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Ali Middle

Gift Aid donation claims for charities and CASCs 

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Find out about the types of fundraising donations that charities and community amateur sports clubs (CASCs) can and cannot claim Gift Aid on from this guide produced by HMRC 

It covers: 

  • The benefit rule 
  • When you cannot claim Gift Aid 
  • Sponsored challenges 
  • Charity membership fees 
  • Professional organisation membership fees 
  • Church collections 
  • Selling donated goods on behalf of individuals 
  • Charity events 
  • Viewing charity property 
  • Expenses paid to volunteers 
  • Charity auctions 
  • Donations to schools, charities involved in running schools and Educational Trusts 

You can read the guide here 

Gaming the system: A report from the Children’s Commissioner 

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The overwhelming majority of children (93 percent) in the UK play video games. Yet despite its popularity, the culture of ‘gaming’- its rules and its rituals, the varying profiles of players, the risks they face – tends to be spoken of by adults, whether they be policymakers or parents, as if it were an alien landscape.   

While children can get great pleasure from playing games, either alone or with their friends, the widespread popularity of gaming and the evolution of gaming from offline to online has raised a number of concerns, such as children being able to talk to strangers or becoming the target of bullying. Many of these concerns tend to stem from more general concerns about child safety online rather than actual experiences of gaming. There are worries that over-exposure to video game content may have a damaging effect on the development and socialisation of young people, something compounded by concerns about the length of time children spend playing. A growing concern is around the potential for children to be negatively affected by violent imagery and other inappropriate content. The possible link between gaming and gambling, and the concurrent risk of addiction, is also a source of concern.   

The Commissioner’s Office spoke to children aged 10 to 16 to better understand what they love and what they dislike about gaming and how gaming could be improved for them. 

You can read the report here

Government needs to do more to improve the welfare of separated families 

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A report published on 22nd October by the Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) calls on the government to do more to ensure that after parents separate, the social security and child maintenance systems supports the welfare of both parents and their children. 

There are 2.5 million separated families, including 3.9 million children, in Great Britain. Separation is often an extremely difficult and challenging life event, which carries an increased risk of negative outcomes and poorer life chances for children and parents involved. The report considers the experience of separated parents and their children in the social security and child maintenance systems. It particularly looks at the experience of parents who are not the main carers, but who want a continuing parental role – a group who are often overlooked. Overall, it recognises the difficult public policy choices faced by governments but asks whether separated parents are getting the support they need through a challenging and stressful time in their lives. 

The report finds that many separated parents share caring responsibilities for their children. However, those who need to claim social security can struggle to share care because the system assumes there is one main carer and so only one parent can be entitled to child-related benefits. The other parent can only receive single adult benefits which do not factor in the inevitable costs of caring for children even if parents are sharing care. 

In particular, young non-resident parents may struggle to share care, as housing support in the private-rented sector typically only covers a room for an adult in shared accommodation. This can make it difficult, or impossible in some cases, for a parent to have their child or children to stay overnight. 

You can find more information in this press release

You can read the report as an online pdf here

Safeguarding and protecting people for charities and trustees 

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Protecting people and safeguarding responsibilities should be a governance priority for all charities. It is a fundamental part of operating as a charity for the public benefit.

As part of fulfilling your trustee duties, you must take reasonable steps to protect from harm people who come into contact with your charity.

This includes:

  • people who benefit from your charity’s work
  • staff
  • volunteers
  • other people who come into contact with your charity through its work

This guidance from the Charity Commission covers

  • Managing the risks
  • Policies, procedures and practices you need to have
  • Checking your charity’s policies, procedures and practice
  • Get checks on trustees, staff and volunteers
  • Protect volunteers and staff
  • Safeguarding children or adults at risk
  • Working overseas
  • Handle and report incidents and allegations
  • Working with or making grants to other organisations
  • Terrorism and the Prevent duty

To read the full guidance go to the Government website 

Vacancy for a Wellbeing Co-ordinator (Social Prescribing)

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Deadline 5pm 6th November

Interviews will be held on 13th November

Salary: £20,867 pa, full time, 37 hours per week

Forum is recruiting a full time Wellbeing Co-ordinator to join the Connect Well Hull social prescribing service.

Based in GP practices and other community locations across the city, the service provides residents with a variety of advice and support, and links to other sources of help. For more information about Connect Well go to the website

For more information about the role please contact Phil Wray on 07504 006 326 or e-mail phil.wray@connectwellhull.org.uk

Please e-mail Ali@nbforum.org.uk for an application pack, which includes a job description, person specification and information about the service.

Previous applicants need not apply

Interviews will be held on 13th November

Start date: ASAP

Charity Commission News: Issue 64 

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This issue includes: 

  • your responsibilities around political campaigning 
  • get ready to submit your charity annual return 
  • improvements to reporting charity fraud and working together to prevent it 
  • preparing your charity for Brexit 
  • safeguarding and protecting people 
  • updated guidance on independent examination of charity accounts 
  • reporting of related party transactions in charity accounts 
  • how to get help for an inactive or ineffective charity 

You can read it online here

Volunteer and Peer Support Coordinators (Scunthorpe) 

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Deadline 10th November 

£24,313 – £25,295 per annum 

37 hours per week 

Scunthorpe base – with travel throughout the Humber region 

Ref: ER207 

Join the Community Links new partnership project with Leeds Community Health Liaison and Diversion Service providing a seamless link with police custody healthcare services across Humberside. 

They are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join this exciting new mental health service serving Humberside as Volunteer and Peer Support Coordinators 

The Volunteer and Peer Support Coordinators will be responsible for delivering a dynamic and empowered Peer Support and Volunteer programme of 60 Volunteers. This will include the recruitment, training and management of the volunteer team. 

As a Volunteer and Peer Support Coordinator you will have a sound knowledge base of volunteering models and local networks and be someone who will work collaboratively, is keen, inspiring, open minded and most importantly you will be yourself. 

You must hold a full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle to undertake this role 

You will be joining Community Links, an award winning, leading mental health provider working across the region of Yorkshire and the Humber. 

To apply, please go to the Community Links website  

Closing Date 23:59 Sunday 10th November 

Interviews to be held on 22nd November 

2 Support Time Recovery Workers (Hull & Scunthorpe) 

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Deadline 10th November 

37 Hours per week 

£18,795 – £19,554 per annum 

1 position will be Hull based and 1 position will be Scunthorpe based – with travel throughout the Humber region 

Ref: ER206 

Join the Community Links new partnership project with Leeds Community Health Liaison and Diversion Service providing a seamless link with police custody healthcare services across Humberside. 

They are looking for highly motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join this new mental health service serving Humberside as Support Time Recovery Workers. 

The Support Time Recovery Workers will provide essential outreach, co-ordination and hand holding to service users who have care plans in place. They will provide Support, give Time to an allocated group of service users and aim to promote Recovery within community settings across Humberside. 

As a Support Time Recovery Worker you will be someone who will work collaboratively, is keen, inspiring, open minded and most importantly you will be yourself. 

You must hold a full UK driving licence and have access to a vehicle to undertake this role 

You will be joining Community Links, an award winning, leading mental health provider working across the region of Yorkshire and the Humber. 

To apply, please go to the Community Links website

Closing Date 23:59 Sunday 10th November 2019 

Interviews to be held on 22nd November 2019

Opportunity- Socially Engaged Artist Residency 

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Deadline 4th November

Artlink Hull and Hull Libraries are looking to commission an artist to work over a period of six months in Ings in East Hull.

The artist will be based in Ings Library and will have a remit to engage with young people (ages between 13-18) in the local area, developing a core young people’s creative group over the period. This group will work with the artist and library staff to redevelop a section of the library into a dedicated young people’s space which will be accessible to the group and other young people beyond the six month period. There are currently limited facilities and services for young people in the area and we aim for this project to make a difference to that in the long term.   

The artist will deliver a range of creative engagement activity both on and off the library site over the six months, connecting with young people in clubs, youth provision, schools, colleges, community centres and public space. Both the library service and Artlink have extensive contacts within local communities, schools etc. to help facilitate this. The nature of how the programme of activity and the project is developed is quite open at the moment and we encourage creative ideas from applying artists as to how they would work with young people in the area.   

For more detailed information on the project and how to apply, please download the brief   

The closing date for applications is 4th November 2019 at 5pm.   

Please submit applications to Creative Producer Jemma Brown: jemma.brown@artlinkhull.co.uk   

If you have any questions in relation to the project which are not covered on the brief, please contact Jemma at the above email or call: 01482 345 104   

If you would like the application information in another format or would like to apply in an alternative format, please contact us at any of the above details to discuss your needs.