Voluntary Sector: The Week in Charities

Royal National Institute of Blind People celebrated the 75th anniversary of its talking book service on Monday by launching a campaign that asks 'what would it mean to you if you suddenly lost your ability to see the written word?' Authors including Ian Hislop, Fay Weldon, Julian Fellowes, Sarah Waters, Tony Hawks and Frederick Forsyth are backing the campaign.

The Foundation for Social Improvement has urged the Prime Minister to clarify comments by children's minister Tim Loughton saying that the majority of the Big Society Bank's funds would be used to fund youth-focused projects.

Media Trust was due to hold its autumn conference this week on the subject of 'Communications for a Big Society'. The conference aimed to look at how comms can help charities to work within the Big Society, with speakers including Google head of UK public policy Sarah Hunter and Third Sector magazine editor Stephen Cook.

Jewish Care, the social care charity, has launched a campaign to boost levels of 'intergenerational connection'. An Ipsos Mori poll commissioned by the charity found that 53 per cent of respondents had not spent quality time in the company of anybody over the age of 70 in the past six months or more.

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