8 August, 2018

 

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) is consulting on a draft code of ethics.

The code is aimed at helping organisations to review their policies and practices in order to update them in line with their purpose and values. It seeks to provide an overarching set of principles that reflect values shared across the charity sector.

8 August, 2018

 

The Arts Council is expected to focus on diversity and localism in its strategy for 2020–2030, following release of the results of its recent consultation.

According to the consultation, two thirds of those surveyed believe that diversity presents one of the greatest opportunities for the sector over the next ten years. Yet the sector does not currently reflect society well enough – in its workforce, leadership, participants and audiences.

Financial Reporting Council (FRC) published a new corporate governance code in July 2018 for companies listed on the stock exchange. Charities aren't legally required to follow the code, however it provides useful best practice guidelines that could be applied to any organisation. The guidance on board effectiveness is particularly relevant to the VCSE sector.

Blog: Why become a board member?                                                                 

Being a board member is one of the most important roles in a charity or social enterprise. Trustees or directors work on governing bodies and take ultimate responsibility for an organisation, ensuring that it is well-run and working towards its purpose – whether that is (for example) to decrease poverty, provide play opportunities for children or offer housing to people who are homeless.

As a new board member it can be difficult to know exactly what is expected of you. This course will give you the knowledge and confidence to be an effective board member from the start. This interactive session will walk you through your governing role and covers legal responsibilities and the essentials of good governance, including the questions you should be asking.

What will I learn?

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Wednesday, 26 September, 2018 -
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15 February, 2018
Shocking news about the sexual misconduct of a number of Oxfam staff resulted in a serious a backlash from the media, and the withdrawal of support from many of its regular donors. Many will be questioning whether it has also dealt a blow to the charity sector overall. Whatever your feelings about Oxfam’s fate, it should be clear that no matter the size of organisation or the strength of its overall ethos – gross misconduct can happen anywhere. 
 
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23 January, 2018
By now, most people will have heard about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force in May 2018, but do you understand what it means in practice for your group/organisation?
 
18 January, 2018
Charitable companies with an income of under £12,500 can now convert to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), and the Government has issued a timetable for the staggered introduction of this opportunity for larger organisations.
 
What is a CIO?
 
17 January, 2018
From 1 August 2018, changes to the law will put greater restrictions on who can run a charity. The Government has published new guidance to help individuals (such as trustees and those in senior management positions) to find out if the new ‘automatic disqualification’ rules apply to them.
 

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