Wednesday, 21 January 2015

I know this is a blog for trustee and governance issues but we have a temporary job available and we need someone quickly ...

Intermediate Care Volunteer Officer Assistant

URGENT – Powys Association Voluntary Organisations needs a vibrant, committed person with passion, energy and positivity to recruit volunteers for health and social care organisations in the third sector.
Could this be you?
We have a temporary position up to the end of March this year

28 Hours per week
Salary £376.49 per week
Interviews to be held in Newtown on 30th January
Closing date for applications  28th January at noon
For job description and application form 
please contact or phone 01597 822191

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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Charity Commission: latest news

Posted: 19 Jan 2015 02:24 AM PST
The Charity Commission is urging charities with a 31 January deadline for accounts and annual returns to file on time and file online.
Charities have ten months from the end of their financial year to submit their annual documents. Around 54,000 charities have a financial year end of 31 March, meaning their accounts and annual returns are due at the end of this month.
The commission is urging charities not to send in hard copy accounts, instead to file online. This is the quickest and easiest way to submit accounts and it enables a charity’s profile to be updated overnight. The 20-minute process is set out in a video tutorial produced by the commission in easy to follow steps. The regulator also has guidance available on its website.
video tutorial

Friday, 16 January 2015

Policy paper

How the Charity Commission reports on its current regulatory work

This policy paper sets out how, when and why the commission:
  • announces the opening of statutory inquiries into charities
  • makes statements about other live regulatory cases
  • responds to media coverage of its current regulatory work

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

PAVO Support

Did you know PAVO can help you with all of these?

  • Constitution (for unincorporated associations)

  • CIO foundation or association constitution (for CIOs) 

  •  memorandum and articles of association (for charitable companies)

  • trust deed or will (for trusts)

Friday, 9 January 2015

The Commission has criticised a charity for not taking enough action when its chair was charged with offences relating to sexual assault against a child, in an operational compliance report published yesterday

Charity Commission stepped in when a chair was accused of sex offences

The Commission has criticised a charity for not taking enough action when its chair was charged with offences relating to sexual assault against a child, in an operational compliance report published today.

Holme-on-Spalding-Moor Village Hall had not filed a serious incident report and the Commission only became aware of the accusations through its work with another case. A police investigation had already started but the regulator contacted the trustees for further details to ensure that beneficiaries were not at risk.

The charity had voted against excluding the chair as trustee and was unable to specify what action had been taken against him. The Commission also said that the charity’s safeguarding policy fell short of the regulator’s guidance.

“We were not satisfied that the trustees had considered the seriousness of the situation or dealt with the matter appropriately, including considering suspending the trustee pending the outcome of the criminal investigation by the police,” the Commission said, and told trustees to review their safeguarding and conflicts of interest policy.

The person did not stand for election at the charity’s annual general meeting and has been convicted and sentenced to seven years after admitting to two offences.

The operational compliance case has been closed “on the basis that there was no ongoing risk” and the Commission will follow up with the charity to check that it has acted on advice to improve its safeguarding policy and introduce a formal conflicts of interest policy.

The Charity Commission initially included this operational compliance report as a case study in its report Tackling abuse and mismanagement at the end of last year.
Governance | Kirsty Weakley | 8 Jan 2015

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Reminder to all trustees

No matter how modest the resources of your charity are, you should always agree a budget/Financial Plan.  

Your budget should set out the expenditure you plan to make and the income you expect to raise.  You ..the trustees needs to monitor on a regular basis the actual performance against the budget, do not leave this job to one person.  Agreeing and monitoring the budget together is a key way in which trustees can ensure that any income and any assets of the organisation are used to further the organisation's aims.

Charity trustees have a duty to ensure that the organisation's resources are only used to further the charity's objects.

See below

This Inquiry found that the then trustees did not maintain proper financial controls over income and expenditure, keep proper records or produce annual financial accounts for the Charity. This lack of adequate governance and management of the Charity meant that the then trustees failed to safeguard the Charity’s funds which led to thousands of pounds of charitable funds being misused.

click here for more information

Contact PAVO if you need any information, training or support with this
Contact PAVO

Monday, 5 January 2015

Training !

Being a Trustee
 Thursday 15 January 2015 - full day  Venue: PAVO, Unit 30 Ddole Road Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF
By the end of the course, participants will be able to:
o Understand what it means to be a trustee, who can be one and what roles and responsibilities trustees may have
o Appreciate what trustees can be liable for, and know how to limit potential risks
o Understand the principles of god governance, the roles of specific officers, and the difference between a trustee board and its subcommittees
o Have an overview of what is needed for effective trustee recruitment and induction

An Introduction to Quality Assurance Systems
 Thursday 15 January 2015
 Venue: Oriel Davies Gallery, the Park, Newtown, Powys SY16 2NZ

Shared Power Training
 Thursday 29 January 2015 ( Course is Free but cancellation policy applies)  10am – 4pm (lunch not provided)  Venue: PAVO, Unit 30 Ddole Road Enterprise Park, Llandrindod Wells, Powys LD1 6DF
PAVO is committed to supporting and improving 3rd sector representation. As part of this work we are offering training in Shared Power in Planing and Reviewing Services. Delivered by Mandy Williams Participation Cymru
the aim of the day is to train trainers to build confidence, knowledge and skills for 3rd sector representatives to effectively participate in the planing and reviewing of services with public bodies.

  To book on any of our courses please contact Ruth 

Wishing you all the best for 2015

Happy New Year !