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EarlyBird booking for the East of England Village Halls Conference 2021

Village halls and community buildings are at the heart of our rural and urban communities. 2020 has been a tough year, with lockdown and compulsory closures for all.  However, the Covid-19 pandemic has provided a special opportunity for those involved in running village halls across the East of England to share experiences, ideas, opportunities, and resources.

Who wants to save £254 on their energy bills?

At CAN we work closely with the Borough Council of King's Lynn and West Norfolk on the Big Switch and Save energy switching project.  There are three important news items about Big Switch and Save that we’d like to convey to West Norfolk residents, and we’d be grateful for the help of VCSE groups and organisations working in the area to help spread the word.

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.  

West Norfolk VCSE Hub meeting 8th December

The next West Norfolk VCSE Hub Meeting takes place on Tuesday 8th December 2020 between 10:30 and 12:00 on the platform Microsoft Teams. 

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.

Dereham Men's Shed - the road to becoming a charity

There are definite benefits to registering as a charity, not least of which is credibility when applying to potential funders. Making your case to the Charity Commission needs to be done in an organised and planned way. 

Safeguarding and Village Halls

The organisers of activities and events are responsible for ensuring people’s safety and wellbeing during their time there, but it doesn’t mean the village hall volunteers and staff are absolved from responsibility. it’s helpful to have a closer look at why it’s especially important for hall committees to have the right policies and procedures in place.  

Hanworth Memorial Hall - and keeping your eggs in separate baskets…

At CAN we help and support a great many community projects to find the funding they need to make their vision a reality. Finding the right funder can be a minefield, and a complex process that takes time and commitment.  

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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