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New Outline Draft of the Charities Bill Released

The draft Charities Bill covers the meaning of charity and charitable purposes (Part 1), funding (Part 3), and the regulation of charities, including the Charity Commission, the Charity Appeal Tribunal, registration of charities, the application of property cy-preás, assistance and supervision of charities by court and commission, audit of accounts, charitable organisations, powers to spend capital and mergers (Part 2).

To read the Charities Bill in full click here. Alternatively, you can read the Charity Commissions five key changes summary by clicking here and what they would mean practically for charity trustees, and why the Charity Commission support them.

Organising Events in 2021?

As the roadmap for easing lockdown continues and activities re-start, it’s important to make sure your events are planned and managed safely. This new free guide from Zurich Insurance is aimed at charities, not-for-profits and local councils.

Find out what new considerations you should make to help protect against the additional risk of COVID-19, by download Zurich’s free guide by clicking here.

An Introduction to Charities

Step into the world of charities for Small Charity Week 2021. Learn more about how they work, how they are run and how they are regulated.

Dudley CVS and SCVO are offering a brief introduction to the world of charities for anyone from Dudley or Sandwell boroughs who would like to learn more. The session is being held on Monday 14th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

This informal session will be particularly useful for people who:

  • Are involved in a community group that is exploring charity status
  • Are new to the charity sector
  • Would like to understand how charities are run
  • Would like to know what’s involved in being part of a charity
  • Wants to know how charities are regulated
  • Wants to find local charities to support

This will be your chance to get information from staff at Dudley CVS and SCVO, which are charities themselves, ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register so that you can receive the link to access the session by clicking here.

Being A Charity Trustee – An Introduction Session

A Small Charity Week session from Dudley CVS and SCVO on an introduction to the legal duties of charities trustees.

People in Dudley and Sandwell boroughs can join Dudley CVS and SCVO staff to find out more about being a charity trustee on Wednesday 16th June 2021, 2pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

Charity trustees are the people who are responsible for running a charity. This short online session will outline the legal duties associated with being a charity trustee and signpost you to further guidance to help you improve your understanding of being a trustee.

The session will be particularly useful for anyone who:

  • Is a new charity trustee
  • Is interested in becoming a charity trustee
  • Would like to refresh their knowledge and understanding.
  • You’ll receive information, hints and tips, and links to further guidance. You’ll also be able to ask questions and make connections.

The virtual session will be held on Zoom. Please register to attend so that we can send you the access information you’ll need to join us by clicking here.

Working from home: hybrid working

Over the past 14 months many third sector workers have been, and still are, working from home. Mixing home and office working has many benefits.  

However, charities around the UK are looking forward to welcoming staff back into their offices as restrictions are slowly lifted. After the enforced changes in working practices, things are unlikely to return to the way they were before the pandemic for a long time, if ever.

Read the full article on hybrid working by Digital Charity here.

FoodCycle: Feeding Black Country Communities Webinar

As part of the work to support people and communities to thrive and flourish, Transforming Communities Together are hosting a webinar on the national charity FoodCycle, as it prepares to open its first Walsall-based free meals service for local residents. The webinar will be from 10.30 am on Wednesday, 23 June 2021.

FoodCycle is a national charity established in 2009, with the aim of tackling food poverty and social isolation using donated surplus food. There are currently six projects in the West Midlands, all Birmingham-based. The organisation is now working to set up FoodCycle Cooking projects within Walsall and the wider Black Country.

FoodCycle utilises suitable kitchens in which volunteers cook fresh surplus food, which has been donated, to produce healthy, hot vegetarian meals, for anyone who would like one. The meals are completely free and anyone can just turn up. Typically guests include low income families, homeless people, isolated older people, and people struggling to ‘make ends meet’.

FoodCycle would like to hear from you:
• If you could host a FoodCycle local venue, and have capacity to seat up to 30 guests.
• If you are a local organisation or community group through which potential guests may be reached.
• If you would like to be a volunteer at a local venue.

For more information, please contact on 07377 866347 or on 07593 256805.

Book your free place via Eventbrite.


Digital Skills Audits – Tools, Capacity and Resources Moving Forward

Charities during the pandemic have had to adapt quickly with many volunteers and employees having to learn digital skills as they go. It is therefore essential moving forward that charities undertake a digital skills audit to identify training needs as well as their strengths and weaknesses in improving their digital capabilities.

Charities are rapidly improving their use of digital tools and resources across their organisation, from fundraising to service delivery. But a lack of digital skills is still a major barrier to many charities fulfilling their full potential, according to the latest evidence.

What is a digital skills audit?

A digital skills audit – audits the digital skills within an organisation. Carrying out an audit highlights where there are shortages and uses analysis and evaluation to identify any weaknesses.

Data from the audit can be used to plan training and prioritise areas where digital skills are needed swiftly. A digital skills audit can also highlight strengths that charity leaders did not even know existed within the organisation.

For more information on a digital skills audit and how your organisation might conduct one see Charity Digital News article on the subject by clicking here.

Source: Charity Digital News

New NCVO Digital Guide

Reduce your charity’s digital skills gap with NCVO’s new digital, data and technology guidance for a step-by-step guide, advice, and support on making digital work for your organisation. The guide has been funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the content covers all the information you need to help you take control of the digital skills within your organisation.

To access the guide and it’s resources click here.

Rebalancing Income Against Increased Demand?

Charity Digital News in their latest article explain how the biggest issue facing a charity right now is the need to balance an increase in demand for services with a scarcity of funding. They suggest that there could be a digital solution to help them do just that.

Like with many things there is no magic cure for the current state of affairs; no silver bullet to stop the crisis dead in its tracks. But the cumulative impact of adopting a number of digital solutions in a holistic manner can ease the financial pressure a charity is currently experiencing.

One solution might be, the automation of finance management, which can save charities time and money, and help them to plan for a more sustainable future. To read Charity Digital News article and explore all the potential solutions being expressed click here.

Source: Charity Digital News

Introduction to Business Plans Free Webinar

Business planning has never been more important than now, for organisations wishing to navigate around the challenges of the pandemic. A well written business plan will support clear goal setting and provide a road map moving forward ensuring continuity of service at a time when it matters the most.

SCVO’s informative and free webinar will provide a basic understanding of how to develop a business plan that will work for you! Taking place on Thursday 20th May 2021, 10am – 12pm via a Zoom Conference Call.

The aims of the webinar are:

• To define what a business plan is.
• To explain the purpose of having a business plan and the different uses.
• To provide a better understanding of what should be included in a business plan.
• Resources, hints and tips.

There is a maximum of 30 places available for this virtual webinar. All places must be booked through Eventbrite by clicking here. Once you have registered to attend the webinar we will email you with joining instructions nearer the time of the webinar.

Why not go to our website at to subscribe to our free weekly e-bulletin, so you get e-updates automatically on SCVO webinars and training opportunities straight to your inbox. We’ll be announcing further funding and training webinars via our e-bulletin in coming months such as Introduction to Business Planning Webinar so be sure to subscribe or you risk missing out!

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