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BIG Lottery – Update

admin January 27, 2017 Big Lottery Funding No Comments

“We are closing the Reaching Communities Buildings programme from January 2017 as we consider the most effective ways to support ideas which centre on places and spaces. We are still able to fund small scale capital expenditure through our Reaching Communities programme –...

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Are you on top of your charity’s annual report and accounts submission?

admin January 23, 2017 Accounting Legal No Comments

3,584 charities with an income over £250,000 and financial year ending 31 March 2016 still need to file their documents before 31 January 2017. The Charity Commission is today reminding all charities, specifically those with a financial year ending 31 March, to file their annual return...

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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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Village halls face bleak future as ageing volunteers dwindle

admin January 13, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Village halls are facing a bleak future because a new generation of young volunteers are failing to step forward to help run them. Once the cornerstone of local communities, Britain’s 10,000 halls are under threat as an ageing group of 80,000 volunteers continues to dwindle. Action...

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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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The Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

admin December 16, 2016 Funding Opportunities No Comments

Galaxy Hot Chocolate are helping  small local community groups and projects a chance to win up to £300 from their fund.  Five donations will be made each week from the prize fund, four by a panel of judges and one from the Outstanding Volunteer Award to the organisation with the most...

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Commission reminds charities that they must identify and comply with data protection laws and regulations.

admin December 14, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, and the Fundraising Regulator, are issuing an alert to all charities. It reminds trustees that they must, in addition to following charity law requirements, ensure that there are systems in place at...

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Charities Act 2016: Fundraising New Rules

New rules for charity fundraising start on 1 November 2016. They affect the trustees’ annual reports of larger charities that fundraise from the public, as well as the contents of the agreements that must be in place when professional fundraisers or other businesses (‘commercial...

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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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Big Energy Saving Week

Big Energy Saving Week –  commencing on Mon 31 Oct 2016 Worried about keeping warm this winter or hoping to save money on your fuel bills?  CRCC is back once again as a Gold Partner for Big Energy Saving Week 2016, which is a joint project between Citizens Advice, Government and...

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Two weeks for charity with financial deadlines ending on December to submit their paperwork

admin October 19, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

1,579 charities with an income over £250,000 and financial year ending 31 December 2015 still need to file their documents before 31 October 2016. The Charity Commission is today reminding charities with a financial year ending 31 December that they haveshort amount of time to file...

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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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admin September 16, 2016 Licensing No Comments

You should have a TV licence in your hall if you watch or record live TV (and from 1 September, BBC programmes on demand) using a television, computer or any other device plugged into the mains. It’s important to make sure you’re correctly covered by a TV Licence, even if it’s just for...

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The Community Transport Fund

admin September 14, 2016 Funding Opportunities Procurement No Comments

The Department for Transport created the £25 million Community Transport Minibus Fund in December 2014 with the purpose of supplying new minibuses for not-for-profit community transport operators in England. The first round of funding saw more than 300 charities and community groups...

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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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Upcoming events for organisations working with Children and Young People

admin September 10, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

IVO Learning and Development Network is arranging two Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector update events, one in the East and one in the West of the County. High tea will be provided at each event and you will have the opportunity to network. These events will update the...

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CRCC and PCDT Communications Statment

admin September 9, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

CRCC and PCDT are pleased to be able to tell you that they are in detailed discussions to develop and enhance the delivery of support to communities and organisations in Cornwall. The proposal is that from the end of October this year they will be merging to form a single operating...

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Loan lifeline for village halls

admin September 8, 2016 Funding No Comments

The Rural Community Buildings Loan Fund plays a crucial role in helping community groups renovate, refurbish and construct buildings such as village halls, church halls and community centers. The £700,000 Defra fund, managed by ACRE, encourages communities to raise funds, knowing a...

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CCPFA Free Volunteer Training program

admin September 7, 2016 Training Volunteering No Comments

The Cornwall County Playing Fields Association (CCPFA) have secured a funding bid to deliver training to all their members and volunteers. Membership to the CCPFA is free to committees of playing fields, playgrounds, green spaces & sports pitches. The training program aims at...

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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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