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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.

 

At Citizens Advice we provide the advice people need for the problems they face and also help to improve the policies and practices that affect people's lives. Due to recent funding success we are now looking for new members to join our team:


Projects Manager Ref PM/16

£27,924 - 37.5 hours per week, based in Stratford upon Avon and Leamington Spa

Covering work in both Citizens Advice offices in Stratford on Avon and Warwick Districts, you would be responsible for overseeing the management and delivery of a number of targeted services helping vulnerable people.

Based in Stratford upon Avon:

Outreach Advice Caseworkers Ref OAC/16

£21,732 fte - 11.25 or 15 hours (or combined) and 1 x 37.5 hours per week

You will become part of a team of outreach advisers who provide intensive support to households experiencing poverty and hardship, working with them to tackle the issues they face.

Research and Campaigns Worker Ref RCW/16

£21,732 fte, 22.5 hours per week

We are looking for someone with a passion for social justice and with research and campaigns experience to lead work to help those who face significant barriers in life to get their ‘voices’ heard.

For an application pack, email recruitment@stratforduponavoncab.org.uk or visit the ‘Work with Us’ section on our website at www.stratforduponavoncab.org.uk

 

For full Job Descriptions please see the following documents:

Healthy-Homes-Caseworker-CJ-Advert.docx

Research-and-Campaigns-Worker-CJ-Advert.docx

Reach-Out-and-Help-Caseworkers-CJ-Advert.docx

Projects-Manager-CJ-Advert.docx

 


Closing date for applications: 3rd May at 12 noon

Escape Arts have just announced two programmes of Arts Workshops to be held in Stratford and Bidford.

In Stratford:

Art Workshops for over 60’s
Mondays 1.30pm – 4pm
The Old Slaughterhouse
Sheep St, Stratford upon Avon
CV37 6EE

For full details please see this Poster A3-posters-Stratford-final-A3-1.pdf

In Bidford:

Community Art Workshops
Wednesdays 10am – 12pm
Bidford Community Library
Everyone Welcome (over 16’s)

For full details please see the Poster A3-posters-Bidford-final-A3-1.pdf

 

Have fun - Enjoy!

Just published is the March edition of the Parish & Partners Briefing from Stratford-on-Avon District Council.

Its 12 pages (available below as a PDF) all about what is going on in Stratford, what's just happened (in case you missed anything!) and news from Stratford Dsitrict Council, including about the recent changes to the senior management.

There are special features on rough sleepers, a review of the wonderful Stratford Sports Awards, some invaluable advice about new scams (including one where people come to your front door and ask for a signature), rural crime, a new web site for Southam and work on Dementia Care and Support in Shipston.

Do take a look!

1026-Parish-and-Partners-18---MAR16-low-res---FINAL.pdf

 

 

The Localities and Partnerships Team primary function is to support the County Council, other public agencies, voluntary organisations and local communities to work effectively together to identify, prioritise and respond to people’s needs.

In particular, the work of the Team focusses on our most disadvantaged communities, be they geographic or communities of interest.

The Role


The salary is £22,212 - £24,472 per annum

A new vacancy exists in Nuneaton for a Community Development Worker to join the community development team and support the Asset Based Community Development approach to community working. In the county’s targeted communities, Community Development Workers develop capacity within targeted communities. CDWs work with a range of agencies in developing sustainable solutions to local problems. They act as enablers and facilitators who support these communities to use local resources, knowledge and know-how to take action in response to their identified needs and priorities.
Key Requirements


The post holder will have worked within a community setting giving support to community groups and residents to improve aspects of their lives be it: solving local issues; enhancing green space; forging community spirit and action; improving access to local services; making better use of local facilities.
Additional Information


For further information about the role please contact Alistair Rigby, Localities & Communities Officer on 02476 375700 or alistairrigby@warwickshire.gov.uk

Our method of application is online. If you are unable to apply using the 'Apply for this job' link please contact the Recruitment Centre.

You will be notified of our shortlisting decision via email,  so please check your email and WMJobs account on a regular basis after submitting your application.

Please note that all applications must be received on an application form. We do not accept CV's and do not keep CV's on file unless part of an application.

Available documents

Job20description20and20Person20specification.docx

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Volunteer for Entrust Care Partnership to support our retail ambitions


We are passionate about our social purpose to support disabled children and their families so we make a positive difference.

We must raise income.

We sell pre-loved children’s clothes and toys to help this ambition.

We are trying to find someone who not only shares our values and wants to be a social entrepreneur but also has retail experience – please tell me it’s you!  

Could you revolutionise our tiny sales into something much grander through:

•    Helping to develop our retail arm
•    Find and galvanise other volunteers to form a team
•    Preparing clothes & toys ready for sale
•    Researching potential outlets & markets for sale
•    Work towards establishing a ‘shop front’

All reasonable expenses met.

If you are interested and want to know more please call and speak to one of the Directors:
Lynne Barton on 07712326273

This Group was set up last July to focus on bringing about stronger working relationships and building opportunities across the third and public sectors.

The launch remit invited applications from people who would like to represent various elements of Warwickshire's Third Sector and the group is now made up of twelve Third Sector representatives and the same number of officers from Warwickshire's Public Sector bodies (District and Borough Councils, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, and the County Council).

Meetings are every three months (since July 2015), and due to a number of colleagues leaving their roles, they now have three vacancies for representatives from the Third Sector whose main area of interest is as follows:

Children and Young People
Rural Issues
Older People

Representatives sitting on the Group will need to be willing and able to commit to taking an active role, and to prioritise attending the meetings. They will be expected to represent a wide variety of interests, and to commit to both sharing information widely and bringing issues to the Group on behalf of those they are representing.

Are you interested in joining the group?  If so, a short application form is attached, along with a role description and the terms of reference for the Group.  

The date of the next TAPSPG meeting is on 29th June, so we would ideally like new representatives to be in place by then.  So please complete and return the application form Applications should be in by Monday 9th May at the latest.  If you would like to talk informally about the roles (if that would be helpful), please contact Jenny Murray on the number below

Jenny Murray
Localities and Partnerships Manager (South)
Communities Group
Warwickshire County Council

01926 413641 - Stratford Office
01926 456683 - Leamington Office

email jennymurray@warwickshire.gov.uk

In response to several requests, we are going to hold two training days next month (April), when in hourly sessions we will cover each of these social media channels. Each session will look at the basics of how to set them up, what sort of content to plan for and develop, and what (mainly free) additional software you can access to help you make the most of your efforts.

The dates - they are up to you bar that they will be on Tuesdays or Thursdays! Please e-mail David with your availability and that does include you being able to bring a 'team' as each session will be limited to six people. Pre the event, you'll get a little bit of preparation 'homework' to do and then post the event, you'll get some feedback and more support.

The first people to 'apply' will get their preferred times and dates - we will be looking at offering sessions from 10-11, 11.15-12.15, 2-3, 3.15-4.15 and then 5.30-6.30 - so please e-mail back as soon as you can!

In the meantime, Facebook has just launched a brand new web site to help charities and NFPs make the most from their channel - CLICK HERE  to go to the new site - what do you think?

And this is a step-by-step guide to running an e-mail campaign (if you're all ready to go) or if you want to know all the KPIs etc you need to know - E-mail is still the best way of contacting people.

For those already working with a Twitter account this is a very good guide about tweeting 

This is a good feature on How to get started on the most popular Social Media Networks - a Quick Guide!

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WANTED 8 HOURS A WEEK SESSIONAL YOUTH WORKER FOR MENTAL HEALTH PROJECT AND GENERAL SESSIONAL YOUTH WORKERS
(Part time, sessional)    

WAYC are recruiting for an 8 hour a week Sessional Youth worker for our Youth Project with young people with mental health issues. This will be for two evenings a week of four hours. We are also recruiting sessional youth workers on 0 hour contracts who we will then employ on a sessional basis as the demand arises across Warwickshire, North Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull.  

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 salary grade G: £11.46 per hour (plus £1.10 holiday pay per hour) - £13.29 per hour (plus £1.27 per hour holiday pay).

To be accountable and responsible for the delivery of specific youth work projects, programmes and services in accordance with the policies of WAYC. Closing date Friday 8 April 2016.

Please  contact Jan Goddard either by email jan.goddard@wayc.org.uk or telephone 01926 450156 for an application pack

Or alternatively  for an informal chat speak to Lee Atkins on 01926 450156 or email lee.atkins@wayc.org.uk

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WCC have just announced the successful applicants for the Transformation Fund. A full list of the charities/bodies and a precis of their projects are in this document

Trans-Fund-Awards.pdf

This is the 'State of the Sector' report for Warwickshire. It does include information and survey results that you could use in grant or contract applications

State_of_Sector_Warwickshire_201516-1.pdf

This document is an in-depth analysis of Loneliness and Social Isolation assessments. It could be an invaluable resource (for grant/contract work) if you work in this field.

Loneliness.pdf

 

 

Warwickshire Police are currently looking for people to join their Citizens Academy. Attached is a poster that gives you the details of the Academy and when the start dates are etc.  Those interested can contact the details on the poster.
 
What are Citizens' Academies?

Citizens' Academies provide individuals with access to and information about policing services through a ten-week taught course delivered to 25 students aged 18 or over.

Students develop a knowledge of policing, and will be more engaged with the police and other agencies, and may become more involved in the wider police family through Neighbourhood Watch, or the Independent Advisory Groups.

The main objectives of the academies are:

* To give participants an awareness and experience of policing issues and activities.
* To provide opportunities for discussion about perceptions of the police and policing functions.
* To provide information and advice on crime prevention and safety.
* To enable participants to be better informed about policing and the challenges facing policing.
* To seek participants to become involved in policing as a Police Service Volunteer, Special Constable, Police Cadet or join community/advisory groups.
* To create positive ambassadors for local policing.
* To involve people who may have a negative experience or negative views of policing.

CA-Poster-2016-1.pdf

 

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Small Charity Week 2016, is taking place from 13th-18th June 2016.

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

Warwickshire Welfare Rights Advice Service has over 24 years’ experience of providing training on Social Security Benefits/Tax Credits, covering a range of benefits, clientgroups and issues.

It is important to keep up to date in the ever changing arena of welfare rights, with Welfare Reform bringing change to all client groups, and training is how to stay ahead of the game!

We have a number of new or substantially updated courses, including a seminar on Challenging Decisions and single day ‘Older People Maximising Income’ and ‘Working Age Benefits – Basics’ courses.

Please note our new policy towards free places for unpaid volunteers with charitable organisations (see p7 of the application form).

Welfare Rights can be a difficult and dry topic to present, but our trainee evaluations demonstrate that WWRAS offers training that informs but in a lighter style. Each course is backed by comprehensive training notes and is presented by an experienced practitioner who also deals with claimants daily, as well as staffing our adviser Benefit Enquiry Line.

Please download the applciation form from here 2016-TP.docx

Josh Woods of the National Citizen Service is looking for projects to be part of this years 'The Challenge'

We can make your community project happen! 

Does your organisation have a community project that needs some focused time and effort? Perhaps a room needs redecorating, a garden renovating or you have a similar need? Would your organisation benefit from an open day or tea party that will bring the community together?

Over July and August, teams of young people aged 16-17 years will be volunteering for the National Citizen Service. Each team will be challenged to complete a local organisation's community project. Working alongside the organisation, the team will plan, fund-raise, purchase necessary materials/equipment and implement the project.

If you have a suitable project and want to find out more, contact Josh Woods on 07469 151477 or email josh.woods@the-challenge.org by March 25th 2016.  

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HELP NEEDED

We do need Volunteer Drivers across the whole of the District.

This is a service for which demand is ever growing - helping people without cars or practical access to other transport to get to medical appointments. We have offices in Alcester, Shipston, Southam and Stratford such is the local need across all parts of our District. 

For more info CLICK HERE

If you have Bid Writing skills, you could volunteer to help one of several groups who don't have this skill base. Please call 01789 298102 if this is a 'forte'.

A significant grant fund has just been awarded across the whole of the District, to help people who aren't 'connected' become much more able to use computers and smartphones. If you could be a 'Digital Champion' we'd love to hear from you - there will be opportunities in Stratford and in Bearley immediately available - for full details CLICK HERE


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