Friday, 29 July 2016

Trustees - when to take or defend legal action?

The Charity Commission will soon publish new guidance for trustees about when to take or defend legal action. 

Titled Charities and litigation – a guide for trustees (CC38), the guidance is expected to be published next week. 

In its recent newsletter for trustees, the Commission said: “Legal proceedings can present significant risk to a charity, and this guidance will provide advice on what trustees need to know when thinking about taking or defending legal action, and when we need 

Draft guidance - To see draft guidance click here

Tuesday, 26 July 2016

Job vacancy

 Please scroll down for the english text.


Mae Cymdeithas Mudiadau Gwirfoddol Powys yn awyddus i benodi

Swyddog Datblygu – Parod at y Dyfodol - Powys

35 awr yr wythnos

Cyflog: £2,141.17 y mis (£25,694 yf)

Lleolir y swydd yn Llandrindod neu’r Drenewydd

Cyllidir y prosiect hyd at fis Awst August 2019

Bydd deiliad y swydd yn gweithio’n agos gyda sefydliadau’r trydydd sector i gynnig cymorth
dwys ar ddulliau llywodraethu da.

Dyddiad cau i dderbyn ceisiadau: 8fed Awst am 3.00pm

Cynhelir cyfweliadau ar gyfer y swydd ar 15fed Awst

Mae pecynnau cais ar gael trwy wefan PAVO:


neu drwy e-bostio: info@pavo.org.uk  neu ffonio: 01597 822191

Am fwy o wybodaeth ar PAVO gweler: www.pavo.org.uk 

Powys Association of Voluntary Organisations has the following vacancy

Development Officer Future Fit Powys

35 Hours per week

Salary £2,141.17 per month (£25,694 pa)

Based in Llandrindod Wells or Newtown

The project is funded until August 2019

The post holder will work closely with third sector organisations to provide intensive support on good governance

 The closing date for applications is: 8th August at 3.00pm

Interviews for the post will be held on the 15th August

Application packs are available from the PAVO website:


or info@pavo.org.uk tel:01597 822191

For more information about PAVO see: www.pavo.org.uk

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Trusty Trustee Roadshow
Future Fit Powys
Everything you need to know if you are a trustee, a director, a board member or management committee member in the third sector  
Come along to our roadshow on:
Wednesday 14th September 2016
Crossgates Village Hall
10am - 4pm
For a fun, informative, interactive day looking at charity accounts, governance workshops, PAVO’s new Trustee Project, BIG Lottery presentation, and much more besides……..

Miss it, miss out!
To book a place go to:

Sioe Deithiol Ymddiriedolwr Dibynadwy
Dyfodol Heini Powys
Popeth rydych angen ei wybod os ydych yn ymddiriedolwr, cyfarwyddwr, aelod o’r bwrdd neu
bwyllgor rheoli yn y trydydd sector
Dewch draw i'n sioe deithiol:
Dydd Mercher 14 Medi, 2016
Canolfan Gymunedol Y Groes (Crossgates)
10:00yb - 4:00yp
Diwrnod rhyngweithiol llawn hwyl a gwybodaeth, yn edrych ar gyfrifon elusennau, gweithdai llywodraethu, Prosiect Ymddiriedolwr newydd PAVO, cyflwyniad gan y Loteri Fawr, a llawer mwy ......

Peidiwch colli allan!
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Thursday, 21 July 2016

Wales’ Third Sector – Too Important To Take For Granted!



Volunteering plays a significant part in the lives of individuals and communities. 77% of adults in Wales give their time to help friends or neighbours or help with activities within an organisation. If we had to fund the contribution that volunteers make to public services and to the social fabric of Wales, it would cost the tax payer at least an extra £53 million per year.
Third sector organisations are often offer much better value for money than other sectors because of the added value they bring. This added value is multi faceted e.g. social, cultural, personal, physical. However, it also has an economic dimension. One example among many is transport. There are 17 Community Transport Schemes in Powys. Our very large and deeply rural context means that access to services is notoriously difficult and many people rely on their local dial-a-ride or taxi card scheme to get to surgeries, hospitals or to go shopping. It has been demonstrated that, due to the contribution of volunteers and the funding drawn down from other sources, Powys receives £1.3m worth of service via such schemes. The local authority’s contribution is £112k. This 12:1 return on investment is almost miraculous by anyone’s calculation!












To read the full article click here

Voluntary sector leaders moot new governance structure for big charities



Sir Stephen Bubb, who has just stepped down as chief executive of charity leaders’ network Acevo, and Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of charity umbrella group NCVO, agreed that the sector should start thinking about a different form of governance for charities that have an annual turnover of more than £100m.
Such a change could see the creation of unitary boards as standard for large charities, whereby their top managers would become directors, and the introduction of payment for non-executive directors. At present, this is allowed only by exception and in a handful of cases.
This comes after a troubled period for the voluntary sector in which many of its high-profile problems – fundraising scandals, the collapse of Kids Company andcriticism of commercial activities – have been blamed to a large extent on poor governance of bigger charities.
Click here to read the article

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Trusty Trustee Roadshow

Trusty Trustee Roadshow
Future Fit Powys
Everything you need to know if you are a trustee, a director, a board member or management committee member in the third sector  
Come along to our roadshow on:
Wednesday 14th September 2016
Crossgates Village Hall
10am - 4pm
For a fun, informative, interactive day looking at charity accounts, governance workshops, PAVO’s new Trustee Project, BIG Lottery presentation, and much more besides……..

Miss it, miss out!
To book a place go to:

Sioe Deithiol Ymddiriedolwr Dibynadwy
Dyfodol Heini Powys
Popeth rydych angen ei wybod os ydych yn ymddiriedolwr, cyfarwyddwr, aelod o’r bwrdd neu
bwyllgor rheoli yn y trydydd sector
Dewch draw i'n sioe deithiol:
Dydd Mercher 14 Medi, 2016
Canolfan Gymunedol Y Groes (Crossgates)
10:00yb - 4:00yp
Diwrnod rhyngweithiol llawn hwyl a gwybodaeth, yn edrych ar gyfrifon elusennau, gweithdai llywodraethu, Prosiect Ymddiriedolwr newydd PAVO, cyflwyniad gan y Loteri Fawr, a llawer mwy ......

Peidiwch colli allan!
I archebu lle, ewch i:
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/trusty-trustee-roadshow-tickets-26517315003


Thursday, 14 July 2016

OPEN4COMMUNITY POWYS FUNDING PORTAL NOW LIVE

We are delighted to let you know that the new Open4Community funding portal is now live, and available exclusively to PAVO members.
Developed exclusively for third sector groups in Powys, PAVO’s new and free-to-use funding information portal aims to help PAVO members’ source funding to support an array of activities and projects. The portal offers:
  •          Free online registration to PAVO members
  •          60-second funding search or category browse for easy and quick access
  •          Search thousands of funding schemes in just a few simple steps
  •          24-hour updates for comprehensive funding information
  •          Full scheme and contact details linking you directly to funding providers
  •          Local information, support and contact details to help your organisation meet its potential
  •          Local news bulletins on relevant issues in your area
PAVO members will receive an e-mail with information about how to log onto the portal.

Not a member, not a problem, click here to join PAVO

Friday, 1 July 2016

Consultation on official warnings to charities and trustees

The Charity Commission (‘the commission’), the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today launched a 12 week public consultation on its proposed approach to exercising the new power to issue an official warning to charities when it considers that there has been a breach of trust or duty, or other misconduct or mismanagement in the charity. This power will supplement the commission’s existing powers for dealing with wrongdoing in charities.
The new power, which mirrors powers many other regulators have, was included in the Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Act 2016 and is expected to come into effect in October. The power will support the commission in its regulatory work of upholding public trust and confidence in charities by dealing proportionately and effectively with wrongdoing which erodes that trust.
In a consultation paper published today, the commission sets out its proposed approach and the factors it will take into account before issuing an official warning, together with its approach to giving notice and publishing official warnings.
The commission welcomes comments from charities, their advisers, other regulators (particularly those that exercise similar powers) and anyone else with an interest in the charity sector on its proposed approach to using these new powers. In particular it invites comments on:
  • the commission’s overall approach
  • how it will use this new power
  • how it will give notice and consider representations
  • how it will publish official warnings

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

The power to issue an official warning is an important new power for the commission to tackle misconduct and mismanagement proportionately and effectively.
We are keen to ensure that the sector understands our approach and the important safeguards for charities. We hope that charities, professional advisers and other interested parties will respond to our consultation to further inform that approach.
The full consultation questions and online form to complete the consultation are published on GOV.UK. The consultation closes on 23 September 2016 at 5:00pm.


(Source: Charity Commission)