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A brief guide to Risk Assessment

Whether it’s a firework display, a summer fete or the turning on of the Christmas lights, events can be very important to a community’s sense of identity, by providing a focus that brings people together. However organising an event brings with it a number of key responsibilities....

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Changing to or registering as a CIO

We have received a number of enquiries about new CIO registrations and existing groups considering transferring assets to this structure. While the process should be straightforward, it is important that it carried out and completed in an appropriate manner. The Charity Commission has...

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Village Hall free wifi policy: issue raised by ACRE member

“A hall has contacted me about providing free Wi-Fi. They would like users to be able to access what they wish on the web and there would be no firewall. They are concerned about potential copyright infringement and criminal acts by users (e.g. downloading inappropriate material)....

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CCPFA’s Pasty and Pint Event

  The CCPFA (Cornwall County Playing Field Association) Is holding a Pasty & Pint event on January 18th. The evening aims to provide advice and information for those who need help with maintain their Play Field, Sports Pitch or Open Space. If you are in contact with or know of...

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Key definitions of the Data Protection Act

admin January 9, 2017 Advice and guidance Legal No Comments

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) have released a guide to Key definitions of the Data Protection Act. This is a valuable resource that covers a wide variety of topics and issue surrounding Data Protection and how you can protect yourself and those who are involved with...

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If we really value local charities, government must give more grants

admin January 5, 2017 Advice and guidance No Comments

Kathy Evans makes the case for grants ahead of Local Charities Day.   The long-accepted wisdom in the sector – that the vast majority of charities are small, local and working tirelessly but almost invisibly to provide vital direct support to communities right where and when they need...

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Minimum Security Requirements for Village Halls

Minimum Security Requirements for Village Halls It is highly likely that the cover provided under your village hall insurance will be subject to you confirming that you comply with ‘Minimum Security Requirements’. But do you know what this really means and what those requirements...

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Creating Local IT Hubs

We can support your community venue to apply for a Big Lottery Awards for All Grant (maximum of £10,000) which could then go towards paying for IT services, training, equipment, furniture and a new or improved broadband connection. We can help you write the grant application and check...

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Listed Buildings: What you need to know

admin October 5, 2016 Advice and guidance Legal No Comments

Listed properties cover a wide array of building shapes and sizes and all carry an interesting story whether it is hundreds of years old or more current. Listed properties have contributed to our landscape as we know it today, and most of them have helped to provide an income for our...

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Take early steps to manage financial difficulties, Commission reports show

The Charity Commission (‘the Commission’) today published 2 reports which show that trustees who take early, pragmatic steps to actively identify and manage their financial difficulties will secure better outcomes for their charities and their beneficiaries. The reports have been...

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Charity coalition focus on leadership development for Trustees’ Week 2016

admin September 28, 2016 Advice and guidance Training No Comments

A coalition of charities, regulators and professional bodies has announced details of this year’s Trustees’ Week, 7 to 13 November 2016. A series of events, resources and information will be made available to the public on the theme of good leadership and effective chairing of charity...

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Voice of 10,000 halls will be heard

A new online voice for the 10,000 village and community halls has been launched today by the national charity ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England).  The National Village and Community Halls Network will take over the role of the National Village Halls Forum and act as a...

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Charity Commission Update

admin September 19, 2016 Advice and guidance Government No Comments

Collection: Accruals accounts pack (CC17) – SORP FRS 102 Form: Charity accounting templates: accruals accounts (CC17) – SORP FRS 102 Form: Independent examiner’s report template (SORP FRS 102) Form: Trustees’ annual report template (SORP FRS 102) Collection:...

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Long Term Undertakings

admin September 11, 2016 Advice and guidance Legal No Comments

Whilst there are exceptions, insurance policies normally run for a period of one year and are renewable every 12 months however most insurers will offer a discount if the client signs a Long Term Undertaking. By signing a Long Term Undertaking (LTU) or Long Term Agreement (LTA), a...

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Your views sought on how the SORP can be further improved

admin September 7, 2016 Advice and guidance News No Comments

With the experience of preparing the trustees’ annual reports and accounts for 2015 under the new Charities Statement of Recommended Practice fresh in practitioners’ minds, the Charity Commission for England and Wales and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator, who together are...

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Insurance for Village Halls – A necessary evil or vital protection?

admin September 6, 2016 Advice and guidance Insurance No Comments

Insurance for Village Halls – A necessary evil or vital protection? Insuring your Village Hall or other Community Building against the unpredictable is vital. Misfortune or disaster can strike at any time, to any organisation and can range in size and impact. However, even the smallest...

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The VCSE Summit 2016 – Tuesday 19th April 2016

The VCSE Summit 2016 will be taking place on Tuesday 19th April 2016 at Royal Cornwall Showground, Wadebridge. The Summit will be a free learning and networking event exploring potential for innovation, collaboration and sustainability. Collaboration is the buzzword at the moment –...

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FREE Safeguarding Adults Workshop

An ‘Introduction to Safeguarding Adults who may be at risk of harm’ workshop will be taking place in Cornwall in the next few months. This half-day workshop has been specifically designed for people working in the voluntary and community sector to help them understand their role and...

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The Perils of Underinsurance and How to Avoid Them

This article has been written by Insure Your Village Hall In the current economic climate, the trustees of many village halls and community buildings are ignoring the risk of not checking that their buildings are adequately insured for fear that doing so might lead to their insurance...

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FALCON: Raising Awareness of Mandate Fraud

Mandate fraud continues to be a significant fraud loss to the charity sector. This is when the fraudster emails or calls a charity impersonating a genuine supplier that the charity regularly deals with. The fraudster asks the charity to change the bank sort code and account, instead...

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Take 2 – Mid Cornwall halls networking event a great success

On October 19th village hall and community centre volunteers met at Penwithick Community Hall to discuss funding opportunities, consultation, monitoring and evaluation. The evening started with a pasty supper and free time for chatting and networking. Halls saw 2 speakers talk about...

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Free Energy Advice Sessions For Groups Across Cornwall

CRCC is offering FREE energy advice sessions, with the aim of taking some of the worry out of household bills and giving positive, practical support, helping people to save money. CRCC has specially trained Big Energy Saving Network advisers available to run sessions adapted to...

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CCPFA Promotion Event

Essential event for all Town and Parish Councillors with Playing Fields/Recreation Grounds to maintain.

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Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

The Cornwall Rural Community Charity has been approached by Devon & Cornwall Liaison & Diversion Service, who want to hear from anyone in Cornwall who has been through the criminal justice system and who has mental ill-health. Interested individuals would be asked to take part...

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Slow Cooking Revolution Set To Sweep Across Cornwall

400 Cornish families will be discovering the benefits of slow cooking to save energy and money over the next year following the launch of an innovative new energy efficiency project. Over the next six months the Truro-based charity Community Energy Plus will be hosting a series of...

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Free Training Session For Community Groups

FREE training session – Volunteers – Attracting, Recruiting, Managing & Retaining, for your community group Thursday 5th November at The Globe Coffee House Boardroom, Frances Street, Truro from 9.30am to 4.30pm. This session is hosted by Community Energy Plus and has been funded by...

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Big Energy Saving Week 26th-30th October 2015

Worried about paying your fuel bills this winter or just curious to make sure you are not over paying?  CRCC has a week of action planned to help people find out what support is available to them. There’s a whole range of information, grants and other support they may be entitled to....

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The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme

The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Programme has been officially launched. Running from 2014-2020, this programme of European funding builds on the previous Objective One and Convergence Programmes. It is hoped that the €600m Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly have received from...

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New Dates for Trustee Induction Workshops

Vital Venues are pleased to announce 2 workshops in October on inducting Trustee’s. The workshop provides volunteers with an overview of all the important management responsibilities encountered when running a community building.  Comprehensive resources covering the aspects of...

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New Dates for Safeguarding Adults Workshops

We are pleased to announce 2 new dates for the Human Rights:Human Lives workshop – An Introduction and Leading & Managing in Safeguarding Adults. With the new Care Act 2014 being introduced on the 1st April 2015 we have updated the content of both workshops to reflect the...

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