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Friday 8 May at....


The Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Five course meal, dancing to a live band.

7pm arrivals, drinks and a string quartet.

Carriages at 12.30am.


Price £55 per person or £500 for a table of 10.  Tickets are available from Stratford Herald, York House, 17 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, telephone 01789 266261 or from The Welcombe Hotel, telephone 01789 295252, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. Carers Week is brought to life by the individuals, local groups and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

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This scheme wants to make substantial grants, £100,000 - £250,000, to create opportunities for disabled people to participate in arts and cultural activities. This includes visual art, craft, writing and literature, music, dance and performance arts.

Closing date for applications is 9am on 20 April 2015. Full details here:

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Are you looking after a loved one living with dementia?

If so we are here to help.

Pop along to our free cafe at Bishopton Community Centre, Drayton Avenue, Stratford-upon-Avon, every Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Meet our volunteers and guest speakers.

Free parking is available in the school car park.

For information please telephone 01789 778431 or 07803 729894.

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Interested in giving something back to your local community, or building skills in the Arts and Heritage Sector – we have volunteer roles to suit everyone at The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio.  Want to find out more, we will be holding a Volunteer Open Day on Saturday 25th April. If you want to book a 1:1 appointment with our volunteer coordinator – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just drop in between 1-3pm, tea and cake will be provided. 

The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell is back......volunteers needed!

Volunteer with us on Friday 15 May (afternoon or evening) and make this "Museums at Night" event a great success.

We need people to help us:

  • Steward the event
  • Work with Escape Arts
  • Photograph the event

Over 50 community organisations from across Warwickshire will be in Market Square, Warwick, showing and telling visitors all about themselves.

For more information please email Sarah Hann - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01926 736422

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The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to the causes close to your heart. Put forward a project for a local cause, and you could win it funding of up to £25,000.

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The Charity known as WRAP for short has been successful in obtaining a Warwickshire County Council Grant to organise and carry out an information programme for those caring for a loved one living with dementia in Stratford upon Avon.

If you are looking after a loved one, this is the programme for you.

It covers the different types of dementia and all aspects of the journey you will undertake.

There are guest speakers that cover legal information and advice and medical awareness. Carer’s allowance and much more.

The programme runs for eight weeks two hours per week, between 10.00 and 12.00 beginning on Friday 17th April  at Briar Croft . Alcester Road. 

There are still places available, so please book soon.

If you would like to attend this free programme please contact the secretary

Mike Strophair 0n 01789 778431 or e-mail  “wrap1”

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£25,727 – £27,323 (Full-time / flexi time)


To join a team of eight in Warwick and be responsible for planning, managing and implementing of our marketing and communications including providing support to the local promoters and managing the two marketing assistants. You will also contribute to the research and development of the Live & Local artistic programme.

You should have a passion for the arts and be an efficient and enthusiastic person with good planning, organisational and communication skills, a friendly personality, good written English, an eye for design and a high level of computer skills. Minimum three years marketing experience is essential. Not open to previous applicants in 2015.

Deadline: Noon on Monday 27 April

Interviews: Wednesday 6 May

Application: Via online application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs page:

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MONDAY 11TH AND FRIDAY 15TH MAY 2015 1.30pm-4.30pm

ECO Work-Shop CIC

We offer purposeful, supported work based activity sessions for adults who have an autistic spectrum condition or learning disability.

We are located in South Warwickshire and recently moved into our new premises at Rye House, Clifford Park, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 8HW. ECO Work-Shop CIC was founded by parents of young adults with learning disabilities and autism to increase the opportunities available to their sons and daughters. We offer:

  • Activity sessions designed with sensitivity to the needs of people who are on the autistic spectrum or who have learning disabilities.
  • Work based activities, such as light assembly work, collecting and sorting recyclables such as drinks cans, garden tools and stamps, producing items for sale and retail through local markets.
  • Opportunities to achieve personal goals and ambitions.
  • Support to develop work, life and social skills.
  • Participant Centered Plans and achievement monitoring.
  • Rewards for achievement.
  • Participants’ Forum and Family Forum.
  • An environment that empowers and builds confidence.

We offer sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,

For further information please contact Sue Morrison on:

01789 267786/ 07803 616864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Purposeful activity is vital to wellbeing

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Please find attached the latest newsletter for Healthwatch Warwickshire.

Please note changes to staffing this month due to maternity. 

Please note the launch of the Autism call for evidence and details of the annual conference in June.


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Volunteers are needed for the following roles:

Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District – Volunteer Drivers.  Do you have the time, care and patience to become a Volunteer Driver?  This essential service provides transport to hospitals, doctors and day centres, and is a lifeline to many people.  An allowance of 45p per mile is paid for authorised journeys.

The Shakespeare Hospice – Marshals.  Volunteers are needed for the sponsored dog walk taking place on the Recreation Ground on Saturday 9 May.  Marshals will need to be in place from 1pm to 4pm.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Hospice. 

Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance – Stratford Shop Volunteers.  Get involved with a variety of retail activities, with the benefit of full training and a great team of people.  Duties will include sorting through goods ready for display, serving customers and keeping the shop environment clean, tidy and welcoming.

ECO Workshop CIC – Support Volunteers and Administrator.  Support volunteers are needed to guide and enable participants to reach their potential in performing work based activities.  An administrator is needed to assist with tasks including answering the telephone, dealing with correspondence and inputting data.

Alveston Juniors Badminton Club – Wordpress Website Developer.  This thriving club is looking for someone with Wordpress experience to help develop the club's existing website and also to help create a second website dedicated to the club’s younger section.   The role is expected to be based at the volunteer’s home.

Springfield Mind - Various Roles. Fundraisers are needed to raise money in the community, research grant funders and talk to local businesses.  Office volunteers are needed to help with admin tasks and answering the phone.  Hub volunteers are needed to provide a safe and welcoming place for people with mental ill health.

For more details or to apply for any of these roles please contact the Volunteer Centre on 01789 262889 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio needs you!

Volunteers needed for the following roles:

  • Young Heritage Recruits
  • Front of House
  • Gardening
  • Vintage Tea Hosts

We will be opening our doors in May and we need YOU to make it happen.

If you want to know more about how you can get involved, come along to our volunteer open day on Saturday April 25 at The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon (between Bridge Street and Sheep Street).

Book an appointment with our Volunteer Coordinator Amber Potter between 10 and 12 or just pop in for a chat and a cup of tea between 1 and 3.

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Warwickshire County Council held a public consultation in the autumn of 2014 about proposed changes to housing related support services. These services were previously known as Supporting People services and help people to gain or maintain the skills needed to live independently in their own homes and avoid homelessness

Please click on the following link to find out more:

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The salary attributable to the post is:

For unqualified workers the WAYC salary grade E stages 1 – 7: £9.62 per hour (plus £0.92 per hour holiday pay) - £11.16 per hour (plus £1.07 holiday pay per hour).

For JNC qualified workers: £11.46 per hour (plus £1.10 holiday pay per hour) - £13.29 per hour (plus £1.27 per hour holiday pay).

The Role

We are looking for dynamic and committed Youth and Community Workers to work as Sessional Youth Workers to run the Youth on the Green Youth Project (Ash Green, Coventry). We can provide training for the right candidates.

The detailed job descriptions and person specifications included in the recruitment information pack provides more detail on the role requirements of the above positions.

Interviews and Contact Details

Job description and application form available from:

Janet Goddard, WAYC, Jubilee House, Westlea Road, Leamington Spa CV31 2NB

email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 01926 450156

The closing date is 12 noon on Friday 24 April 2015.

Interviews will be held in Ash Green on Wednesday afternoon 6 May 2015.

Start Date We are looking for the appointee to be available to start within a month of being offered the sessional contract. (i.e. May or June 2015)

NOTE: CVs will not be considered as applications for these vacancies.

This fund is now open for applications for both the national and local schemes for projects starting in September 2015 or later. Voluntary sector organisations are invited to submit proposals that place a high priority on supporting volunteering in the health, public health and care sectors.

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A new scheme has been launched in Warwickshire to enable eligible businesses and voluntary organisations to claim grants of up to £3000 towards the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband. The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is now available to any business, charity or voluntary organisation and can cover both fixed solutions, usually fibre connections, or wireless solutions such as satellite or microwave broadband where fibre is not available.

Organisations are usually eligible if they employ fewer than 250 people and have a turnover of less than £41m per year. Even sole-traders or businesses run from home can apply, so the scheme is open as widely as possible.

The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme will complement the broadband rollout under the CSW Broadband programme, and is administered by Coventry City Council, who have over 12 months experience of the voucher scheme in Coventry prior to its extension into Warwickshire.

We feel that it is very positive that this scheme is now open to organisations in Warwickshire and we would strongly urge people to apply as soon as possible. As the CSW Broadband project rolls out the fibre network across Warwickshire even more businesses and communities will be able to take advantage of the new ways of working. This voucher scheme will help those businesses who need support to connect to the new technologies, and will also help those in areas where the fibre network has not yet reached by contributing to the connection costs of satellite or microwave solutions. Warwickshire has a high number of small enterprises and businesses run from home, and it is important that these should be able to compete against larger businesses in an increasingly global economy.

The scheme has been running in Coventry for some time and so far over 300 vouchers have been issued, totalling more than £500,000. Organisations from a wide range of different sectors have benefitted, including manufacturers, training organisations, professional services and ICT companies. What these all have in common is a need to have high speed high quality digital connectivity at an affordable price, and that’s what this scheme is all about.

Remember: A fibre connection may not be available in your area now, but the CSW Broadband network is expanding rapidly. It is a wholesale network that will offer a wide choice of Internet Service Providers, so if you are told that fibre broadband is not yet available in your area, check the CSW Broadband website for more information: and of course, this voucher scheme also covers satellite or wireless solutions if you can’t wait for fibre!

Applying to the scheme is very straightforward and applications will be dealt with promptly. Simply visit:

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