Category: Technical Advice

Advice and tips on how to run the technical aspects of your building and facilities, while using all resources safely & sustainably.

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Technical Advice

National Churches Trust Research

National Churches Trust wrote inviting churches, chapels and meeting houses throughout the UK to take part in a new online survey to help find out how they are maintained, funded, managed and contribute to their wider communities. Please help them to engage with as many of these Christian places of worship as possible?  The survey

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Good Practice

Starting out fine… & finishing well

I’m a firm believer in planning and starting out new projects or years with the end in mind. At this time of year, people are usually thinking more about last December than next. Finishing off the previous year’s accounts and reports – and yet, realising what was stressful and ensuring that you don’t repeat any

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#AdventWord 2019: 3 Time

Today’s #AdventWord Time made me think of plans, calendars and schedules. It won’t surprise anyone who knows me that I have multiple to do lists, calendars for each ‘hat’ or role/client, not to mention lists of lists. They’re all reviewed regularly, in theory so nothing falls through – although of course it does. As I

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Building Management

National Guttering Day 2019

Did you know there was such a thing? SPAB (a Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings) founded this national day in 2002 to encourage people to look at their roofs and gutters as we go into winter. You can read about it on the SPAB blog where they have a useful ‘top ten tips’

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Society of Virtual Assistants Survey 2018

Virtual Assistant I’m often asked by clients, where do I get my information about rates and other virtual assistants? One of the biggest answers is from here: The Society of Virtual Assistants (SVA) 9th annual survey. To read about how I define VA, read the home page, and if you are wondering how it all

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Fire Alarm – Do Not Touch!

Fire! Fire is a serious risk. However, even if the equipment can be tempting to small people, I don’t recommend telling them taping the control panel shut, or posting signs telling people not to touch the fire alarm. I suspect those intent on fiddling will ignore the sign. While you definitely don’t want to confuse

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Generating Passwords

Your password is a vital piece of defence in the digital age. Or, more likely, passwords, since you probably have several. And choosing a strong password for every login you have is therefore very important. The Problem But often password generators give you a long and hard-to-type (not to mention impossible to remember!) string of

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General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR

GDPR – what is it? The General Data Protection Regulations or GDPR, as it is commonly known, is an EU wide directive that came into law in 2016. You have until May 25th 2018 to be compliant. It is a complete overhaul of the data protection regulations – and applies to charities as well as

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Setting Up Your Organisation’s Email Part II

Okay, in Part I we covered the concepts behind email, now it’s time for the… Actions Create an account for the organisation This ensures that all the data that belongs to your organisation is under your control. With the majority of communication taking place via email, the temptation will be to use the email addresses

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Technical Advice

Setting Up Your Organisation’s Email Part I

Introduction So, you need to hand off some of the jobs within your organisation to others, potentially to volunteers within it or people who are paid to perform those tasks. It looks rather complicated, but is realistically a couple of hours work to set up for any small to medium sized organisation. If your organisation

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Providing Guest WiFi At Your Premises

So you need to provide guest WiFi at your premises and don’t where to start? Then you’re in the right place! I can’t give you chapter and verse, but there are the things that you’ll need to consider: The Legalise Your organisation is legally liable for the traffic that originates from your WiFi network –

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Pension advice for small charities

Pension Advice There was a time when the only reference books found in a meeting house were similar to those seen at the Clerks’ table at Yearly Meeting. Over the years, as many Area Meetings have registered as charities, this has changed and now legal advice is as necessary as spiritual. While pensions are mentioned

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Quaker A-Z: L is for Lead & Lighting

This post is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. L is for Lead Many meeting houses have lead on their roofs or windows – even those who have a tiled or thatch roof may have flashing as can be seen on the porch above. Sadly this has become a

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Quaker A-Z: J is for Juggling Roles

This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. On the Wardenship e-List one of the perennial questions a newly appointed Trustee or member of Premises asks is: “What does your warden do?” As with so many things this question has as many different answers as the number of Quakers

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Quaker A-Z: I is for Inventories, Insurances and Inclusiveness

This is part of the Quaker Alphabet Project – click here for more information. I is for Inventories, Insurances and Inclusiveness Inventories and Insurances Inventories and Insurances seem to go together – Inclusiveness perhaps less so. Insurances are of course another of those matters where I will advise that professional guidance should be sought. Contents

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