectives

13 June, 2022 - 12:56


Long-waited plans to transform England's food system are being revealed by the government today (Monday 13thJune). However, Henry Dimbleby, the government's own adviser on food, says only about half of his recommendations have been taken on, with the resulting government policy document...

Grants - how do you think they should be managed?

8 June, 2022 - 12:48


If you have 15 minutes spare then using them to answer The Funding Experience Survey from the Institute for Voluntary Action Research (IVAR) to influence key funders, could be time well spent...

Loneliness Awareness Week, 13-17 June 2022 

6 June, 2022 - 15:01


Bristol-based Marmalade Trust is dedicated to raising awareness around loneliness. The trust launched Loneliness Awareness Week in 2017 with the aim of encouraging people to talk more openly about their experiences, helping thousands since. 

It’s a fact that loneliness is...

Sector cautiously welcomes windfall tax

6 June, 2022 - 13:23


Following a government U-turn, Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak has unveiled a package of measures stated to be worth over £15bn. The windfall tax on energy companies aims to raise around £5bn in its first year. The "temporary targeted energy profits levy" will be charged at a...

Charity bodies warn proposed online sales tax could have impact on donations 

1 June, 2022 - 14:02


The Treasury is currently reviewing the possible implementation of an online sales tax (OST) in order to 'rebalance' the taxation between online and in-store retail.  

The growth of online retail and the decline of the in-person high street shopping, have been of course...

Strong data management and digital expertise crucial for charities post Covid 

30 May, 2022 - 17:34


Various attempts have been made by political leaders to unlock the kind of collective effort that Covid brought about, but volunteering levels have remained stubbornly flat and the number of hours volunteered has seen a downward trend.  

If politicians wish to buck this trend,...

Volunteers' Week 2022!

30 May, 2022 - 16:20

Volunteers Week takes place 1-7 June every year. It's a chance to recognise the fantastic contribution volunteers make to our communities and say thank you.

Volunteers’ Week is supported and celebrated by small grassroots organisations as well as larger, household-name charities, who...

Record 420,000 young people a month in England treated for mental health problems 

25 May, 2022 - 14:12


The total of open referrals (those undergoing treatment or waiting to start care) has risen by 147,853 since February 2020, a 54% increase, and by 80,096 over the last year alone, a jump of 24%. This has prompted experts in the field to warn of an unprecedented crisis in the wellbeing...