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”

Draft of significant update to charity governance code

A draft for a new version of the Code of Good Governance has been published for consultation. Civil Society News says that this is a radical update. It proposes that trustee boards must consider mergers with other charities or winding their charity up, if other organisations are seen to be fulfilling similar charitable purposes more effectively.

NCVO’s news release also highlights new features and higher standards in the code. » Continue reading news item ... “Draft of significant update to charity governance code”

More on the new fundraising rules

A “regulatory alert” on fundraising rules which came into force on 1st November has been issued by the Charity Commission. The rules cover additional information on fundraising to appear in trustees’ annual reports (where the charity has to produce audited accounts), as well as the agreements that must be in place when using professional fundraisers or other commercial bodies to raise money.

The alert news item outlines the new requirements and links to a ‘FAQ’ page from the Fundraising Regulator, which was developed jointly with the Commission. » Continue reading news item ... “More on the new fundraising rules”

Sage cloud accounting tailored for non-profits, including reduced cost

Accountancy software designed specifically for the not-for-profit sector has been launched by the Sage Foundation. Sage Live Non-profit is built on the Salesforce App Cloud and is available on the Salesforce AppExchange.

Eligible charities can get two Sage Live user licenses donated through the foundation, with further licenses at half price.

Sage has said it aims to “give non-profits access to cloud technology and tools tailored to their needs” including balance sheet, statement of financial activities (SoFA) reporting, general processing and fund management capabilities.

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Time given to update agreements with professional fundraisers

The Fundraising Regulator is to give charities a ‘grace period’ of five months (to 31st March 2017) to get existing agreements with fundraising agencies updated to include new requirements coming in from 1st November, according to solicitors Bates Wells Braithwaite email briefing.

The regulator should be publishing some FAQs on its website by the end of this week (i.e. by end of October). Meanwhile, see Bates Wells Braithwaite recent article ‘New requirements from 1st November for fundraising agreements‘.