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Welcome to Voluntary Sector News

Welcome to CMY's new Voluntary Sector Newsletter. We hope this is helping to fill the gap left by the closure of the long running "Voluntary News" (which we used to subscribe to). While Voluntary News was produced weekly, we decided after careful consideration that to maintain a regular schedule with current resources, we would aim for newsletter production Monthly (on or near  30th of the month).  We are pleased to be continuing a valued service and hope you find it useful too!

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If you have any information or stories you would like to be included in future issues please get in touch at office@community-matters.org.uk

Best wishes from all the team at CMY

Sector News

‘There is a lot of overblown anxiety about charities’ right to campaign,’ says Kruger
The Lobbying Act does not stop charities from campaigning and the government does not have any deep objection to hearing from the sector, according to MP Danny Kruger. Read the full story here
Charity Commission sets date for public meeting
The Charity Commission will hold its annual public meeting on 1 October. The meeting, which is open to all members of the public and representatives of civil society, will be held remotely on Zoom. It will also be broadcast live from the regulator’s YouTube channel. Read the full story here.
ICSA releases new guide for trustees about reopening safely
Trustees will need to strike a balance between carrying out their charity’s purpose and safeguarding people as they reopen, a governance body has said. The Chartered Governance Institute (ICSA) has issued the advice as part of new guidance for charity trustees on how to reopen safely. Read the full story here.
Dear Boris, how can you ‘maximise’ the role of charities when the sector is shrinking?  
The prime minister asked for ideas about charities’ role in the recovery can be “maximised”, but that seems like a stretch when the sector is contracting. Read the full story here
Decisions made by the Northern Ireland charity regulator’s staff are void, court says
Courts have ruled that only the board, not staff, of the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (CCNI) can make key decisions, rendering much of its work invalid. Read the full story here.

Digital Developments

COVID Secure E-Learning
We have been negotiating for access to some computer based e-learning to support organisations as they return to work. This training should take 30 to 40 minutes to complete and is designed for staff and volunteers to do before the organisation re-opens.

The course covers:
  • Coronavirus
  • Risk assessment – hand-washing, surfaces, seating arrangements
  • Getting to work – travelling there and moving round the premises
  • Common areas
  • Working and meeting with customers, colleagues and visitors
  • Cleaning – before, during and at the end of the working day
  • Face and body coverings
  • Deliveries
  • Accidents & incidents
  • Raising concerns
At the end of the e-learning the participant receives a certificate.  The organisation can also receive a certificate to help give confidence to your users. The course will be regularly updated as guidance and legislation changes.

There is a charge of £5 per person for the e-learning

If you would be interested in this e-learning opportunity, please email us at admin@community-matters.org.uk
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This is particularly useful when it comes to charity digital operations. Many small charities may struggle to pay full-time staff or freelance contractors to perform specialised digital tasks or advise on longer-term digital strategy. It can be difficult to find the money to pay someone with the necessary skills. read more here.
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Funding News

Lloyds Bank Foundation launches £7.4m Covid-19 recovery fund for charities
Lloyds Bank Foundation is launching £7.4m in funding to help charities recover from the Covid-19 crisis. The Foundation’s Covid Recovery Fund aims to help around 140 charities with an unrestricted grant of up to £50,000 each.Read the full article here.
 
Instagram to roll out feature to fundraise for personal causes
Instagram is rolling out a fundraising feature that will allow users to raise money for a personal cause they care about.  While Instagram already lets users fundraise for charities via its donation stickers and during Instagram Lives, the “Personal Fundraiser” feature will allow them to raise money for themselves, their business or other types of personal causes.Read the full article here.
 
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