The Department of Education has announced a new £24 million fund that will ‘support projects tackling the issues facing the most vulnerable children in society in 2021-22, including Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) abuse, care for unaccompanied asylum-seeking children, preventing adolescents from being caught up in harms outside the home such as gangs and reducing the pressure on the system by reducing court backlogs or improving technology’. The fund will be distributed among nine regions in England split into Regional Improvement and Innovation Alliances. Each region will be awarded between £2 million and £3million to support projects that address their regional priorities. This includes ‘a flat rate of £50,000 for each region to help local authorities play their part in accommodating unaccompanied asylum-seeking children’. Find out more here.
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Sobus is a new Community Development Agency for Hammersmith & Fulham. It has been created through the merger of the Community and Voluntary Sector Association Hammersmith & Fulham (CaVSA) and the Fulham Community Partnership Trust (FCPT). Building on the strengths of both organisations, sobus aims to provide a wider range of support services for local charities, community groups, social enterprises and start up businesses.