Other Useful Resources, News and Toolkits

National Minimum Wage rates change in April

New National Minimum Wage/Living Wage rates come into effect in April.  Make sure you’re up-to-date with the changes: www.gov.uk/national-minimum-wage-rates.   


Third Sector Podcast: Online Fundraising Platforms

Online fundraising and crowdfunding platforms have transformed the way many people give, but are they increasingly becoming a threat to charities, asks Rebecca Cooney
February’s Third Sector podcast looked at online fundraising and crowdfunding platforms and the impact they’ve had on charities.  Rebecca talked to Jo Barnett, chief executive of Virgin Money Giving, Marcus Missen, director of fundraising at WaterAid, and Gerald Oppenheim, chief executive of the Fundraising Regulator and chair of the London Emergencies Trust. 
They discuss how the platforms have boosted fundraising, how concerns about fraud can be dealt with and whether crowdfunding poses a threat to charities.






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UK Youth Quality Assurance Frameworks (including Safeguarding)

UK Youth have relaunched their quality assurance frameworks. They’re streamlined, values based and built around users and youth sector needs, ensuring young people’s interests are at the core. The new frameworks are free to access and you can download them HERE.


New Code of Fundraising Practice

The Fundraising Regulator has launched a new Code of Fundraising Practice which comes into effect in October 2019. 

Read more here


Free online suicide prevention training

The Zero Suicide Alliance has developed a free online suicide prevention training course – suitable for everyone –  which could help you to save a life and become better prepared to help someone with suicidal thoughts. Read more here


Updated guidance on how to protect your charity from fraud and cybercrime

A new e-learning training package produced by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) has been made available as part of the government guidance.

Click HERE


FREE HR Support and Management Consultancy Services

FREE services available to voluntary organisations through the Cranfield Trust. We wanted to highlight their HR Net services, which provides FREE HR advice. Find out more on their website. 

Learning from our Engage Her project – thinking differently about women & girls in grassroots sport

The report from our three year project working with women and girls in Northern Ireland is out now.  The project aims to strengthen community sport groups and sporting governing bodies’ understanding of how to engage women and girls more effectively. The programme combines expert insight and research with one-to-one support from Sported’s volunteers to help groups embed change from within and make their respective sports more inclusive and accessible to women and girls.
Read the blog here.


Free guide to help recruit trustees (VONNE)

A free step by step guide has been published to help charities recruit trustees. It includes checklists, template advertisements and induction packs, advice on where to advertise and case studies from charities which have used it effectively.

Click HERE


New Trustee Recruitment Guide Launched (VODA)

Getting on Board has launched new free guidance for charities looking to recruit diverse, robust and effective trustee boards. Getting on Board is a charity that helps individuals, employers and members of professional networks become new leaders in communities through board-level volunteering.

Read more HERE


Framing toolkit: talking about poverty  

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) have released a toolkit to help people and organisations when discussing poverty.  Using framing recommendations from the FrameWorks Institute’s research into public attitudes to poverty in the UK, involving 20,000 people, the toolkit explains what framing is, why they are using it, and how you can put it into action yourself.

Download the toolkit from the JRF website


Small Charities Coalition launches charity set-up tool

The Small Charities Coalition has launched a free digital tool to help people set up small charities and register with the Charity Commission.  Charity setup aims to guide people through the process of setting up a charity in a clear and concise way and was developed with the tech charity the Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology (CAST) and the development agency Super Being Labs.

Click HERE to view the website.


New rules on being involved in a charity for trustees and senior managers

From 1 August 2018 the ‘automatic disqualification rules’ on being a charity trustee are changing, and are being extended to being employed by a charity in a senior role. Trustees and senior managers with certain convictions or who are on the sex offenders register will be disqualified from being involved in a charity unless they apply to the Charity Commission for a waiver to prevent or remove disqualification. The rules apply to unregistered charities as well as those on the Charity Commission register, for instance exempt charities like churches, and those with a low turnover. The main changes are: 

  • More offences and reasons why someone might be disqualified than currently
  • Employees covered for the first time; as well as trustees, being a senior manager, such as chief executive, or chief finance officer

Download our quick guide to find out what action you will need to take


Ten digital design principles for charities 

The Centre for Acceleration of Social Technology has announced a set of ten principles to help the charity sector develop better digital services.   It has been created in collaboration with over 50 charities and funders and aims to demonstrate “what ‘good’ looks like when developing digital services”.

There is a dedicated website, betterdigital.services, for the principles, which also includes examples and case studies from Breast Cancer Care, Refugee Action and others.  The site also includes posters that people can print off and use to communicate in their offices.

Read more at: www.civilsociety.co.uk/technology/ten-digital-design-principles-for-charities-announced-today.html


The short guide for non-techies running digital projects in charities

For most people in charities, working on a digital project can be a serious challenge. You are already way over capacity and now you have to wade into a conversation about servers, developers and bounce rates. You know what you want the tech to do, but how do you make sure that happens?
Here’s the good news. You don’t need to be a technical expert to ensure your charity digital project is a success. What you do need to be able to do is translate your normal planning processes – what you would do for any other project – into the digital realm.
John Dunford asks a list of simple questions, without any jargon, that anyone should ask when working on a digital project in a charity.


When your charity faces a cyber-attack

Imagine waking up tomorrow and finding that every single one of your charity’s files had been encrypted and cyber attackers were demanding a ransom to decrypt them. Or that sensitive data about your beneficiaries had been leaked and the bank details of your supporters were being auctioned online.
Cyber-attacks can be nothing short of catastrophic for an organisation, and for those about whom it holds sensitive information, and every charity is a potential target for attackers with financial motivations.
According to official statistics, one in five charities suffered an attack in the last year.  There’s a lot you can do to lower an attacker’s chances of getting into your charity’s data.


Club Matters

Use the Club Improvement Tool yet to help identify where your club could develop and improve. CLICK HERE


Generating interest in your community group or project

Tips for building awareness and generating interest in your community group or project CLICK HERE