November Workshops: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinars on Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy.

Manage Remote Teams is an organisation that helps charities to successfully embrace remote and hybrid working patterns. Following the continued take up from the Age UK Network, they have added 2 new dates for November – Thursday 11th and Tuesday 23rd. Please click here to sign up or read on for further information.

Charities everywhere are making inspired changes to the way they work, and positive shifts are well underway. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much-needed positive work-life balance. Manage Remote Teams consider remote and hybrid working to be an appropriate modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

Manage Remote Teams believe that the time has now come to draw a line in the sand and create a clear and well thought through remote/hybrid people strategy which makes long term sense. Their workshops are for charities who wish to embrace bold and sustainable change for this exciting and new working paradigm.

You’ll come away with:

  • Clarity around the business case for a viable remote and hybrid people strategy.
  • Insights on how other companies overcome obstacles.
  • Information about maintaining high and improved productivity, motivation.
  • An understanding of the connection between flexibility and staff retention.
  • Tips for building trust and loyalty in dispersed workers.
Who should attend?

Those who wish to:

  • Understand how a long term remote/hybrid people strategy would benefit their charity.
  • Confirm they are already on the right path
  • Hear what other charities are planning
  • Have some additional guidance

To find out all the details including how to book your FREE place, please click here.

Free One-to-one Sessions

In addition, Dermot Dennehy, CEO of Manage Remote Teams, holds a free one-to-one session with one CEO from any charity across the UK once a week. Dermot has now opened this up to the Age UK Network and it is on a first come first serve basis. The only stipulation is that this must be your first Manage Remote Teams workshop.

If you wish to secure your place in August, simply email Dermot and he will agree a date with you: Dermot@clickonic.co

November Finance Network Meeting – Save the date

Please save the date for the next Finance Network Meeting on 24th November from 11:00 – 12:30. The topic of this meeting will be “Making Difficult Decisions”.

The next Finance Network Meeting will take place on 24th November from 11:00 – 12:30, and the subject will be ‘Making Difficult Decisions’. Please save the date of this meeting in your calendars and we will send round registration details in the next couple of weeks. You can find out full details of the meeting, including content and presenters, below.

David Brown will be exploring the options for SMTs and trustees to consider when faced with a significant deficit budget forecast which, if forecasts for 2022-23 already provided to us by Partners are correct, is likely to be the case for most of the network. David is a volunteer consultant with Cranfield Trust, former Chief Executive of a Royal Charter professional membership institution, and Deputy chairman of Advantage West Midlands (RDA).

He will begin by reminding us of decision-making ‘rules’ – what we ‘must’, and ‘should’ consider, and what we should ignore. He’ll warn against making hasty decisions which may not be the best decisions, and present a number of factors which demand careful attention.

The content will be relevant for trustees just as much (if not more so) as for senior Partner staff, so we hope a good number of trustees will be able to join the event. Watch out for registration details in the next couple of weeks.

September/October Manage Remote Teams workshops now open to volunteers too

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinars, which are now open to volunteers at Age UK Partners.

Manage Remote Teams is an organisation that helps charities to embrace remote and hybrid working. Following the continued take up from Age UK partners for their recent workshops, they have added additional dates for September and October, including free places for volunteers of any Age UK partners who have had staff attended sessions to date (or plan to in future). To find out all the details, including how to book your free place at a workshop, please click here.

Charities everywhere are making inspired changes to the way they work, and positive shifts are well underway. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much-needed positive work-life balance. Manage Remote Teams consider remote and hybrid working to be an appropriate modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

Manage Remote Teams believe that the time has now come to draw a line in the sand and create a clear and well thought through remote/hybrid people strategy which makes long term sense. Their workshops are for charities who wish to embrace bold and sustainable change for this exciting and new working paradigm.

Who should attend?

Those who wish to:

  • Understand how a long term remote/hybrid people strategy would benefit their charity.
  • Confirm they are already on the right path
  • Hear what other charities are planning
  • Have some additional guidance

To find out all the details including how to book your FREE place, please download the brochure below:

Free One-to-one Sessions

In addition, Dermot Dennehy, CEO of Manage Remote Teams, holds a free one-to-one session with one CEO from any charity across the UK once a week. Dermot has now opened this up to the Age UK Network and it is on a first come first serve basis. The only stipulation is that this must be your first Manage Remote Teams workshop.

If you wish to secure your place, simply email Dermot and he will agree a date with you: Dermot@clickonic.co

September Workshops: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinars on Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy.

Manage Remote Teams is an organisation that helps charities to successfully embrace remote and hybrid working patterns. Following the continued take up from Age UK partners for their August workshops, they have added 3 new dates for September. To find out all the details, including how to book your free place at a workshop this September, please click here to download a brochure or read on for further information.

Charities everywhere are making inspired changes to the way they work, and positive shifts are well underway. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much-needed positive work-life balance. Manage Remote Teams consider remote and hybrid working to be an appropriate modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

Manage Remote Teams believe that the time has now come to draw a line in the sand and create a clear and well thought through remote/hybrid people strategy which makes long term sense. Their workshops are for charities who wish to embrace bold and sustainable change for this exciting and new working paradigm.

Click here to view a brief video introduction to the FREE workshops in September by Dermot Dennehy, CEO

Who should attend?

Those who wish to:

  • Understand how a long term remote/hybrid people strategy would benefit their charity.
  • Confirm they are already on the right path
  • Hear what other charities are planning
  • Have some additional guidance

To find out all the details including how to book your FREE place, please download the brochure below:

Free One-to-one Sessions

In addition, Dermot Dennehy, CEO of Manage Remote Teams, holds a free one-to-one session with one CEO from any charity across the UK once a week. Dermot has now opened this up to the Age UK Network and it is on a first come first serve basis. The only stipulation is that this must be your first Manage Remote Teams workshop.

If you wish to secure your place in August, simply email Dermot and he will agree a date with you: Dermot@clickonic.co

Charity Commission Covid guidance for trustees following lockdown easing

The Charity Commission has released new Covid-19 guidance for trustees, including advice on holding AGMs and meetings.

The Charity Commission has released new Covid-19 guidance for trustees, as many remaining legal restrictions are eased in England and Wales. The regulator has said it wants to assure charities that during this period it “will continue to act proportionately in the public interest, whilst helping trustees to think about the wider or longer impact of their decisions on their charity”. Click here to view the guidance or read on for a summary.

This guidance states that trustees should think about “whether or not certain projects, spends or activities can be stopped or delayed in order to focus on essential spending if they are facing financial challenges at this time”. It adds advice on mergers and collaborative working, in light of some of the financial obstacles charities are facing.

Holding AGMs and meetings

The guidance says that charities can gradually move back to face-to-face meetings and hold any outstanding AGMs or other meetings. It notes that “coronavirus continues to have an impact on charity events and trustees may still need to consider how and if they can hold meetings”.

Charities should check if their governing document allows them to hold meetings online, by telephone or on a hybrid basis and consider if they use any power in a governing document to amend the rules to allow the meeting. 

Charities that are not able to hold virtual AGMs, and are not able to move face to face, may have to cancel.

“Trustees may consider that holding a virtual or hybrid AGM or other required meeting is not a viable solution. It may also not be possible for them to move immediately back to face-to-face meetings. In these circumstances, trustees may consider they have no choice but to cancel or postpone… If your governing document does not allow you to postpone or cancel meetings you should use any power in your governing document to amend the rules to ensure you can hold meetings in a valid format.”

Charity Commission Guidance

The regulator states that since the start of the pandemic “we have generally been understanding” if trustees have decided to hold meetings on a remote or hybrid basis or postpone or cancel a required meeting, where trustees can show that they have considered all relevant factors and possible alternatives.

It adds that the regulator will continue to take this approach “in the short term as restrictions are lifted,” provided that trustees “can show their decision is in the best interests of the charity having taken all the circumstances into account”. 

Nonetheless, it adds: “Others affected by those decisions may take a different approach, so you should take advice and fully understand the implications of any decisions you make.”

Regulator aims to bring filing extension to an end

Since April 2020 charities have been able to request an extension if they are unable to submit their accounts or annual return due to the pandemic. 

The Commission has since reviewed its approach to filing extensions “with a view to bringing this temporary measure to an end”. 

It has contacted all charities with a filing extension that was in place by 30 June 2021, and they will now need to meet their filing commitments by 30 September 2021.

Organisations with an imminent filing date that are unable to meet filing obligations for a Covid-19 related reason, can still apply for a new filing extension.

The regulator will allow a fixed three-month extension from the date of the application.

August Workshops: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinar on Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy.

Manage Remote Teams is an organisation that helps charities to successfully embrace remote and hybrid working patterns. 62 Brand Partners have attended these free workshops in the last year and Manage Remote Teams will continue running these sessions each month while they are still of interest. To find out all the details including how to book your free place at a workshop this August, please download the document below.

Charities everywhere are making inspired changes to the way they work, and positive shifts are well underway. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much-needed positive work-life balance. Manage Remote Teams consider remote and hybrid working to be an appropriate modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

Manage Remote Teams believe that the time has now come to draw a line in the sand and create a clear and well thought through remote/hybrid people strategy which makes long term sense. Their workshops are for charities who wish to embrace bold and sustainable change for this exciting and new working paradigm.

Who should attend?

Those who wish to:

  • Understand how a long term remote/hybrid people strategy would benefit their charity.
  • Confirm they are already on the right path
  • Hear what other charities are planning
  • Have some additional guidance

To find out all the details including how to book your FREE place, please download the brochure below:

Free One-to-one Sessions

In addition, Dermot Dennehy, CEO of Manage Remote Teams, holds a free one-to-one session with one CEO from any charity across the UK once a week. Dermot has now opened this up to the Age UK Network and it is on a first come first serve basis. The only stipulation is that this must be your first Manage Remote Teams workshop.

If you wish to secure your place in August, simply email Dermot and he will agree a date with you: Dermot@clickonic.co

Webinar: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinar on Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy.

Manage Remote Teams, an organisation that aims to help organisations master remote and hybrid working, are re-running their webinar “Beyond the Pandemic: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy”. The session will run twice, firstly on Wednesday 14th July from 10am – 12:30pm and then again on Tuesday 22nd July, 10am – 12:30pm. Find out how to book your place below.

Operating remotely has tremendous benefits for charities who are working with dispersed teams. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much needed work-life balance. Remote and hybrid working is an appropriate modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

To find out all the details including how to book your place, please view or download the brochure below:

Further support for changes to working patterns

If you are interested in attending the above webinar you may also find useful some further resources on changes to working patterns. Stephens Scown who provide the HR Express service have developed resources to help with this. These resources can be found below along with some guidance from some other sources.

Click here to view the guidance.

Webinar: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Working Strategy

Find out all the details of the latest Manage Remote Teams webinar on Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy.

Manage Remote Teams, an organisation that aims to help organisations master remote and hybrid working are re-running their webinar “Beyond the Pandemic: Building a Long Term Remote-Hybrid Strategy”. The session will run twice, firstly on Wednesday 9th June 2021 from 10am – 12:30pm and then again on Tuesday 22nd June 2021, 10am – 12:30pm. Find out how to book your place below.

Operating remotely has tremendous benefits for charities who master working with dispersed teams. With the right protocols and remote ethos in place, charities can continue to deliver their valuable services without compromise. At the same time, employees can benefit from a much needed work-life balance. Remote and hybrid working is an appropriate and obvious modus operandi for the 21st century, both because of – and in light of – a global pandemic.

To find out all the details including how to book your place, please view or download the brochure below:

Further support for changes to working patterns

If you are interested in attending the above webinar you may also find useful some further resources on changes to working patterns. Stephens Scown who provide the HR Express service have developed resources to help with this. These resources can be found below along with some guidance from some other sources.

Click here to view the guidance.

May Finance Network Meeting – Book your place!

Find out all the details of the next Finance Network meeting and book your place.

Registration for the next Finance Network Meeting, “Managing Reserves, and consideration of reviewing costings“, is now open! Taking place on Wednesday 26 May, from 11:00 to 12:30, This meeting will cover the vitally important issues of managing reserves, revising reserves policies and reassessing costings models in the light of changed financial positions. Click here to book your place, or read on to find out more about the content of this session.

We are fortunate in having secured the services of Jill Halford, Head of Charities at BDO, to present on Reserves. In a recent article in Charity Finance, Jill said that in her view, financial forecasting and reserves planning has improved during the pandemic.

‘What has been really good is the interplay between budget setting, reserves policies and cashflow forecasting. However, there is a massive nervousness that when support such as furlough grants and other COVID emergency funding stops, we’ll be in a recession like we have not seen in a long, long time, if ever. It is undoubtedly going to be a tough few years.’

Jill Halford, Head of Charities, BDO

Jill’s CV includes over 20 years’ experience advising charities. She is an external audit partner at BDO, specialising in audit and advisory work (especially governance reviews), an ICAEW charities committee member, member of the Charity Finance Group (CFG), an experienced tutor, and she runs training courses for charity finance professionals including Civil Society and CFG.

As in previous events, this session will have an interactive element where you will be able to ask questions and participate in a general discussion.

We will also be presenting a shorter session looking at the need to be very careful in reassessing costing models in the wake of the pandemic financial impact. I think we can all expect ‘statutory’ funding (from LAs, CCGs, NHS, etc.) to be in much shorter supply, not only in this current financial year but most probably in the next few years, and commissioners are going to be setting very tight parameters for funding service provision. Funds on offer are likely be set at the bare minimum, so it is vital that before submitting tenders, Partners have satisfied themselves that the price they are offering is sufficient to achieve full cost recovery and where it is not, that they have sufficient reserves or surplus income, to subsidise shortfalls. Accepting a shortfall position for a year might be acceptable but locking the organisation into a shortfall for two or three years could be untenable.

Again, we will welcome questions and participation in the discussion.

May Finance Network Meeting – Save the date

Please save the date for the next Finance Network Meeting on 26th May from 11:00am to 12:30pm.

The next Finance Network Meeting, “Managing Reserves, and consideration of reviewing costings“, is scheduled for 26 May, from 11:00 to 12:30. This meeting will cover the vitally important issues of managing reserves, revising reserves policies and reassessing costings models in the light of changed financial positions. Please save the date in your calendars for now and we will send round a sign-up link soon. Read on to find out more about the content of this session.

We are fortunate in having secured the services of Jill Halford, Head of Charities at BDO, to present on Reserves. In a recent article in Charity Finance, Jill said that in her view, financial forecasting and reserves planning has improved during the pandemic.

‘What has been really good is the interplay between budget setting, reserves policies and cashflow forecasting. However, there is a massive nervousness that when support such as furlough grants and other COVID emergency funding stops, we’ll be in a recession like we have not seen in a long, long time, if ever. It is undoubtedly going to be a tough few years.’

Jill Halford, Head of Charities, BDO

Jill’s CV includes over 20 years’ experience advising charities. She is an external audit partner at BDO, specialising in audit and advisory work (especially governance reviews), an ICAEW charities committee member, member of the Charity Finance Group (CFG), an experienced tutor, and she runs training courses for charity finance professionals including Civil Society and CFG.

As in previous events, this session will have an interactive element where you will be able to ask questions and participate in a general discussion.

We also plan to present a shorter session looking at the need to be very careful in reassessing costing models in the wake of the pandemic financial impact. I think we can all expect ‘statutory’ funding (from LAs, CCGs, NHS, etc.) to be in much shorter supply, not only in this current financial year but most probably in the next few years, and commissioners are going to be setting very tight parameters for funding service provision. Funds on offer are likely be set at the bare minimum, so it is vital that before submitting tenders, Partners have satisfied themselves that the price they are offering is sufficient to achieve full cost recovery and where it is not, that they have sufficient reserves or surplus income, to subsidise shortfalls. Accepting a shortfall position for a year might be acceptable but locking the organisation into a shortfall for two or three years could be untenable.

Again, we will welcome questions and participation in the discussion.

The Webinar will be via Microsoft Teams and the link to register will be circulated nearer the time. For now, please reserve this date and time in your calendars, and please share this information with anyone in your organisation who would like to attend, including trustees.