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Governance

Good governance is good management. in order to manage an organisation well you need to follow good governance, this does not need to be daunting. CAVO Development Team can offer support to new or established organizations in Ceredigion to make sure that your initiative is a success by:
– Conducting a governance health check
– Provide model policies
– Make the connections with other people or organisations and learn from their experiences
– Put you in touch with other support agencies who may be able to provide additional support.

Alert for Charities – Cyber crime

The Charity Commission has issued an alert for charities about cyber crime and how to report it

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The government  Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2019 revealed that over two thirds of high income charities had recorded a cyber breach or attack in 2018. Of those charities affected, the vast majority (over 80%) had experienced a phishing attack, which are fraudulent emails.

With the cost of a breach ranging from £300 to £100,000, charity managers cannot afford to ignore the growing threat posed by cyber crime, in all its forms.

 

The good news is that advice and guidance is widely available to help you take the right steps to protect your charity.

Please see the Charity Commission alert for more information and advice on protecting your charity from cyber crime.

 

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Digital Incorporation for CICs

New online process for incorporating Community Interest Companies (CICs)

Are you setting up a new Community Interest Company? You can now use an online incorporation process. This new digital registration option will offer:

  • significantly reduce incorporation times,
  • online convenience; and
  • 24-hour availability to the CIC sector

As well as including CIC and Company House registration this three-way digital service includes HMRC, enabling CICs to register for corporation tax as they incorporate their business.

According to the regulator, the new system will let applicants know that their application has been received and confirm incorporation as soon as it is completed, usually within two working days.  It will also allow Companies House to process and place community interest companies on the public record far more efficiently than paper documents.  The online process will provide benefits such as security, speed and environmental savings.

Digital incorporation will:

  • Reduce incorporation costs for prospective CICs to £27
  • Allow payment by card or PayPal; and
  • Confirm incorporation – within 2 working days, in the majority of cases.

For further information on the new online process, take a look at this webinar which provides an overview of the online system https://bit.ly/2WabXoe

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Getting on Board launches free Trustee recruitment guidance

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Getting on Board, a charity dedicated to creating community leaders through board level Volunteering, has published new practical guidance on trustee recruitment.

Trustees lead and govern charities, so recruiting people into these roles is an extremely important and high-impact activity. The new guidance aims to help charities with the process of effective and open trustee recruitment. 

Currently there are an estimated 90,000 vacancies for Trusteeships and 90% of organisations report recruiting their Trustees by word of mouth and existing networks. Men outnumber women on Trustee boards 2:1, and on average, a Trustee is 57. Simultaneously only 41% of Trustee boards are representative of the communities they serve, and a meagre 14% of organisations feel well-equipped to meet compliance, strategic, and development needs.

From assessing skills gaps in an organisation’s Trustee Board, to effective advertisement, todeveloping meaningful inductions for a new Trustee, Getting on Board seeks to demystify the process and promote the practice of open recruitment for charity boards. This new guidance gives everything from checklists to flow charts to skills mapping guides for organisations looking to grow, diversify, or strengthen their Trustee board. Especially for smaller organisations who may be embracing open recruitment for the first time, the guide is a step by step to getting the best out of the process, and a new Trustee.

Download the guidance (English only) 

WCVA will be running a training workshop in partnership with Getting on Board on 20 June in Rhyl 

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Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity

The Charity Commission has published new guidance for charities that are connected to non-charitable organisations

Does your charity have links to a non-charitable organisation? New guidance from the Charity Commission aims help charities to reap the benefits of such relationships while managing risks carefully.

The Commission says its casework has identified examples where charities have not managed their links to non-charitable organisations with care, in some cases allowing charities to be misused to further non-charitable interests, including commercial or private interests.

The regulator recognises that many charities work successfully in close partnership with a wide variety of non-charitable organisations, such as trading subsidiaries. These relationships can be crucial in helping a charity deliver on its mission for the public benefit.

The new guidance does not set out new rules or regulations, but draws together relevant law and practice in setting out six principles to help trustees ensure their arrangements for working with a linked body secure the charity’s interests and independence.]

  1. Recognise the risks
  2. Do not further non-charitable purposes
  3. Operate independently
  4. Avoid unauthorised personal benefit and address conflicts of interest
  5. Maintain your charity’s separate identity
  6. Protect your charity

You can read the full guidance on the Charity Commission website: Guidance for charities with a connection to a non-charity

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Leaving the EU and communications toolkit

Leaving the EU means a number of changes that will affect businesses and individual citizens and Welsh Government is working hard to protect the interests of Wales.  Take a look at the Welsh Government’s website – Preparing Wales – which has information for people living in Wales covering business and the economy, health and social services, education and skills, environment and agriculture, community cohesion, local services and the third sector.

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What’s new at the Third Sector Data Hub?

If you haven’t seen it, the Third Sector Data Hub – launched back in 2018 – offers the latest statistics and data around third sector income, funding, activities and workforce, as well as information about volunteering demographics. 

It uses our info, as well as that from Welsh Government, NCVO and others, to present to you an attractive, user-friendly experience that allows you to drill down into the data and find out what’s important to you.

And now we’re pleased to bring to you a pretty significant update.

We’re able to present statistical info from the Charity Commission, using data we’ve never had before, which brings a whole lot more detail about the shape of the third sector in Wales. For instance, you can:

·         Find the number of registered charities in Wales

·         See the areas in Wales these charities operate in highlighted on a map

·         Track the types of charities in each area of Wales by number (e.g. Powys has 118 disability charities operating while Merthyr Tydfil has 38; Cardiff has 151 charities whose purpose is to tackle poverty; Blaenau Gwent has 28)

·         See how many registered charities work in both England and Wales

We’ve also been able to update some of our financial data, so now you can see charities’ income per head of population across all the regions of England and Wales, as well as the number of organisations per 1000 population across each region.

The Hub is developed in partnership with Data Cymru, who will be at gofod3 this coming Thursday (21 March) displaying the Hub. Do take a few moments to pop along to their stand and see what it’s all about.

We’re proud of the Data Hub – we think it’s an incredibly useful, versatile tool for funders, decision-makers, the public and, of course, the third sector itself. So why not take a look for yourself?

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Charity Commission outlines approach to regulation

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What to expect from the Charity Commission over the next five years

Speaking at the Charity Commission’s annual public meeting in Manchester on 5 March, the Commission’s Chief Executive and Chair conveyed a message to the sector about what to expect from its regulator over the next five years.

The Commission’s Chief Executive, Helen Stephenson made it clear that the regulator’s capacity is still on a “knife edge”, after experiencing the “double whammy” of funding cuts and increasing demand for its services. The Commission currently receives on average 260 emails or phone calls from customers per day.

However, plans to address this through a consultation on whether the Commission should charge charities for regulation are on hold because the government is preoccupied with Brexit. Last year the government gave the Commission an additional £5m per year, until a consultation on charging charities could come about, which has enabled the regulator to recruit additional staff.

Despite the challenges, Stephenson outlined the key points from the Commission’s statement of strategic intent last year and said: “Work is currently underway translating all of these objectives into clear and measurable delivery plans. It’s not a heroic strategy, but it’s an ambitious one.” She added that the Commission is “implementing it in a challenging time for us”.

She said the Commission is focused on delivering on the refreshed aims set out in last year’s statement.  “We want to set out our stall to the charity sector about the way in which we are going to develop in the next five years,” Stephenson said.

So, what can charities expect from the Commission?

Both Stephenson and the Commission’s chair, Baroness Stowell, said that the Commission will be “louder”, and charities can expect to hear the regulator speaking up more.

Baroness Stowell told charities to expect to see a more confident Commission. A Commission that is unafraid to use its voice and authority to encourage behaviour and conditions that help charity thrive.

The Commission also plans to improve access to data and improve content so that it’s engaging and useful for trustees.

You can read Baroness Stowell’s speech here Chair’s speech to the Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting

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How WCVA can support you with Safeguarding

WCVA Safeguarding Service for Third Sector organisations in Wales

WCVA’s safeguarding service provides free advice, information, training and resources for third sector organisations in Wales.

Do you have questions about …   

  • Writing policies
  • Recruiting safely
  • Accessing DBS checks
  • Reporting concerns 
  • Trustee responsibilities

Our Safeguarding Officer, Suzanne Mollison, is available to respond to enquiries and we would like to encourage you to access the service.

We can also support your organisation with safeguarding activities in the following ways:

  • Information sessions and presentations

We can deliver information sessions for your members, staff or volunteers, and give presentations at events.  

  • Learning and Development

We can provide a range of learning opportunities, including free online courses, training on our open programme and bespoke options.

  • Resources

Our Safeguarding webpages provide information and resources on many aspects of safeguarding

  • Safeguarding Ambassadors Network

The Safeguarding Ambassadors’ Network for third sector safeguarding practitioners aims to create a community of practice. The network provides regular opportunities for members to meet up, share information and hear presentations on relevant topics.

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If you would like to discuss any of the above, please get in touch by emailing safeguarding@wcva.org.uk or phone 01745 357574 / 0300 111 0124, option 6

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