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Issue No: 8                                                                         July 2016

News Update

This is the latest CTWM news update, with information on members' work, latest events, developments and issues. I hope you find it interesting and useful.

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Comic Relief - Launch of refreshed strategy and Programmes

In June Comic Relief launched its refreshed strategy following a moratorium on grants for nearly 9 months. Comic Relief remains committed to its vision of 'a just world free from poverty'. The strategy focuses on ensuring everyone is:

SAFE: Everyone has the right to live free from violence, abuse, neglect and fear.
HEALTHY: Everyone should have access to essential services and support which ensure physical and emotional wellbeing.
EDUCATED: Everyone is entitled to good quality learning that gives them skills and confidence to face the future with hope.
EMPOWERED: Everyone has the confidence, voice and opportunity to lead the lives they choose.

Once important difference from the previous strategy is that the UK and international work will sit under the Global Goals for sustainable development, which challenges governments, companies and communities to respond urgently to poverty and inequality.

Funding for the future will be allocated under 4 programme areas:

  • Investing in children and young people
  • Empowering girls and women
  • Improving health and wellbeing
  • Building stronger communities
To read more about the strategy and current grant giving programmes go to the Comic Relief website.
Homelessness and Housing
Crisis inconjunction with Joseph Rowntree Foundation have been providing  an annual report on homelessness since 2011. The latest report is now available for England.  The Report considers both the consequences of the post-2007 economic and housing market recession, and the subsequent recovery, and also the impact of policy changes on homelessness.

Some of the headlines of the report indicate a continuing rise in officially estimated rough sleepers, predominately made homeless from the private rented sector. London continues to show the most significant rise in homelessness as a region. Local Authorities are finding it difficult to provide meaningful support to single homeless people, especially those aged 25-34 and in particular with complex needs. The supply of affordable and suitable housing remain well short of demand and there are substantial numbers of concealed and shared households leading to overcrowding. Two thirds of English LAs reported that welfare reforms had increased homelessness in their area. Nearly 75% of the LAs anticipated that the roll out of Universal Credit would increase homelessness int their area.

Homelessness statistics are provided by the Government. It was recently announced that for the future statutory homelessness and prevention and relief statistics have been combined into a single statistical release. to look at the latest figures click here.  However, quantifying homelessness is not straightforward and government data does not necessarily provide a real picture of homelessness. There are many peopel who are homeless that do not show up in official figures. Homeless Link provide some useful understanding of the 'numbers'.

To better understand the latest trends in homelessness and the support available and what seems to work click here.
New Charity Commission Guidance on Fundraising

Many groups and charities raise funds from the public. With the development of online platforms as well as the other traditional methods, there has been a growth in public fundraising. However, the CC20 guidance published in June is mainly in response to some high profile cases where there were problems identified in the practices of some organisations over the last year.

As the regulator of charities in England and Wales, the commission expects charities that fundraise to do so in a way which protects their charity’s reputation and encourages public trust and confidence in their charity. This includes following the law and recognised standards, protecting charities from undue risk, and showing respect for donors, supporters and the public. The new CC20 guidance can be found here.

There have been mixed responses to the new regulations by third sector organisations. Sir Stuart Etherington, CE, NCVO, who carried out last summer’s review of fundraising self-regulation, was positive about the guidance, calling it "practical and constructive".  
A report published by the Foundation of Social Improvement (FSI) found that one in 10 small UK charities described their chances of closure as “likely” in the next year. Declining funds, reported by 26% of respondents combined with a rise in workload (32%) mean small charities lack the resources to stay open and operating. However, through collaboration, small charities can deliver more services while spending less time delivering them. The report, Collaboration: more than the sum of the parts, found that 89% of those in a strategic partnership spend less or an equal amount of time to deliver the same proportion of services.

Rebalancing the power

An event for funders that want to explore the power dynamic between charities and funders. Joint event between New Philanthropy Capital and The Bulldog Trust. London, 15 September 2016, 6.30pm - 8.30pm. To read more click here.
 CTWM News
Wednesday 13th July 12.30pm - 2.30pm (including buffet lunch) @ Sifa, Fireside, 48-52 Allcock St, B9 4DY

Welfare cuts and changes have left a growing number of people struggling to keep a roof over their heads. There is evidence that people face hardship because of welfare sanctions; being unable to find a home on housing benefit; or being forced out of their local area. Combined with the housing crisis that successive governments have failed to tackle, these issues are taking its toll on people's lives.
National figures on statutory homelessness does not reflect the real picture of homelessness. The way local authorities manage homelessness hide the real picture as well as the lack of official figures on non statutory homelessness. Estimates of rough sleepers nationally show continued growth as well as hidden homelessness (people sharing households and overcrowding). Researchers and those working in the field have seen a steep rise in the numbers of people facing - or at risk of - homelessness, a trend that has gone largely unnoticed by Government. If you're trust support vulnerable groups at risk of homelessness or housing and homeless issues, then please do join us for the briefing.

Panel of Speakers:
Helen Mathie, Head of Policy, Homeless Link
Jean Templeton, Chief Executive St Basils, Birmingham
Pauline Roche, Chair, CTWM will chair the event
To book a place please email

CTWM Members - Free
Non members - £15.00
Guests of CTWM - Free
Buffet Lunch will be provided on arrival
Tuesday 19th July 2016 2pm - 3.30pm @ Anthony Collins Solicitors, 134 Edmund St, B3 3ES

How confident are you in reading the accounts of charities and not for profit organisations? Do you understand the different financial terms? What is the guidance in presenting charity accounts? When assessing an applicant or reviewing a grantees' progress, what do you need to look at when reading management or statutory accounts to better understand the financial position and performance of an organisation?
This seminar, will provide a valuable introduction to trustees and non financial staff to better understand the principles of financial management.
Fleur Holden, Director, Sayer Vincent.
Robert King, CTWM Ambassador will Chair the event
If you would like to book please email
CTWM Members - free
Non members - £15.00
Tea and coffee on arrival
Friday 9th September 2016 4.00pm - 6.00pm @ Tyndallwoods Solicitors 29 Woodbourne Road, Edgbaston B17 8BY

The event will showcase sustainability in the West Midlands.
Join us for a bee keeping demonstration. You'll see Tyndallwoods very own hives in action.
Hear and share stories of what our members are doing to support sustainability in all its different forms in the region.
Joing CTWM's Chair and Digital Expert, Pauline Roche for a social media 'first aid' and get handy hints and tips.
RSVP for catering purposes Judy Dyke -
Data what can charitable trust data tell us? 18th May. To read about the workshop presented by 360 Giving and their new platform for grants givers to make their open and shared click here.
Managing Investments to support your Mission 30th June. To read more about the different investment approaches taken by Barrow Cadbury Trust and Charity Bank and their commitment to blended funding to meet charitable aims, and the opportunities and challenges of social investment click here.


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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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