22 September, 2017
 
The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on reporting serious incidents, following growing concern that they are being under-reported by charities. 
 
Last year, charities reported 2,181 incidents to the Commission, over half of which (55%) related to safeguarding; around one in seven (14%) related to fraud or money laundering, with a third of reported frauds being internal (‘insider’) fraud. However, the Commission believes that many more serious incidents are going unreported.
 
20 September, 2017
 
The Government is looking to better support charities and young people to participate in ‘full-time social action’. It is consulting with young people and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to find out how the full-time volunteering experience can be improved, and common barriers could be overcome.
 
The review will gather evidence on the current opportunities available, the current status of full-time volunteers, the impact of full-time social action on young people and their communities.
 

The new Charity Governance Code published in July 2017 has brought into sharp focus the need to improve the diversity of trustee boards. It recommends that trustee boards periodically take part in training and/or reflection about diversity and understands their responsibilities in this area.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 25 January, 2018 - 18:00 to 20:30
13 September, 2017
 
A new version of the Charity Governance Code has been published, setting out higher standards for governance for charities. This new Code is essential reading for all trustees. It is deliberately aspirational and using it will help trustee boards to review and improve their governance arrangements and practice. 
 
The code proposes higher standards in a number of areas, including recommendations that:
  • The ideal board size is between 5 – 12 trustees.
  • The maximum term of office for trustees should normally be 9 years.
4 September, 2017

 

Over half of workplaces are missing out because they are excluding disabled talent.

This Government resource page is designed to help you recruit and retain disabled people and people with health conditions for their skills and talent. 

Your organisation can sign up to the Disability Confident Employer scheme.

23 August, 2017
 
In the recently published West of England Strategy (WoE) discussion paper, Metro Mayor Tim Bowles lays out his plans for the next four years and pledges to work with “councils and business to lead a region that delivers on economic growth”. 
 
The consultation for this paper is now open (closing date Wednesday, 27 September). This is your chance to shape the regional strategy*, and ensure the needs and interests of all communities are represented.
 
10 August, 2017
 
“The UK Civil Society Almanac, published annually by NCVO, is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in the voluntary sector, and its role in civil society. Widely cited by the media, it is used extensively by policy makers and sector leaders”.
 
20 July, 2017
 
The Charity Commission is working to make its service more efficient and accessible by developing a new, online ‘one stop shop’ portal. Here VCSE organisations will be able to access easy-to-find advice and guidance, tailored to the size and type of charity. The Charity Commission aims to have the portal up and running by the end of 2017.
 

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