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Welcome to Voluntary Sector News

Welcome to the first issue of CMY's new Voluntary Sector Newsletter. We hope that this will help fill the gap left by the closure of the long running "Voluntary News" (which we used to subscribed to). Voluntary News was produced weekly, having looked carefully at this we have decided that to keep a regular schedule with the resources we currently have our intention is to produce this approximately fortnightly with the aim that it would come out on the 15th and the 30th of the month.

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Best wishes from all the team at CMY

Sector News

Charity Commission removes more trustees in 2015/16
The regulator’s annual report of compliance and investigatory work reveals that 14 people were issued with a notice of the commissions intention to remove them as trustees in 2015/16, up from four the previous year. Eight trustees were ultimately removed.
Sligo to be the European Volunteering Capital in 2017
Sligo, an Irish town with a population of 20,000 inhabitants has been designated as the European Volunteering Capital 2017. This means that the town in the north of the Republic of Ireland will take over from London, which was the nominated capital for 2016
Read the full story here
New research reveals top tips  to better manage mental health at work
One in six workers in the UK have poor mental health so Acas has also published new guidance today on anxiety, which includes top tips on how to handle mental health issues in the workplace for managers and employees.
Read the full story here

Digital Developments

Small Charities Can Have Big Reach
You don't have to be a big national charity to have a big social following. Small regional charity ME North East accessed training funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation to develop their digital marketing. Watch Chief Officer Jennifer Elliot talk about developing their Facebook Page and its impact on their work.
DIY Websites for Small Charities
With the rise of online web builder tools, small charities and voluntary groups no longer need to hire expensive web designers. With a small budget, DASU Flintshire worked with SM4G to co-design their new site using Weebly. In week one they received enquiries for support from new survivors.

Social Media 4G are a digital marketing agency based in the North of England who specialise in supporting small charities and social enterprises to develop their social media and digital marketing via coaching, training, consultancy and assistance with content production.

For further details please visit

Funding News

New summer holidays lunch and fun clubs to get £500,000 of Welsh Government support

The Welsh Government is to fund local lunch and fun clubs to provide opportunities for children to be more active, eat healthily and develop friendships whilst also making the most of our local school facilities.
Read the full article here

Free handbook on fundraising for charity Trustees

A free downloadable resource, “Trustees and Fundraising:  A practical guide” has been published by the Institute of Fundraising in partnership with NCVO, Charity Finance Group and ACEVO.  It looks at key areas trustees should be thinking through and will support both trustees and fundraisers to create effective fundraising policies to promote the aims and objectives of the charity. Download your copy here


Policy and Consultations

FoI should cover charities delivering public services, says ICO chief
The UK’s Information Commissioner has said that the Freedom of Information Act should apply to any body, including a charity, which delivers a public service
Read the article here
Annual return for 2017 - information collected from charities
Have your say on what information is collected by the Charity Commission in the Annual Return.  This open consultation is available until 9th March 2017. More information and a link to the consultation can be found here


Resiliance not Reliance
Are you part of an arts, heritage, or creative organisation, a museum, charity or social enterprise that is looking to connect with business sector professionals and benefit from their expertise, knowledge and skills? Then why not join us on the 2nd February in Leeds where you will be able to informally network and gain free advice and top tips from a range of industry specialists at our Hot Desks! More details and booking at Eventbrite
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