GDPR Update and Support
GDPR is the most significant change in data protection law in the last 20 years. Implementation is less than eight months away, however the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) is still working on some of the details. We know that many members are concerned about how to prepare for GDPR, the implications of not being compliant and that a whole industry has sprung up offering GDPR solutions. We are supporting Visionary members in several ways regarding GDPR: Visionary GDPR briefing will be published within the next couple of weeks. GDPR workshop at the Visionary Conference – led by sector experts Russell-Cooke. We have submitted a £60,000 funding application to the ICO to develop GDPR support specifically for the VI sector (commences late Nov 2017) If the funding bid is unsuccessful we will commission external GDPR expertise to develop guidance specifically for local sight loss organisations. In the meantime – please do share with us any GDPR work you’ve undertaken or advice you have received as we are collating such information and we will share this across the Visionary network as appropriate. Also consider joining the NCVO webinar on GDPR to explore the ICO tools 12 steps to take now and the […]
Aston University Study
Researchers at Aston University are inviting those that are sight impaired and severely impaired in the UK, to take part in a study investigating the impact of visual loss on diet and appetite. In order to do this we need to recruit visually impaired participants to take part in a questionnaire that investigates the relationship between visual loss and diet and appetite. We will use the findings to help develop a dietary intervention. The importance of nutritional status in overall improvement of quality of life has been shown to be very significant. The questionnaire will be delivered over the telephone. The call will last approximately an hour Nabila Jones from the research team will arrange an appropriate date and time to call and deliver the questionnaire. The participants will also be called over two days in the same week also (one weekend day) to re-call what they ate on that day. This will take about five minutes. Read the full participant information sheet here. For further information or to register you interest in participation please contct Nabila Jones firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a local sight loss charity and interested in joining Visionary, please download, complete and return the New Membership Form – Full Member 2017. All other organisations, please contact email@example.com in order to discuss membership options.
Bradbury Fields, in Liverpool, have recently secured a multi-year sensory contract from Knowsley Council. Previously, Knowsley Council managed a range of providers to deliver their sensory services, alongside Bradbury Fields, which is a key sight loss service provider. However, Knowsley Council preferred a single sensory contract and Bradbury Fields, who work closely with other local sensory providers, successfully developed a partnership bid and are now the lead on the sensory contract – delivering services themselves and sub-contracting children’s habilitation services with Guide Dogs, centre based rehabilitation with Christopher Grange Visual Rehabilitation Centre and specialist deaf support from Merseyside Society for Deaf People (MSDP). This represents a major change for Bradbury Fields. They have had to consult with their membership, amend their memorandum and articles of association to enable them to incorporate sensory provision and they are now also managing sub-contractors. Visionary supported Bradbury Fields throughout the process by reviewing the tender specification, contributing to and proof-reading the bid. We are now providing support on developing and implementing effective sub-contracts. If you would like to discuss how Visionary could support your local sight loss organisation please contact the Income Development team at firstname.lastname@example.org
Accessibility Action Plan Consultation
Events October – November 2017 – bookable through ‘Eventbrite’ The Department for Transport published its draft Accessibility Action Plan (AAP) for public consultation on 24 August 2017. The AAP includes 48 different actions, including proposals for increasing the availability of accessible toilets on trains, improving the availability of parking for blue badge holders, and introducing a legal requirement for audio-visual announcements on buses. There are also 15 standalone consultation questions seeking views and ideas for future policy development. Opportunities to share your views The Department for Transport is running a number of events for interested parties to come and discuss the draft Plan. These are listed below. If you would like to attend please book via the link provided, or contact the email address below for further information. Please note that spaces are limited at some events, and places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. All venues are accessible. Bristol 4 October 14:00 – 16:30 (a few space available) Surrey 6 October 10:00 – 15:00 Leeds 11 October 10:00 – 15:00 Leeds 31 October 10:30 – 15:30 Surrey 2 November 10:30 – 13:00 (Workshop 1 – am) Surrey 2 November […]
Charity Statement of Recommended Practice “SORP” (FRS 102) and the issue of senior personnel salary information.
“Key management personnel” of the charity, are defined as “those persons having authority and responsibility for planning, directing and controlling the activities of the charity, directly or indirectly, including any Directors of the charity.” This definition includes the Trustees. As you and your accountant should be aware, Trustees should not receive any “remuneration” for their roles, but are allowed expenses and the total of these plus any other trustee related costs should be stated in the accounts as per usual reporting processes. The definition also includes those senior management personnel to whom the Trustees have delegated “significant authority or responsibility in the day-to-day running of the charity.” i.e. the CEO/Leader/Manager, deputy CEO, Finance Director etc… – essentially the SMT of the organisation. In the charities accounts you have to disclose the numbers of staff paid more than £60,000 in £10,000 bands from £60,000 upwards. No details of the actual salaries need to be displayed – just simply a count of how many roles sit within a particular salary band. If there’s only one role shown within a particular band then it doesn’t take much to work out that it’s likely to be the CEO/leaders salary band. If no one is […]