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Our mental health is physiological and includes our thoughts, feelings and our behaviour.
This is important as it forms your employees working year, the same policy can be applied for interns and volunteers, however volunteer leave policies are usually less formal and more lenient.
Trustees play a critical role in charities, they safeguard the interests of the beneficiaries of the charity.
Auto-enrolment is being phased in from October 2012 and will start with firms employing more than 120,000 workers. The new rules require careful consideration.
Bipolar disorder, which previously was known as manic depression, is a condition that affects an individual’s mood, characterised by swings from one extreme to another.
An audit is an assessment of the financial statements of an organisation to see whether or not those financial statements are accurate, complete, relevant and fairly presented.
This resource pack has been compiled in order to provide information on community hospitals and their future in the new NHS.
There are 471 community hospitals across the UK providing a range of local hospital services including inpatient beds, clinics, minor injuries services, diagnostic facilities, day care, mental health services and maternity care.
As of 1st October 2009, the Companies Act 2006 was brought fully into legislation. Here are some of the changes.
A confidentiality policy says a lot about your organisation, and reflects your attitudes towards staff, volunteers, the public and your stakeholders.
A confidentiality policy says a lot about your organisation, and reflects your attitudes towards staff, volunteers, the public and your stakeholders.
A conflict of interest is any situation in which a trustee’s personal interests, interests they have to another committee and interests they have to their charity arise simultaneously or appear to clash.
If your organisation wants to set-up a new initiative or project, or improve its existing volunteering program, one approach could be to brainstorm on why you want to involve volunteers and what you want volunteers to help your organisation achieve.
The Scottish Government has recently published a consultation paper on proposed changes to the Charities and Trustee Investment (Scotland) Act 2005 (“the 2005 Act”) and the Charities Accounts (Scotland) Regulations 2006.
Many Friends Groups and charities need to keep accurate membership details for legal purposes, but holding personal data means the charity should be aware of the Data Protection Act and its particulars.
The law allows people who no longer feel able to look after their own affairs to assign somebody to make decisions on their behalf at a later date.
Depression can affect anyone and can occur as a result from a childhood experience, a physical illness, bereavement, life changing events or perhaps unemployment.
The disciplinary procedure applies equally to all employees and is founded on the requirements of the Employment Rights Act 1996 and ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (no. 1). It accords with good practice principles and the doctrine of natural justice
Information and FAQ's relating to volunteer diversity.
Use this template to help you draft your equal opportunities policy.
Fraud is a real threat to an organisation not only financially but also to its image and reputation.
Our hospital was built as a War Memorial through public donations. As the hospital was gifted by local people, can the hospital be given back to local people?
General Data Protection Registration (GDPR) is one of the biggest changes in data protection legislation in history and comes into force within the UK in May 2018. It is important to make sure that your group is prepared for this. This fact sheet breaks down what GDPR is, what you need to do and what the penalties for non-compliance are.
Street collections, or Flag Days, are a very successful way of raising money for your Friends Group.
‘When, where and who am I allowed to photograph?’ - A brief guide to the legislation and etiquette surrounding taking photographs.
The challenging economic climate has prompted the trustees of many Attend members to review their charity’s financial position. Some will be asking themselves whether they would be better off establishing their Friends Group as a charitable company to get the protection of limited liability.
When holding an event there are certain rules and regulations. It is useful for charities to be aware of these considered below.
Who is covered by NHS Indemnity? NHS bodies are liable at law for the negligent acts and omissions of their staff in the course of their NHS employment.
Personal care budgets allow users of social care to take control of the budget to pay for their own social care services.
Phonographic Performance Limited(PPL),an organisation that deals with collecting royalties in the UK for the music industry, requires that a license be obtained in order to play music at a public event.
PRS stands for the Performing Right Society and is an organisation that deals with collecting royalties in the UK, as well as internationally, for the music industry. A PRS license may be necessary to play music at a public event.
It is important to have a Recruitment & Selection Policy in place in order to ensure that both your organisation and future employees are at an understanding.
Whether simple or more complex, the chair must use their position to lead the board to act together in removing a trustee.
Information on safe lifting and carrying
If you commission someone to take photographs on your behalf, whether they are paid or unpaid, you will need to draw up a contract. Without a signed agreement that the photographs have been taken for your use, the copyright remains with the Photographer. Without the copyright you cannot legally publish the photograph.
It is not a legal requirement in the UK, but it is wise to get a signed release form from the person or people you are photographing, this means that you know that they are happy to be photographed and for that photograph to be used and reproduced by you.
Self-harm is intentionally hurting or injuring yourself. People who self-harm do so without suicidal intent.
An example Sickness Policy, so that your organisation and staff are in clear understanding when it comes to taking sick leave.
The fact is that there are businesses all over the UK, trading, making profits, but doing so for a social purpose.
Special Leave Policy example
A guide to staff grievance procedures
A template for designing your own Study Leave Policy
The new Disability Discrimination Act was passed by Parliament in April 2005 which amends or extends existing provisions of the DDA 1995, the Act was again amended in December 2006.
The exact work of the secretary will vary from organisation to organisation. It is worth having a discussion in your group to agree what the responsibilities of all the Management Committee members should be.
As a treasurer, you have day to day responsibility for dealing with money. It is your job to keep accounts and report to the committee.
In order to succeed as an organisation, the staff, members and volunteers must know what it is about.
An example of policy regarding writing references for members of staff
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