News & Blogs

Keep up with the latest news affecting small and local charities and views from our expert teams and partners.

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New data resource from leading voluntary sector bodies shows small charities are delivering vital services despite shrinking government funding in the lead up to the pandemic

10 December 2020

Small frontline charities faced years of funding cuts leaving many in a precarious financial position coming into the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Jill Baker

35 years of… working together

23 November 2020

To mark our 35th anniversary, our Director of Development shares the work of her team in local communities as they build on relationships for lasting change.

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Harriet Stranks

35th Anniversary: Our journey as a grantmaker

17 November 2020

To mark our 35th anniversary, Director of Grants, Harriet Stranks looks at our funding strategy since she started and the ways we adapted during COVID in response to the needs of charities.

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Lessons learnt from Changing Lives, Changing Systems report in partnership with Social Finance

10 November 2020

On 4th November, we shared our learnings from the latest report by Social Finance and Lloyds Bank Foundation, Changing Lives, Changing Systems: Lessons from Reducing and Preventing Domestic Abuse.

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Rennie Fritchie

Marking 35 years, side by side

09 November 2020

This winter we mark our 35th anniversary. Here, our Chair of Trustees, Baroness Rennie Fritchie DBE, looks back at our history & our continual support for small and local charities.

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Man writes report

Organisational Resilience: The story so far...

06 November 2020

As part of our work to help small charities survive and thrive, we launched an organisational resilience programme in 2019. Read our findings so far

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How do you fix a broken system?

02 November 2020

New report sets out 12 lessons for successful systems change from impactful domestic abuse perpetrator programme

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Research calls for local areas – not DWP – to run employment support

27 October 2020

The COVID pandemic has led to hundreds of thousands of people falling out of work, and millions more facing uncertainty about their jobs in the coming months.

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Advice for prospective mentors on National Mentoring Day 2020

27 October 2020

Chris Tucker, a former mentor and employee at Lloyds Banking Group takes us through the value of mentoring at a time when charities are facing incredible challenges and are #NeverMoreNeeded

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Paul Streets

Small charities have delivered remarkable service transformations during Covid-19

27 October 2020

While Covid-19 might have done something to bridge the digital divide, there are a significant number for whom any tenuous bridge has now become a yawning chasm. 

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