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Social Enterprise UK has published a guide for people working in local government, to help them understand and use the potential of social enterprises.

The Connect Fund has launched a new website dedicated to providing information about the fund, grant applications, news, blogs, resources and more.

It is near impossible to miss the headlines relating to our sector at the moment, but whilst it might be easy to consider these as ‘big charity’ issues, the problems surrounding Oxfam present important lessons for the smaller members of our sector too.


  1. ESF Opt Ins Update

1a. Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities programme

Good Finance has published a blog for organisations that are considering seeking out social investment.

You can read their five tips to get ready for social investment here.

The Big Lottery Fund has announced that it is pausing applications for grants from the Reaching Communities programme until 2 April 2018, while they make changes to their application process.

Applications submitted before 15 January will still be processed. Read more here.

Up to £330 million from dormant bank and building society accounts will be used to help the homeless, disadvantaged young people, local charities and other good causes in the UK over the next four years. 

The Poppy Appeal allows The Royal British Legion to provided lifelong support for the Armed Forces community - serving men and women, veterans, and their families. We spend around £1.3 million pounds per week on providing a range of support such as, local accommodation for ex-armed forces, award winning care homes and Poppy Breaks.

In 2016 the Poppy Appeal in Sunderland raised over £100,000. However, due to the decrease in the number of volunteers this year it dropped to just over £70,000.