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Administrative Assistants


Salary Grade D:  £14,338 - £15,941 pro rata


2 posts available, each 20-25 hours per week


1 post to be based in the Warwick/Leamington Spa/Stratford upon Avon areas and 1 post to be based in Nuneaton



About Us



The Localities and Partnerships Team helps communities to help themselves.    We work in partnership with many organisations, including local voluntary and community groups, other Councils, health agencies and the police to build strong and vibrant communities, and support the most vulnerable people to feel included in their neighbourhood.


We’re looking for 2 Administrative Assistants to join us.



The Role



Joining our team, you’ll be responsible for providing  general administrative duties as well as answering the phones and greeting visitors to our offices.   You’ll be assisting with organising meetings; taking minutes; diary management; sorting and distributing the post as well as updating our databases.  In addition you’ll be undertaking routine financial processes.  You may be asked to work in different locations and help with other duties as required.



Skills and Experience



With good and accurate literacy, numeracy and administrative skills and the ability to analyse information to solve general queries you’ll also need good keyboard and IT skills.  As you’ll be managing a variety of relationships with different people, it’s important you have good communication skills and can to work on your own initiative.  Good planning and organising skills, used to working under pressure to meet deadlines; resilient and used to handling and processing computerised information are also required.  In addition you’ll have strong attention to detail; be used to working within a team and on your own initiative as well as be flexible to travel to other locations across the county to undertake work as and when required.



For further details please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification


The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 5 January.  Interviews will be held on Tuesday 26 and Wednesday 27 January.


Additional Information



For further information about the role please contact Sarah Butter on 01788 533656 or email



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

Back for its third year, Warwickshire Week of Thrift is expected to be bigger and better than 2015!  Backed by the County Council 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.

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Local community grants scheme looking for applications

Community grants scheme open for applications until 12 noon, 27 November 2015

Local environmental charity Groundwork are encouraging community groups in the West Midlands to submit their applications for a grant of up to £12,000 to improve local green spaces.

The current funding round closes for applications at 12 noon on 27th November 2015, with the next opportunity to bid occurring in early 2016.

The grants programme is managed by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.

Projects that will get the green light as a result of the funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, woodland walks and community gardens.

The charity is encouraging online applications from a wide range of organisations including: voluntary/community organisations, registered charities, health bodies, Parish/Town councils, social enterprises, Community Interest Companies, community councils, local authorities and housing organisations. Other not-for-profit organisations might also be eligible.

Applications will be shortlisted with three projects in each Tesco region moving forward to a Tesco in store customer vote and will receive grants of either £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000.

Locally based Groundwork ‘Community Enablers’ are available to provide advice to groups on preparing their bids.

Stephen Cook, Operations Manager at Groundwork West Midlands said: “With just a few weeks to go before this funding round closes we’re encouraging as many community groups as possible to have a think about local projects that would benefit from a grant. We know that local people have the clearest ideas of the projects that need a bit of TLC where they live and so we look forward to being able to support as many in the West Midlands as possible.”

Rebecca Shelley, Group Communications Director for Tesco said: “We’re doing what we can to help our customers minimise the impact of the bag charge as well as their impact on the environment, by helping them recycle and re-use their bags. We’re also supporting individual projects, chosen

locally by our customers, which will add up to make a real difference in communities. That’s why I’d encourage community groups in the midlands to apply for a grant and to visit the dedicated website to find out more.”

Applications can be made by contacting:

Or apply at

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To support those households with cold related health conditions, Such as;

Cardiovascular conditions; Respiratory conditions e.g. COPD; Neurological conditions e.g. dementia; Musculoskeletal conditions e.g. Rheumatoid arthritis; Blood conditions; Cancer; Diabetes; Mental health conditions.

There are a range of services and support available. These services are subject to eligibility and funding availability.

Services for all households:

  • Free phone advice line offering:
  • Energy saving advice
  • Fuel bill advice
  • Switching support
  • Referrals for energy saving measures such as insulation

Support for owner occupier/private rented households with cold related health conditions and in receipt of certain benefits/low income*

  • Emergency Heater Scheme
  • Grants for Boiler Replacements
  • Grants for Boiler Servicing & Repairs
  • Loft and Cavity Wall Insulation Grants
  • Home visits to support the most vulnerable households

*All Schemes are subject to eligibility criteria and funding availability

For more information please call Act on Energy on the Freephone Advice Line: 0800 988 2881


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Level 2 - Alert and Readiness
There is a 60% probability of severe cold weather and icy conditions between 2100 on Friday 20 Nov and 0900 on Monday 23 Nov in parts of England. This weather could increase the health risks to vulnerable patients and disrupt the delivery of services.
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Every year we have people approach us wanting to volunteer specifically over the festive period.  These tend to be people who for reasons of work or other personal commitment cannot volunteer at other times of the year….“The Christmas Shutdown Effect”.  We’ve noticed an early surge in enquiries this year: usually the enquiries come at the very end of November and the first two weeks of December.

We really want to help these people find somewhere to volunteer, but the number of opportunities (roles) we currently have on our books that are festive period specific is very small: we have around 500 opportunities on our books and maybe 3 are specific to Christmas and the New Year.

So….the purpose of this website post is to ask if you have a need for additional help at the end of December.  We get enquiries from people all over Stratford District, and well beyond, but many of the people are Stratford based and want to volunteer in the town.

I’d like to put a list of suitable opportunities together to hand out to interested people.  Taking it further, if we had enough opportunities then we would proactively market these through our usual volunteer recruitment channels {websites, newspapers, social media etc.}.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions….and ideally if you have a need for additional help over Christmas and New Year.  We can’t promise to provide this additional help, but we’ll certainly try.

Best wishes



Charles Barlow

Lead Officer 

Phone: 01789 262889


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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.

Springfield Mind – Mind Over Matter Volunteers.  Volunteers are needed to work with individuals living with or at high risk of developing mental ill health, to change their mindset about health.  Volunteers can work in three areas: drop-in workshops, mobile support champions (car needed) and weekly walks.

Healthwatch Warwickshire – Enter and View Authorised Representatives.  Volunteers are needed to participate in Enter and View activities for health and social care services.  The role will include preparing for visits, undertaking visits with 2 other Authorised Representatives, reporting and following up visits.

Sunny Side Up – Teaching Computer Skills.  Meeting on a Tuesday afternoon in central Stratford, this steadily expanding group is looking for additional volunteers. The sessions cover email, searching and buying online, Word or equivalent including Mac, online security, photo storage and editing, downloading apps and books.

 Stratford District Sports Awards 2016 – Event Volunteers.  Get involved with one of the highlights of the local sporting calendar by volunteering at next year’s awards.  Stewards and helpers are needed on 22 January, meeting and greeting attendees, signing them in, showing them to their places and generally helping out.

Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District – Office VolunteersWe are looking for people to help out in our busy, friendly office.  Tasks can include taking bookings for volunteer transport journeys, phoning volunteer drivers and greeting people at reception.  Good people skills, phone skills and IT skills needed.

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

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Warwickshire County Council has created a one-off grant fund of £ 500,000 to give support to Third Sector organisations and Town and Parish Councils.

Download the papers at:

The Transformation Fund will run for two rounds. The closing dates for applications are:

* Midday on Monday 7 December 2015
* Midday on Monday 1 February 2016

The Fund will help eligible organisations to take on board the significant transformation which is necessary to ensure that communities have the capacity to meet the challenges associated with the delivery of Warwickshire County Council’s One Organisational Plan.

The Fund will provide up to 2 years of financial support to help eligible organisations to develop and pilot new business models that will provide sustainable and appropriate services into the future. Bids should clearly align with the purpose and one or more of the outcomes in the One Organisational Plan.

The Fund will offer one-off grants that may be spent over up to 2 years, of between £ 5,000 and £ 70,000.

Successful applications will be monitored on a quarterly basis and evaluated annually by the Localities and Partnerships Team.

Decisions on grants awarded from the Transformation Fund will take into account other funding opportunities across the Council and its Public Sector partners, and will seek to avoid duplication.

Please contact your area's Localities and Partnerships team office or Jane Coates for further information if needed.

Jane Coates
Projects Coordinator (Community Capacity)
Localities & Partnerships Team
Communities Group
Warwickshire County Council

First Floor,
Barrack Street,
CV34 4TH

Tel: 01926 412980

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Stratford Air Training Corps is recruiting adult volunteers to join its enthusiastic and committed team.  If you have some spare time to give something back and to provide young people with exciting and challenging opportunities that will inspire and fulfil them, please consider volunteering.

No previous experience is necessary.  Training and support will be given, but previous military or cadet experience would be a great benefit.

For more information please contact the Volunteer Centre by telephone 01789 262889 or email

*The Air Training Corps is one of the country's leading youth organisations, partly supported by the RAF and partly as a charity.  The ATC provides a challenging environment for cadets to rise above the rest.  Although some cadets aspire to join the armed forces, many have other careers in mind.  Whichever direction their future lies, most cadets find the experience and training gained during their time in the ATC as memorable as it is invaluable.

There are two free on-line events coming up in the next few days (Thursday 12/11 and Thursday 19/11) that you could consider attending as they happen, or making use of on-demand availability.

One is very much specific to the work of Charities, the other a major event about every aspect of e-mail.

Next week, on 19th November, there is an hour long presentation by Salsa about End-Of-Year-Fundraising strategies and techniques.All the details are HERE - the presenters are Amy Shellenberger, Director of Development and Outreach Strategies, Polar Bears International and Michael Kelly, Communications Director, Clean Water Action and they will cover which channels to use for the 'ask', be detailed about using e-mail and when and how often to ask - plus there will be specific case-studies 

This event is free because it provides a commercial company (Salsa) with an opportunity to introduce themselves to prospective new clients and to build a relationship with those who already know of them and they work they do in the Charity and Community Sectors.

This is slightly different to say where you might attend a grant funder (and funded) presentation where the host is mandated to try and reach as many people/groups as possible and to offer that support a no or a very low cost.

The quality of what will be offered at any of this kind of webinar or event can vary and as this presentation hasn't happened, VASA cannot offer any sort of recommendation bar saying that Salsa should try to offer good practical advice (if not a bit more) so that you really do appreciate the event - so that you have them at least to mind when you could consider the services and products they offer.

If you attend an event in person, it is a bit difficult to just walk out if you feel that the presentations aren't what you want, or even if you are bored. You may be a paid member of staff or a volunteer but in either case, you have taken time out of your working day to attend. If you register and go to an event such as this, you can simply log off and go and find something else to do.

The event hosts (Salsa) will know this but won't have any idea of why you have left. Your feedback or your subsequent actions (responding to any e-mail they send etc) will give them a better idea.In return for this (and other events - see below) being 'free', you will be asked to provide some basic details about yourself and your group/charity. This isn't anything like the list collection and then re-sale that some Charities have been indulging in. If you start to receive communication you don't want you can (and should) immediately unsubscribe and that will be the end of that.

The other event, this Thursday, is a series of presentations about e-mail. It is really a day long conference which actually starts around 4pm UK time (as it is based from the US) so with around 6 presentations (usually every hour) you could 'attend' through to 10pm and have worked well beyond your nominal finish of 5.30pm.

All the details of how to attend are HERE    

The Salsa event will almost certainly be on-demand for a long period - and if you register and are unable to attend, you will receive notification of the recording becoming available. This conference will be on-demand for 90 days (through till mid Feb 2016) so to be able to view 'late (UK) night' sessions that you missed (when the conference is live), you can plan to go back to the conference site as you have time.  

The presentations will cover everything from e-mail technology, design, campaigns, case-studies etc and will be predominantly examples of commercial business use. But, much of how e-mail is used 'for a profit' does apply to how community groups and charities can benefit from what it offers.

At an event like this, there is also a substantial 'Resources' section where you will be able to find guides and support about e-mail use and development, and on several other related topics such as web sites and social media. This is all free and you can download and use at your leisure.Another webinar you may want to watch is HERE

It is a niche area - design of web sites for inclusive and accessible on-line learning - ie if you are going to offer training via your web site, how to make the whole package as accessible and usable by anyone. Having watched it, it is a thorough look at what you would need to do to achieve the best access for all.

Some other on-line resources that you may find useful:

How to write a very good Blog Post - or know that you have done so and that people have shared it 

Everyone has a story to tell - you can find stories everywhere, stories that will inspire and bring people to you 

Why User Generated Content is really important - and what it is 

How to create a Customer/Client/Supporter journey - how to develop and use personas

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There are still many communities in the UK that suffer from economic and social deprivation and the current economic climate may make this situation worse. For this reason, Comic Relief has decided that £4.5 million should be available to fund projects across the UK which are addressing these issues through the ‘Local Communities’ programme

Comic Relief is pleased to be working with UK Community Foundations and Community Foundations across the UK, to deliver this Local Communities programme.

The Heart of England Community Foundation is one of the delivery partners for Coventry, Warwickshire, Solihull, Birmingham and the Black Country.

The Local Communities programme will run for 18 months and during this time, grants of between £1,000 and £5,000 will be available.

The programme aims to empower local people, enabling them to create lasting change in their communities.  Projects  should be run  by people directly affected by the issues they are dealing with and priority will be given to small, locally based groups or organisations in areas of disadvantage that have a clear understanding of the needs of their community.

Under the programme, organisations can apply for funding to:

    Improve people’s life skills, education, employability and enterprise
    Maximise people’s ability to strengthen community cohesion and build social capacity
    Provide people with opportunities to access local services, achieve greater social justice and to     reduce inequality, exclusion and disadvantage
    Advance people’s physical and mental health, wellbeing and safety


For FULL details please visit the Heart of England Web Site HERE

Do you want more of a say about your medical treatment or care? 

Do you want to be more in control of your health and wellbeing?

Healthwatch Warwickshire – the group which represents patients is holding a series of public meetings aimed at giving you a say in health and social care.

We want to hear your views, and your experiences - whether they’re good or bad. Tell us what’s working, and what isn’t.

What you tell us could help shape the future of health and social care across Warwickshire for years to come.

And we’ll even lay on lunch!

YOUR voice can be heard at your local meeting


  • Thursday December 10th 2015 from 10.00am to 12.00pm
  • Stratford Town Hall, Sheep Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. CV37 6EF.
  • A buffet lunch will be available from 12.00pm to 1.00pm
  • For more information call 01926 422823 or email



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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.

Springfield Mind – Breakfast Club Volunteers.  Supporting people aged 50+ who are experiencing low mental wellbeing and mental ill health, the club will take place at Stratford Job Centre every Wednesday, 10.00am to 12.00pm, starting on 11 November. Volunteers are needed to get involved with all aspects of running the club.

Warwickshire Vision Support – Rota Co-ordinator for the Alcester/Studley area.  Help is needed to organise a small monthly rota for volunteers to visit partially impaired people in their own homes, and to send out letters to clients advising of forthcoming visits.  Good communication and administration skills required.

Compton Verney – Meet and Greet Volunteers.  With the new Welcome and Interpretation Centre being built, volunteers are needed to receive visitors and help them to purchase tickets, provide information on what’s on and prices, and generally to provide a high quality experience that visitors will want to repeat.

Cards for Good Causes Shop – Shop Assistants.  Selling Christmas cards on behalf of many national and local charities, the shop, which is located upstairs in Stratford Library, is looking for volunteers between now and mid December.  Days are divided into morning and afternoon shifts and volunteers usually work in pairs. 

The Parenting Project – Parent Mentor.  You will need to be able to listen and encourage in a non judgemental manner, enabling parents to build their confidence and engage with wider community services. Commitment 2-3 hours a week for a minimum of six months. Desirable to have parenting or caring experience.

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

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Just published is our November Newsletter for VASA members. It covered a number of funding opportunities, a (free - quality) advice section and introduced our special Christmas Project. This article contains the Funding and advice sections for your perusal. If you would like to subscribe to this newsletter, please send an e-mail to titled 'Newsletter'.

Please do contact us if you have any projects you want to develop before considering funding streams - and remember that for those projects based in Stratford who could receive a Stratford Town Trust grant - that the closing date for R1 of 2016 is Mid January



This is a new bringing together of four significant web sites where you can search for support from Trusts, Companies, the Government and Individuals. It may only be useful (affordable) by larger groups as each of the four web sites costs £299 (+ VAT) for a year’s subscription.


These are a number of funding opportunities that you could apply for –


The Hilden Charitable Fund Community activities for 16-25 year olds

The Hilden Charitable Fund provides grants to small organisations (maximum turnover £200,000) with an average value of £5,000 to support community based activities for young people aged 16 to 25.

The next application deadline is 16th December 2015.


Empty properties for young people in housing need

LandAid, the property industry charity, has opened its annual £1 million funding programme to bring empty properties across the UK into use for young people in  housing need.

UK -based charities working in areas with high indices of deprivation  can apply for grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 for work across the UK which turns empty properties into supported accommodation for young people who are either homeless or at severe risk of becoming homeless.

There is a three-stage application process with a first deadline on 16th November 2015

Heart of England – The Harry Payne Fund

Closing date for the next round is Wednesday, 11th November 2015

The Harry Payne Fund offers grants for up to £1000 and is happy to fund core costs. Please look at the Heart of England website or contact the grants team on 024 7688 3262/3265.

The fund will cover anywhere within a 25 mile radius of the centre of Birmingham so it includes Stratford, Warwick, Leamington, Nuneaton etc.


GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund

They are looking to help small, local community projects and community minded people through their GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From November 2nd 2015 for 17 weeks, they are seeking to award 85 £300 donations to help volunteer groups and people just like you. Supporting warm-hearted people and projects

For more information: CLICK HERE

For the web site


War Memorials Trust

Application deadline: Thursday, 31st December 2015

The scheme is designed to help with projects for the repair and conservation of freestanding war memorials in England. Key information relating to the scheme can be found at:

Armed Forces Community Covenant Fund

The application form and guidance for Covenant Fund small and large grants is now available from


The next deadline is 17th December and the application portal will be re-opened on the 12th November for that deadline.

For guidance please visit

The above Funding Notices came from the Warwickshire CAVA newsletter. It’s a very good (free to subscribe) read which comes out weekly. To join CLICK HERE

Think Big with O2

Application deadline: Wednesday, 11th November 2015

The "Think Big with O2" youth programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme - Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2,500. The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as:

·    Materials & equipment
·    Cost of renting space
·    Transportation
·    Advertising, etc.

For further details, visit:

Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity

Application deadline: Friday, 11th December 2015

The Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity offers grants to registered charities in the UK working to improve the quality of life for children in hospitals and hospices.
The Charity aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the NHS.  For example, arts, play and music programmes for patients, facilities for parents such as parent accommodation, a wide range of projects in children's hospices, capital building programmes for children's hospitals and hospices and state of the art equipment.
To download all the necessary information including Grant Policy Guidelines, Application Guidelines and an Application form visit:

Help the Homeless - Supporting homeless charities throughout the UK

Application deadline: Tuesday, 15th December 2015

Help The Homeless's main funding remit is the regular allocation of grants (generally up to £5,000) for projects that help homeless people rebuild their lives and re-enter society. Funding is targeted at projects focused on helping disadvantaged individuals return to the community through training or residential facility provision, rather than merely providing short term shelter.

Glasspool Charity Trust

The Glasspool Trust is one of the few national charities making grants to individuals, which has no restrictions on the type of beneficiary. The Trust’s aim is to provide timely, life-enhancing support to people in need; short-term involvement for long-term impact.
They do not accept applications from individuals directly, instead believing their grants are most effective through working with front-line advice and social care agencies that provide a package of support.


How to Tender – What Charities need to know (FREE) - Park House The University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Friday 6th November -

An online guide on How to decide whether to respond to a Tender Opportunity  could also be very useful

Legacy Fundraising Training – from WCVYS - Tuesday, 10 November 2015 - 10:00am to 4:30pm – Learn Warwickshire Hub, Rugby -

South Warwickshire Funders Forum – Tuesday 17th November at Hill Close Gardens, Warwickshire – BOOK HERE

The main presentation will be on Crowd Funding (by the people who run the very successful ‘Warwick Rocks’) + I will be showing attendees the world of ‘Modern Marketing’ as a warm-up.

Content Development & Strategy Sessions – Wednesday 18th November at VASA Offices, Arden Court, Stratford – 4pm and 6.15pm

Please e-mail if you would like a place (FREE) – those who came back to me in September with a request for these courses will have priority until this Friday 6th November but I am sure there will be some places available.

Dates and times of a Twitter and Facebook session will follow shortly  

Help and Expertise:

These are a selection of some of the (FREE) on-line articles we’ve collected over the last month – they have appeared on our Twitter account but for those who don’t ‘tweet’ here they are -

How to give an Excellent Power Point Presentation guide – a complete step-by-step online article – it is very very good!

Landing Page Design Tips - From Marketing Profs – to help conversion rates every and any time you ask someone to do something on your web site

More Landing Page help - 9 Landing Page Mistakes that will hinder conversion -

6 Winning Types of End-of-Year Stories that Not-for-Profits need to tell

4 Visual Story Telling Best Practices

7 Crucial Story Telling Tips for your Fundraising - a 20 minute video which really is a MUST WATCH

8 Quick and Easy tips to create high quality Video -

And not forgetting one of the webinars of the year on Copywriting -

Truly outstanding Webinar on all aspects of writing copy

For those in charge of the ‘money’ - How to write a financial procedure

Enegry Warwickshire (part of the charity WRCC) is a group buying syndicate which aims to reduce the costs of buying heating oil by purchasing in bulk.

Their latest negotations have meant an average saving of £58 per order of 1000 ltrs of heating oil.

They also offer very competitive rates for bulk buying of LPG and LPG cylinders.To become a syndicate member, you need to visit their web site -

This is their most recent newsletter showing savings in more detail - EW-Advert-for-web-october-2015.pdf

Please circulate, however you can, to your residents who are not connected to mains supplies.

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WCC has launched the community computers scheme 2015. There are a total of 20 laptops per area (20 for Stratford and 20 for Warwick District). An application form is available in this article. The closing date is 13th of November 2015.

Who can apply?

Locally based community or voluntary organisations.  This includes Town and  Parish Councils, who can apply for community focused projects (not for administration of the Town/Parish Council).

Small-scale groups who have little or no IT equipment, and can show how it will be used to grow their organisation.

Groups who do not have significant reserves or other resources 

Application forms are available to download from this link


Please note: All laptops, no desk tops. Only 1 computer per group
Parish Councils must demonstrate that the computer will be used for community focused work and not their own admin work.
Successful applicants must log on within the 3 month warranty period to ensure the validity (last year some groups didn't log on for 6 months and caused ICT a few problems).
If you know of a group without access to a PC just give call the number below and a hard copy will be sent to them. 

Please don't hesitate to contact Anita if you need any further information.  


Anita Kendall
Localities & Partnerships Southern Area Support Officer

Tel: Leamington 01926 456102
Warwick -  01926 412980
Mob: 07795 368056

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Message from Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services

This is your invitation to explore being part of a collaborative bid...

Does your organisation have something to offer? Would you like to be part of a collaborative bid to inform and improve future 0-5 provision and 'early help' in Warwickshire?

Please register on eventbrite and join us at The Sydni Centre on Monday 26th October from 1.30-3.30pm to ensure your involvement.

The Foundation Project (Part 1) will provide the 0-5 Strategy Group - and its three work streams - with up-to-date engagement, needs and assets assessment information to help inform ‘how’ to shape future 0-5 provision and ‘early-help’ in Warwickshire.

Project Aim

The Foundation Project (Part 1) will provide the 0-5 Strategy Group - and its three work streams - with up-to-date engagement, needs and assets assessment information to help inform ‘how’ to shape future 0-5 provision and ‘early-help’ in Warwickshire.

Project Outcomes

At least 30% of the representation within the ‘0-5 Reference Groups Network’ includes ‘harder to reach’ parents/carers

Please see the attached documents for full information

The Tender Closing Date is 4th November so we must move quickly!

Residents are invited to Stratford-on-Avon District Annual Conference where there will be an opportunity for you to meet leaders from the county council, district council, police, health and voluntary sector.

The conference will take place in Wellesbourne onWednesday 2nd December 6 pm - 9 pm at The University of Warwick (formerly Horticultural Research Institute, A429 Cirencester Road), Wellesbourne Campus, Wellesbourne  CV35 9EF. Registration and refreshments will be available from 6.00 pm with a market place, and presentations from 7.00pm to 9.00pm. This event is being organised by Warwickshire County Council and Stratford-on-Avon District Council with a ‘spotlight on our communities’ giving residents the opportunity to:

  • Hear ‘what’s on the horizon’ from the leaders in the public and community sector,
  • Hear about the positive work that all partners are doing with communities linked to the priorities within Stratford-on-Avon District Social Inclusion Statement, 
  • Celebrate in the achievements of local communities,  
  • Be involved in the development of future priorities for the community, and discuss issues that are emerging in the district.

Steve Orchard Touch FM will be facilitating this year's conference with guest speakers to include:-

  • Cllr Izzi Seccombe, Leader of Warwickshire County Council.
  • Cllr Chris Saint, Leader Stratford-on-Avon District Council
  • Ron Ball, Police and Crime Commissioner for Warwickshire
  • David Squires, Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District 
  • ·Dr David Spraggett, Chair of South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning Group  

Part of the conference will be centred on the development of future priorities for communities where all delegates will be invited to raise community issues around the following themes: 

  • Access to services through geographical Isolation
  • Loneliness
  • Sense of belonging to your local community
  • Individuals health and wellbeing
  • Barriers to education, employment and training
  • Low income households, high debt households and poverty

For more information and to book a place, please click on the link below:

Spotlight on our communities

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Want to volunteer at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust?

Join us on 4th November from 5pm-7pm for our volunteering recruitment evening at the New Place project office, Chapel Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Meet our staff and volunteers to discover more about volunteering across our sites, the New Place project and the variety of ways you can get involved.

As a volunteer, you’re entitled to exclusive benefits, including:

  • Travel expenses up to £10 a day
  • Flexible hours that work around you Training for all volunteer roles
  • Free entry to all of our properties after 20 hours service
  • Discounts at our cafes, shops and other retailers 
  • Around Stratford 95% of our volunteers say that they love volunteering for the Trust, and 94% would recommend becoming a volunteer with us!

Based on our 2014 volunteer survey results

Volunteers play a crucial role within the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, supporting our staff and enhancing the experience of our visitors. All you need is a few hours to spare and lots of enthusiasm. Volunteers must be aged 16+.

If you’d like to come along please get in touch or simply drop in during the evening. Refreshments will be provided.

To find out more contact: Kate Christmas, Community Engagement & Volunteering Manager

Tel: 01789 338474  Email:


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