Category Archives: Big Society

Shelley Village Hall Appeal

Residents of Shelley are hoping for a community takeover of the lease of Shelley Village Hall. The lease is currently owned by Kirkburton Parish Council and The Shelley Village Hall Committee, which has operated the facility for more than 30 years, pays about £5,000 a year in rent to the council. For the full story visit the Examiner website.

Not Just A Trading Programme Website

The Lorna Young Foundation have launched a new website in support of their Not Just A Trading Company project; which provides a unique opportunity for both youth & other community groups to gain skills, work experience & income in an enterprising way and encourages fair trading. To sign up to the new website click here.

Big Lottery Refund – Case Studies Needed

As part of the Big Lottery Refund campaign (to claim back more than £425 million of lottery funding that was put into the 2012 London Olympics) organisers are looking for case studies from charities that have been turned down for funding from BIG, despite having good projects and being eligible. As well as supporting the campaign, there is also the possibility for the case studies to feature on Channel 4′s Dispatches – who are looking at producing a one off documentary about the issue. Full details and contact information on all the above can be found in this document.

Where’s Our Big Lottery Refund?

The Directory Of Social Change are running a campaign to ensure the £425 million put into the London Olympic Games 2012 from BIG Lottery funding is refunded from the proceeds of the games. For more information and to support the campaign, visit this website.

NAVCA Welcomes Launch Of Big Society Capital

NAVCA has welcomed the launch of Big Society Capital, the wholesale bank that aims to make £600 million of loan finance available to the voluntary sector over the next four years. However they have also warned that Big Society Capital needs to value social impact in order to realise its potential, and the danger of pricing out smaller charities. For the full story click here.

Will Big Society Capital Help Your Charity

Following the announcement of Big Society Capital; a new social investment wholesale bank that will provide £600m for social sector organisations, via social finance intermediaries, the Guardian has launched a poll to assess whether or not charities feel they will benefit. For the full story and to vote visit this website.

Big Society Captial Launched

Big Society Capital – a groundbreaking £600 million institution – has been launched by the Prime Minister. It aims to grow the social investment market which blends financial return with positive social impact, through the development of socially orientated investment organisations that support charities and social enterprises that have the ability to repay an investment through the income they generate. Big Society Capital will be capitalised with a total of £600 million. An estimated £400 million of this will come from unclaimed cash left dormant in bank accounts for over 15 years and £200 million will come from the UK’s four largest high street banks Barclays, Lloyds, HSBC and RBS. For the full story click here.

Buy Better Together Challenge

The newly launched Buy Better Together Challenge is designed to promote community buying models in the UK. Community buying involves groups of individuals combining their buying power to purchase goods or services together and get better deals from shops and suppliers. Through this scheme, participants will highlight new models of community buying, stimulate enterprise and promote shared learning. There is a total funding pot of £60,000 available; with £15,000 prize available for the overall winner to go towards making their project a reality. For full details click here. The deadline for receipt of applications is 15 May 2012.

The Big Society Investment Fund

£3.1 million from dormant bank accounts will be invested in new projects to support local communities, as announced by Nick Hurd, Minister for Civil Society. The Big Society Investment Fund, which has been set up to support innovative projects ahead of the launch of Big Society Capital, has agreed in principle to invest £3.1 million in four projects including: money to help the long-term unemployed set up their own businesses; support for vulnerable young people to get into employment; a community energy project; and the creation of the first ever social stock exchange. For the full story, visit the Cabinet office website.

Recycle Your Unwanted Goods

Do you or your organisation have any unwanted items; that are not wanted by Charity shops and would be otherwise thrown away? If so,  a new service has been launched that will collect your unwanted goods free of charge and recycle them. Suitable for  broken or working electrical items and old clothes / shoes (even those that are torn). To organise a free collection call 07804045062.