Author Archives: Conor Ritchie

Ministerial third sector task force – fourth meeting

Yesterday afternoon (17 August 2009) the third sector members of the Ministerial Task Force on climate change, the environment and sustainable developmnet met for the fourth time with officials from the four departments involved. Roger Clarke, chair of Defra’s Third Sector Advisory Board, was also in attendance. The Task Force first addressed the vision, audience and [...]

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Voluntary Sector Independence event

  The Baring Foundation today hosted a summit on Voluntary Sector Independence, at which Defra was represented. Framed by a number of expert speakers (including Julia Unwin CBE, Chief Executiveof the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Mark Rosenman, Director of Caring to Change), attendees took part in facilitated working groups – looking at existing pressures on the sector’s independence, [...]

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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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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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Why conservation volunteers are important to Defra

The April 2009 issue of Landscape, the Defra staff magazine, includes a feature on conservation volunteering in the UK. Conservation volunteering provides far more than just environment benefits – it can improve community safety and spirit, promote health and well being, and provide job skills and employment opportunities. Defra’s Third Sector Strategy aims to promote environmental volunteering and recognise [...]

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Every Action Counts event – 6 May 2009

On 6 May, the ‘Change: what happens when Every Action Counts’ event will mark the end of the Defra funded ‘Every Action Counts‘ programme. The day will include a panel debate on partnership, and workshops looking at issues around volunteers and community workers, government and third sector partnerships, and funding and resources. The keynote address will be delivered by [...]

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