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Introducing CAN's New Rural Housing Enabler

In an effort to uplift rural areas and assist local communities, the government has initiated the Unleashing Rural Opportunity Strategy. As a part of this strategy, a network of Rural Housing Enablers (RHEs) have been appointed across England where a need to support the provision of rural homes through Rural Exception Sites. The Rural Housing Enablers will be in post until March 2025 to address the critical need for affordable housing in rural England.

Grantway - The new funding search portal

Grantway is a new and exciting innovative grant searching solution that has been developed by Induct to help volunteer organisations and charities find and obtain essential funding without having to pay a penny.

Charities and community organisations – closing down vs other options: Part 2 - Ashwellthorpe

This is Part 2 of last week's article about other options when Charities and Community Organisations might be considering closing down.  You can read Part 1 here.

Charities and political campaigning – what you need to know in advance of the local elections

With county and district council elections happening on 6th May 2021, now is a good time to take a close look at what VCSE sector organisations need to know about getting involved in political campaigning. 

Our Covid work with Good Neighbour Schemes & Mutual Aid

Over the weekend of the 14th March 2020, we saw several hundred Norfolk communities create new Mutual Aid Groups in response to the pandemic's effect on their communities.

This was our community spirit at its best. A process of forming groups that would normally take several months was accelerated into days. People were coming forward to help, who had never volunteered before. Whatever the legacy of the practical support that was delivered, the simple truth is “you can’t un-meet your neighbour” and this is hugely positive for our communities.

Updated guidance: COVID ‘Road Map’ advice relating to village halls and community buildings

ACRE has issued new information to help village and community halls get to grips with the latest announcements about the lifting of national lockdown restrictions. 


 

Safeguarding - everyone’s responsibility

Every VCSE organisation has a duty to safeguard volunteers, staff members, participants and donors, and to have appropriate and proportionate policies and procedures in place. Likewise, staff and volunteers themselves need to aware be aware of their individual responsibilities to themselves and to their clients, service users and hirers.  

Donate your money to charities, not criminals, this Christmas

Action Fraud, the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator are warning the public to remain vigilant when making charitable donations this Christmas. Whilst the warning is directed to the giving public, it’s important for VCSE organisations themselves to understand the implications of potential impersonation fraud.  

Charity Commission’s ‘quick and easy’ guides to assist trustees

Further to our article last month about Trustees’ Week here, we are taking a look at the Charity Commission’s new ‘5 minute’ guidelines.

Charities and VAT - a complex area

It may be stating the obvious to say that the issue of charities and their tax liabilities is not straightforward.  This article gives an overview of what charities need to understand as part of their VAT liabilities.

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