Monthly Archives: June 2009

Greener Living Fund – mini videos

These video clips will give you a snapshot of the projects and people involved in the Greener Living Fund (GLF). Thanks to everyone for going along with this guerilla filming experiment. If you want to get an idea of the atmosphere at the launch please press more than one play button at once! Marine Stewardship [...]

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‘Social enterprise and the environment’ event

Defra hosted an Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) Public Policy Seminar entitled ‘Social Enterprise and the Environment’ on Tuesday 23 June. Presentations by Dr. Mick Blowfield (University of Oxford), Dr. Dan van der Horst (University of Birmingham), Nigel Lowthrop (Founder and Director of Hill Holt Wood) and Julie Hitchcock (Deputy Director for Local and Regional Governance, Defra) [...]

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FREE Training – how will climate change affect your community?

Climate change will affect is all. But how? The UK Climate Projection tools were launched on 18 June. These can be used to give a picture of what things might be like in your community in the future, in terms of the rainfall and temperatures you can expect. This information will be of great interest to any third sector organisation [...]

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Greener Living Fund launch – first pictures

Here are the first pictures from the Greener Living Fund launch. This has got to be the best picture of the day . . . Hilary Ben meets Captain Switch Off. Below are a few other images presented as a slideshow. Videos to follow. More information on the Greener Living Fund and its delivery partners [...]

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Greener Living Programme launched

This is just a quick post to let you know that the Greener Living  Programme was launched by Hilary Benn today (23/6/09). More details, including pictures and videos will follow. In the meantime please visit the Greener Living Fund website for further information.

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The third sector gave us the welfare state, can it give us the sustainable state?

The Ministerial Task Force (MTF) met again on 15/6/09 but for the first time with ministers present. The meeting was co-chaired by Huw Irranca-Davies (Defra) and Joan Ruddock (DECC) with Campbell Robb representing the new Third Sector Minister, Angela Smith (OTS) and Peter Matthew standing in for Ian Austin of CLG. The headline agenda items [...]

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UK Climate Projections launched (significant!)

This image shows one of the things that happens in the UK if temperatures rise to 35 C on two consecutive days – the roads melt. So what are the chances of this happening? Well this is the sort of thing that the UK Climate Projections tools, launched by Defra later today (18/6/09), are designed to tell [...]

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Funding Central launched

Today (17/6/09) saw the launch of Funding Central – the smart guide to over 4,000 grants and loans for the third sector. Funding Central will be run by NCVO in partnership with J4b and is funded by the Office of the Third Sector. We are making a minor contribution to this initiative in trying to ensure [...]

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Third Sector Climate Change Declaration

Government Ministers helped ‘relaunch’ the Third Sector Climate Change Declaration today (15 June) at the RSA in central London. Huw Irranca-Davies MP (Minister for Marine and Natural Environment, Defra) and Joan Ruddock MP (Minister of State, DECC) joined a range of signatories, both new and old, to reaffirm their commitment to deliver behaviour change at [...]

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Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises

There have been a lot of government announcements recently of support and opportunities available to the third sector to help counter the impacts of the recession. All these opportunities are open now (or will start very shortly) and I thought a summary would be helpful. The funds are: The Modernisation Fund The Targeted Support Fund [...]

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