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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 /




SEA and Dual Diagnosis Forum Welfare Reform and Benefit Survey 2017


The Dual Diagnosis Forum and SEA (Services for Empowerment and Advocacy) are collecting anonymous feedback on the effects that welfare and benefits changes have had on people. Please help to promote this survey with your clients and service users where appropriate.


The survey is being carried out by Glen Jarvis, Service User Involvement Officer at the CDP in partnership with Zoe Bendelow at SEA on behalf of the Nottingham Service User Forums.


They are doing this research to show how welfare and benefits changes in the past three years have impacted on people within Nottingham. The report will be publicly launched and shared locally and online with decision makers and those working with vulnerable people to raise issues and effect policy change.


It is a long survey, and would usually be completed in facilitated sessions. Throughout October, hostels and day centres will be contacted, and a series of open sessions will also be held at Nottingham Voluntary Action Centre (7 Mansfield Road, Nottingham) during November. So there will be opportunities for people to fill the survey in with support. Further information will follow nearer the time. Printed copies can also be provided on request, along with pre-paid envelopes.


Click here to answer the online survey.


For more information, please contact Glen Jarvis ( and Zoe Bendelow (




Help the Charity Commission develop digital services


The Charity Commission is developing a number of digital services to make it easier for you and your organisation to complete tasks online. As part of this development they are testing services with the charity sector, and using the feedback to improve them.


Several sessions are being hosted with real users across the country over the next few months to help create the best possible experience online. Could you be one of those users?


By taking part in user research and testing sessions, you’ll have the opportunity to positively influence Charity Commission services.


If you think you can help, complete this online form to register your interest.




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.




Charity Commission Consultation on Annual Return for 2018


This is a consultation about changes the Charity Commission proposes to make to AR18, the next version of the Annual Return which will apply to charities’ financial years starting on or after 1 January 2018.


The consultation closes at 5pm on Friday 24 November 2017.


Click here for more information




PlayWorks Annual Survey


PlayWorks are undertaking a wide reaching consultation of families, students, local organisations and key stakeholders, and would appreciate your feedback.


The survey will remain open until the end of December 2017. Questions are designed to help find out more about your organisation and any support needs you may have around play. This will help PlayWorks to improve their provision and offer services tailored to your needs. The survey should take less than 10 minutes to complete.


Click here to respond to the survey




Call for evidence into volunteering among people aged 50 and over


The Centre for Ageing Better has launched this call for evidence and experience as part of a review of volunteering and community activity in later life, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and supported by the Big Lottery Fund.


The review will produce practical recommendations for public, private and voluntary sectors to support more people aged 50 and over to enjoy the benefits of volunteering and making a contribution to their community.


It is looking for examples of “what encourages and what prevents people from taking part in voluntary and community activity, as well as insights into the particular challenges and barriers faced by underrepresented groups such as people on low incomes and those with long-term health conditions”.


The call for evidence will remain open for the next two months, closing before the end of the year.


Respond to the survey here




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:




What would you like explained about the health and social care system?


The King's Fund is currently seeking ideas on what you'd most like to see explained about the health and social care system. The King's Fund already produces a range of articles, briefings/short reports, explainers, short videos, animations, infographics and other content to explain how the health and care system works.


Have your say on priorities using the short survey here, or tweet using #kfexplain.


You can find existing explainer resources here.




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