An example of a news post

This is the ‘body text’ of the article. Body text is Arial 12pt and the colour is just off-black, which means it is nice and clear to read. This is actually the second paragraph of the article, as the lede text counts as the first.

Headings should only ever be in Paragraph 4

The body text font is designed to be accessible and easy to read, so we should only use other types of format sparingly.

There might be times where it’s useful to use bold for emphasis, for example dates or times or other important information that needs to stand out.

Avoid using the heading 5 or 6 formats for regular text as it’s hard to read and not designed to replace bold or italic formatting.

Other times it might be more useful to use italics for emphasis, which can be useful for things very short quotes of only a couple of words, but again this needs to be used sparingly.

Try to keep headings short

We have a specific style for quotes, to help quotes stand out on the page:

This is our quote style. Ideally we should try to keep quotes short, otherwise they become quite unwieldy or hard to read. Try to make sure all quotes are attributed.

This is how you attribute a quote (in bold)

If you have long quotes, it’s best to try to break them up into shorter ones, by writing sentence in between to fill in the gaps and then starting a new quote. You don’t always have to attribute the quote in the way it’s done above either. This is what Phil Welsh said about quotes:

Breaking up the quote into multiple pieces will help you to keep in as much of the original quoted text as possible, while making sure it’s still possible to read it.

How to use links in text

When we link to other pages, we should always try to use inline links like this as opposed to doing something like ‘You can find out more about this here‘.

There are two reasons for this. One is that inline links are more descriptive, so when you want to link to an article about what VALUES clients think about the service, people are more likely to click on the link because they can see what it’s going to be about.

The second reason is for accessibility. For someone with a visual impairment using a screen reader, not only will the link be more descriptive but it will also be read out more naturally by the screen reader software.

Imagine how difficult it would be to understand click here something like this read more if it was read out to you like this and we asked you to read more here.

Some summary points

Let’s go over some key points:

  • Stick to basic formatting and use things like quote formatting sparingly to ensure that articles are clear and easy to read
  • If you’ve used an image, make sure it has the alt text field completed
  • Choose the right category for the post so that the relevant ‘read more’ links will appear underneath it
  • If the article is for a funded project with logo requirements, make sure to select the right funding stripe to appear at the top of the page (don’t add funding text or images at the bottom of the page, most guidelines say that funder logos should be prominent and at the top of pages)
  • Fill in the SEO details in the Yoast plugin underneath the article (these will help with articles appearing correctly in Google searches)

Power to Change: Community business renewal fund

The fund will have three application rounds. Each round will have a short application window of 3 hours as they expect a high level of demand.

Round One – Tuesday 3 November 2020, 10am-1pm.

An unrestricted grant between £10,000 and £20,000 can be applied for to support your organisation to adapt and evolve to the changing circumstances, by providing an unrestricted grant that could be used to cover:

  • Core staffing costs
  • Contribute to meeting capital costs of adapting your community business and ensuring that your community business can continue to provide the vital support to local people

The main priority support areas for the fund include:

• Areas of England facing high levels of deprivation
• Organisations supporting and led by disabled people and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led or BAME-supporting businesses

The guidance notes can be found here.

Further details can be found here.

COVID-19 guidance for commissioners and providers of services for people who use drugs or alcohol

The government feels it is important that drug and alcohol services keep open and operating as they protect vulnerable people who are at greater risk from COVID-19 and help reduce the burden on other healthcare services.

Where emergency response plans have been put in place for services during the pandemic they should be continuously reviewed to check that local and individual treatment need is being met, that there are no unintended consequences and that opportunities are being taken to improve and get services back to normal.

Where interventions such as detoxification, supervised consumption, and blood-borne virus (BBV) testing and treatment were curtailed or reduced because of COVID-19, services should now be making plans to reintroduce or expand them in line with national clinical guidance.

Details of the guidance can be found here.

Department of Health & Social Care: VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance applications 2020

The closing date for applications is midday on 6 November 2020.

Organisations can apply individually or be part of a consortium, must be based in England and be a national VCSE sector organisation and/or have national coverage through a consortium.

Being a member of the HW Alliance provides a unique opportunity to work closely with the system partners in influencing and shaping health and care policy and programmes.

The information pack explains how to apply.

Further details can be found here.

Leicester City Council: The Innovation Fund

It is available to any group working with families who believe that they can improve lives with some targeted financial assistance.

The applicant must demonstrate how the funded improvements will enhance the wellbeing for the families and children and young people you work with and how impact / evaluation will be evidenced.

Bids in excess of £5000 will not be considered.

The funding can only be used to support families residing in Leicester City only.

The Early Help Strategic Partnership Board has developed a ‘Families Outcomes Plan’ to help identify and address the needs of those families who have multiple and complex needs.

When you consider your proposal they ask that it addresses one or more of these priorities:

  • Children who have not been attending school
  • Parents and children have been involved in crime or anti-social behaviour
  • Adults who are out of work or at risk of financial exclusion, or Young People that are at risk of worklessness
  • Parents and children who are affected by a range of health problems
  • Families are affected by domestic violence and abuse
  • Children who, of all ages, need help: are identified as in-need or are subject to a Child Protection plan within the Positive Family Outcomes programme.

In addition, Local Early Help Boards have also identified key areas for the development of provision in the City.

These include: children’s mental health, tackling knife crime, and improving school-readiness

Access and Connect Fund: Flexible Finance for the Recovery

The grant needs to be used to support charities and social enterprises that have been impacted by the Covid-19 crisis to get back on track and rebuild their business model/income generation/impact as the economy begins to recover, with the goal of supporting those organisations to be more financially resilient.

The grant needs to be blended with repayable finance (either in investment vehicles/funds and/or in deals with charities and social enterprises) but will not come ready packaged with the repayable finance.

The products which fund managers develop with this blend should fill gaps in the supply of the sort of finance which charities and social enterprises need to re-establish their enterprise activity and income generation as part of the recovery.

The result of this should be that more charities and social enterprises are able to use repayable finance as part of their journey to resilience and therefore the reach of social investment is extended.

Engaging all parts of the charity and social enterprise sector

Beyond getting the product right, they want to understand what are the barriers which are preventing the breadth of the charity and social enterprise sector from being able to access the finance they need?

They would like to hear from anyone who feels they have particular plans, perspective, knowledge base or potential solutions that may help us design our programme well.

To be part of this process, you can submit a response, or find more details.

The Charity Commission: Convenors of SORP engagement discussions announced

Following a governance review of the SORP development process in 2018-19, a new approach has been initiated which has greater engagement at its heart.

To support the SORP-making body and the advisory SORP Committee in this work, volunteer engagement partners have been recruited through an open recruitment process.

Details of the engagement partners and more about this engagement process can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Charity Tax Group: Deferral of VAT payments due to the Coronavirus crisis

The Charity Tax Group describe themselves as campaigning for the sector, improving understanding and securing a fair deal for charities on tax.
On 18 June they updated their guidance on VAT payments to reflect that the VAT payment deferral period ends on 30 June 2020.

This means you’ll need to:

  • Set-up cancelled direct debits in enough time for HMRC to take payment
  • Submit VAT returns as normal, and on time
  • Pay the VAT in full on payments due after 30 June

Further details can be found on the Charity Tax Group website.


Three Leicestershire charities win the 2020 Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

We wanted to highlight the three charities that received the Queen’s Award this year, and congratulate all three organisations for their amazing achievement. You can find out more about each of the organisations and how to find and support them below:

Hinckley Concordia Association

The Hinckley Concordia Association (HCA) is a registered charity which owns and administrates the Concordia Theatre. They are pleased to say that the volunteer ethos which made this dream come true is still in existence today, the theatre is completely run by volunteers.

The theatre, which is based on the three sections of a renovated hosiery factory, hosts a number of amateur performance societies who perform regularly at the theatre.


Leicestershire Search and Rescue

Leicestershire Search & Rescue (LeicSAR) is a non-profit organisation, made up entirely of emergency volunteers, providing vital support and assistance to the emergency services, local authorities and the general public. Their volunteers share a common interest, which is providing a professional, reliable and vital service to the people of Leicestershire and surrounding areas, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Their primary role is to provide specialist resources to Leicestershire’s emergency services to assist in the search and rescue of vulnerable and missing people in the Leicestershire area. They also provide support to neighbouring teams in other counties.


Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre

In 2007 Mountsorrel and Rothley Community Heritage Centre formed to restore the 1¼ miles of the Mountsorrel Railway. With £100,000 raised from the local community and help from local business their 120 volunteers have delivered so much more! Contributing over 140,000 hours of volunteer labour they restored the rail line, built Mountsorrel Station with car park and access, repaired two stone bridges and then went on to create the Mountsorrel And Rothley Community Heritage Centre and all the many areas of interest that the heritage centre site now contains.

They opened to the public on 25th April 2016. Their aim is to encourage visitors to find out and learn about our local heritage and ecology, as well as providing a pleasant area and environment to relax and enjoy themselves.


More about the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

You can find out more about the QAVS and nominate your choice for the 2021 Queen’s Award on their website. Nominations close on 25 September 2020.

COVID-19 Emergency Broadcast Service

This list of radio stations may be used in an emergency to broadcast essential messages in a timely manner.

If anyone requires any further information or if any authorities wish to broadcast using the Leicestershire and Rutland Emergency Broadcast Service scheme then please email


Leicester Community Radio – 1449AM
The radio station improves social cohesion in Leicester in the over 35’s by providing a station that covers any Leicester resident over 35 irrespective of race, religion or any other demographic. Provides specific programming generated by the African and Caribbean community that raises awareness of Afro-Caribbean cultures within Leicester with all cultures and also improves cohesion within that specific demographic.
Primary Reception – Leicester City Centre

Takeover Radio -103.2FM
Takeover Radio provides a service for children and young people in Leicester, characterised by the involvement of the target community. It entertains with a mix of popular music from the 21st century, blended with speech and interactive educational programming
Primary Reception – Leicester City Northwest
Audible Area – Mowmacre Hill, New Parks, Braunstone Park, Spinney Hill.

Kohinoor FM – 97.3FM
The main types of music broadcast over the course of each week are: Bhangra, Dharmic, folk ballads, Punjabi R&B, classical, Dhaddi Var and Shain (poetry). The main types of speech output broadcast over the course of each week are: community events, discussion of topical issues, culture, sports, education, religion and public information. Programming is broadcast in Punjabi and English
Primary Reception – Leicester East.
Audible Area – Thurmaston, Glenfield, Oadby, Thurnby

Radio Seerah – 1575AM
The main types of music broadcast over the course of each week are Asian music from India and Pakistan, including Nasheeds and Naats.  The main types of speech output broadcast over the course of each week are national news, local and community news, interviews and discussions. Over the course of the week programming is in English, Urdu, Punjabi and other community languages also feature.
Primary Reception – Leicester City


Fosse 107 – 107. 0FM and 107.9FM
They describe themselves as Local Radio Station for Hinckley, Nuneaton on 107.9, Loughborough on 107 and everywhere in-between.

103 The Eye – 103.0FM
They describe themselves as an award-winning community radio station serving Melton Mowbray and the towns and villages within the Vale of Belvoir. Their name comes from the River Eye which flows through Melton.
They broadcast hit music from the past six decades and today, plus specialist programmes, news and local community information, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Harborough FM – 102.3FM
They describe themselves as proud to be local and in touch with what’s going on across Market Harborough, South Leicestershire and North Northamptonshire.
They broadcast from Market Harborough 24 hours a day, with live programmes from 7am until midnight daily. Their music ranges from the 1960s to the present day. During day-time hours they say you’ll hear this mix of music and then from 10pm specialist shows, playing everything from country to rock music.