Zurich: What to consider when buying insurance for small charities

As a trustee of a small charity, one of your duties is to protect your charity and its assets and resources. Buying insurance is one of the ways that you can help fulfil this responsibility.

This article answers some frequently asked questions about arranging insurance for small charities. The government website also provides helpful guidance.

The following article will cover:

  • What should I consider before buying your insurance?
  • Do I need to be a registered charity to buy insurance?
  • What are our legal obligations for charity insurance?
  • Does my charity need Public Liability cover?
  • What other covers do I need to consider?
  • Why do some insurers ask for risk assessments to be completed?

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The Procurement Bill: what does it mean for charities?

On 11 May the government published the Procurement Bill. The bill aims to improve regulation of public procurement – the process central and local government go through to source and purchase goods, works or services.

Procurement is one part of a wider commissioning process that many charities engage with to deliver support to people across a range of areas from criminal justice to social care. In 2018/19, charities delivered £15.8 billion worth of public services on behalf of the government – a full quarter of the voluntary sector’s income.

The bill could have tangible implications for charities that currently deliver public services, as well as those that may wish to in the future.

Click here for the full information on the NCVO website.

NAVCA: Charity Banking Survey Briefing

From NAVCA:

Banking is a fundamental requirement for the voluntary sector, yet a growing number of charities are struggling to find banking services that meet their needs.

Over 1200 voluntary organisations responded to a survey commissioned by the Civil Society Group between March and May 2022. The results have produced a wealth of detailed information about the issues charities are facing. This Briefing is the first in a series that will cover the wide range of issues identified. 

Briefing No.1 explores four key messages that connect all respondents’ experiences:

  1. Services that charities need are increasingly unavailable 
  2. Services that are available are not suited to the way that charities operate 
  3. Charities often encounter poor customer service 
  4. Online banking is not designed for or accessible to charities

Click here for the full briefing.

A free two-month online course: Headlining Mental Health

A free two-month online course for mental health organisations who want to jump start their communications strategy.

Media Trust’s Headlining Mental Health programme supports UK mental health organisations to strengthen their strategic communications so they can increase their visibility and reach, challenge stigma and get their voices heard.

The programme includes:

  • Three live online training workshops delivered by a specialist trainer, with templates to complete
  • Three live online support clinics with industry experts after every session
  • Peer networking which will allow you to meet people from organisations across the UK and work together
  • A bonus masterclass from Creative Agency Few and Far on free ways to optimise your website

Click here to find out more.

Improving general ventilation in the workplace

Sent on behalf of Health and Safety Executive:

Employers must make sure there is adequate ventilation in enclosed areas of their workplace.

Watch our video which sets out the key advice for providing adequate fresh air at work.

Our web pages also give advice on improving ventilation in the workplace. The pages include a look at:

  • why ventilation is so important
  • how to improve ventilation
  • how to keep temperatures comfortable in ventilated workplaces

We also have some specific examples of improving ventilation

This girl Can – Make Your Comeback Campaign

This Girl Can and fitness app Strava have launched the Make Your Comeback Challenge to help women get back to physical activity after a break. 

The highly inclusive challenge simply requires users to log four hours of activity over four weeks and aims to provide an achievable goal to help get women moving again.   

Registrants have up to 13 July to complete the challenge, so there’s still plenty of time to get involved. 

Please promote the challenge to your networks. You can also sign up to be a This Girl Can supporter on the campaign’s website.         


The King’s Fund: What are health inequalities?

Sent on behalf of The King’s Fund:

Health inequalities are avoidable, unfair and systematic differences in health between different groups of people. There are many kinds of health inequality, and many ways in which the term is used. This means that when we talk about ‘health inequality’, it is useful to be clear on which measure is unequally distributed, and between which people. 

Health inequalities are ultimately about differences in the status of people’s health. But the term is also used to refer to differences in the care that people receive and the opportunities that they have to lead healthy lives – both of which can contribute to their health status. Health inequalities can therefore involve differences in:

  • health status, for example, life expectancy
  • access to care, for example, availability of given services
  • quality and experience of care, for example, levels of patient satisfaction
  • behavioural risks to health, for example, smoking rates
  • wider determinants of health, for example, quality of housing.

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Applications open for small charities advisory panel following SCC closure

Sent on behalf of Civil Society News:

Recruitment for roles on a new small charities advisory panel is now underway following the closure of the Small Charities Coalition (SCC).  The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) and NCVO are organising the panel as part of its new collaboration to deliver key services for small charities after the closure of SCC in March. 

Services from the SCC have been transferred to the FSI and NCVO’s partnership. These include the SCC Helpdesk, The Charity Set Up Tool and a maintenance and resource hub for small charities. 

The small charities advisory panel will ensure the voices of small charities continue to be heard in the transfer of SCC services, the partnership has said.  The partnership wants the panel to offer insight and take into consideration the SCC’s closing report, Small and Mighty, on the needs of small charities. 

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Civil society should be ‘embedded across government’, says minister

Sent on behalf of Civil Society News:

The charities minister has said that civil society should be “embedded in every single part of the government”. Speaking at an all-party parliamentary group in the Houses of Parliament yesterday, Nigel Huddleston described himself as the “lead” minister for civil society, arguing that all government departments should be focused on the sector.

At the event, Huddleston said the government was looking at simplifying the safeguarding process for volunteers. 

He said: “Everybody needs to take safeguarding seriously because I’m afraid there are just too many incidents where, if we don’t keep an eye on it, bad things happen.  “I know there are a lot of complaints about it and I understand that. We are trying to simplify it as much as possible, but it is part of the required process.” Also at the event, representatives of the Vision for Volunteering initiative said it would not “be prescriptive” in measuring the programme’s impact.

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