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Dear Colleague

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.

I want to personally take this opportunity to thank you for your involvement with CSV and I look forward to continuing to partner with you as VOLUNTEERING MATTERS. If you have any queries about how our new name might affect you please speak to your current CSV contact or email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kind regards,

Oonagh Aitken, CSV Chief Executive

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The Main Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.

Grants are for organisations working with children and young people of 18 years and under experiencing disadvantage through:

  1. illness, distress, abuse or neglect
  2. any kind of disability
  3. behavioural or psychological difficulties
  4. living in poverty or situations of deprivation

The next deadline is 15th May 2015. Full details here:

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Springfield Mind has teamed up with a leading dietician to offer an innovative food programme including mindful menus, healthy meals on a budget, sharing food experiences and the impact food has on mental wellbeing.

The programme in Stratford takes place in April, May and December.

Please see the attached flyer for more details.


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£21,732 pa. 22.5 hrs flexible,12 month contract initially. 

We’re an independent charity. To help people throughout the Stratford on Avon district we need someone like you to help us. You’ll need to be able to develop a network of supporters, initiate additional fundraising to fund our core activities and work with our current Fundraising committee. Yes, we’re asking a lot but if you’re up for the challenge let’s talk.

  • 2 years practical experience of community fundraising
  • Ability to work with volunteers
  • Excellent planning and verbal skills
  • Knowledge of legal and financial framework and codes of practice

For an application pack please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Closing date for applications Monday 25 May 2015.

Interviews will be on Wednesday 3 June 2015. 

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Friday 8 May at....


The Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club, Warwick Road, Stratford-upon-Avon.

Five course meal, dancing to a live band.

7pm arrivals, drinks and a string quartet.

Carriages at 12.30am.


Price £55 per person or £500 for a table of 10.  Tickets are available from Stratford Herald, York House, 17 Rother Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, telephone 01789 266261 or from The Welcombe Hotel, telephone 01789 295252, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Dress code smart.

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Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities across the UK. Carers Week is brought to life by the individuals, local groups and organisations who come together to organise activities and events throughout the UK, drawing attention to just how important caring is.

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This scheme wants to make substantial grants, £100,000 - £250,000, to create opportunities for disabled people to participate in arts and cultural activities. This includes visual art, craft, writing and literature, music, dance and performance arts.

Closing date for applications is 9am on 20 April 2015. Full details here:

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Are you looking after a loved one living with dementia?

If so we are here to help.

Pop along to our free cafe at Bishopton Community Centre, Drayton Avenue, Stratford-upon-Avon, every Friday 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

Meet our volunteers and guest speakers.

Free parking is available in the school car park.

For information please telephone 01789 778431 or 07803 729894.

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Interested in giving something back to your local community, or building skills in the Arts and Heritage Sector – we have volunteer roles to suit everyone at The Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio.  Want to find out more, we will be holding a Volunteer Open Day on Saturday 25th April. If you want to book a 1:1 appointment with our volunteer coordinator – please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or just drop in between 1-3pm, tea and cake will be provided. 

The Great Warwickshire Show and Tell is back......volunteers needed!

Volunteer with us on Friday 15 May (afternoon or evening) and make this "Museums at Night" event a great success.

We need people to help us:

  • Steward the event
  • Work with Escape Arts
  • Photograph the event

Over 50 community organisations from across Warwickshire will be in Market Square, Warwick, showing and telling visitors all about themselves.

For more information please email Sarah Hann - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01926 736422

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The Aviva Community Fund offers support and funding to the causes close to your heart. Put forward a project for a local cause, and you could win it funding of up to £25,000.

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The Charity known as WRAP for short has been successful in obtaining a Warwickshire County Council Grant to organise and carry out an information programme for those caring for a loved one living with dementia in Stratford upon Avon.

If you are looking after a loved one, this is the programme for you.

It covers the different types of dementia and all aspects of the journey you will undertake.

There are guest speakers that cover legal information and advice and medical awareness. Carer’s allowance and much more.

The programme runs for eight weeks two hours per week, between 10.00 and 12.00 beginning on Friday 17th April  at Briar Croft . Alcester Road. 

There are still 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”

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MONDAY 11TH AND FRIDAY 15TH MAY 2015 1.30pm-4.30pm

ECO Work-Shop CIC

We offer purposeful, supported work based activity sessions for adults who have an autistic spectrum condition or learning disability.

We are located in South Warwickshire and recently moved into our new premises at Rye House, Clifford Park, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 8HW. ECO Work-Shop CIC was founded by parents of young adults with learning disabilities and autism to increase the opportunities available to their sons and daughters. We offer:

  • Activity sessions designed with sensitivity to the needs of people who are on the autistic spectrum or who have learning disabilities.
  • Work based activities, such as light assembly work, collecting and sorting recyclables such as drinks cans, garden tools and stamps, producing items for sale and retail through local markets.
  • Opportunities to achieve personal goals and ambitions.
  • Support to develop work, life and social skills.
  • Participant Centered Plans and achievement monitoring.
  • Rewards for achievement.
  • Participants’ Forum and Family Forum.
  • An environment that empowers and builds confidence.

We offer sessions on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday,

For further information please contact Sue Morrison on:

01789 267786/ 07803 616864 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Purposeful activity is vital to wellbeing

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Please find attached the latest newsletter for Healthwatch Warwickshire.

Please note changes to staffing this month due to maternity. 

Please note the launch of the Autism call for evidence and details of the annual conference in June.


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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.

The Shakespeare Hospice – Marshals.  Volunteers are needed for the sponsored dog walk taking place on the Recreation Ground on Saturday 9 May.  Marshals will need to be in place from 1pm to 4pm.  All proceeds from the event will go to the Hospice. 

Warwickshire and Northants Air Ambulance – Stratford Shop Volunteers.  Get involved with a variety of retail activities, with the benefit of full training and a great team of people.  Duties will include sorting through goods ready for display, serving customers and keeping the shop environment clean, tidy and welcoming.

ECO Workshop CIC – Support Volunteers and Administrator.  Support volunteers are needed to guide and enable participants to reach their potential in performing work based activities.  An administrator is needed to assist with tasks including answering the telephone, dealing with correspondence and inputting data.

Alveston Juniors Badminton Club – Wordpress Website Developer.  This thriving club is looking for someone with Wordpress experience to help develop the club's existing website and also to help create a second website dedicated to the club’s younger section.   The role is expected to be based at the volunteer’s home.

Springfield Mind - Various Roles. Fundraisers are needed to raise money in the community, research grant funders and talk to local businesses.  Office volunteers are needed to help with admin tasks and answering the phone.  Hub volunteers are needed to provide a safe and welcoming place for people with mental ill health.

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 Old Slaughterhouse Arts and Heritage Studio needs you!

Volunteers needed for the following roles:

  • Young Heritage Recruits
  • Front of House
  • Gardening
  • Vintage Tea Hosts

We will be opening our doors in May and we need YOU to make it happen.

If you want to know more about how you can get involved, come along to our volunteer open day on Saturday April 25 at The Old Slaughterhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon (between Bridge Street and Sheep Street).

Book an appointment with our Volunteer Coordinator Amber Potter between 10 and 12 or just pop in for a chat and a cup of tea between 1 and 3.

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


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