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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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We are looking to recruit three Assistant Youth Leaders; one for each of the following groups

Tuesday afternoons 14.45 - 17.15 (after school coffee bar)

Tuesday evenings 18.15 - 20.45 (junior youth club)

Wednesday evenings 18.45 - 21.15 (senior youth club)

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

Call or email Peter Crathorne for an application pack (01564) 794240 or

Visits prior to application welcome

Closing Date - Monday 20th July

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£27,323 pro rata (0.8 FTE / 28 hours per week / flexi time)

It’s an exciting time to join Live & Local. We are growing fast this year to eventually support a network of over 300 voluntary organisations across seven counties in the east and west midlands who choose and promote professional live performances and film screenings for their local community run venues.

You will join a team of eight in Warwick and be responsible for the creation of long-term value for Live & Local from audiences, promoters, artists and other partners consistent with the values of Live & Local. This involves being an ambassador for the organisation, shaping and delivery of a fundraising strategy, managing time limited projects and driving forward new initiatives to ensure long term growth and sustainability.

The successful candidate will have exceptional project management skills and a track record of effective fundraising for cultural projects plus a knowledge of and passion for the performing arts and film. Excellent communication, networking and interpersonal skills are essential, as is the commitment and vision to strengthen and develop the organisation.

Live & Local works to a flexi-time system that allows employees to vary their working hours day to day within specified limits.

Live & Local is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England.

Deadline:10am on Monday 13th July 2015.

Interviews:Tuesday 21st July 2015 in Warwick.

Application:Via online application form only. Application pack available for download on our jobs

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Warwickshire County Council needs to make overall savings of around £92m by 2018. Each year, the Council spends around £15 million per year on home to school transport. The savings target allocated to this area of work as part of the One Organisational Plan is £3.7m.

As a local authority we currently provide free or assisted transport to certain groups of children with no legal entitlement to such support. The current cost of the discretionary element of our transport provision is at least £2.9 million. This includes our Vacant Seats and Post 16 schemes that generate around £1.2 million of income per year.

Further details on the consultation are attached via the following link:-

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Could you spare a few hours a month to help someone through a tough time?

Experience the satisfaction of touching another person’s life when it really matters

Meet new friends

Gain valuable life skills

Full training given

For more information and details of Open Evenings being held on 8 July or 9 September:

Warwickshire County Council and partners are reviewing the future of adult social care services with a focus on quality to ensure people are getting the right care, in the right place at the right time.

From Monday 22 June to Friday 26 June, council staff will be talking to as many people as possible about their experiences of using a range of adult social care services.

Please click on the link below to take part in the consulation and please do pass this onto anyone who you feel would benefit from this information.

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Please click on the link below for the latest update.


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Do you feel the police are visible enough? Is crime under-reported? Tell us your views on policing and crime in rural areas.

What are your views on police response in your area?

How does crime and the fear of crime impact your community?

Are you concerned about threats to wildlife?

Give us your views on policing and crime and help us protect rural areas.

In response to concerns from people living and working in rural areas, the National Rural Crime Network is launching the biggest ever survey of rural policing and crime.

In the face of shrinking budgets, it is important for us to better understand your experiences of policing and crime in your area. Have you suffered financial loss, been concerned or worried about safety or feel the focus is generally on urban areas? You don’t need to tell us who you are, you can complete the survey anonymously.

If your answer is yes, then please complete our survey.

Our aim is to use the results of the survey toimprove awareness of crime in rural areas and encourage crime prevention, inform government policyand helpensure funding is not disproportionately lost from rural areas.The results from the survey will inform the police and their partners in their work,helping to ensure theright services and resources are available to rural communities.

We can only do this with your help.

For the 10-15 minutes it will take,your response will make a differenceto policing, crime and community safety in rural areas. If you want to, you can complete the survey anonymously.

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Following a summit with Town and Parish Councils last year to explore how Warwickshire County Council can extend partnership working arrangements and explore delivering services more locally, Warwickshire County Council has been working with Alcester Town Council to develop a new initiative.

The focus of this work is to enable the Town Council and local partners to operate with Health and Wellbeing at its core to provide greater and more targeted support for its residents, whilst at the same time, building community capacity and resilience.

Dr John Linnane will be the key speaker at a launch event for the Board, which will be held on 30 June from 7pm at The Jubilee Centre in Alcester.  An invitation from Alcester Town Council is attached.



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The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales would like to see more applications for development funding from registered charities and CIOs in England and Wales. The Enable grants programme was created to help small and medium-sized charities who have been hit hard by cuts and changes to funding and commissioning to have a more stable future. 'Enable' is a rolling grants programme and has £2.5 million still available to award in 2015.

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Looking for friendly computer advice?

Having trouble with your technology?

Want to know about staying safe online?

Whatever your disability, AbilityNet can help you get the most from your home computer.  Our free services include free telephone helpline, free computer support at home and lots of free factsheets and free tools on our website. 

At Ability Net we are able to offer free computer help for disabled people. We offer a free helpline (number below), free factsheets, free online assessment tools and we also have a network of Ability Net IT Can Help disclosure-checked volunteers who can help disabled people with their home computers. They can do this on the phone, online or in the persons own home. If this is something that anyone you come into contact with might benefit from, we would welcome hearing from them. Alternatively we can take referrals from professionals on an individual’s behalf. Within Warwickshire we have volunteers in Stratford and Rugby but are currently on a recruitment drive to get more.

Contact us

0800 269 545

How we help disabled people. 

Free Helpline

Call our friendly team for any advise about computers and disability. 

Free Factsheets

Our library of factsheets provides expert advise about how disabled people can use computers and the internet. 

Free It Support at Home

Our network of AbilityNet ITCanHelp disclosure-checked volunteers help disabled people with their home computers.  They can do this on the phone, online or in your own home. Our IT Support at Home service may not be available in all areas at al times please call 0800269545 to see if we have a volunteer available in your area. 

Free My Computer My Way

A free online tool that helps you use the accessibility features built into every desktop computer, laptop, tablet and smartphone. 

Free Online Assessment Tool

Our interactive website helps to identify your needs and the options that could help you use your computer more easily. 

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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.

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. 

Stratford River Festival – Volunteers.  Would you like an opportunity to get involved with one of the biggest events in Stratford? Leaflet and poster distributors are needed before the festival and then over the weekend of 4 and 5 July marshals and litter pickers are needed.

Enrych – Befrienders.  Volunteers are needed to accompany people with physical difficulties to social activities, e.g. trips into town, places of interest and meals out.  Often the people are socially isolated and lonely, with no other means of getting out.  A weekly or fortnightly commitment is needed.

RSPB – Events Volunteer.  The Events Team goes out to events across the region, inspiring people to support the great work of the RSPB.  New volunteers are needed for the team, to welcome visitors to the stand, to run simple children’s activities and hopefully sign up new members.  Training is provided and expenses are paid.

Oxfam Stratford Bookshop – Stockroom Assistant.  Interested in books and supporting the work of Oxfam?  The role will involve sorting through donated items, assessing their value, pricing them up and putting them out for display.  Training will be provided and some manual handling will be required.

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

Please click on the link below for the updated list of opportunities, arranged by locality.


If you would like more information on any of these roles, or would like to apply for any of them, please contact the Volunteer Centre -, 01789 262889.

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Sunday 14 June, 0900 to 1630, Ken Kennett Centre Stratford

£38 per candidate for WCAVA, WCVYS and VASA members


WCVYS in conjunction with their partners Hands on First Aid Training, are offering First Aid Courses to volunteer youth and community workers working in Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull. 

This is a Health & Safety Executive (HSE) approved course and is designed for people who want to receive training in emergency first aid and is especially suited for nominated first aiders in smaller, low risk environments.

About the Trainers

The Trainers come from Paramedic and voluntary sector backgrounds so are well suited to tailor First Aid Programmes for youth and community environments.

About the Course

The content of this course provides basic life saving first aid and workplace health and safety regulations. 

On completion of the training, successful candidates will be able to:

  • understand the role of the first aider, including reference to:

              - the need for recording incidents and actions
              - use available equipment

  • assess the situation and circumstances in order to act safely, promptly and effectively in an emergency
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is unconscious (including seizure)
  • administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is choking
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is wounded and bleeding
  • administer first aid to a casualty who is suffering from shock
  • provide appropriate first aid for minor injuries (including small cuts, grazes and bruises, minor burns and scalds, small splinters)

Who is the course for 

The course is suitable for people working within youth and community organisations.  The minimum age for the course is 16 years old.  This is a practical course and attendees will be required to carry out some practical work on the floor including CPR.  If you are unable to work at floor level, please contact WCVYS on 01926 413611 to discuss further.

On completion of the course, attendees will receive a certificate, valid for 3 years along with a First Aid Booket.

Note: If you have attended a course facilitated by WCVYS in the past, this course provides similar content to that course with HSE approval.

For more information please see

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An enchanting summer evening concert with Village Voices at the Methodist Church, Old Town, Stratford on Avon CV37 6BG.

On Saturday 6th June 2015 at 7.30pm.  Tickets £8.00 on the door and includes light refreshments.

All to raise money for Springfield Mind, a charity providing support to people in mental distress across South Warwickshire.

Maria Fennell CEO says "we are so grateful to all the volunteers of Village Voices, who are giving up their Saturday evening for Springfield Mind".

We have three grants round each year - and there is still time to apply for our final round of 2015. 

The deadline for applications for Round 3 is 5pm on Friday September 4th.

Grant applications are to be submitted online via our website - click here to be taken to our Grants pages. Go online to see who can apply and how to apply - and don't forget to read our application top tips...

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A new scheme has been launched in Warwickshire to enable eligible businesses and voluntary organisations to claim grants of up to £3,000 towards the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband. The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme is now available to any business, charity or voluntary organisation and can cover both fixed solutions, usually fibre connections, or wireless solutions such as satellite or microwave broadband where fibre is not available.

Organisations are usually eligible if they employ fewer than 250 people and have a turnover of less than £41m per year. Even sole-traders or businesses run from home can apply, so the scheme is open as widely as possible.

The Broadband Connection Voucher Scheme will complement the broadband rollout under the CSW Broadband programme, and is administered by Coventry City Council, who have over 12 months’ experience of the voucher scheme in Coventry prior to its extension into Warwickshire.

It is very positive that this scheme is now open to organisations in Warwickshire and organisations are urged to apply as soon as possible. This voucher scheme will help those businesses who need support to connect to the new technologies, and will also help those in areas where the fibre network has not yet reached by contributing to the connection costs of satellite or microwave solutions. Warwickshire has a high number of small enterprises and businesses run from home, and it is important that these should be able to compete against larger businesses in an increasingly global economy.

The scheme has been running in Coventry for some time and so far over 300 vouchers have been issued, representing grants with a total value in excess of £500,000. Applying to the scheme is very straightforward and applications will be dealt with promptly, simply visit

All enquiries about the scheme should be directed to Coventry City Council by emailing

Remember: A fibre connection may not be available in your area now, but the CSW Broadband network is expanding rapidly. It is a wholesale network that will offer a wide choice of Internet Service Providers, so if you are told that fibre broadband is not yet available in your area, check the CSW Broadband website for more information: and of course, this voucher scheme also covers satellite or wireless solutions if you can’t wait for fibre!

Dear Colleagues,


Warwickshire County Council, through the Public Health team, made a commitment in its Public Mental Health Strategy for Warwickshire 2014-16, to a renewed focus on suicide prevention. As part of our planned work, we would like to survey the third sector to determine your experiences of working with people who are feeling suicidal, or who have been bereaved through suicide, and your thoughts about what would be helpful to address this moving forward. This information will then be used to inform the development of a new Suicide Prevention Framework for Warwickshire to be produced during 2015-16.


Below you will find a link to a survey monkey which should take between 5 and 10 minutes to complete - closing date for submission is Tuesday 30 June 2015. Please also forward this survey link through to other colleagues or organisations in your local networks, as we would like to encourage a wide range of replies as possible.

Thank you for your support with this important piece of work - your responses will directly help to shape the plans for Suicide Prevention in Warwickshire.


If you would like to find out more about our plans and additional work that is underway in this area, please do contact me.


Kind regards,


Dr Charlotte Gath

Consultant in Public Health

Warwickshire County Council

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Please find attached information on the Free Benefits Advice being offered by WWRAS at specified Childrens Centres in Warwickshire.



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