New research shows charity staff highly skilled but questions raised over diversity

Charities are employing highly qualified staff but this may be at the cost of excluding people who face greater barriers to education and experience, new NCVO research suggests. Over half the voluntary sector workforce (51%) is educated to degree level, researchers found, while over 70% of voluntary organisations put ‘critical’ or ‘significant’ value on applicants having relevant work experience. As many as 43% of voluntary sector employers say their staff have skills and qualifications that are more advanced than required for their current role, higher than in the public sector…

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Third Sector Podcast #7: Charity shops

Enclosed below is the new Third Sector podcast which may be of inteerst to some of our readers: In this episode, we take a look at the charity shop market, the Code of Fundraising Practice and social media crisis communications   Our seventh monthly podcast looks at charity shops, delving into the benefits and challenges of charity retail.  Features and analysis writer Rebecca Cooney speaks to Jason Lomas, head of portfolio development at the disability equality charity Scope, Reena Mukherji, director of the Octavia Foundation, which provides community support and opportunities for people in…

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Code of fundraising practice: consultation opens

A consultation on the accessibility of the fundraising code is now open. It aims to ensure the code is a straightforward and practical tool for fundraisers and the public. The consultation looks at the style, presentation, clarity and accessibility of the code. The Fundraising Regulator is asking for feedback on a new draft that includes: A new table of contents and simple ordering of the content. A “plain English” review of the language used in the code. A new introduction. A glossary of key terms used within the code. A table…

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