Sector websites update

Forum for community project discussion

The My Community website, run by Locality to provide support and information for community projects, now has a forum which

connects people who are who doing great things in their communities – from taking over pubs or green spaces, running local projects and making plans that will help shape the future of their neighbourhoods and communities.

You need to sign up to post new topics, but you can browse existing posts without. » Continue reading news item ... “Sector websites update”

Tips on managing mental health at work

Workplace relations experts Acas have published research which “reveals top tips … to better manage mental health at work”. The accompanying case studies focus on Mind Harrow and Brentwood Community Print.

The report makes the human case that employers should prioritise mental health in the workplace to include careful management of those with mental health conditions, making reasonable adjustments to working practices where appropriate, and educating their whole organisation to challenge stigma.

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Rules on convictions and charity trustees, senior managers

On the blog of Clinks, the support body for offenders and families organisations, ‘Trustee or senior manager of a charity and have convictions? Are you affected by the Charities Act 2016?’.

This has been written by a co-director of Unlock, which has taken an active interest in the extensions to the rules on trustee eligibility that become law through the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. » Continue reading news item ... “Rules on convictions and charity trustees, senior managers”

Volunteers can make a difference in end of life care

An evaluation into the ‘End of Life Social Action Fund’ has been published by the government. This looks at how effective social action befriending services across 11 sites were at improving quality of life for adults in the last year of life.

The research into the first trial of such a volunteer service was undertaken by Lancaster University’s International Observatory on End of Life Care and the Institute for Volunteering Research. » Continue reading news item ... “Volunteers can make a difference in end of life care”

Useful resources when starting in HR

Workplace relations experts Acas have recently produced ‘New to HR – Helpful Acas resources for you‘. This collection of guidance, tools and materials has been developed from customer feedback on what they would have found most helpful when first starting in HR.

Sections include: Recruitment and induction, Contracts, Pay, Managing discipline and grievance, Managing absence, Holidays, Managing appraisals and performance, Redundancy, TUPE.

Much should be of use to managers with personnel responsibilities.

Political and policy update

Here are various sector round-ups from the main party conferences, plus some other public policy updates.

Party conference reports

Think tank New Philanthropy Capital was involved in fringe meetings at both the Labour and the Conservative party conferences, and reports back on what they learnt – ‘A view from the 2016 party conferences‘.

Civil Society News reporters also went to both Labour and Conservative events, with separate pieces for each summarising what happened. » Continue reading news item ... “Political and policy update”