Please find attached information on the Free Benefits Advice being offered by WWRAS at specified Childrens Centres in Warwickshire.
The Inspired Facilities programme supports the improvement and refurbishment of sports clubs or transforms non-sporting venues into modern grassroots sport facilities. It is open to clubs, local authorities, schools or parish councils. Grants are £20,000 - £75,000 for voluntary organisations, sports clubs and parish councils, who will get 70% of the budget. Schools and local authorities can apply for £20,000 - £150,000. Deadline is 8 June.
Healthy Heart Grants of up to £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote heart health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease. Grants are available at different times across the country - check the website for the deadlines for each region.
Please click on the link below for the updated list of opportunities, arranged by locality.
The Air Ambulance Service, which operates the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance, is holding an event on Thursday 11 June to recruit new volunteers.
Come along to the Arden Hotel, Waterside, Stratford at 7.45pm to find out about the exciting range of volunteering opportunities that the service has to offer, including:
Our Vision. To meet the needs of disabled children, young persons, adults and their families and carers through the provision of short break activities, care, support, training, advice and brokerage tailoring services which are bespoke to the individual.
We are hosting a series of informal "Health Hot Slots" for parents and carers of disabled children, young people or adults. Meet others, make friends, share experiences and lunch together, be the centre of attention for a change.
Sessions run every Tuesday from 2 June for 7 weeks. 10.00am to 1.00pm with shared lunch.
Stratford ArtsHouse, Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon. CV37 6LU.
The programme of workshops will be facilitated by guest specialists and will include these topics:
To register an interest , have a chat or for more information please contact:
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.
Gaydon Village Store – Various roles. This community shop is looking for help with the following roles: marketing, EPOS management, Treasurer and Counter Assistants. The Treasurer will need financial skills, the EPOS Manager will need IT skills and Counter Assistants will need good customer services skills.
The Bear Pit Theatre – Front of House and Backstage Volunteers. Performing from their base at Rother Street in Stratford, the group is looking for front of house help: audience seating, box office and bar. The group is also looking for backstage help: costumes (making and repairing), sets, props, lights, sound and stage movers.
Escape Community Arts – Arts and Heritage Centre Volunteers. Interested in giving something back to your community, or building skills in the arts and heritage world? Escape has volunteer roles to suit everyone at The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio. Get involved with this fun, friendly and creative charity.
Springfield Mind – Admin Support Volunteers. Volunteers are needed to assist with record keeping and paperwork, media monitoring and updating the website, assisting with phone calls, visitors and directing enquiries to appropriate personnel, and overseeing the smooth running of machinery: copiers, printers etc.
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.
The Charity known as WRAP for short has been successful in obtaining a Warwickshire County Council Grant to provide an information programme
for those caring for a loved one living with dementia .
The programme covers the different types of dementia and all aspects of the journey you will undertake.
There will be guest speakers that cover legal information and advice and medical facts, Carer’s allowance and much more.
This Free programme runs for eight weeks two hours per week, between 10.00 and 12.00 beginning on Friday 22nd May at Briar Croft . Alcester Road.
There are ten places available, so please book soon.
If you would like to attend this free programme please contact the secretary
Mike Strophair 0n 01789 778431 or e-mail wrap1 @hotmail.co.uk
The Legion's External Grants programme is open to applications. It is for groups supporting serving and ex-service people and their dependants who are suffering financially.
Applications for the following three themes will be prioritised:
The typical award is below £20,000 – smaller applications are encouraged. Salary contributions of up to £35,000 will be considered for 'homelessness and outreach' projects.
It is a two stage application process. The next deadline for first stage bids is 25th May 2015. Full details here:
Dementia Friends is an initiative led by the Alzheimer’s Society based on the principle that people with dementia can live well with a little help from other people. Becoming a Dementia Friend is about understanding a bit more about dementia and the small things we can all do to make a difference to the lives of people affected by dementia. The initiative aims to change the way people think, speak and act about dementia. You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend.
In Warwickshire, there are estimated to be over 7,500 people living with dementia and this is likely to rise to over 9,000 people with dementia in the County by 2021. The fact is that most people in Warwickshire will be affected in some way by dementia during their lifetimes. To support people to live well with dementia and to raise awareness and understanding of the condition, Warwickshire County Council and partners have set a target to create 10,000 Dementia Friends by June 2015. We currently have 6,244 Dementia Friends so we really need your support to help us reach our target. Our local target will also contribute to the national target – to create 4 million Dementia Friends by 2020.
You can become a Dementia Friend through one of the following ways:
1. Watching a short video on the Dementia Friends’ website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and leaving your details on the site so you can be sent your Dementia Friends badge and Little Book of Friendship. This is the quickest and easiest way to become a Dementia Friend.
2. You can book a place on a public session by visiting the Dementia Friends website www.dementiafriends.org.uk and searching for a local session.
It is Dementia Awareness Week and also Learning at Work Week from 17-23rd May, so please show your support to people living with dementia by becoming a Dementia Friend before or during Dementia Awareness Week, or by working with us to organise a Dementia Friends session that will ideally take place before 30 June 2015.
Springfield Mind has submitted a bid for an arts based project for people living with mental health distress with the AVIVA Community Fund.
The more votes Springfield Mind gets the more likely the charity is to get funding. Service users from Springfield’s Information Hub came up with the idea and name of the project so it would be fantastic to support them to realise the project.
Please click on the link below to access a video and place your vote! Feel free to forward this email to colleagues, friends, family and acquaintances – the more votes the more likely the bid is to succeed.
This is a great opportunity to learn how to build a strong Case for Support for your organisation. The Case for Support is the What, How and Why of your organisation - it’s how you present yourself to funders and supporters, so it’s really important to have a clear and effective message.
This is a full-day event, in Rugby on Thursday 7th May. For voluntary and community groups it’s only £25!
The event is run by the FSI, and brought to you by our friends at WCVYS (Warwickshire Children & Voluntary Youth Service).
To find out more and to book your place, please click here.
This is part of a series of events that WCVYS is hosting for voluntary and community groups across the district. You can see the full schedule of events and workshops at: http://www.warkscvys.org.uk
After leading social action and volunteering across the UK for the last 52 years, CSV has some very exciting news that we would like to share with you.
Over the last year we have been busy working with our stakeholders to ensure that our name and brand continues to work hard for us after all these years. During this process it was great to hear that we are highly regarded by those who know and work with us. Yet it became clear that there are many thousands of others who do not know who we are and for whom our name doesn’t express what we do or why we do it.
As you will know we are a growing, ambitious charity and we want to make sure that the invaluable work we do, through recruiting, training and supporting our volunteers to power change, spreads into even more communities across the country.
That’s why we want to ensure that our charity is in the best position to continue to lead UK volunteering for the next 52 years and beyond. We believe that the time is right for us to evolve and focus on our four areas of work; young people, older people, disabled people and families and re-launch CSV under a new, modern and dynamic name.
I’m delighted to be able to share with you that from Monday 27th April, CSV will re-launch as VOLUNTEERING MATTERS, reflecting our current status and future ambition to lead UK volunteering in policy and practice.
In reality this name change will be a seamless transition for you as an important stakeholder, as our everyday work will be unaffected. Similarly all administrative details such as our charity number will remain the same. The new exciting things we can’t wait to show you include our new website, video and social media platforms so join us in the conversation as to why VOLUNTEERING MATTERS to you.
Oonagh Aitken, CSV Chief Executive