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How good is your charity? How do you find out? How do you improve? Whether it’s funders, donors, beneficiaries or your trustees asking, where would you start?

One of the best places is the Charity Excellence Framework – a free online tool designed to give you answers you need, in order to gain results you want.

We recently worked through the questionnaires ourselves and achieved the Quality Mark for DSC (we’re so proud!), so what are you waiting for?

Click here and let’s get started!

The DSC Team

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It is really important that our members complete this survey, so that we can shape our future work together. Afterall, it is your collective feedback that enables us to inform and challenge those who design, commission and deliver the services you use.

Therefore, we would urge you to complete this survey in the coming week by clicking the Take Our Survey button below. 

Click Here to take the Survey

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Don’t let Brexit mess with your business! Tell us your thoughts with our Brexit business survey

We’re asking local businesses about Brexit.

We want to make Hammersmith & Fulham the best place to do business in Europe and we’re already working with many local businesses to achieve this.

Our next step is to find out more about the impact of Brexit on you and our local economy and we’re keen to know what you think with our Brexit survey.

Answer our ‘Brexit and your Business’ survey below. Read more about the survey here.

Take our survey »

The FSI Small Charity Skills Survey 18/19

Every two years, the FSI produces their Small Charity Skills Survey report, examining the areas within the charity sector that are highly skilled, and those which are trailing behind. We use this to direct our programming and influence sector-wide conversations, ensuring that we continue to address the most pressing challenges facing small charities.

The report is only possible thanks to input from our Members. Our next Small Charity Sector Skills Survey 2018/19 is open now and we want as many small charities as possible to complete it.

Between September and February, we will be releasing a seven short surveys to examine what skills gaps present barriers to small charities and how these can be overcome, kicking off with our Skills Gaps Causes/Impacts survey.  You can complete the surveys as they are featured over the coming months, or if you’d prefer you can access all seven now.

As a thank you for taking part, we will be offering individual cash prize draws for each survey you complete, with a bigger cash prize draw for those who complete all seven. Find out more about the draws and eligibility criteria here, or read our blog.

Take this month’s survey here.

Reminder: Index Quarter 1 open now

The Small Charity Index is the FSI’s quarterly ‘Pulse of the Sector’ report and has been collecting data from our small charity members about income, workforce and more every three months since June 2013.

This year we have announced exciting new prize videos for those who complete two surveys or more.

To enter the competition and have your voice heard, complete the survey now.

#LondonGiving Report out now

Last week independent think tank Centre for London launched #LondonGiving – a new ‘strategic review of giving in London’, a comprehensive look at giving in all its forms in the capital. While the report identified London as a global philanthropy centre, with 11 of the UK’s 20 largest charities and 47% of all English charitable income, some of the most interesting insights came in looking at the city’s small charities.

It’s an increasingly difficult time to be a small charity in London and beyond, and it’s the FSI’s mission to support the sector to become more sustainable and continue delivering their vital services.

Check out our blog from Senior Project Manager Lindsay Harrod to find out how the report relates to small charities.

National Cyber Security Centre guide

The FSI and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) have partnered to release guidance to help small charities improve their cyber security. The guide contains 5 simple, free or low cost steps you should take to help prevent your charity from falling victim to the most common types of cyber crime and other types of attack which charities are falling victim to across the UK.

The NCSC will be running training sessions at FSI training events until early 2019 to help charities adopt the guidance.

Draft Code of Fundraising Practice released

The Code of Fundraising Practice outlines the standards expected of charitable fundraisers across the UK, maintaining public trust in the sector. It also reassures the public that charities are accountable and will handle complaints appropriately.

Following their consultation in 2017, the Fundraising Regulator have published a draft Code of Fundraising Practice. This is the first time the whole code has been reviewed since 2005.

The draft is open for a 10-week consultation period, with the new code due out in Spring 2019.

DFID pilot model to fund core costs

Since October 2017, Bond, Humentum and a small group of UK-based international development organisations have been working with the Department for International Development (DFID) to co-create a model for cost transparency and cost recovery that provides a better delivery of UK government grants.

After a series of meetings, it has been agreed that DFID will pilot a model with guidelines which ensure that charities receive a full cost recovery for their work. New templates and guidance will be included for all grants made after October 2018, before becoming mandatory for all DFID funding, including contracts, from spring 2019.

ACEVO programme for women CEOs and aspiring CEOs

ACEVO have launched their Jane Slowey memorial membership programme to provide expert support, guidance, advice and mentoring for women who are aspiring CEOs, or are in their first two years as a CEO for a charity. Priority will be given to those under 45, from BAME backgrounds and/or who have a disability.

To apply for membership, submit a complete application form along with your CV and a cover letter. Applications are open now until 30 September.

A Quiet Crisis: new Lloyds Bank Foundation research

Lloyds Bank Foundation released a new research report yesterday looking at government spending on disadvantage over the last 5 years.

Its findings mirrored our Small Charity Index, showing that spending by government has fallen, with councils struggling to provide services in the face of rising demand. The report also found that the most deprived areas are those that are hit hardest, with councils shifting from preventative spending to crisis spending.

The full report and findings can be found here.

Calls for a Community Wealth Fund

An alliance of funders including NCVO, City of London, Paul Hamlyn Foundation and Lloyds Bank Foundation are calling for the new wave of unclaimed assets to form a Community Wealth Fund, delivering transformative social, economic and financial impact for communities who need it most.

The fund would come from bonds, shares, pension funds and insurance policies, as well as dormant assets including those trapped in charitable trusts who are no longer feasible. If these assets were used, the fund may value £4-5 billion.

Read the case for a Community Wealth Fund here.

Cost benefit analysis of Brexit for charities report

Charity Finance Group have released their cost benefit analysis of what the impact of Brexit will be on charities. They found that, based on current policy statements, “there is high risk that the government will not use Brexit to support the charity sector. This means that charities will be left with all of the costs of Brexit and none of the opportunities that could be created”.

Check out their 6 recommendations for how a good Brexit would look for charities.

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About The FSI

Our aim is to support charities to become more efficient, effective, accountable and self sustaining. We do this by delivering expert knowledge, strategy and support to charities so their futures are secure and their users protected.

We want your views and opinions!

We plan to build the Sands End Arts and Community Centre which will house a nursery, community café, a large hall and smaller community rooms in Peterborough Road.

Our vision is for the community centre to not only provide new services for residents of the Sands End ward, but also build a stronger more vibrant centre for all residents in south Fulham.

We plan to open the community centre in late 2019.

Please complete the survey and tell us what you think?

Click here to got to the full post and link to the survey on the LBH&F

Kamal Hanif
Communities & Regeneration Manager

LB Hammersmith & Fulham Council
3rd Floor, Hammersmith Town Hall Extension, King Street, W6 9JU
Web:    www.lbhf.gov.uk
Email:   kamal.hanif@lbhf.gov.uk
Tel: +4420 8753 4563
Mobile: +447771 843975

Feedback on GP extended hours services 2018
Across England the NHS is looking to improve how patients can access their GP surgery including the use of technology, increasing the number of appointments available and making sure that those appointments are at more convenient times.

In North West London all patients now have access to GP appointments at the evening and weekends. Generally these extended hours appointments will be available from 6pm to 9pm Monday to Friday and 8am to 8pm over the weekend.

Please help by completing the survey at this link

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Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future. This consultation closes at 9am on 22 May 2018.

Link to consultation page for more info and documents: https://www.gov.uk/government/consultations/civil-society-strategy-have-your-say

The Fundraising Regulator (FR) has launched a three-part consultation on the Code of Fundraising Practice that aims to improve standards in relation to online fundraising platforms, complaints handling and the TPS Assured Certification. This consultation has two separate timescales.

The first two parts (A and B) invite feedback on specific issues raised by the sector in relation to complaints handling and the TPS Assured Certification. The deadline for response on these is 28th February 2018.

Part C proposes to introduce a new section to the Code for online fundraising platforms and aims to ensure that these platforms provide adequate and clear good practice guidance to individuals setting up a fundraising page on their sites.

It also aims to ensure relevant platforms follow the legal requirements set out within the recently introduced Payment Services Regulation 2017. The deadline for response on fundraising platforms is 14th March 2018.

These changes come as a result of the engagement had between the Fundraising Regulator and many of the fundraising platforms, and with the Financial Conduct Authority, the statutory regulator for the Payment Services Directive.

All have recognised the need for regulation following a sharp rise in the use of fundraising platforms over the past few years by members of the public wanting to raise money for causes they care about.

The consultation document can be found here. Please send your response to consultations@fundraisingregulator.org.uk

Tell us your views on our proposals – we want to hear from anyone with an interest.

Today, we publish our plans to evolve regulation of independent healthcare services in England.

The proposals in this consultation document represent the evolution of our approach, rather than introducing new methods. It builds on our knowledge of independent healthcare services and our specialist expertise. It will enable a more targeted, responsive and collaborative approach, in line with our strategy.

CQC has been given the power to award ratings to some of these services for the first time. This is important for people who use services, as it will provide more transparency about the quality and safety of services provided by the independent healthcare sector.

Independent healthcare services include:

  • Community health services
  • Diagnostic imaging, dialysis services, and refractive eye surgery, termination of pregnancy services (laser eye surgery)
  • Hospices
  • Acute hospitals
  • Ambulances
  • Doctors and clinics
  • Mental health care
  • Substance misuse services
  • Online/digital services

We believe that we should take a consistent approach and regulate all services as far as possible in the same way, irrespective of the type of organisation they are or how they are funded.

We would like your views on our proposals to:

  • Rate independent healthcare services using our new powers.
  • Evolve our approach to regulating independent healthcare over time to be more focused, targeted and intelligence driven in line with our strategy.

Click here for further information and how to respond

If you have any questions about this consultation, please email us at nextphase@cqc.org.uk

The government is asking interested parties for their views on a green paper setting out measures to improve mental health support for children and young people.

The green paper focuses on earlier intervention and prevention, and is especially linked to schools and colleges.

Your input is needed before midday on 2 March 2018.

Click Here to find out more