Welcome to the news section of the website. Here you will find a searchable archive of news items as well as archives of recent issues of our regular publications Briefing Bradford and the Young Lives Bradford Ebulletin (with Centre Forward news to follow).
Only 17 per cent of UK adults prefer to use their smartphone to make a charity donation according to new research released by Fonix and One Poll, with pushy communication techniques impacting on how consumers engage with charities. This compares with 33 per cent who go through websites and 29 per cent who prefer direct debit. The researchers see this as a sign of untapped potential but realistically it demonstrates that it is important not to neglect the impact you can have through your website and the importance of cultivating regular giving.
The Bradford District Assembly invites you to a network event linked to New Deal and promoting community action. Wednesday, 20th January 2016, 6-8 pm City Hall, Bradford.The New Deal seeks to promote the difference communities are making and encourage new people to get involved in their communities. Throughout 2016 this will be explored though a District wide ‘People Can – make a difference’ campaign. To reserve a place, contact email@example.com, or call 01274 305045
A presentation was taken to the Children's Trust Board this week, which explains the District's plans on Early Help, journey to excellence and signs of safety. This is supplemented by an explanatory document on Early Help and a briefing paper on signs of safety.
Bradford Council have released their latest budget proposals. This includes proposals not only for 2016/17 but also many proposals for 2017/18. It is important to realise that proposals agreed in this round, won't be open for consultation next year, even if they are to come into effect in 2017/18.
Bradford District Partnership is also developing a new District Plan for 2016-19. This will be a key strategic document. As part of the development process there is an opportunity to input and influence the development of the plan, including suggestions for co-design of services.
The Bradford District Assembly, with support from VCS forums including Young Lives, is holding a consultation event that will look at the District plan in the morning and the budget proposals in the afternoon.
It is on 16th December 2015 at Thornbury Centre 9.30-3.30pm.
The next two big welfare reforms to impact on Bradford are Universal Credit and Personal Independence Payments. Universal Credit arrives in the district on 30 November 2015 and will affect many single people needing to claim unemployment benefits. In addition, over the next couple of years, everyone currently receiving Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will be ‘invited’ to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP). Bradford Community Advice Network have prepared a useful summary of these changes. To receive direct updates contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Health visitors play a crucial role in ensuring children have the best possible start in life, and lead delivery of the 0-5 elements of the Healthy Child Pathway which is a prevention and early intervention public health programme offered to all families. The Family Nurse Partnership complements the health visiting service and provides more intensive support.
The 0-5 contracts with service providers expired on 31 March 2015 and NHS England put in place a single contract which transferred to the Local Authority on 1 October 2015. This has provided an opportunity for the Council to review the Health Visiting Service with the aim of improving health and wellbeing outcomes for children and families.
As part of the review the Council would like to consult with partners across the district to determine how the service should be commissioned, which will inform how future services will be delivered.
The consultation will be taking place over the next couple of months and further details will be circulated. In the meantime the following stakeholder events for the 0-5 Health Visiting and Family Nurse Partnership have been confirmed.
Bradford Wednesday, 2nd December, 1.30 – 4.20pm at City Hall
A free half day workshop for charities about the challenges they face, how to maximise revenue from legacies and minimise risk.
Schofield Sweeney has a dedicated Charities Team consisting of specialist solicitors who are experienced in providing advice to the not for profit sector about everyday management issues that arise and the complexities of the regulatory regime under which they operate.
On 24 November 2015, Schofield Sweeney is teaming up with Saffery Champness, Chartered Accountants,to provide a free half-day workshop for chief executives, charity finance directors, finance managers, charity trustees, senior management and those involved in the not for profit sector where we will discuss some of the challenges currently faced by charities and will be giving invaluable advice about how charities can best position themselves to improve their income and minimise risk.
Saffery Champness has a dedicated Charities team both in the Harrogate office and nationally and provides compliance and advisory services to a wide range of not for profit clients.
What are your legal obligations towards volunteers?
How can you avoid volunteers becoming employees or workers?
What liability do you have for the conduct and actions of your volunteers?
“How to choose the best structure for your charity”
Helen Hirst will examine the current options available for forming or restructuring a charity and help you determine whether a Community Interest Company, Charitable Incorporated Organisations, Company Limited by Guarantee or unincorporated charity is right for you.
“Charitable giving in wills”
Sarah Hodkinson will explain how charities can effectively manage legacies and will cover:
Promotion of will making schemes; and
Charitable giving and inheritance tax;
The wording and application of charitable legacies;
The importance of estate accounts
“An update on Charity Accounting – the importance of your financial statements”
Kathryn Belton (Manager in the not for profit team at Saffery Champness) will discuss the importance of financial statements in your organisation and how to use these effectively. She will also provide an update on changes in Charity accounting. This will cover:
Using your Trustees’ Report effectively
Reserves policies and funds
Changes in Charity accounting – the impact of the SORP 2015
We are delighted to have Holly Buckley, Corporate Partnerships Manager, Sue Ryder speaking about her own experiences.
9.00 Registration, including tea/coffee on arrival
9.30am Presentations begin
10.40am Mid-morning break
11.00am Presentations re-start
12.00pm Questions panel – ask our panel of expert speakers about the challenges faced by your charity