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Greenprint to 2050

[This is a guest post from Trewin Restorick from Global Action Plan.  Trewin is a member of the Defra Civil Society Advisory Board] Climate Squad, now 1 year old, is embarking on a new adventure that will outline the steps youth want to take for a low carbon 2050 – empowering them to take charge and [...]

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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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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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Joint Ministerial and third sector taskforce report launched

Following on from this post, the report on the joint Ministerial and Third Sector Task Force on Climate Change, the Environment and Sustainable Development was formally launched at an event at the the Commonwealth Club this evening (9/3/10).  The event was chaired by Stephen Hale of Green Alliance and featured updates from members of the Task Force, [...]

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Refreshed Compact is published

The Compact is the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for effective partnership working between government and the third sector in England. The original Compact was agreed in November 1998. A new, refreshed and simplied version was published today  (15/12/09) following extensive debate and consultation. This Compact highlights the shared principles which Compact partners should follow [...]

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Invitation to Bid: Volunteering & Inland Waterways

On Thursday (10/12/09) the Inland Waterways Advisory Council (IWAC) announced an invitation to bid to undertake research into volunteering. They are interested to learn how to attract, integrate and retain volunteers. The deadline for bids is noon on Monday 11/1/10. The IWAC press release is here (you may have to scroll down). The full Terms of Reference [...]

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REalliance conference and key reports

I was pleased to be able to attend the second day of the first REalliance conference yesterday (2/12/09) at The Business Design Centre in London. It was a real learning experience for me because although I know many people from the sector involved in re-use and re-cycling, I am still learning when it comes to [...]

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I’ve joined the OTS contracting unit

In the spirit of cross Government working and breaking down silos I’ve joined the contracting unit in the Office of the Third Sector, for a trial period until February.  I’ll be on secondment to OTS for one day a week.  This team of officials from across Whitehall is supporting the MISC37 Cabinet Committee for the third sector’s [...]

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Defra wins social action research contract

  Happy Social Enterprise Day! Today (19/11/09) Angela Smith, Minister for the third sector, announced the second phase of the Office of the Third Sector’s £1.3m Social Enterprise Action Research (SEAR) programme, which allows other departments to explore ways in which social enterprises offer solutions to policy problems.  The Social Enterprise Action Research programme uses small amounts of Cabinet Office [...]

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Vacancies at the Sustainable development Commission

The Sustainable Development Commission is recruiting for two non-executive directors. The Sustainable Development Commission is the Government’s independent advisor on sustainable development. It also works to help build the capacity of government and public bodies across the UK to understand and deliver sustainable development; is an advocate for sustainable development within and outside Government; and [...]

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