Baroness Barran, a charity founder, former chief executive and trustee, has been announced as the minister for civil society. Her appointment has been welcomed by Lloyds Bank Foundation and other third sector organisations.
Before entering the House of Lords, she worked at the charity sector think tank New Philanthropy Capital, and founded and ran SafeLives – a domestic abuse awareness charity and partner of the Foundation. SafeLives and other organisations helped to develop Drive, a programme which aimed to change the behaviour of domestic abuse perpetrators and which received £1m of funding from the Foundation.
Paul Streets, chief executive of Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, said:
“As former chief executive and founder of SafeLives, we welcome Baroness Barran’s appointment and the knowledge and expertise she will bring to the role. Civil society is under huge pressure but has perhaps never been more needed than it is today. Last year, the Foundation joined other third sector organisations to form a coalition urging the government to deliver a strategy that would see ministers listening to and working with charities to reform funding and enable charities to be sustainable, grow and thrive.
“It is therefore crucial that the incoming minister continues to build on the work done through the government’s Civil Society Strategy to support thousands of small and local charities providing life-changing support to some of the most vulnerable people in the country. The uncertainty facing the UK as it prepares to leave the EU is all the more reason why the new minister must ensure she helps small charities who tackle complex social issues. We hope that she will be able to work across government to support charities and ensure the Civil Society Strategy results in tangible actions.”
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About Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales
Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales partners with small and local charities who help people overcome complex social issues. During 2018 the Foundation distributed £20 million through new and existing grants, supporting more than 900 charities which helped 142,000 people experiencing disadvantage.
Through long-term funding, developmental support and influencing policy and practice, the Foundation helps those charities make life-changing impact. The Foundation is an independent charitable trust funded by the profits of Lloyds Banking Group as part of their commitment to Helping Britain Prosper.
For more information visit www.lloydsbankfoundation.org.uk