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Last week NCVO published its latest round up of the voluntary sector, including information on: the number and nature of voluntary sector organisations, workforce, charitable-giving, and volunteering, for the year 2015/16 (the data, to be truly comprehensive, always runs at least a year behind).

You will hear a lot, locally and nationally, the next few months about Social Impact Bonds. Here is a quick guide to what they are, and the advantages and disadvantages.

Like so much innovation in fundraising, at the moment, organisations are advised to look carefully at the pros and cons of such models before investing too much time, energy and, in some cases, your own finances into them.

What is a Social Impact Bond?


Now to be held at Farringdon Community Centre, Allendale Road, Sunderland SR3 3EL

The session will commence at the same time 10.00 a.m. - 1.00 with registration 9.45. VCAS apologise for the transfer of venue. We look forward to seeing you on the day. Everyone is very much welcome.. 

For further information regarding the session, please call 01901 5651566 


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