Making the changes - our story

Ever since Laura and her family decided they were moving to America, we’ve been thinking about what it meant for the future of the Third Sector Café. The café has been a joint project from the start, and the option to -carry on without Laura didn’t really seem much fun for Sophy, back in not-as-sunny-as-Atlanta Sheffield. We did consider packing up the cafe – over 6 years we’ve both put in many voluntary hours and perhaps – at the end of the day – that could be said to be enough? But…. 

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From spending on admin to over simplifying - what's the not for profit to do!

September usually brings with it a breath of fresh air and a renewed energy for developing our skills and looking at new ideas or rediscovering old ones! 
We've used this weeks newsletter to look at a few things that we've been tweeting about in more detail than 140 characters. 
The first was a recent article by Giving Evidence  Good charities spend more on administration than less good charities spend  

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Who Said Tender Deadline........... 🤔

Tender writing in small charities often brings with it a lot of stress and responsibility. The thought of not winning the tenders often means job loses and the end of a service which you believe in - being a part of a smaller organisation this also means that you know the people and issues personally - so the pressure can feel over whelming.

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What do digital solutions look like for charities with limited budget?

What do digital solutions look like for charities with limited budgets and no IT departments we talked to the talented guys at Endeavour to see what day to day solutions they use and what tech challenges /changes they are facing.

Developing your presence now has digital implication - at Endeavour they knew they wanted to increase their presence but that it would also take a tech investment

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Problem solving - it's what the third sector does so why is it digital innovation is hard?

Problem solving - it's what the third sector is particularly good at. They are the people on the front line dealing with some of the most difficult and transient problems society faces. There's no money tree available and we have to think agilely and responsively to the current circumstances - all key skills which are relevant to the digital sector but yet as a sector we are far behind - with Almost half of all charities in the of UK lacking basic digital skills, according to Lloyd's Bank UK Digital Index and the State of the Sector report suggesting that there's “limited understanding among charities of what digital and data can achieve”.

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Communities fighting back

Living in a vibrant community has great outcomes for the population who live there, there’s a support structure which underpins civil society. Across all walks of life and in all phases of life, we are affected by the community organisations around us, they have a positive knock on effect on the economy around us as they help us engage in society. However they are not easily quantifiable and look different in different places.

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What makes a great charity website?

– yes, we know that there are a lot of other ingredients that go into a really good website but ultimately if it’s just a fancy shop front with nothing to back it up - it isn’t going to work. We know that there are many amazing charities, social enterprises, voluntary groups out there so we know there is massive potential! But we know that many lack the confidence!

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Tips for motivating volunteers

Organisations rely on the support of volunteers, this means finding, recruiting and motivating people to come and help your cause, society, organisation. There are many reasons why people choose to volunteer, in this article we give you tips, ideas and don'ts for managing your volunteer recruitment well and effectively. 

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Understanding what motivates volunteers in their words

Inspired by a recent blog post from Manchester Community Centre We want to unpack some of the ideas around motivating volunteers through volunteers themselves so we’ve asked a few to let us know their thoughts:

Often times we read articles about connecting people to the impact they are having – this can often be hard, especially when we are faced with multi-layer organisations,

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