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£12 Million Care and Wellbeing Fund To Invest In Community Care



The Care and Wellbeing Fund announces today that it has launched with £12 million of investment from Big Society Capital and Macmillan Cancer Support. The fund will be used to develop and scale new and existing community care services for people affected by cancer and other long term conditions. Its first investment will tackle loneliness and social isolation in Worcestershire.

The need for health and care services in the community is expected to increase significantly over the next 10 years.  The number of over 65s will rise from approximately 10 million people in 2010 to 16 million people in 2030, with over half of people over 70 living with long term health conditions. There are currently 2.5 million people living with cancer today. Alongside this, spending for health and care services has been severely reduced, with many services curtailed and an estimated £30billion funding gap emerging by the end of the decade.

As the need for funding increases and government budgets become increasingly stretched, it is essential to develop new and innovative approaches to meet future challenges. Although there is support for integrating acute and community care, organisations presently lack investment to bring services to development or scale in the community. The Care and Wellbeing Fund will encourage commissioners and voluntary organisations to focus on delivering better outcomes in health and social care, and will provide the financial support and advice needed to make these a reality.

Allan Cowie, Director of Service Excellence and Support at Macmillan Cancer Support, said: “We believe investing in the Care and Wellbeing Fund can help create the kind of quality and personalised services that people affected by cancer so desperately need. Through our investment and expertise we will help drive innovation, seek to grow community based provision and as a consequence enable new sustainable services to be delivered that people can access when and where they need them. This will not only help us meet the growing and complex needs of people affected by cancer, but those with other long term conditions as well.”

The 10 year fund will look to invest in community based provision, integrated health and social care services, and prevention and wellbeing approaches. It seeks to drive greater social impact by improving the health and care outcomes for vulnerable groups, increasing the quality and access to services and developing financially robust models for charities and social enterprises. The majority of investments will be made into service redesign projects, developed alongside health commissioners.

“The Care and Wellbeing Fund marks an important step forward for social investment, bringing together the expertise of leading charities to unlock significant resources to help tackle the growing challenges we face in supporting an ageing population. We hope that this fund will help to catalyse innovation and enable more great projects to reach more people,” said Nick O’Donohoe, Chief Executive of Big Society Capital.

The fund will be managed by Social Finance, a leading not for profit, social investment intermediary. The Health Foundation, an independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK, is providing development funding to build the pipeline of investment opportunities.  Investment decisions will be approved by an independent investment committee with NHS, local authority and financial expertise.

“Social Finance is delighted to be managing the Care and Wellbeing Fund. We will draw on the significant investment, analytical and healthcare expertise of the Social Finance team. We believe that socially-focused capital can unlock innovation and deliver real impact in the health and social care sector,” says Clodagh Warde, Care and Wellbeing Fund Director.


Ways Green Preppers Are Trying to Protect their Privacy



Environmental activists are not given the admiration that they deserve. A recent poll by Gallup found that a whopping 32% of Americans still doubt the existence of global warming. The government’s attitude is even worse.

Many global warming activists and green preppers have raised the alarm bell on climate change over the past few years. Government officials have taken notice and begun tracking their activity online. Even former National Guard officers have admitted that green preppers and climate activists are being targeted for terrorist watchlists.

Of course, the extent of their surveillance depends on the context of activism. People that make benign claims about climate change are unlikely to end up on a watchlist, although it is possible if they make allusions to their disdain of the government. However, even the most pacifistic and well intentioned environmental activists may unwittingly trigger some algorithm and be on the wrong side of a criminal investigation.

How could something like this happen? Here are some possibilities:

  • They could share a post on social media from a climate extremist group or another individual on the climate watchlist.
  • They could overly politicize their social media content, such as being highly critical of the president.
  • They could use figures of speech that may be misinterpreted as threats.
  • They might praise the goals of a climate change extremist organization that as previously resorted to violence, even if they don’t condone the actual means.

Preppers and environmental activists must do everything in their power to protect their privacy. Failing to do so could cost them their reputation, future career opportunities or even their freedom. Here are some ways that they are contacting themselves.

Living Off the Grid and Only Venturing to Civilization for Online Use

The more digital footprints you leave behind, the greater attention you draw. People that hold controversial views on environmentalism or doomsday prepping must minimize their digital paper trail.

Living off the grid is probably the best way to protect your privacy. You can make occasional trips to town to use the Wi-Fi and stock up on supplies.

Know the Surveillance Policies of Public Wi-Fi Providers

Using Wi-Fi away from your home can be a good way to protect your privacy.However, choosing the right public Wi-Fi providers is going to be very important.

Keep in mind that some corporate coffee shops such a Starbucks can store tapes for up to 60 days. Mom and pop businesses don’t have the technology nor the interest to store them that long. They generally store tips for only 24 hours and delete them afterwards. This gives you a good window of opportunity to post your thoughts on climate change without being detected.

Always use a VPN with a No Logging Policy

Using a VPN is one of the best ways to protect your online privacy. However, some of these providers do a much better job than others. What is a VPN and what should you look for when choosing one? Here are some things to look for when making a selection:

  • Make sure they are based in a country that has strict laws on protecting user privacy. VPNs that are based out of Switzerland, Panama for the British Virgin Islands are always good bets.
  • Look for VPN that has a strict no logging policy. Some VPNs will actually track the websites that you visit, which almost entirely defeats the purpose. Most obviously much better than this, but many also track Your connections and logging data. You want to use a VPN that doesn’t keep any logs at all.
  • Try to choose a VPN that has an Internet kill switch. This means that all content will stop serving if your VPN connection drops, which prevents your personal data from leaking out of the VPN tunnel.

You will be much safer if you use a high-quality VPN consistently, especially if you have controversial views on climate related issues or doomsday prepping.

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How Going Green Can Save Your Business Thousands



Running a company isn’t easy. From reporting wages in an efficient way to meeting deadlines and targets, there’s always something to think about – with green business ideas giving entrepreneurs something extra to ponder. While environmental issues may not be at the forefront of your mind right now, it could save your business thousands, so let’s delve deeper into this issue.

Small waste adds up over time

A computer left on overnight might not seem like the end of the world, right? Sure, it’s a rather minor issue compared to losing a client or being refused a loan – but small waste adds up over time. Conserving energy is an effective money saver, so to hold onto that hard-earned cash, try to:

  • Turn all electrical gadgets off at the socket rather than leaving them on standby as the latter can crank up your energy bill without you even realizing.
  • Switch all lights off when you exit a room and try switching to halogen incandescent light bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps or light emitting diodes as these can use up to 80 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent and are therefore more efficient.
  • Replace outdated appliances with their greener counterparts. Energy Star appliances have labels which help you to understand their energy requirements over time.
  • Draught-proof your premises as sealing up leaks could slash your energy bills by 30 per cent.

Going electronic has significant benefits

If you don’t want to be buried under a mountain of paperwork, why not opt for digital documents instead of printing everything out? Not only will this save a lot of money on paper and ink but it will also conserve energy and help protect the planet. You may even be entitled to one of the many tax breaks and grants issued to organizations committed to achieving their environmental goals. This is particularly good news for start-ups with limited funds as the Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is keen to support companies opening up their company in a green manner.

Of course, if you’re used to handing out brochures and leaflets at every company meeting or printing out newsletters whenever you get the chance, going electronic may be a challenge – but here are some things you can try:

  • Using PowerPoint presentations not printouts
  • Communicating via instant messenger apps or email
  • Using financial software to manage your books
  • Downloading accounting software to keep track of figures
  • Arranging digital feedback and review forms
  • Making the most of Google Docs

Going green can help you to make money too

Going green and environmental stability is big news at the moment with many companies doing their bit for the environment. While implementing eco-friendly strategies will certainly save you money, reducing your carbon footprint could also make you a few bucks too. How? Well, consumers care about what brands are doing more than ever before, with many deliberately siding with those who are implementing green policies. Essentially, doing your bit for the environment is a PR dream as it allows you to talk about what everyone wants to hear.

Going green can certainly save your money but it should also improve your reputation too and give you a platform to promote your business.

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