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Issue No: 6                                                                         February 2016

News Update

I hope 2016 has started well. This is the latest CTWM news update. I hope you find it interesting and useful.

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New Member of CTWM - Stratford upon Avon Town Trust
Stratford Town Trust derives its income from the properties and funds of two charities, the Guild and College estates, whose origins go back to the thirteenth century. For hundreds of years the income of the two charities - the Guild and College estates - was used by the Corporation to contribute towards the general municipal expenses of the Borough. Over several hundred years the Trust experienced many changes. Following a report by the Charity Commissioners, the Town Council applied for a new scheme which led to the ancient trusts being transferred to a new charity - the Stratford-upon-Avon Town Trust in 2001. The Trust's remit now, which reflects to some extent the original responsibilities laid down in the Royal Charter, is to support activities and individuals in areas such as:
• Sickness and old age
• Hardship and distress
• Education and the Arts
• Recreation
• Religion
Since 2001 we have given out around £1 million each year to local good causes, community projects and initiatives that have made Stratford-upon-Avon a better place to live, work and study. To find out more about the current priorities and criteria go to their website: or contact, Claire Bowry, Grants Manager:
Destitute Migrants - Can Trusts and Foundations provide support?
JRF supported ACF to commission a counsel opinion on the legal issues  relating to supporting migrants with no recourse to public funds. A JRF report entitled 'How to improve support and services for destitute migrants'. spells out who destitute migrants are, and the reasons they are destitute. It also maps out what services are currently available to them across the UK and how these can be improved. A copy of the report can be download from

The legal opinion on whether trusts and foundations can support destitute migrants clarifies that criminal law does not prevent assistance being given to undocumented people to alleviate destitution or meet basic human needs. Although there is a criminal offence of assisting unlawful immigration. It is the legal opinion that charities offering food, money, services or accommodation to relieve the destitution of people unlawfully present in the UK would not be covered by this and would be unlikely to face prosecution. To read more the full legal opinion can be accessed on www.
Charities (Protection and Social Investment) Bill

The Bill can be read here, and includes provisions intended to:

  • provide stronger protection for charities in England and Wales from individuals who are unfit to be charity trustees;
  • equip the Charity Commission with new or strengthened powers to tackle abuse of charity more effectively and efficiently;
  • give charities a new power to make social investments; and
  • require the inclusion of certain additional matters in commercial fundraising agreements.
New reserve powers will be put into a charities bill to give government powers to force charities to sign up to a fundraising self-regulator, and to introduce a statutory regulator if necessary. Stuart Etherington, chief executive of NCVO, proposed removing regulatory responsibility from the Institute of Fundraising, Fundraising Standards Board and Public Fundraising Association, and setting up a new fundraising regulator.
Sports England research reveals the true picture of disability nationwide. Mapping Disability: The Facts offers an in depth look at the vast range of impairments experienced by people in England. The report also incldues comprehensive data on disability by region, gender and age.
A useful planning tool developed by Voluntary Action Leicestershire provides online guidance on project planning. Step by step help and guidance with links to other websites that supplement the guidance provided. This may be useful to some of your potential applicants and grantees.
 CTWM News
Immigration, Asylum and Refugee Briefing session - 24th February 2015 1pm - 3.45pm @British Red Cross, Bradbury House, & Lowe St, B12 0ER
CTWM will host a briefing session on the progress of the current Immigration Bill and its implications for the region. Find out more about the current resettlement and dispersal of asylum seekers and refugees and the state of European migration. Speakers: Michael Bates, Solicitor, Birmingham Community Law Centre and Dave Stamp, ASIRT; Sian Scholes, Manager, British Red Cross and Dalvinder Panesar, WM Strategic Migration Partnership; Katharine Jones, International Migration, Coventry University. To find out more contact: or
CTWM Annual General Meeting - On the 22nd March 2015
Please note in your diary the date of the Annual General Meeting. The approval of the new CIO Constitution for CTWM; election of Executive Committee members; Annual Report and Accounts, and an update on the future work programme will be on the agenda.

We are planning a presentation on the state of services and support for children and young people in the West Midlands - giving an insight into the current trends and issues- that will help to inform members' grant giving priorities. Further information and details will be sent  shortly.
Roundtable Discussion - 19th April 2016 12.45pm - 2pm @ Harborne Parish Lands Charity, 109 Court Oak Road, B17 9AA
Please note in your diary the date of the next roundtable discussion. The focus will be on lone working in charities facilitated by Melinda Connelly, Regional Manager, BBC Children in Need. For many smaller trusts and foundations lone working is normal. But what should one consider in ensuring the safety, security and wellbeing of those working in such circumstances. Melinda will kick start a discussion on some of the challenges as well as good practice.

Roundtable Discussion 20th January 2016: Small Trusts - dealing with inappropriate applications

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CTWM Thematic Briefing - Health, Wellbeing and Care

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About Charitable Trusts West Midlands

Charitable Trusts West Midlands (CTWM) is a membership association for trusts, foundations and other funders that operate in the West Midlands region.  Established in 1975, CTWM’s mission is “to provide a support network for funders in the West Midlands, helping them to work more effectively and increase their impact on people and communities.” 
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