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Helping Individuals in Need - Front cover and contents of the publication
Last updated December 2018

'Helping Individuals in Need' published

ACO have now published 'Helping Individuals in Need. A Guide to good practice for charities' by Caroline Aldred and Clementine Cowl, with the support of CCLA. Based on the questions often asked in round table sessions among ACO members, the publication is a toolkit intended for grant-giving charities.

The idea for this guide came out of the questions that arise frequently at ACO meetings such as ‘our trustees want to offer loans to applicants, but can we do this and what are the legal implications?’ or ‘how should we manage home visits?’ We hope that this guide will assist in finding answers to these questions.

A charity’s objectives may be to help members of a particular profession or professional body, residents of a particular geographical area or community or employees of specific employers. There are often challenging decisions to be made about who a charity will help and who falls outside the charity’s scope. There are some important obligations that apply to all charities, such as safeguarding and data protection.

A clear understanding of the charity’s grant-giving and other charitable activities and its legal obligations, is vital for those with responsibility for running the organisation to ensure the charity is complying fully with charity law and charity best practice as recommended by the Charity Commission.

“If you want to know more about the work of ACO and its members, you will do well to start by reading this book.”

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ACO is grateful to CCLA for supporting this publication. 

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