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Please note as of Tuesday 27 January the Stratford Link Project will now be at 14 Waterside, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6BA. This is a really exciting opportunity for all involved as it will provide a designated property for the project in the heart of the town which will be easily accessible for local people because of its location.

Please note access is through Shrieves Walk and not off Waterside (between the toilets).  Directions are attached but if in doubt please contact us.  We will be printing off some hard copies and can distribute to you to share with customers/ clients/ partners if you would like (please let me know numbers).

We still have access to our vegetable patch off Evesham Place, 3 laptops for customers to access and our regular podiatrist (who gives her time freely).  We have previously ran a very successful song writing course with the Help of Doug Armstrong and Nigel Clark and put on some trial art classes. We welcome any additional ideas for vulnerable people to participate in for self confidence, independence and positive choices.

Special thanks go to Stratford District Council who have supported us with this, The Recovery Partnership and United Reform Church for giving us opportunity to continue after the Buzz closed and our many funders.

John Wilde

Senior Support Worker

South Warwickshire Team

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Please click on the link below to open the Training Programme.

TP2015.pdf

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Please click on the link below for the latest WREP Information Update.

WREP-News-Information-Bulletin-21---22.1.15.pdf

 

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ivo, the network for volunteering leaders, has published the second of its How to Do-it series, covering 'Recruitment, Selection and Induction of Volunteers'.

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The Department for Communities and Local Government has made grants up to £2,000 available through Locality to enable groups to organise workshops on neighbourhood planning. Meetings must cover a number of areas, not just one, so they won't pay for your local neighbourhood event.

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On Tuesday 20 January the Independent Commission on the future of local infrastructure launched a report of their findings at a parliamentary reception. 

 

The event was hosted by Nick Hurd, the former charities minister who said that supporting infrastructure was one of the toughest issues he faced. But he said that is was so difficult because Infrastructure was so important.

A gentle reminder that the Warwickshire County Council consultation on its future funding of services delivered by the Third Sector, and to Parish and Town Councils, is open until 12 February 2015.

The consultation and its likely conclusions have significant implications for the work that Voluntary Infrastructure Organisations undertake, which includes the likes of VASA, Warwickshire CAVA, the Volunteer Centres and Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services.

We would encourage all of our members and affiliates to complete a survey return.

The survey can be found at http://askwarks.wordpress.com/

Alternatively, paper copies are available: if you would like a copy please let me know.

If you have any questions about the survey or its implications, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Charles Barlow, VASA Lead Officer, 01789 262889, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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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.

National Trust Charlecote Park – Various roles.  Charlecote is holding drop-in sessions for anyone who is interested in becoming part of the team.  Come and talk to current volunteers and staff about how you can get involved in 2015.  Drop in dates: 17 Feb, 22 Feb, 25 Feb.  Times: 11.00am to 3.00pm.

Springfield Mind – Fundraising Volunteers.  Help is needed to raise funds in the community, as well as researching grant giving trusts and engaging with local businesses to seek sponsorship.  The money raised will help Springfield to continue its essential services for local people with mental ill health.

Entrust Care Partnership – Family Support Volunteer.  Would you like to make a difference to a family affected by disability?  A volunteer is needed to support a family in the Southam area, early evenings: play, meals and bedtime routines.  The volunteer will need to know or be willing to learn some basic Makaton signs.

Futures Unlocked – Volunteer Mentors.  Volunteers are needed to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for individuals preparing for prison release.  As a mentor you will visit a service user whilst in prison and then provide ongoing support upon their release.  Full training will be given.

Warwickshire Vision Support – Home Visitors in Alcester/Studley.  Volunteers are needed to visit blind and visually impaired people in their own homes to help read correspondence etc. and for a chat and a cup of tea.  Visits usually last for one to one-and-a-half hours and the frequency varies depending on the client.

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 www.do-it.org.uk includes the details of hundreds of roles available locally.

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The Surviving Winter Fund aims to help those older and more vulnerable people during the cold winter months. Projects that engage with the older population and provides activities such as hot lunch clubs, exercise classes, things that improve quality of life and tackle social isolation.
 
Eligible projects can apply for up to £1,000.
 
This funding is available through the Heart of England Community Foundation so please contact Kat Venton on 024 76883262 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an informal chat.
 
To apply online please go to www.heartofenglandcf.co.uk
 
Please note that the fund does not support statutory organisations.
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Following on from the GP Access Survey in 2013 by Warwickshire LINK, Healthwatch is now running the survey once again. The objective of the survey is to ask Warwickshire residents for their experience and perceptions of accessing and using their GP surgery. The survey is very much in line with the one undertaken in early 2013 so that in our report we can use the previous survey as a reference point. The link to the survey is below. It will also be available to some groups as a hard copy version with freepost return.

Please can you complete the survey as soon as convenient and forward the survey link to your colleagues, friends and family. We will be running the survey throughout January.

It should only take about 5 minutes to complete. We can provide limited numbers of hard copy versions if necessary.

http://goo.gl/forms/FvZH0cLakg

 

Len Mackin

Intelligence and Insight Lead

Healthwatch Warwickshire Ltd

Telephone: 01926 422823

Direct dial: 01926 453960

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Please click on the link below for the latest newsletter.

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WREN has launched its new Community Fund replacing the Main Grant Scheme and Small Grant Scheme.

As from 1 January 2015 all applications should be submitted on the new Community Fund Application form available to download from the website.   

Applicants can apply for funding of between £2,000 and £50,000 from the Community Fund and projects should be in a position to start within 6 months of WREN's funding decision.

Previous priorities and geographical criteria will still apply.

www.wren.org.uk/news/community-fund

 

 

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TITLE: Digital Media Project Coordinator

LOCATION: The Old Slaughterhouse – Arts and Heritage Studio, Stratford upon Avon

REPORTS TO: Escape Project Manager

PAYMENT: 16 hours per week, £12.54 per hour, £24126.96 pro rata

CONTRACT: Fixed Contract

(18 months subject to trail period of 3 months)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION This exciting new post will coordinate the Stratford Slaughterhouse Heritage media presentation and archiving. The successful applicant will have previous experience in digitising and archiving an oral history project, heritage and arts work, administrative experience and experience of fieldwork in the community.

  • To develop an interactive, virtual heritage centre archive to further the Heritage centre activities and extend educational reach into classrooms and homes.
  • Co-ordinate and supervise a digital media apprenticeship and training.
  • Liaise with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, induct and support a team of heritage champion volunteers and young heritage recruits to assist with the fieldwork of the project, recording interviews and film work.
  • Liaise with the Marketing Officer and Manager to help produce marketing and publicity.
  • Coordinate regular web updates and creating the content for publicity material.
  • Organise updates for project website, photographic images of old pictures and collector’s items, publishing project milestones and info, sharing learning via YouTube, Twitter and Facebook.
  • Purchase and maintain a pool of audio-visual/media equipment.
  • Ensure all equipment is maintained and supplies undertaken.
  • Ensure an effective monitoring system is in place and is regularly updated.
  • Ensure that all work is carried in accordance with relevant legislation and Escape’s centre policies and procedures, including Equal Opportunities policy and Health and Safety Policy.
  • Ensure the centre complies with the terms and requirements of the Town Trust grant including delivering outcomes, record keeping, reporting, etc.
  • Undertake fundraising for the centre.
  • Act as an effective team member, attend, and contribute to staff meetings.
  • Carry out other duties as directed by the Centre Manager and the Board of Trustees.
  • Responsible for e-safety and e-safety training for staff and volunteers.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Commitment to the Charity’s ethos, values and standards.
  • Demonstrable interest in the Arts, Heritage or Tourism sectors.
  • Experience of working in a supervisory role.
  • Ability to work effectively and build relationships with a wide range of people  Ability to work independently and as part of a team  A creative and sharp eye for detail.
  • Responsible for e-safety and training.
  • Excellent understanding of digital preservation principles and techniques, including up-to-date knowledge of relevant tools, methodologies and standards.

Desirable

  • Experience of working with Volunteers
  • Experience of working within a cultural organisation
  • Understanding and experience of archives and records management principles and practices.
  • Understanding and experience of web archiving techniques.

Hours and Days and Availability

16 Hours per week, hours to be confirmed with the Project Manager. Post may include some evening and weekend hours as required.

Supervisions are likely to take place on Mondays.

Contract Dates

Start Date – To be confirmed

Deadline for applications: Thursday 22nd January 2015 5pm Interviews: Week Commencing February 2nd 2015

Application process: Please apply with a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements on the Person Specification, and detailing how your experience matches the Key Responsibilities and Requirements of the role. Please send this alongside your current CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to discuss the role further please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 07715931922.

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TITLE: Heritage Project Coordinator

LOCATION: The Old Slaughterhouse – Arts and Heritage Studio, Stratford upon Avon

REPORTS TO: Escape Project Manager

PAYMENT: 16 hours per week, £12.54 per hour, £10443 per annum

CONTRACT: Fixed Contract

(18 months subject to trail period of 3 months)

GENERAL DESCRIPTION The post holder will effectively coordinate the Stratford Slaughterhouse Heritage project. The successful applicant will have previous experience in coordinating an oral history project, heritage and arts work, administrative experience and experience of fieldwork in the community.

KEY TASKS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Effectively organise and carry out all aspects of the Slaughterhouse project, an oral history project based at Stratford Arts and Heritage Centre.

  • To serve as curator, the coordinator will recommend acquisitions, organize exhibitions, and develop and deliver activities that will encourage broad appreciation for Stratford Heritage.
  • To oversee the management and care of exhibitions and programming of both the centre and outreach activities.
  • Guidance in project delivery.
  • Develop outlined heritage project outreach work in schools and at community venues/events.
  • Liaise with and promote to external organisations and individuals regarding the project, following up all enquiries and documenting the project.
  • Alongside management represent the Heritage Centre to the community, businesses, and local leaders and will be the visible spokesperson for the heritage centre locally, regionally and nationally.
  • Alongside management recruit and oversee project Steering Group.
  • In collaboration with Stratford Society and the project steering group organise delivery of quarterly programmes (classes, lectures, films and exhibitions, research) to support the preservation and dissemination of the history and heritage of Stratford by and for local people.
  • In liaison with the Steering Group develop the quarterly heritage themes, producing a range of materials that will attract and engage all generations, including a media presentation and a public exhibition.
  • To work cooperatively with local archives to research project themes.
  • Liaise with the Volunteer Coordinator to recruit, induct and support a team of volunteers to assist with the running of the centre.
  • Ensure that all work is carried in accordance with relevant legislation and Escape’s centre policies and procedures, including Equal Opportunities policy and Health and Safety Policy.
  • Ensure the centre complies with the terms and requirements of the Town Trust grant including delivering outcomes, record keeping, reporting, etc.
  • Undertake fundraising for the centre.
  • Act as an effective team member, attend, and contribute to staff meetings.
  • Carry out other duties as directed by the Centre Manager and the Board of Trustees

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • Excellent written and communication skills.
  • Commitment to the Charitys ethos, values and standards.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of the Arts, Heritage or Tourism sectors.
  • Experience of working with the public, preferably in a customer service role
  • Ability to work effectively and build relationships with a wide range of people  Ability to work independently and as part of a team  A creative and sharp eye for detail.
  • Curatorial and archival experience.

Desirable

  • A good degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience in a supervisory role
  • Experience of working with Volunteers
  • Experience of working within a cultural organisation

Hours and Days and Availability

16 Hours per week, hours to be confirmed with the Project Manager. Post may include some evening and weekend hours as required.

Supervisions are likely to take place on Mondays.

Contract Dates

Start Date – To be confirmed

Deadline for applications: Thursday 22nd January 2015 5pm

Interviews: Week Commencing 2nd February 2015

Application process: Please apply with a covering letter outlining how you meet the requirements on the Person Specification, and detailing how your experience matches the Key Responsibilities and Requirements of the role. Please do not let this exceed more than 2 sides of A4. Please send this alongside your current CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to discuss the role further please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 07715931922

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Do you have a spare room?
 
  • Can you relate to young people aged 16 - 21 ?
  • Can you help them with budgeting, cooking and other independence skills?
  • Can you encourage them in education, employment or training?
 
Why not consider providing supported lodgings for Warwickshire young people?
 
"Supported lodgings provide young people with safe supported places to live in the homes of local people"
 
A paid allowance is provided
 
Barnardo's will offer you with:
 
  • On-going support and supervision
  • Training
 
For more information contact:
 
Vicky Southgate
Tel: 07798 656 562
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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.

Futures Unlocked – Volunteer Mentors.  Volunteers are needed to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for individuals preparing for prison release.  As a mentor you will visit a service user whilst in prison and then provide ongoing support upon their release.  Full training will be given.

Stratford Historic Buildings Trust – Administrator.  Are you interested in the preservation of historic buildings in Stratford?  An administrator is needed with good computer and interpersonal skills, to help the Trust’s work in conserving and restoring historical buildings.

Sunny Side Up – Teaching computer skills to the over 60s.  Providing computer skills to older people in care and retirement homes, volunteers are needed to help teach activities such as email use, internet use, online security, photo editing and storage.  Sessions currently take place in Stratford on a Thursday afternoon.

Integrated Disability Service – Activity Support Volunteers.  Can you give some time to support children with disabilities?  Volunteers are needed to help at a residential centre where children stay overnight or weekends to give parents a short break. The centre welcomes volunteers with diverse skills and life experiences.

Warwickshire Vision Support – Home Visitors in Alcester/Studley.  Volunteers are needed to visit blind and visually impaired people in their own homes to help read correspondence etc. and for a chat and cup of tea.  Visits usually last for one to one-and-a-half hours and the frequency varies depending on the client.

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.

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The January 2015 newsletter is now available at http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/whats-happening/latest-news/

  • Latest cabinets announced
  • Updated maps on the website
  • Potential voucher scheme to pay for business connections
  • Questions and Answers
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Round 1 2015: applications must be received by 5.00pm January 16 2015

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.

http://www.stratfordtowntrust.co.uk/grants/

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

Back for its second year, Warwickshire Week of Thrift is expected to be bigger and better than 2014!  Backed by the county 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.

Two ways to be involved:

  • Submit a special offer to be displayed on the Thrift Week website
  • Hold an event during Thrift Week and advertise it on the Thrift Week website

www.thriftweek.co.uk

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Where: The Coach House, Church Street, Shipston on Stour *adjacent to the White Bear Hotel Car Park - opposite Shipston Library)

Opening hours: Wednesday 10.00am to 4.00pm, Friday 9.30am to 4.00pm, Saturday 9.30am to 2.00pm

Dates:

January

Wednesday 7

Friday 9

Saturday 10

Wednesday 21

Friday 23

Saturday 24

February

Wednesday 4

Friday 6

Saturday 7

Wednesday 18

Friday 20

Saturday 21

March

Wednesday 4

Friday 6

Saturday 7

Wednesday 18

Friday 20

Saturday 21

April

Wednesday 1

Friday 3

Saturday 4

Wednesday 15

Friday 17

Saturday 18

Wednesday 29

May

Friday 1

Saturday 2

Wednesday 13

Friday 15

Saturday 16

Monday 25 – Wool Fair Event – open at 10.00am

Wednesday 27

Friday 29

Saturday 30

June

Wednesday 10

Friday 12

Saturday 13

Wednesday 24

Friday 26

Saturday 27

July

Wednesday 8

Friday 10

Saturday 11

Wednesday 22

Friday 24

Saturday 25

August

Wednesday 5

Friday 7

Saturday 8

Wednesday 19

Friday 21

Saturday 22

September

Wednesday 2

Friday 4

Saturday 5

Wednesday 16

Friday 18

Saturday 19

Wednesday 30

October

Friday 2

Saturday 3

Wednesday 14

Friday 16

Saturday 17

Wednesday 28

Friday 30

Saturday 31

November

Wednesday 11

Friday 13

Saturday 14

Wednesday 25

Friday 27

Saturday 28

December

Friday 4 – Victorian Evening – Open 10.00am to 8.00pm

Wednesday 9

Friday 11

Saturday 12

Wednesday 23

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