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Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 December 2011 - 1:00am

Recovery at Home from Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions can work when Residential Rehab seems impossible. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 December 2011 - 1:00am

Recovery at Home from Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions can work when Residential Rehab seems impossible. ...more

Posted By Addictions UK
On 9 December 2011 - 1:00am

Recovery at Home from Alcohol, Drug and other Addictions can work when Residential Rehab seems impossible. ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 December 2011 - 9:38pm


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This isn’t intended to ruin your holiday cheer, but it definitely caused me to think twice before buying big-brand chocolate for an upcoming holiday fête: Much of mainstream chocolate contains cocoa produced by child slaves.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 8 December 2011 - 6:23pm

Rosamund's article this week in Third Sector was the cause of much amusement in the office, but I must admit nevertheless to being irked by the stereotyping. So certain she clearly is of her own charmingly romantic notions she totally overlooks the absurdity of her own position as a highly paid lawyer lecturing full-time voluntary-sector workers on the need to discover what it's like in the real world. And as it is blowing a gale up here in the Highlands I thought might give Rosamund some helpful advice as unusually , she had not worked her brief too well before putting pen to her third sector paper.

She suggests , "For example, Sir Stephen Bubb, chief executive of Acevo, promotes larger charities that provide services to the state.”

This is factually wrong. 47 percent of ACEVO’s members lead charities and community organisations with a turnover of less than £1m. We run regular CEO forums in the North which bring together a richly diverse representation ...more

On 8 December 2011 - 6:00pm

This is a recent communication I sent out to our CSR Enthusiasts. Exciting to see how companies are engaged, and getting their employees engaged!

Dear CSR Enthusiasts,

In keeping with providing you with trends in the CSR landscape, I wanted to provide you some valuable information from a few different CSR sources.   This information can help you benchmark your programs in general. It can also help you with the following:

1) Future CSR Strategy.   Determining your future CSR strategy and programs

2) Current CSR Unique Value Proposition.  Understanding why you have invested in certain CSR programs, even if they are not “the most popular.”  (It is not always a bad thing to have different programs; it depends on your product, your goals, your industry.  In addition, it could well separate you from the competition.)

3) Current and/or Future CSR Program Justification.  Should executives ...more

Posted By Changemakers blogs
On 8 December 2011 - 4:42pm

The Changemakers global community has chosen the winners of the Making More Health competition, part of a three-year global initiative led by Ashoka Changemakers and Boehringer Ingelheim to identify and support innovations from around the world that transform the field of health to sustainably increase individual, family, and community well-being.

The public voted to select three top health solutions from a field of finalists. The finalists were chosen by a panel of expert judges out of more than 470 entries received from 82 countries.

The winning solutions are:

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Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 8 December 2011 - 11:51am

User-led disability charities in Birmingham are entering an exciting new stage of development with the launch of Birmingham’s first Consortium of User-Led Organisations — combining services and working together to provide the best services and support possible for service-users.

Go along to the launch and find out more about how advocacy charities in Birmingham are putting service-users at the forefront of how they operate.

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Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 8 December 2011 - 11:00am

Andrew Lansley MP spoke at Guys Hospital yesterday, ( founded as a charity in Southwark in the 16 th century incidentally ) about improving results for patients. It's worth repeating key points from his speech :

"Today, we are making it clear that the NHS is about one ambition and one ambition alone - improving results for patients.

"And that is the change that the NHS Outcomes Framework that we’re publishing today, will bring about. It sets the direction for the whole NHS. Orienting the NHS back towards the people who really matter: its patients.

"And it sets out how we will hold the NHS to account for improving the results that patients get.

"But to realise my ambition -- I must realise the ambitions of the near one million patients that come into contact with the NHS every day. To give patients genuine options over their care
to give patients the tools they need to decide with their doctors the right way forward. To ensure decisions are only ...more

On 7 December 2011 - 9:06pm

As an organisation starts to investigate mergers and acquisitions as part of its growth strategy, opportunities seem to pop up everywhere. Over time and with shared insights from professionals who do deals all the time, we have started to identify some criteria for saying “No”.

The opportunity does not meet your organisation’s strategic aims

Business acquisition, partnership working and start-ups all need to be considered within the context of what your organisation is seeking to achieve. And within the context of your plans:

  • Do they increase your income generation?
  • Do they achieve extra social impact?

Consolidation and diversification are both valuable growth aims, ones that acquisition can meet. Often we are asked for a list of available businesses for sale, this is not a helpful place to start. We prefer to start with what organisations  are seeking to achieve through acquisition and create some target ...more