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Consultations are divided into local and national, and listed in order of deadline (where stated), to help you prioritise responses.


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Local consultations

Help to shape Adult Self-Neglect Guidance in Nottinghamshire


Nottinghamshire Safeguarding Adults Board is developing guidance for those working with, or encountering adults who are, or appear to be self-neglecting, or having difficulty engaging with services.


They have developed an initial draft guidance document which includes:


  • tips and hints for frontline practitioners;
  • a needs assessment tool;
  • a risk management tool;
  • a section on legal and other remedies that you can consider.


Your views are invited on each of these sections, as well as what else you might like to see included in the guidance.


A self-neglect guidance workshop is taking place 9.30am -12.30pm on Wednesday 17 October 2018 at Rufford Mill. Rufford Country Park, Ollerton NG22 9DF.


Please click here for more information and to register your place.




Working Families Wanted


The Psychology Department at Nottingham Trent University are recruiting people to take part in research. The project is about the daily lives of 'Ordinary Working Families' (those in working households with low to middle incomes and dependents) within their local communities.


They are interviewing people about their individual experiences of how households juggle the demands of work and childcare and whether the area in which they live has an impact on how they manage. Interviews can be arranged at a convenient time and place, and participants will receive a £20 Amazon voucher as a thank you.


To find out more or to participate, please email Fiona Beales on or call 0115 848 4944.




Maternity Voices - could you help to transform maternity care?


Are you someone who really cares about local maternity care services for new and expectant parents?


Healthwatch Nottingham & Nottinghamshire and the Maternity Voices Partnership (Nottinghamshire and Nottingham City) are working together to improve maternity service development. They are keen to hear from people who could help them to collect views and experiences from new mums and their families and then help to share these in a formal environment, with those who plan, fund and deliver care.


For more information or to get involved please call 0115 956 5313 or click here.




Homelessness, Mental Health and Wellbeing in Nottingham City research project


The overall aim of this project is to explore and understand the mental health needs of Nottingham City's homeless population to inform Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group's (NCCCG) efforts to work with local partners to better meet these needs.


The study is being undertaken by a research team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research, based at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU), as part of a wider study funded by Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group and Nottingham City Council.


Research is being conducted by Dr Kesia Reeve and Dr Sadie Parr.


To help the research team understand the needs and experiences of homeless people with mental health needs they would like to talk with representatives from a range of organisations and services. Are you willing to take part in an interview, either over the telephone or face-to-face, to discuss your views? The interview will take about 30 minutes and can be arranged at your convenience.


Questions will be around the following broad areas:


  • The services available for homeless people with mental health needs in Nottingham.
  • Barriers faced by homeless people in accessing services, treatment and accommodation.
  • Challenges faced by professionals providing services.
  • The nature and extent of inter-agency working.
  • What is working well and where could improvements be made.


All information will be treated confidentially. Individuals and organisations will not be named in research reports. The research has received university ethical approval and the research team will ensure that it meets your own ethical and procedural standards.


Please contact Dr Kesia Reeve (Project Director) on 0114 225 4519 / or Dr Sadie Parr on 0114 225 2904 /




Environmental Health and Safer Housing Customer Satisfaction


Nottingham City Council is committed to providing quality services.  We need to know your views as a customer about the service you have received from us and whether we are meeting your needs.  All the information received will be classed as confidential and is for monitoring purposes only.


Click here to 'Have your Say'.




Nottingham City Hate Crime Action Plan


The Nottingham City Hate Crime Action Plan will refresh the City’s approach to tackling hate crime including prevention, response and outcomes for victims, communities and offenders.


It will outline the broad strategy as well as propose specific projects and activities to be delivered by the broader partnership including community groups and the voluntary sector.


Key targets for the Plan are:


  • Increase reporting of hate crime
  • Reduce repeat victimisation
  • Improve service and outcomes for victims


The Plan will cover the three-year period from April 2018 to March 2021. The aim is to consider the needs of victims, the various contexts that hate crime occurs in (such as public transport, neighbourhoods, the night-time economy), prevention activities and the role of communities in countering prejudice and building cohesion.


Citizens, community groups and the voluntary sector are invited to feed into the process by participating in consultation activities or through emailing




National Consultations



A new deal for Social Housing


The government published its Social Housing green paper on 14 August. This green paper seeks views on government’s vision for social housing and proposes fundamental reform to ensure social homes provide an essential, safe, well managed service for all those who need it.


Click here for more details.


Nottingham City Council has produced a helpful policy alert which outlines the main points and the implications for Nottingham. Access the policy alert from the Nottingham Insight website here.


The consultation closes at 11.45pm on Tuesday 6 November 2018.




What research do charities and donors need?


Charities are making little use of academic research into any subject except how to raise more money, a project investigating the sector has found. The project, launched in April 2018, is currently asking charities, funders and donors what information they would like to like to know about the charity sector.


The project is being run by Charity Futures and Giving Evidence. It intends to bridge a gap between the issues which academics prefer to research, and the information charities actually need.


Read the background to this research in the consultation protocol document (direct link to pdf).


You can respond to the consultation survey here. Your participation is anonymous and you won’t be identifiable in any reporting.




Code of Fundraising Practice 2.0


The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK. It is a key part of maintaining public trust and confidence in the sector, providing reassurance for the public that charitable organisations hold themselves accountable and that they will handle complaints appropriately.


This is the first time that the whole code has undergone a thorough review since 2005 when several different codes were brought together. This consultation focuses on the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the Code.


The consultation does not propose to make fundamental changes to the standards within the Code, except where a standard may be identified as an unnecessary repetition or contradiction of a rule elsewhere in the Code, where the meaning is unclear or where it is found to be inaccurate in relation to UK law.


The deadline to respond is Friday 16 November 2018 and the regulator plans to publish a summary of responses early in early 2019.


To take part in the consultation, click here.




Big Lottery Refund - has your group lost out?


The Directory of Social Change (DSC) is reminding us all that the Olympic Stadium and other facilities were part paid for by a 'loan' from the lottery that has not been paid back. DSC has called for the £425million borrowed from the Big Lottery Fund to be repaid immediately.


DSC has been running this campaign for several years, and is now stepping up the profile. They are keen to hear from local groups who have lost lottery funding and who this refund could help.


The campaign identifies how much has been taken away from local charities, stating that £425m would have:


  • funded at least 10,000 charities
  • enabled the formation of approximately 1,300 new charities
  • enabled approximately 4,000 charities to continue operating
  • helped over 8 million people


Also that:


  • Nearly 80% of the £425m would have been awarded to small and micro organisations (income less than £10,000 a year), in the form of small grants
  • £425m works out to approximately £650,000 foregone from every MP’s constituency in the country.


If you have something to say about this, go to the Big Lottery Refund website and find out how you can help. You can also email




Independent Inquiry into the future of Civil Society


An independent inquiry into the future of civil society in England was launched at the NCVO Conference on 20 April 2017. This is being chaired by Julia Unwin, and aims to give the sector the tools it needs to address and find solutions to challenges facing society.


Over the next two years the inquiry will explore how the sector can adapt to the changing political and economic landscape, as well as how it can shape the future, so there will be a number of opportunities to get involved.


See the Civil Society Futures website for more information.




Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) Truth Project


The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) was set up to look at the ways in which organisations in England and Wales have failed to protect children from sexual abuse and make recommendations to better protect children in the future.


The IICSA wants to hear from you if:


  • you were sexually abused as a child and
  • you were let down by an organisation that should have protected you.


You can share your views and experiences in a supportive and confidential setting through the Truth Project. You will be listened to with compassion and won't be judged. Your name will not be published or made public. You will be provided with support while you engage with the Truth Project.


To find out more or share your experiences:




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