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Publication: Breaking down barriers report

A report published by ACO looking at the stigma and barriers that may exist when it comes to individuals approaching charities for support.

Report by Hannah Canner (Nee Page)

Sleepstation – Guide to Better Sleep

Following their webinar with ACO members, Sleepstation put together a Guide to Better Sleep for ACO members, also showcasing case studies of where they have worked with other ACO members.

ACO panel discussion: Upscaling your digital service delivery during challenging times

A recording from ACO’s panel discussion at Charity Digital’s #BeMoreDigital Conference in March 2021.

Report: Benevolent funds and their professional associations

By Caroline Aldred

ACO has published a report looking at the relationship between benevolent charities and their connected professional associations.

Report: Coronavirus: Delivering financial support

By Hannah Page

This guide for grant-making to individuals was developed to help new funds establish their grant-making operations during the COVID-19 crisis. It features the key considerations for anyone thinking about establishing a new fund and shares insight into how our member charities are responding to COVID-19 and adapting their processes.

Helping Individuals in Need: A guide to good practice for charities

This toolkit is intended for those running a charity that gives grants to individuals in need.

Authored by Caroline Aldred and Clementine Cowl, 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.