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:


June 2019

Office for Civil Society:

  1. Let’s Talk Loneliness - Government loneliness campaign launches
  2. Mutual Support Programme open for applications
  3. NCS Trust recommissioning process
  4. Ten grants awarded via the Tampon Tax Fund
  5. VCSE Crown Representative update
  6. Great British Spring Clean volunteers recognised by the Prime Minister
  7. Winners of the 2019 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service announced

Other government departments:

  1. National Data Strategy consultation begins


  1. ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health publish report on bullying in the charity sector
  2. Get involved: Small Charity Week starts on 17 June!
  3. Charity Commission publishes critical report on Oxfam GB
  4. New independent Impact Investing Institute announced
  5. Youth Futures Foundation & Fair4All Finance now searching for Chief Executives
  6. #BigSupportSmall campaign launches next week
  7. Small charities: we need your views on the Government’s Rough Sleeping Strategy
  8. Report: Community Businesses in Liverpool City Region
  9. Good Finance Live: Thursday 27 June – Manchester

April 2019

  1. New Youth Charter to support young people across the country
  2. Social Investment Tax Relief - Call for Evidence now live!
  3. Research shows strength of UK Tech for Good startups
  4. Four senior industry leaders set out a blueprint for expanding the dormant assets scheme
  5. Great British Spring Clean volunteers recognised by the Prime Minister
  6. EU Settlement Scheme: community leader toolkit

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