Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

The British Heart Foundation has called in EastEnders star Natalie Cassidy to urge people to sign up to the charity's 'Hand on Heart' volunteer recruitment campaign, which launches this month.

Children with Leukaemia has set up a series of online raffles called 'Chefs Unite'. The raffles, which are open until 7 July, will give people the chance to win prizes donated by chefs Raymond Blanc, Heston Blumenthal, Ken Hom, Marcus Wareing and Marco Pierre White.

NCT is launching a set of resources including online booklets and a DVD to help new dads adjust to their role. According to NCT's latest research by Ipsos Mori, 80 per cent of people aged 15-45 think support given to new dads is just as important as support given to new mothers.

The UK Autism Foundation has launched a 'Keep The Promise' autism awareness campaign targeting Prime Minister David Cameron and the Government. The campaign is attempting to persuade Cameron to shield the vulnerable from cuts to public services.

Band & Brown Communications has given health and wellbeing charities until 30 June to apply for pro-bono PR support. The company has set aside two per cent of profits from 2009 to be used by the successful charity.

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