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The Charity Social Media Toolkit

A Comprehensive Guide To Social Media

Snapchat or Instagram? Should you use Periscope? Social Media is evolving rapidly and it can be confusing for charities to know where to focus their limited resources. The good news is that despite technological innovation, the fundamentals of strategy development remain the same. This guide gives you an excellent insight as to your best options.

Community Business Bright Ideas Fund

Register for the
Bright Ideas Fund

We are very excited to tell you about the Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, a new grant programme to help communities develop their budding community business ideas, launching this September.

The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will offer community groups tailored support and grants of up to £20,000 to develop their ideas for a community business.

Giving World Online

Giving World offers charities access to business surplus for free.

Charities and community groups can register to receive these goods free of charge at the Giving World website.

Giving World redistributes new business end of line and discontnued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK, working through a network of charities.


Act now on employment opportunities for young people

The big issue

Youth unemployment began rising sharply following the financial crisis in 2008, peaking at around one million in 2011/12. Since then it has dropped to similar levels as before the crisis, at around 600,000. Despite this decrease, the youth unemployment rate (14.9% in 2015) remains significantly higher than the general unemployment rate of 5.4%.

Help us find ways to prevent anybody falling through the cracks and drifting towards long-term unemployment.

Heritage Lottery Fund Workshops for New Grants Programme

Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) will open its new Kick the Dust grants programme which is intended to support ambitious youth-focused projects that transform how heritage organisations engage with young people (aged 11 to 25 years).

Grants of between £500,000 and £1 million for projects that take between three to five years to complete will be available to consortia of three or more organisations, including heritage and youth organisations.

The funding is intended to:

ESIF Update - September 2016

The next Committee is due to take place on 26th October 2016. If you have any issues you want raising at the committee, or any questions about its activity, please contact your VCSE sector rep, Jill Norman at our Leek office on 01538 381356 or email her on jill.norman@supportstaffordshire.org.uk 

Following the call for nominations to the position of VCSE alternate representative on the ESIF Committee, only one nomination was returned – from Andrew Thompson of VAST – so Andrew has now taken on this role.