New business models needed in social care

In recent months, we’ve seen growing tensions between councils and charities over the cost and provision of care.

In this landscape, third-sector care providers should clue up on their contracts with councils and NHS trusts and take an assertive stance in (re)negotiations

However, these are short-term tactics. In the longer term, social care charities must develop more innovative solutions.

After all, the Accounts Commission said in a 2016 report that current approaches to providing social care in Scotland are unsustainable.

Solutions will take many forms, including delivery of services in the community and use of digital technology, as well as new business models and funding arrangements.

The third sector is certainly not responsible for coming up with all the solutions itself: commissioners and funders of care services must drive change.

Even so, charities should proactively consider new business models, looking at different structures and partnerships.

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Trustees are too scared of challenging charity executives - what do you think?

Trustees are too scared of challenging charity executives, the chair of RNIB has claimed.
In a no-holds-barred critique of charity governance, Kevin Carey has called for radical changes to how charities are structured and regulated.  
In an essay written for think tank New Philanthropy Capital, he said the sector needs brave, in-your-face, hard-headed governance.
Divisions between boards and senior staff are outdated said Carey. Instead, he said the sector needs more unitary boards that are made up of both senior executive staff and trustees. 
He said: “Most charities don't fail because they lack a governance code, a risk register and a trustee handbook. They do so because of trustee cowardice.
“Assemble all the 360 degree appraisals, skills audits and Nolan Principles you like; they are redundant if nobody has the guts to say that the chief executive is useless, the deficit is structural or, more widely, that the emperor has no clothes - and if there is one paramount reason for trusteeship it is this last.” 
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Women’s Aid Orkney are currently offering free domestic abuse awareness training.

The sessions are once a month and can be held within Phoenix House or at another venue if more suitable
The training is 3 hours long and every attendee receives an information pack and a certificate of attendance.
The aims and objectives of the training are:
• To  understand current research findings in relation to the prevalence and nature of domestic abuse
• To consider commonly held attitudes held by people towards domestic abuse and how to challenge it
• To explore some of the reasons why people might find it difficult to recognise and  disclose abuse
• To understand some of the ways people may behave in response to abuse
• To understand the importance of risk assessment & safety planning
• To understand the importance of child/vulnerable person protection measures & working with other agencies to improve current responses
The training also covers how to refer and provides information on the local MARAC (Multi Agency Risk Assessment Conferences)
Please contact
Michelle G Robertson
Service Manager
Women's Aid Orkney
01856 87 1311

Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel Website Launched

The Scottish Fundraising Standards Panel oversees enhanced self-regulation of fundraising in Scotland, and is responsible for fundraising standards in Scotland and the handling of fundraising complaints related to Scottish registered charities.

The Panel has launched ‘Good Fundraising’ its new website which has information on: 

• Good fundraising standards;
• How the public can make a complaint about a Scottish charity’s fundraising; and
• How Scottish charities should manage fundraising complaints.

‘Good Fundraising’ has been designed to be easy to navigate, with clear language used throughout. It also contains useful case studies to encourage best practice. The Panel hope the website will be a hub of useful information for both charities and members of the public. In addition to the new website, the Panel has launched a new logo and a Twitter account.


Personalised Registration Logos now Available from OSCR

Scottish charities can now publicise their charitable status by using a personalised registration logo designed by the Official Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR). This updated logo replaces the logo released in February 2016. The logo can used on websites, email signatures and publications, including hard copy.
To get the logo, all you need to do is visit your charity’s entry in the Scottish Charity Register on OSCR's website; under your ‘Charity Details’ section there will be a link to download the logo. From Here 

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