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CVS Network votes to break away

Date: 26th Feb 2009
Scotland’s 57 Councils of Voluntary Service (CVS) have decided to break away from SCVO to form their own independent network. ...more

Young Foundation unveils investment fund to support projects working with young people
Young Foundation
Date: 26th Feb 2009
A pioneering fund set up to invest in projects designed to change the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities across Britain was launched today....more

Investment Fund Support for Scottish Social Enterprises
The Scottish Government
Date: 26th Feb 2009
A social enterprise providing training and employment for people with mental health difficulties is one of the first organisations to receive support from the new Scottish Investment Fund, Enterprise Minister Jim Mather announced today....more

The Government pledges £42.5 million to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises
Cabinet Office
Date: 25th Feb 2009
The Government today pledged £42.5 million to help volunteers, charities and social enterprises deliver extra real help to those that need it most, during the global economic downturn. ...more

£100m health fund manager to be named next week
Chrisanthi Giotis, Social Enterprise Magazine
Date: 25th Feb 2009
An announcement on who will run the Department of Health's £100m Social Enterprise Investment Fund (SEIF) is expected next week....more

Funding for community projects
Scottish Government
Date: 25th Feb 2009
10 projects across Scotland have been offered a total of £1,221,617.26 to deal with waste at community level....more

Results from third INCREASE funding round

Date: 25th Feb 2009
10 Scottish community recycling social enterprises received £1.2m last week through the £7.5, INCREASE III scheme ...more

Charities are not businesses
Debra Allcock Tyler, Chief Executive, Directory of Social Change
Date: 25th Feb 2009
I do not believe that charities are businesses.  Let me repeat in case the message has got lost. Charities are not businesses....more

People's Bank would safeguard deprived area investment
Henry Palmer, Social Enterprise Mag
Date: 24th Feb 2009
A People's Bank could prevent financial services being withdrawn from deprived areas as the economic downturn takes hold, a powerful coalition of business groups, think tanks and unions will claim next month....more

NCVO wants to recast ‘third sector’ as ‘civil society’
Tania Mason, Charity Finance
Date: 19th Feb 2009
NCVO chief executive Stuart Etherington has ambitions to augment the power of the voluntary sector voice by harnessing the whole of civil society, not just charities and social enterprises. ...more

Fife Organisation Joins Three-Way Race for Top Recycling Award
Recycle Fife
Date: 19th Feb 2009
A Fife organisation aimed at helping reduce waste will do battle on March 10, 2009 to take home a prestigious Community Recycling Network for Scotland (CRNS) award for their efforts in reducing landfill and creating jobs. ...more

Hearty eating is the recipe for life
The Herald
Date: 19th Feb 2009
The breakthrough for Bosco Santimano came when a cardiac specialist invited him to set up a demonstration kitchen at a hospital and patients who had suffered heart attacks were asked to sign up for healthy cooking classes. Four or five people signed up ahead of time, but on the day 25 people turned up....more

Big Thinking - One Week to Go!
John Fellows, BIG
Date: 19th Feb 2009
The Big Lottery Fund (BIG) is running a consultation up until the 27th of February to help us plan for the future and shape funding policies over the next six years. Big thinking will enable BIG to look at how it awards funding to projects and ensure that the biggest impact is achieved with the Lottery pound. ...more

Social enterprise mark breaks out of south west
Gemma Hampson, Social Enterprise Mag
Date: 18th Feb 2009
A community interest company (CIC) is being set up to help the social enterprise mark break out of the south west of England....more

Taskforce in urgent call for social investment bank
David Ainsworth, Third Sector Online
Date: 18th Feb 2009
Funds from dormant bank accounts should be used to set up a sector bank 'as first priority', says Third Sector Taskforce ...more

Scottish Governments SROI Project
Forth Sector
Date: 12th Feb 2009

The Scottish Government has recently announced that a project to develop, promote and support the use of a standard form for measuring social return on investment is now underway


Byrne: Social enterprises will be at the heart of the new economy
Cabinet Office
Date: 12th Feb 2009
Liam Byrne, Minister for the Cabinet Office, today predicted a new era of influence for social enterprises as he announced steps to harness the sector to help Britain get through the economic downturn....more

New plan to strengthen Wales social enterprise sector
Aled Blake, Western Mail
Date: 12th Feb 2009
A PLAN to strengthen the social enterprise sector in Wales was launched yesterday by Deputy Minister for Regeneration, Leighton Andrews....more

Third Sector Credit Union Fund

Date: 11th Feb 2009
Scottish Government has set aside £250,000 from the Third Sector Enterprise Fund as a dedicated resource for established Scottish Credit Unions to help them grow and weather the current global downturn ...more

Sowing seeds of change in Scots communities
The Herald
Date: 11th Feb 2009
What is the point of bringing the Commonwealth Games to Glasgow? It's a question worth exploring. Asking people in Shettleston Road what the Commonwealth Games will mean to them draws a range of answers from "It should be good" to "I haven't thought - it's years off, isn't it?" ...more

Comment on Childcare vouchers
Date: 11th Feb 2009
A bulletin readers' response on the Government's child voucher scheme –  ...more

Childcare Vouchers
Scottish Govt
Date: 5th Feb 2009
Scottish Ministers want to promote greater provision of the UK government's childcare voucher scheme by employers - public, private and voluntary/third sector - in Scotland. ...more

Salford Star
Date: 5th Feb 2009

No sellout of attitude - or love

Guardian, 4th Feb 2009


Urgent call for social investment bank
Third Sector
Date: 5th Feb 2009
Funds from dormant bank accounts should be used to set up a sector bank 'as first priority', says Third Sector Taskforce ...more

Credit Union Fund
Scottish Government Third Sector Division
Date: 4th Feb 2009
£250k Credit Union Fund to help build capacity and sustainability of Credit Unions ...more
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