Covid has brought property right up to the top of the agenda for charities, and has highlighted in many cases the need for a fundamental shift in how they use and occupy land. This also has implications for what charities should be looking at in respect of their existing premises.

This virtual roundtable on Thursday 26 November, 11:00 – 12:30 will be chaired by partner Andrew Small of Russell-Cooke with Dr. Peter Damesick, Chair and Antonia Swinson CEO of The Ethical Property Foundation and Catherine Flexer, associate from Russell-Cooke. The discussion will explore these topics in light of the results from the ‘2020 Charity Property Matters surveyed’, conducted by EPF and sponsored by Russell-Cook

  • Do charities still need offices for all their staff? (where the property is used only as an office, as almost 50% are)?
  • If they do, is CV19 an opportunity with so many properties being left empty and favourable terms being offered?
  • Almost 50% of the charities surveyed are based in London – is this still necessary with all the expenses that involves?
  • Do charities have the expertise and capacity to make these decisions? How to boost that capacity?
  • The cost of compliance. What needs to be done to existing premises to make them Covid secure and to meet ever more stringent environmental requirements? Who does that work and who pays for it?
  • What can charities do to get rid of excess space.

This meeting will be an interactive session. You will be virtually introduced to the speakers and have the opportunity to ask questions. If you would like to submit questions ahead of the meeting, feel free to email us.

Register here. *Please note that places are limited.

sobus
20 Dawes Road, London, SW6 7EN

Telephone 020 7952 1230
Email info@sobus.org.uk

Registered Charity No.1071089
and Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered in England No.03471416

sobus is a new Community Development Agency for Hammersmith & Fulham. It has been created through the merger of the Community and Voluntary Sector Association Hammersmith & Fulham (CaVSA) and the Fulham Community Partnership Trust (FCPT). Building on the strengths of both organisations, sobus aims to provide a wider range of support services for local charities, community groups, social enterprises and start up businesses.