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The Senior Citizen’s Action Network (SCAN) Annual Conference takes place on Tuesday 1 November and will focus on social isolation and staying connected and independent.

This year’s event will take place at Stratford Racecourse and will explore social isolation, its impact on health and how you can live independently and maintain connections.

Speakers for the day range from Public Health, South Warwickshire Clinical Commissioning

Group, Age UK Warwickshire and Care & Repair England

The event starts at 10am and finishes at 3.45pm.

It’s free to attend for the over 50’s and will include refreshments and a buffet lunch.

Places must be booked in advance by calling the District Council on 01789 260490.

SCAN meetings take place across the District in Alcester, Bidford, Henley-in-Arden, Stratford-upon-Avon, Shipston-on-Stour and Southam.


The Stratford District Council's Parish and Partners briefing for September 2016 has just been published. This issue includes news and features on the following

The adoption of its Core Strategy on 11 July 2016 which now forms part of the legal ‘Development Plan’ for the District to decide planning applications.

Parish Champions - Streetscene (the Waste, Recycling, Street Cleansing and Ground Maintenance team at Stratford-on-Avon District Council) are looking at a new initiative and putting some feelers out for community spirited individuals to be a nominated Champion for their parish.

Warwickshire County Councillors Grant Fund - 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 for small scale projects that meet community needs within the District of Stratford upon Avon. Bids should normally be supported by the County Councillor for the electoral division in which the project is based.

The closing date for all applications is 5pm on Friday 7th October and all applicants
will be informed of the decision by early December.

Council Tax reviews - Each year the District Council reviews how much reduction in Council Tax is given to working age people. There are a number of proposed changes for next year and the District Council is currently consulting on this.

The Mop in Stratford - The 2016 annual Mop Fair in Stratfordupon-Avon takes place on Tuesday 11 October and Wednesday 12 October.

The Charity Mop is on Tuesday 11 October from 4pm until 11pm.

Stratford District Council condemns Hate Crime - full details in the breifing

New Register for information regarding new Planning Applications - Stratford-on-Avon District Council has launched an online tool which has been designed to help all Parishes, partners and residents access information on new planning applications within their neighbourhoods.

Full details on Stratford-on-Avon District Council meetings & Community Forum Meetings

Do take a look!




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We all have to be impressed by how good we have become at elite sport – in the Olympics and Paralympics and lots of other major events – but the word ‘legacy’ keep cropping up

At a local level, if you run a sports club you’ll know how much interest has been created. You’ll know of all the work that you have to do just to keep things as they are – pitches/courts ready – clubhouses in good condition – finding the coaching to help people improve their skills – making sure that the social side of any club is just what members want.

This is true for clubs where you provide serious and fun competition, no or low cost opportunities to bring people into a sport or activity – or just a place where people come to have a bit of ‘active’ fun.  

This all requires funding, and lots of it for anything that is Capital/Infrastructure related.

If you help run a club and want to have the most secure future you can, then the 2016 Stratford Sports Forum is for you.

Its being held on Sunday 9th October at the Tyler House Community Hub in Stratford, from 4.30-6.30pm (doors actually open at 4.00pm)

Our key speaker knows all about Capital project work – John Stubbings chaired the Warwickshire County Cricket Club committee that was charged with the multi-million-pound regeneration of Edgbaston – but he’s worked at every level/size of sport club. There will be three other short presentations and all attendees will go away with a substantial attendees info pack – and have follow up support post the event.

We chose a Sunday because we asked for the best day for volunteers and a significant majority just wouldn’t be able to make a weekday evening with family and work pressure – and if you can attend there is a bit ‘tea’ for you to enjoy. We may be able to repeat the Forum on a Weekday but it wouldn’t be until the New Year, so if you can make two hours of full-on support for your club, do come along.

For more info and to book a place please e-mail or call 01789 298 102

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The Big Lottery Fund has announced that given the ‘huge success’ of its Celebrate UK fund which launched in July, it is allocating an extra £4.1 million of funding so that more groups can apply.

The Big Lottery Fund reports that since Celebrate UK launched in July it has received more than 1,300 applications from across the UK.

In order to give more local communities the chance to apply for funding to hold one-off events or activities which celebrate their local community, an additional £4.1 million will be added to the original £5 million.

Celebrate UK provides grants of between £300 and £10,000 to enable voluntary and community organisations, schools and statutory bodies to hold one-off events and activities which give their community the chance to come together to mark something important. This could be, for example, an event such as the Queen’s 90th Birthday, commemorating a local historic event or getting to know the neighbours better.

Eligible projects will need to demonstrate that they are open to everyone in the local community.

Priority will be given to applications which show:

    Communities coming together to celebrate and share their diverse cultures.
    The proposed activity is something that the local community wants and is led by people within the community.

Lorna Forrest, a senior programme manager of the Big Lottery Fund, writes in the Big Lottery Fund Blog:

“As we enter this final phase of funding; to build a spread of activity, we are going to be prioritising applications in England which will bring together different communities and generations, are people led and from schools and academies.”

Since the funding priorities vary across the UK, applicants are advised to visit the Big Lottery Fund’s website for further information.

The final deadline for all applications in all countries is 21 October 2016 (noon).

Spernal Edible Gardned Project are delighted to announce that our project has been short listed for a public vote in the Tesco’s Bags of Help initiative.

Tesco has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative in hundreds of regions across England and Wales.  The scheme will see three community groups and projects in each of these regions awarded grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 – all raised from the 5p per carrier bag charge.

Tesco Bags of Help offers community groups and projects in each of Tesco’s 416 regions across the UK a share of revenue generated from the 5p charge levied on single-use carrier bags.

They applied for funding for our Where Next Spernal Edible Garden Project to enable the clearing of unused ground and construction of 10 raised beds at our Studley site, to enable our Spernal clients to plant, grow, harvest and cook fruit and vegetable as part of our healthy eating and lifestyles training.

The public were going to vote in store from 26th September to 9th October on who should receive the £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 awards.

Unfortunately, due to a shortage in voting equipment outside of Tesco and Groundwork’s control, it has become necessary to delay the customer voting until 31 October to 13 November (originally planned to take place 26 September to 9 October).

Groundworks have taken this step to ensure that all Tesco customers have the opportunity to vote and that every store is participating. As voting is delayed, this will regretfully mean that they will not be able to notify grant award winners until the end of November. Groundwork apologise for any inconvenience this may cause but we believe that delaying the public vote is the right course of action to take to ensure the vote’s fairness and transparency for all applicant groups concerned.

You can vote for them to win the top prize of £12,000 at any of the following Tesco stores.

STUDLEY EXPRESS    Stratford-on-Avon
STRATFRD BNBRY RD EXP    Stratford-on-Avon
STRATFORD UPON AVON    Stratford-on-Avon 

Or you can also vote Stratford District Council’s Hodgson Green Children’s Trim Trail project is a second District project to have been chosen for a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme - fulldetails of what this project is all about are HERE

The third project is the Green refuge at Tyler House Community Hub -

Stratford Samaritans Community Hub is delighted to be one of three projects shortlisted for a grant from Tesco’s Bags of Help scheme, which reinvests the 5p carrier bag charge into grassroots initiatives.

We will be able to transform the patch of earth next to the building into a Green Refuge for the charities and community groups that use Tyler House. The fully accessible garden will provide and promote the therapeutic benefits of plants for people of all ages and abilities.

Rachel Key, Hub Manager said:

The staff and volunteers who use Tyler House, including Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace and St Basils, help some of the most vulnerable people in our community. We want to give them and everyone who uses the Hub, somewhere to recharge their batteries and enjoy the unique sense of wellbeing that you experience in a garden, whether you are simply sitting in it or getting your hands dirty.
The more money we can raise, the more exciting features we can add including an adaptive tool library for gardeners with limited mobility/dexterity, a wildlife-attracting water feature and shelter so that the garden can be used all year round. Thank-you!

In total, there is over £12.5 million up for grabs.
Further information on Bags of Help can be found at

Many thanks for all your support from the Tesco team


The Postcode Local Trust is currently inviting applications that encourage lasting benefits by bringing people together to improve local ecology and habitats, encourage bio-diversity and benefit the wider environment.
Organisations must complete an Online Application Form, which is only available through the website until the closing date of Friday September 30th at 5pm.

Registered charities* in England, Scotland & Wales can apply from £500 - £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects meeting the above remit, whilst other organisations may apply for up to £2,000.
(*Please note that in order to apply for over £2,000 you must hold a current registration number with either the Charity Commission for England & Wales and/or the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR))

Applicants will usually hear back around 10 weeks from the closing date of applications.
Examples of eligible projects would include: community gardens and growing spaces; habitat creation/preservation; outdoor, wildlife and environmental education; the creation of new green spaces; outdoor and path access improvements; community energy initiatives (e.g. solar panels for community-owned/charity buildings, micro-hydro schemes etc.).
For more information on eligibility and criteria, please visit the Applying for a Grant page and thoroughly read the Guidance Notes before applying:

Previous applicants who were unsuccessful are welcome to reapply for a new project, whilst current awardees can reapply so long as their current project is fully completed with the evaluation returned by the end of October.

Postcode Local Trust was established in 2015 to provide financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.

Postcode Local Trust operates its own society lottery and receives all of its funding from players of People's Postcode Lottery.

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This Kineton group has grown well, particularly during this last year, benefiting particularly from having a 'Companionship Group' for our carers’ loved-ones running alongside the meeting.

They aim to support carers, those whose loved ones are in care (sometimes called transition carers) and former carers, living in the rural community in Kineton and surrounding villages.

You can read the Carers4Carers Newlsetter here - September-2016.pdf

This is the poster produced by BUPA for the Carers’ Pamper Event at Alveston Leys on September 24th - its an afternoon of FREE pampering!


Carers4Carers are delighted to be associated with this event and appreciate the opportunity BUPA are giving them to promote our group.

Shelley Thornton (BUPA’s Regional Development Officer for the Midlands and Wales) also announced their 'Silver Sunday'.

The day aims to combat loneliness and isolation by holding events that bring together different generations to enjoy a day of fund and free activities.
Alveston Leys Care Home is joining in by holding a Silver Sunday Tea Dance on October 2nd 2 – 4 p.m.

If you'd like to contact Carers4Carers:

Gillian Grason Smith

01926 640203/07947 893504

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 We are launching our community grant fund making £250,000 available to small local projects in Warwickshire.

The fund will support and pilot local creative ideas and grass-roots activity which enables children to get the best start in life and improves school readiness. Bids will be considered from organisations and groups who directly support 0-5 families during any time from the moment of conception through to when the child reaches school age such as community groups, charities, social enterprises and local projects.

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The grant can be provided in a one-off payment of £2500 to each initiative or projects can join together in a joint bid to receive a larger amount.

In order to bid for the funds each project must meet one or more of the following priorities:

• Access to learning activities

• Access to play and learn areas and equipment

• Improving the health and wellbeing of children aged 0-5 and their families

• Activities helping to develop parent-child bonding and attachment

• Activities which help children to develop self-help and social skills

• Activities which help parents develop skills to interact with their children and support their development

• Initiatives that support most vulnerable families with 0-5s, including those with special needs, living in isolation and/or from poorer backgrounds.


Applications are open from Monday 12 September until Friday 11th November at 5pm.

For more information on the community grant fund and how to apply please click here.

If you have any questions with regards to the application please email , or call 01926 413788

For more information on the Smart Start programme visit call 01926 413788 or 01926 413728 or email


Stratford Foodbank are asking local schools, churches and community groups to consider collecting for them this harvest. Items particularly needed are toilet rolls, tinned soup, rice pudding and children’s treats.

In the past few years the Foodbank has gratefully received donations from churches and schools around harvest time. In turn, these donations have helped feed those in the Stratford area facing unexpected financial difficulty. Since starting the service in January 2013 the foodbank has fed over 4,000 people, averaging a fairly consistent 100 people a month, of which 20% are children.

Foodbank food parcels use tinned and packaged items to provide 3 days’ worth of emergency food. All food items are tinned or packaged, the foodbank cannot store fresh or chilled items, and parcels are collated according to nutritional guidance set out by the Trussell Trust. Stratford’s foodbank is one of over 400 Trussell Trust foodbanks currently in operation across the UK. It is staffed by 40+ volunteers and one part time manager.

The Foodbank has excellent relationships with many referral agency partners such as the CAB and the District Council. These referral partners issue food bank vouchers to those in need. Food is distributed to those in possession of a voucher on a Tuesday or Friday between 12 and 2.

Marion Homer the Foodbank Manager said,

“Harvest is always a time where we are overwhelmed by the generosity of Stratford residents. Last Autumn I attended a number of harvest assemblies and was humbled by the sight of school children bringing their gifts to share with those less fortunate in our town. I would like to encourage all schools, churches and community groups to consider if they can collect for us during this harvest festival and in exchange we can offer our services to speak at services and assemblies.”

Should any group wish collect either food or money for the foodbank, or would like to request a speaker for services or assemblies please contact Marion Homer on

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Warwickshire County Council has now launched the 2016 Community Computers Scheme.

There are 120 recycled laptops available (across the County) for FREE to community groups, voluntary organisations and Town & Parish Councils.

Use the links below to download the application form and submit it to the relevant Area Office.

Please read the guidance notes carefully so you are aware of the Terms and Conditions of the scheme, and apply by 5pm on Friday 23rd September 2016.

CC App Form 2016 (PDF Version) (PDF, 170.3 KB) CC.pdf

CC App Form (Word Version) (DOC, 840 KB) CC.doc

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Coventry and Warwickshire CDA is a not for profit organisation which aims to support local people to lead economically active and fulfilling lives by providing useful, practical and accessible services that make a positive difference.  

We now require two:
Opportunity Connectors (Partnership Development)

Salary £27,052 (pro rata) plus 8% pension contribution
27.75 hours per week

To join our Accelerate Building Better Opportunities Project Team and work closely with partners to help project participants access a range of services which will enable them to overcome barriers to work. An understanding of employability support and partnership work is essential.

Further details and an application pack can be found at:

Telephone:    024 7663 3911

Application forms only.  No CVs

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This is a quick round-up of a number of funding opportunities you could consider - full details and more funding opportunities will come in our next Newsletter.

Funding Opportunities

Greggs Local Community Projects Fund –up to £2000 – deadline 30th September 2016

Is your organisation/project working with people who are living in poverty, disabled, homeless, isolated, voluntary carers?
Is your organisation/project working to improve resilience through for example, sessional activities/respite support,equipment for sessional activities, trips and residential breaks?
Then this fund may be for you. Click on the link below for more information:

If you need any assistance please contact Sharon Nanan-Sen by email:


2017 GSK IMPACT Awards - Core funding and free training for health charities

GSK’s IMPACT Awards reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at up to £6,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials.

To apply or to view winners’ films go to:

Hear from this year’s winners about applying and the benefits of winning an award:

Closing date: 21 September 2016


Funding that helps to build communities and transform lives through community and environmental projects in one of the following themes:

* Cultural Facilities
* Rebuilding Biodiversity
* Community Buildings
* Recreation

SMALL Grants Scheme - £250-£5,000
FLAGSHIP Scheme - £150,000 - £500,000.

Especially for projects that are unique, exciting, and original in that region!

PRISM Grant Fund
The fund for the Preservation of Industrial and Scientific Material (PRISM Fund) supports the acquisition and/ or conservation of any object or group of objects illustrating the history of any branch of science, industry or technology.

Eligible applicants include archives, libraries, preservation trusts and museums. Organisations will need to provide 50% match funding either in money or in-kind (staff costs, etc).

Digital Research & Development Fund for Arts and Culture

Looking to support arts and cultural organisations across England who want to work with digital technologies to expand their audience reach and engagement, or explore new business models.

Specifically, they want to invite arts and cultural organisations to submit projects that test digital propositions around audience reach/engagement and new business models that are of interest to the arts and cultural sector.

Grants are awarded up to £100,000.

Reaching Communities England

Funds projects that improve or replace existing buildings where a wide range of community activities take place.
Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need.

£100,000-£500,000 is available for large capital projects

Live UnLtd

Provides young people with exciting opportunities to develop their community for the better including; starting up their own businesses, sports teams, recreational groups and host events. This is coupled with a model of non-financial support from a designated development manager in their region.

Award of up to £5000 available.

Prince's Trust - Community Cash Awards

Grants to help young people set up a project that will benefit their community. Projects must be run and managed by people between the ages of 14 and 25, clearly benefit the local community, benefit the people running the project; and be a new or developing project.

Awards up to £3,000.


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2-3 hrs - every couple of weeks - in term-time

For four years now our wonderful band of coffee bar volunteers have made sure that for every youth club session there has been a coffee bar provided by volunteers.  In our ambition to give greater service to our young people we are now running 6 sessions every week term time.  Unfortunately a small number of our volunteers have needed to give up, including our terrific Coffee Bar Manager.

The duties include arriving a few minutes before the club starts, setting out the snacks and drinks, sometimes cooking toast etc.  The volunteers serve the young people and supervise the security of the coffee bar and takings during the time the coffee bar is open. Often one of the two partners on duty will join in with the activities.  For example one of our volunteers is a member of the Flower Club and sometimes organises an activity around the arrangement of flowers; this has been surprisingly successful.  The coffee bar closes about 15 minutes before the end of a club session and the volunteers can then go home.

Everyone finds this an enjoyable and rewarding couple of hours once a fortnight bringing them into contact with the younger generation who really appreciate what is done for them.  Getting to know the young people means that when you meet them in the street you have the basis for a pleasant conversation. This all helps to bring the generations together, one of the stated aims of our youth club.  The Manager’s task is more demanding and involves running the rota and arranging cover for absence, monitoring stock and visiting Cash and Carry and the shops (all expenses paid) to keep the sweets and drinks topped up.

If you would like to find out more about this rewarding and light commitment volunteering please get in touch.  (THE VOLUNTARY POSTS ARE SUBJECT TO DBS CHECKS)

The requirements are:

Monday 6.30pm – 8.30pm 9-11 years One vacancy every two weeks term time
Tuesday 6.30pm – 8.30pm 11-13 years  Two Vacancies every two weeks term time
Wednesday 7.00pm – 9.00pm  13+ years  One Vacancy every two weeks term time

Manager: times to suit plus some emergency cover.

Peter Crathorne

The Hub at Henley Community Centre CIO

07974 573 582 -

Heritage Open Days are a national festival which allows attractions and other hidden gems to open to the public for free.

At Compton Verney Art Gallery and Park you can:

Take a trip down memory lane by exploring our Britain in the Fifties and BBC Faces of Comedy exhibitions and see our stunning permanent collections including ancient Chinese bronzes, the UK’s largest Folk Art collection, British Portraits and more.

We're putting on extra activities as part of Heritage Open Day, so come and enjoy:

* Textile Workshop demonstrations
* Discover our Parkland and Allotment with our Grounds Manager
* Curator’s Tour of exhibitions at 12noon
  Collection Tours at 11am, 2pm and 3.30pm
* Exhibition Tours at 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3pm
* Capability Brown Tours throughout the day
* Outdoor learning at our Forest School

We’re also running a FREE bus from your area, I have attached a flyer with the timetable. If you’d like to take advantage of this please email to reserve your seat.

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The Tesco Bags of Help Grants Programme has made two important changes for applications made after August 2016.

Bags of Help is Tesco’s local community grant scheme where the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores is being used to fund community projects across Great Britain.

The funding is intended for not-for-profit organisations with projects that deliver physical environmental improvement and encourage the use and long-term sustainability of outdoor spaces. Projects will now include volunteer training, physical improvements of open spaces, equipment purchases, community events and sports and leisure activities. Projects can be a stand-along project or a discrete, self-contained part of a larger scheme or part of a phased project.

An in-store vote each month determines which projects are funded. Three local community projects will be voted on in Tesco stores each month across 200 regions throughout England, Scotland and Wales.

In each region, the three projects that receive the most votes from all stores in their region will receive a grant awarded for first, second and third place. According to Groundwork, which administers the fund, more than 7,000 projects will receive funding through this scheme each year.

Applications will be accepted from not-for-profit organisations in England, Scotland and Wales as long as they are constituted and have a governing document.

The changes are:

    The amount of the awards has been decreased from £12,000 to £5,000 for first place; from £10,000 to £2,000 for second place; and from £8,000 to £1,000 for first place.
    There are no more deadlines. Applications can be made at any time and are assessed monthly.

The programme is managed by Groundwork, an environmental charity, in England and Wales and in partnership with greenspace Scotland in Scotland.

Full details can be found on the Groundwork website

Source: Groundwork, 25/08/2016

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Hours per week: To suit your situation

We are passionate about our social purpose to support disabled children and their families. People tell us that with our care and support we make a positive difference. We all love our work but we are a small organisation and need help.

We provide a range of different services tailored to each family and in order to do this we must money.

We therefore sell pre-loved children’s clothes and toys to help this ambition.

We are trying to find someone who not only shares our values and has aspirations to be a social entrepreneur but also a person who has retail experience or an interest in developing it  – please tell me it’s you!  

You will find a warm supportive welcome and will not be expected to work alone.

Could you revolutionise our tiny sales base into something much grander through:

* Researching potential outlets & markets where we can sell our children’s preloved clothes and toys  
* Help encourage other volunteers to prepare clothes & toys ready for sale
* Help organise sales on line through Facebook or location based groups

All reasonable expenses met.

If you are interested and want to know more please call Lynne Barton on 07712326273

Hours to suit your availability

We are Entrust Care Partnership, working with families of children with special needs to provide them with the support and services tailored to their unique requirements.  We raise money to do this through grants, sales of gently used children’s clothing, renting out accessible holiday caravans and providing support services.

Our background is in social work and caring for children with special needs.  We are uniquely placed to know what help families need.  However, where we need help is in leveraging social media to improve our fundraising, raise awareness of what we do and finding volunteers for some of our events.

Specifically, we need help with

* Accessing local Facebook groups to publicise our events, find additional donors for our gently used clothing sales (local mums’ FB pages, groups), and promote volunteer opportunities
* Using our Facebook page and Twitter account to do the same
* Promoting our accessible holiday caravans on relevant websites

For a minimal time commitment (a few hours a week, working from home if you like), you will be able to make a significant and quantifiable difference to our business – with impacts such as :

* The % increase in rental revenue and/or bookings of our holiday caravans
* The % increase in income generated from our gently used clothing sales
* The % increase in volunteers for events, or in the numbers of events we can hold if we have more volunteers to help staff them

Not only can you make a real contribution to our business and to our objective of helping families, you will also be able to update your CV with a role where you have made a real impact with measurable results.

Interested and want to know more ? Please call Lynne Barton, Director on 07712326273

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Are you a personal assistant or interested in a career in support in Warwickshire and looking for work?

The aim of this new PA Finder service is to provide a central register where (clients) employers can search for a suitable Personal Assistant (Care Worker).

Penderels Trust is a charity that supports people with disabilities (clients) to live independently in their own home. They are operating the PA Finder service on behalf of Warwickshire County Council; the aim is to provide a central register where (clients) employers can search for a suitable Personal Assistant (Care Worker).

If you join Warwickshire PA Finder you can make finding the right job much easier. PA Finder is a register of personal assistants who are looking for work supporting people with disabilities to live independently in their own homes in Warwickshire.

Benefits to you

Joining PA Finder is free of charge

Potential employers can see your profile at any time

You can say where and when you would like to work

Being on PA Finder does not stop you from looking for other work or holding other jobs (e.g. if you work part-time but would like more hours)

You can take yourself off PA Finder at any time e.g. if you find a job

Employers’ access to PA Finder is controlled by a login process ensuring only genuine employers see your details

We will provide you with further information to help you develop as a PA.

Penderels Trust is operating PA Finder on behalf of Warwickshire County Council.  Penderels Trust is authorised to provide direct payment and personal health budget support services to people with disabilities or health care needs in Warwickshire. Your employer will be the person you support, not Penderels Trust or Warwickshire County Council.

For full details please download this leaflet



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Coventry is large enough to have a Consumer Network, an organisation which collates and then reports on scams which range from mysterious telephone calls to food recalls and internet fraudsters.

Do take a look at this in-depth report that they have produced for August and if youc an, please do publicise any of the case studies in your social media or newsletters as they may well be repeated in our much more rural - and therefore vulnerable - areas.

If you have any scams that you have come across and would like reported, please do contact our Local Trading Standards - full contact details here




Startford Foodbank are currently looking to increase the number of volunteers they have that are trained in putting together our food parcels – we tend to call these volunteers ‘box packers’. Once you have competed this training you will then be given the opportunity to take part in our next rota which will run from Oct 2016 through to Feb 2017.

Time Commitment:

Box packers are needed on a Tuesday between 11.30 and 2.15pm and at the same time on a Friday. The amount of commitment is up to you. Most of our box packers volunteer once or twice a month.

Purpose of the Role

This is a vital role for our foodbank as our box packers are the people who collate the food parcels our clients take away with them. This role does not require a lot of lifting but does require a little twisting as items are taken from our warehouse shelves.

Time and Place of the Next Box Packing Training

If you are interested in learning more about this role and seeing what is involved we are running an informal training session on Friday 13th September 11am through to about 2pm
Janis McBride will be showing volunteers what is required in this task and then needing help at teh session itself wich runs from 12 - 2. The training takes place at our warehouse which can be found at the Tesco Maybird carpark, at the top of the carpark on the left hand side up by the click and collect area. The warehouse is a porta cabin branded with Foodbank logos. Please note that if you do attend the training you should check in at Tesco customer’s services desk first so they can make a note of your car registration number.
What to do next

Places will be limited to a maximum of 2 people  (the warehouse is small and as we neverknow hw busy the distribution session is we neede o ensure we have room to move aound quickly aand easily) so if you are interested please email ASAP. Please also include your contact phone numbers


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