The Charity Commission is reminding charities that have current debts exceeding available funds to explain in their Trustees’ Annual Report how they are addressing the associated risks. A review of almost a hundred charity accounts found that nearly half failed to discuss the issue in their reports.
A fund new to the UK encourages charity chief executives to visit and research best practice social innovation around the world. Established in Australia in 2012, the Macquarie David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship provides a £10,000 grant to visit and research community organisations around the world.
Training packs, contributions to training session expenses and consultancy support are on offer from Age UK for organisations who wish to train their volunteers working with older people, promoting physical activity and wellbeing.
New consolidated legislation for co-operatives came into effect from1st August, the first such simplification and unification of what was complex law for over fifty years.
Co-operatives UK has a number of useful downloadable publications, such as:
The Early Intervention Foundation has published an online resource for those who wish to find out more about how to deliver, or commission, effective early intervention. they say that it “will continually evolve and expand as we gain more information about ‘what works’ for children and commissioning children’s services”.
The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator is consulting on various proposals to its regulation of charities. These include plans to publish charity annual reports and accounts on the Scottish Charity Register, changes to the Annual Return, online filing for all charities, the creation of a trustee database and a new system of Serious Incident Reporting.
A web based planning tool that gives communities an idea of whether their proposed community building, such as housing, sports centres, community halls or neighbourhood hubs will be a financial success, has been launched by My Community Rights. Community Buildings Checker is designed to take the guesswork out of early-stage planning and give confidence to groups that they could take on and complete a building project.