Monthly Archives: July 2010

Calling all Defra and Civil Society employees: work shadowing opportunities!

A Day in the Life is a work shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff in central government and the voluntary and community sectors to step into each other’s shoes for a day and learn about how the ‘other side’ operates. The scheme is open to all interested people in voluntary and community [...]

Posted in 6 Improving communications, 7 Understanding the sector, 9 Better partnerships | Tagged | 1 Comment

Plunkett Foundation to review rural social enterprises

Defra and the Office for Civil Society have commissioned the Plunkett Foundation to review the economic, social and environmental impacts of rural social enterprise in England. The research and development project will collect evidence on the contributions made by social enterprises to rural communities.  It will be used to inform the understanding of Defra and [...]

Posted in 11 Better commissioning, 2 Sustainable living, 3 Public services, 5 Environmental leadership, 7 Understanding the sector, 9 Better partnerships | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

“More Trees More Good” launched by the Woodland Trust.

Clive Anderson, the President of the Woodland Trust, has announced the launch of  “More Trees More Good”, a new Woodland Trust Initiative set up to provide support to help individuals and organisations to plant their own trees. The aim of the initiative is to plant 20 million native trees per year, which will maximise the benefits to [...]

Posted in 1 Advocacy voice campaigning policy, 2 Sustainable living, 5 Environmental leadership | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Defra policy update: Farming and Food Taskforce announced

Defra’s Agriculture Minister, Jim Paice, has announced a new Task Force to look at ways to reduce the burden of regulations that affect farming and related food processing businesses. The Task Force on Farming Regulation will begin a review of current regulations and advise on how these could be streamlined and improved in the future. Mr [...]

Posted in 12 Miscellaneous | Tagged , , | 1 Comment