Office of the Civil Society

Local Intelligence Team NE Update

Welcome to the monthly news bulletin from the Office for Civil Society – This contains policy updates, funding opportunities, consultations and much more. 


Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:



March 2019

  1. New safeguarding funding for charities
  2. Handling and reporting of safeguarding concerns - your views needed
  3. Ten projects to receive total of £15m from Tampon Tax Fund
  4. Launch of Fair4All finance
  5. Consultation: Social value in government procurement
  6. Five ways civil society organisations can prepare for EU Exit
  7. Sign up to the Digital Skills Partnership newsletter


February 2019

Updates from the Office for Civil Society:

  1. DCMS launches new youth voice projects
  2. Leading Safe Cultures: Protecting People from Harm
  3. VCSEs: a bidder's guide to working with government
  4. Millions invested to help people get active in their communities

 Updates from other government departments:

  1. Understanding data flows: no-deal EU Exit preparations

 Updates from stakeholders:

  1. Research shows success of community shops, but worrying decline in numbers
  2. Community pub sector continues to grow
  3. Small Charities Coalition launches tool to help charities register with the Charity Commission
  4. Guidance to help measure loneliness

Office for Civil Society:Preparing for EU Exit

  1. The Office for Civil Society’s (OCS) role in EU exit
  2. Public information campaign on EU exit
  3. Data protection in a no deal scenario
  4. Settled status scheme 
  5. EU funding
  6. Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps - updated technical notice
  7. Further guidance

January 2019

Updates from the Office for Civil Society:

  1. 'Smart homes’ to help older and disabled people get digital skills and tackle loneliness in rural areas
  2. Data protection and Brexit - is your charity prepared?
  3. Culture Secretary sets out new measures to boost tech driven by social purpose

Updates from other government departments:

  1. ONS publishes guidance on measuring loneliness 
  2. ONS research on children's and young people's experiences of loneliness
  3. Home Office announces up to £9 million of grant funding for VCSE organisations working with the EU Settlement Scheme
  4. Government publishes Initial Cyber Security Skills Strategy

Updates from stakeholders:

  1. Bethnal Green Ventures launch call for applications for their new Tech for Good programme
  2. NCVO publishes Charity Ethical Principles