Two further reports have been published by the Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services run by National Coalition for Independent Action. One examines the current state of volunteering, and how commissioning has accelerated the rise of the ‘workplace model’...
Sector consultancy nfpSynergy has published a report suggesting ways of tackling misconceptions about charities and their spending. ‘Getting the Message Across’ (second version) urges the use of short, snappy and regular messages.
Items connected with Trustees Week (10th to 16th November):
With two-thirds of charity trustees in England and Wales aged over 50, and hardly any between 18 and 24, charities must start being proactive in getting young people involved. ‘Why charities need to recruit and nurture young trustees like myself’ on Society Guardian.
Historic Scotland and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland are being merged into a new body to manage and protect Scotland’s heritage.
Official news release on Historic Environment Scotland, which is due to be fully operational by October 2015, at http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/New-body-for-Scotland-s-heritage-11f2.aspx.
The Northern Ireland Executive has produced a Draft Budget for 2015-16, which is open to consultation. Sector body NICVA has an article summarising the key points for those in the voluntary and community sector who are thinking of responding, http://www.nicva.org/article/draft-budget-2015-16-summary.
The government is consulting on allowing community groups and low-risk businesses to sell or give away limited amounts of alcohol through the use of a Community and Ancillary Sellers Notice (CAN). The intention to introduce the CAN was announced last year.
The charities and not for profit team at accountants Broomfield and Alexander are producing “bite size guidance on the changes that SORP 2015 will bring to your organisation”. At http://www.broomfield.co.uk/category/charity-and-not-for-profit/sorp2015/.
SORP 2015 is the new charity accounting standard, effective for accounting periods beginning on or after 1st January 2015. Don’t forget the dedicated Charity SORP site, http://www.charitysorp.org/.
All charities, voluntary organisations and community groups are invited to take part in a major survey being carried out by a coalition of sector networks and support bodies. They want to find out more about the support that charities need, which will help them inform and lobby funders and key decision makers.
The Charities Aid Foundation is running a Young Trustee Survey, which will feed into a guide CAF is producing on engaging young trustees. ‘Young’ is defined for the guide as anyone aged between 18 and 30. The survey asks for input on experiences and difficulties of organisations engaging young people as trustees.
Northern Ireland’s sector body NICVA has commissioned a survey to find out the views of both private businesses and voluntary and community groups on whether public procurement encourages innovation.
A short questionnaire is at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/5LV26NQ.