Watchdog warns charities and the public to protect themselves against fraudsters amid pandemic

The Charity Commission is warning trustees and donors to strengthen defences as it fears the pandemic has created environments that are enabling charity fraud.

As we enter Charity Fraud Awareness Week (19 – 23 October 2020), charities have reported being victims of fraud or cybercrime 645 times since the start of the pandemic in March, amounting to £3.6 million in total losses to charities. The true scale of fraud against charities is believed to be much higher, as fraud is known to be underreported.

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New resources for charities on Gift Aid Awareness day

Civil Society have published information on coalition of voluntary organisations that have released new resources to help charities claim Gift Aid, amid warnings that the sector is being forced to do “much more with even less”.

The coalition, led by the Charity Finance Group, is also repeating its call for a temporary increase in Gift Aid, which it says could raise an additional £450m for charities.

The resources, made available to mark Gift Aid Awareness day, include a webinar for charities jointly hosted by experts from HMRC and the accountancy firm Buzzacott.

Buzzacott is also running a one-off telephone advice line on Gift Aid for members of the Association of Independent Museums.

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Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving

Giving Tuesday is celebrated on the Tuesday following the well-known shopping days of Black Friday and Cyber Monday.

This year will celebrate it on 1st December 2020.

Its a day for people everywhere come together to do something to support the causes and communities that mean so much to us all.

Giving Tuesday now happens officially in over 60 countries.

To find out more click here for the Giving Tuesday website.

Worst hit: dementia during coronavirus

Alzheimer’s Society have published a report on the impact on people with dementia during Covid.

This report was compiled based on evidence and publications from many sources.

The biggest spike in excess deaths was also in people with dementia. Even without including deaths attributed to coronavirus, twice the number of people with dementia died at the pandemic’s peak compared to what would normally be expected.

Click here for the full report.

NSPCC: Speak out Stay safe

peak out Stay safe is a safeguarding programme for children aged 5- to 11-years-old. It is available to all primary schools in the UK and Channel Islands.

The programme helps children understand:

  • abuse in all its forms and how to recognise signs of abuse
  • that abuse is never a child’s fault and that they have the right to be safe
  • where to get help and the sources of help available to them, including our Childline service.

Click here for the NSPCC website.

Sport and Physical Activity Sector Renewal Prime Minister Letter

Leaders from more than 150 sport and physical activity bodies have sent a letter to the Prime Minister urging him to provide emergency funding for the recovery of the sports and activity sector – or risk fuelling physical inactivity and related illnesses for a generation.

The following letter calls for a “Sports Recovery Fund” to be delivered, as part of the Better Health campaign.

Click here for the letter.

COVID-19 & VCSE Organisation Responses: Barometer survey

Each round is expected to open and close around the same time each month until November 2021.

This project examines COVID-19 impact on voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations. In particular, it focuses on providing real-time data about how the pandemic is impacting voluntary organisations working-practices and operations, their responses, learning and resilience.

To find out more click here.

The Virtual Waterline Summit

Message from The Waterline:

Following the last Advisory Board meeting and now that we have a packed-out programme and a stellar line-up – we are focusing on spreading the word that registration is now open for The Waterline Summit.

We would therefore be really grateful if you would help promote the Summit registration link to your networks, contacts and on social media (and/or ask your company social media/digital colleague to do so.) I attach a graphic suitable for social media which you may wish to use and the link to our short social media version of the promo film

Please do use your own wording, but for ease we have some pointers for social media posts below:- 

Some other suggested hashtags to include are; #thewaterline #sustainability #NetZero #COP26 #Humber #skills #SustainableCareers #cleangrowth #climatechange 

I will be following early next week with the links to the full length event promo video and the link to the game ‘MyTopia’ which will launch Tuesday with the next press release.

Thank you in advance for your continued support. 

Warm regards