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WREP is in the process of developing its future services with the intention of widening its focus beyond that of race and to consider other equality protected groups as defined within the Equality Act 2010.

We are consulting with our members and stakeholders in order to shape and influence Equality services across Warwickshire.

We are therefore asking those, who have not had the opportunity yet, to please take the time to help us by participating in this important survey.  Your opinion is very important to us.

To access the survey please use the following link:

The survey is open to all.  The closing date has been extended to 5pm on Monday 10th August 2015

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The Santander Foundation has three grants programmes to help disadvantaged people in the UK - Community Plus (up to £5,000); Learn and Grow (up to £10,000); Money Skills (up to £10,000). There are no deadlines for any of the grants programmes.

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People in South Warwickshire are being offered an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force, as part of a new Citizens' Academy. The programme will provide a unique insight into Warwickshire Police’s work to protect people from harm and improve the quality of life for residents.

Members of the public over the age of 18 can enrol in the ten-week Citizens' Academy programme, to be held at Leamington Spa Justice Centre from Wednesday, 23rd September 2015. Police officers, police staff and supporting agencies/organisations will deliver presentations on key topics every Wednesday evening, from 6.30pm-8.30pm.

The course will cover a range of policing functions/roles including crime prevention and detection, recording crimes and incidents, road safety, forensic investigation, police use of firearms, internet safety, and the role of Safer Neighbourhood Teams as well as other key departments. Participants will also be encouraged to request subjects of specific interest to them to ensure they get the best possible benefit from the time they invest.

The aim is to open up communication between the community and the police, inform the public about police procedures, reduce the fear of crime and increase people's awareness of personal safety.

Those who complete the programme will graduate from the Citizens' Academy and take part in a formal ceremony. It is hoped that graduates will share their experiences and knowledge with the wider South Warwickshire community, or become special constables or volunteers with the police or other agencies.

Last year an introductory academy took place in Rugby, which resulted in a well-attended graduation ceremony in December 2014. The academy was a resounding success and created a sense of enthusiasm and commitment among the 25 students that surprised the police officers and staff involved.

In light of this Warwickshire Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire agreed to develop further Citizens' Academies for the autumn of 2015, providing funding to ensure that the participants need only bring their time and commitment.

Warwickshire Police and Crime Commissioner Ron Ball said: "The first Citizens’ Academy was a great success and showed how valuable the programme can be not only for the police but also for the people who take part.  I was keen to support further academies in Warwickshire, so I am delighted that the South Warwickshire programme is now taking applications.”

Chief Inspector Andy Nolan from Warwickshire Police added: “I am extremely proud to be announcing the launch of South Warwickshire's Citizens' Academy programme. This is a unique programme which allows the communities we serve to understand and experience how we deliver policing, and protect our communities from harm.

“I would really like to encourage the public to apply as I believe the programme has a great deal to offer and is a great opportunity for our communities to learn in supportive and welcoming environment. I believe that we can also learn a great deal from our communities, so please step forward, join the academy and become a driver for positive change.”

South Warwickshire residents aged at least 18 who want to be part of this exciting new venture can find out more information and register their interest on the Warwickshire Police website or email


Criteria will be applied to the selection process and successful applicants will be subject to security checks.  The final date for applications to be received is Monday August 3, 2015.

Those interested in policing across South Warwickshire can also follow updates from their official Twitter account, @SWarksCops.

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The objectives of the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust are to promote, facilitate and support charitable activities which aim to relieve poverty within rural areas, advance the education of the public by research and dissemination of information in relation to agriculture or dvance the education of young people within rural areas. Deadline is 23 October. 


NFU Mutual Charitable Trust

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The Government has published its annual Community Life survey that measures volunteering rates and giving to charities. 


This year's survey found volunteering rates are virtually unchanged from the previous year. 


The survey found that 27 per cent of adults took part in formal volunteering activities at least once a month in 2014/15, the same figure as in 2013/14. 


It found 42 per cent of respondents took part in formal volunteering once a year in 2014/15, an increase of one percentage point on 2013/14.


The survey also asks how much people had given to charity in the four weeks before the interview. 


It found that they had given on average £22, up from £21 last year.


The survey is based on interviews with 2000 people.

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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.

Spinal Muscular Atrophy Support UK – Bucket Collectors at the Bulldog Bash.  On 6 and 7 August the charity will be collecting vital funds at the annual motorcycle rally.  Volunteers are needed to collect donations, working alongside the charity’s staff members.  Help is needed 10.00 to 12.00 and 3.00 to 5.00, both days.

Escape Community Arts – Company Secretary.  One of Stratford’s most prestigious charities is looking for a volunteer Company Secretary to ensure compliance with company and charity requirements.  The volunteer will need a sound knowledge and experience of matters relating to company and charity law.

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust – Survey Volunteers.  Volunteers with good people skills are needed to engage with visitors to complete paper or tablet based surveys.  The Trust has a target of completing 350 surveys.   Volunteers will wear their own smart clothing.  A regular commitment of 2 hours or above would be ideal.

Stratford District Scouts – District Secretary.  A volunteer is needed to support the Executive Committee with the smooth functioning and sound administration of the Scout District.  Key duties will include minute taking, record keeping and collating reports.  The volunteer will need to be a team player with good IT skills.

Stratford SCAN – Treasurer.  Senior Citizens Action Networks are local groups specifically for older people, meeting six times each year.  The Stratford SCAN is looking for a Treasurer to hold the accounts for the group.  The Treasurer will maintain simple accounts and present these at network meetings and the AGM.

For more details or to apply for any of these roles please contact the Volunteer Centre on 01789 262889 or

The volunteering website includes the details of hundreds of roles available locally.

After celebrating recent promotion success, Stratford Town Football Club is looking for new volunteers to help with maintenance, gardening, groundwork, fundraising for a new stand and match stewarding.  

Any gardening, carpentry, plumbing, electrical, training or general maintenence skills would be useful, but not essential.  

In return for volunteers' time they'll have the benefit of being a big part of the club and part of Stratford's sporting scene.

For more information please contact Jessie Lawrence, General Manager, on 01789 269336 or email

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The M&S Community Energy Fund is aimed at enabling more communities in the UK to generate renewable energy and become environmentally and financially sustainable.

If you’re a not for private profit organisation that wants to use renewable energy to provide community benefits, this is your chance to try 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, the fund wants to hear from you.

Our funding will be awarded to renewable energy projects in Great Britain who can demonstrate they have the support of their local community.

Please click on the link below for more details.


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Warwickshire Police are currently developing a Citizens' Academy for South Warwickshire, to take place in autumn 2015. This will offer people in the area an exciting opportunity to learn about and experience the day-to-day workings of their local police force as part of the Citizens' Academy.

This programme will provide local people over the age of 18 with a unique insight into Warwickshire Police's work to protect the community from harm, and improve residents' quality of life.

Apply by 3rd of August and find out more by clicking on the link below.

Voluntary and community organisations across Stratford-on-Avon District are invited to apply for Stratford District: Digital inclusion grants, providing up to £4,000 to help your community get online.

We are particularly looking for applications to be aimed at supporting isolated or rural communities and those lacking basic IT skills and would welcome applications that seek to increase financial wellbeing and access to training or employment opportunities. Applications should clearly demonstrate how they will contribute to the development of the skills and confidence needed to access the internet, get the most out of being online and ensure that there is suitable provision for them to do so within their community or a community facility.

Cllr Maurice Howse Portfolio holder for Enterprise, Revenues and Housing said “People living in rural areas or those without basic computer skills can face difficulties in getting online and gaining those important basic skills. There are fewer local opportunities for digital skills training, and travel to attend training is often not possible. These grants will enable digitally excluded residents to gain the skills and confidence they need to realise the benefits of the internet.”



The Digital Inclusion Grants programme has been made possible through funding of £40,000 provided by Orbit Heart of England to support collaboration and partnership across the district. According to Tim Dumbleton, Digital Inclusion and Development Manager at Orbit, “Being online is becoming increasingly important and Orbit is an organisation that recognises that we want to help our customers and the wider community get the most out of being online.  Funding this programme really demonstrates our commitment to supporting both local companies and residents and supports our vision of building communities.”

Voluntary Action Stratford-upon-Avon (VASA) is working in partnership with the District Council and Orbit to provide support to communities in their application.  A meeting will take place on Tuesday 28 July to provide communities and groups with more information: 

  • Time: 1000 - 1200
  • Venue: Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District (VASA), Suite 3 Arden Court, Arden Street, Stratford-Upon-Avon.  CV37 6NT

Please contact Charles Barlow (VASA) 01789 262889 to reserve a place at the meeting.

Please note that no parking is available at Arden Court, however Arden Street public car park next door provides ample parking.

You can download an application form at or contact Carol Roberts on 01789 260112 if you require any further information.

The closing date for applications will be 16 October 2015 with funds released in November 2015, grants will be awarded on a one-off basis, but projects can be for up to two years.

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The launch of this year’s Warwickshire County Council, Councillor Grant Fund (Stratford District) takes place today, Monday 13 July 2015.  The scheme is administered locally by the Southern Area Team.  Amanda Wilson Patterson is the main contact for the fund, contact details below.

The purpose of the fund is to help communities address issues of local concern to them.  It is primarily aimed at community and voluntary organisations and provides grants of £5,000 per Councillor (ideally up to 4 projects per councillor in order to keep administration costs to a minimum, but there is flexibility in this if there is a significant demand for more projects to be funded) for small-scale projects meeting community needs.  Applications for funding should normally be supported by the Councillor for the electoral division in which the project is based.

Town and Parish Councils are also eligible to apply to the fund for a community project, but this will be at the discretion of the County Councillor and will vary according to their preference.

If you wish to apply, a hard copy of the completed and signed application form below should be returned to the address stated on the form by 5pm on Friday 9 October.  All of the applications will then be evaluated and recommendations made to the Councillor for the division.  All applicants will be informed of the outcome of the Councillors’ decisions by early December. 

We will be holding a funding workshop for all prospective applicants to the fund on Tuesday 15 September at 11 am at Stratford District Council Offices, the aim of which will be to provide support and guidance to community and voluntary organisations (including Town and Parish Councils) on the eligibility of their project for the fund, along with signposting to other suitable sources of funding. 

Further information on funding opportunities in Warwickshire is available from and from VASA.

If you would like any further information about the fund please contact Amanda Wilson-Patterson on 07780 995817 in the first instance or Anita Kendall, Area Support Officer for South Warwickshire on 01926 456102 / 07795 368056.


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funding tO MAKE YOUR COMMUNITYhEart Healthy

Not-for-profit organisations can now apply for community grants

Funding for grants of up to £5,000 or up to £10,000is now available for not-for-profit organisations all over the UK for projects that promote heart health in their communities, thanks to national charity, Heart Research UK.


Funding is available through Heart Research UK’s Healthy Heart Grant scheme and community groups have until the 31 August to apply for a grant.  The charity is looking to fund new, original and innovative projects that actively promote heart health and help to reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.  Projects can address a variety of issues including healthy eating, physical activity and smoking cessation - with the key focus of improving heart health.

Heart Research UK is now accepting applications for their autumn grant round, which closes on 31 August 2015.

Community and voluntary organisations, registered charities, and other not-for-profit organisations based and working in the UK may apply for grants of up to £5,000 and up to £10,000.

Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK, says:

“The aim of our Healthy Heart Grants is to encourage people to make good healthy choices and give practical help.  This funding will help even more people learn how to look after their heart health and ultimately lead healthier, happier, longer lives.  Thanks to everyone who has made these grants possible and interested groups can apply for a grant now.”

For further information please visit  

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Part Time post- 18 hours a week


Salary Scale F- Stage  1  £22,363 for JNC qualified worker or qualified teacher

Salary Scale E- Stages 1 – 7 £18,768 - £21,765 for unqualified workers


The Role


We are looking for dynamic and committed Children and Youth Worker to develop the work with Children and Young people in St Margaret’s Church Whitnash and Warwick Gates Community Church. The person would need to be a Christian and be a member of a Christian Church. This is an exciting opportunity to work intensely with children and young people to make a difference to their lives, and help them to achieve their potential.


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


Interviews and Contact Details


If you would like to discuss the post then please phone Rev Richard Suffern on 01926425070.


Please download application forms from   


Please return your completed application form by email or post to Rev Richard Suffern, St Margaret’s Rectory, 2 Church Close, Whitnash, Leamington Spa CV31 2HJ. Tel 01926 425070.  by the closing date of noon on Thursday 23 July 2015


Short listed candidates will be called for interview to be held in Whitnash on Tuesday 28 July 2015 which will include an exercise involving the computer as well as to give a presentation of up to 10 minutes on: “How I would go about planning and organising the work in the first six months”.


If you would like an informal chat about the post or to look around then do contact the Treasurer William Clemmey on 07500832308 or Rev. Richard Suffern on 01926 425070.


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

Our fantastic fundraising groups help raise vital funds for people living with a terminal illness and their families. 

They play an important role by taking part in all our national fundraising campaigns such as the Great Daffodil Appeal, Blooming Great Tea Party and other yearly collections.

We also rely on them to help organise fundraising events and activities within their local community. Our groups act as ambassadors, helping to spread the word about the work of Marie Curie and encouraging and supporting local people, clubs and organisations to fundraise for us too. All across the UK, groups of volunteers meet regularly to organise and support fundraising activities in their local community.

We are currently trying to set up a Stratford fundraising group and need volunteers.  We need you!

For more information please contact:


Kate McGrory

Community Fundraiser – Coventry & Warwickshire

Marie Curie

T: 0121 703 3718

M: 07885814370


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Are you looking to make friends?  Or even trying to find a relationship?

A new safe Friendship and Relationship service is coming to Coventry and Warwickshire for people with Learning Disabilities and Autism.

With Safemates you will be able to meet people on a one-to-one basis or in fun friendly groups and activities.  We will support you to meet like minded people looking for friendship in your local areas.

If you would like to enquire about membership or receive more information on the service please contact us on:

01926 940319

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Public Health Warwickshire and partners would like to invite you to attend a market testing event to discuss the ‘Healthy South Warwickshire’ funding opportunity that will be launched in early October.

This event is an opportunity made possible by financial contributions from various stakeholders, including:

  • Warwick District Council
  • Stratford District Council
  • South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group
  • Warwickshire CAVA
  • VASA


During this event we will explain:

  • The introduction to the funding
  • An explanation of the CSW-JETS system
  • How to approach the application form
  • Example of a successful applicant
  • Support available from WCAVA and VASA

This event is aimed at Third Sector organisations in South Warwickshire with an existing remit or desire to begin to deliver projects that will improve the health and wellbeing of their local communities.  There will be approximately £80,000 available for third sector organisations to bid against.

To register your place please click on the link below:

Market Testing Event, 30 September

We look forward to seeing you there!

Kind Regards

Public Health Warwickshire

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This 21st – 27th September we’re launching our first ever Air Ambulance Week Appeal. We’ll be turning our cities, towns and villages bright yellow as we hand out thousands of pin badges in exchange for donations.


We need your help to promote our volunteer opportunities! We are looking for Street Collectors, Collection Organisers and House to House Collectors. All the details can be found on our website and here is the link:


The details of street collections and the opportunity to sign up right now are available through the above link by clicking on the appropriate county which highlights the specific locations of the collections and the 2 hour sign-up slots. Interested parties will then be contacted and kept up to date with details surrounding the event.


There is also a link to a poster ‘Poster’ that will link you to a pdf that can be printed out and circulated


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