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  • Big Lottery Fund and NCVO have teamed up for a new £6 million initiative. The Assist programme will help voluntary sector support and development organisations adapt to the changing needs of the frontline.

  • A new £6m programme to strengthen the organisations that underpin the voluntary sector’s work was launched formally yesterday (Monday 29 October) by NCVO Chief Executive Sir Stuart Etherington and Big Lottery Fund England Director, Dharmendra Kanani.

  • Over £100,000 in awards has gone to the first recipients of support from the new Big Assist programme. The awards, which averaged £5,000 in this round, are intended to give infrastructure organisations access to support and advice to help become more effective, efficient and sustainable. The awards are in the form of vouchers that can be spent with a wide range of support providers.

  • The National Council for Voluntary Organisations and the Big Lottery Fund have announced further plans to support infrastructure organisations under the Big Assist programme.

    The announcement comes shortly after the publication of a report from the Independent Commission on the Future of Local Infrastructure, set up by NAVCA.

  • Commenting on the Navca report, Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, said:

    ‘It is worth being frank about the challenges set out in this comprehensive and timely report. There are simply no easy answers to many of the issues identified. However I believe that NCVO and Navca have a responsibility to do what we can to support infrastructure organisations as they face these challenges, so we will convene a series of discussions on the future shape of infrastructure. We will explore the full range of options to create a sustainable future. Reform is undoubtedly necessary.’

  • Charities can expect to see little rise in income from donations or government, with earned income the best prospect for future growth, the charity sector’s representative body said today.

    Authoritative new data on the charity sector’s finances published today by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) shows that income from government is at best flat-lining for most of the sector, while the charity representative body forecasts a challenging public fundraising environment as a consequence of broader economic conditions.

  • Events are being planned across the country to mark Volunteers' Week 2017, taking place 1-7 June. The annual campaign sees charities and voluntary groups get together to recognise the contribution volunteers make to our communities every day.

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