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VAS information digest

18th March 2016
In this week's VAS id:
A working forum to discuss the SAIL project, making sure you choose the right NHS service, avoiding online extortion demands, the opportunity to have your say on charity property issues, information on how charities may lawfully trade, a hidden disabilities workshop, resources from third sector consultancy Wren & Greyhound, a vacancy from Community First, and save the date for a Sports Forum event.

Latest News

Charity Property Survey - Have Your Say

The Charity Commission is working with the Ethical Property Foundation (EPF) to identify the key issues that are currently affecting charities in England and Wales with regard to the property that they own, lease or rent.

In particular the commission and the EPF would like to know: which issues are most significant; who they affect; whether your organisation has the capacity to deal with them; and the costs incurred in doing so.

The survey is a unique chance for everyone who works in the non-profit sector in England and Wales to have their voice heard when it comes to property issues affecting their organisation.

Take the Survey

Charities at Risk of Online Extortion Demands

Trustees, charity professionals and volunteers should be aware of online extortion or ‘ransom’ demands currently affecting UK businesses. This is because charities could also be vulnerable to attack and so are encouraged to be vigilant. This advice is particularly relevant for those charities which operate overseas and/or deal with international partners in high risk zones.

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Choosing the Right NHS Service

Swindon CCG wants to direct patients to the service best suited to their illness or condition. In many cases this may be self-care, advice from a local pharmacy, or treatment at an NHS walk-in centre or minor injuries unit.

A&E departments are there to deal with the most serious and life-threatening emergencies. People should not default to A&E if they have a less serious health issue, but choose from a variety of other services that are available to help them.

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Upcoming Events

Hidden Disabilities: Making the Invisible Visible

Living with disabilities can make your world very different. If others don't understand it can lead to very daunting experiences.

Click4Action eRotary, in partnership with Uplands Educational Trust, is hosting a free workshop on Saturday 16th April, 9:30am - 4pm at Uplands School. The aim of the workshop is to help us learn, through a range of hidden disabilities, how we can be a more understanding and inclusive society.

Guest speakers will use experiences of Autism, Dementia, Mental Health, Diabetes and Hearing Loss to explore how we can make the hidden visible to build inclusiveness in our communities.

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Swindon Sports Forum: Where Are We Going?

Save the date - Swindon Sports Forum will be holding its next event on the 21st April, 6:30 - 8:45pm at the Legends Lounge, Swindon Town FC, County Road, SN1 2ED. The focus of the event is 'Where Are We Going?' - including talks from Sport England on national policy around sport, and from Swindon Borough Council about their position, with time for a discussion with sports clubs about the development of community sport and participation among targeted groups. This is an important meeting for anyone interested in the future of sport in Swindon so please come along to contribute to what will be an interesting discussion.

More detail and an agenda to follow.

SAIL Working Lunch

A working forum to discuss the Safe And Independent Living project (SAIL), its current progress and how its delivery can be further developed across the Swindon Borough is taking place on 6th April, 11am - 2pm at Swindon Advice and Support Centre.

If you or someone from your organisation is able to attend you would be very welcome - please RSVP Bryan Morris:

Sector Vacancies

Head of Finance at Community First

Community First are looking to appoint a highly experienced and dynamic finance professional to support the Chief Executive and the Board through the next phase of growth and development of the organisation. The Head of Finance is a key post within the organisation and is also the Company Secretary.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant, good team player committed to the charity sector. You will have the ability to bring strategic financial management to multiple and complex areas of work. A recent working knowledge of charity finance is essential.

Job Title: Head of Finance
Hours: 22.5 Hours per week
Salary: circa £35,000 – £40,000 per annum pro rata, depending on experience plus 7% pension contribution
Location: Devizes
Closing Date: Friday 1st April

Apply Now

Did You Know?

Trustees, Trading and Tax: How Charities May Lawfully Trade

Some charities engage in trading as a way to raise funds or to further their objects. Guidance from the Charity Commission explains how a charity can trade itself, and when a trading subsidiary should be established.

The guidance also contains some basic information on the application of income and corporation tax on trading profits.

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Resources from Wren & Greyhound

A new resource which aims to help organisations stay afloat in the face of funding and other challenges has been created by Wren and Greyhound, a specialist third sector consultancy. The sustainability toolkit has a really helpful self-assessment guide and great templates for creating an action plan to make you more sustainable.

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