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Last updated July 2017

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.

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  • Scottish Ballet becomes dementia friendly - Scottish Ballet performs in an evening of Stravinsky for Autum 2017
    Scottish Ballet becomes dementia friendly

    Scottish Ballet has been awarded £150,000 by the Life Changes Trust to enable them to become dementia friendly. They will use the funding to set up a programme of dementia friendly dance based activities for people living with dementia, their carers and families across Scotland, and raise awareness about the condition.

  • British Forces TV promotes OA Virtual Careers Fair - Forces.tv news desk
    British Forces TV promotes careers fair

    The Officers Association welcomed British Forces TV to their London office to speak to Head of Employment, Liz Stevens, about the Virtual Careers Fair which took place in June.

  • Care home launches specialised training to help staff understand life at sea - Carronade outside Belvedere House nursing home, Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society
    Care Home Launches Specialised Training

    Award-winning seafarers’ nursing care home, Belvedere House of the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society, has launched an innovative training scheme to help staff better understand the life experiences of their residents and enable them to tailor care provision to best suit residents’ needs.

  • Volunteers Week 2017 - Volunteers Week Logo
    Volunteers Week roundup

    A summary of notable events within ACO member organisations during Volunteers Week 2017

  • Tour de Salah - Participants in the biggest organised Muslim bike ride in the UK
    Tour de Salah

    Are you up for a cycling challenge to help people living in poverty across the UK? Then join Al-Mizan Charitable Trust for Tour de Salah, a unique physical and spiritual challenge like no other!

  • Friends Scheme Launch - Image of the interior of a theatre and the Actors' Benevolent Fund Logo
    Friends Scheme Launch

    The Actors’ Benevolent Fund has re-launched its Friends scheme.

  • No One Alone - A group of five blind ex-soldiers walking down a hill, accompanied by the Blind Veterans logo and the No One Alone campaing graphics
    No One Alone

    Blind Veterans UK has launched a new campaign to mark Carers Week by asking carers organisations to refer the carers of vision-impaired veteran to the charity.

  • Coalition to tackle inequality for disabled families - Parents playing with their child
    Coalition to tackle inequality for disabled families

    The UK’s leading children’s charities, including Family Fund, will fight for better health and social care for disabled children, young people and their families under the newly-formed Disabled Children’s Partnership.

  • Forces Veterans take to the stage to aid recovery - The Stand Easy Theatrical Group
    Forces Veterans take to the stage to aid recovery

    Stand Easy uses theatre and drama as a means of recovery for wounded, injured and sick military personnel, building communication skills and positive mental health, raising self-confidence, motivation and self-esteem and giving participants more control over their lives and helping them make the transition from serving to civilian life.

  • Empowering women in the music industry - Photograph of two women at a recording studio mixing desk, along with the women in music logo
    Empowering women in the music industry

    A ground-breaking partnership between Help Musicians UK and Women in Music will further establish HMUK’s commitment to promoting gender equality in the UK music industry after their recent high profile work with the UN Fund for Women’s HeForShe campaign.

  • The Insurance Charities partners with The Silver Line - Photo of elderly man holding a phone while scratching his head
    The Insurance Charities partners with The Silver Line

    The Insurance Charities is partnering with The Silver Line, contacting older beneficiaries to ask them if they would like to receive a weekly phone call or letter or would like to volunteer to become a Friend.

  • Alone in Berlin - Black and white photo of woman walking across a Berlin bridge with the river and industry in the background
    Alone in Berlin

    The Royal Literary Fund has published a literary walk around a great European city by Christina Koning.

  • Merchant Convoy Centenary - Survivors of two merchant ships crowd the decks of a rescue trawler at St. John’s, Newfoundland, April 1943
    Merchant Convoy Centenary

    National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has marked the centenary of the introduction of the ocean convoying of merchant ships in World War One by launching a video detailing the history and impact of the convoy system.

  • St Edmunds Society Award - Instructor and students working on a motorcycle in St Edmunds Society's workshop
    St Edmunds Society Award

    Vocational education charity St Edmunds Society (St-Eds) is the winner of the B&CE Mowlem Award 2017.

  • MCF Community Awards - A banner from the MCF website announcing the MCF community awards celebrating 300 years of Freemasonry
    Vote for your favourite charity

    To celebrate 300 years of Freemasonry, the Masonic Charitable Foundation is holding a public vote to decide how to spend £3 million of charity funding.

  • RMBF Support for Medical Students - Screenshot of graphic headline reading 'Support for Medical Students 2017  We're extending and improving the help we offer to medical students, to help safeguard the future of the profession.'
    Support for Medical Students

    The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) has relaunched its programme of support for UK medical students, releasing two new publications encouraging students to seek help and offering advice on how to cope with the demands of studying medicine.

  • Social Sunday with Jason Atherton and Hospitality Action - Photo of Jason Atherton
    Social Sunday

    Jason Atherton will host a series of fundraising lunches with special guest chefs to raise money for Hospitality Action across The Social Company restaurants.

  • Text services added to Racing’s Support Line - Closeup of a woman holding a mobile phone
    Text services added to Racing’s Support Line

    Racing Welfare launched a new text contact method of accessing its services. Racing’s Support Line, the charity’s multi-channel helpline will now enable people to access support via the telephone, online and text message.

  • RABI Chairman underlines importance of charity - Pictured are Malcolm Thomas (left), Lord Plumb and R.A.B.I CEO Paul Burrows (right).
    ‘Our work is more important than ever’

    Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (R.A.B.I) chairman Malcolm Thomas told guests at this year’s AGM and conference that the charity’s work is ‘more important than ever’.

  • Jo Cleary announced as new Chair of Independent Age - Photo of Jo Cleary and a graphic of the Independent Age logo
    Jo Cleary announced as new Chair of Independent Age

    Jo Cleary will take up the role as new Chair of Independent Age formally at the AGM on 29th June 2017, succeeding Dame Diana Brittan, who is to step down from the post after eight years.

  • Help Musicians UK provide vital support to 79 musicians - Photos from Left to right, of award winners Jonathan Radford, Emily Mitchell and Jamal Aliyev
    Help Musicians UK provide vital support to 79 musicians

    HMUK support over 100 students every year, for life changing postgraduate training at the major conservatoires and performances colleges across the whole of the UK. The charity recognises that intensive post-graduate study is fundamental for the next generation of musicians to achieve their ambitions.

  • #notbuyingit campaign by GroceryAid - Pictures of two fictitious products, a tin labelled 'Loneliness' and a soap powder labelled 'Debt'
    It’s time to stop buying it

    GroceryAid has launched a new campaign raising awareness of the issues of about debt, loneliness, mental health, illness and stress affecting thousands of grocery workers.

  • CTBF appoints new President - Photo of Daniel Craig meeting fans at a CTBF fundraising event
    CTBF appoints new President

    The Cinema and Television Benevolent Fund has announced the appointment of its new President, John Pike. A professional with more than 30 years of corporate and commercial law experience, John will be responsible for helping the Film and TV charity to increase its profile, reach and impact.

  • Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover braves injury, landslides and live firing - Photo of Bryan Glover and the Rainy Day Trust Logo
    Walker braves injury, landslides and live firing

    On 3 May, Rainy Day Trust CEO Bryan Clover set out to walk the entire length of the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path Challenge in 10 days, to raise funds for the industry charity. He succeeded in completing the 186 mile trek from St Dogmaels to Amroth half a day ahead of schedule, and has so far raised over £6,797 (including Gift Aid) through his efforts.

  •  Ivan Savage appointed as TTBS National President - Photo of  Ivan Savage appointed as TTBS National President along with logo of the charity
    Ivan Savage appointed as TTBS National President

    At the Timber Trades Benevolent Society’s Annual General Meeting, held on Thursday 11th May 2017 at the Royal Air Force Club, Piccadilly, Ivan Savage, the Society’s General Manager since 2011, was also appointed as the National President for 2017 and 2018, succeeding Robert Bruce of MH Southern & Co Ltd.

  • ICE Benevolent Fund Chairman’s time he needed help - Photo of Jon Sturgess, ICE Benevolent fund chairman
    ICE Benevolent Fund Chairman’s time he needed help

    A new awareness raising film focuses on how the ICE Benevolent Fund once came to the aid of its Chairman, Jon Sturgess CEng, FICE.

  • BTBF Review of 2016 - Screenshot of one of the pages in the eNewsletter focusing on a review of 2016
    BTBF Review of 2016

    BT Benevolent Fund made grants totalling £730,000. As in previous years, 2016 saw need in many varied forms. The largest grant was over £8,000 for adaptations so a disabled child could come home from hospital, while the smallest was just £30 for food in the week before Christmas.

  • The 2017 Newton Charity Investment Survey - Graphic showing a bank of microphones with the wording 'SPEAK UP! Please complete The 2017 Newton Charity Investment Survey'
    Newton Charity Investment Survey

    The 2017 Newton Charity Investment Survey is now open. The survey aims to provide a valuable snapshot of current views, positioning and investment practices across the charity sector.

  • Sons & Friends of the Clergy appoints new CEO - Photo of Jeremy Moodey, the new CEO of Sons & Friends of the Clergy, along with a logo of their organisation
    Sons & Friends of the Clergy appoints new CEO

    Following a year of considerable change and development, the Sons & Friends of the Clergy, a 362-year old charity which provides support to Anglican clergy and their dependants, has announced the appointment of its first Chief Executive. Jeremy Moodey.

  • Celebrating 100 years of the Wrens - Wrens, members of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS), move a torpedo for loading into a submarine at Portsmouth
    Celebrating 100 years of the Wrens

    This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service, and to tie in with this special event, Blind Veterans UK is reaching out to WRNS veterans who are eligible for our support.

  • Making video work for charities - Closeip of professional video camera with presenter and producer blurred in the background
    Making video work for charities

    Video should be about more than just shiny content on your website – it should be a tool that will help you achieve a clear strategic aim: awareness, branding, fundraising or advice. And a successful strategy means thinking of different ways in which video can work for you – case studies, fun DIY fundraising videos and longer, documentary style pieces.

  • Architects Benevolent Society working with Anxiety UK - Picture of woman with several other hands reaching in with additional work for her to perform
    Architects Benevolent Society working with Anxiety UK

    The Architects Benevolent Society in consultation with the RIBA, CIAT and the Landscape Institute, has partnered with Anxiety UK to provide support to members of the wider architectural profession living with anxiety, stress or anxiety based depression via a range of services, including one to one therapy, a dedicated helpline and email services to provide emotional support, self-help materials and annual membership to Anxiety UK.