Monthly Archives: October 2009

Defra Third Sector Team nominated for National Compact Award

We are very pleased to have been shortlisted as a finalist for the Compact Award for Excellence at a National Level in this year’s Compact Awards. This is awarded to a national partnership, Government department or a national third sector umbrella body for outstanding achievement in promoting and implementing the letter and spirit of the [...]

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New Social Enterprise Ambassadors website launched

The Social Enterprise Ambassadors website has been revamped and relaunched.  The site features new case studies, photos, videos speaker profiles, news, campaigns and blogs and we are promised much more to come. The Social Enterprise Ambassadors are leaders of some of the country’s most successful social enterprises and have been engaged by the Office of [...]

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Measuring Social Value Conference – share your views on SROI

“There is more and more interest in measuring and valuing the impact of organisations on society. The Measuring Social Value Project is hosting a conference where third sector organisations, commissioners and investors will come together to share experiences of how Social Return on Investment (SROI) – one of the most exciting innovations in this field [...]

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Carnegie launch Rural Manifesto

Image credit: Carnegie UK Trust (from the Rural Manifesto Report published today) The experiences of pioneering rural communities in championing sustainable lifestyles can inspire neighbourhoods everywhere according to a report published today by the Carnegie UK Trust, building on evidence gathered through a collaboration with Big Lottery Fund and forty-four organisations and communities on the front [...]

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Joe blogs!

Hello there!  Just a quick post here to introduce myself, I am Joe Taylor and I’m the newest member of the Third Sector Team here in Defra, I joined the team yesterday (19/10/09).  I’m really looking forward to working to boost Defra’s capacity to engage with the sector, and also adding to Defra’s capacity to boost the [...]

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A visit to two award winning social enterprises

Lucy Findlay (RISE) | Clare Joy (Hornbeam Centre) | Mary Rayner (Co-operatives UK) | Marlene Barrett (Hornbeam Centre) One of the roles of Defra’s Social Enterprise Strategic Partnership (SESP) is to raise awareness within Defra to the role social enterprises play in the delivery of Defra’s policy objectives. Our SESP do this in a variety [...]

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Natural England use blog to gather feedback on their 2060 Vision

Vertical Garden at CaixaForum in Madrid Image credit: Patrick Breen Guy Thompson, Executive Director, External Affairs at Natural England, addressed Defra’s Third Sector Advisory Board on Monday (5/10/09). Guy highlighted the value of the third sector to the work of Natural England. He indicated that Natural England were working to publish their third sector policy statement in line with [...]

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Last chance to have your say on the Government’s Food Strategy

The same team within Defra who provided us with this blog has been working on the broader issue of eConsultation. The first example of an online consultation is Food 2030. Food 2030 is a cross-government initiative looking at food strategy over the next 20 years. The Food 2030 team would like to hear your views [...]

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ACT ! on climate change now

Co-operatives UK (one of Defra’s Social Enterprise Strategic Partners) launched ACT ! – a new campaign to get all members of co-operatives to act on climate change before the Copenhagen Climate Conference in December. ACT ! – Addressing the Climate Threat – is a Europe-wide campaign which aims to co-ordinate and promote the activities of co-operatives [...]

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