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Date: 22 Feb 2018     

News: Disqualification of Charity Trustees and Senior Managers

New rules on the automatic disqualification of individuals from charity trustee or senior management roles will come into effect on 1 August 2018.

Is your charity ready for the changes? 

Check whether any of your existing trustees and senior managers will become disqualified under the new rules. If so, they will need to cease having that role or apply to the Charity Commission for a waiver if they want to be allowed to continue;

Make sure you have processes in place to check whether a person is disqualified, before appointing them to a trustee or senior manager role, and periodically to check that individuals in these roles have not become disqualified.

What is changing?

Under existing law, there already are a number of circumstances which automatically disqualify a person from being a trustee of a charity, including bankruptcy and unspent convictions for dishonesty and deception and disqualification from being a company director. For as long as the condition applies, an individual is disqualified unless the Charity Commission gives them a waiver. Acting in the position while disqualified is normally a criminal offence.

From 1 August 2018:- 

  • The list of circumstances which mean someone is automatically disqualified from being a charity trustee* will be extended. The new list of reasons for disqualification includes unspent convictions for bribery, terrorism and money laundering, misconduct in public office, perjury or perverting the course of justice and certain other circumstances such as being on the sex offenders register; 
  • A person disqualified from being charity trustee will also be automatically disqualified from being a senior manager** in a charity. The definition of senior manager** covers (paid or unpaid) roles which have (i) responsibility for overall management of the charity (so chief executive/director or equivalent role), and; (ii) overall control over finance (chief finance officer/finance director or equivalent).  

Individuals who are not currently disqualified, but who will be affected after 1 August (either because of the new triggering circumstances or because they are a senior manager), can apply to the Charity Commission for a waiver from disqualification. They can do this in advance from 1 February 2018.

The automatic disqualification rules do not disqualify people from all involvement with charities. There are other ways in which a disqualified person can be involved with charities, such employment in appropriate non-senior manager positions, volunteering, or in advisory roles.

More information

Read more in this longer article on NCVO’s knowhownonprofit website: knowhownonprofit.org/governance/improving-your-governance-practice/trustee-recruitment-and-induction/trustee-disqualification

Detailed guidance for charities from the Charity Commission on the new rules - and what charities need to know, consider and do – can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rule-changes-guidance-for-charities

Guidance for individuals can be found at: www.gov.uk/guidance/automatic-disqualification-rules-for-charity-trustees-and-charity-senior-positions

* A full list of the reasons for disqualification can be found here
** Specific guidance on what constitutes a senior manager can be found here

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News: Final Round of Befriending Champions Microgrant Funding

The deadline for applications is 5pm on Thursday 22 March 2018.

Befriending Champions Microgrants are for projects or activities anywhere in Derbyshire (excluding Derby City) that help people to be less lonely and isolated.  Projects might include, for example, setting up or developing a good neighbour initiative, a social group, befriending or other activities that bring adults of any age together to reduce social isolation.  Successful applicants will be expected to attend (or have attended) a one-day Befriending Champion training session.  Grants of up to £1,000 are available.  

For this final round of Befriending Champions Microgrant funding we will prioritise funding for projects or activities in Derbyshire Dales, Erewash and Bolsover as those areas have had fewer grants.  

sdcvs.org.uk/community/funding-advice

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News: Alcohol Awareness Training for Gamesley

Monday 19 March 9.30am-3.00pm at Gamesley Childrens Centre.

This course is run to support the Thriving Communities Project in Gamesley.

This training is full day and covers alcohol awareness, health risks, addiction, referral pathways and brief introductions and is perfect for anyone working within the field of health, social care, support and employment. There are also a limited number of spaces for volunteers who are active within their community.

To book go to www.daas.uk.com/training or email ross@daas.uk.com

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News: Spring Bank Arts First Coffee Concert

The first in a series of three coffee concerts featuring members of the Halle -
Sunday 11 March 11.30am

Programme to include music by J.S. Bach, Malcolm Arnold and Karl Jenkins Performed by Hallé Brass. Tickets: £14.

www.springbankarts.org.uk/events/1st-coffee-concert-featuring-members-of-the-halle/

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Job: Project Manager

Organisation: Deaf-initely Women

Salary: £20,000 per annum - Part time 2.5 days per week

Deaf-initely Women based in Derbyshire is recruiting a Ddeaf/deafblind woman to lead its organisation which is a community-based organisation managed by Ddeaf women for Ddeaf women. The Project Manager must have direct experience of deafness.

The Project Manager’s post initially is to launch the organisation, assist in recruiting other staff members and develop and publicise a new programme for Ddeaf women.

Deaf-initely Women is run by Ddeaf women for Ddeaf and deafblind women and therefore it is an occupational requirement that the post holder should be female who is also Ddeaf or deafblind. This is permitted under Schedule 9, part 1 of the Equality Act 2010.

If you are interested in applying for this post please contact:

Links CVS on 01246 274844 or by email to jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk

The closing date for application is Monday 19 March at 12:00pm noon.
Interviews will be held on Saturday 24 March at Hearing Help in Ripley.

BSL interpreter and note taker will be available at the interview. If you need additional support e.g. application form in a particular format (paper copy) let us know.

Tel No. 01246 274844 or by email to jon.wynn@linkscvs.org.uk - Text phone number: 07889726846

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