Swindon City of Sancturary Launches to Full House
Last Thursday a new campaign was launched in front of a full house to make Swindon a ‘City of Sanctuary’. A special evening including guest speakers and cultural performances was held at The Platform, organised by members of local groups who are supporting the campaign, including Swindon Amnesty International, The Harbour Project and Voluntary Action Swindon.
National Citizen Service
The National Citizen Service bill, which was announced in the Queen's speech in May, was introduced in the House of Lords. The bill says a new NCS Trust will be established by royal charter and will take over the functions of the existing NCS Trust, which is a community interest company. This does raise a concern that local charities will be further squeezed out of delivering the NCS.
It has also been announced that David Cameron's first job after politics will be chairman of NCS Patrons. He said his new role would involve "bringing together a senior cross-party and cross-sector group of patrons and ambassadors who can help NCS to reach more youngsters".
National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience for anyone between the ages of 15 to 17 years-old, this is a chance for them to embark on exhilarating challenges, make their mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS.
Free Fundraising Guide for Trustees
The Institute of Fundraising has published a free guide to help trustees understand fundraising.
Trustees and fundraising: a practical handbook was launched at the IoF’s first trustee conference earlier this week. It was produced in collaboration with the Charity Finance Group and NCVO.
It has been designed to complement the Charity Commission’s guidance on fundraising, CC20, and includes a number of case studies and explains how different regulators are involved in fundraising.
PAT Testing at VAS
Voluntary Action Swindon is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new PAT Testing service.
VAS' qualified PAT tester provides a PAT testing service for all class 1 and 2 electrical equipment, including desktop and laptop computers, monitors, speakers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, faxes, microwaves, kettles, toasters, cables, leads, plugs and more.
With prices as low as 65 per item, including free retests of any equipment which fails a test. A £20 call out fee is applied to all visits.
What is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation?
A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a relatively new legal structure available for charities.
As the name suggests, a CIO is incorporated, which means that (like a limited company) it has its own legal personality, the ability to conduct business in its own name, and limited liability so that its members and trustees will not have to contribute in the event of financial loss.