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Outside the Box!

A new group starting on Monday 2 March 2015.

A great place for adults with a learning disability who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) to come and chat, debate, make friends, feel safe, have fun and learn more about their sexuality and wider community”

Where?  Keys and Kitchen, Ely Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.  CV37 6LW

When?  Every Monday

Time?  6.00pm to 7.00pm

For more information please contact Louise at Grapevine - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 07724 675419

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Please click on the link for the latest newsletter.

Please note as of Tuesday 27 January the Stratford Link Project will now be at 14 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA. This is a really exciting opportunity for all involved as it will provide a designated property for the project in the heart of the town which will be easily accessible for local people because of its location.

Please note access is through Shrieves Walk and not off Waterside (between the toilets).  Directions are attached but if in doubt please contact us.  We will be printing off some hard copies and can distribute to you to share with customers/ clients/ partners if you would like (please let me know numbers).

We still have access to our vegetable patch off Evesham Place, 3 laptops for customers to access and our regular podiatrist (who gives her time freely).  We have previously ran a very successful song writing course with the Help of Doug Armstrong and Nigel Clark and put on some trial art classes. We welcome any additional ideas for vulnerable people to participate in for self confidence, independence and positive choices.

Special thanks go to Stratford District Council who have supported us with this, The Recovery Partnership and United Reform Church for giving us opportunity to continue after the Buzz closed and our many funders.

John Wilde

Senior Support Worker

South Warwickshire Team

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Please click on the link below to open the Training Programme.

TP2015.pdf

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Please click on the link below for the latest WREP Information Update.

WREP-News-Information-Bulletin-21---22.1.15.pdf

 

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ivo, the network for volunteering leaders, has published the second of its How to Do-it series, covering 'Recruitment, Selection and Induction of Volunteers'.

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has made grants up to £2,000 available through Locality to enable groups to organise workshops on neighbourhood planning. Meetings must cover a number of areas, not just one, so they won't pay for your local neighbourhood event.

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On Tuesday 20 January the Independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure launched a report of their findings at a parliamentary reception. 

 

The event was hosted by Nick Hurd, the former charities minister who said that supporting infrastructure was one of the toughest issues he faced. But he said that is was so difficult because Infrastructure was so important.

A gentle reminder that the Warwickshire County Council consultation on its future funding of services delivered by the Third Sector, and to Parish and Town Councils, is open until 12 February 2015.

The consultation and its likely conclusions have significant implications for the work that Voluntary Infrastructure Organisations undertake, which includes the likes of VASA, Warwickshire CAVA, the Volunteer Centres and Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services.

We would encourage all of our members and affiliates to complete a survey return.

The survey can be found at http://askwarks.wordpress.com/

Alternatively, paper copies are available: if you would like a copy please let me know.

If you have any questions about the survey or its implications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Charles Barlow, VASA Lead Officer, 01789 262889, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

National Trust Charlecote Park – Various roles.  Charlecote is holding drop-in sessions for anyone who is interested in becoming part of the team.  Come and talk to current volunteers and staff about how you can get involved in 2015.  Drop in dates: 17 Feb, 22 Feb, 25 Feb.  Times: 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Springfield Mind – Fundraising Volunteers.  Help is needed to raise funds in the community, as well as researching grant giving trusts and engaging with local businesses to seek sponsorship.  The money raised will help Springfield to continue its essential services for local people with mental ill health.

Entrust Care Partnership – Family Support Volunteer.  Would you like to make a difference to a family affected by disability?  A volunteer is needed to support a family in the Southam area, early evenings: play, meals and bedtime routines.  The volunteer will need to know or be willing to learn some basic Makaton signs.

Futures Unlocked – Volunteer Mentors.  Volunteers are needed to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for individuals preparing for prison release.  As a mentor you will visit a service user whilst in prison and then provide ongoing support upon their release.  Full training will be given.

Warwickshire Vision Support – Home Visitors in Alcester/Studley.  Volunteers are needed to visit blind and visually impaired people in their own homes to help read correspondence etc. and for a chat and a cup of tea.  Visits usually last for one to one-and-a-half hours and the frequency varies depending on the client.

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.

The volunteering website www.do-it.org.uk includes the details of hundreds of roles available locally.

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The Surviving Winter Fund aims to help those older and more vulnerable people during the cold winter months. Projects that engage with the older population and provides activities such as hot lunch clubs, exercise classes, things that improve quality of life and tackle social isolation.
 
Eligible projects can apply for up to £1,000.
 
This funding is available through the Heart of England Community Foundation so please contact Kat Venton on 024 76883262 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an informal chat.
 
To apply online please go to www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk
 
Please note that the fund does not support statutory organisations.
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Following on from the GP Access Survey in 2013 by Warwickshire LINK, Healthwatch is now running the survey once again. The objective of the survey is to ask Warwickshire residents for their experience and perceptions of accessing and using their GP surgery. The survey is very much in line with the one undertaken in early 2013 so that in our report we can use the previous survey as a reference point. The link to the survey is below. It will also be available to some groups as a hard copy version with freepost return.

Please can you complete the survey as soon as convenient and forward the survey link to your colleagues, friends and family. We will be running the survey throughout January.

It should only take about 5 minutes to complete. We can provide limited numbers of hard copy versions if necessary.

http://goo.gl/forms/FvZH0cLakg

 

Len Mackin

Intelligence and Insight Lead

Healthwatch Warwickshire Ltd

Telephone: 01926 422823

Direct dial: 01926 453960

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Please click on the link below for the latest newsletter.

WREP-News-Information-Bulletin-20---7.1.15.pdf

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WREN has launched its new Community Fund replacing the Main Grant Scheme and Small Grant Scheme.

As from 1 January 2015 all applications should be submitted on the new Community Fund Application form available to download from the website.   

Applicants can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 from the Community Fund and projects should be in a position to start within 6 months of WREN's funding decision.

Previous priorities and geographical criteria will still apply.

www.wren.org.uk/news/community-fund

 

 

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Do you have a spare room?
 
  • Can you relate to young people aged 16 - 21 ?
  • Can you help them with budgeting, cooking and other independence skills?
  • Can you encourage them in education, employment or training?
 
Why not consider providing supported lodgings for Warwickshire young people?
 
"Supported lodgings provide young people with safe supported places to live in the homes of local people"
 
A paid allowance is provided
 
Barnardo's will offer you with:
 
  • On-going support and supervision
  • Training
 
For more information contact:
 
Vicky Southgate
Tel: 07798 656 562
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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.

Futures Unlocked – Volunteer Mentors.  Volunteers are needed to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for individuals preparing for prison release.  As a mentor you will visit a service user whilst in prison and then provide ongoing support upon their release.  Full training will be given.

Stratford Historic Buildings Trust – Administrator.  Are you interested in the preservation of historic buildings in Stratford?  An administrator is needed with good computer and interpersonal skills, to help the Trust’s work in conserving and restoring historical buildings.

Sunny Side Up – Teaching computer skills to the over 60s.  Providing computer skills to older people in care and retirement homes, volunteers are needed to help teach activities such as email use, internet use, online security, photo editing and storage.  Sessions currently take place in Stratford on a Thursday afternoon.

Integrated Disability Service – Activity Support Volunteers.  Can you give some time to support children with disabilities?  Volunteers are needed to help at a residential centre where children stay overnight or weekends to give parents a short break. The centre welcomes volunteers with diverse skills and life experiences.

Warwickshire Vision Support – Home Visitors in Alcester/Studley.  Volunteers are needed to visit blind and visually impaired people in their own homes to help read correspondence etc. and for a chat and cup of tea.  Visits usually last for one to one-and-a-half hours and the frequency varies depending on the client.

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 January 2015 newsletter is now available at http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/whats-happening/latest-news/

  • Latest cabinets announced
  • Updated maps on the website
  • Potential voucher scheme to pay for business connections
  • Questions and Answers
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Round 1 2015: applications must be received by 5.00pm January 16 2015

Round 2 2015: applications must be received by 5.00pm May 15 2015

Round 3 2015: applications must be received by 5.00pm September 4 2015

Fast Track applications may be submitted at any time.

http://www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk/grants/

For more information on funding please contact Verity Thompson, Funding and Development Officer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01789 298102.

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Thrift Week is all about smart spending, saving, recycling, conservation, energy efficiency and community.

Back for its second year, Warwickshire Week of Thrift is expected to be bigger and better than 2014!  Backed by the county and local councils, charities, local organisations and businesses, Thrift Week will be a period of feel good fun for the whole county aimed at bringing communities together and promoting the benefits of thrift.

Two ways to be involved:

  • Submit a special offer to be displayed on the Thrift Week website
  • Hold an event during Thrift Week and advertise it on the Thrift Week website

www.thriftweek.co.uk

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