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The Harry Payne Fund was founded in 1939 (as the Harry Payne Trust) by Harry Payne, a Birmingham businessman. He was a man of strong faith – a pacifist who spent some years in prison in the First World War.

The fund supports causes in Birmingham and the immediately surrounding areas of the West Midlands, including the Black Country, Coventry, Warwickshire and parts of Worcestershire and Staffordshire.

It prefers to support registered charities or CIC’s but will consider helping other non-profit making organisations provided they have a constitution and produce accounts. It supports specific projects and will also consider giving grants towards general running costs.

Grants are available from £250 to £1,000.

* Decisions will be notified to applicants within 16 weeks of submission of a completed application form (and all requested paperwork)*

To find out more please go to

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Alcester Grammar school is looking for volunteering placements on Friday 26 June 2015 between 9.00am and 3.00pm.  On the day more than 250 Year 12 students (16/17 years old) will be offering their time to help local voluntary organisations.

Perhaps your organisation could use some practical help on that day?  For more information please contact Patrick Carr, Assistant Head of Sixth Form.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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This is an exciting opportunity for someone to join our small but dedicated team. This is a full time post with a salary range of  £17,802- £19,649 (effective from 1 April 15).

We are an independent environmental charity. Our aims are to promote energy conservation to the general public to address issues such as climate change, fuel poverty and energy security. We deliver this through direct action in communities with various events, presentations and training, by working with partner organisations to target specific communities and by providing an energy advice telephone line which is promoted in our leaflets and website.

 Act on Energy traditionally covers Warwickshire, Worcestershire, Solihull and Coventry and is currently located in Wellesbourne in Warwickshire.

 Full details and application form can be found at   the deadline for applications is Tuesday 7th April with interviews to take place on the 20th April.

Do You Love To Read?
Books with Friends is a free, friendly, informal book group that meets in Stratford once a month. Come and join us for a chat over a cup of tea about a good read chosen by the group.
Aimed especially at people over 55, it’s a chance to share your love of books, and to meet like-minded new friends, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.
Call us on 01789 470185 if you’d like to join us for details of Books With Friends meetings.
Difficulties with reading?
We can loan audio books and listening devices free of charge if you need them.
Can’t get to a book group in person?
We hold a monthly group which you can join from your phone at home.  Ask us for details.
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CAB and Act on Energy are running 5 Pop Up Energy Clinics from Monday to Friday this week as part of Warwickshire Week of Thrift – Monday to Wednesday at Stratford Children’s Centre,Thursday 4.00 – 6.00pm Stratford CAB,  Friday, 10.00 – 11.30am The Atrium at Stratford Arts House.

Please click on the poster below for more details.


At Energy Warwickshire we are looking for someone to join the team as an Admin Assistant. 

The Admin Assistant will be the first point of call for anyone making enquiries about Energy Warwickshire and will be required to work for 15 hours per week over at least 3 days, based at our offices in Wellesbourne.

Duties will cover all aspects of administering the syndicate and specifically include:

  • Liasing with members over the phone
  • Compiling monthly member order
  • Maintaining the Energy Warwickshire website and database

If you have any questions regarding the role please contact Jude Henderson on 01789 842182

Closing date for applications is 10th April

Please see for further details

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As of 1st April any new Energy Warwickshire Syndicate member can take advantage of ‘first order membership free’  *

This means that any household or community building not currently in the syndicate will be able to try out the service without having to pay the annual membership fee until they place their second order.

Energy Warwickshire has seen a fantastic start to 2015 and managed to secure some great savings for members during January and February.  Over 550 residents in Warwickshire are now part of the Energy Warwickshire syndicate saving considerable sums on their oil heating costs.  The syndicate compiles one bulk order per month and searches the market to secure the lowest price possible for individual members.

Januarys member price was 33.98ppl saving 14.52ppl against the market high and Februarys member price was 33.35ppl saving 6.8ppl against the market high.

Jude Henderson Business Development Manager, WRCC says “Our members have benefitted not only from the recent drop in oil prices, but also from the steep growth in our membership numbers meaning we are placing larger and larger orders month on month.  This has given the syndicate great strength in negotiating with suppliers to offer their best prices.”

Energy Warwickshire are now hoping to share this success more widely and want to recruit new members to the syndicate. 

Kim Slater Chief Exec WRCC “On average Energy Warwickshire is saving households £56.12 per oil order so we are confident you’ll continue ordering once you’ve given it a try.”

Since its conception in October 2012 the Energy Warwickshire syndicate has ordered over 1.3million litres of heating oil saving members over £70,000.

For further information or to join the scheme contact:

Tel: 01789 842182

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

*Domestic membership currently £20 per annum

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Warwickshire County Council is interested in your thoughts about NHS Stop Smoking services, whether or not you have heard of these services and what they offer. We hope that this information will help us to improve the services that we offer in Warwickshire to people who want help to stop smoking.

Please complete this survey if you are a current smoker or an ex-smoker. The questionnaire is anonymous, is one page in length and takes around 5 minutes to compete. All information will be kept anonymous and confidential.

Thank you for completing this questionnaire.

Link to the questionnaire:

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24 Hours over 4 days


Salary £30,000 pro rata per annum (£19,460 Actual)


The post requires someone who will lead a small team and be able to work strategically and also with individual community and voluntary groups.


Application packs are available from BARN. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or ring 01527 60282 and leave your name, full address and telephone number.


The closing date for applications is 12 noon on Tuesday 7th April 2015 and interviews will be held on Wednesday 22nd April 2015. Applications can be made via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or a hard copy sent to the address above for the attention of Jean Watson marked ‘Private & Confidential’.

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

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

Fast Track applications may be submitted at any time.

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

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Please click on the link below for the latest Parish and Partners Briefing.


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The Tesco Charity Trust runs one fundraising scheme in the UK - the Community Awards.

The Tesco Charity Trust Community Awards Scheme provides one-off donations of between £500 and £2,500 to organisations which have a turnover of under £5 million. The funding we give goes towards providing practical benefits, such as equipment and resources for projects that directly benefit health, environmental sustainability or opportunities for young people in the local communities around our stores in the UK. Your project should be able to demonstrate that it can lead to tangible benefits.

For more information please go to

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Please click on the link below for a poster showing the latest day opportunities.


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Please click on the link below for the latest bulletin.


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Please click on the link below for the updated activity schedule.


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The Heart of England Community Foundation is a registered charity which was established in 1995 as a grant-making body to support community projects in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.

The charity manages grant-making from a wide variety of funders including individuals, companies, trusts, and statutory bodies, and makes small grants to charities, voluntary and community groups in Coventry, Warwickshire and Solihull.  We are now working across Birmingham and the Black Country

following the closure of the Community Foundation in that area. We also manage and deliver a number of West Midlands-wide services in line with the funders’ criteria.

We require a

Grants Officer


To assess grant applications from not for profit organisations applying for funding to the wide range of grants programmes managed by the Foundation, assist the Grants Manager with the setup of new grant programmes and effectively manage the monitoring of grants awarded.


Full time

£20,000 - £25,000 (Dependent on skills and experience)


The successful candidate should have knowledge of grant making including assessment and monitoring of grants.  A knowledge of the charitable sector is also essential.

For further information and an application pack:

No CVs - only completed application forms will be considered

Closing date: 12 noon on 6th April 2015

Interviews: Thursday 16th April 2015

We aim to be an equal opportunities employer

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  • thriving rural communities
  • rural livelihoods
  • farmers of the future

The deadline is 9th April. Full details here:

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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.

Shakespeare Birthday Parade – MarshalsMarshals will be located at key positions on 25 April, helping to ensure the safety and smooth passage of the parade itself, and helping to make it a safe, welcoming and enjoyable experience for onlookers.  Marshals will need to be calm and able to be firm when necessary.


Girlguiding Kineton District – Guide, Brownie and Rainbow Leaders/Helpers.  Volunteers are needed for Guides (10 - 14 years), Brownies (7 - 10 years) and Rainbows (5 - 7 years).  Girlguiding offers opportunities for leaders/helpers to learn new skills, make new friends and give something invaluable back to the community.


Warwickshire Vision Support – Volunteer Treasurer in Southam.  A Treasurer is needed to collect monies at a fortnightly club, meeting on a Thursday afternoon, 2.00 to 4.00, for teas and coffees etc.  Simple book-keeping skills are needed to collect monies and reconcile bank statements.


Avon Navigation Trust – Tourist Information Volunteer.  Working from the Trust’s barge on the Bancroft Basin, volunteers are needed to give out information on the town, the River Avon, the Stratford Canal and the various waterways groups.  The role may also involve selling licences to boaters.


Springfield Mind – Food for Thought Project Assistants.  The Food for Thought Project aims to help people experiencing mental ill health to understand how a healthy diet can improve their wellbeing.  Volunteers are needed to help run support sessions working alongside a qualified dietician.


For more details or to apply for any of these roles please contact the Volunteer Centre on 01789 262889 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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


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£15,882 (Full time/ 35hours per week/ flexitime)

Live & Local are seeking a full time Assistant Administrator who will undertake administrative tasks in relation to running the office and supporting shows, events and projects. They will also be responsible for bookkeeping.

You should be an efficient and enthusiastic worker with good organisational, communication and computer skills, with good written English and numeracy abilities. Previous office administration experience and enthusiasm for the arts essential.

Deadline: Noon, Friday 27th March

Interviews: Wednesday 8th April

Starting: Latest w/c 11th May

Application: Via online application form only. Application pack available for down load on our jobs page:

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