Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Christmas is coming.........

Christmas is traditionally a time of caring and sharing.  Have you been to any novel fundraising events?  How does your group raise money this time of year?

Share your ideas, we'd love to hear from you.

Powys Family and Behaviour Support Service - Notice of Tender

Powys County Council wishes to engage with a suitably qualified and competent provider to deliver a Family and Behaviour support service across the County of Powys. It is anticipated that the service will begin 1st April 2013.

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Friday, 7 December 2012

Tender Opportunity - Builth Wells Integrated Health and Social Care Centre

PCC Powys County Council and PtHB Powys teaching Health Board are holding a
Provider Forum to inform the market of their Commissioning Intentions with regards to the
new Brynhyfryd Integrated Health and Social Care Centre in Builth Wells.
The new Brynhyfryd extension (currently at an advanced stage of construction) is designed to deliver an integrated, outcome focussed, reabling short term model of care.
The purpose of the Forum is to inform potential providers of the service model and scope of the intended service. Attendees will be given the opportunity to view plans of the site, and to ask questions regarding the requirements of the service which will tendered early in 2013.
The forum will be held at 14.00pm until 17.00pm on Thursday 13th December 2012 at the Media Resource Centre, Oxford Rad, Llandrindod Wells.
More information can b found on the sell2wales website at: 


The Charity Commission will start considering online applications for registration as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) from next Monday. The independent regulator has confirmed that applications for the new structure will be accepted from 12 noon on Monday 10 December 2012.
The CIO is a new legal form designed specifically for charities. The structure provides charities with some of the benefits of being a company, without all of the associated burdens. CIOs will be incorporated charities able to enter into contracts in their own right, whose trustees will have limited or no liability. CIOs will therefore only need to register with the Commission, not with Companies House.
No CIOs will be able to join the Register of Charities until 3rd January 2013, as the relevant Regulations do not come into force until 28 days after they are made. However, the Commission has confirmed that it will begin accepting and considering certain types of online CIO applications in advance of that date.
A timetable, setting out which types of applications will be given priority, is published on the Commission's website. This staggered approach, which was agreed by ministers, is designed to help the regulator manage demand for the new structure, despite its limited resources.
Applications for brand new charities with incomes of over £5,000 will be able to apply for registration from 10 December 2012. The subsequent stages are set out below:
  • From late March 2013 - window opens for existing unincorporated charities (to set up a CIO and transfer assets into it) with incomes of over £250,000
  • From May 2013 - window opens for existing unincorporated charities with incomes between £100,000 and £250,000
  • From July 2013 - window opens for existing unincorporated charities with incomes between £25,000 and £100,000
  • From October 2013 - window opens for existing unincorporated charities with incomes between £5,000 and £25,000
  • From January 2014 - window opens for existing unincorporated charities with incomes less than £5,000 and for brand new charities with anticipated annual incomes of less than £5,000
The Commission has stressed that the timetable is indicative and may be updated according to demand. People considering registering a CIO are advised to check the Commission's website for any updates.
The regulator is also reminding those considering setting up a new charity that the CIO structure will not be suitable for all. The Commission says CIOs will be most beneficial for small to medium sized charities which employ staff or enter into contracts. While running a CIO should be simpler than establishing a charitable company, it will not be as straightforward as running an unincorporated association or trust.
The Commission is urging those thinking about applying to register a CIO to consider carefully information available on the Commission's website before starting their online application.

(Source: Charity Commission)

WCVA Loan Fund

Unity Trust Bank in partnership with WCVA (Wales Council for Voluntary Action) has launched a loan fund for charitable organisations in Wales to support building infrastructure projects.
The WCVA Loan Fund aims to make it easier for charitable organisations in Wales to work together on building infrastructure projects to cut costs and share resources. It is hoped that the fund will stimulate the creation of syndicates of charitable organisations working together in communal business centres.
There is a total of £30 million in the loan fund which will be released over five years at £6 million annually. Loans will range from £250,000 to £5 million.
Rates are negotiable on a case-by-case basis, but typically will be Base Rate plus 2.25% with a minimum rate of 4%. Fixed rates are available for up to five years.
Applicants are advised that a 1.5% arrangement fee will be payable on acceptance of any loan offer.
Loan offers will generally be made up to the value of 75% of the property, but greater loan-to-values (LTVs) will be considered where there is sufficient security.
Repayment periods of up to 30 years are available.
Charities and voluntary organisations may apply as long as they are WCVA members.
(Source: Grant Finder)