Thursday, 27 February 2014

Cancer Charity to Benefit from Grove Theatre Gig in April

Breakthrough Breast Cancer will benefit from a special performance at Grove Theatre in Dunstable on April 27th. Chairman of Central Bedfordshire Council, Cllr Caroline Maudlinin, is the force behind the fund raising in what promises to be a fantastic night of West End entertainment.
 
The event will feature local celebrity, Samantha Womack (of East Enders Fame), Louise Dearman (star of Wicked and Evita), Faye Tozer (from Steps and Singing In The Rain), Wiilemijn Verkaik (of Wicked and Mamma Mia), Sandra Marvin (from Hairspray and Chicago) and Sophia Ragavelas (of Cats and Les Miserables).
 
"Woman - The Band" will be supported by The East Beds Youth Choir. All proceeds will go to Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
 
Tickets are £17.50 (plus booking fee) and available from the theatre in Court Drive, Dunstable, box office on 01582 602080 or visit www.grovetheatre.co.uk

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Auditions Starts on March 3rd - You could be appearing in a Local Production of Grease!

Rare Productions are looking for the next Danny, Sandy and Rydell High students to appear in an amateur production of Grease at the Grove Theatre.


Grease is an iconic story that we all know and love. It's California, 1959 and Summer Lovin' has come to an end between greaser Danny Zuko and good girl Sandy, who will be returning to Australia. Much to her surprise, Sandy's parents decide to stay in America and she ends up enrolling in Rydell High - the same school as Danny! Danny's the leader of the T-Birds, a group of black-jacket greasers while Sandy hangs with the Pink Ladies, a group of pink-wearing girls led by Rizzo. Will they be able to rekindle their romance?

If you fancy being a T-Bird or Pink Lady and are aged 8 to 21, why not come along? You don't need to prepare anything beforehand - it's easy!

Auditions will be held at the Grove Theatre on Monday 3rd March and on Sunday 9 March.

Monday 3rd March
Auditions for those aged 8 to 12 years will be held from 4.30pm to 6pm.
Auditions for those aged 13 to 21 years will be held from 6pm to 7.30pm.

Sunday 9 March.
Auditions for those aged 8 to 12 years will be held from 2pm to 3.30pm.
Auditions for those aged 13 to 21 years will be held from 3.30pm to 5pm.

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Houghton Regis Poundstretcher in Trouble Over Mice - Fined £26k + Costs

Mice infestation results in £26K fine for Poundstretcher

Poundstretcher, Bedford Square, Houghton Regis: fined for mouse problems in 2013 


National retailer Poundstretcher has been fined £26,000 for hygiene offences at their Houghton Regis store following a prosecution by Central Bedfordshire Council.

Environmental Health Officers following up on a report of mice at the Bedford Square store on 22 January 2013 found mice had gnawed food on the shelves and mouse droppings in the shop and warehouse. Contaminated food was identified and disposed of. Despite assurances from Poundstretcher’s pest control contractor that there would be daily pest control visits, no such visits were made between 25 and 31 January 2013.

The company pleaded guilty to five offences at Luton Magistrates Court on 24 February 2014. Magistrates set fines totalling £26,000 and the company agreed to pay the Council’s full costs of just over £6,000.

Magistrates were informed that mouse activity at the store had first been reported to head office by the store manager on 2 November 2012. Poundstretcher’s Barrister asked the court to take account of the guilty pleas when sentencing, as this had saved further court time by avoiding the need for a full trial.

Councillor Brian Spurr for Central bedfordshire Council Sustainable Communities – Services said, “Businesses have a responsibility to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their customers. Premises serving or selling food who neglect basic hygiene standards are knowingly putting people’s health at risk and we will have no hesitation in prosecuting businesses who fail their customers in this way.”

Staff at the store last night insisted that there was no problem now, the incident was over a year ago, and it had all been sorted out now.

Friday, 21 February 2014

Fostering Awareness - You Have a Legal Duty to Notify the Council

Are you looking after someone's children?

Many parents and carers just don’t realise they have a legal duty to notify CBC .

It is not unusual for family friends, step-parents or family members such as great grandparents or great aunts and uncles, to care for other people's children - but many don't realise they could be breaking the law if they don't notify the council.

As part of Central Bedfordshire Council’s Private Fostering Awareness Campaign they want people to be aware of the need to get in touch to ensure we protect any potentially vulnerable children.

Traditionally family and friends look out for each other and people may share care either to help keep costs down or to lend a hand if a parent is unwell or unable to care for their youngsters. Stepping into the breach and helping with childcare, for longer than 28 days, is known as private fostering.

CBC helps ensure children under 16, or 18 if disabled, are kept safe and families supported by providing them and their private foster carers with a social worker.

Linda, a single mum of four recovering from ill health, notified the council of her plans after a family friend agreed to help. Mark, her friend of 15 years, is a baker who runs his own business and has stepped in to help to ensure the children continue to have stability and security.

With no immediate family member being able to care for the children, aged nine to 14 years, they would have become ‘looked after’ by the local authority and gone to live with foster carers they didn’t know.

Mark said he's found the experience a positive one and added: "The assessment process was explained to me in great detail, I felt well informed and confident and truly listened to. I liked the approach my social worker adopted - informal but professional and I felt we worked well together to deliver a relaxed approach to interacting with the children."

Cllr Mark Versallion, Executive Member for Children's Services said: "Identifying and protecting vulnerable children is the focus of our work and that's why we urge anyone who works with children or young people to make sure they do this the right way. Many parents and carers just don’t realise they have a legal duty to notify CBC so I would encourage people to get in contact."

Private fostering includes a host family caring for a child from overseas whilst they are attending education. It would not include a child or young person living with a brother, sister, grandparent, aunt or uncle or step-parent (where the couple are legally married).

 To let the Council know of a private fostering arrangement contact the Fostering Duty Officer on 0300 300 8181 or adoptionsandfostering@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Sport Relief Grants Application Cut-Off Date is Nearly Here! Get Funded !

Sport Relief Community Cash Grants


Sport Relief is offering Community Cash grants after a break of a year.

The funding programme is administered locally by community foundations across the UK in partnership with local newspapers. Small local voluntary and community groups that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives in England, Wales and Northern Ireland can apply now or as soon as their local community foundation launches the grants programme for 2014.

Constituted voluntary organisations and community groups, registered charities, co-operatives, faith organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises are eligible as long as they are working in a disadvantaged or deprived area within their specified area, are run by local people, and have an income of less than £100,000 (or in some cases less then £50,000).

The deadline for most applications is Tuesday 4 March 2014 although some areas, such as Greater Manchester and Wales, have a February deadline or in the case of Birmingham and the Black Country a later deadline. Interested groups should contact their local community foundation for further information, on how to apply and the closing date for applications. A map with all the local community foundations can be found on the Community Foundation Network website

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Letters H to Q

Houghton Regis News Desk
The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Q is for ... ?
Quack Quack
Queue - as in traffic !
Queuing because of all the roadworks everywhere!!
queen street
Quarry!
Quantum potholes!:-(
Queen Street Bakery, sadly no longer there, have had some delicious cakes from there .



Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. I-spy with my little eye, something beginning with "R" ?
roadworks, raised crossings road rage grrrrr
Recreation Road
road hogs.
Rise early for tomorrow's A-Z !
Rosedale, Renault Trucks (UK), Regis the Lion, Redhouse Court




Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today's quest: Write something about the town starting with "P".
Peeded off with Houghton traffic!!
Poundstretchers,more for your Money!
Peel street.
Palaeolithic Man once roamed in the Houghton area.
Priory Meadows
Parkside
Plenty Pissed
pavilions for bowls cricket football and community use
Platz house
Pubs



Houghton Regis News Desk
The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Yesterday was "N", so today is "O" for a lovely day! Be the first to write something Original to do with the town.
Occasions bears hand made/made to order bears with a difference. Jill can make all bears to suit any occasions. Occasions Bears
These lovely bears are handmade and ideal presents for Christmas, Birthdays, Weddings and many more occasions, these can be made to order.
Opthalmic Opticians.
orchard close
old peoples homes
Ouzel Brook



Houghton Regis News Desk
The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Write something starting with N.
Nick Draper. One of the best teachers at Houghton upper.
Norman church tower at Houghton Regis Parish church.
Newbury Road
Neptune square
nisa local
no
News desk!:-D
Nasty strong winds



Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. Mary, Mungo, and Midge have been waiting for this. Today "M".
Malmsey, meadows, Meecham
Malmsey
MOORE close
Morrisons
Manor Park where I was born
mr chips
memorial hall
Alan Ronnie Merritt: Merritt
Milton way
Market - in Bedford Square, hardly what I would call a market though.
Manning Court, Meads Close, Mill Road, Millers Way, Moore Crescent,
Maiden Bower Iron Age hill fort.
Maple Way



Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today the letter L. So, Linda and Leon, rise to the challenge!
Leafields
Leaf road
Long Mead
Linmear.
legion royal british
Lollipop Ladies
letting agent
Dyslexics
Llyods chemist
Lake.
Laurel Pub Company ( owned the Chequers pub in 2004)
Lowry Drive was named after L.S Lowry the painter who was famous for his matchstick drawings and scenes of Manchester.
Lake View
Longbrooke.



Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today the letter K. So, Katie and Keith, time to shine!
Kent Road
Keep to the speed limit through Houghton.
Kings Arms
kings kebabs
ketamin
Kindness
Kingsland college
Kay Roberts-moir: Kay
Kensington Close, Kirton Way and Kentwick Square.


Houghton Regis News Desk
The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today the letter J. Thinking caps on, Jemima and Jeremy!
jimmys kebab van
Hattie Jacques opening Bedford Square
Jewels
Jasper Perry's grocery store
Junctions
Jack Ruffles dog grooming. Www.jack-ruffles.co.uk
Junkies
Junk mail!
Just - Just waiting for the next round of Road works in Houghton.



Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today we're looking for the letter "I". Be the first to make a suggestion.
IDIOTS driving motorcycles on pavements every day!
Idyllic childhood growing up in the lovely village it use to be.
indoor playground they think their in Dunstable but their in regis
Innovative
I want to move away
ICE - should the weather temperature drop and the lakes at the zebra crossings freeze over we will have a very serious accident. Action needed now!
Houghton Regis News Desk: Insatiable appetite for Impartial and Interesting Information In particular to Houghton Regis



Houghton Regis News Desk
A-Z of Houghton Regis. Today the letter "H"
Home
Houghton Hall
Houghton regis council
Hoodies
Hooligans
Huge women
Hungry Horse - https://www.facebook.com/chequershh
Chequers Hungry-Horse
The Chequers Hungry Horse is the place in houghton regis to get great value food and drink.
Hawthorn park community primary school
holes in road
Hate it
Home
Beautiful houghton hall And its hedgehogs
Houghton Regis News Desk, where else can you get daily info on what's happening in Houghton.
Houghton bowls club come on the reeeeegis
Duncan Harding: Harding
Houghton Regis News Desk, Harrington Heights, Hayley Court, High Street, Hillborough Crescent, Hillside, Houghton Park Road, Halleys Way named after the comet.
Henley close and Holyrood Drive.

Friday, 14 February 2014

Houghton Regis Chalk Pit Youth Afternoon With Controlled Bonfire and A Chance to Learn New Environmental Skills 17 Feb

YOUTH WILDLIFE RANGER AFTERNOON OF FUN !

Exclusively for people aged 13-19

Meet one afternoon every school holiday.

Next session at Houghton Regis Chalk Pit. Monday 17th February 2014

We will be scrub clearing using conservation tools and having a controlled bonfire.

1pm - 3pm. Meeting place on Lake View.

Meet new people

Learn new skills

Improve your local environment

NO litter picking!

These are free sessions. Tea and biscuits will be provided.

Booking essential, please call Ruth on 01525 874317, 07734478452

Or email: ruth.sneath@wildlifebcn.org

Thursday, 13 February 2014

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants Deadline for Applications Approaches

People's Postcode Trust Small Grants programme 

Not-for-profit organisations, social enterprises, charities and others in England and Scotland can now apply for between £500 and £20,000 to deliver a project of up to 1 year in length. The Small Grants Programme opened again for applications on Monday 6th January. There will be four funding rounds in 2014 and their opening and closing dates are detailed on the website.

Applications are submitted through an online application form which is available to access during each funding round.

There are a number of funding criteria and all projects must meet at least one of the following:

* Prevention of poverty

* Improvement of health

* Promotion of community development

* Advance participation in sport

* Promotion of human rights

* Promotion of environmental protection

The deadline for applications in the current round is 21 February 2014.

http://www.postcodetrust.org.uk/



Cllr. Dr. Rita Egan

Independent Liberal Democrat Councillor for Parkside Ward, Houghton Regis

rita.egan@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

0300300 8518

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

4YP Volunteer Training For Those Who Want to Volunteer with Young People

4YP Volunteer Training

4YP are delivering a training day specifically for those who want to volunteer with young people within their community. This course will
cover a variety of topics including: What is Youth work, developing communication skills, health and safety, equal opportunities, data
protection and project development.

•         Date: Friday 21 February 2014

•         Time: 10.00am-4.00pm

•         Venue: Pioneer Centre, Manchester Place, Dunstable, LU6 1HT

Refreshments and lunch will be provided. Please respond with your notification of your attendance by 14 February to David Ramsay, Youth

Work Manager 4YP by email to davidramsay@4ypuk.com or by phone on 07557 109841

Houghton Regis Pancake Race 4th March 2014 - Entry Forms Here

HOUGHTON REGIS  PANCAKE RACE

Tuesday 4th March 2014
The Village Green, Houghton Regis at 11am


The Town Council is re-introducing a Pancake Race to the Village Green on Tuesday 4th March 2014 (Shrove Tuesday) at 11 am!

This event is free and there are still spaces available to enter a team!

The Town Council will provide the pancakes. The teams (of up to four people) will need to bring along the frying pans!

Each team must complete a short course, and the team that does this in the shortest time (whilst flipping the pancakes once at the start of the race and once at the end of the course!) will be crowned the winners of their age category!

There are prizes up for grabs which will be presented by the Town Mayor, Councillor Peter Williams.

All spectators welcome!

In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved from The Village Green to Moore Crescent (just in front of the Sports Pavilion).

To take part, please contact Sarah Gelsthorp on 01582 708540 or 708523

If you'd like to enter a team please fill in the form below immediately and return it to: Sarah Gelsthorp, Houghton Regis Town Council, Peel Street, Houghton Regis, LU5 5EY or email sarah.gelsthorp@houghtonregis.org.uk.

Alternatively if you would like more information about this event, please call 01582 708540 or 708523.

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Contact Sarah Gelsthorp

Please complete the form or Tel: 01582 708540 or 708523.

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Saturday, 8 February 2014

The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Letters A-G

Responses given by Facebook readers to name something about the town.

The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Be the 1st to write something with the letter "G".

Gateway club
Has to be the Green.
Graffiti
Gossip!
ganja
great people
grove rd
Grass Green,
Green Grass of Ho...
Gardens Garden at Houghton Hall.
garage , one as you enter Houghton and one as you leave, spoilt for choice.
Grave stones in church Yard.
georginas
Grangeway:-D


The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Be the first to write something starting with "F" to do with the town.

F***ing idiots
farm close
Fensome drive
Fill the potholes
Fields all around Houghton, that are soon to disappear under new housing.
flag, flying at the church.
Fakes!
Football teams.
Friends and families
Fiona on front desk up the nick sundon rd!:-D
FC houghton Saturdays
Fensomes Farm
Fun Space - social group for adults with special requirements. If you know anyone that would benefit from a fun, social morning doing a range of activities do pass this link to them. Factories
Freaks
florists


The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Be the first to write something starting with "E" to do with the town.

East hill
East end
endless traffic
Even more roadworks
elm park close
Empty.. boarded up houses
Eddiwick
Educating, thats what alot of the lil scumbags need
Exit out of this place
Exercise - walking to Dunstable via the path running alongside the busway.
Exercise, excercise. Come and join the Health Walkers TODAY and every Thursday, on the Green by the Cricket Pavilion 2 pm.
Houghton Regis News Desk: it's raining, Sue!
Yes, it was raining BUT there were 9 of us out walking, looking at the snowdrops in Houghton Hall Park and enjoying a tea and chat at the cafe in Bedford Square afterwards. We are hoping for sunshine next week!
Houghton Regis News Desk: Extraordinary walkers!



The A-Z of Houghton Regis. Be the first to write something starting with "D" to do with the town.

Dog and duck x
Dury lane
Dog kennel
DUMP
dental practice
Drugs
Dreary
Dad, he was born there in 1920.
Houghton Regis News Desk:Dancing, especially on Mondays at Memorial Hall: Tea Dance, Sequence Dancing, Line Dancing. see Houghton Regis Diary
drinking and dancing in the harvest home
Drivers - lots of them around here. Young drivers can get on a free course to improve their skills. Free driving courses for young drivers in March
D and I butchers
Www.donnasdanceschool.webs.com donnasdanceschool.webs.com
We are a Dance school & cover Ballet,Tap,Modern dance we are based in Dunstable,Bedfordshire,please click us and see what we have to offer.
Drains, especially blocked ones. I've been told they are cleaned on a three year cycle, next cycle in 2015. And in the meantime what do we do about the blocked ones?
Demolished - demolished building in high street, tragic waste.
Dodging potholes in the roads!
Drury lane



A to Z of Houghton Regis. Today, the Letter C. Be the 1st to name something starting with ‘C’ about Houghton Regis.

Caps
church
Young community
Cemetery
Chavs
carpet shop
Chequers
Clarkes Way where my baby grew up
Corrupt council
Children
crime
Chelsea gardens cannabis
Council do a pretty good job
Congestion
Cafe
Houghton Regis News Desk: Children's Chelsea Gardens playground
Houghton Regis News Desk: Concrete at Kirton Way. 
culprits
Corruption
Coucillors who do wonderful work
Consideration. There is a lack of when mums are dropping kids of at the school at the back of bedford sq, there was a car taking up the whole of the footpath this morning. There are 3 car parks 3 mins from the school, start using them and think about the rest of us. Consideration cost nothing
Curtains
Chavs
cars
Co-op
Chelsea Gardens, my street
Houghton Regis News Desk:Corsa in Cemetery Road - car bonnet stolen from new car!
Houghton Regis News Desk:Certsure and Ascertiva Group that has 6ft images of some of its staff on the outside of its Houghton Regis premises
Community Craft Workshop - Monday evenings, Baptist church.
chemists
CBC!
Coppers, not on the beat but in their cop cars.
Craft and Coffee Pop In, next one on the 12th Feb at Community Centre.
Cemetery; Co-op
Cars photos taken of people who have no consideration blocking paths and drop kerbs so mums with buggys elderly and disabled scoters can not go to bedford sq appalled



A to Z of Houghton Regis. Today, the Letter B. Name something starting with B to do with Houghton Regis.

Bedford square
Beaver Scouts - There are two Fantastic Beaver Section in Houghton Regis alone. One near Morrisons and one at thorn hill lower school So why not give Scouting ago sections are - Beavers 6 - 8yrs Cubs 8 - 11 yrs scouts 10 yrs - 14 yrs
Bidwell, now is it pronounced bidl or bid-well.
BOWLS CLUB
Bozos plenty of them about
Burglaries.
butchers.
Beech Tree Way
Blow
Bloody Zebra Crossings
Block paving that isn't actaully real blocks. All around the area of the bloody zebra crossings.
Buses, Buses, Buses. And why does the A and the 38 operate at the same times in both directions.
Broken (Smashed) Bus stops
Bloomin nice day for a change
Brilliant butchers Bedford square!
Biking
Bromley gdns
Busway
Bank, even if it is very limited hours, it's still a bank.
Barbers, called Sandys.
Babtist church
Bedford Road and Bedford Court plus BT messing up and closing footpaths



A to Z of Houghton Regis. Today, the Letter A. Name something starting with A to do with Houghton Regis.

fred Alsop Olympic athlete with rd named after him or All saints church
ASBO
Arson
Aids
Agro
ASBO's
Agony.....................roads
All saints church
angels lane
A - bus disaster
Awesome...
ASB!
All Saints Academy
action group. Is there any acting?
Arts and Craft group
Asda and not A bad place to live usually.

3 Dunstable Middle Schools To Consult Over Possible Closure

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has approved plans to begin consultation on the potential closure of three Dunstable middle schools. A six week public consultation begins on 24 February. There will be a number of meetings to discuss the proposals, including a public meeting at each of the three schools. If the Council decides to pursue closure of any of the schools after the end of this consultation period, there will be a further consultation for each school before the final decisions could be made in August.

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Houghton Regis Town Council Business Directory

The Houghton Regis Town Council are currently working on developing a new website. To support local businesses there will be a Business Directory on the new site. If you would like your business to be included I would be grateful if you would confirm the following details. Please note only businesses with a Houghton Regis postal address will be included.

Business name

Manager

Address

Contact number

Email address

Website

Brief description of business (not more than 20 words)

I am working on the site being up and running by 1st  March. Accordingly I would be grateful to receive your replies by 14th February. Please reply direct to me at clare.evans@houghtonregis.org.uk

If you are a member of the Houghton Regis Business Network Group, you may receive this message more than once. Many apologies.

If you would like to join the Houghton Regis Business Network Group or would like to receive their information please let me know and you can be added to the distribution list. All free of charge and no obligation

Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Council's Executive Propose £17m Savings And No Council Tax Increase

Central Bedfordshire Council's Executive Propose Budget


Conservative-run Central Bedfordshire Council’s Executive has this week considered its medium term budget plan, and specific proposals for 2014/15.

Among the savings will be some £800,000 the Government had allocated to Town and Parish Councils in Bedfordshire via The Local Government Finance Settlement received by Central Bedfordshire Council. However, it is not ring-fenced, and Conservative
councillors at CBC have already voted not to pass the money down, but to retain it for that
Council’s purposes. Houghton Regis Town Council last year received £90,000 through this grant and that will now be lost.

The plan, which will be considered by the full Council later this month, recommends investment of more than £186m next year, in services as diverse as fostering and adoption,  libraries, leisure,  roads maintenance, social care and waste management.

For the fourth consecutive year, the Council does not intend to increase the Council Tax charges it makes, which will mean an average weekly charge of £25 per household. *

The Council, in common with all local authorities, is facing significant reductions in its grant funding from central government and in order to balance the budget, the plan includes savings amounting to £17m.

In headline terms, the Council will be investing:

-          £63m on Adult Social Care, Health and Housing Services (including residential and home care for elderly residents or those with disabilities)

-          £45m on Services for Children (including fostering, adoption, children’s centres and protecting those who are vulnerable and in need)

-          £34m on Community Services (including waste, leisure and highways).

Other front line services (including planning, regeneration, countryside access and public health) together with running costs, account for the rest of the authority’s spending.

Savings are to be made from re-negotiated contracts, income generation, use of technology and transforming how we deliver services.

The Executive received feedback from the consultation on the draft budget.  The consultation had involved members of the  public, stakeholder groups and the overview and scrutiny committees within the Council.

James Jamieson, Leader of Central Bedfordshire Council, said;

“Delivering value for money to our local residents has been a priority for us since the council was created in 2009.  We’ve achieved a great deal since then, having taken some £60m off our annual running costs.  But times remain tough for our residents.

“In our budget consultation, 70% of respondents felt that we should continue to freeze Council Tax and avoid reductions to current services as much as possible.  And that is exactly what we intend to do” he added.

In addition to spending on services, the Council is also investing in its physical assets, including its roads and leisure services.



Full Council will be asked to approve the budget at its meeting on 20th February 2014.

Monday, 3 February 2014

Starbucks Youth Action to Inspire and Empower Young People - Apply Now For Funding

Starbucks Youth Action 

Do you know any 16-24 years old who could use up to £1500 or up to £2000 to run a social action project in their local area?

Starbucks Youth Action (SYA) is a programme that inspires and empowers young people from across England, Scotland and Wales to make a difference in their communities, and through applying to Starbucks Youth Action for funding, enabling them to bring their ideas to life. As well as supporting the young people with the projects that mean the most to them, young people benefit from training run by UK Youth on managing a budget, working with volunteers and project management.

Before applying you will need to check that you meet the eligibility criteria:

•         You/the young person leading the project must be aged between 16 and 24

•         If selected the project leader will need to be available to attend a training day with Starbucks and UK Youth in April 2014

To apply, please complete the online application form by 9.00am on Monday 17 March 2014. When applying we ask for you to complete a separate 'Budget Sheet' showing how you will use the funding. You will need to attach this form when prompted. The budget form can be found at the bottom of the page.

Applications received on time will be acknowledged and applications received after the deadline will not be accepted. Visit the website for more information.

http://www.ukyouth.org/our-work-with-young-people/corporate-responsibility/youth-action

Parent Participation : Family United Network Parent 4th Annual Conference



This year’s conference has been organised based around feedback received at the last conference and improving the focus on Parent Participation. The aim is to offer parents\carers the opportunity to learn about changes to services, to contribute their knowledge and experiences and to learn about specific topics to support the family. FUN will be offering a selection of FREE workshops including: Sleep, Wills & Trusts,

Puberty & Adolescence and Managing Challenging Behaviour. All of these workshops have been carefully selected from the last conference evaluation.

Helen Redding (Assistant Director School Improvement Children's Services) will join the conference to de-mystify, in a parent\carer-friendly way, what the Local Offer is and what it really means to families.

•         Date: Saturday 8 March 2014

•         Time: 9.00am-2.30pm

•         Venue: The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford. MK43 0PR

A wide range of organisations will be marketing their services and throughout the day you will have the opportunity to talk to a variety of professionals about your individual needs. If you would like to attend, please indicate on the return slip which of the workshops you would like to attend.

Please could you state any dietary requirements you have.

Alternatively e-mail diane@familiesunitednetwork.org.uk to book your place stating clearly which workshop you will be attending.