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FitzRoy has promoted its operations director to chief executive, as its long-serving chief prepares to retire. The charity, which supports people with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs, said Angela Murphy had more than 25 years’ experience in health and social care. Murphy, who will take up the reins on 1 July, has been
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Charity leaders have cautiously welcomed Labour’s election manifesto but want more detail on how the party’s plans would be put in place.  The manifesto sets out Labour’s plans for economic growth and stability and aims to create a period of national renewal.  It makes few direct references to charities but the party promises to work
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Autism Together has taken over the management of a recently reopened community farm and cafe. The Wirral-based charity has taken over the operation of Bridge Community Farm in the village of Overpool. Bridge Community Farm opened in 2015 as Bridge Wellness Gardens, forming as a charitable incorporated organisation. The farm was leased from the council
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Two digital support charities are merging in a bid to better support digitally isolated people and create a stronger impact. Citizens Online is being merged into AbilityNet on 1 July. Citizens Online has operated since 2000 to help organisations ensure their digital programmes are fully inclusive. AbilityNet, which was formed in 1985, focuses on helping
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The grantmaker the Paul Hamlyn Foundation has rebranded to better reflect its mission of social justice, equity and long-term support for grant-holders. The charity said the rebrand was intended to make PHF’s mission more “accessible and engaging”. Important elements of the rebrand include a “vibrant” new colour palette, “inclusive” photography and a bespoke icon set.
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The poverty relief charity Penny Appeal committed five breaches of the Code of Fundraising Practice, including misleading donors in two of its child sponsorship appeals, the Fundraising Regulator has found. The regulator found that three programmes breached the code on informing donors and treating people fairly, use of funds and complaints handling.  It comes after
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The over-50s internship programme Charity Interns has relaunched as a community interest company called The Well Placed, after a six-month pilot programme. The scheme, which offers paid placements to interns over the age of 50, was previously hosted by the National Council of Voluntary Organisations but has relaunched as a community interest organisation. In the
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The advocacy charity Pohwer has appointed Felix Davies, chief operating officer at the veterans’ mental health charity Combat Stress, as its next chief executive.  He will take up the role on 2 September, replacing Pohwer’s interim chief, Vicky Browning, who took up the role in January after former chief Helen Moulinos stepped down. Davies, who
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Baroness Delyth Morgan has been appointed president of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations.  Morgan, who recently stepped down as chief executive of Breast Cancer Now, succeeds Baroness Jill Pitkeathley, who has been in the role since 2017. Morgan, who has been appointed NCVO president for the next five years, has led breast cancer charities for
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A former charity director has denied 25 charges relating to an alleged £1m Gift Aid fraud involving a defunct youth support charity. Wendy Macbean, 60, from St Johnston, Lifford, is accused of committing the offences between October 2017 and May 2020, in the name of the Foyle Youth and Community Association in Derry, Northern Ireland.
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A fundraiser for the agency Appco UK, who was raising funds for Breast Cancer Now, took donations from a vulnerable individual despite having reason to believe he lacked capacity, the Fundraising Regulator has found. The watchdog has found that BCN’s contracted agency, Appco UK, breached the Fundraising Code of Practice’s provisions regarding engagement with vulnerable
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Richard Kramer, chief executive of the disability charity Sense, will retire next year.  He joined the charity as deputy chief executive in 2013 before being promoted to the top job in 2018.  Sense said Kramer, who has also worked for organisations including Mencap and Turning Point, had “led the charity through a period of growth
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A global type 1 diabetes charity has changed its name as part of a bid to more accurately represent the organisation’s work and the community it serves. Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International, which supports type 1 diabetes research and people affected by the condition globally, has changed its name to Breakthrough T1D. Type 1 diabetes
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The advertising watchdog has rejected more than 200 complaints that an advertising campaign by the Alzheimer’s Society was offensive and caused unjustifiable distress. The Advertising Standards Authority said today that three television adverts and one radio spot, put out by the charity in March and April, had not breached advertising guidelines.  The ASA said it
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