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Covid-19 update: 12.05.21

…indoors. Where people meet indoors, they should be encouraged to open a window. Meeting outside where possible is still a safer option Up to 30 people will be able to…

Covid-19 update: 10.9.20

…households must not meet in groups of more than 6. Note that: This limit doessnot apply to meetings of a single household group or support bubble which is more…

Covid-19 update: 8.4.21

…guest facilities but we would recommend undertaking a risk assessment first. You are, however, under no obligation to re-open if you do not feel it would be safe for your…

Covid-19 update: 5.11.20

…also published new guidance to support safe care home visits during the lockdown. Almshouse charities that accommodate older people may find it useful to apply these principles within their own…

Covid-19 update: 3.8.20

…the re-opening of communal facilities can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities/covid-19-guidance-for-the-safe-use-of-multi-purpose-community-facilities. To see if you area has a local lockdown in place, visit: www.gov.uk/government/collections/local-restrictions-areas-with-an-outbreak-of-coronavirus-covid-19.  Tuesday 21st July 2020 The Government has…

Covid-19 update: 2.11.20

…to work (if it’s not possible to work from home), to go shopping for essential items, for medical reasons (to attend appointments, collect medication from the pharmacy etc), visit members…

Covid-19 update: 05.1.21

…not attend work and limit their exposure to other people. They should limit their time outside their homes to medical appointments and exercises only. Please note that whilst older people…

Covid & supported housing

…that work in that care home vaccinated (unless they have a valid exemption. The Department of Health and Social Care is currently reviewing these regulations and if they widen the…

Coronavirus Update

…advice for individuals concerned about contracting coronavirus, which may be helpful to share with your residents. Visit www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/health-wellbeing/conditions-illnesses/coronavirus/.  The mental health charity, Mind, has developed some tips and guidance to…

Coronavirus Information and Useful Links

…other member of your household) To travel to and from work but only if this is absolutely necessary Non-essential shops have been closed and the police now have the power…

Coronavirus: What are our members doing?

…postponing cyclical maintenance work in 2020) Some of our members are holding regular meetings with staff and trustees by phone or videoconference. This allows them to discuss potential issues and…

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…

Christmas Bubbles

…continue to meet people who are not in your Christmas bubble, outside your home, according to the rules in the tier where you are staying You cannot meet someone in…

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 Fraud Awareness Week 2021

…such as appointing a suitable person to champion counter-fraud work throughout the charity, performing stringent checks and due diligence, and assessing each year how well fraud controls are working, what…

Charity Commission Covid-19 Fact Sheets

…Charity Commission Keeping people safe Working with a company or business to help with coronavirus Charity SORP guidance Information from other organisations Click for latest Charity Commission Covid-19 Fact Sheets…

Charities Bill update

…they procure goods and services, and to make “ex gratia” payments (which charities have a moral obligation, but no legal power, to make) clarify when property can be applied cy-près…

Changes to Covid-19 restrictions

…do. The main changes likely to affect almshouses are as follows: Shielding – those considered clinically extremely vulnerable are now allowed to meet outside in groups of no more than…

CEO writes to NALC

…is something in the spirit of almshouses that captures the best in community and localism today. I hope to work with parish councils and town councils over the years supporting…

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

…stay positive, stay home and stay safe – just a bit longer. Do continue to contact us by email or phone. We are here to help. Best regardsNick PhillipsCEO | The Almshouse Association Posted 29 April 2020…

CEO Letter 2.4.20

…Trustees and staff are working so hard in such challenging circumstances to keep everyone safe and well. We know many of our residents are affected by this virus either directly…

CEO guest speaker at Charity Matters webinar

Almshouse Association CEO Nick Phillips will be joining Aberdeen Standard Capital Charity Matters virtual event on Wednesday 12 May 11.00 – 12.00. Also speaking will be legal expert Gordon…

CEO Christmas Message

…celebrate all the great work of almshouses, all your hard work in keeping the spirit and function of almshouses going, keeping your residents buoyed up and giving so much. We…

CEO blog: May 21

…friend and neighbour we could reduce the cost to the health service. We must start looking at integrating health, social care and housing, closely intertwined areas which all benefit each…

Care alarm systems - is yours up to date?

…time for an upgrade to a newer, future proof system.  Pendant alarms are a reliable, cost-effective solution to keep your residents safe. Users can choose to wear the pendant on…

Build Build Build

…Holden 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…

Asymptomatic testing for Covid-19

The Government is currently expanding the provision of asymptomatic testing to help identify and isolate positive cases of Covid-19 among those who need to leave home to go to work….

Association unveils 75th Anniversary plans

The Almshouse Association 75th Anniversary in 2021 – we want to celebrate your amazing work! … YOUR CELEBRATION PACK The Almshouse Association is so proud to represent you, our valuable…

A SPECIAL CELEBRATION

…due course! All these events will really highlight your fantastic work and help us all celebrate your achievements within your local community. As well as helping you celebrate your achievements,…

Appointed insurance broker change

…We work with our insurers to develop the best possible offering for our customers and we welcome customer feedback.  Once customers have engaged with our knowledgeable staff and experienced our…

Anniversary Network Event

…on what requirements will be needed but a suggestion was made to contact the local council to ask for feedback on health and safety. It is also recommended that the…

A New Deal for Social Housing

…homes are safe and decent. Reviewing the Decent Homes Standard. This has not been reviewed since 2006 and will be reviewed to consider whether it is demanding enough and delivers…

Almshouses represented in House of Lords

…business, with Stephen Morgan MP putting questions to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care last month. This is another milestone in the political engagement of almshouses however…