The Charity Digital Code of Practice 

The Charity Digital Code of Practice 

The Charity Digital Code of Practice aims to help charities increase impact, develop skills and improve sustainability.

The Digital Code of Practice for charities has been published as an online document here

It’s based on 7 principles

  1. Leadership.
  2. User led
  3. Culture
  4. Strategy
  5. Skills
  6. Managing risk and ethics
  7. Adaptability

There are resources available to support each principle

It is intended to support and guide Trustees to ensure they get the most out of any digital platform

HMRC publishes free online guide to help charities claim Gift Aid

HMRC publishes free online guide to help charities claim Gift Aid

HM Revenue and Customs has published a free step-by-step online guide to help charities complete their Gift Aid donations schedule. The guide tells charities how to claim tax back on eligible donations, use the right software, complete the schedule, and fill in the form.

The Charity Tax Group (CTG) said in a blog that the guide “appears to be quite useful, building on some of the flowcharts that were produced when Charities Online was first introduced”. HMRC has also added a new section to its online guidance on getting the right software to open a schedule spreadsheet. It recommends using either Microsoft Excel or LibreOffice 3.5.

You can access the full article at the Civil Society website here.

Government report says austerity is hampering social action

Government report says austerity is hampering social action

Cuts to local authorities’ budget have been a barrier to place based social action, a new report by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) says. DCMS published a review yesterday of its £4.5m Place Based Social Action Programme, co-funded by the Big Lottery Fund, which was launched in October last year.

The first year of the programme has been evaluated by social enterprise Renaisi, which identified a number of barriers to organisations developing social action programmes. These barriers include local authority cuts, which the report says can contribute to a lack of risk culture in public sector organisations, which in turn can lead to “stagnation in growth and projects struggling to get off the ground”. The report also says that high staff turnover, a lack of community engagement, and differing cultures and priorities between partners can have a negative effect on social action programmes.

You can read the review here

Budget 2018: what it means for health and social care

Budget 2018: what it means for health and social care

Last week the Chancellor re-stated the government’s commitment to a multi-year funding settlement for the NHS over the next five years.

In this joint piece with the Health Foundation and Nuffield Trust, The King’s Fund analyses what was announced in the 2018 Budget and what it means for health and social care.

You can read it here

Strategy for Adult Carers 2018-2023 Consultation (East Riding)

Strategy for Adult Carers 2018-2023 Consultation (East Riding)

Deadline 15th December

The East Riding of Yorkshire Strategy for Carers 2018-23 is a 5-year plan that strives to improve the support to carers, enabling them to find and maintain the right balance between their caring responsibilities and their own healthy life balance.  It focuses on the work undertaken by unpaid carers: someone who helps and supports another person, usually a relative or friend in their day-to-day life.

For more information go to the Council website

Learning Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2022 Consultation (East Riding)

Learning Disability Strategic Plan 2019-2022 Consultation (East Riding)

Deadline 4th January

The aim of this strategic plan is to focus on what matters most to people with a learning disability in the East Riding. Our aspiration for this group of people and their carers, is for them to enjoy a good quality of life, and this consultation will help give an indication as to what matters most to those people with a learning disability, in order for them to lead as fulfilling a life as possible.

For more information and to take part go to the Council’s website


East Riding Local Plan Review Options consultation and ‘call for sites’

East Riding Local Plan Review Options consultation and ‘call for sites’

Deadline 21st December

East Riding of Yorkshire Council is publishing the East Riding Local Plan Review Options Document for consultation from Friday 9 November to Friday 21 December 2018.

The Options Document is the first stage in reviewing the Local Plan that was adopted in 2016. Responses to the options and questions will help, alongside ongoing evidence updates and sustainability appraisal, to shape a revised Draft Local Plan.

The Council is also undertaking a ‘call for sites’ for the duration of the consultation period. This is to help identify potential sites that should be considered through the review for inclusion in the updated Local Plan.

A revised Draft Site Assessment Methodology has been published for consultation. This document sets out the process the Council will follow to assess and compare the suitability of potential development sites that are submitted in response to the call for sites.

All consultation responses and site submissions should be received on or before Friday 21 December 2018.

The above consultation documents, including a Sustainability Appraisal Report and response form, are available to view on the Council’s website

You're Only Here for the Culture

You’re Only Here for the Culture

You are invited to join Art Link for the preview of their upcoming exhibition by photographer, Kevin Crooks on Friday, 30 November from 6-8 PM.

The exhibition will run from 1st December to 1st March 2019

Through photography, film, and audio, artist Kevin Crooks has been documenting a number of individuals and community groups situated in the port cities of Hull and Liverpool since 2017.

Throughout the production of ‘You’re Only Here for the Culture’ Kevin has captured personal accounts from people who have been directly and indirectly impacted by the legacy of both European Capital of Culture in Liverpool and UK City of Culture in Hull, ten years apart. Kevin wanted to explore how in the short and long-term future these significant cultural events may alter and affect communities in these cities.

For more information on the exhibition, please visit their website here

Let them know you are planning to attend by visiting their Facebook event here

Kevin Crooks will present an Artist’s Talk on 19 January from 1-3 PM. For more information or to book a place for this FREE event, please click here


Businessman sets up £50m grantmaking foundation

Businessman sets up £50m grantmaking foundation

A UK businessman has set up a £50m foundation to give grants to charities that support children with life-limiting conditions.

The Kentown Wizard Foundation was set up with nearly £56m from Kenneth Townsley, a businessman who founded Gold Medal Travel, which was later sold to Thomas Cook. He has previously vowed to give away the majority of his £100m fortune.

It was set up in October 2015 and recently filed its first set of accounts for the financial year ending March 2017, which show that over the first 18 months it received donations worth £55.8m.  This was comprised of £42.8m in a donated investment portfolio, £11m in cash and £2m in investment property.

It made grants totalling £870,000 to seven charities including Operation Smile (UK), Make a Wish, Rainbow Trust and Kids Cancer Charity.

Grants are “by invitation only” at the moment.

The charity’s website says: “To ensure that the grants we make achieve our purpose we actively seek out UK registered charities who share our ethos and ambition.” Townsley is the chair of the charity and there are three other trustees.

For more information about the Kentown Wizard Foundation go to their website

Changes to Sport England’s small grants application process

Changes to Sport England’s small grants application process

The approach to Small Grants has changed – Sport England want to make applying for funding as simple as possible and for the Small Grants programme to have the greatest possible impact in communities across England, in line with their strategy.

The application form should now be easier to complete and they have relaxed a few rules about what they cannot fund. The focus of your application should be what difference your project will make, not what you purchase to make it happen.

For example, it will no longer matter if your project takes more than 12 months to deliver, and you can spread your funding over three years, if required. They will also be happy to contribute funding to bigger projects. Please read the new guide for more information.

If you think these changes might affect how you plan your project, or whether it is eligible for a Small Grant, you can contact them on or call  0345 850 8508 – their helpline is now open from 8am-8pm on weekdays.

Sport England will also be doing more to support organisations who traditionally do not seek funding from them, but who are able to support inactive people become active.