Monthly Archives: May 2009

Hilary Benn says thanks to EAC contributors

Following the Every Action Counts celebration event that marked the end of the Defra-funded Every Action Counts programme, our Secretary of State, Hilary Benn, wrote to all those who had contributed to the to express his thanks. Click on the images of the letter below to see them full size on Flickr. We expect the [...]

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Biographies of task force members

We published the list of the members of the Ministerial Task Force from the third sector in an earlier post. Here now are more detailed biographies.

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Accounting for sustainability

This is a significant publication as far as Defra’s third sector team is concerned as is brings sustainability issues into ALL third sector organisations (not just those who deal with sustainability and the environment) and it brings them in at a strategic level. It is aimed at directors of finance and looks at how and [...]

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Ministerial Task Force meets for the first time

Yesterday afternoon (20/5/09) the third sector members of the Ministerial Task Force met for the first time with officials from the four departments involved. To some extent we are navigating unchartered waters with this task force in that we (the Government Departments) have not sought to control the process. Instead, we are seeking to work [...]

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Third Sector Involvement in the Future Jobs Fund Seminar

It is important that our third sector partners are aware of this event being hosted by the Office of the Third Sector. Places are very limited so please book ASAP if this is relevant to your work. Only one place per organisation. Here are the details: Event: Third Sector Involvement in the Future Jobs Fund Seminar Date: [...]

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New guide to Social Return On Investment (SROI)

This landed on my desk today and will be of great interest to third sector organisations who know they are doing great things but have difficulty measuring the social and environmental value of these things. The cover is unexciting but the contents are not. I’ve flipped through this guide and it is very accessible. It [...]

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Schumacher College think-tank

I was one of a group of external people invited to join, staff, students and alumni of Schumacher College to consider the future strategy of the College. Other ‘visitors’ included Tony Juniper, the former Director of Friends of the Earth, Andrew Simms of the New Economics Foundation and Rob Hopkins, the inspiration behind the Transition [...]

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Ministerial Task Force members announced

Before listing the third sector members appointed to the Ministerial Task Force we would like to thank all those who have been supportive of this initiative and those who applied for appointment. We sincerely hope that everyone will continue to remain engaged with this crucial, high profile initiative. We have made a serious attempt to contact [...]

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Third Sector Advisory Board meets for the first time

At the end of last week the new Third Sector Advisory Board elected Roger Clarke as their Chair and their first meeting took place yesterday afternoon (11/5/09). Philip Mulligan, CEO of Environmental Protection UK was confirmed as Vice- Chair. The agenda for this first meeting was put together by the third sector team and focussed on improving [...]

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Huw Irranca-Davies launches Muck In4Life

Image credit: se1 (on audio Boo) Yesterday morning, before breakfast, Defra’s Third Sector Minister, Huw Irranca-Davies, was on the shores of the Thames demonstrating what MuckIn4Life is all about. This is what he said: Thanks to se1 for capturing this and putting it in a place where we can all use it. The Minister was launching [...]

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