Cobseo News Roundup – Friday 14 October 2022

17th October 2022

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Charity Commission AGM

The Charity Commission AGM took place in Cardiff on Wednesday 12 October, with the in-person attendance being supplemented by a further 1000 that joined the meeting online. The Chairman (Orlando Fraser) began by recognising that the charity sector owed a great debt to Her Majesty The Queen who’s life-long service to others, kindness, and resilience had set a standard that all charities should aspire to emulate. Such attributes would be much needed in the challenging times that lie ahead, with the cost-of-living crisis, in particular, increasing the demand for services at a time when resources have never been more squeezed. The Commission has a vital role to play in supporting, and where necessary, regulating the sector, in order to maintain public support and confidence; and in so doing would continue to be a source of expert guidance; fair and balanced intervention when necessary; and an independent perspective free of political influence.


Helen Stephenson (CEO) then outlined recent developments, including the latest publication in the range of 5-minute video guides for trustee (addressing political activities; the development of the ‘My Charity Commission’ programme which seeks to promote closer engagement between the Commission and the 700,000 trustees that support the sector (which will start rolling out in November); and the recent consultation on the Annual Returns process, the results of which were now being analysed. Other key achievements in the past year include the implementation of the Charities Act, which aims to reduce the regulatory burden on trustees; the scheme for redirecting dormant assets, which has already released some £80M in England, and has now been rolled out in Wales; and the provision of timely guidance for charities seeking to respond to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The importance of refreshing the trustee pool with younger and more diverse volunteers was one of the issues raised during the Q&A session.


Orlando Fraser KC speech to the Charity Commission Annual Public Meeting 2022

Speaking in Cardiff, Orlando Fraser KC highlights the profound challenges facing charities at this time, sets out the Commission’s priorities during his Chairship, and unveils the regulator’s new 5-minute guide on charities and political activity.


Waterloo Uncovered’s Gibraltar Rock Relay Run

On 21 October (Trafalgar Day), a team of 10 runners made up of military personnel, injured Veterans and civilians will be taking on the ultimate challenge of scaling the Rock of Gibraltar from sunrise to sunset in the first ever WU Rock Relay Run.


Yorkshire ale relaunch will raise funds for Army Veterans and families

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is thrilled to announce that the popular Yorkshire ale, Timothy Taylor’s Havercake, is back in cask this year and that ten pence from every pint sold will be donated to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.


Helping Army Veterans to find new jobs

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity is delighted to award a £270,000 grant to the Forces Employment Charity (formerly RFEA) to fund its Ex-Forces Employment Programme supporting Army Veterans and reservists across the UK.


Political activity and campaigning by charities

The rules for charities that want to support, or oppose, a change in government policy or the law.


RAF Benevolent Fund’s new specialist caseworker team to support RAF Family

The RAF Benevolent Fund has appointed new specialist caseworkers to support members of the RAF Family across the UK.


Veterans Places Pathways People Roadshow Northeast

Everyone is invited to join the North East and Yorkshire Veterans Places Pathways People Roadshow Northeast on 27 October.


Lord-Lieutenant opens County Durham veterans’ house

His Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of County Durham, Mrs Sue Snowdon, attended Launchpad’s Hollyacre House in Sacriston on 12 October to officially open the house.


RAF rock band release single inspired by RAF Benevolent Fund ambassador’s story

A band, which was formed by two RAF servicemen, has released a new single inspired by the story of an RAF Benevolent Fund ambassador and veteran – with all proceeds going to the Fund.


Forces in Mind Trust appoints Rear Admiral Jim Macleod CB CVO as new Chair

The Board of Directors of Forces in Mind Trust has appointed Jim Macleod as its Chair with effect from 14 December 2022.


Lincoln Freemason taking on 2,000km walking challenge to raise money for military charity that supports his lodge mate   

A Freemason from Lincoln is walking 2,000km in ten months to raise money for Blind Veterans UK, the charity which has greatly improved the life of one of his fellow lodge mates.


Landmarks light up for Scottish Poppy Appeal

Hundreds of Scotland’s most iconic landmarks, businesses, and tourist destinations will ‘Light Up Red’ to raise awareness of the 2022 Scottish Poppy Appeal.


Soldiering On Awards 2022 – Family Values Award

The ever-popular Family Values Award appeals to a wide number of nominators, as it encompasses so many people within the wider Armed Forces community.


Routes of Remembrance

The first Routes of Remembrance – Poppies to Paddington, returns next month on of course Friday 11 November 2022.


The IGF Conversation: The Long-term Effects of Amputation

The IGF Conversation: The Long-term Effects of Amputation. Wednesday, 2 November 2022, 1400-1530 – please register your attendance for free


Rolling Victory for Veterans

On Sunday 9 October, a team of 27 took part in the Worthing 10k to fundraise for Care for Veterans.


Charity Chair reflects on attending The Queen’s funeral, with care home veterans

One of the few privileged people invited to the funeral of Her Majesty The Queen has spoken about the poignant day with residents at Royal Star & Garter in Surbiton.


What price happiness? Why corporate sponsorship of SSAFA’s Short Breaks is worth every penny

Like everything, the price of happiness varies. If £1,000 or £5,000 goes a long way to making lives better – and with the services SSAFA provides, it does – then £45,000 goes proportionally far further.


Routes of Remembrance

In July 1942, a Bristol Beaufort AW288 of 86 Squadron, departed RAF Portreath in North Cornwall, bound for RAF Gibraltar and then onto Malta.


SSAFA’s Forcesline witnesses another year-on-year increase in demand for support

In August 2022, SSAFA’s free and confidential helpline, Forcesline, has seen a dramatic 59% increase in requests for support through its online webchat, and 54% increase in telephone enquiries compared to August 2021.


Veteran Mental Health Nurse walks 500 miles to support veterans in need

An Isle of Wight-based former serviceman turned Mental Health Nurse has been walking 500 miles across the UK to raise money for veteran’s mental health charity Combat Stress.


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