Free social media management tool for charities

Charities are being given free use of a social media content creation and management app, its developers have announced.

Justo Software has from this month waived fees for charities using its SocialSendr social media management app.

The move has been taken to help charities rebuild their finances post Covid-19 pandemic. Pro Bono Economics has estimated that during the last six months of 2020 the health crisis triggered a £6.4bn loss of income for charities.

“Since we launched SocialSendr to the small business community, we’ve received an overwhelming response, with hundreds of business owners reporting that the transformation has been immense,” said Justo Software founder Michelle Cowan.

“With charities struggling so much during the pandemic and needing our support now more than ever, we wanted to do something to help and providing SocialSendr free of charge made sense.

“We want them to have the same opportunities to promote themselves as the larger companies do and SocialSendr provides that.”

In September Charity Times published its Top 10 tips for using social media effectively.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Community Grants for British Science Week 2022

Community Grants for British Science Week 2022 are now open for applications!
Supported by UK Research and Innovation, Community Grants help eligible community groups to organise events and activities for their audiences during British Science Week (11-20 March 2022), expanding the number of people who enjoy and take part in science.
Please complete the Community Grant application form to apply for a grant. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 8 November 2021, so be sure to complete your form in good time!
For British Science Week 2022, we’re offering grants of £500 and £1000 to community groups that work with people who are typically underrepresented in science, and which set out to deliver an event or activity that involves the local community, challenges science stereotypes and inspires ongoing science engagement. Why not take a look at our Community Grant case studies to discover how previous grant recipients used the funding for their own British Science Week projects?
Before submitting your form, be sure to consult the Community Grant guidelines to find all the information you need on how to apply, and whether your community group is eligible. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at [email protected]

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Violence & Vulnerability Community Safety (VVCS) Grant 2021-2023 is now open

Vulnerability Community Safety (VVCS) Grant fund information:
As a partnership, our strategic goal is to reduce serious violence, the harm it causes, and to safeguard those at risk (relating to county lines, gangs and knife crime).  We recognise that local organisations and groups are at the forefront of some amazing work that takes place to address these issues and we would like to support this work further as much as we can.

Our 2021-2023 VVCS grant round is for local *’not for profit’ voluntary or community clubs or organisations based in (and therefore delivering in) Essex, Southend and Thurrock only, and we are looking to fund projects that meet our stated aims and can run from January 2022- 31st March 2023.

Groups can apply for up to £20,000 to deliver support and interventions for children, young people, young adults and families (families must include children and young people, young person is defined as up to the age of 25) that have a positive impact on issues relating to crime and anti-social behaviour, violence and vulnerability. This may include early intervention work, gang & ‘county lines’, and child criminal exploitation projects.

We would be particularly interested in projects that can evidence they are meeting needs as highlighted by young people and local residents in our Listening Project 2020-2021.

You can read the full report here Some examples of need highlighted in the report are-

  • Increased mental health support for young people at risk of serious violence
  • Indoor/ outdoor safe spaces with affordable & inclusive activities for young people to socialise
  • Opportunities for young people to learn life skills, participate in community based or volunteering projects and undertake work experience
  • Work with young people and their families to raise awareness of youth violence
  • Projects that promote greater communication and positive engagement between the police, youth groups and schools
  • Targeted youth work aimed at those young people most at risk of exploitation
  • Support for victims of youth violence

All applications must demonstrate how their project enables children & young people to-

  • Make positive choices that keep them safe
  • Raise self-esteem and confidence
  • Build resilience
  • Improve emotional and physical health and mental wellbeing

Timeline of grant process:

Applications open: 12th August 2021

Applications close: 29th October 2021 Completed applications to be sent to [email protected] and [email protected]

Due diligence checks and panel decisions will happen after the closing date.

Applicants made aware of grant decisions: End of November 2021

Funds to be with groups Start of January 2022

This fund has the potential for groups to make a real and positive difference in the lives of children & young people in Essex at risk of serious violence and we are excited to be able to work with not for profit groups in local communities to see the positive impact that this will have on our young people.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT: Your organisation MUST have a recognised constitution and be a- not for profit voluntary or community club or organisation, a registered Charity, A not for profit company or community interest company or other social enterprise. company limited by guarantee, charitable incorporated organisation or Registered society.

If you have any questions about this grant process, then please contact Rachel Brett [email protected], Kirsty Smith [email protected]  or Jim Pearson [email protected]

Download the application form VVCS grant application form 2021-2023

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

How ISO 45003 can help you build a psychologically healthy and safe workplace

Organisations across the world are realizing the benefits of prioritizing their people by creating safe and fulfilling work environments that nurture well-being. In a fast-evolving working world, the mental health and well-being of employees are key to both resilience and success. By focusing on embracing a culture of care, trust, and good mental health, we’re seeing a shift towards creating future-proof businesses that are supported by a happy and healthy workforce.

If you want to improve the well-being of your employees but are unsure of where to start, then ISO 45003 certification could help. The first of its kind, ISO 45003 certification shows recognition that organisations are serious about the psychological health, safety, and well-being of their people. Using practical advice, you can achieve certification to best practices and show a commitment to excellence in the care of your staff. Having your processes audited by an independent third party will instill confidence in not only your stakeholders but assure your employees that you’re prioritizing their individual well-being at a fundamental level. In short, certification helps to build trust both within and outside of your organisation.

Read Sian’s blog over on Mental Health At Work. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Learn the skills to make positive change happen in The School for Change Agents – starting 15 November

Would you like to develop the skills to make a difference and create change in health and care? There’s great news – The School for Change Agents is returning on 15 November!

The School offers anyone who works in health and care, at whatever level and whether they are clinical or non-clinical, the opportunity to take their desire to see change happen and make it a reality.

There are five interactive sessions to complete on FutureLearn:

  1. Change starts with me 
  2. Resourcefulness 
  3. Using power to make a difference 
  4. Using stories to create change
  5. Making sense of complexity

School is free to join, and to take part in. All you need is an internet connection.  The sessions are arranged into ‘bite-sized’ chunks so that you can complete them in your own time, and in your own way.  You can take part on a computer, tablet or mobile device.

Each session includes a range of articles and videos that feature people like you talking about their own experiences of creating change.

The lively community of fellow learners on FutureLearn (as well as on Twitter, and in the Facebook group) means that you not only gain a wealth of useful knowledge, you can also build your networks and learn from each other as you reflect on how you can use the skills you’ve gained to take action.

It’s another opportunity for anyone who missed joining School in May this year – this is a re-run of the same sessions.

Register here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Essex Is United – Volunteer Fireworks Event

The annual fireworks spectacular at The Prince Of Wales pub in Stow Maries is one of the county’s top Bonfire Night events, and we’re working with the very generous organisers at the pub to offer 200 special Essex Volunteer Wristbands to those who have made a massive difference to people’s lives in Essex during the pandemic.
The wristband gets you free entry and a delicious burger, but you’ll need to act quickly to get yours.

Please complete this form accurately if you wish to receive a special free Essex Volunteer Wristband for the fireworks event at The Prince Of Wales in Stow Maries on Saturday 30th October 2021.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Board diversity: The candidates are there, the problem is how charities recruit

Open recruitment is closing the gap on board diversity but there is a disparity in outcomes for candidates. Janet analyses the findings from Reach’s new report.

Board diversity has been a hot topic for several years but it often feels like little progress has been made. Analysis of our data at Reach shows that there are grounds for optimism: there is a diverse pool of candidates and open recruitment is closing the gap. However, there is also a disparity in outcomes for candidates relating to  age and ethnicity, showing that there is important work to do.

Reach Volunteering provides a free (to charities with a turnover of under £1m) trustee recruitment service, based on a supported self-service model. We have analysed the age, gender and ethnicity of applicants and appointees from 2017 through to 2020. It is a large data sample: 8,725 people making 15,398 applications, resulting in 3,169 trustee appointments.

Read more here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

UCL World Stroke Day Forum 2021

Monday 25th – Friday 29th October

The UCL World Stroke Day Forum aims to empower stroke survivors to contribute to stroke research and rehabilitation at UCL.

The 2021 Forum will build on the success of last year, with a series of online events run over the course of a week, including panel discussions, rehabilitation workshops, art exhibitions, and showcasing of digital tools.

Register here. 

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Grants up to £5,000 available to Essex voluntary groups and charities

Voluntary groups or charities playing a vital role in keeping people safe from harm, helping victims of crime or delivering activities that are making their local communities safer places to live and work, are being given the chance to apply for funding to support their work.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the independent charitable trust, Essex Community Foundation (ECF) which manages the High Sheriffs’ Fund and other charitable funds that support community safety initiatives across the county.

For more information about making an application visit or call the ECF grants team on 01245 356018.

Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News

Loneliness Engagement Fund

The Loneliness Engagement Fund provides small grants between £15,000 and £50,000 to organisations who can engage with target groups at high risk of loneliness. The fund will give out up to £260,000 of grants in total.

Read more here 


Author: Jade Bolton
Categories: News