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Additional Funding from the Big Lottery

  The Big Lottery have announced that grant holders of their flagship Reaching Communities and Reaching Community Buildings programmes will be offered additional funds to develop their organisation’s knowledge, skills and confidence to deliver more effective and sustainable...

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Can you help promote new programme to assist unemployed people in Cornwall

Be Your Own Boss the newest programme by the Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is aimed at helping people who are not currently in employment, over 19 years old and who have a seed of an idea for creating a business that also has social or environmental purpose. Courses...

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Power of Volunteering

New research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development  demonstrates the profound effect volunteering can have and has identified 10 key skills volunteering can help to develop including: Greater Confidence Increased awareness of local community Enhanced coaching and...

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Community Owned Energy

        CRCC is teaming up with Communities for Renewables CIC  – a social enterprise that helps proactive communities to generate their own energy – to investigate how we can help community buildings in Cornwall become hubs for new local energy enterprises....

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Residents to Fight Charity Commission Over Hall Ownership

An interesting article in the Western Morning News last week details how a determined band of local residents are deep into a campaign to preserve the local village hall for community use. Built over 70 years ago with funds raised by the Kelly Bray Women’s Institute, the village...

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Human Rights:Human Lives safeguarding adults training

  The Human Rights: Human Lives Leading and Managing in Safeguarding adults is open for bookings:   If you would like any more information please contact training@cornwallrcc.org.uk or 07817 450468. The booking form is online following this link:...

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Generate your own energy

CRCC is teaming up with Communities for Renewables CIC  – a social enterprise that helps proactive communities to generate their own energy – to investigate how we can help community buildings in Cornwall become hubs for new local energy enterprises. The idea is to help community...

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National minimum wage increases

  The National Minimum Wage is increasing as of the 1st October 2014. This will effect management committees who employ reception staff, cleaners, caretakers etc. The new hourly rates will be: Age 21 and over will be £6.50 18 to 20 will be £5.13 16 to 17 will be £3.79 Apprentices...

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Free professional advice at Power of Partnership event

Could your organisation use support from solicitors, architects, branding & marketing specialists building surveyors, accountants and other professional firms?   Do you want to know how you can achieve more for your organisation by working in partnership?   Then come to...

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Changes to VAT on buildings and construction

HMRC has made several changes to VAT Notice 708: buildings and construction, which was updated on 14 August and which cancels and replaces Notice 708 (April 2014). The following changes have been made to this Notice. Paragraph 2.1 has been amended to show VAT liability of works of...

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How to Get Funding For Your Community Project

This months live discussion on the Just Act Forum is all about “how to get funding for your community project”. To participate in the discussion you just need to register (takes 2 mins) with Just Act and can do so by clicking here.   Just Act provides practical advice...

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Community Buildings Checker

Are you a community group or organisation considering a new build community housing or buildings project and want to see whether it has the potential to be viable? Local groups taking on community building projects are now able to test their ideas using the new Community Buildings...

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Marketing Tip of the Month

When working out your marketing communications, be sure to focus on the real benefits to your customers more than the features of the service you provide.  This month Hallmaster gives some great tips on how to maximize your marketing. For example, when people think about successful...

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30% discounted village hall insurance at Aon

Tell them Vital Venues sent you and quote VIL2

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Charity Commission consultation on Annual Return 2015

The Charity Commission is consulting with charities on proposals to next year’s Annual Return The key proposal most likely to affect many community buildings: Requiring charities with incomes between £10,000 and £500,000 to provide key financial information At present, only...

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Free professional advice available through Community Assist

Community Assist is open for applications and we want to hear from you if your organisation could benefit from free professional advice and accredited training. A range of professional advice and support is on offer and new businesses are being recruited each week.  The type of...

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Charities Statements of Recommended Practice

Charities SORP approved for release 2 June 2014 SORP to be published early summer 2014 On May 22, the Financial Reporting Council (FRC) approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for publication. The FRC are required to review the Charities SORPs to ensure...

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ACRE Community Loan Fund

ACRE Community Loan Fund Leading rural network ACRE has been re awarded the contract to manage a £700,000 Defra loan fund for rural community buildings. The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate, refurbish and construct buildings...

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Important Changes to the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission no longer giving advice. The Charity Commission are no longer providing advice, information and support other than through online guidance; their function is regulatory. For support and advice for groups on property and land issues, such as needed for village...

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Community Ownership and Management of Assetts

Community Ownership & Management of Assets – Capital Grants Now Open with June 26 Deadline Grants of between £100,000 and £500,000 are available to community interest groups with well-evidenced local connections, established for charitable, benevolent or philanthropic...

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Hall Booking Systems

Booking and Invoicing system through Hallmaster Hallmaster is delighted to announce its association with ACRE (National Communties of Rural England). ACRE has recently signed an agreement to promote the system for the year 1st April 2014 to 31 March 2015 and Hallmaster will attend the...

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Basic IT Training and Income for your Hall

Funded IT Training and Guaranteed Bookings As a community building if you are aware of 8-10 people (minimum 4/5) that would like to receive some basic IT Training for newcomers to computers, this will in turn give you a guaranteed booking for 6 weeks. Further details are below:...

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Are you undertaking your statutory duties ?

PREMISES LEGISLATION COMPLIANCE: CAN YOU DEMONSTRATE YOU ARE UNDERTAKING ALL YOUR STATUTORY DUTIES..? All public buildings have a statutory duty to demonstrate compliance with all relevant legislation. Project Design Consultancy are very experienced in this area having previously set...

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Help hall users reduce their energy bills

Help your local residents save money on their fuel bills and have your hall hired at the same time. “If you have never switched suppliers before, or are a bit unsure how to, or just want some general advice about how to save money on your fuel bills then we may have the answer...

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Insurance and Portable Appliance Testing

Martyn Ingram of Norris Fisher Insurance writes… We often have enquiries from committees asking how often insurers require their electronic items to be PAT tested.  This is a grey area and differs between insurers but often there are no strict requirements stipulated.   As...

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£2m for Village Halls in Cornwall

As the dawning of a new year brings opportunities and renewed enthusiasm, it is timely to give our best wishes to volunteers managing the village halls, community centres and other community buildings across Cornwall.  What new challenges will you accept for this year?  Perhaps you’re...

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New project support fund launches today

From community centres to brand new social housing schemes, the new £14 million Community Led Project Support fund is opening up possibilities for communities to push forward local building projects right across the country. Locality is in touch with dozens of local groups and parish...

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Can you get a better deal on your domestic energy?

Hot Topic Energy price hikes have started. A few have already announced, and like sheep the rest will likely follow. If you have never switched suppliers before, or are a bit unsure how to, or just want some general advice about how to save money on your fuel bills then we may have the...

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Do you need new Trustees for your hall?

Come to this event organised by West Cornwall Halls Network to hear suggestions from Volunteer Cornwall about how to attract new volunteers onto your committee.

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Drains and scaffolding insurance advice

admin December 3, 2013 Insurance No Comments

Our partners at Norris and Fisher wish to raise  awareness on some issues which have come to light recently. From Martyn Ingram: Firstly, several of our clients have encountered a problem with certain providers of drain repair services. Where a Hall makes a claim for damaged water...

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