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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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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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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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Tregothnan Charity Garden Opening 16th & 17th April

Cornwall Carers Service is delighted to announce that Tregothnan has chosen them to be the beneficiaries of the UK’s largest Charity Garden Opening. Open for one weekend on the 16th & 17th April 2016, visitors can experience Tregothnan’s unequalled diversity of trees, rare...

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Volunteer Teams

Volunteer Cornwall is working with Cornwall Council and other local businesses to organise employer supported volunteering. This takes the form of teams of staff given an additional day off work in order to volunteer in their local community. Whilst some people take the opportunity to...

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Charity Property Survey

admin March 15, 2016 Consultation News No Comments

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:...

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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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Charity Commission: Getting to know your Governing Document

admin January 27, 2016 Governance Government News No Comments

One of a trustee’s main duties is to ensure their charity is keeping in line with its principles and purpose, which are set out in the charity’s governing document. The governing document is likely to be a constitution, trust deed, or article of association and acts as...

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Topps Tiles Is Transforming The Spaces At The Heart Of Your Community

At the heart of every community is a place where people get together – village halls, community centres, public libraries, and exhibition spaces. According to ACRE, since 1988 village hall use has trebled and each hall hosts an average of nine life events, such as weddings, birthdays,...

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Pensions and Auto Enrolment Seminar

Are you a Community Organisation that employs people? Are you aware, under the government auto-enrolment scheme, as an organisation you are required to enrol members of staff onto a pension scheme?   CRCC is keen to ensure that community organisations in Cornwall are aware of the...

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Cornish halls help Yorkshire village

admin December 18, 2015 Consultation News No Comments

Instead of ‘deck the halls’, it’s been ‘help the hall’ for several communities in Cornwall! As we reported in our last newsletter, sadly Wheldrake Village Hall, lost its roof in the storms.  A normally thriving hall located in a beautiful Yorkshire village near York, has been reduced...

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Charity Commission frozen until 2020

The Chancellor has today announced in the Spending Review a freeze to the Charity Commission’s funding over the next 4 years. The current funding for the commission in 2015/16 is £20.3 million. The new financial settlement for the next 4 years up to 2019/20 will therefore remain as...

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The Great British Bake Off

admin November 27, 2015 News Opportunities No Comments

Can you bake a technically perfect tart, an exceptional celebration cake or a beautifully plaited bread? Do you fancy putting your skills to the test? Or do you know someone who might?   To find out more contact us: or download an application at...

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A Call To Help A Village Hall In Desperate Crisis

admin November 25, 2015 News Uncategorized No Comments

In this edition we are taking the unprecedented action of calling all Cornwall’s community buildings to help support a fellow village hall in crisis. Over the last few months Wheldrake Village Hall have been fundraising for a new roof. They were doing well but suffered a huge...

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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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Changes to Gift Aid Declarations: Guidance from the Charity Tax Group

HMRC has published new Gift Aid Declarations for one-off donations, multiple donations and sponsored events. This follows a series of discussions with the Charity Tax Forum Gift Aid Working Group, of which CTG is a member, during which various new drafts Declarations were considered....

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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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Charity Commission: New Consultation To Introduce Technology To Open Up Charity Accounts

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities, and the Financial Reporting Council are today launching a consultation that marks the first step towards enabling charities to file digital accounts with the commission, and thereby make charity data more accessible....

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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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Building Better Opportunities Funding Calls

The Big Lottery Fund has officially launched the second round of Building Better Opportunities funding, inviting applications to deliver 61 projects across 18 Local Enterprise Partnership areas totalling more than £132.6 million. This is the Big Lottery Fund’s match funding for...

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Mid Cornwall Halls networking event

admin September 17, 2015 Consultation News Opportunities No Comments

Don’t miss out on the second Mid-Cornwall halls networking event… October 19th 2015 6:30pm start till 8:30pm Penwithick (venue to be announced when you have booked) The evening is a chance to meet with other people managing village halls, community centres and other...

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WPD Community Chest

The WPD Community Chest is a grant scheme which distributes awards of up to £1,000 to communities to reduce their energy use through improvements to village halls, scout huts and other community buildings. It is funded by the network operator Western Power Distribution (WPD) and...

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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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