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Charity Times - 16/04/2019

GOVERNANCE Garden Bridge fiasco risks undermining charities The Garden Bridge project in London risks undermining public trust and confidence in charities, according to a report from the regulator. The Charity Commission said that the project to build a pedestrian bridge over the Thames, which was cancelled in 2017, was a "failure for charity." There was no evidence of mismanagement at the Garden Bridge Trust but the commission said the episode raised serious questions about how a newly created charity was given responsibility for spending a sum of £50m. “We have made clear to the trustees that the charity has not displayed the level of transparency and accountability that we would expect, given the nature and profile of its work,” said the report, which describes the project a “high profile and expensive failure”. Charity Times Civil Society UKFundraising Trustees removed after probe into cash couriering The Charity Commission has dissolved Worldwide Ummah Aid (WUA), a charity which operated to relieve poverty in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, after charitable funds were found to have been misused, cash was taken overseas, and trustees used funds for personal expenses. WUA has been removed from the register and its charitable funds redistributed to another charity. Amy Spiller, Head of Investigations Team at the Charity Commission, said: "Charities hold a special status in society and trustees should be their careful custodians, ensuring all decisions are taken in the best interest of the charity’s mission and purpose . . . Through their misconduct and mismanagement the trustees jeopardised the trust that donors placed in those responsible for the charity. It’s therefore right that the Commission acted to disqualify the trustees responsible." Accountancy Daily GOV.UK Details of new Code of Fundraising Practice are revealed The chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator has revealed details of the new Code of Fundraising Practice that is to come into force later this year. Gerald Oppenheim has said there was "broad support" in the consultation period last year for changing the code and it will be written in plainer English and include definitions of legalese to aid comprehension. The code, which is expected to come into effect in October, is also to be made more accessible online. Civil Society STRATEGY Charities and government to create Youth Charter Youth charities including The Scouts, The Prince’s Trust, UK Youth, Step up to Serve, Youth United Foundation, British Youth Council, Girlguiding, NCS Trust and National Youth Agency are partnering with the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to create a new Youth Charter to coordinate government youth policy. The charter seeks to centralise different youth services and offer young people the opportunity to raise concerns about societal issues. In a joint statement, the organisations said: “We are backing a new Youth Charter to put young people where they belong, at the top of the agenda. Through developing and delivering a cohesive approach to services for young people we can improve inequality and social mobility, generate positive outcomes that benefit wider socie ty, and unlock cost savings in health, criminal justice, and social care.” Civil Society New online guides for smaller charities Inspiring Impact is a new website funded by the National Lottery and run by sector organisations that offers online guides and tools to help smaller charities measure the impact of their work. Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: "More community organisations and charities will be able to better plan, measure and improve their impact with Inspiring Impact’s new website and tools,” adding "with the help of peer learning networks and free online resources, more and more communities across the UK can thrive.” More than 110,000 individuals have already used the resources. Charity Digital News FUNDRAISING Tiltify launches to UK charities Peer to peer fundraising platform Tiltify, which helps nonprofits raise money through livestream broadcasting activities, has launched to UK charities. WaterAid will use Tiltify for livestream campaign fundraising in campaigns and the platform is also working with Make-a-Wish UK, Cats Protection UK and The Diana Award. Tiltify chief executive Michael Wasserman says: “Tiltify allows anyone and everyone to reach new audiences from around the world and capitalise on the opportunity with easy-to-use features unique to our platform – like polling, rewards and milestones – that engage and motivate donors to open their wallets.” UKFundraising Big Issue Foundation accepts digital wallet donations The Big Issue Foundation is now able to receive donations via digital wallet services such as Apple Pay and Google Pay following a partnership with Donr. Rhia Docherty, The Big Issue Foundation’s Individual Giving and Support Services Manager, said: “Donr’s Text Giving service is very effective, affordable and easy to use. This is also the first time we have been able to accept donation’s via digital wallet services like Apple Pay and Google Pay. Donr’s innovative platform will help us to future-proof donations in the digital age.” UKFundraising Charity Times Charity Digital News Awards celebrate nation of fundraising shopkeepers The Daily Telegraph talks with Rufus Bazley, marketing director of BusinessesForSale, about the Small Business Big Heart Awards. Launched in 2016, the awards celebrate small businesses and the impact they can have on their local communities through charity work. Mr Bazley commissioned research which found that 72% of small businesses in the UK donate in some way to one or more good causes. Ninety-two per cent of those businesses supported small, local and independent community organisations. The Daily Telegraph VOLUNTEERS Young people are keenest to volunteer Under 25s volunteer more than older age groups, according to research from GoFundMe . Two-fifths (41%) of people aged 16-24 volunteer twice a month – but only one-fifth (19%) of other age groups volunteered time to help charities or good causes in their communities. Meanwhile, three-fifths (61%) of people over the age of 55 said that they never volunteered time; only a quarter (25%) of those under 25 said likewise. UKFundraising RISK Cybersecurity grants for charities in Scotland Charities in Scotland are being invited to bid for grants of up to £1,000 to invest in cybersecurity. The Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations is making the money available to help charities achieve accreditation in the nationally recognised Cyber Essentials scheme. The deadline for applications is 5pm, Friday April 26th. Charity Digital News CAMPAIGNS Scottish Government’s approach to mental health is lacking, charities say Scottish ministers are failing to do enough to tackle the growing mental health crisis in schools, campaigners have warned. Leading charities said the Scottish Government was too focused on the treatment of pupils once they had developed mental health issues. Instead, they want a greater focus on teaching pupils the skills they need to cope with stress. The Mental Health Foundation and Barnado's say personal and social education (PSE) should be placed at the heart of the school curriculum. Kirsten Hogg from Barnardo’s said health and mental wellbeing of pupils remained the "poor relation" to literacy and numeracy, and the focus on counselling “runs the risk of medicalising pupil experiences." The Herald Charity calls for non means-tested legal aid funding for inquests into state-related deaths The Ministry of Justice spent £4.2m representing prison officers at inquests, while paying out only £92,000 in legal aid for bereaved families at hearings that examine deaths in prison, according to figures released by Inquest. The charity, which supports families in coroner’s courts, is calling for automatic, non means-tested legal aid funding to families to pay for specialist legal representation immediately after a state-related death. Rebecca Roberts, Inquest’s head of policy, said: “Inquests following state-related deaths are intended to seek the truth and expose unsafe practices. Yet bereaved families are facing well-funded legal teams defending the interests and reputations of state and corporate bodies, who work together to shut down or narrow lines of enquiry.” The Guardian The Times Scheme aims to help the vulnerable stay safe The Keep Safe initiative, a partnership between Police Scotland and charity I Am Me, has been launched in Moray. The initiative aims to help ensure that disabled and vulnerable people feel more safe when out and about in their communities. The scheme will see networks of local shops, businesses and organisations set up, providing Keep Safe places for disabled, elderly and vulnerable people to go to if they are lost, scared, need help, or if they are the victim of a crime. Keep Safe has been successfully launched in a number of other local authority areas, with more than 250 participating premises across Scotland. Aberdeen Press and Journal Back to Charity Times archive >>


Charity Times - 09/04/2019

FUNDRAISING Charities aren't using tech to best effect A new survey suggests charities aren't making effective use of technology to increase giving. The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF)’s Charity Landscape 2019 survey of charity leaders found that only 29% of respondents believed charities are making optimum use of technology to boost donations. CAF is urging charities to embrace technology and calls on them to “seek out passionate employees and leaders to help demonstrate the potential for charities and those developing new technologies to work together.” The survey also found that almost two-thirds (63%) of charity leaders think Brexit will have a negative effect on their organisation, and exposes friction in the sector’s relationship with government. Only a fifth (21%) of charity leaders believe the government values charities’ advocacy role and ability to offer constructive criticism. Elsewhere, the survey underscores the challenges posed by negative media publicity following scandals involving fundraising practices and safeguarding. “All organisations are operating in a difficult political and social landscape at the moment; the charity sector is no exception to this,” said CAF head of research Susan Pinkney. Charity Digital News Charity Times UKFundraising Call for ringfencing of tampon tax money The Women’s Resource Centre (WRC), a women's charity umbrella group, says the levy from sanitary products - the so-called "tampon tax" - isn't reaching charities because the application process requires a minimum bid of £1m or more to be considered. An open letter to civil society minister Mims Davies says this means smaller charities can't access the fund and the signatories have called on the government to act as a “matter of urgency.” The letter states: "These charities are often grassroots, locally embedded and relatively small in size compared to larger generic charities that do not have a core focus or specialism in services for women. Due to the fund criteria, there are a very small number of women’s charities in a position to bid alone.” Civil Society Report supports expanding charity dormant assets scheme A scheme to reallocate dormant assets to charitable causes could be extended to the investment and wealth management sector following the publication of a government-commissioned report. The report, The Dormant Assets Scheme: A Blueprint for Expansion, was commissioned by the government from finance industry champions and details how to expand the dormant assets scheme and release more funds for “good causes.” It found that extending the scheme to other financial services, including the insurance and pensions sector, could "significantly expand the money available." City AM Civil Society Third Sector Remember A Charity launches new strategy A three-year strategy has been launched by Remember A Charity to grow the donor market and normalise legacy giving. The consortium says it's on target to reach its long-term aim of reaching 18% for the percentage of charitable estates "at probate" by 2021 and that over the next three years will focus on addressing the "current disconnect among those who are aware of legacy giving and those considering it." Civil Society RISK One in five charities hit by cyber attacks More than a fifth (22%) of charities have reported a cybersecurity attack over the last 12 months, according to a government survey. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 found that the most common form of attack involved phishing, which was mentioned by 81% of charities that had been affected. The average cost of an incident was £9,470 in 2019, although the survey report suggests the cost may be much higher. "The indirect costs, long-term costs and intangible costs of breaches – things like lost productivity or reputational damage – tend to be overlooked . . . This means that, when organisations reflect on their approaches to cybersecurity, they may be undervaluing the true cost and impact of cybersecurity breaches,” the report said. Charity Digital News Third Force News GOVERNANCE Charities shortlisted for Charity Governance Awards Twenty-one UK charities have been shortlisted to receive one of seven Charity Governance Awards. Each award includes a £5,000 unrestricted grant. The shortlisted charities are: Contact, Manchester Young People’s Theatre Ltd; SignHealth; University of Bristol Students’ Union (Bristol SU); Home-Start Richmond, Kingston and Hounslow; Parents and Children Together (PACT); Sheffield Flourish (Recovery Enterprises); Camuscross & Duisdale Initiative; Coventry & Warwickshire Mind; The Unicorn Centre (Riding for the Disabled Association); Green’s Windmill Trust; St Peter’s Community Wellbeing Projects; The Commonwealth Resounds; Derry Well Women; Friends of St Ni cholas F ields; Muslim Women’s Network UK; FareShare; The Forward Trust; YMCA North Tyneside; Dementia UK; Dorset Mind; and The Patients Association. Awards chair Michael Jarvis said: "Our shortlisted candidates have proved that low budgets, limited resources and other pressures need not be an obstacle to digital innovation, building diverse and vibrant boards, or turning around the most difficult of situations.” UKFundraising Partnership will develop safeguarding resources A coalition of 13 national umbrella bodies and organisations, led by the NCVO, is coming together to develop a suite of free safeguarding resources for the voluntary sector. The Safer Social Sector Partnership will develop safeguarding tools and advice to ensure all voluntary organisations are a safe place for beneficiaries, volunteers and staff. Elizabeth Chamberlain, head of policy at NCVO said: “Safeguarding is a key priority for everyone within the voluntary sector, regardless of the size of the organisation or the activity it carries out. The strength and breadth of this partnership is testament to how committed we all are to getting it right by coming together to drive improvement, creating environments that are safe for all.” UKFundraising Civil Society Charities urged to reveal how much Gift Aid they receive Charity tax minister Robert Jenrick says he would like to see “greater transparency” over fees charged by donation sites and has called on all charities to reveal how much Gift Aid they receive. Mr Jenrick, speaking to attendees at the Charity Tax Group’s annual conference, said improved transparency was “vital to maintaining public trust” in the tax reliefs provided to the sector. He also said: “I would like all charities, led by the largest ones, to publicly report the amount of Gift Aid they receive . . . I have asked the Charity Commission to consider how this could be done." Civil Society WORKFORCE Gender pay gap at largest charities dips 7% Analysis of government gender pay gap statistics indicates that the pay differential among the 50 largest charities has decreased by 7% this year. Marie Stopes International has the largest pay gap in the sector, with a mean gap of 44.7% in favour of men. Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Charities slam ‘inadequate’ clean air funding Green campaigners have criticised the government’s announcement of £3m in funding to support 28 local authority air pollution projects as inadequate given the scale of the problem. Air pollution, including gases and particulates, is linked to 40,000 deaths in the UK each year, and conditions ranging from lung cancer to psychosis. While environment minister Therese Coffey said the funding “demonstrates the government’s commitment to supporting the local momentum needed to continue to improve our air now and for future generations,” Areeba Hamid from Greenpeace UK said: “Air pollution is a national crisis, so throwing as little as £3m at the problem is about as effective as chucking your small change into a wishing well in the hope a solution will appear.” Public Health England has estimated the health and social care costs of air pollution as likely to approach £19bn a year by 203 5 withou t drastic action. The Independent All secondary pupils in Scotland to get CPR training A national campaign by the British Heart Foundation Scotland has achieved its aim of ensuring all secondary school pupils receive CPR tuition, after Moray, Falkirk and Fife Councils pledged to join the other 29 local authorities already signed up to provide the training. David McColgan from BHF Scotland said it was “fantastic news,” and that the charity had been “absolutely overwhelmed by the response we have received to our Nation of Lifesavers campaign and delighted to have achieved our ambition in such a short space of time.” The campaign started in May last year, with Glasgow City Council becoming the first Scottish local authority to sign up. The Scotsman Glasgow Evening Times Aberdeen Evening Express Thousands struggling with guarantor loans According to data from debt charity Stepchange, appeals for advice from people with guarantor loans who get into debt difficulties have risen 35-fold over the past six years. Stepchange said that 6.2% of clients last year had guarantor debts, up from 0.3% in 2012. For those with guarantor debts, they amounted to 36.3% of their total debts, up from 19.1% in 2012. Peter Tutton, head of policy at Stepchange, called on the Financial Conduct Authority “to keep a close eye on where this small but growing part of the market may be creating problems for consumers - whether they are the original borrower or the guarantor”. The Times​ Back to Charity Times archive >>


Charity Times - 02/04/2019

GOVERNANCE Guidance for charities linked with non-charities The Charity Commission has published guidance on charities with a connection to a non-charity following a consultation on its draft guidelines last year. The guidance seeks to help charities profit from partnerships with non-charities while managing the risks, and includes specific applications to fundraising including corporate foundations, charities with trading subsidiaries, and charities that fund or receive funding from a non-charity. Helen Stephenson, the regulator's chief executive, said: "Operating alongside other organisations should always be well considered and trustees must manage the risks that can arise carefully, and with probity . . . No charity should ever use or be used by non-charitable organisations to pursue uncharitable interests.” UKFundraising Charity Times Civil Society Most complaints to Fundraising Regulator in 2017/18 were upheld Most (81%) of the complaints made to the Fundraising Regulator between April 2017 and August 2018 were upheld, according to the regulator's Complaints Report, based on 78 investigations over the period. The regulator found 63 of the cases constituted a breach of the standards expected of charities in the UK and the most common type of breaches were about general principles and complaints, third party fundraisers and personal data. Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said: “Our Complaints Report is vital to our understanding of fundraising standards in the UK and helps us inform our work. Complaints made by the public make an important contribution to the way we, charities and their fundraising partners learn from concerns and make improvements. We will continue to review and evaluate the complaints process and we look forward to working closely with charities to ensure high standards of fundrais ing prac tice are maintained.” UKFundraising Charity Times Good causes benefit following regulator's inquiry More than £13m has been distributed to charities following an investigation by the regulator into poverty charity Relief for Distressed Children and Young People. The probe by the Charity Commission identified breaches of trust and duty by trustees including the misapplication of funds and a failure to manage conflicts of interest. The charity’s former chairperson has been removed and disqualified from serving as a charity trustee or holding any senior management function of any charity in England and Wales. Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission, said: “Our inquiry has relentlessly pursued these funds so that a significant sum could be safeguarded and applied to good causes." UKFundraising Charity inquiry forces metal producer to delay results London-listed iron ore producer Ferrexpo has delayed the publication of its annual results for a second time amid an investigation into financial discrepancies at a charity it funds in Ukraine. The company said in February that it was carrying out an independent review because charity bank statements provided to Deloitte, Ferrexpo's auditor, contained "unexplained discrepancies." Last month it delayed its results after the independent review committee, working with advisers at BDO, also identified "a number of discrepancies on the application of funds by Blooming Land and its sub-funds, which indicates that the funds may not all have been used for their stated purpose." The Times STRATEGY Charities must ask themselves fundamental questions NCVO chief executive Sir Stuart Etherington has told the Council's annual conference that the charity sector must embrace change as its enters "a new economic phase" and he urged charities to ask themselves "fundamental questions" about how they operate if they want to stay successful. He told the audience gathered for his last annual state of the sector address at the conference that "Change can be uncomfortable . . . But change and renewal are part of life.," adding “Without change and renewal you will be overtaken by the world. That isn’t good enough for our sector. You must always seek to be in the driving seat, leading the way.” Civil Society LEGAL Government withdraws ‘myth busting’ guide The Department for Education has withdrawn a social care ‘myth busting’ guide after a legal challenge disputing its accuracy. Last month, children's rights charity Article 39 launched High Court proceedings against the government over claims the guide for local authorities "removes important statutory safeguards" for children. The charity has previously said that the guidance produced by the DfE's children's social care innovation programme features "numerous errors and misrepresentations of the statutory framework" on how social workers should support children in care. A joint letter detailing the legal inaccuracies in the document, which was signed by 50 charities and social work experts, was delivered to children's minister Nadhim Zahawi in September last year. The DfE said it had taken the decision to remove the guidance from circulation, rather than "divert time and public money to litigation". Children & Young People Now Community Care CAMPAIGNS Autism awareness campaign launched Third Force News reports on what charitable organisations in Scotland are doing during World Autism Awareness Week 2019. Inspiring Scotland is encouraging people to see autism as a different way of looking at the world instead of a disorder that can be cured. Celia Tennant, the charity's chief executive, applauded the Scottish Government's work to improve support for people with autism, saying: “We . . . welcome the Scottish Government’s commitment to improving the lives of autistic people. These steps aim to increase society’s understanding of autism, to move away from stereotypes and to make clear the many strengths autistic people bring to society." Third Force News FUNDRAISING Taskforce will tackle sexual harassment in fundraising The Institute of Fundraising is setting up a taskforce to counter sexual harassment in fundraising. Amanda Bringans, the Institute’s chair, said: “Fundraising is a profession for everyone. We do brilliant things that raise vital funds for good causes. All this should be done in a safe and respectful environment. We will work to clamp down on unacceptable behaviour and ensure our fundraising community is a safe space for everyone.” The Institute said it could “name and shame” and then expel members who are found to have committed misconduct. "We want to actively encourage people to come forward and report complaints if they have experienced sexual harassment by a member of the Institute or at an Institute event, no matter when that incident happened. Those incidents will be investigated fully, even if the person complained of resigns their membership of the Institute," said Bringan s. UKFundraising Third Force News Charity Times £15m Tampon Tax Fund allocated to 10 charities The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport has announced that the latest round of funding from the Tampon Tax Fund sees £15m awarded to 10 charity groups to focus on women's issues. The recipients of the fund are UK Community Foundations (UKCF), Homeless Link, Spirit of 2012, Gamcare, Crisis UK, SACRO, Southall Black Sisters, Changing Lives, Comic Relief and Youth Access. UKCF received the largest proportion of funding, with £3.5m. Civil society minister Mims Davies said: “It is absolutely right we invest money from sanitary products in projects to give more women and girls the help and support they need to address difficult challenges they face in society.” Civil Society HMCTS’ new legacy notification service - update The Institute of Legacy Management (ILM) and other professionals from the charity sector have attended the inaugural meeting of Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) working group on the new system which will alert charities to donations in wills. This comes after its announcement that Smee & Ford has been given notice on its contract. ILM reported that the consensus of the meeting was productive, while HMCTS confirmed its commitment to openness throughout the process. Ed Owen, Director of Communications at HMCTS, remarked: “We held a very positive and productive first meeting with representatives of the charity sector on this issue, and we are grateful to them for their insight on key issues.” Today’s Wills and Probate OTHER Taunton cancer centre plans anger locals Residents say they are angry and disappointed after plans to build a £5m cancer centre in Taunton on protected land were approved. Taunton Deane Borough Council approved the Maggie's charity plan to build the centre on land at Galmington Playing Fields, next to Musgrove Park Hospital. Campaigner Bev Fernandes said: "I'm very disappointed but the fight will go on." Other critics have raised concerns over the lack of parking facilities which already causes problems around Musgrove Park Hospital. The new building is expected to make matters worse, say protestors. BBC News ​ Back to Charity Times archive >>


Charity Times - 26/03/2019

STRATEGY Interview with new minister for civil society Mims Davies, the government's new minister for civil society, is interviewed about the Civil Society Strategy, her thoughts on the Charity Commission, and why she thinks volunteers are her "favourite people." The strategy was left up in the air at the end of last year after Davies' predecessor Tracey Crouch resigned over government plans to delay a clampdown on fixed odds betting terminals. Davies has just held a round-table event with sector leaders to discuss next steps. “It’s been a labour of love to get the strategy together, but actually everybody was so pleased and positive,” she observes, saying four areas are to be prioritised: youth opportunities, connecting communities, working with business, and using good and better finance. Davies also says the regulator must be adequately resourced if it is to successfully pursue its own new strategy, which will focus on improving the support it gives to charities while encour aging th em to behave ethically. Davies, who was previously a trustee of a small military charity, Building Heroes, concludes her interview with Civil Society by declaring “Volunteers are my favourite people . . . They are fabulous and they are always happy and positive.” Civil Society Charities should plan for no-deal, says minister Welsh First Minister Mark Drakeford has told charities, social enterprises, voluntary organisations and others ahead of a panel discussion about Brexit by Wales Civil Society Forum that they need to put aside normal activities and plan for a no-deal scenario. "We will have to mobilise every resource that we have in Wales, to help those who are the most vulnerable in our society, not to be overwhelmed by the difficulties that they may face," he said, adding "it will be the resilience of our civil society, of those organisations that work on the ground and who know where vulnerable people live . . . Those will be the resources that we will rely on, in those days that follow from a Brexit of the sort that I have described." Charity Today Food banks warned over big corporate partnership A letter to The Guardian from 58 academics and campaigners has warned the UK food bank movement is in danger of being "captured" by big corporations and supermarket chains that promote high-profile partnerships with charities as effective ways of solving hunger and food waste. Signatories to the letter include the former UN rapporteur on the right to food Olivier de Schutter, who criticised the way corporations and some charities frame food poverty as a logistical problem rather than a social justice issue. The letter is timed to coincide with the annual conference of the Global Foodbanking Network (GFN) in London. The GFN supports projects worldwide that redistribute surplus and waste food donated by industry and supermarkets that would otherwise go to landfill or to feed farm animals. The Guardian LEGAL ‘Missed opportunity’ over charity law reforms Audit firm RSM says Scottish Government plans in regard to charity law are too limited in scope and a "missed opportunity" for meaningful reform. The comments come in response to a consultation which proposes giving the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator powers including the ability to remove charities without clear connections to Scotland from the Scottish charity register, as well as giving the regulator the power to disqualify trustees. It would also make charities to have their annual accounts and reports published in full on the Scottish register. RSM says a broader review of Scottish charity law is required, urging the Government to consider how legislation could be structured so it is future-proofed “for new and existing technology”. Third Sector FUNDRAISING JustGiving removes platform fees for UK charities Online fundraising platform JustGiving is waiving all platform fees for UK charities as part of efforts to increase transparency. “This change means lower costs for charities, transparency and choice for their supporters, and a sustainable future for the UK’s biggest and best platform for giving,” said Keith Williams, JustGiving’s General Manager and Head of UK, adding “We believe that people who donate through JustGiving will be happy that more money will be going to their chosen charity, and by making a voluntary contribution to the UK’s most-trusted giving platform we can continue to help charities and individuals raise even more money for good causes.” But writing for UKFundraising, David Simpson says it remains to be seen how effective the voluntary contribution model to support the platform will be. He also says cutting off its supply of cash is not likely to be o f help to JustGiving if it wants to improve its customer support - which "does not have a good reputation," writes Simpson. Charity Digital News UKFundraising Civil Society UKFundraising Charities aren't integrating social media and fundraising A new report says charities are not integrating their social media use into a broader fundraising strategy. The report by Social Misfits Media examines changing social media use in the sector and offers tips on getting the most out of platforms including Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. Charity Digital News Housebuilder announces new community charity Barratt Developments Yorkshire West has launched a new charity scheme which will see a different charity or organisation receive £1,000 from the housebuilder every month. The Community Fund will support a local charity or organisation within the Yorkshire West region, which includes Barnsley, Bradford, Leeds, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Wakefield, Wetherby and Worksop. Yorkshire Post SUPPORT Funding for safeguarding training programme The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has announced £1.2m funding to develop safeguarding training for charities. NCVO is bringing together organisations to partner and develop the training and will announce details soon. The money is part of a £2m fund announced in 2018 when DCMS appointed a Safeguarding Programme Group with representatives from the Charity Commission, the National Lottery Community Fund, NCVO, Acevo, the Scout Association, the National Crime Agency, the Alzheimer's Society, Action for Children and NSPCC. Meanwhile, five organisations - Age UK Oxfordshire, Kent Coast Volunteering, Hastings Voluntary Action, Age UK North Craven and Sustain - are to shar e £250,000 from The Age-Friendly and Inclusive Volunteering Fund, launched in partnership with the Centre for Ageing Better. Civil Society Third Sector CAMPAIGNS Charities call for devolution of drugs legislation In a submission to Westminster’s health and social care committee, four Scottish charities have called for drugs legislation to be devolved to Scotland, to enable the establishment of special rooms for safe drug consumption. Nathan Sparling, chief executive of HIV Scotland, said: “The localisation of drug laws would allow the Scottish government to respond far faster and in a far more relevant manner than the current legal framework allows. Allowing the Scottish government to act in the best interests of its citizens in this instance makes perfect sense and we hope that the committee agrees”. Additionally, Glasgow City Council said: “A safer drug consumption facility would help save lives in Glasgow. Such facilities reduce accidental overdoses and syringe sharing, cutting the risk of infections. They also cut risks to the general public by reducing the number of syringes and needles in publi c places”. The Times Glasgow Live PANTS campaign hailed Over 50 people in Dorset working to help keep children safe are marking the success of the NSPCC’s PANTS campaign, which teaches parents to talk to their children about relationships in a simple, appropriate way. This comes as figures reveal as many as 1 in 10 children will experience sexual abuse before the age of 18, according to the Lucy Faithfull Foundation. Donald Findlater, Director of the 'Stop It Now!' helpline commented: “Too many children have experienced sexual abuse and they don't need to. If we all play our part in prevention, then they won't", while Sarah Elliot, chair of Dorset's Safeguarding Board remarked: "As much as anything it's about preventing Child Sexual Abuse. How can we make sure it's prevented in the first place? We really need to understand why somebody might become a perpetrator and get all of the agencies working together to think about 'how do we spot those early signs?’". WessexFM Charity calls for DIY smear tests Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust has called for DIY smear tests to be introduced as soon as possible in a bid to diagnose cervical cancer at an earlier stage. The latest NHS figures show only 71% of women are up to date on screening - the lowest rate since records began - and around 5m women are overdue. Robert Music, chief executive of the charity, said Denmark and Australia, which already use home testing, are seeing “fantastic results” in prevention and the number of early diagnoses. Separately, Superdrug is launching in-store no touch breast cancer consultations through a partnership with CoppaFeel!, a breast cancer awareness charity. Dr Pixie McKenna, Superdrug’s health and wellbeing ambassador, said: “Once you know how simple checking your breasts is, it can save your life. I am so pleased to see Superdrug nurses will be taking this initiative to all patients, everyone should be able to check whether on themselves or a partner, or even talking it through with a friend – the more conversations the better!” Daily Mail Daily Mirror The Independent Daily Express The i The Sun Campaigners demand action on Healthy Schools Rating Scheme More than 30 food campaigners are calling on the Government to act on its promise to prioritise children's health and wellbeing. Led by charity School Food Matters, the organisations say the Department for Education must look at how schools can support children to keep themselves healthy. They note how that although the Government proposed the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme in its 2016 childhood obesity plan, it is still on the DfE's to-do list. The charity's founder, Stephanie Wood, said: "Quite simply, the Healthy Schools Rating Scheme is needed to help schools keep good food on the menu." Yorkshire Post Charity warns against classroom dogs The Dogs Trust has criticised education secretary Damian Hinds for supporting schools which have classroom dogs, saying that it is not good for their welfare. The charity warned that animals may get “tired and stressed” in schools because they are “noisy and unpredictable”. Daily Mail OTHER Mining group delays accounts after donations probe Mining group Ferrexpo has delayed publishing its annual accounts after an investigation into its charitable donations found inconsistencies. This comes a month after Deloitte, its auditor, uncovered "unexplained discrepancies" in bank statements for charity Blooming Land, which was set up to carry out Ferrexpo's corporate social responsibility programme. The board launched a review last month, bringing in accountants at BDO to help, saying preliminary work has identified a number of issues that suggest the "funds may not all have been used for their stated purpose". The Times The Daily Telegraph City AM Surcharge debt hits £64m in 2018 Criminals failed to pay £64.5m in fines to victims' charities last year, marking a 28% increase on the year before. The Ministry of Justice said the victims' surcharge, introduced in 2007, ensures “criminals take greater responsibility for crimes,” adding: “We take enforcement seriously." David Spencer, of the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: "It was obvious many would be unable or unwilling to pay." The Sun on Sunday ​Back to Charity Times archive >>


6 Point Checklist: Keeping Your Staff Happy

There are six needs a human has in order to be happy, if you are an employer and you want your staff to stay, simply put, keep them happy! Otherwise, you run the risk of them leaving – maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow but they will. So I wanted to run through these needs with you in hope that you can assess and reflect on how your employees are treated. Hopefully, you can improve internal conditions and retain your staff for longer. 1. Certainty It goes without saying that everyone needs to feel stable to a certain extent. With this being said, you need to ensure that your staff feel their job is secure. Making sure that they are aware of how well the company is doing is important and putting any negative rumours to bed is paramount. Reassuring your staff of their value to you and the company are all key duties of an attentive and successful employer. 2. Variety Variety is the spice of life! It is necessary to expose staff to new areas, for example, working with different organisations or taking on new duties. It could even be a secondment to another division or a chance to get involved in a unique project, all of this can really make a difference to your staff’s happiness. 3. Significance Everyone loves to feel important! We like to think that our actions have an impact in the world and that we add real value. If someone is doing a good job, ensure that they know about it. Making sure that people know that they are valued will go a long way in the company. This can be reflected by pay rises, job titles or simply heaping praise on someone in front of others. No member of staff should be made to feel like an unnecessary cog in the machine. 4. Connection Team rapport is essential for any company to be successful. Team building activities, nights out and regular meetings are all great ways to ensure that your staff are bonding and the change of scenery can only add to this positive feeling. This is something many companies miss out on and it really does make a difference. The Team here at Pro is so well bonded and this has a hugely positive effect on our work and morale. 5. Growth People like to feel that they are growing/progressing in life. In order to achieve growth, they must be challenged, do not let someone stagnate! One of the top reasons people move to another organisation is because they feel they are not challenged and not learning. Push your staff and let them grow! Targets and goals leading to promotions/pay rise, regular performance reviews and one to ones are vital in order to fulfil the need for growth. 6. Contribution This is really tied in with several other points in this blog post, you need to constantly remind your staff of how they're contributing to the company and how well they are doing! In summary, there are a lot of points above that feel very obvious but I’m aware of a huge number of companies that do not implement the simplest of these policies. It’s essential to take a step back sometimes and ask yourself how happy your staff are. Are you meeting all of their needs? If not, why not!? Our market is service based and customer driven, it is vital to keep your staff happy and not just to retain their efforts but to deliver a good service. Richard Branson springs to mind: Clients do not come first, employees come first. Look after the employees and they will look after the clients To speak to Pat about ideas on how to motivate your teams or to discuss your recruiting needs or jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696311 or


Charity Times - 19/03/2019

GOVERNANCE Rebalancing the relationship between large and small charities The NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales are collaborating to examine how charities of differing sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services. The project follows concerns that smaller voluntary organisations are losing out to larger charities in public service delivery. The Rebalancing the Relationship project will develop recommendations primarily around how organisations can themselves act to improve how they work with others, and a final report will be published after consultation early next year. Sir Stuart Etherington, NCVO chief executive, said: “We want to look under the bonnet of current commissioning practices to explore the issues faced by organisations of all sizes. We will then work with voluntary organisations to explore new ways of cooperating to ensure the long-term sustainability of organisations of all sizes acr oss the voluntary sector delivering public services.” Vicky Browning, ACEVO chief executive, noted: “Many ACEVO members tell us that one of their biggest challenges is a commissioning environment that doesn’t meet the needs of their organisation, and by extension the needs of the people they support." Civil Society Charity Times Secularists lambast charity status for faith activities The National Secular Society says "the advancement of religion" should no longer be a charitable purpose and that dispensing with it could restore trust in charities. The society's For the public benefit? report estimates that 12,000 charities, or 7% of the total number of registered charities, list the advancement of religion as their sole charitable objective. Stephen Evans, the society's chief executive, said: “Under our proposed reforms, organisations that serve no charitable purpose aside from advancing a religion would no longer be able to be charities, meaning that they would have to pay tax like any other non-charitable organisation." He added: “Religious organisations that wish to be registered as charities should be required to demonstrate that they serve a genuine public benefit under another charitable heading, for example because they alleviate poverty.” The Guardian Third Sector Civil Society Controversy over Rotherham child abuse charity appointment Rotherham Council is to make a “due diligence” investigation at a local charity after it was revealed that the daughter of disgraced politician Jahangir Akhtar, who was implicated in the Rotherham sex-grooming scandal, has a job with managerial responsibility for child sexual exploitation (CSE) programmes there. Rotherham Rise receives most of its funding from the council. One CSE victim said: “I’m staggered that the charity and council didn’t recognise that putting Jahangir Akhtar’s daughter in that role would create a potential conflict of interest.” The Times FUNDRAISING School shuns red nose plastic School children in Cornwall have said they didn’t buy plastic noses for Comic Relief because it was better for the environment if they made their own. Pupils at Fourlanesend Community Primary School used items such as egg boxes and wool to make more sustainable and more recyclable noses, while still donating the cost of a plastic nose - £1.25 - to the charity. Sir David Attenborough has written to the school to praise their initiative. This year’s appeal has raised £63.5m – about £9.5m less than was raised on the night in 2017. Comic Relief expects more donations to arrive over the coming weeks. The final total is typically about £10m above the amount raised on the night of the show. The final total in 2017 was £82.1m, up from the £73m raised on the night. BBC News Civil Society Charities seek probate discounts Charities are warning they will lose out if probate fees are increased, the Daily Mail reports. The cost of applying for probate is set to increase from £215 to as much as £6,000. The Institute Of Fundraising, Remember A Charity, the Institute Of Legacy Management and NCVO - which represents volunteers - are proposing the Ministry of Justice discounts fees for estates that leave gifts to charity. Daily Mail DIGITAL Small charities can succeed with social media Cara Lewin, Global Program Manager at Blueprint Live – Facebook’s educational training arm for advertisers, addressed an audience at last month's Charity Digital Tech Conference about how charities can launch and manage effective social media campaigns. Her ‘Social media best practices for small charities’ session offered practical advice on using Facebook and Instagram for winning social media campaigns. Charity Digital News Most charities miss out on HR efficiency gains Charity Digital News looks at how HR software can offer efficiency gains for charities in the light of a recent survey by Tech Trust which found that 95% of charities have never used such technology. A cloud-based HR system should enable charities to spend fewer resources on time-consuming manual processes including calculating holiday allowances, recording employee absences, and collating documents - and therefore more time focusing on their objectives. Charity Digital News WORKFORCE New LGBT+ network for charity workers The Intercharity LGBT+ Network is a new community for people in the charity sector who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans or any other identities in LGBT+. It will hold its inaugural event at Diabetes UK’s London offices on March 28th. The organisers say: “We welcome any LGBT+ people working in the sector to hear from a keynote speaker, have some wine, network and meet some new people.” Civil Society CAMPAIGNS Vulnerable pupils ‘injured and traumatised’ by school staff Scottish learning disabilities charities have warned that the case of a teacher who mistreated autistic pupils was far from an isolated case. Alison Mackie, who worked at Chatelherault Primary School in Hamilton, was barred from teaching for six months. Challenging Behaviour Foundation CEO Vivien Cooper said: “Our new report shows that other vulnerable, disabled children are being physically injured and traumatised by those charged with their care in some schools." The National Autistic Society Scotland added it had heard “horror stories”, such as children being restrained, forced into seclusion and unlawfully excluded. They called for staff to be trained in a technique known as Positive Behaviour Support, which recognises that the way to approach challenging behaviour is to deal with the issue causing it, noting that schools using it have reduced the need for restrictive interventions. The Herald Charity hits out at public computer cuts Digital inclusion charity Good Things Foundation has criticised public computer cuts. It says new figures suggest that almost 4,000 public computers have been removed from libraries and job centres. Helen Milner, the charity's chief executive, said: “any cuts that risk worsening digital exclusion is of huge concern . . . Good Things Foundation knows from our work with our network across the country that having access to a computer and having digital skills can greatly improve a person’s life chances and quality of life.” Charity Digital News Charity backs responsible SMEs Peter Estlin, the Lord Mayor of London, says that despite the fact the small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) make up 99% of companies and employ 60% of private sector workers in the UK, “they are often overlooked when we talk about responsible business.” Writing in City AM, he highlights that charity Heart of the City is looking to support more firms with their responsible business work and will support new SMEs on two-year programmes. He notes Deloitte research suggesting that 66% of consumers are willing to pay extra for products and services that come from companies committed to positive social and environmental impact. City AM OTHER Money (that's what charities want) A rare copy of the Beatles’ debut single has raised £9,400 after being given to a British Heart Foundation store in Midhurst, West Sussex. It is thought the previous owner didn't know the value of the 7-inch demo of Love Me Do - one of only 250 copies distributed to radio stations in 1962. “We have tried to find out who the donor is but we have no idea . . . However, their generosity means that we can raise even more funds for life-saving research,” said Preston Davies, the charity's area manager. Charity Today Back to Charity Times archive >>


Charity Times - 12/03/2019

GOVERNANCE Charity Commission is 'on a knife edge' Charity Commission CEO Helen Stephenson says funding cuts and increasing demand for services have left the regulator on a “knife edge.” Addressing attendees at the commission’s annual public meeting in Manchester last week, she said plans for a consultation on charging charities for regulation are likely on hold because the government is preoccupied with Brexit, while the “double whammy” of cuts and increased demand has “real implications for us in the commission and for our ability to fulfil statutory functions.” Meanwhile, commission chair Baroness Stowell said the regulator can be expected to be more vocal about the sector's performance in the months ahead. “These interventions may not always be convenient to us, to others in positions of authority, or to individual charities. But they’ll always be motivated by our purpose – and in the interest of the public we represent and for whom charity is so precious,&rdquo ; she sa id. Meanwhile, Ms Stephenson also said the commission is looking at how to improve presentation of and access to data. Civil Society Charity chiefs are concerned about board diversity Acevo 's latest Annual Pay and Equalities Survey has found that charity chief executives are typically concerned about diversity on their boards, regulation of the sector, and workload. Only twenty-six per cent of them are satisfied with the ethnic diversity of their boards, just 17% said that charity sector regulation is "very effective," and chief executives work on average 10 hours extra a week over and above their contracted hours. Acevo CEO Vicky Browning said: "Working an extra one and a half days over the standard five can seriously impact wellbeing and even lead to burnout. Trustees need to take seriously their duty of care to chief executives as well as the organisations and beneficiaries they serve." Civil Society Mismanaged charity improves financial controls The Charity Commission has published a report of the findings of its statutory inquiry into One Nation, a charity with objects to provide relief of hardship to people around the world. The inquiry uncovered serious unmanaged risks, and concluded that there had been misconduct and/or mismanagement in the administration of the charity. The inquiry has nevertheless resulted in improvements to the charity's financial governance and a reduction in unmanaged risks, the regulator reported. Michelle Russell, Director of Investigations, Monitoring and Enforcement at the Charity Commission said: "We want to see charities inspire trust and make a valued difference to the communities they serve; this inquiry highlights the importance of robust management, oversight and due diligence in achieving that." GOV.UK Accountancy Daily Civil Society FUNDRAISING Cashless may be an opportunity for charities A major report warns that the UK’s cash system is at risk of "falling apart" and needs a new guarantee to ensure notes and coins can still be used. The Access to Cash Review predicts that “Sleepwalking into a cashless society" would leave eight million people struggling to manage their finances. The report calls on the government and regulators to step in to ensure cash remains viable, and it also raised concerns about the future of charity donations. Almost three-quarters (74%) of people surveyed believes that charities and homeless people would suffer in a cashless society due to fewer people carrying loose change. “The trend towards carrying less cash is a challenge for charities, street performers and the like who have traditionally relied on cash donations,” the report said, nevertheless observing that cashless giving may be an opportunity for charities to solicit higher donations “beyond pocket change.” The review predicts the current rate of dec line would mean cash use would end in 2026. However, it concluded that notes and coins would still be used in 15 years' time, but would account for between 10% and 15% of transactions. The Daily Telegraph Financial Times Civil Society Daily Mirror Daily Mail The Guardian The Scotsman City AM BBC News Most people say they trust charities A new survey has found that just over half (52%) of people in the UK say that they trust charities. The Fundraising around the World report from research consultancy nfpSynergy also found that trust in charities was average in the UK, compared to other countries, and the charity sector was perceived as the fourth most trusted UK institution. More than half (58%) of UK citizens said there were too many charities. Civil Society Corporate partnerships supporting charities UKFundraising takes a look at nine corporate partnerships benefitting UK charities through a mixture of fundraising activity and other support, including Hovis and Alzheimer’s Society, First Mile and Rewilding Britain, Stanley and The Spinal Track Rally Experience, and law firm Peninsula and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. UKFundraising DIGITAL Charities hindered by lack of tech support A new report says technology companies don't do enough for charities attempting to undertake digital transformation projects. The report from software firm Advanced said companies in the tech sector typically aren't aware of charitable organisations’ budget and resource restraints. Mark Dewell, managing director at Advanced, said: “Not-for-profits can’t move ahead with digital projects alone, yet little support exists – especially for small to medium, lower income charities which make up a large majority of charities in the UK.” He added: “The technology industry is blindsided by big corporates with big budgets, which leaves many charity and membership organisations believing that investing in IT is out of their reach.” Most (79%) of charities polled by Advanced said the cost of IT upgrades is the main reason for delaying system upgrades. ITPro CAMPAIGNS Councils trying to ‘ban homelessness,’ warn charities Human rights charity Liberty has warned that local councils are trying to “airbrush their streets” and “ban homelessness,” with increasing numbers setting up public space protection orders (PSPOs) despite Home Office guidance not to target the homeless. Analysis by The Guardian found at least 60 councils had introduced PSPOs prohibiting people from putting up tents, seeking charity, or engaging in other behaviour connected with rough sleeping, with £100 fines for people breaching the order. Lara ten Caten, a lawyer for Liberty, said: “The power to create public space protection orders is ripe for abuse and many councils use them to airbrush their streets by banning homelessness.” Homeless charity Crisis said that while it understood councils had to strike a balance between the needs of rough sleepers and preventing anti-social behaviour, it was never right to crimin alise pe ople for being homeless, or for PSPOs to be targeted at the homeless. The Guardian Call for domestic abuse victims to get school priority Charities say children whose families have had to move because of domestic violence should have priority for school places. A report from the Hestia and Pro Bono Economics charities says 500,000 children in the UK have been exposed to such abuse, and warns that escaping violence can mean families struggling to get children into another school. At present, they say, children might be waiting from four to six months for a place. The report wants the Domestic Abuse Bill to be amended to make it easier for victims to get into another school if they have to move address. The report also highlights how domestic violence causes other difficulties in children, such as mental health or behaviour problems. BBC News Charity report identifies hardships faced by beggars Housing charity Shelter has released a report outlining the hardships experienced by people begging on the streets of Edinburgh, finding that more than 80% were dealing with mental health issues including anxiety, depression and PTSD, while 62% had physical health problems and more than half suffered from both. The research also found that most of the money made by begging was spent on food, heating and accommodation, with most barely sustaining themselves, while almost three-quarters had suffered physical or verbal abuse or theft on the streets. Edinburgh Evening News Dundee Evening Telegraph Parents fighting for speech therapy More than half of parents whose children have speech, language or communication problems have to wait longer than six months for help. A YouGov poll of more than 1,000 parents for the charity I Can and the Royal College of Speech and Language Therapists also found that even when parents did get help, 55% said they did not feel it was adequate. It also found that four out of every 10 parents who mentioned a lack of support felt this negatively affected their child's mental health. Yorkshire Post The Scotsman INTERNATIONAL Google partners with charity on careers videos Google is collaborating with the Inspiring Girls charity to produce a series of online videos to encourage girls to pursue their goals. The charity enlisted female staff at Google to talk about their careers in the tech sector. The videos are available via the Inspiring Girls YouTube channel. “A lack of access to diverse female role models affects girls all around the world, particularly when it comes to their career aspirations,” said Miriam González, Inspiring Girls founder and chair. Charity Digital News Back to Charity Times archive >>


6 Staff Retention Tips To Improve Your Business

Are you supporting a high growth business in the UK but also one who suffers from 15% or higher staff turnover rate? As recruitment specialists, we know that a key goal of yours is to keep your staff happy, so your business can flourish. According to Glassdoor, the average employer spends about £3,000 and 27.5 days to hire a new worker. We work with businesses who are working really hard to improve their staff retention. This speedy 2-minute read will give some insight about how you can improve your employee relations and your staff retention. 1. Certainty 2. Variety 3. Significance 4. Connection 5. Growth 6. Contribution 1. Certainty Job security is one of the key aspects that you need to promote within your company to improve staff retention. Whether you are a HR Director or a Recruiter, all employees need to have confidence in the security of their job. Doubts over the company's success will have a big impact on performance and your bottom line. If employees feel stressed, their work will suffer and this will have a knock-on effect on the team. How do you prevent uncertainty and negative gossip? Keep your staff informed on how the company is performing. Keeping your team in the know will build trust and develop strong employee relations. If your staff can see how well your company is performing then they'll feel more certain about their job security. Also, reassure your team of their value to you and the company. Employees like to feel wanted and needed. 2. Variety Variety is the spice of life! Talent and skill utilisation is another factor your key employees seek in your workplace. Often, when candidates register with us they want to try something new but are unable to do so in their current firm. Motivated employees want to contribute to work areas outside of their specific job description. Think about offering work that wouldn’t fit into their portfolio. How many people in your business would value from working in another team or on a different project? You need to know their skills, talent, and experience, and take the time to develop this to your advantage. 3. Significance Everyone loves to feel important! However, With 69% of workers polled saying their boss didn’t support their career goals, it seems as though this point is being overlooked by many. We like to think that our actions have an impact in the world and that we add real value. If someone is doing a good job, ensure that they know about it. Making sure that your team know that they are valued will go a long way in the company. Frequently saying ‘thank you’ goes a long way. As recruitment experts, we head from candidates looking to move and there is a common theme that people don’t feel valued. Your staff members must feel rewarded, recognised and appreciated. This can be reflected by pay rises, job titles or heaping praise on someone in front of others. No member of staff should be made to feel like an unnecessary cog in the machine. 4. Connection Team rapport is essential for any company to be successful. Team building activities, nights out and regular meetings are great ways to ensure staff bond. The change of scenery can only add to this positive feeling. This is something many companies miss out on and it does make a difference. We at Pro-Group pride ourselves on our family-feel office and this team-bonding time is essential in maintaining a happy workplace. The saying “You spend more time with the people you work with than you do with your friends and family” is very true. That's why creating a welcoming place where people enjoy their environment is imperative. Don’t get us wrong, employees are there to work but you must strike a healthy balance to create a conducive environment. 5. Growth People like to feel that they are growing/progressing in life. To achieve growth, they must be challenged, do not let someone stagnate! According to a survey by totaljobs, 68% of employees have changed jobs because of a lack of learning and development opportunities. Your best employees, those you want to keep, seek opportunities to learn and grow in their careers. Without the opportunity to train, attend seminars and courses employees feel they will stagnate. A career-orientated and valued employee must experience growth opportunities within your organisation. They also need to see a space that they can grow into; otherwise, they won’t grow. When was the last time you asked an employee if they felt they were developing or asked them what else you can do to help develop them? 6. Contribution This is tied in with several other points in this guide to staff retention. You need to remind your team of how they're contributing to the company and how well they are doing! There are a lot of points above that feel very obvious, I’m aware of a number of companies that don't install the simplest of these policies. Try to implement just one or two of the above suggestions to retain your best staff, or stop and ask yourself, do you do this for your staff already? Some of these suggestions cost you nothing but a little time and effort. The outcome - You will be more likely to keep your superstars with you for the long haul. It’s essential to take a step back sometimes and ask yourself - How happy are your staff?. Are you meeting all their needs? If not, why not!? If you’re struggling with retaining your staff and seeing your attrition rate creeping up, speak with one of our experienced recruitment experts who will give you an insight into the current candidate market. For more information about this article, or to speak to Akhil about your recruiting needs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696350 or


Charity Times - 05/03/2019

GOVERNANCE Charities can decide investments for themselves, says CAF The Charities Aid Foundation has responded to calls for the attorney-general to rule whether charities should be able to invest in companies that contribute to climate change by saying charities must decide for themselves about how and where to invest their money. Sir John Low, chief executive of the ethical banking organisation, said: “There are many powerful ways in which charities can use investments to further their mission and tackle issues like climate change, health, poverty, inequality and human rights so it is vital that they have the freedom to take a stand on the issues that are most important for their mission and the people they serve.” Civil Society reports that charities including RSPB, Joseph Rowntree Charitable Trust, Nesta, Ashden Trust, ClientEarth and Quakers in Britain have written an open l etter to Charity Commission chair Baroness Tina Stowell to request “urgent” clarification on charities' legal responsibilities about whether their investments should align with their objectives. Third Force News Dozens of charities reported over nuisance marketing New figures show that regulatory notices have been served against 59 charities that failed to comply with the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS). All have been referred to the Information Commissioner’s Office after ignoring requests made by members of the public who did not want to receive their direct marketing materials. Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive, Fundraising Regulator, said: “The FPS is an important tool in helping to rebuild trust between members of the public, particularly those who are vulnerable, and the charity sector. Charities that fail to respect requests made by the public to stop unwanted communication risk damaging the good work done by the rest of the sector." Third Force News OSCR appoints new chair Lindsay Montgomery, the former chief executive of the Scottish Legal Aid Board, will take up the post of chair of the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) this month. Mr. Montgomery is currently a visiting professor at University of Strathclyde School of Law, vice chair of the International Legal Aid Group and chair of the Scottish Government Digital Foundation Board. He will succeed Revd Dr Graham Forbes. Third Force News RISK Regulator surveys charities on fraud resilience The Charity Commission, in partnership with the Fraud Advisory Panel, has launched a survey of 15,000 charities to help it better understand charities’ resilience to fraud and their levels of cyber-security. Alan Bryce, Head of Development and Operational Intelligence at the Charity Commission, said the survey "is a really important project that should significantly improve our understanding of what’s happening across the charity sector and shape our regulatory engagement, helping to build a stronger counter-fraud culture for the future. I urge those charities contacted to get actively involved and complete the questionnaire – your answers really will make a difference." GOV.UK Civil Society NCSC is hosting a second charity cyber security webinar Charity Digital News is partnering with NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre) to host a second free educational webinar for charities that will further examine the simple and inexpensive actions charities can take to protect data. The ‘5 steps every charity should take to improve their cyber security’ webinar takes place this Thursday at 1pm. Charity Digital News FUNDRAISING Major fundraising firm shuts down UK door-to-door fundraiser Home Fundraising has gone bust. Sixteen regional offices have closed their doors and 600 staff will be made redundant. Dominic Will, joint managing director of Home Fundraising Ltd, said: “It’s been an extremely difficult time for fundraising agencies in recent years, with the need to adapt to a dramatically changing marketplace. There is also considerable uncertainty within the UK economy to which very few businesses will be immune, particularly those that carry significant staff and infrastructure costs.” Third Force News Donors increasingly believe in pooling resources to create a bigger impact The FT considers the emerging phenomenon of collaborative giving initiatives, or aggregated funds, that some observers think will become the catalyst for more than $5bn in annual giving. Financial Times Is Britain ready to go cashless? The FT’s Lindsay Cook hopes the Access to Cash review, due to be published later this month, will consider the impact of a cashless society on charitable donations. Financial Times FINANCE Charity closures increased 27% in 2018 Charity law firm Wilsons says charity closures increased 27% in 2018, to 666 from 526 in 2017. Wilsons partner Stephen Oxley said: "The last year has seen more [charities] pass the tipping point into no longer being viable . . . First Government grants were cut, increasing reliance on donations. Donations then started to fall for some charities, in part due to some charities taking reputational hits. That has made it difficult for some charities to carry on.” UKFundraising WORKFORCE Care funding ‘no longer sustainable’ says charity facing strike Around 450 people have rallied in support of care workers employed by Merseyside charity Alternative Futures Group who are striking over pay. The charity, which supports vulnerable adults who live at home across the UK, has warned that local authority funding for sleep-in care does not “cover the costs” of minimum wages, and has called on the government to address funding for the sector. A spokesman for the charity said that it had “subsidised this shortfall to the tune of £8.1m” in the last four years, “but this is now no longer sustainable.” BBC News CAMPAIGNS Rowing charity hopes to make waves in Oxbridge A charity has launched a new scheme that pairs up some of the UK’s most challenged schools with individual Oxford and Cambridge colleges in an effort to “demystify Oxbridge” and encourage more state school students to apply. Fulham Reach Boat Club in west London aims to challenge the “elitist” perception of rowing by offering free lessons to state school children. Burlington Academy in White City and Trinity College Oxford are the first pair in the new project, which sees pupils visit the College to be coached in rowing by students and get application advice from tutors. The Sunday Telegraph Mental health training urgently needed for teachers Jonathan Wood of Place2Be, discusses the “alarming” lack of training provided for teachers to respond to and tackle mental health issues. The charity is piloting a scheme in Initial Teacher Education Institutes at the universities of Edinburgh and Stirling, providing reflective space for student teachers and their tutors around the issue of mental health, to create an opportunity to gain perspective on the impact challenging children can have. The Scotsman A million saplings to be given to schools Over a million free saplings are being given away to schools and communities by the Woodland Trust to foster a "real passion" for planting trees. It is the first time that the charity, which supplies tree packs to groups keen to improve their areas, has sent out a million trees in a single planting season. Organisations can apply for between 15 and 420 trees. All of the trees are sourced and grown in the UK. Yorkshire Post Daily Mirror INTERNATIONAL Bezos tops list of biggest US philanthropists in 2018 Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos donated more money to charity last year than anyone else in the world, according to The Chronicle of Philanthropy. The Amazon chief executive and his soon-to-be ex-wife donated $2bn to boost nonprofits that help homeless families under the auspices of their new 'Bezos Day One Fund.' The pair announced their divorce last month but have said they remain "partners in ventures and projects." The top 50 donors on the list gave around 50% less than last year. Overall donations from the world's 50 top donors fell from $14.7bn in 2017 to $7.8bn in 2018. CNN Business Mercury News OTHER SMEs hoping to make a difference Research by the Co-operative Bank has found that seven out of 10 British SMEs are driven by a purpose beyond purely making money. Such firms include Good Loop, which donates 50% of what its clients spend to charity; Almond, an app that rewards consumers for buying responsible products; and The Clean Kilo, which encourages customers to reduce environmentally damaging packaging. The Daily Telegraph Think of a name . . . CAF ’s Rhodri Davies writes about how he programmed an AI bot to come up with charity names. Suggestions from the bot included Lewisham Young Farmers Club, Four Winds Relief, Man First Foundation, The Friends of Table, and Cubbington Cat Club. Charity Digital News ​Back to Charity Times archive >>


International Women’s Day 2019 - #Balanceforbetter

The International Women’s Day website says that balance is not a women’s issue, it’s a business issue. That collective action and shared responsibility for driving a gender-balanced world is key. International Women's Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women - while also marking a call to action for accelerating gender balance. Movements like #IWD matter because what held true in 1969 holds true today, that the stereotyping of females begins when the doctor says 'it’s a girl’. (Congresswoman Shirley Chisholm). And it is this stereotyping which holds back not only women and men, but it also holds back our economies. The economies in which we want to see growth, year in, year out. We live in a system which needs to hear the business case for everything. And even though I disagree with this starting point when it comes to matters of social conscience and equality I will toe the line today because these messages need to be heard. 65 countries lose $92bn in annual GDP by investing less in girls’ education than boys. (Yann Borgstedt, The Womanity Foundation) Globally women work two-thirds of all working hours, but get 10% of the income (Yann Borgstedt, The Womanity Foundation) The 2015 McKinsey Power of Parity Report says that in the full scenario of gender equality being achieved globally, $28trillion, or 26% would be added to global annual GDP by 2025. The report links gender equality in society to gender equality at work, acknowledging that one is not possible without the other. Here’s an example of how social inequality can cause economic problems. China’s Great Leap Forward in the late 1950s created opportunities for women in growing industries and the government specifically supported women in setting up SMEs. The even earlier Land Reform Act of 1950 enabled peasant workers to own their own land – this included women. Much of China’s growth in the last few decades was built on the woman-friendly foundations of these actions. Then came the one-child policy – the population was growing at a worryingly high rate. And from here came the stark realisation that despite the gender-equal policies of a few decades earlier, the higher social capital attached to having a boy over a girl had not changed. Attitudes remained as they had always been and new-born girls were abandoned to die or be adopted. Whilst the Chinese economy continues to grow at the moment, it faces uncertainty ahead. There are 50 million fewer women than there would have been if it weren’t for the one-child policy and the social inequality which led to boys being favoured over girls. This alone could lead to a 3% cut to China’s GDP. Yes, it’s an extreme example. But it illustrates the point - social inequality will continue to impact economic progress if we don’t address it head-on. Balance matters, it’s not just a slogan or a trending topic on Twitter, but a true indicator of what we could achieve if we work together – men and women – to create a world where opportunities are available to all, regardless of background. The reality is that everyone gains from the full social and economic empowerment of women. A more prosperous society is good for us all. #balanceforbetter This article has been contributed by Heeral Gudka (click to find out more about Heeral). Heeral Gudka is the founder and director of Convergent Consulting, with expertise in helping leaders create inclusive environments and work in a manner that motivates themselves and those around them. She set up her coaching business after 15 years in the insurance industry, experiencing first-hand the impact that intelligent and genuine leadership has on people, and also the impact of poor leadership on productivity and morale. Heeral has worked with Hiscox, SAGA, Tandem, Argenta, Conyers, Dill & Pearman; Freisenbruch-Meyer, AON Bermuda, The Honeypot Children's Charity and CCS Group. Twitter Linkedin


10 Things You Didn't Know About: Mandy Eddolls - HR Engagement Director

Mandy Eddolls is the Interim HR Engagement Director at University of Warwick. She is an expert on developing People & Organisation strategy to effect major transformational change and drive performance and engagement, has a wide experience of stakeholder engagement and a broad range of experience in different sectors. 1. What three traits define you? Resilience, pragmatism and humour 2. What’s the weirdest job you’ve ever had? I once had a summer job in a company that organised artificial insemination for dairy cattle herds. I hasten to add that I had a job in the office there! 3. How do you define success? Doing the right thing, not the easy thing 4. If not HR, what would the dream be? Gardener. I love my garden and am happiest when I’m there. As long as I have someone who can do all the heavy manual work for me! So maybe a supervisory gardening role 5. What is your personal philosophy? That life is awfully short, and we should grab all the opportunities that we can. 6. How do you start your day? Grumpily. I’m not very talkative in the morning and prefer to keep myself to myself for the first hour or so, listening to the radio or checking Twitter while drinking lots of coffee 7. What’s your favourite thing about working for your current company? Higher Education is an endlessly fascinating sector – you get to meet some amazing people who really do change lives in the course of their work 8. What are the secrets to good leadership? Humility, visibility and never forget that you’re part of a team as well as leading it 9. What is your favourite holiday destination and why? Brittany – it’s diverse, great climate, great food and even better wine 10. If you were able to invite 4 people to dinner (alive or passed), who would you invite, and why? Alun Wyn Jones – as a proud Welsh woman, I’d like to say thank you to him for thumping the English at Rugby on Saturday, Alan Bennett because his wry observations on life, politics, love and class have been constant reading through my life, Cardinal Wolsey – history presents him as a deeply paradoxical man – greedy and abstemious, philanthropist and self-serving, chaste and yet over indulgent – I’d like to see for myself and Vic Reeves because he’s funny, strange and very talented. For more information about this article, or to speak to Richard about your recruiting needs or HR jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696353 or


Charity Times - 26/02/2019

GOVERNANCE Charities fight back after attack over expenditure Charities have defended themselves after the Mail on Sunday reported about issues of expenditure on executive pay and backroom running costs. A number of large charities have been accused of misleading donors, with analysis reported by the newspaper indicating that many include money spent on executive pay, public relations and support services in the sum they say goes to the causes they represent. The investigation suggests that the most recent accounts from ten of the UK's largest charities included more than £225m of support and governance costs in £3.9bn of charitable spending. Gina Miller, an investor and corporate governance expert, said: “It is clearly absurd that charities are allowed to hide large elements of their costs within their disclosed charitable spending number.” But John Downie, director of public affairs at the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations, said: “The distinction between back office costs and charitable activities is a false one – everything a charity does, at every level, should be supporting its overall mission." The accounts of the ten largest mainstream UK charities by income were examined by the newspaper: Save the Children International, Save the Children UK, Cancer Research UK, National Trust, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Sightsavers, Barnardo's, Marie Stopes and the British Red Cross. Third Force News The Mail on Sunday Governance model for large charities is 'broken' Philip Kirkpatrick, head of charities and social enterprise at law firm Bates Wells, says the governance model for large charities needs to be revamped. He said: “The governance model for large complex charities is completely broken . . . It is starting to look a little backward,” adding “No one can look at what is demanded of part time, unpaid, non-executive trustees of complex operational charities and say it is fair or appropriate that those trustees are held to account for everything the charity does. It is time to recognise realities and offer a new model.” He proposes a model whereby charities have a unitary board comprised of paid trustees and the senior executive directors, alongside an “assurance” board from the charity’s membership who would be volunteers. Third Sector Civil Society Regulator has 'left me haunted and in limbo,' says charity founder The founder of a rescue centre in Wales whose animals were removed by the RSPCA says the Charity Commission has left her "haunted, targeted and in limbo." The regulator had installed its own interim manager following concerns about the management and sustainability of Capricorn Animal Rescue Centre in Padeswood, Flintshire. The RSPCA was called in to rehouse the animals after the manager decided the charity was no longer viable. There is no suggestion of ill-treatment of animals. Sheila Stewart, who founded the centre, says the operation caused animals to become unnecessarily distressed, and she says she has been "kept in the dark" about the whole affair. Daily Post (Wales) FUNDRAISING Hub to encourage gamers to fundraise The Gaming for Social Good online hub has been launched by JustGiving to encourage gamers to donate to charities. The hub features tools and resources for gamers who livestream their gameplay to create fundraisers and encourage their audiences to donate to charity. Lucy Squance, director of supporter-led fundraising at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “JustGiving is making it easy for people to support causes close to their hearts by simply doing something they love and, given the size of the market, we believe the potential growth could be a game-changer for the third sector.” War Child UK, the National Autistic Society, and disability charity SpecialEffect are among those to have already signed up to support the initiative. Civil Society Retailers accused of keeping money from plastic bag levy The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has released a “list of shame” which names retailers accused of keeping the plastic bag levy instead of donating it to charity. It is claimed that sports retailer Decathlon and homeware store Tiger have both kept the profits from the charge aimed at tackling the plastic menace and reducing litter, while supermarkets Lidl and Farmfoods kept part of the money, despite ministers telling stores they are expected to donate all proceeds to good causes. Lidl says it has donated a “significant proportion” of its plastic bag levy proceeds, which total more than £2.3m for 2016-17 and 2017-18 and refused to say how much of the money it had kept back. Daily Mail DIGITAL IT skills in decline among trustees Tech Trust’s yearly cross-sector survey on digital indicates that 40% of charities think their trustees’ IT competence is ‘below average.’ The comparable figure in last year’s report from Tech Trust was 29%. The report warns that such shortcomings could put many charities behind as they seek to enable digital change. The report, titled ‘The Charity Digital Spectrum: How all charities can go further with digital,' suggests actions for charities which want to make the most of their digital missions. Charity Digital News SUPPORT Website to help charities register with regulator The Small Charities Coalition is launching a digital toolkit to support smaller charities that want to register with the Charity Commission. The website provides a checklist of steps to take when setting up a charity, including registering with the regulator, keeping minutes of meetings, managing finances and recruiting trustees. The Small Charities Coalition recently found that 44% of its support line queries are about establishing a charity. Angela Style, interim chief executive, said: “Our members tell us every day that the current guidelines, although thorough, are not always written with small charities in mind, especially charities who are time and cash strapped." Civil Society LEGAL Judicial review launched over 'myth busting' guide Children's rights charity Article 39 has launched High Court proceedings against the Department for Education over claims a "myth busting" guide for local authorities "removes important statutory safeguards" for children. The charity has previously said that the guidance produced by the DfE's children's social care innovation programme features "numerous errors and misrepresentations of the statutory framework" on how social workers should support children in care. A joint letter detailing the legal inaccuracies in the document, which was signed by 50 charities and social work experts, was delivered to children's minister Nadhim Zahawi in September last year. Article 39 director Carolyne Willow said it was "deeply regrettable" that the DfE's myth-busting guide was still in circulation. Children & Young People Now BBC News Scam ‘charity’ shut down The Insolvency Service has won a High Court order to shut down Data Northern, an organisation which claimed to run antidrugs campaigns in schools, but was exposed by the Mail on Sunday as being a scam. The “charity” cold-called small firms, implying that it was a working with the police and schools, before requesting donations to produce booklets warning teenagers against drugs - raking in more than £880,000. The Mail on Sunday AWARDS Christian charity tops Sunday Times list Bradford headquartered Christian charity Transforming Lives for Good (TLG) has been named as the best not-for-profit organisation to work for in the UK by the Sunday Times. London-based education charity The Brilliant Club placed second and housing developer Stockport Homes Group came third. Sunday Times PEOPLE Ruth Hunt steps down at Stonewall Stonewall chief executive Ruth Hunt is leaving the charity in August 2019 after 14 years. She has been chief executive for the last five years. Jan Gooding, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said Ruth's "commitment to integrating trans communities into Stonewall’s work, following a period of extensive consultation, has been and will continue to be integral to our development as an organisation." Charity Today CAMPAIGNS Charities warn over cuts to children’s services A group of charities has warned that funding for children’s services has been cut by a third since 2010, and in some parts of England the money available to local councils per child has dropped by as much as 52% in real terms. Councils in London have suffered the largest cuts, with Westminster's funding per child down by more than half, from £1,591 to £761.62, followed by Tower Hamlets (49%), Camden (49%), Newham (46%) and Hackney (46%). Elsewhere, the amount available per child in Manchester is down by 45%, and by 43% in Birmingham. Experts warned that the cuts have left thousands more children at risk of neglect and abuse, while youth workers and social workers say the reduction in services are inextricably linked to a rise in youth knife crime and the criminal exploitation of children by county lines gangs. The Independent The Guardian Drug testing clinic approved The Home Office has issued its first drug-checking service licence, meaning users will be able to have their illicit substances tested without fear of being arrested. A year-long pilot will be run in Weston-Super-Mare by the charity Addaction in partnership with Hertfordshire University. If successful it could be rolled out nationally. It will build on the work by drug safety charity The Loop, which already conducts drug testing at music festivals and has carried out a similar exercise at a pop-up site in Bristol city centre. The Observer OTHER Charity database will list councils’ sculptures Charity Art UK , which has already created a register of publicly owned oil paintings across Britain, is creating a similar database of sculptures owned by local authorities and other public bodies. Director Andrew Ellis said the “variety, the range, is just stunning, and what is extraordinary is that it is going to be so much more global” than the register of paintings. “Paintings are predominantly a western European tradition but the sculpture collection we are bringing together is from across the world, and you can see that already. There are Buddhas, there are Hindu reliefs in Northampton from the 12th century - and that is just the first 1,000 records,” he added. The Guardian ​Back to Charity Times archive >>


Challenges of moving sectors for HR Professionals - Solutions from Aytan Hilton

I speak with HR professionals every day and one of the topics of discussion to always arise is the challenges of moving sector within HR. I wanted to get a better insight into this matter and so I asked for the advice of a few senior HR professionals who we work with, who have successfully navigated multiple sector moves within their extensive HR careers. It seems that on the candidate side, the concern tends to be that they feel ‘pigeonholed’ and must follow the work, rather than be able to work in a variety of sectors and diversify their experience. On the client side, the view may be that they want candidates who are able to hit the ground running, who understand the challenges of the sector, and despite having empathy for the candidate’s position, the clients have their business needs to consider. Here, I speak with Aytan Hilton, Director of Cub3ed Consultancy - to get his thoughts on how to best navigate a move in the HR sector. How have you managed to move sector effectively? Do you have useful tips for application or interview? I am in total agreement with your initial notes and observations about challenges with moving sector in HR, I have been fortunate enough to be recommended and referred for a lot of my cross-sector opportunities. These warm introductions help to overcome the inertia of being stuck in one sector and opens doors to using my skills across different sectors. Do you have any advice for candidates who feel ‘pigeonholed’? My advice would be to have the confidence to challenge those who are pigeonholing you. Get them to focus on “what” you have achieved and are good at rather than just “where” you might have done it. Remember, as a HR professional, your skills are highly transferrable, bothin terms of soft skills and technically. There is a stereotype that public to private sector movers would struggle to adapt to the pace of work and in turn, that private sector to public movers would feel frustrated with the red tape, bureaucracy and different nature of stakeholders. What is your experience this? To an extent I would agree with this statement (as a generic stereotype) but with the caveat that there will always be exceptions on both sides of the fence. When I worked for the Government Digital Service, the pace was frantic rather than fast but then I’ve also experienced a lot of wasted time in the private sector when projects or activities are shelved for no real reason; with a sense of time and money being wasted as a result What change would you like to see from a client perspective – whether it is what you’d like to see from potential employers or what you as an employer would like to see in a candidate wanting to move sectors? I would like to see clients being true to their values and employer value propositions that state they are innovative, forward-thinking, diverse and inclusive, yet so many are not when it comes to candidates moving sector. A diversity of mindset for me is as important as aesthetically diverse workforces and this will tend to come by having more talent genuinely coming into an organisation from different sectors and industries. Having worked in several sectors and industries, the common challenges shared by organisations are a lot more closely aligned than they realise and therefore need to overcome the stigma that they always need to hire from within a smaller community of like-for-like individuals. Hope that helps! I hope the above has offered some guidance and reassurance to HR Professionals in this position, and perhaps offered a new perspective for employers. I look forward to sharing more insights in this series. For more information about this article, or to speak to Akhil about your recruiting needs or HR jobs in London or Nationwide, contact him on 02072696350 or


Charity Times - 19/02/2019

FUNDRAISING 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. Charity Digital News UKFundraising Charity Today 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." Charity Today UKFundraising 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. Aberdeen Evening Express 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. Financial Times WORKFORCE 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." Charity Times Civil Society Third Sector 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. Civil Society STRATEGY 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." Charity Times GOVERNANCE 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. The Birmingham Post Wired-GOV Third Sector REGULATION 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. Oldham Chronicle CAMPAIGNS 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. The Guardian 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.” Third Force News The Times BBC News 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. The Times The Sun Sunday Express 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. The Guardian OTHER 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. The Guardian 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." Daily Mail Daily Mirror Back to Charity Times archive >>



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