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Charity Bank is to launch a national programme of free seminars to give charity trustees an introduction to risk management.

The seminars will be held in Manchester on 6 March, Birmingham on 26 April, Newcastle on 3 May, Edinburgh on 27 September, Exeter on 18 October, Oxford on 25 October, Bristol on 8 November and Leeds on 15 November.

Cambridge House, a community charity that works in deprived areas of south London, has been given £15,000 from the community investment organisation the Adventure Capital Fund to help it convert into a social enterprise. The charity will use part of the money to launch a feasibility study into the commercial potential of its listed Georgian buildings.

Alchemy World, a new charitable foundation based in Oxford and Addis Ababa, was launched earlier this month with the aim of developing Ethiopia's IT sector.

The Charity Technology Trust, the organisation that helps the voluntary sector improve its use of IT, is holding a seminar for finance directors and charity managers on processing debit and credit card payments. The teaching session is being co-hosted by NatWest bank and the Charity Finance Directors' Group, and will take place on 13 March.

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