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INTERVENTION - SUPPORT - EDUCATION - What you need to know whilst working in the voluntary and community sector

The Illegal Money Lending Team works closely with outside agencies to generate intelligence about loan sharks in local communities, Sunderland is no different.  VCAS have arranged three local events across the City, to provide advice and information about the dangers of using loan sharks and the consequences that can follow, in addition to spread awareness of the support available to loan shark victims.

Learning Concepts Sunderland Office

Our office is open however, phone lines and internet have been interrupted by local building works. BT engineers say the earliest they can get to sort the problem is an unspecified time 19/04/18.

As an interim measure should you want us to contact us please email

The latest Charity Commission's recently updated guide Protect your Charity from Fraud is a useful resource for charities and voluntary/community sector organisations

Like any other sector, charities are not immune to criminal abuse from fraudsters. Fraud poses a serious risk to valuable funds and sensitive data, and can damage the good reputation of charities, affecting public trust and confidence in the sector as a whole.

The Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England have launched a consultation on extending the legal rights to have a personal health budget or integrated personal budget. 

Health and Social Care Survey of the Voluntary and Community Sector in Sunderland

We are asking groups to respond to a short survey of work which is being undertaken locally, to help us gain a better picture of the VCSE Health and Social Care organisations operating in the city.


more  Please click the link to complete the survey


Gillian Murray, chief executive of Pilotlight, has written a 'how to' on delivering good governance using the Governance Code for small and medium size charities.

The piece contains tips and advice and is available here



Is your charity making the most of your tax status and could the tax system work better for you? Two points of note this month:


Data protection legislation covers everyone about whom you keep personal data. This includes employees, volunteers, service users, members, supporters and donors. The legislation:

Have your say - North East Ambulance Service priorities
Every year North East Ambulance Service produces a Quality Report, which includes selecting priorities to improve patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience.

In order to help them develop this year's priorities, they would like to hear what you think.

You can see the progress they've made in the last 12 months here.


CORC are pleased to announce the launch of our seminar series for 2018; ‘Should mental health service seek to cure mental ill health? If not, what are they there for?’

Join us to discuss what the research can tell us about whether children and young people are being helped by mental health services. Contribute to the debate about how we respond to the data, how we define and measure a positive outcome, and how we communicate about the scope and focus of treatment.