Issue 564 | 11 April 2019
LINX is taking a break
LINX is having a holiday so there will be no publication next week on Thursday 18 April 2019. We will be back after Easter on Thursday 25 April with our usual news, views, jobs, blogs, funding and more for the local social infrastructure, voluntary and community sector. We would like to wish all of our readers a very happy and restful Easter.
News, views and opportunities
The CAF Charity Landscape Report
Every year, the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) surveys charity leaders to understand the challenges they face, and to assess the impact these challenges have on the sector’s ability to meet the needs of its beneficiaries. 

Formerly known as the Social Landscape Report, this year's survey reveals a complex mixture of hope, fear and resilience; against an ongoing backdrop of uncertainty and change. Some of the most significant obstacles facing charity leaders include income generation, Brexit and public trust, with technology being viewed as a double-edged sword by many and few charities feeling optimistic about government support for the sector.

The report also revealed that a fifth of charities with an income of less than £1 million are struggling to survive. Several recommendations are made to help charities adapt to current challenges and ‘brave’ the current landscape. You can read a summary here where you will also find the full findings of the report.
Peer Leadership Academy Summer 2019 – applications close tomorrow
The next cohort of the NHS England Peer Leadership Academy is open for applications from people with lived experience of personalised approaches to health & social care.

The Personalised Care Group is inviting applications from people with lived experience of personalised approaches to health and social care to participate in a personal development programme. You are eligible to apply if you are an individual or family carer who has personal experience of personalised care, which could include a personal health budget or an integrated budget for health and social care, a personalised care and support plan or an experience of being linked into peer support or to support organisations after a discussion with a health or social care professional.

Applicants must be willing to commit to playing an on-going role in shaping policy and practice within personalised care at a national and local level. However, levels of commitment may vary depending on people’s individual circumstances.

The deadline for applications is 12 April (tomorrow) and more information can be found here.
2027: Applications open for 2019!
After a successful inaugural year, 2027 is once again open for applications. 2027 is a 12-month salaried job and professional development programme for talented people from working-class backgrounds who have experience of frontline community work. The purpose of the programme is for them to develop in trusts and foundations and use their insight and lived experience to shape how these organisations make grants.

The  2027 programme is a collaboration between  Ten Years' TimeKoreoCharityworks, Baljeet Sandhu and Ruth Ibegbuna. The programme was created with the ambition of diversifying the grant-giving sector, bringing the value of lived experience into funding decisions and connecting trusts and foundations more closely to the communities they serve.

Applications are open for the second cohort until the deadline of  30 April.
Digital roundup
Make the most of your volunteers with digital
Managing your staff and volunteers in a digital system can create a sense of community, improve transparency and communication and help you plan the people aspect of your organisation more efficiently, leaving you to focus on your cause. This article from Charity Digital News explores some of the most common volunteer management challenges and the ways that digital technologies can help.
The best charity April Fool’s posts from Lightful
Need a laugh? It turns out that the charity sector does April Fool’s day really well. Lightful has gathered together the best jokes from charities’ social media accounts in this blog.
The Brexit Civil Society Alliance, NPC and the Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales are hosting a free conference, bringing together the social sector to discuss the potentially momentous changes Brexit will have on charities, voluntary organisations and the communities they champion and represent. The aims and ambitions of the conference are:
  • Raise awareness of the issues facing the sector post-Brexit
  • Galvanise the sector in its preparedness to overcome challenges
  • Provide a space for figures from across the sector to come together and debate how Brexit might change our collective mission

The event is for leaders, thinkers and practitioners from across the sector, NPC is keen to bring charities and funders together.
The Voluntary Regulation Conference 2019 will provide leading updates and best practice insights to ensure all charities deliver high quality regulatory compliance which supports public confidence across the voluntary sector. Attendees will hear from key policy experts and practitioners on effective financial and fundraising compliance, supporting successful transparency and reporting and ensuring charity operations meet the regulatory standards expected of the Charity Commission. Find out more and book your ticket here.
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With five streams of sessions covering technical updates, strategic insights, and practical workshops to choose from, the CFG Annual Conference 2019 is the perfect opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in charity finance and network with peers. Speakers include:

  • Kunle Olulode, Director, Voice4Change England
  • Becca Bunce, campaigner
  • Liam O'Toole, Chief Executive, Versus Arthritis
  • Nick Waring, Director of Finances and Resources, Women for Women International
  • Colin Kerr, Director of Finance, The Children's Trust
  • Stephen Baines, Director of Business Finance, and Derek Meier, Head of Continuous Improvement, British Heart Foundation
  • Steve Harris, Director of Finance, Leonard Cheshire Disability
  • Alison Hopkinson, Finance and IS Director, Oxfam
  • Oonagh Smyth, Executive Director of Strategy and Influence, Mencap
  • Rosie Chapman, Independent Chair, Charity Governance Code Steering Committee
  • Pascale Nicholls, Head of Central Finance, Amnesty International
Visit to view the full programme, speaker line-up and to book your place. Follow event updates on Twitter using #CFGAC19. The CFG Annual Conference will take place at The Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London, SW1P 3EE on Thursday 16 May 2019, 08.15 – 18.00.

The CFG Annual Conference 2019 is kindly sponsored by Grant Thornton.
Join Good Things Foundation for a free event on Monday 20 May at Birmingham Hippodrome to find out more about local membership and community services that can help you to strengthen your own organisation and to build resilience. You can drop in and chat to the Good Things Foundation team about the Online Centres Network, or any of its exhibiting partners, any time between 10am and 2pm. Please just book your place so that they know you are coming!
This two-day collaborative conference will provide an exciting opportunity to hear the latest research and thinking on the implementation and practice of social prescribing around the world. You will hear how social prescribing is being implemented in Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Finland as well as understanding progress in the home countries of the UK.

Keynote talks and breakouts include the latest strategic information and discussion from NHS England by James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care and a comprehensive review of the evidence for lifestyle medicine by Dr Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University College San Francisco.
Visit our  jobs page  for more details on current vacancies in the voluntary and community sector, or click on the links below:

Big Local Coordinator, Warwickshire CAVA
Development Officer, South Derbyshire CVS

Also here's a   quick guide  to selling yourself when applying for a job in the voluntary sector.

Advertise jobs and contracts here, on our website and through our Twitter page! Just send details including a weblink to . This service is free to members.
Funding, contracts & awards
Our funding section is brought to you by  Community Matters Yorkshire .

Jewish Childs Day aim to assist disabled, disadvantaged, neglected or abused Jewish children worldwide. Deadline 30 April.

The fund benefits vulnerable children and young adults, especially those at risk of sexual and other forms of exploitation. Deadline 30 April.

The Austin and Hope Pilkington Trust awards grants to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom. Deadline 30 April.

Concertina makes grants to charitable bodies which provide musical entertainment and related activities for the elderly. This not only brightens up their lives, but also provides a therapeutic benefit to their health and well-being. Deadline 30 April.

Grants are made to UK-registered charities for the advancement of the education and training and the promotion of the moral and spiritual wellbeing of prisoners. Deadline 30 April.

Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. Each year, UK youth organisations and young people can access Erasmus+ funding to support life-changing international opportunities. Deadline 30 April.

The Golsoncott Foundation aims to promote, maintain, improve and advance the education of the public in the arts generally and in particular the fine arts and music. This includes providing access to the arts for young people and developing new audiences. Deadline 30 April.

The Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust was set up in 1982, by Mrs Jean Beryl Lilian Sainsbury, and is a registered charity (No. 326358). Since then, the Trust has given over £9 million to animal welfare charities. Deadline 01 May.
Cambridge CVS asks the question: Who would be a trustee or committee member? And goes on to explore why small charities often struggle to attract candidates, and where investment is needed to help the situation.

Jessica Studdert of NLGN gives us six reasons why our public services need a paradigm shift towards the community, as an introduction to its new report.

Dr Katie Coleman is a GP partner at a practice in Islington. In this blog she discusses her experiences of working closely with the voluntary sector and the benefits of integrating care.
Health and social care
Transforming Healthcare Together: Free support for health, care and VCSE leaders
IVAR has launched a new support offer designed to equip health, care and VCSE leaders to build relationships that will transform our healthcare system – with a practical focus on working together to achieve joint action.

The NHS Long Term Plan commits us to working in a new way – from a focus on prevention and reducing health inequalities to earlier diagnosis of cancer and respiratory conditions. Building relationships – between the NHS, other health agencies, local government, providers and communities – will be essential for the leaders charged with bringing this ambition to life. The free support offer includes workshops, webinars, coaching delivered by The King’s Fund and access to a Practice Development Network. It is jointly funded by NHS England and the National Lottery Community Fund. Click here to find out more.
Person-centred care resources from the RCGP
For several years, the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has been working with NHS England and key stakeholders to support GPs and primary care teams to deliver person-centred care. In that time, it has developed animations, toolkits, guides, FAQs, training videos and a network of person-centred care champions, as well as many more resources.

A selection of resources can be found below. For a full list of resources and for more information on the RCGP Person-Centred Care Programme visit the website or contact .
·       Animation on personalised care for people with long-term conditions
·       Training videos on social prescribing and link workers
·       Animation on Collaborative Care and Support Planning Video
Toolkit with guidance on: social prescribing, health literacy, shared decision making, health coaching, personal health budgets, the consultation, evidence
The RCGP PCC Network of Champions online and in-person network brings together GPs, primary care colleagues and people with lived experience who share an enthusiasm for person-centred approaches to health and well-being. The network aims to promote person-centred care approaches in members' own localities, feed into national pieces of work, represent the RCGP regionally and nationally for PCC among other activities.
The Mental Health Challenge: briefings for councillors
The Health & Wellbeing Alliance has published a number of briefings for councillors as part of The Mental Health Challenge, an initiative to support local councils champion mental health. The briefings cover a range of topics linked to mental health including smoking, perinatal mental health and employment, and explore what local councils can do to help. You can find the briefings here.
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