August VCSE Sector News

Each month we aim to provide a summary of the big news stories affecting the VCSE sector. Here is our August VCSE Sector News Digest.

This month’s top picks challenge us to build a more sustainable world as individuals, communities, and organisations. There are some useful resources to support the VCSE sector on its journey.  While we will all have our own individual actions and priorities, we have seen many reminders over the past month of the importance and value of collective action and the sharing of knowledge and expertise.


August VCSE Sector News Digest

Fuelling Positive Change

NCVO has launched a ‘Fuelling Positive Change’ campaign (#FuellingPositiveChange) to encourage and support charities to consider moving investments away from businesses involved in the extraction, production, transportation, refining and marketing of fossil fuels (e.g., coal, tar sands, oil and gas). NCVO will provide guidance, key terms and templates to help charities understand the purpose of divestment and the divestment process including a charity investment guide (step-by-step guidance to help your board consider divestment), and a communications pack with information, templates and graphics to help charities promote their support for the campaign.  In September and October 2023, NCVO will also host events to explore the role of charities in tackling climate change. This will help charities uncover what actions they can consider to divest from fossil fuels.

Creating a more sustainable world

The EIRIS Foundation is a research, advice and advocacy charity that pioneers the next steps for sustainable finance. The Charity Ethical Money Action Plan intends to help charities and foundations navigate the process of establishing and implementing policies and processes which enable them to use the power of their money and their influence on the financial system to build a more sustainable world.

A Disability Action Plan

A Disability Action Plan 2023 to 2024 consultation has been launched aimed at anyone with an interest in the action the government will take during 2023 and 2024 to improve the lives of disabled people. The consultation closes on 6th October 2023 and can be accessed here.

Housing issues in rural areas

In July Rural Housing Week focused on how a better future is possible for rural communities. They investigated the changes needed to make this a reality given factors such as high house prices, a shortage of affordable homes to rent, increasing levels of second home ownership and holiday lets. During the week community-led housing was highlighted as a way of building affordable homes that communities so desperately need.  Anyone can initiate, volunteer with and deliver a community-led housing project.  To learn more visit Eastern Community Homes. This provides free support from checking to see if the project is feasible, to selecting a builder.

An aging population

As we await the development of the government’s major conditions strategy for England, a new report published by the Health Foundation outlines the scale and impact of the growth in the number of people living with major illness as the population ages. Much of the projected growth in illness relates to conditions such as anxiety and depression, chronic pain and diabetes, which are predominantly managed outside hospitals in primary care and the community. This reinforces the need for investment in community-based services, focusing on prevention and early intervention to reduce the impact of illness and improve the quality of people’s lives.

Creating a healthy work culture

Explore how employers can support their staff with reasonable adjustments for mental health, creating a healthy work culture and demonstrating a commitment to good practice by watching the latest ACAS podcast or use the ACAS Reasonable Adjustments for Mental Health Toolkit.

Small Charity Week

In June we celebrated the big impact small charities have on society during the annual Small Charity Week. We recognised the vital support and services they provide to some of the most vulnerable people in our communities.  In case you missed it, have a look at ‘Seven lessons we can learn from small charities’ by Media Trust. It reminds us that there are valuable lessons we can all learn from how small charities communicate their messages.

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