The Charities FM Group focussed on the topic of "Facilities Management and Wellbeing" at its meeting on 7 June 2017.
The Charity Finance Group has published a free toolkit to help charities manage records effectively.
The Charities Buying Group is holding its annual conference at Sadlers' Hall in London on Tuesday, 7 November, 2017.
The disability charity Scope is transferring all its regulated and day services to private healthcare provider Salutem.
The Scope services being transferred include three education facilities, 38 care homes and 10 day services located across England and Wales.
Ethical Procurement Policies
Many charities have introduced ethical procurement policies. These typically set out the standards which charities require from their suppliers, sub-contractors and sometimes also governments and communities.
The standards may include the following requirements:
There are a surprising variety of options to look at when considering purchasing products and services for your charity.
Purchasing networks operate on the basis that they can negotiate volume discounts with suppliers and then pass these on to charities, in return for a small percentage of the price. Some organisations offer discounts with suppliers as a benefit of membership. Be aware that anybody can call their company a "buying group" and claim to provide items at discounted prices.
Relocating to new premises is a major undertaking. Before you start your property search, here are some of the main points you should consider:
Before you start - Your space needs, now and in the future:
How do you think your charity will change over the next few years? Will it grow or shrink? Will you deliver your services in a different way? Is your charity going to implement flexible working? How might your space requirements change?