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Homeschool Social Enterprse – Food Bank

At Homeschool Social Enterprise (an Independent Christian Primary School) we run a weekly food bank through our ministry – Active Christians, where we offer food for those people who need it with the goods donated to us. 

Our supplies vary each week so please contact us for details on how you can donate goods to support this or if you are interested in becoming a volunteer with us or to find out more about this service by:

Telephone: 07500416635/ 0121 649 1599

For more information on what other services we offer please go to

Ten Tips to Stop Your Charity Breaking the Law

From 25 May 2018, thanks to new laws under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the consent of your supporters to receive updates and information on your latest campaigns etc., will need to be freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous; given by way of a statement or clear affirmative action to be lawful. But what does that actually mean in practice?

Here are 10 things you need to know about consent:

1. You will no longer be able to bundle consent requests within wider terms and conditions. A request for consent to receive marketing materials should be separate from terms and conditions and should not be a precondition of the provision of a service unless it is necessary for that service.

2. Pre-ticked opt in boxes or opt-out boxes will no longer be valid. You must now use an un-ticked opt-in box or similar opt-in method that allows choice.

3. Requests for consent should be broken down into different categories where possible to allow your supporters to consent separately.

4. Your charity must be named along with any third parties (e.g. fundraising partners or agents) who will rely on the consent.

5. You must keep good records allowing you to show: who has consented, to what they consented, when and how they consented.

6. You must tell supporters that they have a right to withdraw their consent at any time, and you must tell them how to do this. The process for withdrawing consent cannot be more difficult than it was to give the consent in the first place!

7. Supporters have the right to object to direct marketing and your charity must bring this right explicitly to the attention of supporters from the start.

8. There is no set time limit for how long a person’s consent lasts but the Information Commissioner’s Office recommends refreshing it every two years.

9. If you ignore the new law not only do you risk reputational issues but you could be fined up to €20m or up to 4% of your turnover.

10. You should have started to prepare by reviewing the data you currently hold; assessing the reliability of the consent; and think about whether you have told your supporters of the changes being forced.

Luckily for charities two pieces of recent guidance on the subject have been issued by key data protection players in the third sector. The Fundraising Regulator issued guidance earlier this year on fundraising which makes reference to upcoming changes expected by GDPR and the e-privacy regulation. The ICO has also issued draft guidance on consent under the GDPR.

Source: Charity Digital News

Innovations in Measurement and Evaluation Can Help us Unlock Social Change

Charity think tank NPC has published a new report that highlights eight global trends in measurement and evaluation, which open new opportunities for charity organisations.

These innovations expand the measurement and evaluation toolkit, allowing for increased effectiveness and understanding of social interventions, something that is ever more critical in difficult times.

Global innovations in measurement and evaluation illustrates exciting developments that challenge traditional measurement and evaluation practice, making it easier and more useful for charities and social enterprises.

The report highlights how technology is enabling us to gather different types of data on bigger scales, and how increased data availability and processing power enables us to gain insights in ways not previously possible.  At the same time, organisations are trying harder to listen to and involve users, to assess change at a systemic level and to respond quickly to data.

In the context of decreased funding and increased need, the improved understanding of effectiveness offered by these approaches is critical. The blurring of boundaries between sectors provides both an imperative for the voluntary sector to modernise, and opportunities for the social sector to collaborate with and learn from others.

The research by NPC highlights eight trends that have the greatest potential to improve measurement and evaluation and ultimately programme design and delivery. Drawing on expert opinion and practice from across the world it presents selected examples from the Americas, Africa, Australasia, Asia and Europe.

To read the full Charity Digital News click here.

Women’s Aid and Facebook Join Forces To Help Keep Women Safe Online

Women’s Aid, the national domestic abuse charity, and Facebook are launching a new guide to empower women to stay safe online.

The guide by Women’s Aid and Facebook provides advice to help women and girls understand the risks and tools needed to protect themselves and stay safe on social media. The guide has a lot of helpful tips – from how to report something that is abusive, to stopping an intimate, private or sexual image from being shared online. It aims to help women take greater control of their own safety on Facebook, whilst staying connected to the people and causes they care about.

The guide is specifically designed to provide information and advice to survivors of domestic abuse. Whilst the online world should be open and safe for everyone to use, many women experience domestic abuse online. Though many survivors are already experts at managing their own risk and safety, Women’s Aid and Facebook have brought together some specific steps they can take to protect themselves online.

Polly Neate, Chief Executive, Women’s Aid said: “Online abuse can be just as harmful and disturbing as abuse perpetrated in person, so we’re delighted that Facebook is working with us to tackle this issue. We hope the practical advice in this guide will help women feel safe and confident using social media. We want to ensure survivors experiencing online forms of abuse, coercion and control know that they can get help and support from Women’s Aid and Facebook.”

Caroline Millin, safety policy programmes at Facebook, added: “We know that perpetrators of domestic abuse can abuse partners or ex-partners online. This behaviour is unacceptable and against Facebook’s Community Standards. We’re proud to be working with experts like Women’s Aid to empower women to stay safe online.”

The guide is available to download at

Source: Charity Digital News

Quaker Housing Trust

The Quaker Housing Trust has announced that the next deadline for applications is the 1st September 2017.

Quaker housing trust is a channel through which social housing projects can get advice, support, loans or grants that would be difficult to find elsewhere. And the channel through which friends can express practical social witness through housing. But most of all we exist to support the creation of homes for people of any age, when they are vulnerable at points of transition in their lives.

The Quaker Housing Trust provides grants and interest free loans to housing projects that cater for people with a wide range of needs, including people with mental and physical health problems; learning difficulties; people who would otherwise be homeless; and women escaping domestic violence; etc.

To be eligible for funding, applicants need to have legal charitable status and be a small organisation (with an annual turnover of not more than £1 million and without access to sufficient income, reserves, nor other fundraising, to pay for the work).

For more information about projects that they have helped, please contact them on 020 7663 1036.

More information at:

Heritage Lottery Fund – Funding to Restore Neglected Historic Buildings

The next deadline for the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Heritage Enterprise programme is the 31st August 2017.

The Heritage Enterprise programme supports enterprising heritage organisations in rescuing neglected historic buildings and restoring them to viable productive use. The cost of repairing a neglected historic building is often so high that restoration simply isn’t commercially viable. Heritage Enterprise makes such schemes possible by funding some of the repair costs with grants.

Grants of between £100,000 and £5million will be awarded to meet conservation deficits i.e. where the existing value of the historic asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the end value of the asset following development completion. Not for profit organisations, or partnerships led by such organisations can apply via a two stage process with Start-up grants also available for pre-application viability appraisals.

HLF says, “Historic buildings can attract thriving businesses and boost economic growth. And yet many lie vacant and derelict because of the high costs involved in rescuing them.

Heritage Enterprise can help communities repair derelict historic places, giving them productive new uses. By funding the repair costs and making these buildings commercially viable, we hope to breathe new life into vacant sites. Not-for-profit organisations work with private partners to generate economic growth, and create jobs and opportunities in those places that need it the most.”

For more information on this grant click here.

Rise of The Social Seniors Confirmed In New Report

Charities are urged to ensure they’re using the right methods to attract the right audience after an Ofcom report revealed record numbers of older people are embracing smart and social technology.

Over a quarter of over-75s are using tablet computers, and half of online baby boomers have already taken to social media according to Ofcom’s annual Adults’ Media Use and Attitudes report, which reveals how people use, understand and feel about the media and communications they rely upon each day.

This year’s report shows striking growth in older people’s use of technology between 2015 and 2016. Baby boomers aged 65-74 are increasingly connected, with four in ten (39%) using a smartphone, up 11 percentage points in a year.

There has been a sharp rise in over-75s using tablets, from 15% to 27%. And the use of smartphones among this age group has nearly doubled, from 8% to 15%.

Nearly half (48%) of internet users aged 65-74 now have a social media profile. Among over 75s, the proportion with a profile has nearly doubled – from 19% to 41%.

Around nine in ten (87%) social seniors aged over 65 opt for a Facebook account, but a smaller proportion use WhatsApp (6%) and Instagram (1%).

But while 44% of over-75s go online, more than half do not, and most of these (86%) have no plans to do so.

Social savviness

While older internet users are increasingly active online, some older people lack online confidence. A fifth (20%) of people over 65 describe themselves as ‘not confident’ online, much higher than the average (7%).

One reason could be that many older users are new to the internet. Some 21% of internet users over-75 went online for the first time in the last five years – twice the wider average.

For those older internet users lacking confidence, this is particularly pronounced when managing personal data. Almost one in five internet users over 65 say that are ‘not at all confident’ about this.

And 16% of internet users over 55 said they ‘never’ consider the data or privacy implications when posting photos online – the largest proportion to say ‘never’ among all age groups.

Some older internet users were also unsure about sponsored links in search results. A quarter (27%) of search engine users aged over 75 said they were unsure, and less than half (46%) felt able to identify sponsored links.

Similarly, awareness of personalised advertising seems to be lower among some older users – with seven in ten (72%) over 75s, and six in ten (60%) 65-74s saying they were unaware of this type of advertising, compared to the average of 44%.

Source: Charity Digital News


Greggs Foundation Breakfast Club Grants

The Greggs Foundation currently supports 380 breakfast clubs throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Schools that are interested in opening a breakfast club at your school must be able to show that at least 40% of your pupils qualify for free school meals and that the school serves a disadvantaged community.

The School should be able to attract adult volunteers to help run the scheme and attendance at the club must be free for all pupils.

The Foundation uses the money to support breakfast clubs through an initial start-up grant for equipment such as chest freezers to store food items or toys and activities for the club. Greggs Foundation also makes a payment each term towards other food items and Greggs plc donates bread from the nearest shop.

If you are from a primary school and are interested in applying for a breakfast club, please see the qualifying criteria below:
• The applicant organisation must be a primary school in England, Wales, Scotland or Belfast
• We will be opening new shops in Torquay, Plymouth Teignmouth and Paignton in 2017 and would welcome primary schools in this area to apply
• At least 40 per cent of the pupils at the school should be eligible to claim free school meals
• The school should demonstrate a commitment to engaging parents or other volunteers
• The breakfast club must be offered for free to ensure all pupils can attend

For more information please call a member of the Greggs Foundation team on 0191 2127626 or visit their website at

Less Than 1% Of UK Charities Are Protected Against Email Fraud

Fewer than 1% of UK charities are adequately protected against the risks of being targeted by fraudulent emails and phishing attacks, according to the findings of a new report published by platform-as-a-service provider Red Sift.

The organisation analysed more than 78,000 email domains of UK charities to establish how many of them implement email authentication protocols to protect their organisations and their donors from cyber-attacks. Overall, under 1% of them have implemented email authentication with DMARC – Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting & Conformance.

The Top 100 Charities showed a slight increase in adoption (5%), however, none were blocking unauthorised email. The finding follows the recent publication of a UK Government report which found that fraudulent emails (72%) and phishing attacks (27%) were amongst the most common types of breaches suffered by UK businesses, further highlighting the huge risks posed to the £70bn UK charity sector and the 67% of the UK population who engage with it.

Rahul Powar, Red Sift CEO, commented: “Fraudulent emails and phishing attacks pose a serious risk to businesses and the data that they hold. As such it is very concerning that UK charities, that make huge social and economic contributions despite often working with limited resources, are so exposed to these potentially hugely damaging attacks.”

To read the full Charity Digital News article click here

Homeschool Social Enterprise – Child-Minding Services

At Homeschool Social Enterprise you can have peace of mind whilst your child engages in the joy of learning, curiosity and imagination!

Homeschool Social Enterprise run an Independent Christian Primary School registered with the Department for Education (DfE).  Its central aim is to educate and support children with a rich and varied education along with strong Christian values to prepare them for life.  The school offers a diverse range of services for all age groups including tuition, childminding and community support.

Following the EYFS guidelines, a wide range of activities (tailored to the age and stage of each child) is provided including communication games, arts & crafts, role play, messy play, singing, dancing, child and adult led activities, baking and promoting healthy eating and lifestyles. There are also regular trips to local parks, libraries, museums and more.

For further information or to discuss the childminding services call on 0121 649 1599 or email at

Visit the website to find out more about Homeschool’s current range of services at

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