With the restructuring of the Association, the introduction of a dedicated regular newsletter to keep our affiliated schemes up to date with regulatory, financial, fundraising and other matters was planned. The current pandemic brought an urgency to provide specific information to our schemes, primarily regarding financial and fundraising matters. As of today three scheme newsletters have been sent over the past few weeks and an urgent exercise undertaken to ensure our accuracy of our records as regards contact points undertaken.

Currently, we have 49-contacts on our database and have made a number of appeals to update our information if a scheme is not being included. We are tracking a 50-70% contact rate via our emailing platform and trust that as the information flow increases this will continue to rise.

Recent topics that have been covered have included a (now closed) emergency funding grant from the Charities Aid Foundation and the government funding arrangements across the four home nations. If your scheme is not receiving this information, please email Nancy in the office to add the relevant contact details to our circulation list. Please provide the following information:

  1. Scheme name
  2. Contact person, to include:
    1. their position
    2. e-mail address

Nancy Howlett, membership and communications office, explained ‘we really want to be in reliable contact with every scheme, in the past some schemes have missed out on important notifications because their contact details were not up to date. I’d like to have the at least two contacts for each scheme in our mailing list. Ideally, this should include the chairperson and where available the CEO/scheme administrator, where these are not employed another officer such as the honorary secretary should be nominated.’