TCS Q3 Charity Sector Update
The government has published its first Civil Society Strategy in fifteen years. It aims to bring charities, businesses and the public sector together to solve social problems and build stronger communities, and will be backed up by £165m worth of funds. While the National Council for Voluntary Organisations have welcomed the strategy, critics have compared it to David Cameron’s ‘Big Society’, which was seen by many as a cover for cuts to public services.
A study has found that 45% of UK adults had heard negative reviews about working cultures at charities, and only one in five believed they could make a more positive impact working for a charity than for a business. The survey of 1,000 people was carried out by Kin&Co after the Oxfam abuse scandal, with 37% of respondents saying that the abuse scandal had put them off working for a charity.
Women’s Aid have teamed up with the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) on a cinema campaign highlighting how children are ‘hidden victims’ of domestic abuse. The film features an abusive partner, however it censors acts of violence. This leaves cinema-goers imagining what it would be like for a child to experience uncensored abuse.
The ‘S19 Project’ launched a virtual reality documentary showing the devastating impact of the September 19th earthquake in Mexico City last year. The project also includes an S19 app which helps prepare citizens for future natural disasters. The app stores medical history, provides emergency contacts and uses augmented reality to help determine the severity of cracks in walls and buildings created by earthquakes.
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