Monday, 30 January 2017


The first public services news round-up of the year has been published by the NCVO.

Click the following link to read all about it -

(Source: NCVO)

Charities and Brexit - where we are now

With more pressure on charity services and no guarantee of replacing EU money, charities need to stay on the Brexit ball

To read more about this article from the Guardian - click on the following link - 

(Source: The Guardian)

Thought for the week

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

"Thought for the Week"

“If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door~ Milton Berle

Friday, 27 January 2017

Thank you Brecon

We had a great morning in Brecon with our Trusty Trustee Roadshow on Wednesday this week.

Lots of discussion and an opportunity to meet other local organisations.

A great morning all round!

Many thanks to those who came along, it was great to see you all.

A beautiful morning in Brecon

Deep in discussion!

Monday, 23 January 2017

Thought for the week

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

"Thought for the Week"

“When we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves~ William Arthur Ward

Thursday, 19 January 2017


Are you a trustee?  Do you sit on a committee?

Governance is an issue that affects any group, no matter what size it is.  PAVO along with the Charity Commission is wholly committed to championing good governance in the sector, and trustees play an enormous part in enabling this to happen.  

The PAVO Trustee Network has been set up in order to provide mutual learning and support to trustees of voluntary or community organisations operating within Powys (including charity trustees, management committee members and not-for-profit company directors).

The virtual network will ensure that members are kept up to date electronically with news, information, and developments in the field of governance and trusteeship. 
The network will also:
  • provide the opportunity for trustees to share learning and information about their experiences in fulfilling their governance roles
  • provide a forum for determining the training and development needs of trustees.
  • allow trustees the opportunity to be consulted and feedback on strategic policy developments.

We want as many trustees as possible to sign up to become a member of the network, so don’t delay, join today!

Check out PAVO's Trusty Trustee blog today!  Go to: 


Tuesday, 17 January 2017

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

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 or accounts.
On Friday 13 January, 3,584 charities with a last reported income over £250,000 and a financial year ending 31 March 2016 hadn’t filed their accounts or annual return. These charities have less than 2 weeks before the 31 January deadline.
Trustees are legally obliged to submit these documents. Failing to file, or filing late, can affect your charity’s reputation and jeopardise public trust in charities. The commission takes failure to file very seriously and will take action where necessary.
Once a charity has submitted its documents to us via our online services, they are published on our register of charities. Your charity’s profile will be updated overnight and your accounts and income and expenditure figures will be available for all members of the public to view.

Know what you need to submit and when

You have 10 months from the end of your charity’s financial year to do this and what you need to submit depends on your annual income.
If your charity’s income is:
  • under £10,000, then you just need to provide us with your charity’s income and expenditure figures – the easiest way to do this is via the annual return
  • between £10,001 and £25,000, you need to complete an annual return form
  • more than £25,001, you must submit an annual return form along with a set of annual accounts as well as an independent examiners’ or audit report and a trustees’ annual report (TAR).
Please note that all CIOs need to submit an annual return and annual accounts. If your CIO has an income over £25,000 you also need to submit an independent examiners’ or audit report along with a Trustees’ Annual Report.

Top tips to keep on track with your accounting and reporting requirements

  1. Don’t wait until you approach the deadline – submit your documents as soon as you can
  2. Remember submitting this information is the collective responsibility of the entire trustee body, not just the treasurer or secretary
  3. Ensure all trustees know the password to access the annual return and other online services
  4. Make sure your charity’s trustee details are up-to-date before you complete the annual return
  5. Record your income and expenditure figures in whole pounds without decimal points or rounding them into thousands
  6. Make sure you don’t mistakenly tick the box that says your accounts are ‘qualified’ – accounts are marked ‘qualified’ when the independent examiner or auditor has doubts about some aspects of the accounts; it doesn’t mean that your accounts have been verified by an independent examiner.
  7. Ensure the trustees declare any serious incidents in the annual return.
If you have all the information you need, completing your annual return online is straightforward and not time-consuming. However, high demand in the lead up to peak filing times can cause delays to the system; to avoid experiencing this, submit your documents as soon as possible.
If you are experiencing problems completing your annual return form, you can speak to one of our technical advisers on 0300 066 9197. Our helpline is open from 9am to midday Monday to Friday.
Alternatively, you can request a callback via our website.
(Source: Charity Commission)

Monday, 16 January 2017

Thought for the week

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

"Thought for the Week"

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant ~ Robert Louis Stevenson

Friday, 13 January 2017

FREE Training Course - Fundraising with Local Giving

Kick start your digital fundraising in 2017 with this workshop for local voluntary groups & charities in Powys
Getting started with online fundraising
1st February - Plas Dolerw, Newtown - 13:30 to 16:30
21st February - Unit 30 @ Ddole Road Industrial Estate, Llandrindod - 13:30 to 16:30
By the end of this session, you will:

       Understand the basics of online fundraising
       Know how online fundraising can benefit your group
       Be aware of free tools and resources available to you
       Be registered on Localgiving,  enabling you to claim £200 of match funding
       Be able to confidently use the Localgiving fundraising platform
       Understand how to ask people to support your cause
       Be equipped to secure your first digital donation
       Understand how to develop and maintain relationships with donors
       Have developed some new promotional materials for your cause
This is a practical session. To get the most out of the workshop, participants will need to bring a laptop or tablet.
Light refreshments available!
You must book a place in advance.  Please state which day you would like to attend. There is a maximum of twelve people for each session so a first come first serve basis will apply.
Contact PAVO:
01597 822191
This workshop is offered under the Big Lottery funded Wales Development programme, through which local charities and community groups can learn to confidently run online fundraising campaigns. Participating groups will benefit from:

     FREE membership of Localgiving for a year (usually £72) open to all local third sector groups – including those too small to be registered charities and therefore unable to subscribe to other online giving platforms

     Face to face training, mentoring and support (tailored to your organisation’s needs) to help you raise awareness of your cause and raise funds online

     £200 of match funding (ring-fenced for every group that signs up) as an extra incentive to fundraise online!

To sign up to the programme, visit

Monday, 9 January 2017

Regulator welcomes Prime Minister and promotes vital role of charities

Commission also reports on its work over the past year and answer questions from attendees.
The Charity Commission today welcomed the Prime Minister, Rt Hon Theresa May MP, as guest speaker to deliver the keynote speech and her first major speech of the new year, at its annual public meeting.
The public meeting was a major opportunity for attendees to hear the Prime Minister reveal her vision for social reform. Charity trustees, executives and advisers in attendance also heard the chairman, CEO and directors report on the Commission’s work over the last year along with its ambitions for the coming year. The regulator also launched a revised statement of regulatory approach which placed further emphasis on enabling trustees to govern their charities effectively.

William Shawcross, Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:

"I was very proud to welcome the Prime Minister as our guest and honoured that she chose the Charity Commission’s public meeting to give such a significant speech. There could be no better indication of the importance of charities to this country, and of our responsibility as regulator.
Our annual public meeting is the time for the Commission to present the achievements of the past year and look to the future. As I begin my last year as chairman, I am pleased to set out the significant progress that we have made in delivering our strategy to be an engaged and effective risk-based regulator."

Eryl Besse, Deputy Chairman of the Charity Commission, said:

"Over the last year we have continued to transform the way we work to operate in a more effective and efficient manner and made significant updates to the guidance we provide for trustees. This has already borne fruit for the Commission and charities.
Good governance and strong leadership within charities are imperative in securing public confidence; a vital part of this is enabling trustees to undertake their roles effectively. Today we have published an updated statement of regulatory approach, to place further emphasis on our enablement work and the support we provide for trustees."
The Commission’s new statement of regulatory approach can be found on GOV.UK.
(source: Charity Commission)

Updated statement of regulatory intent – January 2017

How the Charity Commission approaches its work to fulfil its role under the Charities Act

(Source: Charity Commission)

Thought for the week

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

"Thought for the Week"

“It always seems impossible until it's done" ~ Nelson Mandela

Friday, 6 January 2017


Brilliant boards: how to create the best voluntary sector set of trustees

Here's a useful article to ensure your set of trustees is the best it can be;

(Source: Gaurdian Voluntary Sector Network)

Thinkg about this with your Board, need some support?  Contact PAVO on 01597 822191 to access a whole range of services to support you with trustee and governance issues.

Tuesday, 3 January 2017

Commission opens consultation on the annual return

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today announced a consultation for next year’s annual return. This consultation is part of a two-year project to fundamentally review the key information that we collect and display from charities.
The annual return is a key regulatory tool for the regulator that is used for two main purposes. It enables the Commission to collect information about charities that it can use to identify issues of concern, either in specific charities or areas of broader risk across the charity sector. It is the source of much of the information that is displayed on the Register of Charities – a key driver to allow the public and donors to find out more information about charities.
This two year project will take a fundamental look at how we collect information using the Annual Return; whether we are collecting the right information for our regulatory work and will also explore other ways to keep the Charity Register up to date.
The first part of that project starts today with the launch of this consultation to make some structural changes to how we collect information for the annual return in 2017. In particular, questions are asked about whether:
  • charities should keep the fundamental information up to date more regularly that annually
  • questions should be focussed to match the Commission’s strategic priorities and targeted at the relevant charities
  • the regulatory burden can be lifted by making sure the annual return is more targeted and proportionate

Jane Adderley, Head of First Contact, at the Charity Commission said:

The annual return is a vital tool that allows us to regulate effectively. Making sure that we collect the right information, in the right way is a key part of this. Over the next two years, we hope the annual return will change and improve significantly and this is the first step.
Making sure that these changes are made in the right way for charities, as well as the Commission, is important and so we would encourage registered charities to respond.
The consultation can be filled in using a simple online survey and runs until 9 March 2017.
PR 93/16
(Source: Charity Commission)