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This page brings together the latest news and blogs for charity facilities managers.

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CIBSE launches COVID-19 achievement award

Award aims to recognise the contribution of building services professionals in responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A busy village hall.

New COVID-19 guide for reopening community centres

Free illustrated reference guide aims to help community centres and village halls to reopen safely during the coronavirus pandemic.

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A high street with closed shops.

Retail crisis sees nearly 14,000 shops shut

Transformation of the high street will impact organisations operating charity shops, charities that own properties and charity investors.

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New COVID-19 Digital Response fund for charities

The National Lottery Community Fund has opened a new fund to help charities scale-up their digital capabilities in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

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A charity shop.

Guide to re-opening charity shops after lockdown

The Charity Retail Association has published a guide to re-opening charity shops after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

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A playing field.

Pandemic guidance: advice on re-opening outdoor facilities

Good news for many voluntary sector organisations, as the Government says some sports facilities in England can reopen and offers guidance on how to manage safety risks during the pandemic.

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A room at Powis Castle.

Organisations caring for historic & cultural assets during COVID-19

Heritage and cultural organisations have particular concerns about protecting collections and managing security during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Floods caused by storms.

Charities face up to storm damage after Ciara and Dennis

Charities ranging from a puppy training centre to a library hit by extreme weather

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An ageing hospital building.

Hospital chiefs warn of climate impacts on ageing buildings

Health chiefs in Teesside say their older hospital buildings are vulnerable to extreme weather impacts.

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National Living Wage set to increase by 6.2%

Charities will need to spend more as nearly 3m workers are set to get pay increases

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Ofgem proposes tougher regulation for energy suppliers

Energy regulator opens consultation on new checks to protect both business and domestic customers. Energy costs can be a significant burden for charities, and facilities managers can spent a lot of time trying to find the best gas and electricity tariffs.

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