Cancer Research UK launches legacies campaign
Cancer Research UK has launched a campaign to boost legacy giving involving social media, digital and TV advertising. A video features a selection of people who are leaving money to the charity in their will. “The advert features real people who are making an invaluable contribution to the cause. They are completely unscripted, and the words used in the adverts are their own. We hope to show through this that leaving a gift in your will to cancer,” said Claire Pilcher, the charity's Head of Legacy Supporter Engagement. It is the first advertising campaign for legacies by Cancer Research UK for three years.
GOSH launches virtual reality engagement tool
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity (GOSH Charity) has launched a virtual reality engagement tool that gives users the opportunity to explore the hospital’s state of the art facilities and highlight the impact of GOSH Charity funding. Mark Mackenzie-Ray, Digital Content Manager at GOSH Charity, said: “Various teams at the charity identified VR as a useful tool that would help us to engage with existing supporters, as well as reaching out to potential fundraisers."
Aberdeen could ask more to pay events licences
The list of events and activities in Aberdeen that need a public entertainment licence (PEL) has been put up for review, prompting concerns that charity fundraisers could become subject to the relevant charge of up to £1,390. Police Scotland has suggested to Aberdeen City Council that PELs should be required for “endurance events like Pretty Muddy and running events which exceed say 100 [runners].” Additionally, environmental health officers advised adding motorsports such as rallying, go-karting, inflatable play equipment and trampolining.
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Wealthy move to tackle pitiful state of UK philanthropy
The Beacon Collaborative is trying to get the wealthy to give away more. HM Revenue & Customs figures show only 40% of people earning more than £250k donated to charity.
Project will research bullying
Charity leaders’ membership body ACEVO and Centre for Mental Health are partnering on a project funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport to examine bullying among leadership in the third sector. Leading safe cultures: eliminating workplace bullying in charity leadership will seek to understand why bullying occurs and why it can continue for significant periods of time, and its impact on individuals. ACEVO chief executive Vicky Browning said: “This self-reflection will not always be comfortable but it is necessary to build a stronger sector, and more importantly to ensure the wellbeing of the staff and volunteers without whom charities would be unable to achieve their mission."
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Charity staff pursue strike plan
Staff at health and social care charity Alternative Futures Group (AFG) are planning to strike in response to plans to cut overnight care workers' pay to below the minimum wage. As many as 660 AFG staff will take two days’ strike action on March 2nd and March 3rd. A spokesperson from AFG said that the charity has introduced phased payments for support workers and will continue to examine legal options to halt the strike action.
Learning from digital innovation at the BHF
Krystyna Grant, the head of innovation at the British Heart Foundation, writes about how the charity is innovating to generate income to fund its lifesaving research into heart and circulatory diseases and their risk factors. She writes that "the true innovation comes from cross-organisational working; getting groups of people who don’t often work together in the same room to solve the big organisational problems."
Two Birmingham charities in the spotlight
An inquiry has been launched into the charity that runs Birmingham Muslim School in Small Heath, where pupils were once said to be at risk of radicalisation. Back in April 2017, Ofsted warned that the school's pupils were at potential risk because of safeguarding failings. Now the Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into AEFL after the Foundation failed to report a “serious incident”. Meanwhile, the regulator has launched an inquiry into the Catholic church network, Birmingham Diocesan Trust, to examine "serious failings" in its safeguarding proficiencies. The inquiry will analyse how the charity deals with safeguarding in its governance, operations, and policies. It will also focus on its risk management procedures.
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Male rape survivors' charity awarded
Survivors Manchester , a charity which provides support to male survivors of sexual abuse, rape and sexual exploitation, has become the first charity of its kind in the UK to achieve the Male Service Standards. The charity submitted evidence to independent accreditors that demonstrated its ability to meet 24 separate quality standards across four areas - leadership and governance, access and engagement, service delivery, and outcomes and evaluation.
Number of education units for deaf pupils dwindling
Ten dedicated teaching units for deaf children in schools are being closed every year, according to a new report. The study by the Consortium for Research into Deaf Education and the National Deaf Children's Society found that the number of facilities for deaf children in schools had fallen from 260 to 240 in the past two years. At the same time, the number of specialist teachers working in such units had fallen by 10% in two years and 21% since 2014 – and remaining teachers have seen their caseloads soar by more than a third. The charity raised concerns that schools and local authorities were failing to inform parents of the existence of specialist units, which then allowed them to close them due to low pupil numbers.
Fathers of sick new-borns forced back to work
According to a report from the charity Bliss, two-thirds of fathers with premature babies are forced to return to work when their child is receiving specialist care. More than a third resort to getting signed off sick to spend time with their seriously ill babies. The research found that almost a quarter of fathers were concerned about their job if they asked for more time off and one parent in ten said the situation had led to them having to leave their job. Caroline Lee-Davey, chief executive of Bliss, said: “Statutory paternity leave runs out long before many babies born premature or sick come home from hospital. This forces many dads and partners to be signed off sick or go back to work while their baby fights for their life.”
Women receiving needless hysterectomies
Research by the Wellbeing of Women charity claims that thousands of women a year are having their womb removed unnecessarily to treat fibroids, a type of benign uterine tumour, which affects one woman in four in the UK. Sir Marcus Setchell, the charity's honorary president, said that there was "clearly a failure of communication" about the use of less invasive treatments. These include tumour-shrinking drugs such as Esmya, which has been available in the UK since 2016 and which blocks the receptors that "feed" the tumours and make them grow.
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Government urged to protect consumer safety standards
Electrical Safety First is urging the government to prevent consumer safety standards from slipping after Brexit, to avoid putting lives at risk from the growing number of potentially dangerous counterfeit electrical goods flooding the UK. The charity wants the government to prioritise consumer safety and protection, regardless of the outcomes from continuing negotiations that could include the UK leaving the EU without a deal.
Private schooling benefits in question
Michael Pyke argues in the Guardian that the fact that private schools meet the criteria required for charitable status is merely a reminder that these criteria are inadequate. “Their charitable status represents a subsidy to the wealthiest from the majority of taxpayers, whose own schools are poorly resourced,” Pyke says. He further cites research showing that, among university students with similar grades at A-level, the privately schooled are the least likely to obtain the best degrees – putting into question the long term benefits of independent education.
Ken Dodd's 'death bed marriage' to benefit Liverpool
Sir Ken Dodd has left his fortune to his beloved Liverpool. A church hall for St John The Evangelist, opposite his former home, Shakespeare North, Liverpool Heart and Chest Hospital, and Clatterbridge Hospital will all benefit, after he married his long term partner Anne just two days before his death - meaning his £27.7m estate would go to her and not the taxman. Lady Anne said: "Ken had no desire for the trappings of wealth. It was his wish that the majority of his estate go to charities. Knowing the contents of the will he made some years ago, I will be able to honour his wishes."
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