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Many small charities employ sessional or freelance staff without fully understanding when those arrangements might be considered employment by HMRC and lead to legal responsibilities.

Knowhow Nonprofit has published a useful checklist written by Gillian Murray that guides small charities in achieving good governance and applying the Charity Governance Code.

The Association of Chairs is starting a new programme - called Beacon - for Chairs of smaller charities. Sign up to Beacon’s e-bulletin to:

 The Charity Commission has published a new guide to help trustees understand their responsibilities that will be sent out to new trustees.

The Open University's Centre for Voluntary Sector Leadership has a free online course on Voluntary Sector Leadership that will help you:

- approach leadership in a more energetic and thoughtful way

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research has created a resource website for trustees and managers of charities, social enterprises and community organisations. As well as articles there are videos on topics such as cross sector working, mergers, strategy and core funding.

The Association of Chairs are running a New Chairs’ briefing session

Tuesday 13 February 2018, 2pm - 5pm
at CAF (Charities Aid Foundation), London, EC4

Please visit their website to book 

Just a reminder that if your charity's year end is 31st March you need to complete your online annual return to the Charity Commission by 31 January.

Chair's Challenge series: Avoiding legal pitfalls
21 March 2018 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm  

A clean sweep for the New Year?

Perhaps to coincide with all those New Year resolutions, there is a lot of training for trustees being advertised. Here are some of the events on offer:

The Garfield Weston Foundation and Pilotlight, who together run the Weston Charity Awards, are inviting Chairs and senior leaders of charities to answer a five minute, anonymous questionnaire which will help them gauge and respond to attitudes in the sector towards leadership dev

The Association of Chairs are launching their Chair’s Challenge series on Tuesday 31 October 2017 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm with an event looking at:

Charity Solicitors Bates, Wells, Braithwaite are offering a free breakfast seminar on Wed 25 October for trustees who want to understand how to apply the new Charity Governance Code. More information and bookings via their website here


Russell-Cooke solicitors offer free seminars for charities and social businesses. This seminar on 22 November 2017 from 16:45 to 18:00 will look at how charity employers can avoid potentially costly claims of unfair dismissal from employees.

Is your charity running low on funds? Trustees have a duty to safeguard their charity's money and property and to take appropriate action if funds are running low.

Paula Sussex, chief executive of the Charity Commission, has warned trustees against sticking their heads in the sand when faced with financial difficulties.