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Being Brave and Bold in Durham and Darlington

August 2018

Jane Hartley (VONNE), Lee Mack (CDDFT), Catherine Parker (PHE), Jenny Steel (CDDFT)

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Three clinical commissioning groups (in conjunction with two local authorities) have committed to a new five year contract for community health services. This formal collaboration follows the 12 month North East Building Health Partnerships programme, which brought the STP and voluntary sector together in a workstream that focused on developing Communities of Practice around better ways to commission services.

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How are we using the law as a tactic for social change?

July 2018

Harriet Lowe | Communications & Research Officer at The Baring Foundation

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Law and human rights based approaches can be important tools for civil society. But when and how are they used by the UK voluntary sector? The Baring Foundation's Communications and Research Officer introduces the findings of their review of the evidence base around legal action by the voluntary sector.

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Grant reporting - can we fix it? Yes we can!

June 2018

Tessa Hibbert | Regional Partnerships Manager at The Blagrave Trust

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A response to last month's blog about the state of grant reporting. Tessa Hibbert says it can be fixed, and shares The Blagrave Trust's approach.

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Grant reporting is broken. Can we fix it?

May 2018

Gina Crane | Communications and Learning Manager at Esmée Fairbairn Foundation

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'Funder-led. Bureaucratic. Time-consuming. Misunderstood.' These are words used to describe grant reporting by six UK funders and six organisations they fund, at a workshop run by IVAR and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation in April. Read about the discussions and share your thoughts about grant reporting.

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Leah Swain, CEO of Community First Yorkshire, talks in the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network about her experience of leading Rural Action Yorkshire through a merger with North Yorkshire and York Forum.

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Our Chair explains why we've launched a new area of our website designed specifically for the CEOs and trustees of small organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

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Over the past 18 months Leila Baker, our Head of Research, has been working alongside Commonweal Housing to help them enhance the way they use learning and evaluation to inform their work on housing solutions for social injustice. She shares the thinking behind the approach they have developed.

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Strategies for survival

December 2017

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At a recent Roundtable discussion for CEOs of voluntary organisations, Arvinda Gohil, CEO of Community Links, discussed her organisation's recent partnership with Catch22.

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Funders and funded in harmony?

November 2017

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Steven Marwick, Director of Evaluation Support Scotland, shares his reflections on the relationship between 'funders' and 'funded'.

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‘Don’t expect people to come to you’ and other reflections on co-production in grant-making

November 2017

Venetia Boon | Children and Young People's Grants Manager at Comic Relief

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Venetia shares her experience of getting young people involved in the grant-making process.

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