Society Diary: Duck lanes on the towpath and the lamest excuses for late filing
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Society Diary: Duck lanes on the towpath and the lamest excuses for late filing

22 May 2015

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Natural England volunteers gave £3.5m worth of time in 2011

Natural England’s volunteers provided a market value of over £3.5m worth of work in 2011, according to new research released for Volunteers’ Week.

Next Charity Commission chair to work only two days a week

The next chair of the Charity Commission will have to do the job in a day less a week, and for less money, than the outgoing chair Dame Suzi Leather.

Royal Albert Hall U-turn on trustee ticket touting

The ban on Royal Albert Hall trustees profiting from the sale of their debenture seat tickets has been overturned by its members.

Tomorrow's People investigates 'unacceptable' treatment of Jubilee volunteers

Tomorrow’s People claims there has been ‘misinformation’ surrounding reports of poor conditions of its unpaid clients working at the Diamond Jubilee, and is speaking to each volunteer to verify what happened.

They need to look outside their own organisation and look at others who are doing similar work to see if they are doing it better or more efficiently. If they are, that doesn't mean they should immediately close or seek to merge but it does mean that something needs to change.

» 'If you aren't making a difference, it's okay to call it a day', Commission chief executive says

Third of small charities can't cope with volunteer demand, survey finds

More than half of English and Welsh small to medium-sized charities have seen interest in volunteering rise, but nearly a third are unable to cope with the demand, a survey has revealed.


Neville Kyrke-Smith, national director, Aid to the Church in Need UK; Edward Nkune, director, National Fraud Authority; Rosalind Wright, chairperson, Fraud Advisory Panel;  Michelle Russell, head of investigations and enforcement, Charity Commission

The panel at today’s launch of a guide designed to help charity leaders tackle fraud stressed the sector’s need to increase its focus on the issue if it is to cut a £1.1bn loss.

1,000th voluntary organisation recognised as Queen celebrates Diamond Jubilee

The Blue Apple Theatre Group is the 1,000th recipient of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service.

The sector’s victory: Charity tax relief cap u-turn

In the face of a united charity sector opposing the government’s cap on tax relief for donations, the Chancellor has backed down. Well done, team, says Celina Ribeiro.

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