Funding for defibrillators in England

The British Heart Foundation have been awarded a further £1m from the Department of Health to make public access defibrillators and CPR training more widely available in communities across England.

Applications open on Friday 11th November and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

There are three packages available:

  1. A free  public access defibrillator, CPR training kit and a cabinet
  2. A free  public access defibrillator, CPR training kit
  3. A cabinet to improve accessibility to a current defibrillator

A maximum of five packages can be requested per organisation.

Click here to apply

Applications must be made online. The local NHS ambulance service is required to provide extra information about the local area before the application form can be submitted and subsequently assessed.



Fire safety training and networking event

Our networking coffee morning this month took place at Papworth Everard Fire Station.  We were very lucky to have a session on ‘fire safety in your village hall’ delivered by Philip McQuillen and Jill Gibbs Technical Fire Safety and Community Fire Safety Officers.

There is an ACRE information sheet to compliment this training session – No:37 Fire safety in Village Halls, which can be downloaded from the members area of Cambridgeshire ACRE website.

At the event we also celebrated Trustees’ week, recognising all the hard work and dedication of all trustees in and around the county, doing so much for their communities.

Charity Commission news

Today the Charity Commission issued a news alert regarding very useful information on charity reporting and accounting essentials.  Click here to see the full document.

The document covers what trustees need to do when preparing trustees’ annual reports, accounts and annual returns for accounting periods beginning on or after 1 November 2016.

The Charity Commission also publish a document called The Essential Trustee which is an excellent read for any trustee, someone new to the role or maybe just for refreshing your knowledge.  Well worth reading…