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Volunteering Development Officer, Halifax

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Deadline 28th January

£24,204 per annum, 37 hours per week

Working as part of a wider voluntary and community sector infrastructure support service this will be an integral post, leading on the development of volunteering opportunities across Calderdale. This will include delivering an accessible volunteer brokerage service, promoting quality volunteering opportunities with a range of stakeholders and supporting the delivery of Place Based Social Action pilots.

The Calderdale Voluntary Sector Alliance (VSI) are looking to recruit a development officer with a proven background in developing and delivering volunteer programmes to a wide range of groups and organisations and with a strong commitment to the values of quality volunteering.

You will also have previous experience of delivering training and support to both organisations and volunteers and of developing new volunteering initiatives as and when required.

For more information about this post please contact:

Jason Stamp – Chief Officer on (01482) 499030 or email jason@nbforum.org.uk

To request an application form please contact:

Ali Middle – Business Support Manager on (01482) 499030 or email ali@nbforum.org.uk

Closing date for applications: 28 January 2019 at 5 pm

Interviews: 7th or 8th February 2019

Neighbourly calls for charities to join its food surplus scheme

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PRESS RELEASE, 19 September 2018

Giving platform Neighbourly has today put out a call inviting charities, food projects, schools and community groups to join its free food surplus redistribution scheme. Neighbourly is the redistribution partner to retailers and manufacturers including Marks & Spencer, Lidl and Danone.

Through the Neighbourly platform, the equivalent of more than 7 million meals has been distributed to over 1,500 charities and community projects in local communities across the UK and Ireland.

Now Neighbourly is extending the scheme to more communities whose residents and families are suffering from food poverty and insecurity. The latest research from WRAP shows that food redistribution from commercial sources (retailers, manufacturers and hospitality and food services businesses) has increased by 50% in just two years but that there is potential for increased redistribution. One of the things that is needed for this to happen is for more charities to be aware that this resource is available to them and join up to benefit from the scheme.

Neighbourly’s own research – from surveying its food surplus recipients – shows just how important receiving surplus is to them. On average, charities reported that they save an estimated average of £161 a month through these food donations and 90% find the Neighbourly food surplus schemes beneficial or extremely beneficial.

Food surplus available for daily collection includes fruit and veg, bakery products and ambient food (food which can be safely stored at room temperature in a sealed container). It is also possible for charities to collect chilled items from some stores – dairy, meat, fish, chilled drinks and packaged ready meals, as long as they can meet certain criteria for safe collection, transportation and storage of chilled goods.

For the the full article please visit the Neighbourly website here.

New Community Fund Awards First Grants

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Twenty one highly deserving local organisations are celebrating being awarded grants through the new East Coast Community Fund.

The new Fund launched by DONG Energy in December last year will make available up to £9.3 million for community and environmental projects in coastal areas of Yorkshire, Lincolnshire and North Norfolk.

The East Coast Community Fund is part of the community engagement programme for DONG Energy’s Hornsea Project One and Race Bank offshore wind farms.

The successful groups that will share £195,000 from the first round are:

  • The Coastal Scout Group, Scout Beach Hut, Sutton on Sea – £2,500
  • Your Community Hub CIC, Humberstone – £4,500
  • The Enterprise Community Hall, Mablethorpe – £1,000
  • The Liber Group CIC, The Grant Thorold Community Hub and Library, Grimsby – £4,995
  • Second Thoughts East Yorkshire, Withernsea -£4,970
  • One to One Project, Kings Lynn – £21,186
  • Wrangle Parish Council Outdoor Fitness Project – £4,380
  • Tetney Playing Field and Village Hall Association, Play Area Project – £30,000
  • Health & Wellbeing Stroke Association Voluntary Group, West Norfolk – £5,000
  • Mablethorpe Christian Fellowship Open House – £22,833
  • Foresight North East Lincolnshire, Scartho Library Parents and Toddlers – £5,000
  • West Norfolk Befriending – £5,000
  • Bridlington Rugby Football Union Club, Community Space Renovation – £30,000
  • The Lounge FC, Holton le Clay Cricket Club – £1,800
  • Roots Project CIC, Our Roots in Photography, Bridlington – £4,748
  • 1st Healing Scout Group – £4,500
  • Lincolnshire Extreme Sports Association, X-Site Skatepark Skegness – £4,500
  • Asthma Relief work on the East Coast – £4,853
  • Humber Rescue, Survival Suits – £4,000
  • Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Service, East Coast Responders – £25,119
  • Grainthorpe and Conisholme Village Association Playing Field – £4,116

Each year, for the next 10 years, approximately £390,000 will be available from the main fund to support a wide range of community and environmental projects.

An additional £75,000 per year is ring-fenced for a skills fund, designed to support a range of educational and training initiatives. The skills fund was launched in July 2017. Further information on this skills fund can be found here.

There are two application rounds for the main fund each year for groups to apply to, the next round is open with a closing date of 2 August 2017.

Natasha Nanuck, DONG Energy’s Stakeholder Advisor, said: “It’s really exciting to see such a diverse group of organisations benefit from the East Coast Community Fund, and I look forward to seeing these projects develop. We want people who live in the areas we operate to really feel the benefits of these huge infrastructure projects, so this is just one of the ways we ensure we have a positive impact in the local community.”

The Fund is being administered by national charity GrantScape. For further details of how you can apply to the next round, please click here:


Property Advice for Charities From The Ethical Property Foundation

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The Ethical Property Foundation advises charities and community groups on property issues. Their Property Advice Service offers independent, ethical advice and training, and has helped over 3,500 organisations to rent, buy, let or manage property since 2004.

They also work with landlords and tenants to improve the social and environmental impact of commercial property through an ethical workplace accreditation, the Fair Place Award.

Members of the Ethical Property Foundation Register of Property Professionals share their expertise on the hottest property topics affecting voluntary organisations.

Latest webinars include:

  • Property Brief
  • Successful Asset Transfer
  • Property Strategy

Big Potential Announces Changes to Final Deadlines (England)

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The final deadlines have been moved forward for grant applications to improve the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations in England in order that they may deliver greater social impact.

Big Potential is drawing to a close, and due to a ‘spike’ in interest, the deadline for all applications is being moved forward.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations based and operating in England can apply to the following funding routes:

Breakthrough Grants of between £20,000 and £75,000 for VCSEs with an ambition to raise up to £500,000 of new repayable investment. These organisations are looking to develop a more sustainable funding model and be less dependent on grants but require support to do this. Applicants are expected to have existing products or services that could support taking on repayable finance.

Advanced Grants of up to £150,000 for VCSEs with an ambition to raise more than £500,000 of repayable investment or win contracts of at least £1 million. They should have a strong proposal and be sufficiently ambitious to be able to develop a project of the desired scale in a set time period. VCSEs applying to this route will be expected to have a sufficiently strong grasp of what it means to take on social investment and understand their social investment needs.

The three remaining deadlines for this programme are:

  • 30 June 2017 (midday) for submitting Big Potential Breakthrough diagnostic reports. Those who wish to proceed will then be able to book a 1-1 session with an independent adviser in July.
  • 9 August (midday) for Advanced Grant applications. Decisions will be made in September with all applicants informed of the outcome by the end of October.
  • 15 September (midday) for Breakthrough Grant applications. Decisions will be made in October and November with all applicants informed of the outcome by December.

Big Potential How to Apply


CQC report on health & social care for older people

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The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has reviewed how well different health and care services work together to support the needs of older people in England.

In its report, Building Bridges, Breaking Barriers, it warns that despite a widespread commitment for integration across the sectors, substantial progress is needed to better support people who use a number of services, reduce hospital admissions and avoid confusion about where to go for help. The report concludes that with a growing elderly population, now is the time to act.

CQC carried out site visits in eight areas and gathered evidence from a range of sources and spoke with older people and their carers to understand how their experiences of care related to services working together.

The report highlights many instances of good practice where those providing and commissioning health and social care share information and co-ordinate services for older people. The report sets out the barriers to delivering joined up care. It concludes with five key recommendations for health and social care leaders.

For more information and to read the report go the CQC website

The Care Quality Commission urges action to ensure high quality and personalised end of life care

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A national review by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found that people from certain groups in society are experiencing poorer quality care at the end of their lives than others because providers and commissioners do not always understand or fully consider their specific needs.

In “A different ending: Addressing inequalities in end of life care”, published on Monday 9 May 2016, the CQC reports that only 67% of the 40 clinical commissioning groups (CCGs) it surveyed said that they had assessed the end of life care needs of their local populations – meaning that one in three had not.

Also, the CQC found that only 18% of the 40 CCGs had commissioned specific services for at least one of the population groups considered in its review – this includes people whose social circumstances make them vulnerable, older people, people with dementia, a learning disability, a mental health problem, or a chronic progressive illness other than cancer.

The impact of this could be that local health and care services are not fully equipped or ready to help these particular groups of people in their areas to get truly personalised care at the end of their lives.

This could lead to people’s wishes not being met or them not having the full range of options of where they would prefer to be cared for and die available to them. For example, an older person may be admitted to hospital in the last days of their life when they would prefer to die at home.

While in some areas commissioners and providers are taking an equality-led approach, the review findings raise concerns that some might not be fulfilling their duties under the Equality Act 2010, which states that all public bodies have a legal duty to consider the needs of a range of equality groups when carrying out their day-to-day work.

In its national review, CQC is calling for action to make sure everyone has the same access to high quality, personalised care at the end of their lives, regardless of their diagnosis, age, ethnic background, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or social circumstances.

For more information and to download the report, go to the CQC

Reading Well for Young People

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1 in 10 young people have a diagnosable mental health issue – that’s three young people in every classroom.

On 12th April, public libraries across England launched a new scheme, Reading Well for young people, which provides 13 to 18 year-olds with advice, information and support to help them to manage their mental health and resilience. The 35 books in the collection cover 12 topics and conditions including anxiety, depression, self-harm, body image and eating disorders, as well as life experiences such as bullying.