Youth Arts Charity takes training on the road

This autumn, arts charity IdeasTap will offer unique opportunities for young people all over the country to work closely with some of the creative sector’s leading companies including Writers’ Centre Norwich, Royal Shakespeare Company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures and Magnum Photos. These industry and training events – mentoring schemes, masterclasses and online resources – are all part of IdeasTap Inspires, a free national training programme for young people building careers in the creative industries supported by a £250,000 Exceptional Award from Arts Council England. » Continue reading news item ... “Youth Arts Charity takes training on the road”

New additions to VolResource

Areas of Concern, Welfare and Rights,

The Modern Slavery campaign, launched by the Home Office, aims to raise awareness of slavery in the UK,

advicelocal, borough-by-borough social welfare resource for London’s advice and information community,

On Volunteering Opportunities,

Join In is an official London 2012 Games legacy charity, connecting people with local community sports clubs across the UK who need their help, » Continue reading news item ... “New additions to VolResource”

Scottish charity water rate exemption extended

The Scottish Government has announced that groups north of the border with income under two hundred thousand pounds will now be exempt from water and sewerage charges. Third Force News states that over 19,000 of Scotland’s 23,500 charities will qualify, along with hundreds of amateur sports clubs.

The exemption limit was previously much lower, and the new system should be clearer and less complicated. Third Force News has more at

Reminder on volunteers and DBS checks

This month’s Disclosure and Barring Service newsletter includes a piece ‘Volunteers: who is eligible?’. They have seen a noticeable increase in some organisations submitting checks for volunteers who are not eligible for a DBS check, and this gives some basic guidance.

Find DBS Disclosure News: August 2014 at

Holiday pay ruling could impact care sector

Third Force News reports on a European court judgement which means that routinely earned extra money, such as sleepover payments, should be included when calculating holiday pay. In many cases holiday pay has been based on basic earnings instead.

They quote Unison’s Scottish regional secretary as saying that they “are aware how many third sector organisations are run on very tight budgets. Unison will be working constructively with organisations to ensure our members receive their entitlements, but also to fix things going forward so that voluntary sector organisations are able to meet their obligations.” » Continue reading news item ... “Holiday pay ruling could impact care sector”

Flowchart and webinar help with lobbying law

The latest Electoral Commission ‘Update’ notice on the new lobbying law gives details on their webinars, updated FAQ web page and a flowchart to help campaigners to decide if they will need to register with the Commission.

Download ‘Non-party campaigners and the new campaigning rules: Guidance, webinars and FAQs’ in pdf, 89KB, from Or get the flowchart ‘Do I need to register?’ (pdf, 132KB) direct from » Continue reading news item ... “Flowchart and webinar help with lobbying law”