Charity pensions update

Assessing employer fund contributions

As reported by Civil Society News, The Pensions Regulator has produced specialist guidance on how to assess the strength of charities and not-for-profit organisations when considering required contributions to combined pension funds.

Where charities are members of pension schemes run, for example, mainly for public sector workers in health or local government, they are often asked to contribute more money because the ability to guarantee payment in the future is considered to be weak. » Continue reading news item ... “Charity pensions update”

Chance to gain insight into government workings

England’s sector umbrella body NCVO runs a work-shadowing scheme where those working in government and voluntary organisations can step into each other’s shoes for a day, giving insights into how the other sector operates.

This year’s ‘A Day In The Life’ scheme is open for applications until 30th September. For voluntary organisations, anyone with permission from their employer can participate, but check any confidentiality restrictions etc. » Continue reading news item ... “Chance to gain insight into government workings”

Understanding sector experience of Transforming Rehabilitation

A joint project to track the voluntary sector’s experience of recent changes to probation and prison services under the government’s Transforming Rehabilitation programme has published findings from a preliminary survey.

Clinks, the body for organisations working with offenders, has partnered with NCVO and Third Sector Research Centre. NCVO’s article says that “the overwhelming sense we got from voluntary sector respondents was uncertainty” – read more in ‘Transforming Rehabilitation: Uncertainty Reigns‘. » Continue reading news item ... “Understanding sector experience of Transforming Rehabilitation”

How do you manage volunteer opportunities online?

NCVO Volunteering is running two surveys on systems being used to manage volunteering opportunities online.

One survey is aimed at any organisation which involves volunteers in its work –

The second is for sector infrastructure (support) organisations, at

The survey should take 5 to 15 minutes, depending on what systems you use.

Survey on NI voluntary sector independence

A research project run by Ulster University is investigating the independence of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector in Northern Ireland. It focuses on three overlapping dimensions of independence – Purpose, Voice and Action.

Survey responses will contribute to understanding the challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Go to Community NI page for link to the survey and contact details.

Sector future in health and social care – views wanted

The second phase of a review of the role of the voluntary sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes has launched, with the aim of creating a positive future. The launch article starts off with the question “What will happen to community groups, charities and social enterprises providing health and social care services during austerity?”. There are two part to this consultation:

The review was initiated by the Department of Health, Public Health England and NHS England, but the advisory group has strong sector involvement too. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector future in health and social care – views wanted”