Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Research Assistant Opportunity

Sent on behalf of Wales Public Services 2025

Hello everyone

We are looking for a Research Assistant to help us with our work. This is an exciting opportunity for an outstanding researcher. The vacancy is now open on the Cardiff University website – The vacancy reference is 5469BR.

The successful candidate will work alongside our Research Associate Dr Daria Luchinskaya and the programme director Michael Trickey. The Programme works closely with UK and Welsh think tanks such as the Institute for Fiscal Studies, the Health Foundation, the Public Policy Institute for Wales and we are planning to add more organisations to this list in the future. The Programme’s goal is to produce independent and high quality evidence and analysis which can be trusted and informs public policy and debate in Wales about public services and public finances. The Research Assistant will have opportunities to contribute to publication in high quality journals and achieve a significant impact on policy decisions. Hosted by Cardiff Business School, Wales Public Services 2025 is a unique partnership between Cardiff University and five national bodies.

I would be grateful if you would publicise this as widely as possible. I shall also be using twitter and anything else available. Please find attached an image that may be of help. 

Many thanks for your help.

Frances Riggs
Wales Public Services 2025
Tel: 029 20870913

Monday, 28 November 2016

Good morning everyone and welcome to our first Monday thought for the week to help keep us inspired and encourage us through the week ahead of Trusteeship!

"Thought for the Week"

"Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen."
(Winston Churchill)

Wednesday, 23 November 2016

Come and join us at our ‘Engagement Party’ at Rhayader Fire Station on Tuesday 6th December and find out all the reasons you should ‘Give us a ring!’
Claire & Sally will be there ready to welcome you and provide you with information and an opportunity to network with other voluntary organisations and community groups. Find out more about how PAVO can support your organisation

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Come and join us at our ‘Engagement Party’ tonight at Abercrave Fire Station and find out all the reasons you should ‘Give us a ring!’
John & Sally will be there ready to welcome you and provide you with information and an opportunity to network with other voluntary organisations and community groups. Find out more about how PAVO can support your organisation

Friday, 11 November 2016

Looking for a trustee volunteering opportunity?

Where's the best place to find a trustee volunteering opportunity?

Have a look on the PAVO website: 
We often get asked to promote opportunities, and you'll find them here.

Contact Powys Volunteer Centre, part of PAVO on 01597 822191.

Go to

Ask around your local community, word of mouth is often the most effective way of recruiting trustees, and groups will be delighted to welcome you on board.

Charities ask trustees to do a lot, often with too little support, but we can all help - Paula Sussex, chief executive of the Charity Commission

Thinking of becoming a trustee?

Thinking of becoming a trsutee?  Have a read of this article from WCVA's blog, from one of their newly appointed trustees:

(Source: WCVA)

Using Trustees' Week to Strengthen Your Board

PQASSO bulletin November 2016
This month, Caroline Cook encourages you to use Trustees’ Week as a way to appreciate your trustees and to review their involvement in your organisation. Caroline is the PQASSO Programme Manager at NCVO. She was previously a consultant for many years working with a variety of organisations around strategy, business modelling, sustainability and governance.

Using Trustees’ Week to strengthen your Board

In summary

Trustees’ Week, 7-13 November,  is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference. 

Why not use Trustees’ Week this year as the catalyst to think about trustees in your organisation and to review the trustee programme, from start to finish. The PQASSO standards can help you to do this.

Using Trustees’ Week to strengthen your Board

It often gets forgotten that trustees are volunteers, so it’s worth thinking about how you involve them in the same way you would with any volunteer programme – from start to finish – from the time you’re thinking about recruiting to when they leave the organisation.
Planning – Recruitment and selection - Induction, training, supporting, annual appraisal – Managing and exiting

Using PQASSO to review your trustee programme

PQASSO has good governance at its core. Quality area 1: Governance, sets the standard for an effective Board, well informed trustees and governance that is meeting all its legal and regulatory requirements. In this quality area and others, all of the elements of the trustee programme are covered, in terms of prompting you to think about how you do these things and identifying where you might want to make improvements.
QA1 Governance - The standard: The Board has the skills and information it needs to achieve the organisation’s mission and uphold its values. It ensures that the organisation is governed effectively and responsibly, determining strategy and policy. It demonstrates accountability to stakeholders, reporting openly on the organisation’s performance and impact.

References below refer to indicators in the PQASSO standards. E.g. 1.1.1 is quality area 1, level 1, indicator 1

Key stages of the trustee programme

Planning – Recruitment and selection - Induction, training, supporting, annual review – Managing and exiting
Planning – thinking about attracting new trustees – how do you know what skills and experience you need? How is diversity reflected in your trustees, or not? Ensuring there is a healthy turnover of trustees in line with your governing document.
1.1.1 Board members are appointed and resign or retire in line with legal requirements and the organisation’s governing document. There is a steady renewal of Board membership. Eligibility checks
are undertaken before appointment.
Recruitment and selection – making sure you have the right mix of skills and experience on the Board, and that your recruitment is open and transparent. Clear criteria will help you to select the people you need, and to sometimes be able to say no to those who don’t.
1.1.2 Board members are recruited to meet the skills, knowledge and experience needed to govern the organisation efficiently and effectively.

Induction, training, supporting, annual review – trustees are given what they need to understand their role and to perform effectively.
1.1.7 All new Board members receive an induction into the organisation.
5.1.6 ….. and volunteers have a volunteer role description, outlining their responsibilities and accountabilities, and they understand what they have to do.

5.1.8 Staff and volunteers get enough individual support to carry out their work effectively.

Managing and exitingtrustees are clear about the expectations the organisation has of them. If they are unable to meet these then it is clear who will do what to take some action. This could include needing to address issues to do with conflict of interest or where a trustee is not acting appropriately in that role. Trustees leaving the Board will have an exit meeting, usually with the Chair, to provide an opportunity for them to give feedback about their experience.
3.1.3 Board members and managers lead by example, taking decisions and actions that reflect the organisation’s values, and encouraging a culture consistent with those values.

What you or the Chair or the Chief Exec could do right now

·         Email your trustees and say ‘Happy Trustees’ Week’. Say a big thank you for the time and effort they give to your organisation. Let them know they’re appreciated
·         Send this blog to your trustees and if they haven’t recently reviewed how the trustee programme is working then now is a good time to take stock
·         Put review of the trustee programme on the next Board agenda

‘It’s great news that we have been awarded with the PQASSO Quality Mark. PQASSO has been hugely successful for us’.    Tim Fitches, Living Streets

For more information about trustees: 

For Charity Commission guidance:   

For find out more about PQASSO and the PQASSO Quality Mark visit the website or email

Quiz: Do you know your duties as a trustee?

To coincide with Trustees' Week, the Charity Commission published a quiz in November's Governance & Leadership magazine to test people on their knowledge of trustees' duties. Can you get all the answers right? - See more at:

(Source: Civil Society)

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Charities Act 2016: new fundraising rules

Regulatory alert issued on new Charities Act fundraising rules, coming into force on 1 November 2016.

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 participators’) raise money for charities.
The Charity Commission (‘the Commission’), the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to inform fundraisers and the trustees of charities affected by the new provisions about what they have to do to comply.
In the next few weeks this alert will be sent directly to 5,500 affected charities on the Commission’s register. We are also working with other sector bodies so that relevant information about compliance with the new rules reaches affected fundraisers and unregistered charities.
The changes are introduced by the fundraising sections of the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016. They will help charities to demonstrate their commitment to protecting donors and the public, including vulnerable people, from poor fundraising practices. The new law will also help to ensure that fundraising standards form part of the agreements between charities and any commercial participators or professional fundraisers with whom they work.
There are 2 new requirements.
  1. The first requirement applies where a charity, registered or unregistered, uses a professional fundraiser or commercial participator to raise funds. Broadly, it says that the compulsory written agreements between charities and these third parties must include extra information covering:
    • the scheme for regulating fundraising or recognised fundraising standards that will apply to the professional fundraiser or commercial participator in carrying out the agreement
    • how the professional fundraiser or commercial participator will protect the public, including vulnerable people, from unreasonably intrusive or persistent fundraising approaches and undue pressure to donate
    • how charities will monitor the professional fundraiser or commercial participator’s compliance with these requirements
  2. The second requirement applies to registered charities that, by law, must have their accounts audited. It says that these charities have to include extra information about fundraising in their trustees’ annual report. Broadly, the extra annual statements are about the charity’s:
    • approach to fundraising
    • work with, and oversight of, any commercial participators/professional fundraisers
    • fundraising conforming to recognised standards
    • monitoring of fundraising carried out on its behalf
    • fundraising complaints
    • protection of the public, including vulnerable people, from unreasonably intrusive or persistent fundraising approaches, and undue pressure to donate
Your charity may be affected by either or both of the new requirements.
You can find out how your charity is affected by the new provisions, and when compliance with them is required, by reading these FAQs, developed jointly by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.
You can also look at Charity fundraising: a guide to trustee duties (CC20)and Charity reporting and accounting the essentials November 2016 (CC15d) which have been updated to reflect the new requirements.

Sarah Atkinson, Director of Policy and Communications at the Charity Commission said:

"The new law is part of a package of fundraising reforms introduced last year to strengthen fundraising practice and regulation. We know that many in the sector are working hard to support these changes, and to review their own fundraising practices so that public trust can be restored. The new Charities Act provisions will help charities to demonstrate that their donors and the public are treated with respect and protected from intrusive practices, and that recognised fundraising standards are always part of the picture where charities are working with a professional or commercial partner."

(Source: Charity Commission) 
Charity reporting and accounting: the essentials November 2016

What trustees need to do when preparing trustees’ annual reports, accounts and annual returns for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 November 2016.

(Source: Charity Commission)

Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Trustee Interview - Ben Webb

To mark Trustees Week 2016, we spoke to Ben Webb, who is a trustee of a Powys wide organisation to find out more about being a trustee.

Why did you become a trustee?

To support the organisations who's aims and objectives I really believe in and to make a difference to the community in which I live.

What does being a trustee mean to you?

Having a personal stake in the things that happen around me, and taking responsibility for creating change.

Tell us about the good bits, and the not so good bits of being a trustee.

It's great when things come together, when I get positive feedback from a group or individual that the organisation I support has made a real difference in their lives, or that a project has been a great success. It's not so great at 8pm on a Thursday evening when I'm already tried and have to go to a meeting for the next 3 hours. It's also a bit of a challenge working with individuals that I don't have the same vision as, but that's about compromise and tolerance. Also, it always seems to be the same people, a small percentage of the community, spread out over every group, which is less sustainable as people often burn out from too many commitments.

What would you say to someone thinking about being a trustee?

Make sure you pick the organisation that is right for you. Make sure you have the time and energy to commit and makes sure you're not just a Trustee in name, that you are active and involved.

Can you tell us three words that you think of when you hear the word 'trustee'?

Involved. Community. Busy.

Thanks for sharing your experiences Ben.

Thinking about becoming a trustee?  Wondering what it involves?  Go to for more information.  Fancy a chat about being a trustee?  Give us a ring on 01597 822191.

Five questions that will make you a smarter trustee of your charity

Here's a great article about the five questions to ask when you're a trustee:

Monday, 7 November 2016


Commission re-emphasises the fundamental role and value of trusteeship

Today the seventh annual Trustees’ Week launches to celebrate the great work that trustees do and highlight their complex but invaluable role in society.
Charity trustees oversee charities and are ultimately responsible for how they are run. There are approximately 850,000 trustees in England and Wales, overseeing 165,000 registered charities.
As part of Trustees’ Week, the Commission is reminding trustees that their fundamental roles and responsibilities are the same as they have always been, despite the recent increase in focus. Trustees should act in the best interests of their charity, ensuring it is best placed and equipped to achieve its charitable purpose for the public benefit.
The Commission also wants to encourage anyone thinking of becoming a trustee to use Trustees’ Week to find out more about the role and the various ways they can get involved. Trusteeship brings excellent opportunities including meeting new people, developing new skills, and applying existing expertise to new, real-life challenges.
This year’s theme for Trustees’ Week focuses on Stronger Charities through Good Leadership, reflecting the excellent leadership the Commission often sees in its case work from a range of trustees and charity staff.

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:

We know the work of trustees is crucial to the success of their charities, and they often bear a considerable load. However, this Trustees’ Week we want to encourage trustees to keep doing excellent work - and remind them that despite the recent increase in focus, the legal burden hasn’t changed.
We see great stewardship in our engagement with charities, often by trustees facing difficult and complex situations. Some of the best decision-making we have seen has been a product of having diversity on boards, meaning trustees can challenge each other and offer conflicting perspectives to ultimately achieve the best outcome for their charity.

Rob Wilson MP, Minister for Civil Society, said:
Charity trustees make an invaluable contribution to society, helping support our local communities. From helping in a local parent teacher association to being on the board of an national charity, our trustees are helping to create a society that works for everyone. Trustees’ Week offers us a great opportunity to thank them for all their hard work and dedication, raise awareness around the support available to trustees and to encourage even more people to volunteer.
Trustees’ Week runs from 7-13 November 2016 and is supported by a coalition of charities, umbrella organisations, professional bodies and regulators. The Commission’s Chief Executive Paula Sussex will be supporting the week’s launch by speaking at the NCVO/BWB trustee conference in London today. The Commission’s Director of Policy and Communications Sarah Atkinson will be hosting a webinar on ‘What every trustee should know’ on Tuesday 8 November at 7pm, and Head of Strategy and Insight will be speaking on building trust in the sector at an event by WCVA and the Association of Chairs in Cardiff on 9 November. For a full list of events taking place throughout the week across the country, as well as case studies, articles, and lots of resources about trusteeship, visit and follow @TrusteesWeek on Twitter.
(Source: Charity Commission) 

Good Governance - A code for the voluntary and community sector - consultation open

The draft of the new Code of Good Governance is available to read here. The consultation ends 7 February 2017. A press release detailing the changes to the code and the consultation process can be found here
Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector (the Code) is just as it says, a code of governance written for voluntary and community organisations.
  • By the sector, for the sector
  • Six key principles explain good governance
  • Points out important legal requirements
  • Gives suggestions on how to apply the principles in practice
  • Jointly owned by NCVO, ACEVO, SCC, ICSA & WCVA
  • Supported by the Charity Commission and the Clothworkers’ Company

Read more about it here:

The Essential Trustee: Key points

Some top tips for Trustees Week from the Charity Commission

IT'S TRUSTEE WEEK - 7-13 November 2016

Trustees are the people in charge of a charity. They help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the world. They play a vital role, volunteering their time and working together to make important decisions about the charity’s work. Trustees’ Week is an annual event to showcase the great work that trustees do and highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved and make a difference.

The focus in 2016 is Stronger Charities through Good Leadership and organisations are focusing on sharing their training, both live and online, and much of it for free.

How many trustees are there?

  • There are approximately 194,000 charities in the UK (165,000 charities in England and Wales, 24,000 in Scotland, 5,000 registered in Northern Ireland).
  • And just over 1 million trustees (of which some 850,000 are in England and Wales, 180,000 in Scotland and 30,000 in Northern Ireland)
  • From NCVO and CCNI research, we know just under half the UK’s trustees are women
  • The average trustee in England and Wales is 59 years old, and 55 in Northern Ireland.
  • There are many young trustees too with some 86,000 trustee positions held by 16-34 year olds (of which 2,611 in Northern Ireland).
(Source: Trustees Week)

Friday, 4 November 2016

Lords Select Committee

As part of its inquiry into the sustainability of the charity sector and the challenges of charity governance, the Committee visited the London offices of the Charity Commission for England and Wales.


On 1 November, the Committee visited the Charity Commission offices in London to discuss the work of the Commission.
The Charity Commission is the independent regulator of some 165,000 registered charities in England and Wales.
Members of the Committee met with the Chairman, Chief Executive and directors to discuss the different aspects of the advisory and regulatory work of the Charity Commission.
The Committee has also visited Body and Soul, a  HIV charity in London and will undertake further visits as part of its work.