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News relating to the activities and work of our ACO charity members. Please contact us if you would like to add news about your organisation here.


  • HRH The Prince of Wales visits RSM - Prince Charles speaks with attending musician
    HRH The Prince of Wales visits RSM

    His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited The Royal Society of Musicians of Great Britain on 15th November to officially open the building at 26 Fitzroy Square.

  • The Grand Prix Trust - Trust beneficiaries assemble for group photo behind a topiary of a F1 car in the pit lane
    Formula 1’s unsung heroes

    The Grand Prix Trust has organised a number of Members Regional Meetings during 2018. The purpose of this was to try and alleviate social isolation for those members that lost touch with their former colleagues in the racing industry for various reasons.

  • Woodland in autumn - Woman and two children seated on a bench in an autumnal park
    Perennial prepares for busy winter

    Perennial is preparing for a busy winter ahead as the roll-out of the government’s flagship benefits programme, Universal Credit, continues to cause confusion and frustration among those it will affect. An estimated 600,000 self-employed people will be worse off under Universal Credit and so the services team has increased its focus on support, training and preparation to help self-employed horticulturists, as well as single people and families, navigate the new system.

  • Mike Mirams - New CEO of NewstrAid charity
    NewstrAid's new CEO

    NewstrAid has appointed a new CEO, Mike Mirams. Mike joined the Trustee Board of NewstrAid in April 2004 and was Chairman for six years from April 2012.

  • iProvision selected members - Pat Gaudin (Chair), Deborah Powton, Dave Sanders, Jenifer Stirton and Kevin Taylor
    iprovision trustees feature in 70 at 70

    The CIPR has published a list of 70 members who've made an outstanding contribution to the Institute and the wider PR industry. 70 at 70 features pioneering practitioners, alongside unsung CIPR members and volunteers from a range of professional backgrounds.

  • The Hospital Saturday Fund - Members of The Hospital Saturday Fund
    26 charities receive donations from HSF

    Twenty-six Irish and UK charities received donations from The Hospital Saturday Fund at a special reception in London recently. In total, £100k/€110k was donated to the medical charities and organisations at the event, held at the Irish Embassy in London and hosted by Deputy Head of Mission, Mr Gerald Angley.

  • The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust - Door plaque outside The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust's Hampstead office
    New Focus of Grant Making Strategy

    The Trustees of The Hampstead Wells and Campden Trust have recently undertaken a review of its grant making policies and procedures. The main remit of the Trust is poverty alleviation, and the charity wants to ensure that all grant making is compatible with that remit. As a result there will be changes in some of the activities funded.

  • Kelly's Story - GroceryAid’s latest case study film
    Sporting Lunch raises half a million for GroceryAid

    Over 1,200 people attended the sold out GroceryAid Sporting Lunch on 2nd November 2018, raising a record £515k for the charity. This money will help fund the December financial grant payments that the charity makes to over 2,200 colleagues in need.

  • Living fulfilled lives - Annual review from Friends of the Elderly
    Living fulfilled lives

    Steve Allen, Chief Executive says in the Friends of the Elderly annual review that the charity has refreshed its vision, mission and values to reflect the changes to the way people want and need care and support. They have begun to implement a plan for the future, which is to continue to provide high quality services and activities that are both personalised to individual needs and integrated with local communities.

  • Wayne Hector - Famous songwriter seated at piano
    Wayne Hector at PRS for Music Fund

    Hit-making songwriter Wayne Hector has become part of the PRS Members’ Fund as a patron. He will be a valuable asset to the Fund and a great ambassador.

  • Alex Ramamurthy -  Chief Executive Officer of the Care Workers Charity at the 2018 Charity Times Awards
    New CEO at the Care Workers Charity

    Richard Muncaster will succeed Alex Ramamurthy (pictured) as Chief Executive Officer of the Care Workers Charity with effect from 30th November 2018. Richard brings over 20 years’ experience in the voluntary sector, leading teams in a variety of income generation, marketing, programme delivery, volunteering, communications, policy and campaigning roles.

  • DoH £15m grant for mental healthcare - Image of young woman holding a piece of paper with the written words 'Help Me'
    Workplace Wellbeing

    ABS is committed to speaking openly about mental health issues and promoting positive mental health and wellbeing for those in the architectural community. In addition to practical support provided through their partnership with Anxiety UK, ABS is collaborating with RIBA on a pilot scheme to deliver wellbeing workshops in various locations, hosted by practices and delivered by presenters with a wealth of knowledge and experience in the field.

  • ABTA Lifeline logo - ABTA Lifeline logo-resized
    ABTA LifeLine’s Spirit of Christmas Appeal

    ABTA LifeLine’s Spirit of Christmas appeal is about helping travel industry colleagues and their families who may be really struggling at this magical time.

  • Elederly pensioner - Seated man with hands folded over the top of a walking stick
    Plan to protect veterans from extreme poverty

    7,000 Commonwealth veterans who served with the British Armed Forces will receive two meals a day through a programme delivered by the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League (RCEL). RCEL will receive a grant of £11.8 million over a five-year period to support the initiative, which spans four continents and more than 30 countries.

  • Sons & Friends of the Clergy - Graphics from the Sons & Friends of the Clergy website
    Sons & Friends of the Clergy names Chair

    On Thursday 8th November, Revd Canon Simon Butler was elected Senior Treasurer and chair of the board of Sons & Friends of the Clergy by the charity’s governors.