If your charity’s income is over £25,000, the trustees must arrange for an independent person or accountancy firm to carry out an audit or independent examination of the charity’s accounts.
The purpose of this is to give the charity’s trustees, supporters, beneficiaries and the wider public, some independent assurance that the charity’s money has been properly accounted for. The trustees of most charities are able to choose to have an independent examination instead of an audit. Independent examination is a ‘light touch’ scrutiny that usually costs less than an audit.
To help trustees we have updated our guidance Independent examination of charity accounts: guidance for trustees (CC31), to make it easier to read and more accessible.
This guidance will help you appoint an independent examiner with the ability and practical experience needed to carry out a competent examination of your charity’s accounts.
Source: Charity Commission Newsletter Issue 64
Safeguarding is a key governance priority for all trustees, not just those working with groups traditionally considered at risk.
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has recently launched a range of safeguarding resources, supported by other organisations.
The resources were jointly funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) and the National Lottery Community Fund.
NCVO Safeguarding resources – click here.
You should use these alongside our guidance about safeguarding duties for charity trustees by clicking here.
It is also important that you contact The Charity Commission about any safeguarding issues, or serious safeguarding incidents, complaints or allegations which have not been reported to us.
Find out about reporting serious incidents in your charity as a trustee by clicking here.
Find out about reporting serious wrongdoing at a charity as a worker or volunteer by clicking here.
Source: Charity Commission Newsletter Issue 64
Are you thinking of organising a bike marking event in your community? Then take a look at PC Ford’s tips on how to organise a successful bike marketing event.
1 Promote it Properly
Whether it is an organised event in a local business, community centre or school or just an ad hoc event, it is important to let as many cyclists know as possible.
2 Use Social Media
Use Twitter and Facebook to publicise the details of a public event or encourage other community groups to promote events internally to volunteers or staff that cycle to work.
If you are trying to catch people on their daily commute then set up on a main route where you can capture passing riders. Make sure you are clearly visible to attract cyclists.
4 Organisation and Equipment
Have a good system in place. Don’t just turn up with staff or volunteers and start making cycles. Ensure you have the correct equipment (e.g. clipboards, pens, gazebo, bin, etc.). Have one or two volunteers or staff (depending on how busy you are) with the forms to hand to capture and collect registration forms if you are registering the bikes with BikeRegister or other schemes.
Ensure you have correctly trained staff or volunteers that know exactly how to mark cycles and obtain the correct registration information from the public.
Remember to look after volunteers or staff if it is going to be a long day.
Mediaworks has published guidance for charities and businesses on the digital marketing opportunities and threats caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Switching retail operations to eBay and Amazon and updating online calls to action are among key advice given in a digital marketing action plan for charities and businesses during the coronavirus (Covid -19) pandemic.
The action plan has been released by digital marketing agency Mediaworks for charities and businesses on how to be “agile and adapt your marketing approach based on potential digital opportunities and threats” caused by the pandemic.
“Over the last few weeks, marketing departments across the world have been faced with the unrivalled challenge of changing strategy, adjusting budgets, and deploying untested tactics,” said the agency.
The action plan has been released following a survey of charity leaders revealed a drop in confidence in using digital as the sector battles to attract donations and revenue amid rising demand.
Online information such as contact details, office opening hours and available services needs to be updated on charities’ own websites and also via third party listing sites.
Charities are advised to “check their contact details on their online and offline assets and listings, including Google My Business, Bing Maps and Waze”.
A constant update on ensuring such information is accurate “is crucial” said Mediaworks.
Read the Full Charity Digital News Article by clicking here.
Source: Charity Digital
Brook have produced an update in relation to the services it is providing in light of the current situation we are facing.
To access the update please view – https://www.scvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Sandwell-bulletin-Q4.pdf
We’re here to help.
SCVO’s call-out for volunteers to support their local communities during the COVID-19 crisis has had a wonderful response; we are very proud to say we have a small army of reserves ready to help.
People from all walks of life have offered their services, from drivers to hands-on carers, from telephone befrienders to local shoppers.
So if you’re a voluntary organisation or community group in Sandwell, tell us where you need volunteers to step in.
We will aim to match your organisation’s need with volunteers signed up to our database. We have a note of their particular skills, whether they have their own transport and if they have current DBS clearance (which many do).
If you have identified a need (maybe something new, or a change to what you already do, in response to COVID-19), but maybe it is the first time you have thought about engaging volunteers in your delivery, why not get in contact with us to see how we might be able to support you.
If you would like to discuss opportunities you have, please email firstname.lastname@example.org cc. email@example.com
It’s a strange and unsettling time for everyone right now, especially new parents.
We’ve had to make some changes to our service to fit with venue closures, infection control measures and sensible distancing precautions, but there’s still lots of support we can offer you.
Here’s what you can expect from us over the coming weeks:
At any time (before or after birth) … Call us on: 07505 775357 and leave your details — our answerphone will be updated with any changes in service, and we will get back to you as soon as we can (between 9am -1pm daily).
If you have any issues with feeding, such as pain, difficulty getting baby to take the breast, or worries about how much or how often baby is drinking, our first step will be to offer you a call back for telephone support.
While you wait for us to call you back you can look here for general breastfeeding information.
For further info click here – https://www.scvo.info/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/COVID-19-Breastfeeding-Peer-Support-Sandwell_Final_v2.0_AC_26032020.pdf
The King’s Fund in partnership with the National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £3 million Healthy Communities Together programme to empower voluntary and community sector organisations and the local health and care sector to work together to boost the health and wellbeing of their communities.
The programme consists of two phases. In phase 1, a maximum of six areas will receive up to £50,000 funding and a package of learning and development support for up to nine months to develop their partnership and project plans. The closing date for application for phase 1 is the 27th May 2020 with projects for phase 1 projected to start in September 2020. At the end of this phase, each location will be invited to apply for phase 2 of the programme for further funding and support.
For further information please view – https://www.tnlcommunityfund.org.uk/funding/programmes/the-healthy-communities-together-programme#section-1
A new £6 million fund has been launched to support organisations working to prevent youth offending and make communities safer.
Comic Relief and the Youth Endowment Fund have joined forces to help keep children safe from violence by co-designing a new funding programme with help from young people affected by youth violence; and those organisations and individuals with experience of prevention.
The programme will aim to ensure that children most as risk of being drawn into crime and violence receive the support they need, and in particular will address rising knife crime.
Further details of the programme will be announced later in the year.
View further information here – https://www.comicrelief.com/news/comic-relief-and-youth-endowment-fund-join-forces/
Grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years are available to charitable organisations that help people at times of crisis in their lives.
In particular, funding is available when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available. The funding is provided through the Henry Smith Charity Improving Lives Programme. Eligible organisations include charities and not-for-profit organisations (including social enterprises) in the UK with a turnover of £50,000 – £2 million (in exceptional circumstances up to £5 million). Applications can be submitted at any time and decisions are usually made within 6 months.
For further information please view – https://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk/explore-our-grants-and-apply/improving-lives-grants-programme/improving-lives-grants-programme-overview/