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Unit cost to the public purse

The Cabinet Office has published a unit costs list – helping to answer questions like, how much does an A&E visit or a homicide cost the state? For organisations that bid for public contracts, having unit cost information at your fingertips will be really helpful – particularly if your organisation can articulate the savings it generates for the public purse. The spreadsheet is easy to download in Excel :  Research for social enterprise as a way to resource your activity. One East Midlands now host information from Stepping up to Enterprise see: 


Pace PAT testing - Pace is a CIC - Community Interest Company

That delivers activities to adults living with a disability and/or mental health condition. To support this initiative Pace delivers a range of services including mandatory staff training such as food safety courses, health and safety and PAT testing. For a quote tel: 01332 987621 or see:


NCVO on line resources


  • FAQs about the lobbying act 
  • practical support for campaigners 
  • four free ways to follow parliament without setting foot in London


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Social Economy Alliance: Consultation

The Social Economy Alliance is currently doing a consultation to better forward the views of social enterprises in the run up for the 2015 General Election.  See details.

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Relationship Support services evaluated

An independent evaluation of relationship support services such as those provided at Relate has demonstrated clear financial and emotional benefits to individuals and society as a whole. The report also found that people who used relationship support services were more likely to access support in the future. 

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An adult Asperger’s self-support group for Derby is starting up in March 
If it is successful they are willing to be signposted to by any professionals. Self-support is an identified gap in the Derbyshire Autism Strategy. Contact e: email  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it   or tel: 01332 704686 or text 07583 152560 or go to  and search Adult Asperger’s to find out more. 

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Links, the Centre for Voluntary Service in Chesterfield and NE Derbyshire is moving to the Town Hall on 1 May

They will be based in the basement with Chesterfield Law Centre, Derbyshire Unemployed Workers Centre and Trust.  Telephone and emails will stay the same.  Telephone/Fax: 01246 274844.  Web: Email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  


Age Concern Chesterfield, Bolsover and North East Derbyshire Districts - Research into Clubs for Older People

Age Concern Chesterfield and District keep a database of clubs for older people and have a volunteer run introduction service for people who may feel a bit awkward about contacting groups directly. They ask organisers of such groups in the district to respond to a questionnaire. The questionnaire is available on line at: to obtain a paper copy tel: 01246 273333. Why not ensure your church group is included in the directory?


Living with loneliness  

Loneliness Resource pack from Joseph Rowntree Foundation:

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Derbyshire Residents Miss Out on Legal Aid

Staff at Chesterfield Law Centre and at Direct Help and Advice in Derby both report that people are not coming forward for free legal advice on housing and homelessness funded by the legal aid scheme. Residents in Derbyshire and Derby City can get free legal aided advice from Chesterfield Law Centre’s main office in Chesterfield and Direct Help and Advice office in Derby.  Contact free phone number 0800 707 6990 or see

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Flooding in Somerset

A relief fund has been set up by the Royal Bath and West of England Society to support farmers flooded out of the Somerset Levels. To make a donation here are the details. Somerset Levels Relief Fund, c/o Royal Bath and West of England Society, , 01749 822200.  Monetary donations can be made to marking them "For Somerset Farmers".

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Million Trees Derbyshire (MTD)

Is looking for tree planting sites in Derbyshire and in particular those offering wide public benefit. If you have some land and are thinking of planting new trees you might consider contacting MTD. They will be happy to discuss your project and offer suggestions as to the type and number of trees best suited to the site. They may be in a position to offer free or subsidised trees. Contact Anthony Broderick by e:   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or via:

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Have developed a Directory of organisations working with offenders see: 

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Children and families Bill amended to benefit parent carers  

47% of parents caring for disabled U18s get no practical support. Carers UK report on campaign: 

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Behind Cold doors: A report on Fuel poverty and the impact on children 

Sponsored by the Children’s Society.  The chilling reality for children in poverty by Sam Royston.  Download at:,248Q9,4QTP00,7N6E5,1

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Joint Public Issues have devised a calendar of Special Sundays for 2014 


The Keep Me Posted campaign 

This is a partnership of charities, consumer groups and business who have come together to fight for the consumer’s right to choose without penalty, how they receive important financial information from banks, utility companies, media companies and other service providers. Four main issues linked to the lack of paper records have emerged: Debt, Money Management and Proof of identity and proof of residence. 

Consequently the groups of people most affected by these issues are:

• Carers who are often left unable to manage the affairs of a loved one

• People with physical and mental disabilities

• People who live in rural areas where there is limited or no broadband access

• People on low incomes who cannot afford broadband or computers

For more information see: or by writing to: Keep Me Posted, 24a St John Street, London, EC1M 4AY or by e-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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Universal Credit and Childcare costs – Citizen’s Advice briefing 

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Livability Highlight this short written piece  from Adrian Snell about including people,1ZJUY,7H5L8,76E71,1

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The Government launched Small Business: GREAT Ambition on Saturday 7 December

A document that sets out an action plan to support small businesses. Although aimed at small businesses, it addresses areas, particularly public procurement, where small charities and social enterprises face similar barriers to businesses.

The report is linked to a recent consultation on SME procurement processes. The EU defines a small business as an organisation that employs less than 50 members of staff. The NCVO Almanac suggests that two-thirds of voluntary organisations fit this description.

Key actions in the report that will benefit charities are:

1. Pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) are to be abolished for low value contracts. To prevent wasting time on preparing inappropriate full bids, NAVCA has said that PQQs need to be replaced by a process of self-assessment. Standardised PQQs are to be introduced for larger contracts.

2. Implementation in 2014 of plans to mandate prompt payment all the way down a public procurement supply chain.

3. Extending the Mystery shopper service to spot-check public bodies to make sure that their procurement is small business, and therefore small charity/social enterprise, friendly.

4. New requirements for contracting authorities to report SME spend. The Government’s response to the SME procurement consultation says this will be extended to include voluntary sector spend.


Benefits a life style choice? 

See what people who are on benefits say see 10 minute animation

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Churchless faith

Featured as an article in Country Way is based on research at It reveals some insights into why some rural communities have many de-churched Christians including the detachment from the local community. 

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