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This is the training programme provided by Warwickshire CAVA for the next two months. If you are interested in a course please use the contact details or the link below


Evidence Gathering Evidence Gathering (A Quality For Health* Module)

Tues 28 Jun.  09:30 – 12:30

Aim: To support you and your organisation to effectively identify and structure outcomes-based evidence in order to maximise funding/tender applications

 

Connectivity Connectivity (A Quality For Health* Module)

Tues 28 June. 13:00 – 16:00

Aim: This workshop will explore the importance of connectivity in terms of delivering more effective services and developing sustainability in terms of organisational development and funding.


Leadership & Management Leadership and Management (A Quality For Health* Module)

Fri 1 July. 09:30 – 12:30

Aim: This workshop will explore the concepts and differences between leadership and management and explore effective models of leadership suitable for a service delivery environment.


Governance Governance (A Quality For Health* Module)

Fri 1 July.  13:00 – 16:00

Aim: This workshop will look at the importance of effective governance in organisations as part of a positive leadership model


*What is Quality for Health? Quality For Health is a brand new, innovative, unique, quality assurance system for the VCSE, developed by Voluntary Action Calderdale and endorsed by Calderdale CCG. This is the only quality assurance system in the country designed to support the VCSE to demonstrate the outcomes of their health services through rigorous external assessment. The system measures outcomes-based evidence across three levels and is a vital tool in supporting the VCSE to deliver local health services for local communities.


If you are interested in Quality for Health and want to find out more, please contact the ConnectWELL Team on 01788 539572 Lorna@wcava.org.uk or Gemma@wcava.org.uk

 

For the WCAVA Training page CLICK HERE

For the Training Diary pages CLICK HERE

 

Warwickshire Community and Voluntary Action

is recruiting

Volunteering Coordinator – Stratford-on-Avon District

NJC Scale 5 point 22 pro rata currently £20,456 pro rata
20 hours per week
Permanent, subject to funding

As part of WCAVA’s new contracting arrangement from 1st July we are seeking a Volunteering Coordinator to facilitate the promotion and development of volunteering within Stratford-on-Avon District. The successful candidate must have experience of volunteer management, working with people with support needs and knowledge of volunteering best practice.

Excellent communication and organisational skills, the ability to work on own initiative and as part of a team are essential for this role.
.
Flexibility to undertake occasional work out of normal office hours and ability to travel to attend meetings and events are essential.

If you think you fit the brief for this new exciting role, please view the job opportunity below and apply as per the guidance

 
Closing date: Monday 27th June 2016 at 12pm

Interviews: Week commencing 4th July 2016

Download an application pack from www.wcava.org.uk/jobs

 

No CVs please

We’re making £200,000 available for OneFamily customers to nominate local projects close to their heart. This is for community groups & projects based in the UK, covering the following categories:

-    Health, Disability & Social Care
-    Schools & Centres of Education
-    Sports & Social Groups
-    Youth & Affiliated Organisations

Terms and conditions apply.

Nominations close 29th June, with all approved projects being entered into a public vote to determine the winners. Voting runs from 4th July – 20th July, with the winner announcement on Wednesday 27th July 2016.

OneFamily was formed in April 2015 when Family Investments merged with Engage Mutual Assurance. Some of our customers may still think that they belong to either mutual, so it is well worthy including this in any communications.

Here are a few user guides on our website that might help projects moving forward with their applications:
•    https://foundation.onefamily.com/community-awards/gaining-support/social-media-tips-and-tricks-to-promote-your-project/
•    https://foundation.onefamily.com/community-awards/gaining-support/how-to-spread-the-word/

Although they look into generating votes for your project, the same can apply to help locate a OneFamily customer to get involved with a group’s project.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has relaunched its £1.7 million energy advice grants programme and is currently accepting applications from third sector organisations in England, Scotland and Wales.

Following the success of the first three years of the Big Energy Saving Network, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has launched the application process for grant funding of the 2016/17 programme. The programme is jointly funded by DECC and National Energy Action.
The £1.7 million programme of training, support and grant funding is for legally constituted third sector organisations and community groups to deliver an extensive programme of outreach to vulnerable consumers, focused on helping them reduce their energy costs through assisted action on tariffs, switching and the take up of energy efficiency offers.

The programme has two objectives, which are:

•    To provide assisted action for the maximum number of vulnerable consumers possible with the funding available, helping them save money on their energy costs through attendance at BESN Champion and/or Volunteer led outreach sessions.
•    To deliver a training programme to frontline workers who come into regular contact with vulnerable consumers, in order that they can give direct help and advice to clients to help them save money on their energy costs where practical.

Each grant award is for a total of £5,000 per 'Champion', which is made up of an initial £4,000 grant to be followed by a further payment of up to £1,000 if the agreed objectives of the grant are met in full.
The funding can be used for staff costs, venue hire, publicity, printing, IT, translation costs, travel and other associated expenses to run events and/or make home visits.

The outreach programme will run through autumn/winter 2016/17, with outreach activity concluding on 24 March 2017.

There are two deadlines:

•    8 July 2016 for print applictions delivered either by post or by hand.
•    10 July 2016 (midnight) for applications submitted by email.

Full details can be found on the GOV.UK website

This is the link above –
 

 
AS per usual, there are just a few weeks to apply – 10th July by e-mail.

We are looking to recruit an Assistant Youth Leader;

 

2 sessions of 2.5 hours per week, term time only - £9.00 per hour until initial training successful the £11.00 per hour

 

If you enjoy working with young people this could be the opportunity for you. As part of a small team of youth leaders, you will plan and deliver activities for young people.

Call or email the chairman for an application pack

(0107974 573582 or chairhhcc@gmail.com

Informal Visits prior to application welcome

Closing Date - Monday 20th June

Changes to funding criteria

As less waste is going into landfill sites and the percentage of tax that can be distributed through the Landfill Communities Fund is decreasing, BIFFA have had to tighten our eligibility criteria.

They know this can be disappointing, but Biffa Award as a scheme is heavily oversubscribed and there is now less funding to distribute. The following changes will come into effect as of 1st May 2016:

·  All Community Buildings and Recreation (ENTRUST D and E) projects must be within 5 miles of a Biffa operation and 10 miles of any landfill sites or 10 miles of an active Biffa Landfill site. Please check your eligibility with our postcode checker.

·  All Rebuilding Biodiversity (ENTRUST DA) projects must be within 15 miles of a Biffa operation. Please check your eligibility with our postcode checker.

·  The Small Grants Scheme will be closed in its current form.

·  Biffa Award will now have one grant scheme where applicants can apply for between £10,000 and £75,000, with the project total cost not exceeding £200,000 inc VAT.

·  The Cultural Facilities theme will no longer be open to applications through the Main and Small Grants Schemes; instead we will support heritage projects through our Partnership Scheme project with the Association of Independent Museums.

If you have any queries about these points or your project’s eligibility, please get in touch with a member of the team on 01636 670000 or via biffa-award@rswt.org

Training from WWRAC on Welfare Rights for Older People

FEE: FREE to WCC / Warwickshire IPU staff - see leaflet for full details.

Maximising-Older-Peoples-Income-Training.pdf


Looking to boost the independence of older people?This course will highlight the key benefits - Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance – which can significantly boost the finances and therefore wellbeing of your customers/clients.We detail Pension Credit which tops-up many people’s pensions, and show you how to meet the definition of ‘personal care’ for Attendance Allowance.The combination of these two can sometimes double the income of your customers.We also outline pension Reforms, explain exactly what / when ‘pension age’ actually is and outline how to challenge bad decisions.

SPECIAL OFFER !!! - attend this course AND our very practical "Attendance Allowance Filling in the Claim Form" on 23 June 2016 and save £20 on the overall fee - for some agencies that’s better than BOGOF!

See our flyer on Attendance Allowance Filling in the Claim Form or visit us on www.wwras.org.uk

BOOK on-line at www.wwras.org.uk/3-booking-form.htm

Maximising-Older-Peoples-Income-Training.pdf

SEND BOOKING SLIP TO:WARWICKSHIRE WELFARE RIGHTS ADVICE SERVICE, 1 STRATFORD ST, NUNEATON, CV11 5BSTel: (024) 7637 2069 ext 29 Fax: (024) 7637 5033e-mail: sam.morgan@wwras.org.uk

HOW TO CONTACT USAccess via our website:www.wwras.org.uk

For MORE DETAILS about course content or to book a tailor-made course, contact Stephen Watkins at: stephen.watkins@wwras.org.uk

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Stratford-on-Avon District Council have launched a new grants scheme to support small shops (particularly in rural villages), within Stratford District.

The scheme aims to give a helping hand to local shops and businesses by providing a one off grant of up to £200 towards the cost of purchases that can enhance or promote the business.

Eligible purchases can include anything from a new till to printing promotional flyers.

The scheme is open to applications from shops and businesses within the District, with the exception of the Market Towns (Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour, Alcester & Southam). Priority will be given to applications from smaller rural locations that have not had the benefit of previous funding schemes and initiatives.

Further details and a copy of the application form can be downloaded by visiting:https://www.stratford.gov.uk/business/stratford-on-avon-district-councils-shop-front-gr.cfm a copy of the form is also attached for your convenience.

Closing date for applications is Friday 1st July 2016.

For further assistance please contact the project officer, Lana Long on 01789 260609 or 01789 260803, or, by email: lana.long@stratford-dc.gov.uk

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May News is all about helping with your Digital work - web sites, e-mails, images, social media etc.

If you would like any support on everyday Development needs - policies, management, using generic media (like the press, posters, radio etc) - please do just call us on 01789 298 102.

We do hope these articles are of use. They have already been shown to be very popular by the numbers of hits they have had.

 

Content - The 10 Most Common Phrases in Viral Headlines

Nonprofit List Building: An Easy Way to Grow Your Email List
[Free Course]

Marketing Automation for Small Business: 10x What’s Working in Your Business - all about how easy and affordable this can be.


How to Choose Shareworthy Images for Social Media


Content - The Science Behind the Most Popular Infographics (Infographic)

Learn Online Marketing - Free Training Course From Google

21 Strategies to Drive More Free Website Traffic today

21 Video Marketing Ideas for Small-Business Budgets [Infographic]


How to Create Social Media Videos on a Budget

 

There are a number of new grant funds you could consider for this month, and for several (a new trend) they open for applications then close just a few weeks later.

M&S Energy | M&S Energy Community Energy Fund  (Closes 31/5)

 

If you’ve got a not for profit project that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to secure funding! Whether you’re a community energy group, a sports club or simply an organisation that wants to have a positive impact on the environment, wthey would like to hear from you.


Our Programmes | Lloyds Bank Foundation

FULL DETAILS OF ALL GRANT TYPES

Invest grants provide longer term core or direct delivery funding for eligible charities that are delivering clear outcomes as a result of their work. These grants are from £10,000 up to a maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total.

Invest grants fund core organisational costs, meaning those related to the day to day running of a charity. We also fund costs associated with the direct delivery of a charity’s work. Applications for Invest grants are accepted in three annual rounds.

INVEST GRANTS Closes 27/5


How to Apply | Lloyds Bank Foundation

 


Transform Foundation | Home

This is a fund to help charities and small groups (significantly) upgrade their digital presence - notably a web site. It is a 10 minute application process (apparently).

 


Apply for a Grant | Postcode Community Trust (Closes 31/5)

The Postcode Community Trust seeks to empower groups of people by providing them with the skills and resources they need to effect change in their own communities. Some groups may feel they cannot participate fully in activities within their community because of isolation, disability or age. The fund aims to help them overcome these barriers in creative and sustainable communities by improving social cohesion, economic infrastructure and provide or improve community-based facilities.


Apply for a Grant | People's Postcode Trust (Closes 30/5)

The People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area.

People’s Postcode Trust seeks to help find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its consequences, by, for example, equipping people with the skills, knowledge and resources that they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as needs associated with ethnicity, geography, gender, age, disability, educational and skills attainment.


The Skipton Building Society

Funding for community groups, clubs & organisations

For 2016, Skipton Building Society has allocated 163 donations of £500 to help fund development for grassroots organisations in our communities.


Armed Forces Covenant funding for projects to support serving Armed Forces families

This is a special fund for (2) project types which help members of the Armed Services past and present - full details HERE


Applications for funding from the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust (CLOSES 27/5)

CLICK HERE for full details

Following a recent strategic review, the Trustees have indicated that in future, the Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.


FOR MORE DETAILS The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust - Applications now open - VASA News

 

 

For any large scale project bid, you must produce a very thorough Project Plan. This is a detailed feature on how to do this

Project Management | From the Archives: 4 Things to Prepare for Before Kicking Off a Project

 

You may be considering - or are actually already working with a Local Authority on a Commissioned Service - this was some detailed feedback on research done about how this all works.

How do local authority commissioners want to work with the voluntary sector?

 

 

Other Fundraising Support (a selection of articles to help with developing fundraising)


7 Ways to Upgrade Your Nonprofit Donation Page


Tips for Wildly Successful Fundraising Committees


16 Must-Know Stats About Online Fundraising and Social Media (useful for back-up detail in funding applications)

 

 

Small Charity Week 2016, is taking place from 13th-18th June 2016. Our Summer Voluntary Sector Forum is on Tuesday 14th June and we want to help make the most of the day in promoting all that you do.

If you can come the the Summer Forum - details HERE - we want to invite the local press down for part of the morning. If it's most convenient for attendees that will be during the break for coffee or immediately after the forum finishes.

Now in its seventh year, Small Charity Week has become one of the major features of the UK charity calendar. Events will be happening around the country to engage policymakers, the media and the general public to support in the work of the UK’s vibrant small charity sector. 2016 promises to be a fantastic week especially if they can get the support of CVS’ and similar organisations around the country.

Further information on the week can be seen at www.smallcharityweek.com

Small Charity Week was set up to:

Improve the knowledge, representation and sustainability of small charities across the UK

Highlight the work of the small charity sector to the broadest possible audience

Encourage public giving to small community organisations

Provide small charities with additional skills and support to help them deliver their work more strategically and sustainably

Work with the small charity sector to develop political engagement at both a national and local level

Celebrate the contribution that small charities make to communities throughout the UK

SCW-How-to-Get-Involved-Toolkit-CVS.pdf

What we would like to do, pre the forum, is to send all the local press a large press release on the activities that all attendees are involved with. When you sign up (if you haven't already) we will ask if you'd like to put together up to 300 words about your work. We will send this to all the local press (and radio etc) the week before the forum and generate as much PR as we can!

CLICK HERE to book your place.

Do you live in Long Compton or a nearby village? If so, then you could have lot of fun learning computer in internet skills this Summer.

The Long Compton Parish Council is organising some self help training sessions, the ethos being that by sharing knowledge we can all improve our IT skills.  

Each group will have a ‘clued up leader’  to start the information sharing process.    

There will be a First WebWise session by Age Concern for Silver Surfers.  

Please ask to register for next course in Summer

Please indicate which groups you will be interested in and dates will be arranged in line with interest expressed.  The aim is for these to be very informal /sociable gatherings

COURSES

Effective Use of Comparison Sites   
Social Media :   Keeping Safe on Line
Making the Best of your Tablet/Ipad  : Excel


On behalf of Long Compton Parish Council

Clerk:  Elizabeth Gilkes
The Annexe, 13 Compton Court,  CV36 5JW

01608 684336    longcompton@googlemail.com

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The wait is over!!!. Welcombe Radio now have a fabulous studio in the new Stratford Samaritans Community Hub with all the equipment needed to produce and broadcast. Spread the news.

Whether you want to actually present a programme or volunteer as 'back room' support,  they are now in the position to start training, developing and producing the programs.

They would like to invite you to meet them informally on Friday 3rd June after 1.30pm. You can just come in and see us and/ or commence your training. There are two training sessions that day one from 2.pm to 5pm and 6pm to 9pm at Tyler House (see address below).

Training on the use of the equipment will be given by 'Max' (the lead of the company who supplied the equipment and his team) there will also be two further training days yet to be agreed. At a later date there will be training on how to set up a programme etc, for those like me who are novices.

Come and have a 'cuppa' with Annette and Penny to discuss your interests and the programs you would like to broadcast for our local community and take part in the training we offer.


They hope to see you there!

You can find them at:
Tyler House
Tyler Street
Stratford Upon Avon
Cv376TY

RSVP: by Tuesday Friday 27 May 2016, by email (welcombecommunityradio@gmail.com) or phone if you need to ask a question.

Best wishes from:
Annette Gregory: WCR Project Manager on 07714 86088 and Penny Keynton-Hook: WRC Secretary on 07804 922 467

Since 2009, People’s Postcode Trust has awarded more than £11m to over 1600 projects across Great Britain

People’s Postcode Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

People’s Postcode Trust – 2016 Grants

People’s Postcode Trust exists to try to make the world a better place through short-term, designated funding for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, support healthy living initiatives and uphold human rights for some of society’s most vulnerable groups. It will also consider projects which help different communities come together for the benefit of their local area.

People’s Postcode Trust seeks to help find real solutions to tackling the root causes of poverty and its consequences, by, for example, equipping people with the skills, knowledge and resources that they need to lift themselves out of poverty. Poverty prevention can focus on relieving other needs, such as needs associated with ethnicity, geography, gender, age, disability, educational and skills attainment.

All applicants must read the Guidance Notes before applying(see web pages)

Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000

The form will be open at the following times in 2016:

    Sun 1st May – Tue 31st May 2016
    Thu 1st Sep – Fri 30th Sep 2016

Applicants will then hear back within 10 weeks of the closing date on the outcome of their application.

Postcode Community Trust was established in 2014 to support marginalised groups in obtaining the skills & resources to effect change in their own communities – awarding £2 million of funding in 2015.

Postcode Community Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

Postcode Community Trust – 2016 Grants

Postcode Community Trust seeks to empower groups of people by providing them with the skills and resources they need to effect change in their own communities. Some groups may feel they cannot participate fully in activities within their community because of isolation, disability or age. The fund aims to help them overcome these barriers in creative and sustainable communities by improving social cohesion, economic infrastructure and provide or improve community-based facilities.

Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000

The form will be open at the following times in 2016:

    Sun 1st May – Tue 31st May 2016


Online Application Form

Our online application form is only available during the opening and closing dates of the funding rounds above. The main items of information that will be requested on the application form are:

    Your organisation’s contact details
    A description of your organisation
    A description of your project
    A description of how your project meets the themes of the Trust
    Expected outcomes and long term impacts of your project
    Total estimated cost of your project and the total amount requested from PPT
    Cost breakdown detailing every aspect you intend to spend the grant on
    Planned start and end dates of your project
    Details of other sources of funding for your project
    Details of how you intend to promote your project and acknowledge the support of players of People’s Postcode Lottery

If you wish to discuss a future application or have any other questions about applying for funding you can contact the Trust Helpdesk:

By e-mail: info@postcodetrust.org.uk

By phone: 0131 555 7287 at the following times:

Mon:   10am-12pm and 2-5pm
Wed:   10am-12pm and 2-5pm
Thu:    10am-12pm and 2-5pm

Families in Stress

The Armed Forces Covenant fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which meet specific priorities.  Priority 2 for 2016-17 is concerned with serving military Families in Stress.  The MOD is seeking projects that support families of serving personnel who are experiencing a significant stressful life event such as a life changing injury, bereavement, domestic abuse, relationship break up, mental health issues or are subject to civil or military justice systems.  Bids can be up to and beyond £100,000.

The closing date for expressions of interest is noon on Wednesday 22 June.

Further information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply

 

Community Integration or Local Service Delivery

Priority 4 for 2016-17 is concerned with Community integration and/orLocal Service Delivery.  The MOD is seeking projects which help integrate Armed Forces and Civilian communities and/or deliver valuable local services to the Armed Forces community.  These local projects will offer support around issues such as finance, housing, mental health, physical health, employability or social support.  The beneficiaries are expected to be serving personnel, ex-service personnel and their families.

Organisations can apply for up to £20,000 and will be subject to a single stage application process with a closing date of noon on Wednesday 22 June.

Further information can be found at:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covenant-fund-guidance-on-how-to-apply

 

You can now apply for a grant from the NFU Trust.

Following a recent strategic review, the Trustees have indicated that in future, the Trust will focus on providing funding to larger initiatives, which would have a significant impact on the rural community. The Trustees are particularly interested in initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

The Trustees meet twice a year to consider applications received. These meetings are currently held in June and December.

In 2016 applications for the June meeting must be submitted by 27th May and applications for the November meeting must be submitted by 28th October 2016.

 
The Objectives of the Trust


The objectives of The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust are to promote, facilitate and support such purposes as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales in the areas of agriculture, rural development and insurance in the United Kingdom and in particular

* To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture
* To advance the education of young people within rural areas
* To relieve poverty within rural areas
* To promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other * organisations to advance education and leisure
* To promote research into agriculture associated activities
* To advance the education of the public by means of research and dissemination of information in relation to insurance

provided that the charity may also promote, facilitate and support any such other purposes as are exclusively charitable according to the laws of England and Wales.

Applications for funding for projects and initiatives falling within the Objects of the Trust can be made in writing to:

The NFU Mutual Charitable Trust
Tiddington Road
Stratford upon Avon
Warwickshire
CV37 7BJ

E-mail: nfu_mutual_charitable_trust@nfumutual.co.uk

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Warwickshire County Council has launched the Living in Warwickshire survey, which gives Warwickshire residents the chance to have their say on a range of public services within Warwickshire. Please show your support and encouraging residents to complete the survey online at warwickshire.gov.uk/survey.

This is an opportunity for people to have their say on what living in Warwickshire is really like. The research will gather people’s views on a variety of topics including health and wellbeing, community safety, local neighbourhoods, transport, and public service provision.

Results from the survey will highlight key issues experienced by people on a day-to-day basis, including information on how they live, needs and challenges. This will inform council work programmes to address these local needs and shape services for the future.

The survey can be completed online only, all respondents must be aged over 18 years old and will have the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win a top prize of a Warwick Castle Family Annual Pass (for four people), a further 10 pairs of tickets to Warwick Castle will also be awarded.

On completion of the survey, residents will be signposted to a variety of services which are available to provide help and support within their local area. They will also have the opportunity to participate in focus groups to provide further detail and understanding.

The survey will close on Tuesday 31st May. To complete the survey, visit: warwickshire.gov.uk/survey

Dementia is one of our most significant public health priorities, as it has far reaching effects on people who live with the condition, their carers, family, friends, communities, businesses, health, social care and voluntary services and the economy.

Please find attached information on Dementia Awareness - Dementia Friendly Communities training opportunities available from April 2016 to July 2016.

These FREE half day workshops are aimed at those working in front-line community, health and social care organisations, and businesses in Warwickshire who may come into contact with people living with dementia, or their carers, as part of their day to day service provision.
 
The workshops have been commissioned by Warwickshire County Council through Public Health and will contribute to raising awareness and understanding of dementia – which is a key element of Warwickshire’s Living Well with Dementia Strategy. Sessions will also contribute to enhancing the skills of frontline workers in Making Every Contact Count.
 
The attached flyer gives further details, and information about how to book a place. 

DATES

26 April 2016, 9:30 to 12:30, Leamington
12 May 2016, 9:30 to 12:30, Stratford
25 May 2016, 9:30 to 12:30, Bedworth
16 June 2016, 13:30 to 16:30, Warwick

WILMa-reference-guide---Third-Party.pdf


For more information on dementia, please visit The Living Well with Dementia Portal: www.livingwellwithdementia.org

 

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Development Support

In this article you will find a variety of locality courses and web based support that you can access. For some of the web support we are going to offer you mentoring. If you have any feedback or comments on any of these links, please don’t hesitate to contact me – 01789 298 102 or e-mail david.morgan@vasa.org.uk

 
The very good NCVO webinar - How to use social media to fundraise - is now on Youtube  - so you can watch it when you want.

 

This is a FREE Inbound Marketing Course & Certification from one of the largest web marketing companies. It is there for anyone from a CEO through to a student and does come with a certificate when you’ve completed it.


For those who are based in and around Stratford itself, I will be offering weekly mentoring sessions at the new Tyler House Community Hub (please contact Rachel Key - Hub Manager). It would be your chance to go through any of the course materials and if you have any problems, for me to help you sort them out!

If you are based in or around any of our major towns – Alcester, Shipston, Southam – that offer is also there. Please let me know if you would want this direct support and I will talk with your Town Clerk about a suitable venue and time

 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Need help in getting Trustees/Boards 'on-board' with Social Media? Lots of advice here

The best times to post on Social Media?

We'd all like to reach more people - here's some help!

Facebook

Video for Facebook - some tips for promotion and sharing

Would you like a shop on your Facebook Page? To sell donations maybe?

Newsletters

Some beautiful e-mail designs to aspire to?

Can you make your newsletter even better?

 


Funding & Income

Have you seen InKindDirect?  It is giving products for social good

'General' advice on Start-Up investment (FINDING SOME!) Actually very useful for CICs/SEs

Would you like your Community to help with Fundraising?

If you've only a small budget to help promote all you do - this may help

How to stretch a development budget for a small not-for-profit

Apparently this is what you do http://bit.ly/1QXuFbf to run a successful campaign

Have you used mydonate from BT? 0% commission - no set up fee or monthly charges

 


Design

A rather (very) good web design/layout site checklist  Hope it is of use!

 


Data

Some very good advice on using Google Analytics

 

Volunteering Support – Dates for your Diaries

 

Sunday 12th June - The Big Lunch!

The annual Volunteers’ Week (1-12 June) - time to celebrate!

Take part in Small Charity Week 2016 - 13-18 June? Full details here

 


Other advice

 

Free advice to charities and voluntary organisations on all property related issues -

A very good article on Story Telling to go with 2016 campaign ideas

Do you want to learn all about Video? This FREE Virtual Conference (15/4) was very good

It does require some organisation info to access it and is on-demand for 90 days

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Please find below (in detail) local and nation funding opportunities that you could consider for your Charity, Club or group.

If you would like any support or advice on making an application please don't hesitate to contact David Morgan - Funding & Development Officer - on 01789 298 102 or e-mail david.morgan@vasa.org.uk.

 

Starting small – this is the £5 (Fiver) Challenge

It’s a month long initiative that challenges young people aged 5 – 11 to set up and run their own mini-business.  The Fiver Challenge, run by Young Enterprise and supported by Virgin Money, provides a highly interactive, fun way of introducing financial literacy, resilience and teamwork in learning for primary school pupils. Pupils are pledged £5 and then have one month to set up a business and create a product or service that they can sell or deliver at a profit, while engaging with their local community.  At the end of the month, the young entrepreneurs can chose how they wish to spend their profit, either for classroom resources, to put toward a school trip or to a charity of their choosing.
This year the Fiver Challenge will run from 6 June – 1 July, with registration closing on the 10 June.

 

Healthy Hearts


Apply for HRUK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants

Thanks to the partnership with sandwich franchise SUBWAY, and the fundraising they do in-store and through the SUBWAY Helping Hearts Family 5Ks, HRUK and SUBWAY Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote Heart Health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease near you.

CLOSES 27/4


The Triangle Trust



They offer funding for specialist community and voluntary organisations working with carers or the rehabilitation of offenders or ex-offenders within the UK
Development Grants


The Triangle Trust recognises in the current economic climate, building a solid foundation for long-term sustainability for your organisation can be of higher importance than starting a new project.   They therefore offer Development Grants to provide funds towards your organisation’s core costs.


They would like to see applicants use these grants to develop sustainable income sources, so that when our grant comes to end your organisation’s income will not be reduced.
Grants are available for up to £80,000 over three years with a maximum of £35,000 in year one. They would expect to see the amount requested each year tapering down as applicants develop other income streams to replace the grant income.   

CLOSES 28/4


The Jewson Building Better Communities Fund is back with £250,000 available to transform local communities


Cold, dark, damp and noisy? Up and down the country there are community buildings that are uncomfortable places to work, live and play in.

Do you know a project that could benefit from a Jewson transformation? Nominate it before Friday 29th April.

Top prize of £150,000

They are giving away £150,000 to a renovation or new build project which uses the 'My Comfort' building principles by Saint-Gobain. 'My Comfort' buildings are warm, quiet, well lit and have good air quality, but don't cost the earth to run.

The Regional £100,000 prize fund

Could your local project use a share of our £100,000 regional prize fund? You can apply for building materials worth between £500 and £10,000 - just tell them your idea!

The Wessex Youth Trust

The Wessex Youth Trust is interested in supporting projects which provide opportunities to help, support and advance children and young people up to the age of 21 years only.

CLOSES  1/5

 

DM Thomas Foundation for Young People


Max. Value: £ 30,000
Deadline: 10 May 2016
The Foundation aims to make a real difference to those most in need. It supports projects within the UK and Ireland that focus on Young People and Education, and Young People and Health.


The DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (formerly The Hilton in the Community Foundation) provides grants for charities in the UK.
The Central Grants scheme is intended to support registered charities that work with disadvantaged children and young people. The scheme aims to help young people gain skills through education projects and relieve suffering through health-related projects.

 

Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) - Project Development Grants

Max. Value: £ 25,000
Deadline: 11 May 2016

Funding is available to not-for-profit organisations in the UK to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a building project and taking it towards the start of work on site

The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) is an independent charity that was established to encourage and support the work of organisations dedicated to the preservation and renewal of buildings of architectural and historic significance which have failed to find a viable re-use on the open market.


The Project Development Grant (PDG) scheme is intended to assist an organisation to cover some of the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project and taking it towards the start of work on site.

The AHF can provide grants, subject to eligibility, to help with assessing the viability of a project, or to fund development costs.


The Stratford Town trust Grants – Round II

For those organisations based in Stratford

The Trust has identified five key priorities where they believe our grants can make the biggest difference to the local community:
•    Welfare and wellbeing
•    Strengthening communities
•    Young people
•    Poverty
•    The Elderly

CLOSES 13/5

 

2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme - Call for Proposals European Social Fund Priority Axis 2

Skills for Growth

This is a major grant fund which wants to support the development of opportunities for young people as they leave school and enter the workplace. It will require a serious and very explicit business plan. please call if you are considering this opportunity

CLOSES 16/5

 


The Power to Change £10M Community Business Fund

Do you have a community business that could make a real difference in your locality?


•    They expect the process to be highly competitive. Last year they were able to fund just 5 per cent of the applications we received.
•    There'll be a further two funding rounds in July and October 2016. They expect to allocate funding broadly equally across the three rounds, so choosing to apply for a later funding round will not reduce an applicant’s chance of receiving funding.
•    They will rarely fund alone. For example, they will usually fund a maximum of 75% of the total costs of buying or renovating a building.
•    In previous funding rounds, over two-thirds of applications were rejected because they didn’t meet our definition of a community business.So in order to be considered for funding, you will need to clearly demonstrate that that your organisation meets our four criteria for community business:
•    Locally rooted
•    Accountable to the local community
•    Broad community impact
•    Trading for the benefit of the local community

You can join their free webinar on 19 April (TOMORROW) to understand the criteria better. They will answer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about the 11 eligibility criteria.

Register for the free webinar.


BBC Children In Need

Small Grants

BBC Children in Need's Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Main Grants

BBC Children in Need's Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations.

Apply by 15/5 or 15/9

 

Heritage Lottery

Are you considering a Heritage Lottery application - if so you will find lots of help at these workshops ?

 


JUST ANNOUNCED South Warwickshire Fundraisers' Forum - Funding Fair Wed 8/6 - Leamington 

Meet lots of Funders!

 

Funding Central

If you've not bookmarked the Funding Central web site  - please do so when you can!

 

Trusthouse Charitable Foundation

Trusthouse gives grants for running costs or one-off capital costs to charities and not-for-profit organisations in accordance with criteria that are regularly reviewed and decided by the Trustees.

In July 2008, the Trustees reviewed its grants policy and decided to concentrate on projects addressing Rural Issues and Urban Deprivation.

Rural Issues:

They accept applications from organisations which are addressing issues in rural areas. ‘Rural’ in this context means cities, towns, villages and areas with 10,000 or less inhabitants which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the most deprived 50%. They are interested in, for example, projects providing transport for the elderly, disabled or disadvantaged; contact networks for the young disabled; projects which encourage a sense of community such as community centres and village halls; employment training schemes especially those promoting local, traditional crafts; projects addressing issues such as drug/alcohol misuse or homelessness.

To se the Guidelines -


Get Grants


Workshops for Charities & Community Groups

They offer a day-long courses and short workshops aimed at Community Groups and Charities who are interested in increasing their income through grant funds. Whether you have a wealth of experience in fundraising or are new to applying for grants their workshops supports attendees to explore how to identify opportunities with a range of grant programmes whilst providing advice on writing successful applications and exploring the common mistakes made by applicants. Uniquely their sessions provide delegates with an insight into the processes of grant makers in order to understand how grant applications are assessed and improve your own chances of success.

•    Birmingham (Moseley) – 27th April 2016, 9:30am-4pm, Venue: The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8JP.

The cost of attending this workshop is £99 and includes lunch and refreshments.

They also currently offer free short sessions in Birmingham. The upcoming Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups workshops are:


•    Birmingham (Moseley) – 18th May 2016, 1pm-3:30pm, Venue: The Moseley Exchange, 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham. B13 8JP.
To book a FREE place on one of these courses please CLICK HERE

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Last chance to apply for funding in our District

Community groups in the Central region have just two weeks left to apply for a grant to help local people lead Healthy Heart lifestyles.

Funding of up to £10,000 is available for projects that promote heart healthy initiatives.

The application period closes on 27 April 2016 - so don't miss out on this great opportunity.

Who can apply for funding?

Funding is awarded for original, innovative projects that promote heart health and help reduce the risk of developing heart disease.

They could address a variety of issues such as healthy eating, physical activity, smoking cessation and mental well-being, all with a focus on the heart.

Grants are only available to not-for-profit organisations who can benefit from this funding, including:
           
- Charities
- Community groups
- Voluntary organisations
- Sports groups    

Previous applicants and grantees can apply.

The Heart Research UK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grants are funded by the SUBWAY Helping Hearts (TM) Family 5K  events and in-store fundraising across SUBWAY (R) stores near you.

Visit the Heart Research UK website to apply for a HRUK and SUBWAY® Healthy Heart Grant using the online application form.

 


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