News and blogs

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

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.

Historical society fined over stolen laptop and "serious" data breach

A historical society has been fined after after a laptop containing sensitive personal data was stolen while a member of staff was working away from the office.

BIFM loses another Chief Executive

The British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) has announced the immediate departure of Chief Executive Brian Perry.

Charity Commission launches new anti-fraud website

The Charity Commission this week launched a new website designed to help charities fight fraud. The website, www.charitiesagainstfraud.org.uk, offers guidance on how to spot the warning signs of fraud, how to reduce risk, how to report fraud when it takes place, as well as the latest news on fraud and anti-fraud measures. 

Government paper on flood resilience highlights vulnerability of critical infrastructure

The government's new policy paper on flood resilience has found that hundreds of critical infrastructure sites are at serious risk from floods. 

The government published the long-awaited National Flood Resilience Review on September 8, 2016. The Review looked at assessing flood risk, reducing the likelihood of flooding, and making the country as resilient as possible to flooding.

Select Committee on Charities calls for evidence

The Select Committee on Charities has published a call for written evidence. It is looking for evidence that provides for examples of best practice, innovation and ideas to bring the voluntary sector together to ensure that it can thrive. The closing date is 5 September, 2016.

The call covers a wide range of topics, including:

Heritage Lottery Fund launches new £8million resilience programme

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has launched a new £8million annual investment programme to help charities build their resilience. The programme will offer grants of £3,000 and £250,000.

The application guidelines suggest several areas which could be of interest to charity facilities managers and others responsible for strategy for charity property.

HLF says the grants could be used for:

50 Things to do in a Church

The National Churches Trust has launched a campaign to highlight the importance of churches to local people and communities.  The campaign, entitled “50 Things to do in a Church” celebrates the many and diverse ways church buildings are used, and asks the public to share their favourite things to do in a church or chapel.  

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