Governance guide for Scottish international charities

A new guide on governance issues for international organisations based in Scotland has been produced by SCVO and NIDOS – the Network of International Development Organisation in Scotland  and the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. The guide outlines such things as legal structures, financial planning, recruitment, risk assessment.

See short SCVO news item or go direct to http://www.nidos.org.uk/effectiveness/tools and click on the Governance Support Package image for pdf, 543KB.

Welsh government sets out support for volunteering

The Welsh Government has published ‘Volunteering Policy: Supporting Communities, Changing Lives’. They recognise the benefits in providing funding and support to volunteering and sees it as “an important expression of citizenship and as an essential component of democracy”.

The purpose of the policy is to:
• improve access to volunteering for people of all ages and from all parts of society;
• encourage the more effective involvement of volunteers, including through appropriate training;
• raise the status and improve the image of volunteering. » Continue reading news item ... “Welsh government sets out support for volunteering”

Recognising digital tech for social good

This year’s call for nominations of the 100 most inspiring uses of technology for social good around the world has opened. The NT100 awards shine a spotlight on the people and projects harnessing the power of tech to tackle a significant social challenge. See Nominet Trust news item or nominate a project at http://www.socialtech.org.uk/nominate/. Closing date 30 September.

Scottish charities and social enterprises have a further opportunity, to enter the Herald Scottish Digital Business Awards. » Continue reading news item ... “Recognising digital tech for social good”

Sorting out the holiday pay calculations

Recent decisions in the European court of justice and UK courts have led to some confusion around the calculation of holiday pay. They could mean that additional and variable payments such as overtime, shift allowances will need to be taken into account.

Some of these decisions have been or are still being appealed, so there has been and continues to be considerable uncertainty. Sandy Adirondack has worked through the various information to clarify things as best she can, on her Legal Update pages. » Continue reading news item ... “Sorting out the holiday pay calculations”

Checking consumer rights compliance for charities

It is expected that the main provisions of new consumer rights legislation will come in from 1st October. Stone King solicitors suggest that, for organisations providing goods or services directly to consumers, now is a good opportunity to review current terms and conditions and ensure that they are compliant.

The Consumer Rights Act 2015 seeks to amalgamate in one place the rules governing consumer rights in the UK, bringing together various legislation which was very complicated and difficult to navigate. » Continue reading news item ... “Checking consumer rights compliance for charities”

Effective sector data use and the scientific method

A couple of think pieces on the social sector, data and the scientific method. Yes, ‘social sector’ means they are by American authors, but still worth a read this side of the pond.

Firstly, why the social sector doesn’t truly have big data, and data is not (currently) changing the social sector. It doesn’t have the “data exhaust” available for use at little cost in the corporate world. » Continue reading news item ... “Effective sector data use and the scientific method”