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How to run successful virtual board meetings – for charities and SMES

by Sophie Hickson

Smaller charities and SMEs are suddenly faced with holding board meetings virtually. Many face tough decisions in coming months. ICAEW will be holding a webinar (28/04/2020 11:00 - 12:00) which will be delivered by ICAEW Council member Clive Bawden, who has spent years holding board meetings online, and will focus on how tips and ideas on how to make the most of them, in turning helping you to ...

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Have some digital downtime and volunteer instead

by Dale Archer

CABAs help sheet on healthier ways to use technology talks about how gadgets such as smartphones, tablets and laptops have made many aspects of our lives easier, but they also come with undeniable disadvantages, especially where health is concerned. According to the College of Optometrists, people spend nearly 50 hours a week looking at computer screens. This has been linked to what some expert...

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Becoming an engagement partner in writing next SORP

by Dale Archer

The SORP making body is seeking “engagement partners” (individuals and organisations) to assist it and the Charities SORP Committee, in developing the next Charities Statement of Recommended Practice. This is a good opportunity for our members and others with relevant experience to help influence financial reporting practice in the sector for the better. For more information, please visit http:...

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Being a voluntary board member – it’s a two-way street!

by Dale Archer

In our second blog of Trustees Week, we celebrate more great work of ICAEW staff in voluntary board roles. Charity trustees and voluntary board members come from all walks of life. What can you do to make a difference today? Darren Paterson works in professional standards and is a voluntary board member with Northamptonshire Rural Housing Association. Darren, why did you become a board member? ...

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“I would not change being a trustee for the world”

by Dale Archer

Happy Trustees Week 2019! To celebrate this annual event we’re showcasing the great work that ICAEW staff do as trustees – read on to be inspired about how you can also make a difference. Helen Carter is Legal Policy and Compliance Manager at ICAEW and a trustee of Niemann Pick UK (registered charity number 1144406). Diane Waller is Committee Administrator and a trustee of the Hollie Foundation...

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Hear what users had to say about ICAEW’S online Trustee Training Modules

by Dale Archer

ICAEW’s online Trustee Training Modules have been produced to help trustees feel confident in their role. We caught up with a couple of people who have completed the modules to find out what they thought. Martin Bostock was Chair of Young Citizens until March this year. Sherv Cheung is Senior Audit Assistant in the Internal Audit team at the Donkey Sanctuary. What was your overall impression of...

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Be inspired to volunteer this summer!

by ICAEW Volunteers

Take our quiz below on voluntary sector stats …and be inspired to give some of your time for others during the summer break. The start of the summer saw the publication of two useful sets of data about volunteering and the voluntary sector: the Community Life Survey (carried out by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport; and the NCVO Almanac 2019. The former is carried out annuall...

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Engaging sessions and first-time showcases at the ICAEW Charity Conference 2019

by Gillian McKay

Gillian McKay, Head of Charity and Voluntary Sector ICAEW, shares her thoughts and feedback on the recent ICAEW Charity Conference. ICAEW held its 2019 annual charities conference on 28 June, I hope you were able to attend and enjoyed the day. For me it is always a great opportunity to meet so many members working in the sector, hear their concerns, and to share information regarding the techni...

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Celebrating the 35th Annual Volunteers Week!

by Lynn Cadman

This year, Volunteers Week (1-7 June) celebrated the 35th anniversary of this annual campaign to recognise, celebrate and thank volunteers. It is co-ordinated by NCVO (the National Council of Voluntary Organisations) which is itself commemorating its centenary this year. During the week hundreds of events take place to thank volunteers and raise awareness of the huge array of volunteering oppor...

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Use your skills to volunteer – and take a step up the career ladder along the way

by Dale Archer

As we celebrate Volunteers Week 2019, we talked to Vanessa Johnson at Governors for Schools about how skills-based volunteering can be good for your career and your community. Becoming a school governor can lead to a better future for you, your career and the young people in your area. You’ll develop new skills, build your network and gain board-level experience - all while giving back to your ...

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