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5Future funding is today announced for a programme that takes funds lying dormant in the accounts of inactive or ineffective charities and puts them to good use. The programme is managed by the Charity Commission and the charity UKCF, with funding from the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

It was confirmed today that since its launch in 2018 the programme has ‘revitalised’ £32million to help good causes – including charities that are responding to the coronavirus and supporting their communities.

The programme has now secured funding by DCMS until March 2021 and will reach out to around 500 more inactive trusts in the year ahead, to help communities in need.

Funds are released from charities that are either inactive (meaning have had no income or expenditure over the last 5 years) or ineffective (spent less than 30% of total income over the last 5 years).

Once identified as dormant, the Commission gives the trustees an option to act – with support to help trustees get back up and running if needed. Otherwise, the funds are redeployed to causes in line with the aims of the dormant charity or the trust is transferred to a local community foundation to be managed for the long term benefit of local communities.

The money is granted to charities in need, as well as used to create a regular income stream that will sustain their work to help communities for years. And the income from the investments is hitting the front line already, with many charities depending on this to help them support essential causes through the pandemic.

The programme, which began in January 2018, has so far contacted over 1,800 charities. In many cases, the programme has helped them get back on track, but when trustees have failed to respond, the Commission has intervened to wind up the charity and remove it from the register of charities.

The Commission has so far removed 179 charities from the register – 67 since lockdown – transferring funds to similar charities, to local Community Foundations or to UK Community Foundations, and revitalised 26 charities.

Baroness Stowell, Chair of the Charity Commission, said:

“There is nothing worse than money donated for a good cause not being put to good use. So I am delighted that we have helped to release £32 million of dormant charitable funds. The charities, which for some time were inactive or ineffective, that have come forward willingly to assist with this important programme has done a great public service and we are hugely grateful to them. But this shared effort to revitalise charitable funds and deliver the donors’ intended benefit to society has the potential to go even further – and it’s needed now more than ever.

“The Charity Commission is calling on trustees of charities that have funds and are inactive or unable to make the difference they once did or had hoped to achieve, to come forward now so that the charity money they hold doesn’t sit idle, but can be put to good use by other charities with similar causes supporting people and communities at this time of heightened need.”

Baroness Barran, Minister for Civil Society, said:

“The efforts of charities and their volunteers will continue to be crucial as they have been throughout coronavirus to date.

“We are determined to further support the sector, building on our £750 million packages for charities across the country, so I am delighted to unlock significant extra funding to help vulnerable people. I hope the Revitalising Trust programme goes from strength to strength.”

Rosemary Macdonald, CEO of UK Community Foundations, said:

“UKCF and community foundations are uniquely placed to offer this exciting programme. Community foundations are embedded in their communities and have years of experience working with local trust funds and philanthropists. Community foundations are helping to modernise old trusts and get them back into action – all at a time when our voluntary sector desperately needs financial support to get through this difficult crisis.”

charitytoday.co.uk | 03 July 2020

1ACCESS Social Care, the United Kingdom’s first charity to provide legal support to the social care sector, has officially launched. The charity provides legal advice and support to individuals who need access to social care but cannot afford to pay for it themselves.

Access Social Care aims to ensure that everyone has access to legal aid and the justice that they deserve. Most of us will need social care at some point in our lives and yet 95% of councils have indicated that they are not confident that they can meet their legal duties to provide care in 2020 due to austerity measures. Furthermore, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, the Coronavirus Act suspends the duties in the Care Act, placing social care recipients in an extremely vulnerable position. Access Social Care charity will partner with leading law firms, including Fieldfisher, Orrick, Baker Mackenzie, Slaughter and May, and Shearman and Sterling, and expert barristers in the field of social care to improve access to early legal help, provide legal education, and gather data to evidence trends of unlawful behaviour to bring about systemic change.

Access Social Care stemmed two years ago from a project delivered by the Royal Mencap Society, the leading voice of learning disability. The project was led by Kari Gerstheimer and Jan Tregelles at Mencap. In 2020, Jan Tregelles, alongside Kari Gerstheimer, saw the opportunity to fill a much-needed gap in the legal aid market, as many people in need of legal advice fall between the gaps every year in the United Kingdom. Mencap are currently partners with Access Social Care.

2Kari Gerstheimer, Chief Executive of Access Social Care said:

“Without access to justice, the right to social care might as well not exist. Access Social Care intends to change this by becoming a catalyst for the way the legal system and social care operates. We are grateful to our founders, Mencap and The Central England Law Centre for supporting us on our journey. We know that we can change people’s lives for the better by connecting our legal expertise with our member organisations and families when they need it most.”

Edel Harris, CEO of Mencap said:

“We are proud to partner with Kari and her team at Access Social Care. So many people with a learning disability in the United Kingdom desperately need this kind of support to access justice and get the care to which they have a right. We look forward to working alongside Access Social Care so that people with a learning disability in the UK can live the independent and fulfilling lives they deserve.”

Shireen Irani, Director of Corporate Responsibility at Fieldfisher said:

It’s a privilege to have joined Kari and her team at the start of their journey in 2017. Through our ‘Right to Care’ clinic, Fieldfisher lawyers from across our UK offices have been able to leverage their skills to represent people to secure their rights. Working with our clients, we’ve seen what legal help can do for people who are denied the social care they need to lead independent, fulfilling lives.

Victoria Butler-Cole QC of 39 Essex Chambers and member of our Barrister’s Panel said: “A huge range of problems can be encountered in social care – some of them have simple solutions if you know what the law says and what it requires of public authorities. The legal network marries up expertise in the law with people on the ground who are trying to achieve the best outcomes for the people they support.”

3Jan Tregelles, Chairperson of Access Social Care said:

“When I first met Kari and we began to work together in 2016 during my time as CEO at Mencap, I knew that this was a much-needed gap in an otherwise shrinking and challenged care system. We knew from the number of calls that we received to the Mencap helpline just how lost and desperate individuals and their families were. Kari’s vision inspired me, and I knew that we needed to act fast and reach out to as many people as we possibly could.”

Access Social Care was incubated by Royal Mencap Society, the leading voice of learning disability and is now incubated by The Central England Law Centre who provide specialist legal advice to people across Central England.

charitytoday.co.uk | 03 July 2020

Today, Macmillan Cancer Support launches its new Coffee Morning advertising campaign across television, radio and digital channels, as the charity proves nothing can stop its famous fundraiser.

Launching today at 6.45 am on ITV1 during Good Morning Britain, the imaginative new Coffee Morning TV advert features the voice of Julia Davis, famed for playing Dawn Sutcliffe in Gavin and Stacey, and captures the sentiment that ‘Nothing stops a Macmillan Coffee Morning’.

The advert is the first piece of work by Macmillan Cancer Support’s newly appointed lead creative agency AMV BBDO. Created during the coronavirus lockdown, the advert begins with comical graphics of hell freezing over, dinosaurs, machines rising and of course, a three-eyed hipster zombie requesting soya milk. It ends with confronting footage of someone receiving cancer treatment, accompanied by the powerful words ‘If cancer doesn’t stop, neither do we’, as a stark reminder of the serious cause at its heart.

Macmillan’s Coffee Morning officially takes place on Friday 25th September 2020, but hosts can extend the fun this year by holding an event whenever and wherever. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, with the help of events agency Massive, the charity has innovated the format for the first time in 30 years. Hosts will now be able to hold an online event, a socially distanced stall, or fundraise in various other ways that will be released later in the campaign.

Every 90 seconds someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer and for many, it can be more frightening to get a cancer diagnosis or to go through treatment today than at any other time in recent history. Macmillan, which is almost entirely funded by generous donations, is doing everything it can to support people living with cancer. But the charity is facing a huge drop in income as a result of the virus and needs vital donations from the public to continue to support people at a time when they need it most.

Anthony Newman, Director of Response Marketing, Fundraising and Communications at Macmillan Cancer Support, said:

“The impact of coronavirus has affected everyone across the UK. We wanted to create a bold and distinctive creative TV advert through powerful and original human insight, to ensure our flagship fundraiser continues to help raise vital funds for people living with cancer, who need Macmillan’s emotional, financial and practical support now more than ever. AMV has really risen to the challenge and the result is totally original – I’m fairly certain we are the first charity to feature three-eyed zombie-hipsters in an advert, anyway!”

“For the very first time, supporters can get involved with Coffee Morning whenever and wherever – this could be online, on their doorstep or by taking on a new challenge altogether. Our fundraisers always do whatever it takes to host brilliant events, and we’re sure this year’s Coffee Morning will be no different.”

Abby Solomon, aged 35 from Glasgow, was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in October 2018. She has worked in Macmillan’s Coffee Morning marketing team for nearly three and a half years.

Abby said:

“I already knew that the support we provide to people with cancer is incredible, but it takes on a whole new meaning when you experience it yourself. That’s why this year’s Coffee Morning is not only a special one for me personally, but it is a unique opportunity for the public to do whatever it takes to host cake and coffee-filled events and celebrate the amazing work Macmillan does, no matter what.”

Actor Julia Davis, who voiced Macmillan’s new Coffee Morning TV advert, said:

“It was something very close to my heart to voice this advert, for a charity that supported both my parents. It’s clear that now is a more anxious time than ever for people with cancer, and Macmillan’s Coffee Morning is a chance for the public to raise a mug and vital funds so that people continue to receive the support they deserve.”

For more information about Macmillan’s Coffee Morning, or to register to host your own event, please visit www.macmillan.org.uk/coffee

charitytoday.co.uk | 06 July 2020

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