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Last updated April 2020

Member News

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.


  • Ballet - Ballet
    Member Spotlight: Acting for Others

    As one of our newest members, we spoke to Acting for Others about their history and the work they are doing to assist performers and theatre workers at this difficult time. 

  • Shopping - Shopping
    retailTRUST backs Shop Responsibly campaign

    retailTRUST is involved with the Shop Responsibly campaign, calling on shoppers to do the right thing during the COVID-19 crisis. Shopping has changed more in the last few weeks than we ever thought possible, now more than ever before we have a collective responsibility to Shop Responsibly.

  • Older person - Older person
    Survey reveals challenges faced by over-65s during pandemic

    The impact of COVID-19 has been felt by older people across the UK, with three in five (60%) over-65s unable to get enough supplies to cover their day to day needs, shows a survey by older people’s charity Independent Age.

  • Nurse - Nurse
    QNI film shortlisted by WHO

    Nursing in the Community, the short film made in partnership by The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI), Health Education England (HEE) and creative agency Mother London last year has been shortlisted in the inaugural Health for All Film Festival by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

  • Women - Women
    Glasspool and Smallwood Trust announce partnership

    The partnership will enable both Trusts to increase their support to women, improve their well-being and support their financial resilience.

  • Iprvoision mental health hotline - Iprvoision mental health hotline
    iprovision launch mental health hotline

    The Chartered Institute of Public Relations (CIPR) and its charitable benevolent fund, iprovision, have launched the iprovision Mental Health Hotline providing members instant access to accredited counsellors as well as support for those with personal, legal and financial difficulties.

  • MCF New CEO - MCF New CEO
    Masonic Charitable Foundation appoints new Chief Executive

    Les Hutchinson will be taking over as Chief Executive of the Masonic Charitable Foundation (MCF), following the announcement of the retirement of the current Chief Executive, David Innes.

  • Perennial - Perennial
    Perennial holds HortAid-20 Gardening Competition

    Perennial's HortAid-20 gardening competition kicks off their emergency COVID-19 appeal

  • PRS - PRS
    PRS holds virtual music event

    Hosted in aid of PRS Members’ Fund’s Emergency relief fund, launched expressly to help songwriters and composers facing significant financial hardship as we continue to battle the virus, PRS Presents LCKDWN paid tribute to the songwriters and composers getting us through this difficult time.

  • Aeroplane - Aeroplane
    ABTA Lifeline secures £20,000 from Martin Lewis COVID-19 Fund

    The travel industry’s charity has been awarded £20,000 from MoneySavingExpert founder Martin Lewis’s £1 million Coronavirus Charity Help Fund.

  • Woebot - Woebot
    AI emotional support

    Both charities will be providing free support through robot app ‘Woebot’, an AI counsellor that will allow access to 24/7 emotional support.

  • ABS Chicken Run - ABS Chicken Run
    Cooped Up Chicken Run

    The Architects Benevolent Society (ABS) are running their first-ever virtual chicken run from 4-11 May. They will offer a choice of activities that are safe and fun to do at home while raising funds for the charity.

  • Family Fund - Family Fund
    Family Fund’s Radio 4 Appeal

    The disabled children’s charity launched the appeal so they can help more families in financial need.

  • Writing - writing
    Find your inner Dickens

    The Journalists’ Charity has launched a competition to create a 21st century Dickens character. 150 years after his death a search has been launched to find the kind of characters the great Charles Dickens would have been describing in the uncertain times of today.

  • Game Over MND - Game Over MND
    Game Over MND

    MND Association have launched a fundraising event for gamers to raise money for their charity.

  • Racing Welfare Logo-resized - Racing Welfare Logo-resized
    The Furlong Factor

    The racing industry’s charity has launched a singing competition to win an all-expenses paid trip to Prix de L'Arc de Triomph.

  • Musician - Musician
    The Royal Society of Musicians collaborate with Help Musicians UK

    The Royal Society of Musicians (RSM), Britain’s oldest music charity, has announced a £500,000 contribution to musicians suffering financial hardship, to be distributed through the Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund, the vital emergency relief fund from UK charity Help Musicians, in a major collaboration to provide emergency aid.

  • Smallwood Trust logo - Smallwood Trust logo
    Smallwood Trust shortlisted for Charity Governance Award

    Smallwood Trust has been nominated for the 2020 Charity Governance Award for Managing Turnaround.