Consultations are divided into local and national, and listed in order of deadline (where stated), to help you prioritise responses.
Public confidence of people with mental health concerns in the Police Complaints System
Deadline for responses: originally Sunday 11 March 2018, although the survey is likely to remain open for a longer period to encourage more responses.
The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) have asked an independent research evaluation team at the Institute of Mental Health Nottingham to do a research project about how easy or hard it is to complain about the police, and how to make the system better for those who have experienced a mental health problem.
This survey is for adults who have mental health problems now, or who have had mental health problems in the past. You do not need to have had any contact with the police; anyone can take part. Your feedback will help to improve the service. Your views and opinions will remain confidential.
Can you help with Safeguarding Adults research?
Deadline: views are being collected until the end of April 2018
Healthwatch are currently working with the Safeguarding Adults Boards in Nottingham city and Nottinghamshire county to seek views on how well people currently understand issues around abuse. Views will be gathered through personal interviews.
Healthwatch want as many people as possible to be able to contribute so that their report can reflect the views and experiences of those across Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. This will help inform the Safeguarding Boards’ future work to protect vulnerable adults.
Does your group have a meeting you could invite Healthwatch to, or a space you could offer for Healthwatch to speak with people? Data collected from this survey will be shared with the two Safeguarding Boards. However, no personal details will be shared.
If you are part of a group that would be able to help, please contact Healthwatch on 0115 956 5313 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
What do LGBTQ+ groups want in Nottingham?
NCVS is seeking conversations with groups providing activities, services and support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities. Through the Communities of Identity: Gender and Sexuality Grant Programme (COI), we're doing some initial scoping work to find out the kinds of support that LGBTQ+ groups in Nottingham would like.
We want to hear from as many groups as possible. If your group exists primarily for LGBTQ+ communities, or any part of LGBTQ+ communities, is member/user-led, and open to new people joining from your intended audience, we invite you to tell us what would help you.
The benefits for you could be:
We also invite you take part in networking and discussions with other LGBTQ+ groups in Nottingham, if you would like to.
NCVS is facilitating this work with a neutral agenda to ensure any LGBTQ+ groups who choose to get involved may do so. Any outcomes will be decided by your conversations with us and with each other.
Please download this flyer (pdf) for further details, and please help to circulate.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Some facilitated drop-in sessions are being held to assist people to complete the survey. Please consider giving your feedback or encourage service users/clients to do so. All responses will be anonymous.
An online survey is also available.
Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) is consulting on its future direction and funding
Deadline for responses: Thursday 22 March 2018
HLF supports projects that range from restoring natural landscapes to rescuing neglected buildings: from recording diverse community histories to providing life-changing training.
They now want to know what people think their role, vision and priorities should be as the UK’s biggest funder of heritage during the next five years (2019-2024). This will ensure the most effective use of National Lottery money to support the UK’s heritage.
Charities that are connected with non-charitable organisations: maintaining your charity’s separation and independence
Deadline for responses: 5pm Tuesday 15 May 2018
The Charity Commission is seeking feedback on draft guidance for charities that have close relationships with connected non-charitable entities or organisations.
Charities can work with other charitable and non-charitable organisations to further their purposes and make a difference for their beneficiaries. Setting up or maintaining a close relationship with a connected non-charitable organisation can provide benefits to charities, but it can also expose charities to additional and sometimes significant risks.
The Commission has prepared draft guidance to help trustees understand the risks and challenges and welcomes feedback in this consultation on how to improve the usability and effectiveness of this draft.
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:
Government consultation on new Civil Society Strategy
Deadline for responses: 9am Tuesday 22 May 2018
Tracey Crouch, the minister for civil society, announced last year that there would be a new civil society strategy. Consultation on the strategy is now open.
Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future.
The consultation has been split into four areas. Not everyone has to respond to all sections.
The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has said it will also hold events around the country where people will be invited to talk about civil society.
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 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.
You can find existing explainer resources here.
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