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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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London Plus, championing civil society

by Margaret Cooney

London Plus is the ‘hub’ body for the capital’s 120,000 plus voluntary and community organisations that form part of civil society in London. We arrived at an interesting time for civil society as the boundaries between the state, voluntary, private and public sectors in supporting civil society have become more blurred. London Plus also emerged out of a shared consensus that although social ac...

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Supporting the London Marathon as it breaks the £1bn mark

by Gillian McKay

This weekend sees the 2019 London marathon take place from Greenwich to the Mall. The marathon is one of the UK’s biggest single fundraising events, this year will see the amounts raised for charities since its inception in 1981 break the £1billion mark. In celebration of this fact this year’s campaign message is #ThanksaBillion. In addition to all the money raised by individual runners, the pr...

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Recruiting charity trustees - a practical guide

by Penny Wilson

The charity Getting on Board has just launched free guidance for the charity sector: How to Recruit Trustees for your Charity – a Practical Guide. We asked CEO, Penny Wilson, what prompted the guidance and how it could help to change the way charity leaders are recruited. Getting on Board’s research shows that there are great benefits to being a trustee: 96% say they’ve learnt new skills, 22% g...

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