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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect My Charity?

In the first of a series looking at GDPR and what it means for charities, Andrew Cross, Data and Insights Lead at Lightful, one of the only GDPR Certified Practitioners in the beyond profit sector, explores the basics of the new regulations.

If you’ve not heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which comes into force on 25 May 2018, then where have you been hiding? OK, so maybe you’ve heard of it but not actually done anything about it yet. Don’t worry, it isn’t too late to read up and start on the road to compliance.

GDPR is a replacement to the Data Protection Act (DPA, 1998). It aims to standardise the way Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is dealt with in terms of Data Controllers (i.e. organisations that collect personal data) and Data Processors (i.e. a third party you share data with) and that exist within the EU or countries operating outside of the EU that process data on EU nationals. If you are processing personal data within the UK, we advise that you register with the ICO as soon as possible.

Ultimately it gives back control and ownership of data to the individual. In terms of compliance, this should be what you adhere to now; however, it does not come into enforcement until the 25 May 2018.

Data controllers vs processors
Let’s take Charity A as an example. This charity will generally be considered a Data Controller, collecting the data of supporters in order to engage and communicate with them in a variety of ways. One of these ways may be to send out direct mail via a fulfilment house (which would take on the role of a Data Processor). The vast majority of charities will fit into the Data Controller category and will be ‘processing’ some data even if it that means just ‘storing’ the information.  And it isn’t just supporter data; it also applies to staff data, service user data, trustee data etc.

I hate to break it to you but…
GDPR doesn’t just affect the charity sector. It’s sector-wide. It affects every organisation- no matter your size or whether or not you have a ‘data person’, so decide now who is going to lead on GDPR compliance in your organisation. And… if you fall foul of the law, you will face consequences, which could include a fine from the ICO, enforcement notices, audits and even possible prosecution. Read more about the action the ICO could take.

To read the full Charity Digital News Article click here.

Big Lottery Fund renews support for School for Social Entrepreneurs

A further 1,300 social entrepreneurs can look forward to receiving funding after the Big Lottery Fund committed £2.55m to renew its support for the School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE).

The renewal extends Big Lottery Fund’s commitment to the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme and SSE, which launched in 2012. The award-winning programme, jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund, will support 2,600 social entrepreneurs in total by 2022.

The first five years of the programme has supported 1,300 social entrepreneurs, who are forecasted to reach as many as 1.1 million beneficiaries over five years, according to a social impact review of the programme conducted by CAN Invest and Investing for Good.

Big Lottery Fund’s £2.55m grant to School for Social Entrepreneurs will support a further 1,300 social entrepreneurs over the next five years with grants of up to £10,000. Students also attend a year-long SSE learning programme to help them start up, grow or scale their organisation, and receive mentoring from a Lloyds Banking Group employee.

This funding announcement follows SSE’s 20th anniversary in July, when it celebrated supporting more than 1,000 leaders of social change each year through its learning programmes and courses across its global network of 11 schools.

Alastair Wilson, CEO of School for Social Entrepreneurs, said: “The renewal of our partnership with Big Lottery Fund means School for Social Entrepreneurs can deliver on our mission to support the learning and growth of social entrepreneurs – people who solve problems first-hand within their communities. This grant-funding will directly benefit 1,300 people who are creating tangible social and environmental impact across the UK. We are thrilled to announce this news as we celebrate 20 years of supporting the leaders of social change with learning and connections.”

James Harcourt, Grant Making Director for England, Big Lottery Fund said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we have been able to continue our support for the Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme, in partnership with School for Social Entrepreneurs and jointly funded by Big Lottery Fund. Collaborations like this allow us to maximise the impact of our funding, and the entrepreneurial aspect of the programme aligns with our commitment to putting people in the lead and having a positive impact in communities across England.”

The sixth cohort of the programme will begin in October 2017. People interested in applying for the 2018 cohort can register their interest at https://www.the-sse.org/lbsep/.

Source: Charity Digital News

Reasons Why Cyberattacks Succeed Are Revealed

Security professionals have named the main reasons why cyberattacks are successful, providing an insight into the areas charities need to protect.

Malware protection specialist Lastline surveyed attendees at the Black Hat 2017 security conference and found that nearly 55% of respondents have suffered a cyberattack within their respective organisations, with 20% being hit with ransomware. While human error is a contributing factor behind these attacks, the survey also found scarce resources to help security teams respond, and a lack of best practices being implemented to prevent future attacks.

Results of the survey include:

  • Human error continues to be a key cause of cyberattacks: 84% of respondents whose company has suffered a cyberattack attribute it, at least in part, to human error, likely exacerbated by understaffed security teams and a flood of alerts and false positives. 43% say technology detected the attack but the security team took no action, while another 41% attribute the attack to a combination of technology and human error.
  • Ransomware is on the rise, but not necessarily effective: One in five organisations has been victimised by ransomware. Of those hit, just eight percent actually paid the ransom while nearly two-thirds refused.
  • Information resources to understand and mitigate attacks are scarce: Overall, 42% of respondents have no helpful source about the specific attack and are left to figure it out themselves, while 52% seek online information from security experts and vendors, and another 19% rely on peers.
  • Organisations are playing roulette with infected computers: Only 28% of respondents follow best practices and erase and rebuild a computer’s software after a potential malware attack. Seventy percent either manually erase (46%) or rely on AV tools to identify and clean the malware (24%), often resulting in the malware staying in place on the infected machine to continue its attack.
  • Cybercrime: risk versus reward: Despite the recent rise in ransomware, just one percent believes it is the most profitable crime with the lowest risk of getting caught. That distinction goes to cyber espionage (43%) followed by enterprise financial fraud/embezzlement (31%), and identity theft and online banking fraud (25%).
  • The case for preemptive hacking: When questioned whether hackers should be hired to test security systems, six out of ten respondents were open to the idea, suggesting a willingness to try every possible resource to ensure effective security. Only 43% responded with a definite “no.”

“The threat of a cyberattack is something that organisations have to deal with on a daily basis,” said Christopher Kruegel, CEO, Lastline. “This survey highlights the need to adopt best practices and equip security teams with better tools to eliminate false positives and provide crucial information to help them prioritise and address those events that present the highest potential risk.”

Source: Charity Digital News Article.


From Me to We: The Benefits of Collaboration (Infographic)

Trends are always coming and going, but one that’s seemingly here to stay is the focus on workplace collaboration and engagement. It’s a popular trend for the charity sector too, with many charities building IT strategies around collaboration. A good example can be found in our interview with The Big Issue.

This trend has shifted the focus away from individuals and onto teamwork, as highlighted in this infographic by PGi, the provider of collaboration software and services. Highlighting the benefits of collaborative working, it’s well worth a look.

To view the Charity Digital News Infographic image click here.


SSAB’s Celebration of Prevention Work and Services Conference

The Sandwell Safeguarding Adults Board Prevention Sub Group will be hosting their annual Celebration of Prevention Work and Services in Sandwell conference on Wednesday 11th October 2017 – 10.00 am till 2.00 pm at Brasshouse Community Centre, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick. B66 1BA

The day will consist of guest speakers looking at Adult Safeguarding referrals and process, the Mental Capacity Act and a showcase of other support agencies and organisations.

There will be opportunities to share ideas in one of the workshops around referrals and appropriate support, ending with a networking lunch in our service providers market place.

SSAB hope you can make it.

If you would like to book a place or would like your organisation to host a stall in the market place please contact lisa_roberts@sandwell.gov.uk


Healthwatch Sandwell’s Health and Social Care Group and AGM

Healthwatch Sandwell invites you to their Health and Social Care Group and Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 27 September 2017, 10 30 am until 1.00 pm. The venue is Greets Green Access Centre, Tidasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ.

There will be speakers from Sandwell & West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust and Sandwell Council.

At the AGM you will hear about Healthwatch’s progress and projects last year and plans for the year ahead.

Booking is essential.

To reserve your place please email call 0121 569 7210 or info@healthwatchsandwell.co.uk

Keeping Your Charity’s Finances in Check

Trustees have a legal duty to look after their charity’s money and other assets. They need to understand and keep track of their charity’s income and spending to spot any issues as early as possible to prevent them from affecting the charity’s success.

Here are some key tips from the Charity Commission’s wide ranging guidance on financial issues.

Charities should:
• be able to recognise at an early stage when the charity is no longer viable and plan for what will happen to beneficiaries, staff and assets
• develop a policy on reserves which establishes a level of reserves that is right for the charity and clearly explains to its stakeholders why holding these reserves is necessary
• recruit trustees with time and the right skills and experience to understand their finances and plan strategically for the future
• hold regular trustee meetings to keep track of income and spending
• put internal financial controls in place to make sure all spending is properly authorised
• review sources of income – are there any new opportunities?
• regularly review planned and proposed expenditure – can they do anything better or stop doing something altogether?
• regularly review their risk and risk management policy

SAFS’ Car Boot Sale

SAFS – Sandwell Asian Family Support Service – provide a range of quality care support services and opportunities to enable South Asian children, young people and adults with disabilities to enhance their quality of life.

SAFS will be holding a car boot sale from 10 am to 1 pm, on Saturday 9 September 2017, at the Windmill Community Centre, Messenger Road, Smethwick B66 3DX

If you would like to purchase a stall, please contact Lewis at SAFS to book your pitch as soon as possible, on 0121 558 2198 or email projectsupport@safscare.org.


Parkrun planned for Sandwell

Parkrun is heading to Sandwell and the hunt is on for volunteers and runners to step in and make it a hit. Parkrun is a timed five-kilometer run which takes place every Saturday morning. Staffed by volunteers, it is free of charge for runners of all abilities to turn up and enjoy running together safely.

The free weekly event is planned for Sandwell Valley, which will join thousands of Parkrun events up and down the country and across five continents. Each Parkrun event is mainly organised by volunteers and Sandwell Council need more people to sign up to help so it can launch the event.

The Sandwell Valley Parkrun will start at 9.00 am every Saturday. Volunteers will be required from 8.30 am -10.30 am for duties including marshalling, timing, result recording and some PR.

Sandwell Council Sport and Leisure staff are leading on the planning of the event but they need your help with the weekly organisation of the run. You don’t have to attend every week, just when you can. Sandwell Council Sport hope to have a pool of volunteers so you can decide on a weekly basis if you can help out. To register your interest to volunteer contact Gemma Ryan at gemma_ryan@sandwell.gov.uk for more information.

Councillor Richard Marshall, cabinet member for leisure, said: “The Parkrun movement is hugely popular and we are happy to help launch one in Sandwell Valley. It gives people of all abilities the chance to run together safely on a Saturday morning and see each week how their times improve. The valley is a great place to hold a Parkrun but we need both runners and volunteers to make it happen.”



Council Tax Reduction Scheme for 2018/19

Sandwell Council has just gone live with a consultation on its Council Tax Reduction scheme for 2018/19.

There is no change between the current scheme and the intended scheme for 2018/19.

The Council is seeking the views of stakeholders, residents or any interested party. These are requested by 19th September 2017

Further information available on the Council’s website.


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