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From disused bus stop to community hub

March 2020

Charlotte Angus

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Totally Socially Development Worker and Stainsacre resident Charlotte Angus tells us how the transformation of a small, disused bus shelter helped to connect local people in order to create social change for their community.

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Today we launch a Risk Framework to help funders to think about their appetite for and approaches to risk. We are now looking for funders to help to test the new framework.

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In June 2019, a team of Tudor Trust staff and trustees visited Hartlepool to test out a way of paring back bureaucracy and placing relationships and trust at the forefront of grant-making. Here’s why…

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In our first Letter from America blog, Tanya Beer (Center for Evaluation Innovation) shares the theory behind their ‘learning organisation’ method and we talk to Irit Houvras (American Jewish World Service) about introducing 'learning habits' to her organisation.

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Closing well: Ending the work of a ‘spend-out’ trust

January 2020

Matt Little (The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust)

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On the final day of The Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Trust, Programme Manager Matt Little gives his perspective on ending the work of a 'spend-out' trust. Having sufficient time and resource dedicated to closing the programmes, and concluding relationships with partners, has enabled the Trust to leave the stage confident in the legacy of work and hopeful for the future of the Commonwealth.

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In order to change the culture within a health and care system, health, voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors (VCSE) leaders need to be open-minded, build on the diversity of people around them and have conversations that are engaging and curious, rather than sparking debate. In this blog, Sonakshi Anand (IVAR Senior Researcher) suggests five things that might help when handling tricky conversations taken from the lessons learned from the Building Health Partnerships leadership workshops.

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Vita Terry (IVAR Senior Researcher) reflects on using film to document the process and progress of an intergenerational dance project and shares three things to consider when using film as a research method or for reporting to funders.

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The aligned reporting working group have been looking at ways funders could make simple changes to reporting practices to make it a shared, more meaningful and mutually beneficial experience. We need the help of small and medium sized voluntary sector organisations, especially those with multiple funders, to share their experiences and be involved in promoting the voice of the sector. Find out how you can get involved.

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Failing Forward

September 2019

David Stone | Totally Socially Project Co-ordinator

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How Coast and Vale Community Action help communities turn ideas into reality - and see failure not as an end point, but as a starting point that provides crucial learning.

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Streetlife took part in our Duty to Care? research project. We asked them about their recent experience of working with trusts and foundations.

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