Find out about FbRN

On the blog - What you're doing - more survey results

Social action has always responded to need, and we asked you about the needs in your communities. What are you working on? Were any trends emerging? 

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Are we connected? Follow us on Twitter or like our Facebook page to keep up with what we're doing, and tell us what's happening with you.

On the blog: 'Lessons from Mandela'

FbRN's Executive Director Steve Miller reflects on the life of Nelson Mandela and what can be learned.

On the blog - Introduction to FbRN Survey results.

What you're telling us about what you're doing and how we can help you. The first feedback from the 2013 FbRN survey is now here.

social action stories

Video: 'Young, British, Pakistani and Muslim'

Pakistani Youth Forum (Huddersfield) has put together where Young British, Pakistani Muslims talk about their identity, challenges and concerns. They feel caught between two identities, misunderstood and misplaced. The video captures their feelings and thoughts of others about themselves and their community.

Our Big Gig - Funding news

Fuding available for 'Our Big Gig', an annual event that brings communities together to improve community cohesion and inspire people to take part in music making opportunities in their local area. The deadline for applications is 4th April, with a maximum grant of £400.

Turning the Tide Against Tuberculosis - A Community Initiative

Mon 24th Mar
The Muslim Council of Britain, Islamic centres in London and NHS clinicians will explore how local religious communities could take a lead in helping combat TB in London.

Coaches / Mentors (Talent Match) - two roles


BVSC is Birmingham’s premier voluntary sector support organisation.  We work to:

Provide people with opportunities to make a positive difference to their communities,

Provide voluntary and community organisations with the resources to help them achieve their goals,

Champion the voluntary sector as an influential force for positive change.

Please see our website for more information on the work we do.

BVSC is the Lead and Accountable body for two of the Big Lottery Fund’s Fulfilling Lives programmes, Talent Match and Supporting people with multiple needs.  Talent Match seeks to support young unemployed disadvantaged people aged between 18 and 24 years. Supporting people with multiple needs will be working with service users and organisations to shape how services are delivered to vulnerable people.

Coach/Mentors are required to support the integration of young people into the Talent Match project through the provision of Coaching, Mentoring and Motivational services.  You will have experience of supporting and motivating young people and knowledge of coaching and mentoring frameworks.  Although it is not essential for the successful candidate to have a formal coaching and/or mentoring qualification, we are looking for individuals who are willing to commit to working towards and gaining a formal qualification within the first 12 months of employment.

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Stories of change...

A new series of papers from the Third Sector Research Centre on the effects of change.

Training event - Warmer Homes, Lower Bills and a Greener and Healthier London

Tue 25th Feb
Energy issues remain central to our society. From rising fuel bills and fuel poverty to concerns about extreme weather and climate change, how we use energy has major impacts. Research clearly shows how saving energy in our homes and workplaces can have significant health benefits as well as saving money.

Work placements and paid internships

News from FbRN, Worthwhile and Charityworks.

Fairtrade Fortnight - 24th February – 9th March 2014.

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.At you can find a Churches Action Guide, Islam and Fairtrade and Jewish Action Guide, plus lots of other helpful materials. Each of us is a consumer – we can all help make a difference.  

Comic Relief Local Communities Programme

Grants being offered for community projects that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities.

JRF's new 'Loneliness Resource Pack'

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has produced a set of resources to help tackle loneliness in individuals, communities, groups and neighbourhoods.

featured project


Pecan is a Peckham-based charity changing the lives of long-term unemployed people, ex-offenders and the disadvantaged: we never stop believing in the potential for change in everyone.

policy and information stories

The Intercultural Innovation Award - Call for applications

Ten organizations with grassroots projects that promote intercultural understanding in new and sustainable ways will be awarded funding and strategic support by the BMW Group and the UNAOC. 

The People's Millions - Funding news

Running since 2005, the People’s Millions is an annual TV competition run by the Big Lottery Fund and ITV News which awards Lottery funding to community projects that improve the lives of local people.

New resources from DSC publications

Updated resources from the Directory of Social Change. 

Theos launch The Future of Welfare collection

Think tank Theos have curated a collection of 12 essays from the country's leading thinkers on welfare exploring the moral logic of and future hopes for the welfare 

Supporting Community Housing

Tue 18th Mar
Free half-day seminar on supporting community housing for local authorities, other partners and community groups.

News on the Lobbying Act

Further information following the passing of the Lobbying bill.

Lots of fundraising resources!

Here are a few useful links to funding around the country, resources, skills training, grants and how to apply.

Loans funding opportunities - Liverpool

The Liverpool City Region Impact Fund is an 18-month pilot fund starting in January 2014

European Grants

The Europe for Citizens programme funds initiatives to strengthen remembrance and to enhance civic participation at EU level.

Useful websites and links

A selection of blogs, websites and resources we think you might find useful and interesting.