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The Almshouse Association is 75 years old!

…interaction but also privacy. To commemorate our 75th Anniversary year we will be shouting about our 1600+ member charities and the wonderful work they do. We are inspired on a…

Tackling problem debt - new government scheme

…with additional support and protection for those experiencing mental health crisis treatment. The scheme is expected to support around 700,000 people who are struggling with this issue and may impact…

TAA Board Key Decisions: a record

…was agreed that a solicitor would review internal board policies. The Board continue to work to the Code of Charity Governance. The Board agreed to the creation of a Governance…

Survey shows happy residents

…tribute to the hard work of staff and governors in what has been really challenging times.” References: Kerry Coupe ; kerry.coupe@iliffepublishing.co.uk Published in Rutland and Stamford Mercury 17:00, 25 May 2021…

St John’s Hospital in Bakewell

…finally erected in 1709. Trustees were assisted by local volunteers in demolishing a dreadful lean-to at rear which saved the charity £2.5k before refurbishment work started. After many years, this…

Stake your Credit Claim

…credit and it has been estimated that 650,000 over 75s could get Pension Credit if they applied. A recent article written by Paul Lewis, featured in the Radio Times explains…

Solar Farm Opportunities

…of developments. Interested members can provide the above information to Jack Baldan via jackbaldan@almshouses.org or alternatively can get in touch with Simon Jobson via simon.jobson@centrica.com.     Posted 24 April 22…

Selective Licensing Update

…Association was asked to provide written information to support our strong case for exemption. Through our work with members and our previous calls for evidence, we have excellent case studies to put…

Rules on holding AGMs and other meetings

…virtual or telephone meetings where physical meetings are not possible. If your charity’s governing document does not allow for this, the Charity Commission suggests amending the document to allow for…

Risk Assessment online training

35 mins | CPD accredited |IOSH approved This online Risk Assessment training is designed to help organisations comply with Health and Safety regulations, as well as learn to and carry out structured risk…

Rising Energy Costs

…with your energy provider to see whether additional support may be available to the charity or residents. The Association is looking to work with the Government to call for charities…

Research funding awarded to ARC

…almshouse movement and other social housing providers. As the needs increase to provide older people with safe and affordable housing options, this toolkit will not only inform our best practice…

Reminder: A CCLA special event for almshouses

…is to help you secure a positive financial future for your organisation. CCLA initiated its mental health engagement programme in early 2019. Amy Browne, Stewardship Lead, will share some insights…

Regional Champions pilot project launched

…United Charity – Devon and Cornwall Susie Coen, Salisbury City Almshouse & Welfare Charities – Wiltshire All currently work for or are trustees of almshouse charities in their respective regions…

Read all about it!

…– 3rd Jan 2020 The Telegraph – 4th Jan 2020 The Mail online – 6th Jan 2020 The Telegraph Letters Page – 6th Jan 2020 Note: The Association does not…

Policy and Governance – Latest Developments

…social work: The Department of Health and Social Care has published a report focussed on the evidence around the role of social workers in preventing and reducing loneliness and isolation….

Policy and Governance update: April 21

…rural and remote areas of the UK. Members may wish to consider responding if they have difficulties accessing good quality broadband for work and for residents. Health and Safety Shielding…

Policy & Governance update – March 2021

…interest in a charity What to send to the Charity Commission and how to get help Adult Social Care Free PPE for unpaid carers – The Department for Health and…

Policy & Governance update: September 20

…account delays to repair work and the additional pressures placed on local authorities by coronavirus. The new deadline for applications from communities flooded in November 2019 is now 31 December…

Policy & Governance update: June 21

…Board. The Trustee Recruitment Cycle takes charities through the recruitment process in six stages and is designed so charities can dip into relevant sections, or work through the whole recruitment…

Policy & Governance update: July 21

…still seeking to work with Historic England on producing a specific guide focused on almshouses. London Mayor declares a “retrofit revolution” to tackle the climate emergency – The Mayor of…

Policy & Governance update: July/August 20

…who can demonstrate that the contractor will start work on cladding remediation by 31 March next year Online forms must be completed by 31 December 2020 to be considered Trustees…

Policy & Governance update: 20.09.21

…the public if the risk level increases. Consider asking people to work from home. Previous Policy and Governance updates: Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update | (almshouses.org) Policy & Governance update:…

Policy & Governance update: 16.08.21

…is backed by £3.45m in funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and is intended to help speed up energy-efficiency work in social housing across the country….

Policy & Governance update: 15.10.21

…awareness of fraud and cybercrime affecting the sector and to create a safe space for charities and their supporters to talk about fraud and share good practice. Wales Six-month notice…

Policy & Governance update: 01.11.21

…full strategy can be found here. Previous Policy and Governance updates: Policy & Governance update: 20.09.21 | (almshouses.org) Policy & Governance update: 15.10.21 | (almshouses.org) Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update…

Policy & Governance: latest developments

…safety work, support for vulnerable people and much more. Other roundups – May 20 Summary Coronavirus safer public places – urban centres and green spaces: MHCLG has published guidance for…

Policy & Governance: latest developments

…the coronavirus pandemic. It is clear that the safety of buildings remains a top priority and measures have been put in place to ensure that vital work can continue and…

Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update

…December 2021, whichever occurs first. The programme will close in March 2022 – all work funding by the grant must be completed by this date. To apply for the fund,…

Policy & Governance: 31.01.22 update

…update: 01.11.21 | Policy & Governance update: 15.10.21 | Policy & Governance update: 20.09.21 | Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update | Policy & Governance update: 16.08.21 | Policy & Governance:…

Policy & Governance: 19.07.21

…provide relief to those in need. Almshouses have provided this high standards as cornerstones of the communities they work in for hundreds of years, we must strive to continue this…

Planning for an Affordable Future

…more effectively if properly applied and standardised and not negotiated and haggled down by the best lawyers. Also, it does not properly prioritise community housing and truly affordable housing, with…

P&G update: 30.05.22

…their website along with a wide range of FAQs. SEE ALSO: Training: ARC TV Licences | (almshouses.org) WALES Final coronavirus restrictions removed – The Welsh Government is removing the final…

P&G update: 28.04.22

…it classifies charities’ operations so that it can better understand and analyse the charity sector. Under the proposed changes, almshouses would be specifically noted alongside a member’s operations. This does

P&G update: 27.06.22

…almshouse movement. The white paper does define ‘Renters’ as including licensees and so the Association will be seeking clarification on the government’s intentions. The white paper can be found here….

P&G update: 23.5.22

…apply to England only. Information does not need to be shared until 23rd January 2023, in the meantime, members should look to work towards compliance. RECORD OF PREVIOUS 2021/22 Policy…

P&G update: 21.03.22

…Governance: 29.11.21 update | Policy & Governance update: 01.11.21 | Policy & Governance update: 15.10.21 | Policy & Governance update: 20.09.21 | Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update | Policy &…

P&G update: 16.05.22

…latest update can be found below and previous updates are listed at the bottom of the page. GOVERNMENT Department of Work and Pensions to restart transition to Universal Credit –…

P&G update: 7.2.22

…Governance: 17.01.22 | (almshouses.org) Policy & Governance: 29.11.21 update | Policy & Governance update: 01.11.21 | Policy & Governance update: 15.10.21 | Policy & Governance update: 20.09.21 | Policy &…

P&G update: 04.04.22

…are struggling. RECORD OF 2021/22 Policy and Governance updates: 21.03.22 | 7.03.22| 28.02.22 | 7.2.22 | 31.01.22 | 17.01.22 | 29.11.21 | 01.11.21 | 15.10.21 | 20.09.21 | 31.08.21 |…