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Online Harms White Paper

The Online Harms White Paper sets out the Government’s plans for a package of online safety measures. The package is made up of legislative and non-legislative measures. It will make companies more responsible for their users’ safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

Responses from organisations, companies and others with relevant views, insights or evidence are particularly encouraged.

Closing date: 1 July 2019

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Trustees for Award Winning Charity

In February 2019, BDCVS was awarded Trustee Board of the Year.

We are a bold, passionate, and innovative group of individuals. Eager to campaign for equality and equity within the not-for-profit sector in Barking and Dagenham.

Faced with some enormous challenges for the local community and voluntary sector, ours is a "can do, must do" organisation. We are focused on capacity building the dreams of our members.

We are now looking for additional trustees to join us on the next stage of our journey.

A recent skills audit as identified that we need the following skills and expertise:

Operational skills

  1. Financial Investment Management
  2. Property Management
  3. Pay awards and remuneration

Thematic skills

  1. Health and Social Care
  2. Children and Young People
  3. Regeneration
  4. Environment
  5. Public Policy and Social Justice
  6. Education

The time commitment currently required for the role is the equivalent to two days per month. This includes attending at least one day-time meeting a month for 2–3 hours

BDCVS welcomes applicants from individuals with the ability and availability to commit as above.

Apply online via our recruitment page on the Charity Job website or download the application form here.

For further information or an informal discussion please contact our Chair, Rita Chadha, rita.chadha@bdcvs.org.uk or by phone 07714 774 569.

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BDCVS Grants Programmes

BDCVS is proud to announce four new grants programmes for 2019–2010.

  1. BDCVS Avenues Trust — Grants for organisations working with older people
  2. BDCVS Avenues Trust — Grants for older people in need (please contact us directly for an application form)
  3. Barking and Dagenham Enabling Equality — Grants for not-for-profit organisations addressing inequality in relation to the Borough Manifesto
  4. BDCVS Venue Hire Subsidy — grant subsidies for organisations wishing to hire the Ripple Centre

We are pleased to announce a special grant programme for St George's Day — St George's Day Together. These are grants up to £500 for ward-based activities. St George's Day Together is funded jointly by BDCVS and Barking & Dagenham Council.

Applications for all grants are now open here.

We are using The Good Exchange platform to manage applications. The platform is free for groups to use. Here are some advantages for you in using it.

  • You only need to complete one application for all grant programmes.
  • You can integrate fundraising from other funders, donors and supporters. This means you can use one system for all your main fundraising.
  • It allows you to see, in real time, how much funding is left and what you can apply for.

We believe that, used properly, this platform could be of real value to organisations. The Good Exchange has been invited to a Commission Watch meeting. They will talk about how not-for-profit organisations can use the platform and how to get the most out of it.

BDCVS will be working with The Good Exchange to continue to identify improvements to the system. Please do let us know what you think, as you use it!

Please send any feedback you think could help to improve the process of applying for funding to info@bdcvs.org.uk.

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Local Giving Barking & Dagenham

Local Giving Barking & Dagenham was established, by Barking & Dagenham CVS, in December 2017 on Local Charities Day. We set it up to look at what actions could increase financial and volunteer support for local charities and not-for-profits.

The group is chaired during 2019 by Barking & Dagenham Council. The secretariat is provided by Barking & Dagenham Council for Voluntary Services.

We will be writing more about Local Giving over the next few months.

For more information contact Rita Chadha rita.chadha@bdcvs.org.uk.

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Safeguarding Children Board Annual Report 2017–18

Barking & Dagenham Safeguarding Children Board (BDSCB) has published its annual report 2017–18.

The BDSCB Annual Report 2017–18 covers:

  • What is safeguarding and why it matters for children and families
  • Who is involved and how they work together
  • What is happening in Barking & Dagenham
  • How the BDSCB keeps a check on things, and what they have done about what they have found
  • What they have learnt over the past year from serious incidents and what they have done a result
  • The top things the BDSCB must do over the next 12 months
  • How they will do it
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Bags of Help

Tesco Bags of Help is a community grant scheme offering small local grants. Supported by Groundwork, Bags of Help is the funding provided through Tesco's carrier bag charge. To be eligible, the project must bring benefit to the local community. You can apply at any time. If you would like more information contact Farhana Aktar farhana.aktar@groundwork.org.uk or 020 8762 0336. Projects are voted for by customers in Tesco stores. This determines the amount of funding each project will receive.

There are 3 sizes of grant available, up to:

  • £1000
  • £2000
  • £4000

https://www.tesco.com/bagsofhelp

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The Rayne Foundation

This foundation aims to support work which is untried and tests new approaches, but has clear objectives. The Rayne Foundation favours work that could change the way issues are tackled in our society. It favours work that could have lessons for others beyond the funded organisation.

They will consider applications in the fields of:

  • Arts,
  • Health and wellbeing,
  • Education in its widest sense, and
  • Those that cover social issues.

Their focus is to connect communities, building bridges between marginalised groups and mainstream society. Their aim to enable individuals to reach their full potential.

Within these broad criteria, they have a number of areas of special interest:

  • Young people’s improved mental health
  • Arts as a tool to achieve social change
  • Improved quality of life for carers and for older people

http://www.raynefoundation.org.uk

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Garfield Weston Foundation

The Garfield Weston Foundation supports a broad range of charities across the UK that make a positive difference. They fund a wide range of causes. Charities and grants vary according to the size of the charity and the work being done. Grants are available for:

  • Arts
  • Community
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Faith
  • Health
  • Museums and Heritage
  • Welfare
  • Youth

https://garfieldweston.org

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