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…– 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…

PR Tips and Advice

…of staff must then be alerted without delay. Social Media Dealing with online media through platforms such as Twitter needs to be handled with special care because a negative comment…

Powers of Attorney

…Gullands solicitors can be contacted by Tel: 01622 678341 or by Email: a.astley@gullands.com The firm has a dedicated charity law section. Please contact Blair Gulland at b.gulland@gullands.com for more information….

Policy and Governance: June 20 Summary

…Commission The Commission has provided new guidance on reporting serious incidents. The most significant update is that charities can now use the Commission’s online form. It has also published a…

Policy and Governance - 2019 Summary

…funding, Government schemes, Shared Ownership Right to Buy, Homes England, Local authority house building, Land costs, Housing Association mergers, Availability of land, Affordability pressures and criteria for delivery of housing, Right to buy….

Policy & Governance update: September 20

…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 charity name…

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

…meetings Holding meetings 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…

Policy & Governance: 31.08.21 update

…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 to 2022…

OPERATIONS MANAGER - Southwark Charities Limited

…a list of supplier invoices due for payment, initiating the payment using the Co-operative Bank online banking function, and requesting either the Chair of the Finance & General Purposes Committee…

Online Training Courses for Members

The Almshouse Association is very pleased to announce that we have teamed up with an online training company and we are now able to offer our members access to a…

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 mediation scheme

…sessions can either be held online or in person (with the charity providing a venue). To find out more about the scheme or to download a referral form, visit Mediation…

Mental Health Awareness online training

…for almost 13% of all sickness absence days in the UK.  One of the biggest challenges with poor mental health is removing the stigma that surrounds it. Many don’t hesitate to seek help for a physical…

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…

Legionella tests reminder

…this can be found at Chapter 4.15 of our Standards of Almshouse Management Guidance Manual. In addition, you may want to take our online training course on Legionella –click here…

Legionella online training

…health problems and even death. Between 2011 and 2013, 84 people in the UK died from harmful Legionella bacteria. Make sure you and your colleagues know what to look out for and…

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

…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 started…

HRH visits Bond's Hospital almshouses

…and 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…

Hornchurch Housing Trust - Hornchurch, Essex

Accommodation First floor flat Criteria 55+ Lived in Havering for the past 2 years. Must be of limited financial means Contact Details Dawn Lane – Operations Manager Tel: 01708…

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…

Health & Safety online training

…6 credits. Credits are deducted as soon as each course is started at a rate of one credit per person per course. Health and Safety Basics and Essentials online training…

Government's Good Work Plan

…information the Good Work Plan can be found in full by following this link: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/good-work-plan Written by Ros Hammond, Employment Law in Action Ltd E: info@eliaction.com www.eliaction.com Posted 5 Sept 19…

GDPR UK Essentials online training

38 mins | CPD accredited | This GDPR UK: Essential Training course is for everyone who handles personal data. It provides a broad understanding of the General Data Protection Regulations,…

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…

Fire Awareness online training

30 mins | CPD accredited | Every member of staff legally requires some kind of Fire Awareness Training. This online programme is an effective and hassle-free way to ensure that…

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…

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…

Emery Down Almshouses – New Forest, Hampshire

…contact form on our website www.emerydownalmshouses.com. Closing date for receipt of competed application forms: 10 November 2021. Selection will be by interview (after shortlisting) on 17 November in Emery Down….

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: 29.06.20

…We will update this page as and when new information arises and/or we develop new guidance. For the most up-to-date government advice, please visit www.gov.uk/coronaviru s . Monday 29th June…

Covid-19 update: 29 04 20

…might be worried about this. You can access the hub at: www.mind.org.uk/information-support/coronavirus/ Age UK offer tips and guidance for elderly people on staying safe and well at home, including information…

Covid-19 update: 11.01.21

…at: 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…

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 extremely vulnerable…

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…

Coronavirus Information and Useful Links

For the most up-to-date 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…

Community Housing Fund

…funding is made. Enquiries can be sent to ACL’s Administrator:Sue Holden email: acltabitha@gmail.com For more detailed advice, ACL’s Programme Managers can be contacted via email:Kathy Green: kathy.green.projects@gmail.com Sean Stafford:  sean@saffercooper.com…

Charity of William Marshall - Welney

Accommodation Almshouse Vacancy – Available Immediately A recently refurbished, centrally heated, one bedroom almshouse, comprising; porch, fitted kitchen, bedroom & wet room. The property is situated in central Welney…

Charity Commission updates

Online services for charities – Log in to the Charity Commission’s online services, get a new password for your charity, and other services for charities. How to update your charity’s…

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

…removing certain overly prescriptive and burdensome statutory requirements creating certainty for purchasers when they buy land from charities, with a reliable, straightforward and practically workable process for certifying compliance with…