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Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises

Real help now mediumReal Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises is an action plan outlining £42.5 million support for the third sector in the difficult economic climate. On this page you can download a copy of the plan and read a summary of the key actions within it.  

How does the funding in the plan break down?

Meeting Demand for Services and Tackling Unemployment

Strengthening the Sector now and in the future

Other support in Real Help for Communities

Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises contains a range of other actions that will both enable the third sector to deliver real help now in more effective and efficient ways and support the sector to emerge from the recession stronger and more sustainable. You can download a key milestones chart of all the various actions announced below:

In addition to the support announced in Real Help for Communities, there is also a package of support designed to address the cash flow, credit and investment needs of small and medium sized businesses announced by the Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (BERR). The package of support is accessible to third sector businesses as any other. Details of the support can be found via the link below:

Background

Underpinning the Government’s development of Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities & Social Enterprises, the Office of the Third Sector formulated a number of guiding principles. These principles emerged from the NCVO summit on the economic downturn, co-chaired by the Minister for the Third Sector, Kevin Brennan, in November 2008. They aim to guarantee that the measures implemented by Government are targeted at the right parts of the sector and ensure continued and strengthened delivery to deprived communities.

The Principles:

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