Useful updates for VCSE organisations

As we move into autumn this month’s useful updates for VCSE organisations in particular provides a reminder of the universal importance of wellbeing and the many factors which impact upon this.  From practical tools to consultations and research, below are some resources and opportunities to improve and influence your own and others’ wellbeing.

 

This month’s useful updates for VCSE organisations

Measure your wellbeing impact:

The What Works Centre for Wellbeing has published: ‘Measure your wellbeing impact: A practical guide for charities and social enterprises’. It provides an introduction to wellbeing concepts and models, evaluation, measurement and a searchable database of metrics and measures that can be used to assess changes in wellbeing.  Find out more here: Home – Evaluating wellbeing (whatworkswellbeing.org)

Flexible working:

ACAS is consulting on an updated statutory Code of Practice on handling requests for flexible working.  This is being done in anticipation of the changes to the statutory flexible working request regime being introduced under the Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act 2023 and associated legislation.  You can find out more here: https://www.acas.org.uk/about-us/acas-consultations/code-of-practice-flexible-working-requests-2023

Fuel Poverty Monitor:

We know the energy crisis is still ongoing and prices are likely to remain high for the foreseeable future. The National Energy Action (NEA) has launched its 2023 UK Fuel Poverty Monitor, which is looking to provide an analysis of:

  • The current strategies for reducing fuel poverty across the UK;
  • The progress towards meeting them, including the success of different fuel poverty related schemes;
  • How to best close the gap between reality and the targets.

NEA will be using the findings of this survey to inform its upcoming report. They will feed the findings back to industry, governments, and regulators.  NEA believes that it has never been more important to understand how we can meet the fuel poverty targets across the four nations of the UK.  You can access the survey here: https://eu.surveymonkey.com/r/FPM-23 until Friday 22nd September 2023.

Improving grant making

Research by Civil Society Consulting (CSC) into how grant making can be more equitable and inclusive has been turned into a ‘how-to’ guide for grant makers by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC).  This is available here and offers insights, guidance, and templates.  It builds on CSC’s blog article about the four barriers that organisations led by and for marginalised communities face to getting funding.

Norwich’s new EDI strategy

Norwich City Council is seeking views and feedback on the draft of a new Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy. This sets out a plan to ‘create a city where people feel they belong, are respected, have a voice, and have the opportunity to thrive’.  You can access the strategy and online survey  here.  The consultation closes on Sunday 17th September.

All the information can be provided in an alternative language, large print, accessible PDF, audio recording or Braille as needed.  To arrange this, please follow the advice on the interpretation and translation page or accessibility page. Otherwise please call 0344 980 3333.

 

Other useful updates for VCSE organisations

In case you weren’t aware, “End Digital Poverty Day” takes place on 12th September 2023. The Digital Poverty Alliance has information on how you can get involved here, such as utilising social media or local networks to spread awareness about digital poverty.

And finally, we are beginning to hear some positive news about volunteer numbers! This article from Civil Society suggests that many more young people are taking part in, or considering, volunteering. We’d love to hear how you have been engaging young volunteers. Please get in touch at enquiries@ecnorfolk.org.uk if you have something to share!

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