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Permira pledges €1m cash for social enterprise
James Quinn and Caroline Muspratt
Date: 28th Jul 2006
British private equity house Permira is to launch a two-year philanthropic initiative investing time and money into the social enterprise sector. ...more

URC will seize land from idle owners
Regeneration and Renewal
Date: 28th Jul 2006
A Scottish urban regeneration agency has warned it will instigate "widespread" compulsory purchase orders to seize land from developers that are "crucifying" some of the country's coastal towns. ...more

Social Finance Initiative for Ireland implemented
Date: 26th Jul 2006
The Irish government has given authority for the establishment of a not-for-profit social finance company to act a wholesale supplier of social finance....more

Meeting victims discourages repeat youth offending
New Start
Date: 25th Jul 2006
A project which put restorative justice to the test has found the majority of young offenders who meet their victims are less likely to commit crime in the future....more

‘Worst first approach’ to regeneration ‘not working’
Date: 24th Jul 2006
Proactive and preventative policies to create mixed communities should be the top priority for regeneration and growth strategies, argues a new piece of research ...more

Scots planning reforms to highlight community impact
New Start
Date: 24th Jul 2006
A new approach to engaging local people in the planning process could lead to communities north of the border having a greater say than their English and Welsh counterparts....more

National charter needed to help empower local decision making
New Start magazine
Date: 24th Jul 2006
A national charter promoting people's right to participate in local decision making should be issued by the government, according to a campaign group. ...more

More devolution on the way, says Kelly
Regeneration & Renewal
Date: 24th Jul 2006
The Government is sending a message that it is keen to devolve greater powers to local structures that are effective and are accountable, according to communities secretary Ruth Kelly. ...more

Trustee training put in focus as more than 90% admit skills gap
Gemma Charles
Date: 21st Jul 2006
Trustees of voluntary and community sector organisations feel they are ill-equipped to carry out their roles, according to a survey timed to coincide with the launch of a good governance campaign....more

Social Enterprise Research Published
Date: 20th Jul 2006
Insight into how social enterprises find their markets, the profile of social entrepreneurs, and what we can learn when social enterprises fail....more

Green energy firm on verge of collapse due to lack of orders
John Ross
Date: 18th Jul 2006
A company at the forefront of Scotland's booming renewable energy industry is facing closure, raising concerns about the wider health of the sector. ...more

Youngsters coin it in for dream trip
Evening Times
Date: 17th Jul 2006
A group of school-leavers from the Make It Work programme in Govanhill are travelling to Poland to carry out a range of community projects. ...more

Slow Food arrives in UK
Date: 17th Jul 2006
Slow Food UK, the UK arm of the international Slow Food movement, has announced that its new national headquarters. ...more

Support for future 'active citizens'
Date: 14th Jul 2006
A Government plan to give more power to local people will not succeed unless people are given the support, skills and confidence needed to participate, claims a third sector organisation....more

Scottish cull spells an end for 2,000 charities
Third Sector
Date: 13th Jul 2006
More than 2,000 'dead charities' have been removed from the  Scottish charities list in an exercise that could see the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator reduce its register by as many as 8,000  organisations. ...more

‘Orphan assets’ should fund charity bank, says commission
Date: 11th Jul 2006
Billions of pounds of unclaimed cash could be used to help charities operating in some of Britain's poorest communities, a government-backed group will say tomorrow....more

Funding windfall for Highland celebration
Scottish Executive
Date: 10th Jul 2006
Hundreds of Highland school children will have the opportunity to take part in cultural activities to mark Highland 2007....more

Older people find new lease of life through volunteering
Age Concern
Date: 10th Jul 2006
'Crucial role' of older volunteers - approximately five million people over 50 take part in unpaid voluntary work, says report....more

Scotland to set ten percent renewables standard for building
Date: 10th Jul 2006
New housing and other developments should generate at least ten per cent of their energy on site from renewable sources, the Scottish Executive is proposing...more

Lifeline funds for housing scheme
Date: 7th Jul 2006
A housing project in the Western Isles which stalled because of a funding shortfall has secured £3m form Communities Scotland. ...more

'Can mountain' response
Jackie Dunsmuir
Date: 6th Jul 2006
Because of the late delivery of a new piece of machinery, Recycle Fife had a ‘can mountain’ crisis last week and asked for volunteers. Word went out to Senscot members and other potential volunteers, and Jackie Dunsmuir updates us with good news - though the battle is not won yet....more

Directory of community-owned village shops goes interactive
Date: 4th Jul 2006
An online directory of community-owned shops in England, Scotland and Wales is being developed to support communities currently owning or wishing to set up their own shops. ...more

Volunteering worth £2.52 billion to the Scottish economy
Date: 4th Jul 2006
New research reveals that volunteering is worth a staggering £2.52 billion to the Scottish economy with most volunteers giving at least five hours of their time each month. ...more

Five year plan to overhaul social services
Scottish Executive
Date: 4th Jul 2006
The actions needed to deliver social work services that meet the needs of the 21st century have been set out in a five year plan by the Scottish Executive....more

Fast tracking charity incorporation
Date: 3rd Jul 2006
Scottish charity regulator OSCR has issued guidance on a 'fast track' process for existing unincorporated charities on Scottish register wanting to become a Company Limited by Guarantee....more
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