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Policy & Governance: latest developments

online or by telephone Reporting serious incidents to the Charity Commission Keeping people safe It is also worth noting that the Charity Commission’s contact centre remains open Mon – Fri,…

Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update

…be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/social-housing-decarbonisation-fund Community Housing Fund Opens – The long awaited £4 million fund to increase community led affordable homes has opened. The Community Housing Fund Revenue Programme 2021…

P&G update: 04.04.22

For example, you will need to ensure that your governing documents allow for online meetings if you have found these to be more convenient during the pandemic. Charity Commission guidance…

Old Windsor United Charities - Old Windsor, Berkshire

…housing need. Living in or with strong links to the Parish of Old Windsor. Of good character. Able to live independently. Contact Details Email: clerk.owuc@gmail.com Tel: 07444 486794 Website: www.pennyroyal.co.uk

New online courses available

The Almshouse Association is pleased to announce that we have added three new online training courses to our website course library. With many of us are working from home, you…

New almshouses in Cheltenham

…of traditional design and incorporating the highest standards of insulation and solar energy in order to reduce the impact on the environment and improve economic resilience. Amongst the throng enjoying…

Mental Health and wellbeing in the charity sector

…were forced to abandon face-to-face service provision in March 2020, along with the camaraderie and support offered by office life. Many moved service provision and core operations online, while others…

Influencing local planning on housing and ageing

…and Country Planning Association. The Older People’s Housing Champions would love to hear from you if you are taking any local action on housing and ageing. Website: www.housingactionblog.wordpress.com Email: housingchampionsnetwork@gmail.com

Infection Prevention & Control online training

…and Control online training Remember: As part of your membership with the Almshouse Association, your charity has been assigned 6 credits. Credits are deducted as soon as each course is…

HRH visits Bond's Hospital almshouses

…trustees all raised a glass to toast this special moment.   . Some wonderful video footage of the day filmed by the Daily Mail online can be accessed here. The Almshouse…

Housing Ombudsman Complaints Handling Code

…account any deficiencies noted in the self-assessment. Click here for a Complaints Handling Flowchart Useful Links Complaint Handling Code FULL – https://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/11/Complaint-Handling-Code.pdf Housing Ombudsman Scheme – https://www.housing-ombudsman.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/Housing-Ombudsman-Scheme-final-version-for-publication-Sep.pdf Posted April 21…

Holding AGMs & other meetings

…30th December 2020.  Wherever possible it is still hoped that members will be able to submit their annual returns online. However, if Trustees have an imminent deadline and believe they…

Hillier Almshouses - Guildford

…but excludes council tax Criteria Ladies over 60 years old Contact Details If you would like more information and to request an application form please contact the clerk on hillier.almshouse@gmail.com

Fond farewells to retiring clerk

…doing so much to support community efforts.” Article by Nick Jones for The Barnet Society online publication. Posted 2 September 21 Click here to read more almshouse news and stories…

Festival of Trusteeship, 2-6 November 2020

…great candidates for trustee roles, and charity finances – the basics. Sessions are being held online and tickets range from £5 to £15. To find out more, visit: www.gettingonboard.org/festival-of-trusteeship Posted…

Exeter Homes Trust marks Platinum Jubilee

…Charity’s 150 residents with updated and energy efficient apartments, more suited to modern day living requirements. For more information about Exeter Homes Trust, please visit: www.exeterhomestrust.com Posted 5 April 22…

EPCs - Association's Statement on EPCs

order to offer best guidance. Our ability to offer guidance has been complicated by contradictory opinions from government and independent experts. In guidance we published on our website in 2019…

Energy Scheme Grant helps to install efficient heating

…Fund, visit www.affordablewarmthsolutions.org.uk/warm-homes-fund/overview If you want to know how E.ON Energy Installation Services can assist you, please contact Andrew Edwards on Andrew.edwards@eonenergy.com or call 07815 502613 Dated: 7th May 19…

Double celebrations in Sonning!

…newspaper article in the Henley Standard – click here Link to online version Posted 12 July 21 For more almshouse news and stories, visit Almshouse news and stories | (almshouses.org)…

Covid-19 update: 29.09.20

…guides on self help and external links  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/stress-anxiety-depression/ Search for help in your local area https://www.nhs.uk/service-search/other-services/Mental%20health%20support/LocationSearch/330 Guidance and advice on all aspects of mental health https://www.mind.org.uk/ Alcohol Information on risks…

Covid-19 update: 11.01.21

…Vaccination Guide for Older Adults – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-guide-for-older-adults Vaccination Guide: Why are you being asked to wait? – https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-vaccination-why-you-are-being-asked-to-wait Shielding The government has updated its guidance on shielding, which has been…

Covid-19 update: 8.4.21

…potential outbreaks of coronavirus. The tests can be ordered online or collected from larger local pharmacies. You may wish to encourage your residents and staff to use these tests and…

Covid-19 update: 05.1.21

…found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/national-lockdown-stay-at-home.  Restrictions also continue to apply in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Details on these restrictions can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus. Shielding Those who are classed as clinically…

Covid & supported housing

…risks and challenges involved in adopting such a policy: www.twobirds.com/en/news/articles/2021/uk/what-to-consider-when-implementing-a-vaccination-policy-in-your-organisation If any member charity is considering this, we would recommend taking separate legal advice to ensure the charity is protected…

Councils granted more freedom

Councils can provide greater support to new almshouses through Right to Buy The Almshouse Association welcomes the Government’s announcement granting more freedom to local councils on how they spend funds…

Coronavirus Update

…coronavirus news, please visit: www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/ www.gov.uk/government/topical-events/coronavirus-covid-19-uk-government-response These websites are updated daily with the latest government guidance and should be your first port of call for coronavirus information over the coming…

Charity Commission Covid-19 Fact Sheets

…efforts Government financial support for charities Using reserves and restricted funds AGMs and other meetings: postponing or cancelling meetings Holding meetings online or by telephone Reporting serious incidents to the

Charities Bill update

…similar charitable purposes), including the proceeds of failed fundraising appeals produce a clearer and less administratively burdensome legal framework for buying, selling, leasing and mortgaging charity land clarify and expand…

CEO update: June 20

…logo and branding/PR Representation: MP engagement Charity Commission: Definition of almshouses Training and Seminars Conference 2021 Research Please click into the link below to view. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTKYk3LNShE&feature=youtu.be Posted 23 June 2020…

CEO Message 29.04.20

…We have been encouraged by the response of some MPs and ministers but we have a way to go. We continue to update our online information regularly and have added…

CEO guest speaker at Charity Matters webinar

…involves risk. The value of investments, and the income from them, can go down as well as up and an investor may get back less than the amount invested. aberdeenstandardcapital.com

Build Build Build

the Almshouse Consortium Administrator by email to acltabitha@gmail.com or on 07464 021046  Sean Stafford on sean@saffercooper.com or 07714 255520. Kathy Green on kathy.green.projects@gmail.com or 07940 590173 Posted 30 Sept 20…

Association unveils 75th Anniversary plans

…a Celebration Pack that is full of useful hints and tips which will be available after the Christmas break. To order your pack, please complete the order form by clicking…

Anniversary Network Event

…before any photos/videos are taken of them and used in any promotional material, or online on websites or social media. There is also a poster that can be printed out…

A New Deal for Social Housing

…rents or, to buy through schemes, such as shared ownership. Around 3.9 million households, approximately 9 million people, live in the social rented sector in England, just under a fifth…

Almshouses Charity Of Arthur Winsley and Others

The project also involved demolition of old sheds (former privies), garden walls and single storey extensions, removal of raised walkways and stairs, together with construction of three, two-storey rear extensions….

Affordable Homes Programme

…months. Whilst they are targeted at regulated organisations, , re-modelling is available to all almshouse charities. The events are open to any organisation with an interest in developing new affordable…

170th Anniversary celebration

…CEO of the Almshouse Association Top picture: Monica Cannings (longest resident), Dee Russell-Thomas (Deputy Lord Lieutenant), Jeanette Climmer (guest) and Janet Saunders (resident) Click here for more almshouse charity celebrations…


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