Key Findings of the Largest Voluntary Sector Survey Ever Published

NAVCA has published the findings of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Survey, the largest charity survey of 2014. The findings show that local health bodies need to do more to engage with charities.

The survey was conducted by NAVCA and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership, involving more than 50 charities spanning the breadth and depth of the voluntary sector.

The 720 charities that took part in the survey collectively work with over 11 million people. They ranged from very small to large – 20% had incomes less than £10k and nearly 4% said they had an income over £10 million. Overall, a third of respondents were from charities with an income of less than £50k.

You can download the report here or click ‘READ MORE’ below to see the key findings.

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New Knitting & Crafts Group has arrived in Beanhill!

woolMoorlands Children’s and Community Centre has a new and exciting addition to its already busy calendar of events and activities.

The local residents have set up a new knitting and crafts group and proudly called themselves: ‘Creative Stitches’.

Residents involved in creating the group have described it as an opportunity for people of all ages and backgrounds to unleash their creativity, spend time with fellow residents and, most importantly, develop new skills.

A number of residents offered their time, skills and even materials to make the initiative successful.

At the first meeting the group facilitators printed out some useful patterns and guidelines for the beginners. The more experienced knitters were helping those new to knitting by showing them techniques and patterns. All this was accompanied by interesting conversations (and a lot of laughs!) as well as tea/coffee and cakes!

Creative Stitches will be meeting every Tuesday 4-5PM at Moorlands Children’s Community Centre: Dodkin, Beanhill,  MK6 4LP.

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MK Museum Survey

Last year Milton Keynes Museum announced plans for a £7.3 million expansion, funded by Milton Keynes Council, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council. This project hopes to develop new galleries as well as upgrade existing displays.
The museum is now looking to get thoughts and comments from the public, and community groups, about what you would like to see. They want you to help make the Museum expansion the best that it can be. The more people get involved and share their views, the better they will be able to make the new galleries.
The closing date of the survey is Thursday 30th April
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Social Value Act Review

There is a new blog on the NAVCA website about the findings in the Social Value Act review, which NAVCA, an umbrella organisation for charities like Community Action: MK, contributed to earlier this year. NAVCA welcomes most of the findings but questions if the recommendations will send a strong enough message to the public bodies choosing to ignore it. In her blog Rachel Rhodes says that it is important that the Cabinet Office “sends out a stronger message, that all public bodies are expected to incorporate social value into their commissioning processes. If it does not, social value will still not have got off the ground in some areas by the time of the next recommended review in two years’ time.”  Click here to read more.

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