The Scottish charity regulator OSCR is to continue to pay extra attention to fee-charging schools after concluding that this type of charity has a high risk of failing the public benefit test. As reported in Civil Society News http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/governance/news/content/18722/, or...
The Institute for Volunteering Research has produced ‘Review of evidence on the outcomes of youth volunteering, social action and leadership’ to inform its evaluation of the Asda Active Sports Leaders programme. This aims to increase the numbers of teenagers getting involved as sports leaders and in volunteering to help build confidence, skills and interest in social action.
The company which gradually bought up a raft of CRM (customer relationship management) systems aimed at charities, Advanced Computer Software, has been sold to a US private equity firm.
Sector consultant Ivan Wainewright writes about the implications on his Databases For Charities website, http://blog.itforcharities.co.uk/2014/12/what-now-for-care-integra-donor-strategy.html.
Two Third Force News articles on Scottish devolution issues (out of several more):
The delay of devolving the Work Programme due to an extension of contracts is unwelcome.
The chief executive of Faith in Community Scotland discusses the aftermath of the referendum and Smith Commission, and where Scottish civil society must go from here, http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/tfn-blogs/social-justice-and-poverty/ten-weeks.
Following recent Austrian research which challenges the view that volunteering is necessarily an inclusive activity, an IVR researcher takes a look at different aspects of the UK data in the NCVO article ‘Is volunteering really open to all?’ at http://blogs.ncvo.org.uk/2014/12/04/is-volunteering-really-open-to-all/.
The Scottish Leaders Welfare Group is a new coalition pressing for a humane welfare system. It includes leaders from Scotland’s churches, trade unions, local authorities and voluntary sector and plans to collate evidence which would be used to put pressure on both Westminster and Holyrood.
Recommendations from the Hodgson review of the Charities Act, to increase the financial thresholds above which charities must have their accounts audited rather than independently examined, are out for consultation. It is estimated that the changes would make up to 4,000 charities exempt from audit.
Co-written by Creative Scotland and Children in Scotland, ‘Creating Safety’ provides updated guidance on child protection for individuals and organisations involved in delivering artistic, cultural and creative projects for children and young people in Scotland.