Category Archives: 7 Understanding the sector

Funding available for civil society organisations – household reward and recognition scheme

Civil society organisations and local authorities are invited to bid for limited funding to introduce or trial new schemes that reward or recognise people or communities for adopting positive behaviours towards managing their waste, such as recycling more or producing less waste.  A support package of £500K is available for such schemes for 2011/12, and there [...]

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Have your say: embracing the contribution and needs of rural communities in Big Society

At a time when organisations and individuals are encouraged to have greater involvement in the running of public services as part of the Government’s Big Society initiative, there are concerns that many organisations are experiencing or facing funding cuts including in rural England. The Commission for Rural Communities (CRC) would like to hear your views and [...]

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Wildlife and Countryside Link informs Defra’s spending decisions

The Wildlife and Countryside Link have produced a paper which sets out the Link’s thoughts on how Defra might be able to reduce its budget whilst supporting the key aims outlined in the coalition programme. The paper covers the following topics: Principles for decision making; Front line services which need to be protected; Different ways [...]

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House of Lords call for evidence on behaviour change

The House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee has appointed a sub-committee, chaired by Baroness Neuberger, to investigate the use of behaviour change interventions to achieve policy goals.  The call for evidence sets out the scope of the review and the opportunity for you to comment: As governments across the world attempt to meet [...]

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Help “grow your own” local services

The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) is funded by the European Union (EU) and the Government to support a wide range of activitites in rural areas. The Community And Social Enterprise fund is a £7m funding stream within the RDPE to support voluntary and community organisations to become more self-financing and sustainable through the [...]

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What is freedom to you?

The Your Freedom website was launched on 1 July by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.  The website gives you an opportunity to suggest ideas on repealing unnecessary laws and stripping away excessive regulation on businesses and third sector/civil society organisations. The questions you are asked to respond to are: Civil liberties:  Which current laws [...]

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Calling all Defra and Civil Society employees: work shadowing opportunities!

A Day in the Life is a work shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff in central government and the voluntary and community sectors to step into each other’s shoes for a day and learn about how the ‘other side’ operates. The scheme is open to all interested people in voluntary and community [...]

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Plunkett Foundation to review rural social enterprises

Defra and the Office for Civil Society have commissioned the Plunkett Foundation to review the economic, social and environmental impacts of rural social enterprise in England. The research and development project will collect evidence on the contributions made by social enterprises to rural communities.  It will be used to inform the understanding of Defra and [...]

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Goodbye and good luck Simon!

Many of you will have come to know Simon Berry, leader of Defra’s Third Sector Team, through this blog over the last year and a bit. Well all good things must come to end and, sadly for us, Simon is leaving Defra to pursue an exciting new challenge. Simon joined Defra in October 2008 on [...]

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Three inspiring third sector ‘waste projects’

[Guest post by Marc Owen, Policy Adviser, Waste Strategy - Policy and Processes, Defra]   Photos courtesy of Green-Works Officials from the Defra Waste Programme recently visited three inspiring third sector projects in London. Vital Regeneration works in London’s most deprived neighbourhoods, developing sustainable and effective social, environmental and economic programmes. We were shown their [...]

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