The latest news and policy updates from the Office of the Third Sector.
The Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA) is holding a free workshop on Thursday 12 February 2009 for authorities which have included one of the indicators linked to the Third Sector in their Local Area Agreement (LAA).
Minister for the Cabinet Office, Liam Byrne, has confirmed that the package of measures unveiled by Business Secretary Lord Mandelson designed to address the cash flow, credit and investment needs of small and medium businesses is available to social enterprises and third sector businesses.
The Office of the Third Sector is inviting tenders to carry out independent research into the licensing system for public charitable collections. The research project will aim to provide more information on current practice, current demand and on how the new provisions might work before they're introduced.
Sir Bert Massie, Commissioner for the Compact, will be logging on to the Third Sector Indicators Community of Practice next Thursday 15 January to take your questions on his recommendations for the future of the Compact (the the framework agreement for how the government and the sector should work together).
The Office of the Third Sector has published details on how to express an interest in tendering for Phase 2 of the National Programme for Third Sector Commissioning. Details have been advertised in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).
Plans to recruit 20,000 volunteers who will link together the generations across Britain have been announced by Minister for the Cabinet Office Liam Byrne.
"As we end the year, I know that many of us have anxieties about what the new year will bring. And I know that many third sector organisations are worrying about how the downturn will affect them and what challenges lie ahead. But it is during difficult times, times when some of us will find ourselves in need of extra help, that we see most clearly the vital role that the sector has to play. This is when we see charities, community groups, local networks and projects - which are the glue that binds communities together - at their very best. This is why I am determined that in the coming months we will help to support the sector to play its role in helping the country through the downturn fairly, to the benefit of us all... "
An interim Chair and a Project Director have been appointed to lead the setting up of a new Third Sector Skills Body charged with leading the drive to improve the skills of volunteers and staff.