NCVO, in partnership with the Charity Finance Directors Group (CFDG) and insolvency experts MacIntyre Hudson and PricewaterhouseCoopers are working together to open up CFDG’s Insolvency Helpline to provide support and benefit to the wider sector.
Many voluntary and community organisations are struggling financially at the moment, and if you’re one of them, you should get the right support as soon as possible. Seeking early expert advice combined with determination can avoid closure.
Insolvency – also known as bankruptcy – is a complicated topic that is best addressed by a technical specialist rather than standard certified accountants.
Accessing timely expert advice is vital
With the right advice, organisations exploring insolvency may not be in danger of mounting liabilities and could have a number of options other than closure available.
If you are experiencing the following, it may be time to seek specialist advice:
Less cash flow
Rising income gaps
Worries that you cannot keep doing more with less
There are no stupid questions and the right advice provided at the right time could have a substantial impact on your organisation’s future. So if you are not sure if insolvency applies to your organisation, please ask now!
The free Insolvency Helpline is available, just call
PricewaterhouseCoopers Ian Oakley-Smith- 0207 212 6023MacIntyre Hudson Peter Gotham -0207 014 8851
Third Sector Research Centre launches gateway to voluntary sector research
Press release. 14 October 2011
From today, anyone needing evidence on issues concerning the voluntary sector can search the new Third Sector Knowledge Portal.
The Portal was launched by TSRC at the British Library, at an event to showcase the first three years of work by the Centre. It has been built in partnership with the British Library and funded by £200,000 from the Big Lottery Fund. Access the portal now or go towww.tsrc.ac.uk.
A one-stop knowledge resource, the Portal brings together evidence on a range of subjects including policy, social and economic impact and funding and will help inform the work of researchers, policymakers, academics, frontline service providers and other VCS stakeholders across the country.
The Portal is a growing resource that will provide access to a range of materials, including academic research, reports produced by voluntary organisations, government publications and training materials. It will offer free downloadable content wherever possible*, as well as linking users to books and other materials via the British Library.
The Portal will also enable others to share and preserve their research. TSRC is working in partnership with organisations and individuals to make their collections available, and welcomes contact from those with relevant research. Depositing material in the Portal will help it reach a wider audience, bridging the gap between research and the expertise of those working in and with the sector.
Pete Alcock, Director of TSRC said “TSRC believes in the importance of evidence to inform decision and policy making. As well as helping to develop evidence on the sector, we are committed to increasing the capacity of the sector to use research. This Portal will make it easier for people to find and use the wide range of research resources on the sector.”
Peter Wanless, Chief Executive of BIG who launches the Portal today, said: “The voluntary and community sector is not short of evidence reviews, research or information but it is often fragmented and difficult to access and the Big Lottery Fund is delighted to be able to offer support in addressing this issue.”
“As an Intelligent Funder, BIG is convinced that many of the solutions to deep rooted social problems can be found in sharing and building on existing effective practice. A resource such as this, which enables those working in a field of social interventions to compare notes with each other and to add to the evidence of what seems to work on the ground, is key to bringing about long lasting positive changes to those most in need.”
The Welfare Reform Bill currently going through Parliament is proposing 2 changes to contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance - ESA(C):
to limit the amount of time that people in the Work Related Activity Group can receive contribution-based Employment and Support Allowance to 12 months
to remove the provisions for Employment and Support Allowance ‘youth’
The earliest this can become law is April 2012 but, in order to prepare claimants who may be affected by the change, a letter will be sent out to them over a 4 week period starting from the 19th of September
The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project.The aim is to get as many of the 61 million people in the UK as possible to get together with their neighbours for a few hours of community, friendship and fun, once a year.
It’s not too early to start planning! To receive your FREE Big Lunch Starter Pack, simply register your details online at www.thebiglunch.com or alternatively call 0845 850 8181 to speak to one of the team. The pack contains a step-by-step guide to help you get your event off the ground, plus invitations, posters, 'crowd cooking' recipe ideas, stickers and much more.
The F1 Sports Course is a FREE education and sports programme for young people in a completely interactive learning environment.
The course is 30 weeks, 2 and a half days per week and there are no entry requirements. Kick-off in early November 2011. Participants will study: Level 1 City and Guilds Certificate in Sport, Futsal Level 1 coaching course, Level 1 NVQ in Sport, Level 1 PSD in employability, BSC Health and Safety Certificate, Functional Skills up to level 2 (English, Maths, ICT). Embedded media -- click here to see it. Contact: Amy Lalla, Let Me Play Ltd W: www.letmeplay.co.uk E: firstname.lastname@example.org Office: 0845 009 0933 M: 07930 66 33 07