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Ali Middle

New funding for community spaces launching soon

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The Co-op Foundation is working with government to develop a new £1.6 million initiative to help maximise the potential of spaces where people can connect and co-operate.

Announced by government on 17th June to mark the start of Loneliness Awareness Week, the fund – launching soon – will support activity in community spaces to promote social connections.

Jim Cooke, Head of the Co-op Foundation, said:

“Shared spaces for people to meet and socialise are vital for tackling loneliness and helping communities work together to address local challenges.

“Our match-funding partnership with government will strengthen communities by maximising the potential of spaces where people can connect and co-operate, making an important contribution to Co-op’s wider community work.”

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Virgin Money & Mencap announce partnership to bring people together through sport

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Virgin Money and Mencap have announced a year-long partnership to bring people with and without learning disability together through sport.

The charity of the year partnership launched this week during Learning Disability Week (17 – 26 June 2019) and starts with a series of sport and inclusion events.

The partnership includes Mencap being charity of the year for the 2020 Virgin Money London Marathon, while the fundraised income from the partnership will directly fund a new inclusive programme, All Move, in schools across the UK aimed at bringing young people with and without a learning disability together through sport to tackle stigma and discrimination.

The partnership with Virgin Money will also fund Scotland’s largest charity for people with learning disabilities ENABLE Scotland to deliver its own inclusion project, ACE Youth Groups.

For Learning Disability Week 2019, Mencap is hosting a series of inclusive sports events across the country to help improve social inclusion and tackle discrimination against people with a learning disability. The ‘Here We Are’ events will be taking place in 15 different locations across the country with activities ranging from inclusive sports days and yoga, a zumbathon as well as a coastal walk along the  Millennium Coastal Path at Llanelli with Dennis the therapeutic Shetland pony.

You can read the full press release here

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity 

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Deadline 18th October

Wallace & Gromit’s Children’s Charity raises money to improve the lives of sick children in hospitals and hospices throughout the UK, providing a wide range of support to patients, families and staff.

It supports hundreds of projects throughout the UK, funding pioneering medical equipment, free family accommodation, music therapy sessions and arts and play activities, sensory equipment and respite care.

For more information go to the website

Rising levels of poverty in working families

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From the BBC

Poverty among people who are working has risen sharply since the mid-1990s, partly driven by higher housing costs and lower earnings growth, says the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).

The proportion has risen from 13% in 1994-95 to 18% in 2017, meaning that about eight million people living in working households are in relative poverty, according to the IFS research, funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation.

“In the mid-1990s, 37% of those in poverty lived in a working household. That has reached 58%,” said the IFS.

You can read the full article here 

You can read the IFS report Living standards, poverty and inequality in the UK: 2019 on their website here

Lead Youth & Community Worker

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Deadline 28th June

Full time 37 hours per week

Initial contract up to and including 31st March 2020

Salary SCP 18-25, (£10.12p/h – £12.69p/h)

Competitive holidays and benefits

Are you innovative, passionate about improving outcomes for young people and looking for a challenge? If so, this could be the perfect opportunity for you!

Based in the heart of Preston Road, the Child Dynamix centre has just undergone a full refurbishment and they are looking for an energetic, motivated individual with a ‘can do approach’!

Requirements for the post:

  • Has as a minimum Level 4 qualification in Youth & Community work or other relevant similar discipline
  • Is passionate about empowering people and communities
  • A minimum of 2 years supervisory/line management experience
  • Good level of IT skills, able to use Microsoft packages: Outlook, work, excel
  • Ability to use own initiative

For an application form please contact Jane Lambert on Tel: 01482 221425

or E-mail: jane.lambert@childdynamix.co.uk

Closing date for requesting an application pack: 12 noon Friday 28th June 2019

Closing date for returning applications: 12 noon Monday 1st July 2019

Interviews to be held: Monday 22nd July 2019

Community Transport Minibus Driver.

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An exciting position has become available with East Hull Community Transport. The successful candidate will join a friendly professional organisation that supports the local community.

The position is to provide a high quality passenger transport service for the residents of Hull, by driving an accessible minibus. The successful candidate will require a D1 category driving licence.

Duties include, driving, maintaining records, carrying out cleaning duties and contributing to the efficient operation of the organisation. The successful candidate should be polite, caring and smart at all times and offer customers an exceptional level of service. Full training will be given.

Hours: There are several positions available starting from 5 hours to 25 hours per week (Mon to Fri).  Additional hours available if required.

Salary: £8.21 per hour.

Job offer is subject to a Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS), Driving Assessment, 2 references and interview.

For more information, please contact Jenny at jenny@ehct.co.uk for an application form. Telephone (01482) 719600.

Community Lottery Assistant with Dove House

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Deadline 10th July

Location- Working remotely/field based in and around Scunthorpe and North Lincolnshire.

Salary- £18,457 – £20,637 per annum

Dove House Hospice were proud to be awarded 3 stars by Best Companies for ‘extraordinary’ levels of staff engagement for 2019 and were placed 5th in the Sunday Times Top 100 Not For Profit Awards 2019.

Job Summary – Working alongside other Community Lottery Assistants and Face to Face fundraisers you will support the development of Lottery Fundraising on behalf of Lindsey Lodge Hospice ensuring local individuals, groups and businesses are aware of the work of the hospice and the services provided with a view to inspiring them to support as well as provide an excellent customer experience to existing Lottery players building long-term relationships with them.

Main Duties –

  • Working to set targets, recruit new supporters/players to the weekly membership lottery scheme in support of Lindsey Lodge Hospice through door-to-door, in-store and event promotion throughout North Lincolnshire.
  • Actively promote all other Lottery activities as requested by the Head of Fundraising or his/her deputy.
  • Act as a promotional event leader, supervising and motivating promotional volunteers in order to work together promoting and offering all Lottery products to members of the visiting public ensuring each event is profitable.
  • Be part of the Collections team providing an effective and efficient collection service to Lottery Supporters throughout North Lincolnshire, and on occasion for the purposes of cover, Hull and the East Riding.
  • Be an active member of the Lottery team contributing ideas, providing feedback (particularly on event marketing and promotion, door to door issues, customer service, best practice) and supporting other team members.

For more information and an application pack go to the Dove House website

Infant mortality rates rise for third consecutive year, hitting poorest communities hardest

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From the Independent

Infant mortality rates in England and Wales have risen for the third year in a row with families in the poorest communities worst affected, official data shows.

Between 2016 and 2017 the infant mortality rate rose from 3.8 deaths per 1,000 births, to 3.9 per 1,000, data from the Office for National Statistics shows.

This means the infant mortality rate has risen “significantly” since it hit a record low in 2014, and in the most deprived communities it stands as high as 5.2 deaths per 1,000.

Overall 2,636 babies died before their first birthday in 2017, the ONS data shows.

While this is fewer deaths than in 2016, the birth rate has also fallen and that means the proportion of newborns surviving to age one has fallen.

You can read the rest of the article here

You can read the full ONS report online here

Advocacy for children

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This report from the Children’s Commissioner follows previous studies commissioned by her and other recent research into advocacy. This work builds on research by the Children’s Commissioner in 2016, which also explored the provision of advocacy across England and found substantial variation across local authorities, with spend per child or young person ranging from £2 to £668 each year.

The intention of this report is to take stock of advocacy provided by local authorities three years on and to highlight ongoing issues observed by the Children’s Commissioner’s Help at Hand service, which provides advice and help to children in care.

This is not a complete review of advocacy provision in England, but is intended to contribute to ongoing work to promote support for effective advocacy and to ensure that children and young people receive a good service wherever they are. While many people can act as a child’s advocate by helping them to have their voice heard, this report focuses on independent, professional advocacy, to which children and young people are entitled by law and statutory guidance.

For more information, and to download the report, go to the Commissioner’s website