Monthly Archives: November 2009

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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Campaigning – part of what third sector organisations do

Campaigning is an important part of what the third sector does. This can change hearts and minds and create the environment for tough political decisions to be made . . . . the Drop the Debt Campaign springs to mind. This guest post is by Trewin Restorick, CEO, Global Action Plan and highlights their COPArt Campaign Do [...]

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BTCV launches the Carbon Army

Charile Dimmock and Tom Flood at the launch of the Carbon Army. Image courtesy of BTCV. Today, the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers (BTCV) launched its new Carbon Army and pledged 3,000 days of voluntary action, one day for every delegate at the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference. BTCV’s aims to help us reduce our carbon [...]

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Future Jobs Fund – help for Third Sector Organisations

We wanted to draw your attention to this opportunity from DWP. DWP SEMINAR ON THE FUTURE JOBS FUND FOR THIRD SECTOR AND LOCAL AUTHORITY BIDDERS 7 December, 1.30 – 4pm, The Resource Centre, Holloway Road, London This seminar is specifically aimed at local authorities and third sector organisations that have yet to bid for the  Future Jobs [...]

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Defra publishes its third Sustainable Development Action Plan

Defra has published its third Sustainable Development Action Plan (SDAP), which sets out the actions that Defra will take until March 2011. Government has made it clear that the public sector needs to demonstrate leadership on Sustainable Development (SD). As part of this the UK Government’s SD strategy, Securing the Future, set a requirement for [...]

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Commissioners wanted: London Sustainable Development Commission

The London Sustainable Development Commission (LSDC) are recruiting commisioners. In their words: The LSDC is looking for senior level experience in the sustainability field, or in a related area. You will have demonstrated outstanding communication and leadership skills and thrive in a highly political environment. Above all, you must bring drive, commitment and practicality to deliver [...]

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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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Green Communities: turning ideas into action event

Green Communities is a programme from the Energy Saving Trust that aims to support, facilitate and promote community energy projects.  Whether you want to improve the energy efficiency of a community building, install renewable energy technology to generate your own energy, or promote energy saving – the Energy Saving Trust offers the knowledge, experience and [...]

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Liberating Leadership – a fresh perspective from the community sector

Liberating Leadership is a new, practical approach that has been developed by the Community Sector Coalition to recognise and support leadership in community groups and collective community activities. It is about leadership in networks and neighbourhoods, street events and sports clubs, parishes and partnerships, temples and tenants associations, festivals and fetes, music groups and mosques. [...]

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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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