Wishing all our clients a peaceful Christmas

The office will be closed from Friday 22 December 2022 at 5pm until Tuesday 2 January 2024 at 9am. However, our Out of Hours service will be available for almshouse residents.

If you are an almshouse resident in need of repairs, or with an emergency, please call your emergency system or refer to the phone numbers advised on your out of hours contact form previously supplied.

We Are B Corps Re-Certified!

We are delighted to announce that we have once again achieved B Corps re-certification. The first business to achieve this in Gloucestershire, we have now been a B Corp for six years.

We think being a B Corp is important recognition of the work we do, but it’s still perhaps not so well known in the UK. What do you think? Would you seek out a company with B Corp status over and above a company without it?

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In an occasional series, Mike Dunkley, Director of Dunkley’s Accountants, shares with us his take on the role of the independent examiner or auditor.

Dunkley’s has a long-standing working relationship with The Trust Partnership but has always been separate and remains independent. As such, Dunkley’s offers a different and distinct service.

In this article we have focused on the benefits of splitting the duties of record-keeping from the duties of the independent examiner but of course this applies in the same way when audits are required. Please click on the title to find out more!

An Easter Message From Revd. Niall Weir

Season’s greetings from Stoke Newington in the London Borough of Hackney where I have just been having a happy chat with a bunch of my Muslim neighbours, all of whom were en-route to our magnificent local Mosque. The sun has just set and so each was emerging from the daylight demands of their Ramadan fasts and heading off to share in the Iftar meal, which will mark the end of their fasting for today. I sensed a certain solidarity with their emergent state, because my personal focus for the next few days will be that of making sure that all is ready for me and my church community to emerge from our observance of our holy season of Lent and Holy Week, into the new dawn of Easter. Hopefully, these seasons of Ramadan and Lent will have given us all an opportunity, not simply to stave ourselves, but rather to rummage through

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Charities Act

It has seemed a long time in the making but the Charities Act (2022) has now received Royal Assent. We consider some of the changes you can expect to see and what this means for you as a trustee. In our view, it simplifies existing legal frameworks, especially regarding permissions about how charities use their assets. In short, the Act further empowers trustees and gives charities greater operational flexibility. Please click on the title to find out more.

Celebrating Trustee Week 2021 - What does it take to be a trustee?

In the ‘new normal’, where the working day is often no longer 9-5, why would someone want to devote some of their precious downtime to being a trustee?  Well, in our experience, people choose to become trustees first and foremost because they have a personal interest in the aims of the charity. Perhaps not surprisingly, this is particularly true for trustees of family foundations, many of whom are acutely aware of the legacy and responsibilities that come with the position and are keen to continue the family tradition. But philanthropy in the 21st century may look very different to when these foundations were set up. Trustee boards today are having conversations around opportunity and challenge that would have been unknown to previous generations. With, for example, an increasing awareness of climate change, and an understanding of the importance of board diversity, we find that trustees are very aware of the

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Navigating the new do’s and don’ts and what support is and isn’t available is a fast moving and crowded place.  We hope this guide will keep you up to date with the main areas of concern for Trusts and Foundations. The Charity Commission response The Charity Commission has updated its guidance in response to COVID-19; please see here for details. In summary, the guidance states that: A charity cannot expand its beneficiary class because it suddenly wants to help a wider beneficiary group during the COVID crisis.  If the governing documents do not give express powers to change the beneficiary group, then Charity Commission permission would still be needed. Some of the government’s business support measures apply to charities. Restricted funds may, in some instances and as a last resort, be able to be used by the charity facing financial problems but professional advice should be taken. AGMs. If trustees

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The Trust Partnership and Stone King have joined their significant experience of working with Almshouses to put together three webinars aimed at providing trustees and staff with an Almshouse Toolkit of legal considerations and practical tips for the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.  The first webinar on 6 May 2020 looked at surviving the lockdown and the second webinar on 17 June 2020 looked at Risk Management and Living with Uncertainty and the third on 28 July 2020 looked at Incorporation for Almshouses – Why and How.