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Gillian Murray, chief executive of Pilotlight, has written a 'how to' on delivering good governance using the Governance Code for small and medium size charities.

The piece contains tips and advice and is available here



Is your charity making the most of your tax status and could the tax system work better for you? Two points of note this month:


Data protection legislation covers everyone about whom you keep personal data. This includes employees, volunteers, service users, members, supporters and donors. The legislation:

Have your say - North East Ambulance Service priorities
Every year North East Ambulance Service produces a Quality Report, which includes selecting priorities to improve patient safety, clinical effectiveness and patient experience.

In order to help them develop this year's priorities, they would like to hear what you think.

You can see the progress they've made in the last 12 months here.


CORC are pleased to announce the launch of our seminar series for 2018; ‘Should mental health service seek to cure mental ill health? If not, what are they there for?’

Join us to discuss what the research can tell us about whether children and young people are being helped by mental health services. Contribute to the debate about how we respond to the data, how we define and measure a positive outcome, and how we communicate about the scope and focus of treatment.

How to identify and record the people who own or control your company.?

A person with significant control (PSC) is someone who owns or controls your company. They’re sometimes called ‘beneficial owners’.

You must identify your PSC and tell us who they are. This might be you, or someone associated with your company. A company can have one or morePSC.

There is a lot of coverage of Oxfam this week – leading to a wider discussion on how we can deal with harm and abuse should it arise, and the role of criminal records. As we think about what steps we can all take next, here are some things to consider and resources you might find useful.

This week, the revelations by Helen Evans now make us question, ‘are Oxfam charity shops a safe place for our young people to volunteer?’ and prompted many to ask, ‘can better use of criminal records checks prevent these types of shocking incidents?’.

Vonne have created an overview of the new GDPR regulation, signposting to useful resources, and will be updated regularly.

The GDPR strengthens the rights of individuals to access and amend their personal data; places greater emphasis on an organisation’s accountability; and introduces more serious consequences for non-compliance, including fines. 

Key definitions

PAUL TITCHER - The voluntary sector expert has recently released an easy-to-read guide to the new GDPR regulations, which come into force on 28 May.  more

In addition, Sinton's Law has also produced a GDPR checklist, covering topics including data mapping, security breaches and direct marketing.  more

watch this space, go to our Resource section and weekly in our connect for GDPS updates.

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