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Welcome to our monthly governance round-up. This month we look at the latest guidance from the Charity Commission and share new governance resources and training.
The RSPB has recently been in the news following their post on X (formerly Twitter) calling government ministers ‘liars’.
The post was in response to government plans to change the rules on water protection restrictions for housing developments. RSPB’s chief executive later apologised.
The Charity Commission has since shared new social media guidance for charities.
In addition to the new guidance, here are some questions you might like to discuss with your board.
Governance often overlaps with change management. Both focus on moving your organisation from where it is now to where it needs to be, or supporting it to stay still in changing times.
To do this, organisations need a few key things. Structured, effective, efficient and creative board meetings. Clear board papers. Fair and robust board policies. But above all they need the right board relationships. Board relationships create the balance of support and challenge needed to achieve change.
If you’re looking to revisit your board culture you may find these resources helpful.
The Charity Commission has launched a range of 5-minute guides for trustees.
The guides are designed to help trustees manage the demands of running a charity. They cover key topics to help improve your knowledge and understanding of essential trustee duties.
You can also test your knowledge with their new trustee quiz.
The Association of Chairs has launched a new governance survey.
They want to find out what challenges chairs and trustees are facing and what support is needed.
The survey closes on 9 October.
It’s becoming more common to see organisations share outcomes of reports into their governance. In the past month, both Oldham Coliseum and Mermaids have publicly shared the outcomes of their governance reviews.
There’s a lot we can learn from how organisations across the sector deal with governance challenges. The Oldham Coliseum and Mermaids reviews both highlight lessons learned and how their boards are moving forward.
I’m pleased to introduce our new governance consultant, Aggie Taylor.
Aggie has a background in social impact consulting. She also has extensive experience in the youth and voluntary sectors. She’s the chair of Woodcraft Folk, and an active volunteer in her own time.
Aggie will be delivering our governance review work and trustee training. She’ll also be writing governance round-ups in future.
We’re seeing a lot of interest from organisations who’d like to run our safeguarding and trustee training in-house.
When we deliver a bespoke in-house training course we can:
We’ve had some excellent feedback.
Today's session has been absolutely brilliant ... It's not often I feel excited off the back of training but I absolutely do with this and I'm going to dive straight into our theory of change development! Thank you!
We run regular online trustee inductions and refresher courses over two half-days. We’re also offering brand new courses on the following areas.
We offer an eLearning module for trustees.
This course gives trustees a low-cost introduction to their roles.
We hold regular member assembly and welcome events.
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