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Royal Vice Patron presents Patron's Awards

…left £100 to buy land for their longer term benefit. Visit https://hamunitedcharities.org.uk/400th-anniversary/ to find out more. Following this, HRH visited two residents’ homes and walked through the award winning gardens…

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…

Resident Warden - Norton, Sheffield

…further information are available from the Secretary to the Trustees. Sarah Sanders, Secretary, John Eaton’s Almshouses, PO Box 848, Rotherham, S60 9QB E: john.eatons.almshouses@gmail.com Closing date for applications 31st August…

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 & Governance update: September 20

…to submit their annual returns online. However, if Trustees have an imminent deadline and believe they are likely to miss it you should send an email to filingextension@charitycommission.gov.uk with your…

Policy & Governance update: June 21

…Charities, guides businesses through the actions they should take in order to dramatically reduce the risk of the most common cyber-attacks, such as ransomware and phishing. Trustee recruitment – Reach…

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: 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: latest developments

the owners and operators of urban centres and green spaces in order to help social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic. The guidance provides useful recommendations for almshouses that have shared…

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…

Partis College Almshouses - Bath Somerset

…College is a welcoming Christian community and is open to all faiths. There is no geographical limitation. Contact Details Mrs Debra Cox, Office Manager 01225 421532 Email: admin@partiscollege.org.uk Website: www.partiscollege.com

P&G update: 30.05.22

…new digital network. Members with further queries can get in touch with Carline365 via Mark Law 01603 964306, keyaccounts@careline.co.uk  Support with costs of TV licence – TV Licensing have provided…

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…

New Research Event

…answer session. The event will be held online and we look forward to you joining us. To register, please click in the link below: Sign up for the online Covid…

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…

Henley Municipal Charities - Henley, Oxfordshire

…below in writing giving background details and if the initial criteria is met an application form will be sent. Contact Details Wendy Bowsher, Clerk to the Trustees  info@henleymcharities.com 01491 412360…

Heating advice notes

…Trust for sharing them with us. Heating advice notes for almshouses The initial approach should always be taken as fabric first, i.e., to look at ways of improving the thermal…

Government's Right to Buy plans

The Almshouse Association Response to Government Plans to Extend Right to Buy Policy Almshouses are established by gifts of charity and run by volunteers. The charity is established to provide…

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…

Clerk to Trustees

…orientation, age, veteran status, or other category protected by law. Full details and further information are available from: Telephone: 07966 117801 Email: Adrian.Nisbet@argonaut-hr.com. Closing date for applications 31 September 2022…

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…