Issue 634 | 23 July 2020
Hello LINXomorphs!

Last Friday was #WorldEmojiDay and we set our members a challenge of explaining local infrastructure in emojis - and we got some amazing responses!

Hats off to Community Action Suffolk, One Knowsley (who even did their name in emojis) and Halton & St Helens VCA who gave us these beauties...
Feel free to join in and by tagging us in your emoji-filled tweet (@NAVCA) and big thanks to all our members who joined in the fun.

Any way that's all from me. Please go forth and enjoy the rest of LINX and I will see you all again next week.

Lucy Straker
Policy & Communications Manager
In case you were wondering... (but if it was it would be worth at least 11 points)
News from across the sector
Congratulations to our member 3SG!
3SG - our member covering Bath and North East Somerset - received a fitting tribute in Parliament yesterday for their amazing work helping the community during the pandemic.

Wera Hobhouse, MP for Bath paid tribute to the efforts of 3SG and partners Virgin Care and the local authority while she was speaking in the House of Commons.

Further details of the work done by James and his team can be found in our video of the week, below - some of which will feature in our wider video capturing the stories of our members during the pandemic when it is released shortly.

Reforming Commissioning - What's Next?
Over the last month Children England, NAVCA, Locality, NCVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales have been gathering evidence from charities and social enterprises about commissioning responses. 

You can add your experiences using the online form here.
Instagram lists top hashtags on racial injustice
It's no secret to say that more people are now taking to social media to raise awareness of the Black Lives Matter campaign and anti-racist actions.

To keep us all on point, Instagram has published its list of the most commonly used hashtags on posts relating to racial injustice.

The list provides an important reference point for people wanting to both engage with and monitor the ongoing discussion.

Among various measures, Instagram has been working to find ways to better promote racial diversity among creators, with its "#ShareBlackStories initiative.

Building a successful organisation - DSC training dates for July and August
DSC has adapted and developed some of their most popular courses and created some new courses for a series of online training days/half days.

'Building a Successful Organisation' is a collection of six half day courses in July and August, covering governance, marketing, strategy, fundraising, income diversification and leadership. The series of workshops act as a comprehensive guide to building, improving, or scaling a charitable, or other not for profit, organisations. 

The #NeverMoreNeeded  website is here and ready for you to use!

To fuel you all with content and activities to keep banging the #NeverMoreNeeded drum, the #NeverMoreNeeded website is now live. Click here.

Can you help with case studies and spreading the word? You can find information about how to involve your charity here.

We are adding new and sparkling content to it all the time - so if you think there's something missing give us a shout.

The website - and the campaign - is a collaborative project - you can see who's involved here.
Resources and guidance
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Change Collective Recruitment Guides

The Institute of Fundraising has produced a series of recruitment guides to support both the fundraising profession and the whole sector, to become a more equal, diverse and inclusive profession to recruit for “culture add”, not “culture fit”.

The Change Collective guides have been produced for the fundraising community to consider the actions and decisions they can take to achieve a more diverse fundraising workforce. The guides include an additional element to reflect on recruiting during the coronavirus crisis.

Each guide has been developed with expert advice from recruitment agencies and EDI consultants, and lived experience from fundraisers.

Honours: how to write a nomination

During the pandemic there have been many, many amazing people doing selfless tasks to keep people safe and healthy - and they have most likely been doing that for many years previously as well.

Now is the time to say thank you to these people by putting them forward for a national honour.

The Government has recently updated the guidance on how to write a citation if you want to nominate someone for a national honour.

It includes:
  • how to show how a candidate has changed things, brought distinction to British life or enhanced the UK’s reputation in their area or activity
  • what to include
  • what language to use

Webinar: How can we get charities up the policy agenda?

NPC is hosting a special webinar with Danny Kruger, former speechwriter for David Cameron, founder of charity Only Connect and now MP for Devizes to explore how the sector can be seen as a key part of the future policy agenda.

The event will also include Charlotte Pickles, former expert advisor to then Secretary of State for Work and Pensions Iain Duncan Smith and now director of Reform.

The webinar will be held online at 2pm on 27 July. Click here to book your free place.
Webinar: Trustee Exchange Online


Civil Society's annual Trustee Exchange Conference has been moved online for obvious reasons - but you can still enjoy the great advice and support this event offers Trustees.

Pressure on Trustee Boards has never been higher and Civil Society is keen to respond to that need for greater help and guidance in a safe and timely manner – hence the move to an online conference. The event will take place at 9:30am-1pm on 29 and 30 July.

Are you a NAVCA member?

If you answered yes - great! You are amazing.

If you answered no - also great! Because this bit is for you. Did you know you can find your local NAVCA member through our website?

Click here and head to our map and see all those fabulous members of ours and how to contact them. Don't forget to give your local member a shout out on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, or even out the window.
Video(s) of the week
As mentioned above, this video captures the story of the Compassionate Community Volunteers in Bath (led by our member 3SG) and the work they have done to support vulnerable people during COVID-19.
Tech Corner
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Welcome to our special section capturing the latest digital and techy news and resources for the voluntary sector.

This is designed to help those suffering from #TechTerror and satisfy the data/digital geeks hidden amongst us.

Remember to follow me, @Lucy_NAVCA, on Twitter for the latest digital news throughout the week.
Lessons from lockdown: Four content types that users really engage with
Many organisations saw their social media engagement soar through lockdown and are keen to try and maintain that level of engagement as we go through this next phase.

This article - although primarily aimed at businesses - is worth reading to give you some ideas of how you would like to engage and what your audience may respond to. Keep checking those analytics too and don't be afraid to try something new!

How to conduct a social media audit
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Audit sounds like a scary word, however in this instance it really isn't.

An audit of your social media accounts helps to understand what’s happening on each network. You’ll be able to spot at a glance:
  • what’s working and what’s not
  • which outdated profiles you need to revive, repurpose, or shut down
  • new opportunities to grow and engage your audience

There's even a free template to help you. Click here for all the details.
Genuine social media activism: A guide for going beyond the hashtag
This handy blog from the folks at Hootsuite gives you '10 tips for using social media to show genuine support for a cause'.

Social media activism has been part of a voluntary sector organisation's communication strategy for a while now - but it is worth evaluating how you use social media to promote the issues you stand for and that are important to you.

This includes pausing, reviewing, listening, choosing the right tone and being clear. Click here for the full list.
17 creative social media marketing ideas to energize your online presence
The folks over at Red Website Design have put together an infographic to give you some ideas on how to create engaging social media content.

Anyone who is in charge of an organisation's social media account will know the feeling of trying to come up with something new and exciting to engage followers. So it's always nice when someone gives you a nudge in the right direction.

Safeguarding
Coronavirus (COVID-19): getting tested

The Department of Health and Social Care has updated its guidance on who is eligible for a test and how they can be tested.

The most recent update includes instructions for care homes and Randox testing.

This site also includes a full list of who is eligible for testing - including volunteers and charities. Click here for more details.
New production lines will make millions of face coverings each week

A Government drive to increase UK production of face coverings has started at two sites in England and Wales.

In total, ten production lines have been procured and a further ten British production lines are being made with Government support.

The production sites will ensure that public demand for face coverings does not impact on the supply of higher-grade face masks for NHS front line staff.

Clinks
Webinar: The development of residential women’s centres in England and Wales

Clinks and the Ministry of Justice are holding a webinar about the development of residential women’s centres (RWCs) across England and Wales. It will also provide an opportunity for voluntary organisations working with women in the criminal justice system to give feedback and their views on specific aspects of how RWCs should operate.

The Ministry of Justice would like to speak to voluntary organisations in Wales and England that have experience delivering gender-responsive services to women and expertise in trauma-informed practice to discuss the proposed model for RWCs and seek feedback.

The free webinar will be held on 5 August at 10am. Click here for more details.
Business events and conferences given go ahead to resume from start of October

The Prime Minister has announced that business events, conferences and event centres will be given the go-ahead to reopen on 1 October, as long as users are adhering to social distancing.

New guidance to be published by DCMS and the Association of Event Organisers, will help event organisers, venue operators and participants understand how they can work and host business events and conferences and keep both their guests and staff safe.

Health and social care
NAVCA is one of 20 VCS organisations that are part of the Health and Wellbeing Alliance , a partnership between voluntary sectors and the health and care system to provide a voice and improve the health and wellbeing for all communities. If you or your organisation would like to share your experiences and ideas with NHS England, the Department of Health and Social Care, and Public Health England, you can do so via any of the HWA members. The full list is here.
NHS doctors and dentists to receive 2.8% pay rise

The Government has accepted in full the pay recommendations in the latest Review Body on Doctors’ and Dentists’ Remuneration (DDRB) report, which considers a range of evidence from the NHS and trade unions. 

This amounts to a 2.8% pay increase for NHS doctors and dentists in England, backdated to April 2020.

However (there's always a however, isn't there) there is no additional funding to cover the pay increases, so the money will have to be found from existing budgets... fewer services, fewer staff?

Millions could be vaccinated against COVID-19

The Government has secured access to 90 million vaccine doses from the BioNTech/Pfizer alliance and Valneva, with more in the pipeline.

In addition, treatments containing COVID-19-neutralising antibodies have been secured from AstraZeneca to protect those who cannot receive vaccines.

The Government states that England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland could have access to enough doses to vaccinate and protect priority groups identified, such as frontline health and social care workers and those at increased health risk.

How to manage personal social media interaction for health during stressful times

There’s a lot of stressful information to process right now, with various, significant events taking up a major portion of our mind space at different times.

This helpful article talks through how to spot if social media is adding to your stress and choices you can make to reduce stress and improve your mental health.

Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) forum launches this month

The Disability Unit is holding the first virtual Disabled People’s Organisations (DPOs) Forum this month, chaired by the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work, Justin Tomlinson MP. It is hoped future meetings will be held in person, when it is safe to do so.

The Disability Unit will use the forum to enable a high level group of DPOs and influential disabled individuals to have regular conversations with the Minister for Disabled People, Health and Work and government officials.

As well as providing forum members with a regular opportunity to meet with the Minister, it will bring together the voices and expertise of disabled people into government policy making.

Open consultations and inquiries
This new section rounds up current and relevant open inquiries and consultations that you may be interested in submitting evidence to. If you have any questions about submitting to these inquiries you watch this useful video from UK Parliament.
Social care: funding and workforce
The reopened Social care: funding and workforce inquiry, led by the Health and Social Care Committee, seeks to establish how much extra money would need to be spent by government in each of the next five years to counteract the impact of a shortage of care on the NHS. Shortages in the social care workforce and what solutions need to be found to address changes in the years ahead will also be considered.

Deadline for submission is 31 July. Click here for more details.
Life beyond COVID
The COVID-19 Committee is inviting people to share their hopes and fears about what the pandemic might mean in the long-term for our home and working lives, and for how we function as a society – what might it mean for social cohesion, for (in)equality, for our environment or for arts and culture?

Deadline for submission is 31 August.

Supporting our high streets after COVID-19
The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has announced a new inquiry to examine how high streets can survive the economic and social consequences of Covid-19.

The inquiry will examine the long-term consequences of the Covid-19 outbreak on the future of the high street. It is interested in how government, at all levels, can mitigate the economic and social impact and develop policies to ensure high streets remain the centre of local communities.

Deadline for submission is 14 September 2020. Click here for full details.
The NAVCA Noticeboard
Jobs across the NAVCA family
You can advertise your job vacancies, events and contracts on the NAVCA Noticeboard (it's free if you're a member, and very reasonably priced if you aren't) and through our Twitter page!

Just send details including a weblink to   Lucy Straker..

Please note that NAVCA has signed up to the #ShowThePay campaign which states that when you don't say what you are willing to pay in a job advert, you are being exclusive and continuing to perpetuate and widen the gender, ethnicity and ability pay gaps. Therefore we will only promote jobs on our website that clearly state the pay grade.
Stakeholder Engagement Manager at VCS Emergencies Partnership
There is just one day left to apply to be a Stakeholder Engagement Manager at VCS Emergencies Partnership.

The Stakeholder Engagement Managers will play an important role in ensuring local partners understand the objectives of the VCS EP and to support the capture of unmet need. Click here to view the full job description.

Please send an expression of interest outlining your relevant experience and availability to VCSEP@redcross.org.uk, by 6pm 24 July. 
Funding news and resources
Our funding section is brought to you by   Community Matters Yorkshire .

The Marc Fitch Fund makes small grants towards the costs of publishing scholarly work in the fields of British and Irish national, regional and local history, archaeology, antiquarian studies, historical geography, the history of art and architecture, heraldry, genealogy and surname studies, archival research, artifact conservation and the broad fields of the heritage, conservation and the historic environment. Deadline 1 August.

Universal Music UK Sound Foundation is an independent music education charity, established in 1997 to celebrate the centenary of EMI Records and now generously supported by Universal Music. The Foundation’s aim is to improve access to music education in the UK & Ireland. Deadline 8 August.

People’s Postcode Trust funds projects in Great Britain of up to 12 months in length. Projects are programmes of work which are limited in scope and seek to achieve particular outcomes. Deadline is 14 August.

The Ashley Family Foundation (formerly The Laura Ashley Foundation) continues to award grants to projects that fit with the family ethos of protecting rural communities and encouraging participation in the arts.
New £9.5m fund to support community-led organisations in England
The Covid-19 Community-Led Organisations Recovery Scheme (CCLORS) will provide grants up to £100,000 to community-led organisations in England facing severe financial difficulties as a direct result of the coronavirus lockdown.

The scheme is open to all types of community-led organisation affected by the crisis with applications particularly welcome from organisations led by or directly supporting Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

Power to Change, Locality, The Ubele Initiative and Social Investment Business are running the scheme on behalf of the National Lottery Community Fund.

The scheme will have three application rounds, with the first round opening for applications between 10am and 1pm later this month, on Tuesday 28 July 2020.

The second round will open on Tuesday 4 August and the third round on Tuesday 11 August.

Bursaries from the Institute of Fundraising
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The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) is providing Bursaries, through the Diversity Access Fund, to enable more BAME, LGBT+ and Disabled fundraisers to develop their skills and experience through the recorded Fundraising Convention 2020 content.

100 Bursaries are available, which will be equally divided between the three eligible communities. If they receive more than 100 eligible applications, Bursaries will be awarded at random.

Applications for Bursaries will open on 20 July, and will close 5pm on 17 August. The IoF will notify everyone of the outcome of their application by 21 August.

Youth sector infrastructure support
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation is part of a group of funders, which is looking to understand how best to support the sector, particularly in terms of infrastructure support.

This is part of a wider collaboration that aims to ensure children and young people thrive, and brings together a wide range of stakeholders including young people, funders, service and direct delivery organisations.

In this survey they are interested in understanding who you work alongside, what networks, information sources and development support do you seek out or rely on to improve and amplify the work that you do with and for young people. Who are your key allies? At a time of crisis for your organisation locally, regionally or nationally (not just pandemic related) who do you turn to?

Do you follow?
Here at NAVCA we love a bit of Twitter! In fact in some instances it is the best way to get in touch with our team.

So I am sure, if you are on Twitter, you are already following @NAVCA, right?

Good. Now make sure you are following the rest of us - we are a nice bunch, I promise.

Blogs
Uncertain times and movement moments: campaigning amidst Covid-19 from the thinking, doing, changing blog.

Writing with an antiracist lens by Lila Tublin.

Have online platforms passed the self-regulation test in the Covid-19 crisis? by Ellen Judson.

Flexible furlough during local lockdown by Helen Oparinde.
Missing LINX
Welcome back to #MissingLINX - a bit of fun to keep you going through lockdown and beyond.

Each week we post two pictures (or three if we are feeling cheeky) - could be people, could be objects - and you have to work out the missing link.

Here is today's offering - so get your thinking caps on. When you've got it (or think you have), tweet us @NAVCA using #MissingLINX with your answer and the first few of you to tell us the right answer will get a special shout out from us!

By the way... last edition's answer was Emojis!
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