General news of interest to the social enterprise sector in the region.

10 Ideas for Change: Local philanthropy & local social investment

Finding new sources of funding as the public sector retreats is a key challenge for local economies. The beginnings of a shift from large banks and funding streams towards localised sources of finance is driving change across the UK. Here's ten of the best ideas for ensuring that finance works harder for local areas.

100 years of pioneering philanthropy

In the centenary year of the Carnegie UK Trust, chief executive Martyn Evans looks back over its 100 years of innovative social change and argues for the need for greater partnerships to tackle today’s social issues.

Learning and Skills VCS Network meeting (May)

Learning and Skills VCS Network meeting Room 3, Swarthmore Education Centre, 2-7 Woodhouse Square, Leeds, LS3 1AD 1.30-4.15, Thursday 9 May 2013   The eigth meeting of the Learning and Skills VCS Network, which will cover cutting edge issues in learning and skills.     This meeting cover:

Third Sector National Learning Alliance - John Harris takes us through the new FE Guild and how it plans to engage with voluntary and community sector learning providers Open College Network in Yorkshire & Humber - Guy Farrar explains the remit of the Regional Policy and Practice Committee Third Sector stakeholder group and what it hopes to achieve Swarthmore Education Centre - Maggi Butterworth examines the impact of recent changes in the learning and skills landscape on her capacity to lead one of the longest standing voluntary sector educational establishments Developments and issues within the learning and skills voluntary sector more to be confirmed

Full programme to be announced shortly

There will be an opportunity to network from 1.30. Lunch will not be provided, however, there is a cafe in Swarthmore next to the room or you are welcome to bring your own lunch.  LSVN The Learning and Skills Voluntary and Community Sector Network (LSVN) is for voluntary organisations with an interest in learning and skills - whether as a deliverer, user, or promoter of education and skills training for adults in FE, Adult and Community Learning, or for organisations where learning is just part of what they offer. The Network is facilitated by Involve Yorkshire & Humber     Price This meeting is free to all members of the Network. You can join the Network by completing the membership form and giving it to us on the day.     Book now! Please complete and return this booking form by Wednesday 1 May. Places limited.

Ideas for Change: A Local Endowment Fund

The philanthropists of the past invested in the shared assets and common wealth of a city. A Local Endowment Fund for people-centred approaches to regeneration could do the same in the 21st century, says Julian Dobson.

Philanthropy goes local

As public funds diminish, philanthropy is returning to its roots and focusing on local issues. But can the UK follow the US and embrace mission-related local investment, asks David Boyle.

Lessons from Holland: Helping citizens with debt management pays off

As household’s struggle with rising levels of debt, should local government step in to help? Clare Cummings reports on a scheme in Holland in which state support for debt management is paying off.


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