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Sport England and Public Health England announced a funding stream for large projects tackling inactivity. £100,000 - £500,000 grants are available, with a third match funding needed, of which half must be cash. They want to get more inactive people playing sport once a week for at least 30 minutes and achieve a better understanding of sport's contribution to improving public health. Deadline is 26 January.

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The Government is consulting on raising the financial thresholds above which charities must have their accounts audited rather than independently examined. They estimated the change would make up to 4,000 charities exempt from audit. Deadline is 27 January. 

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20 hours per week
Salary: £15,500 pro rata
We are looking for someone to join our small, but dedicated team, to deliver our Enter and View service across Warwickshire.
The role will include:
  • Working with the Enter and View Lead to deliver administration and support to the Enter and View service.
  • Being a key point of contact for Enter and View volunteers.
This role provides an opportunity to use your talents and commitment to make a real differ-ence to the lives of vulnerable people in Warwickshire.
You will also be helping to develop Healthwatch Warwickshire as a strong, independent and credible organisation.
Normal work hours will be afternoons, although some flexibility may be required to meet or-ganisational needs.
For further details and an application form please email 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.">
Healthwatch Warwickshire is an equal opportunities employer and welcomes applications from all sections of the community.
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The latest Healthwatch Warwickshire newsletter is available now.  Please click on the link below.

Your attention is drawn to the job advert on the back page of the newsletter – Healthwatch is recruiting for a 20 hours per week administrator.


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WCVYS are working in Partnership with Orbit Housing, Willmott Dixon, Support Sport, Targeted Support 4 Young People and The Stratford District Community Area Team in order to better understand the needs of young people in and around Alcester.

We are hoping to be able to apply for some funding in order to create a multi agency approach to best meeting the needs of young people. This will provide opportunities for both statutory and voluntary sector organisations to come together to support young people through a wide range of activities and services as identified through the consultation process.

Attached to this email are 2 questionnaires, one aimed at 13-16 year olds and the other at those aged 16-24. Every young person from in and around Alcester who completes the questionnaire, provides their name and contact number and returns the form to us via the email or postal address provided at the top of the questionnaire by Friday 23rd January will be entered in to a prize draw to win an iPad!

We would be extremely grateful if you could forward this email as widely as possible in order to maximise the number of young people who can engage in this process. We are committed to listening to what all young people aged 13-24 have to say in order to best shape this work going forward and are particularly keen to reach those who do not currently engage in order to understand why and what can be put in place to support them. 

In addition to this we would appreciate any thoughts and opinions you as staff and volunteers with knowledge of the area can input into this process. I would really appreciate a quick email as a reply to this message with a few bullet points of work that you are doing in the area, gaps of things that are not happening in the area and/or issues or problems that you are aware of.

Depending on the results of this consultation there may be a chance for your project/organisation to engage in this work moving forward and we would be keen to hear if this is something that you might be interested in.


Rachel Woodbridge

Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services 

01926 413611

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Please click on the link to access the OCS newsletter for December.  In this edition - reaction to the autumn statement, social investment tax relief, funding for volunteers who support unpaid carers and more.

Please find attached WREP News Information Bulletin 19 for Thursday 11 December 2014.


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By making grants to the national church and local projects the Church and Community Fund seeks to develop its capacity to engage with the whole community through supporting innovative use of resources; and help transform areas of greatest need and opportunity. The fund gives large grants, generally £10,000 - £20,000 depending on the theme. The next deadline is 31 December.

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The Cabinet Office has launched a consultation on doubling the charity audit threshold from £500,000 to £1 million. This would mean that an estimated 4,000 charities with income between these amounts  would be able to have an independent examination rather than a full audit. It is felt that this is more proportionate reporting and would potentially save charities £2,000 a year. 



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Relate Coventry and Warwickshire has received funding from the Tudor Trust to run a “Care Farming” project in Stratford aimed at isolated older men.  The project is to be delivered at Stratford Armouries

The project is looking to engage 10 men and will start once the places are filled.

Please see the information below and a referral/application form.  NB please ignore the dates - the project will start when the places are filled.



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We are holding drop-in sessions for anyone who is interested in becoming part of the team at Charlecote Park. We have roles to suit everyone - come and talk to current volunteers and staff about how you can get involved in 2015.

2015 drop-In dates:

- Tuesday 17th February
- Sunday 22nd February
- Wednesday 25th February

1.00am to 3.00pm

Get in touch with Rosie Thompson for further details by email or telephone

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01789 470277


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Sessional Trainer Opportunity

The Programme

We are currently delivering a number of education and learning workshops to a variety of different client groups across Coventry and Warwickshire. We are currently looking for a sessional trainer to support with the delivery of these programmes. Some of these programmes include working with • Children • Parents • Staff working in an organisation • General public.

To apply for a sessional trainer opportunity, Applicants need to have (All essential due to certain contractual stipulations):

  • A teaching or training qualification (at Level 3as a minimum)
  • A counselling qualification
  • Experience of delivery, evaluation and monitoring of training in a variety of settings.
  • Experience and knowledge of working with the client groups listed above i.e., families, couples, children and young people.

We are interested in hearing from anyone, however some of our contracts stipulates that we need to have a male and female facilitator delivering together and we are currently short on male facilitators.


If you would like any more information about the role, please email Melissa White (Education and Learning Manager) forwarding your CV and any questions to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephoning her on 02476 225863.

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Could you be an Entrust Care Partner?

We are seeking to recruit individual workers who can offer support to children, young people or adults on a one to one basis.  This flexible and enjoyable work can make a real difference to families.

We’d love to hear from YOU if you have:

- An understanding of disability and the potential impact it can have on individuals and families
- The ability to work on your own as well as a part of a team
- The ability to be patient and to stay calm under pressure
- A commitment to equal opportunity and diversity for all
- Effective communications skills
- An understanding of confidentiality
- A minimum of a NVQ 2 in Health and Social Care or equivalent
- A minimum of 6 months previous experience in the support and care sector

We offer good rates of pay according to level of experience ..... a choice of contract options ..... excellent induction, training and support ..... plus working hours to suit you in negotiation with families. 

Sound appealing?    Please read on….......  

About Us

Entrust Care Partnership is a recently established not for profit organisation and Company Limited by Guarantee.

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 have ambitious plans and a great deal of enthusiasm and experience in our chosen field whilst retaining a prudent and sensible approach to growth.

For an informal chat or just more information please contact us:

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Emma Smith 07792 969245
Lynne Barton 07712 326273

Community Interest Company Registered Number: 8593783

Company Limited by Guarantee: (England and Wales)


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Salary £11.46 per hour

2.5 hours per week

Closing date ongoing

Southam Church and Community Project (SCCP) Ltd

Southam Youth Centre needs a TEMPORARY SESSIONAL YOUTH WORKER – for September/October 2014

Hours: Minimum 2.5 hours/week - Monday evenings 6.15 to 8.45pm (plus planning/admin time to be agreed). Please note that depending on numbers of young people registering, a second youth club session may be offered on Thursday evenings.

Location: Southam Youth Centre, The Graham Adams Centre, St James Rd, Southam CV47 0LY.

Age group: Young people aged 10 to 13 years.

Role: To plan, organise and deliver sessional youth club activities in response to the needs and interests of the young people.

Support: At least one adult volunteer will be available to support the youth worker. Directors of SCCP Ltd will also provide support.

Provided funding becomes available SCCP Ltd Directors hope to advertise this role as a part-time sessional contract to July 2015.

For an informal chat please telephone Linda Tasker on 01926 817426 or 07771 560151.

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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.

Breast Cancer Campaign – Regional Group Member.  New group members are needed to get involved with a variety of activities including fundraising events, liaison with corporate partners, supermarket collections, presentations to schools and groups and campaigns in the local area.

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Become a Wildlife Champion in Jan 2015!

Can you spare a couple of hours a month to:

- Carry out some simple wildlife surveys?
- Do some practical tasks?
- Tell other people about wildlife on the route?

Do you have a passion for wildlife and conservation?

You don’t need to be a biodiversity expert to take part….all we need is your enthusiasm and dedication!

To find out more please contact: Lisa Hartley, Volunteer Coordinator, West Midlands
Tel: 0121 6335517



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Carol Roberts, Policy Officer for Social Inclusion at Stratford District Council writes

I am currently working on a project to deliver education, employment and training opportunities in two areas of Stratford District; Maybird and Bishopton in Stratford-upon-Avon town and Lighthorne Heath. This work is one of a number of priorities identified within Stratford-on-Avon District Social Inclusion Statement to tackle social exclusion across the district. The Social Inclusion Statement, Action Plan and the Social Exclusion Index can be found here

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As part of Trustee Week 2014, Prospectus has produced model Job Descriptions, Person Specifications and interview questions and a Board Skills Audit to help guide and inform organisations in implementing good governance.


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Please click on the link below to see the updated list of volunteering opportunities, arranged by type of activity.

If you would like more information on any of these opportunities then please contact the Volunteer Centre -This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 01789 262889.

All of the opportunities, including full details, can be seen on the Do-it website -

If you would prefer to arrange an appointment to talk to someone about voluntary work, the Volunteer Centre would be happy to do this.  Contact details as above.


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