News and blogs

This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

Charity Finance Group launches anti-fraud guide

The Charity Finance Group (CFG) has published a guide to help small charities counter fraud. The CFG says hundreds of millions of pounds are being lost from charities every year due to fraud - money that charities can’t afford to lose.

June Charities FM Group meeting looks at FM & Wellbeing

The June meeting of the Charities FM Group was on the topic of Facilities Management and Wellbeing.

RICS and IFMA offer combined training and qualifications online

The International Facility Management Association (IFMA) and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) have set up an online training platform, offering a combined suite of credentials and professional qualifications for facilities managers.

February deadline for church conservation award

Organisations caring for places of worship have until February to apply for a prestigious conservation award organised by the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings (SPAB). 

Churches Sustainability Review launches call for evidence

A Government task force has launched an online survey asking for advice on how to look after church buildings and how to keep them part of local communities. 

New workplace study critical of focus on occupation density

A new report says improved workplaces could improve business productivity by as much as 3.5% and deliver a £70m boost to UK productivity.  The report, entitled 'The Workplace Advantage', was issued by the Stoddart Review, a not-for-profit initiative bringing together business leaders and workplace professionals to look at workplace strategies.

Grants available for church roof alarms

The Allchurches Trust has announced a grants scheme to enable churches to install roof alarms to deter metal thieves. 

Churches can apply for a grant of £1,000 towards the cost of a roof alarm system. The alarm system must be approved by their insurer, and the church’s governing body must commit to maintain the system for five years. The closing date for applications is February 28th 2107.  

11th Century Gloucester Cathedral installs solar panels

Gloucester Cathedral is installing solar panels as part of plan to make ancient building fit for the future.

Gloucester Cathedral plans to install up to 200 solar panels on on its roof. The panels will generate 25,000 kilowatts of energy - and will enable the Cathedral to reduce its energy bills by a quarter.