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Warwickshire County Council and partners are aiming to increase the number of Dementia Friends in the County to 10,000 by June 2015.

According to latest estimates, in Warwickshire there are 7,615 people living with dementia - a figure that is likely to increase to 9,000 by 2021.  Many of us will be affected in some way by dementia during our lifetimes.

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. Dementia Friends learn a little bit about what it's like to live with dementia and turn that understanding into action. This action could be helping someone find the right bus or being patient in a till queue if someone with dementia is taking longer to pay.

You don’t need to already know someone with dementia to become a dementia friend.

There are three ways to becoming a Dementia Friend:

1. Attending an hour long Dementia Friends Information session. Everyone who attends a session and wants to become a Dementia Friend will get a Dementia Friends badge and information card. You can book a place by going online and visiting the national Dementia Friends website


2. Watching a short video on the Dementia Friends’ website and leaving your details on the site so you can be sent your Dementia Friends badge and Little Book of Friendship.


3. Groups may want to hold a group Dementia Friends Information session, perhaps as part of their regular meeting. If you would like to find out more about this please email

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Dementia Friends Information Sessions provide a fantastic introduction to dementia in an hour long session. These sessions are run by volunteer Champions. Dementia Friends Champions are not experts or counsellors, but they have been trained by the Alzheimer’s Society to deliver the information sessions.

You can find details of the challenge here:

Warwickshire's Dementia Friends Challenge 2015

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On Friday 6th March a meeting will be held at Bishopton Community Centre commencing at 2.00 pm.

The meeting is being held with the purpose of establishing a wrap café for people who are living with dementia and their loved ones.

So all are welcome to this first meeting to discuss the future.

Please let me know if you can attend.


Mike Strophair  01789 778431.

Warwickshire Reminiscence Action Project.

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Warwickshire County Council and The National Flood Forum have organised for the recovery trailer to visit each Borough/District the week commencing 9th March. The aim of this is to:

  • Raise awareness of flooding within Warwickshire
  • Provide information to flood risk communities
  • Allow communities to ask questions or raise concerns about flooding
  • Allow flood risk residents to speak informally to flood risk management officers        
  • Allow communities to see property level protection that is available, ask questions and receive any information they require
  • Allow communities to have chance to discuss the Warwickshire Local Flood Risk Management Strategy with Warwickshire County Council

Due to the size of the trailer, we have picked one location in each Borough/District. Communities are welcome to attend the most convenient for themselves.

The trailer will be in the following locations from 11am - 6pm

Thursday 12th March - STRATFORD DISTRICT - Waterside, Stratford upon Avon, CV37 6BB.

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The Premier League and The FA Facilities Fund Small Grants Scheme awards grants of up to £10,000 for the provision of capital items, or to refurbish/improve existing facilities. The aims of this scheme are to:

  • Support the growth of football clubs and activity.
  • Prevent a decline in football participation.
  • Make improvements to facilities to address any health and safety issues.

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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.


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.

Friendship Project – Befrienders.  Befrienders are needed for children aged 6 to 16 on a one-to-one basis, for two to three hours per week. The aim is for Befrienders to share hobbies and interests with the young person and provide access to learning opportunities whilst acting as a positive influence and role model.


Girlguiding Stratford District – Assistant Guide Leaders.  Two Assistant Leaders are needed to help run a vibrant Guide unit in Stratford.  The unit runs on a weekly basis during term times, meeting on a Monday evening. Training will be provided and you’ll need to be a team player with a sense of humour.

Warwickshire Wildlife Trust – Hedgerow and Woodland Surveyors.  Help is needed to carry out hedgerow and woodland condition surveys.  Training will be given, although basic plant identification skills will be useful.  This is an opportunity to learn survey techniques, meet like-minded people and, above all, help local wildlife.

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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Hold a property marking event in your village……

Stratford District Council & Warwickshire Police in Stratford District are keen to disrupt criminality in whichever way that they can.  By overtly marking some of your property, especially items that can easily be passed on such as electrical tools & household equipment, chainsaws and other expensive gardening machinery… can frustrate the thief to the point that they will offend elsewhere as they don't want to be caught with items that are identifiable.
Please get in touch with your event dates for 2015 so we can come along and mark residents property - contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 25 February.
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The Big Lunch is a very simple idea from the Eden Project. The aim is to get as many people as possible across the whole of the UK to have lunch with their neighbours annually on the first Sunday in June in a simple act of community, friendship and fun. Since starting in 2009, thousands of Big Lunches have taken place in all types of communities. In 2014, 4.83 million people took to their streets, gardens and community spaces for the sixth annual Big Lunch.

Packs are now available to order from

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Volunteering with the Waterway Recovery Group is a great way for people to get ahead in the jobs market, have fun and learn new skills whilst making a difference.  Waterway Recovery Group run week long residential conservation holidays (Canal Camps) on canals around the country.  We are dedicated to restoring the industrial heritage and and environment of our historic waterways.  We are run entirely by volunteers for volunteers and our people come from all age groups and from all over the world.

Canal Camps are cheap (£56), great fun and add the kind of points to a CV that employers look for.  Volunteers will get the chance to learn some amazing new skills such as bricklaying and heritage pointing skills.

Who digs canals?

Canal camps are ideal for those who:

  • Need to make their CVs stand out
  • Want to meet new people and make new friends
  • Who need to show practical experience of team work and leadership
  • Want to learn new skills such as bricklaying, heritage restoration or construction
  • Are unemployed and want to add something different to their CV
  • Want to have fun whilst doing something completely different

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We are looking for an Interim Services Lead to join our small but dedicated team, to deliver our Enter and View service across Warwickshire.

This role will provide opportunities to use your talents and commitment to make a real difference to the lives of vulnerable people in Warwickshire.

You will also be helping to develop Healthwatch Warwickshire as a strong, independent and credible organisation.

Healthwatch Warwickshire is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.

Interim Services Lead, 37 hours per week, salary£25,000

The role will include:

The continuous and pro-active development of an effective Enter and View Service and the Healthwatch Champions network.

The post holder will be required to recruit and work with volunteers.

The post holder will be based in Leamington Spa but will be required to travel around Warwickshire as necessary to undertake the duties of the post.

For further details and an application form please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone 01926 422823

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Push Projects LGBTQ Youth Support are recruiting volunteer youth workers for their new weekly drop in at Stratford College on Tuesday evenings. Please contact Daniel Browne at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for an application form or visit for further information.

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Outside the Box!

A new group starting on Monday 2 March 2015.

A great place for adults with a learning disability who are lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) to come and chat, debate, make friends, feel safe, have fun and learn more about their sexuality and wider community”

Where?  Keys and Kitchen, Ely Street, Stratford-upon-Avon.  CV37 6LW

When?  Every Monday

Time?  6.00pm to 7.00pm

For more information please contact Louise at Grapevine - 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., 07724 675419

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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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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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