Charities and community groups in Scotland that are making an exceptional impact on their communities can now enter the Scottish Charity Awards 2015, run by SCVO. Read Third Force News or direct to http://www.scvo.org.uk/scottish-charity-awards/.
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.
The Electoral Commission has made a number of changes in material available for “non-party campaigners” on the lobbying law. Website navigation has been amended to make it easier to access appropriate resources, and a flowchart to help campaigners decide whether or not they are part of a joint campaign has been published.
The Scottish Community Re:Investment Trust launched on 10th December, at the Glasgow Social Enterprise Network Trade Show. It plans to harness the sector’s collective financial assets and expertise, and provide relevant financial services. The first product is a specially designed Anchor Savings account, available to both individuals and organisations.
The Commission on Ethical and Responsible Investing for Charities and Social Enterprises, set up by charity chief executives body ACEVO following media criticism of charity investment practice, has produced its report. Civil Society News leads with “Charities with investment assets must involve their whole organisation in an active conversation about whether to invest ethically”, http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/18731/.
A further 400 internships within the third sector in Wales will be created over the coming year thanks to a new collaborative partnership between WCVA, Cardiff University and the University of South Wales.