Friday, 28 November 2014

Concerned About Your Christmas Booze? - Call The So So Man!

CBC’s Public Protection food team is advising customers to report any incidents where drinks didn't taste, look or smell as expected. Things to look out for include:

Look out for poor quality packaging and labelling – spelling mistakes are often a giveaway
Check the barcode is accurate (you can use a smartphone to download an app which tells you if the label matches the product)
Smell – is it off or similar to a flowery nail varnish scent?
If the drink has separated unusually or there are things floating in it or have settled at the bottom
Businesses are advised to only buy alcohol from a reputable supplier and to keep an itemised VAT receipt.

Anyone concerned that they have not been sold what they paid for should notify the team as soon as possible. Call 0300 300 6766 and ask for So So Man or email Env.Health@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Short Stay Medical Unit To Close

The Houghton Regis Short Stay Medical unit is due to close on 5 December 2014. The unit has been providing medical accommodation to the more vulnerable and elderly.

This was set up as a Pilot Scheme in April 2012 to promote and health wellbeing and protect the vulnerable.  The cost was anticipated at £2.8m per annum.  The idea behind the project was to reduce emergency admissions of people aged 75 years and over, although on some occasions patients were admitted at a younger age.

Sadly the model failed to deliver against most of the Key Performance Indicator's, although it should be noted that patients feedback on the provision showed a high satisfaction level:
·         Hospitals admissions via A&E showed an increase of 17% over the period of the pilot;
·         The basic cost for the pilot increased from £2.8m pa to £3.4m pa;
·         The occupancy levels did not reach the target.

The Rapid Intervention Team offering patients short-term nursing at home for up to 72 hours will continue.

The BCCG are planning to implement "Hospital in the Home". This is currently being piloted in the Bedford Hospital locality and is providing very satisfactory outcomes.

Houghton Regis Children Off to "Lapland" for Christmas - Avoiding the Car!

A Christmas challenge is underway to cycle, scoot or walk to Lapland to see Father Christmas.

Local children, including some from Houghton Regis, will take part in ‘Cycle to Santa’, organised by Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices, in which children and their families collect miles towards a virtual 2,050-mile trip to Lapland.

Every child will receive a special ‘Cycle to Santa’ card which is stamped each time they travel to school by bicycle, scooter or on foot. With each stamp equalling two miles - double that if their parents join them - the children will soon be on their way to Santa. Children who travel the furthest each week will receive prizes and schools will be competing to be the first to reach Lapland.

Travel Choices’ Bike-It Officer, Derek Smulders, will be holding special Bike-It Breakfasts at each of the competing schools and visiting with Dr Bike to ensure everyone’s bike or scooter is up to the long journey to Santa.

Children are also being given the chance to win a fantastic bike by describing what they would do if they won a bike this Christmas.  The winner will receive a brand new Frog bike at the Travel Choices Hub on 20 December.

Mr Smulders said: "Last year’s ‘Cycle to Santa’ challenge went really well with children from a number of local schools taking part. They have clearly been telling their friends what fun the challenge was as the response this year is stunning. It’s going to be an exciting competition, especially with the added attraction of the chance to win a new bike.”

Let us know - Are you using the bike, scooter, or walking? Send in Your Pictures to Houghton Regis News Desk

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Bike Swap Event on Sunday - Or Just Donate :-)

Is there a child’s bike collecting dust in your garage or shed that could do someone else a good turn? Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices is offering the chance to put unloved bikes back into circulation by bringing them along to Dunstable Icknield Lower School’s Bike Swap Shop.

Icknield have teamed up with Watling Lower School and Priory Academy to help keep children on their bikes without the expense of purchasing a brand new one each time they grow.  The Bike Swap Shop will run on Saturday 29th November alongside Icknield’s annual Christmas Fayre.

Alvina Farrow, Active Travel Manager at the Travel Choices Hub said:
“If you have a bike that is sad and lonely but would make another child happy this Christmas, please bring  it along. We’ll have two fully qualified bike mechanics available on the day to make sure all bikes are shipshape and ready to be swapped.”

No cash will change hands at the event with owners expected to exchange bikes based on a mutually satisfactory agreement.   If you’d prefer to  donate a bike and don’t need a swap, there will be an auction at the end of the event to raise funds for Dunstable Icknield Lower School.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Regeneration, said:
“Bikes are a big investment for families, particularly as children grow so fast.  The Bike Swap is a great way to help people save money and keep children cycling, with all the health benefits being active brings.”

Bikes can be dropped off between 9am-11am with swaps taking place between 12pm-2pm.  The event will end with the auction of donated bikes from 2pm-3pm. If you’d like to bring a bike along to the event, just email Ruby Tobin on ruby.tobin@sustrans.org.uk for your registration form.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

BIKE SWAP EVENT - Your Old Bike Could Make Another Child Happy - Doesn't Have to Be In Tip Top Condition


Give an unloved bike a new home with Travel Choices' Bike Swap


Is there a child’s bike collecting dust in your garage or shed that could do someone else a good turn?    Central Bedfordshire’s Travel Choices is offering the chance to put unloved bikes back into circulation by bringing them along to Dunstable Icknield Lower School’s Bike Swap Shop.

Icknield have teamed up with Watling Lower School and Priory Academy to help keep children on their bikes without the expense of purchasing a brand new one each time they grow.  The Bike Swap Shop will run on Saturday 29th November alongside Icknield’s annual Christmas Fayre.

Alvina Farrow, Active Travel Manager at the Travel Choices Hub said:

“If you have a bike that is sad and lonely but would make another child happy this Christmas, please bring  it along. We’ll have two fully qualified bike mechanics available on the day to make sure all bikes are shipshape and ready to be swapped.”

No cash will change hands at the event with owners expected to exchange bikes based on a mutually satisfactory agreement.   If you’d prefer to  donate a bike and don’t need a swap, there will be an auction at the end of the event to raise funds for Dunstable Icknield Lower School.

Cllr Nigel Young, Executive Member for Strategic Planning and Economic Development said:

“Bikes are a big investment for families, particularly as children grow so fast.  The Bike Swap is a great way to help people save money and keep children cycling, with all the health benefits being active brings.”

Bikes can be dropped off between 9am-11am with swaps taking place between 12pm-2pm.  The event will end with the auction of donated bikes from 2pm-3pm. If you’d like to bring a bike along to the event, just email Ruby Tobin on ruby.tobin@sustrans.org.uk<mailto:ruby.tobin@sustrans.org.uk> for your registration form.


Travel Choices is a three year project funded through the Governments Local Sustainable Transport Fund (LSTF) to support the economy of Dunstable, Houghton Regis and Leighton Buzzard by providing residents and businesses with an improved choice for local journeys reducing car use, cutting costs and improving health


For further information please contact Jenny Angliss, Media and Communications Officer, Travel Choices on 0300 300 5029 or email jenny.angliss@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk

Cats That Sit In Circles - Does Yours?

Monday, 17 November 2014

Swiss Garden at Biggleswade, Now restored and Reopened After £2.8m Help from Heritage Lottery Fund

Swiss Garden, the Grade II* listed garden in Old Warden Park, west Biggleswade, has reopened to the public following a major restoration project.

The repairs were made possible thanks to a £2.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant and a £275,000 investment by Central Bedfordshire Council, as well as smaller grants and public donations.

Work to restore the garden took more than 14 months to complete and included repairs to the ornamental structures of the Swiss Cottage, the Indian Kiosk and the Grotto and Fernery, ironwork bridges and arches, marble memorial tablets, stone and metal urns.

How to get there: Google Map Directions from Houghton Regis  (20 miles, 30 mins)


Adult Entry to Gardens £8 on non-event days, children free.




 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

New Housing Allocations Policy - You May Need to Re-Register

Central Bedfordshire Council is reminding people on its housing register to go online and re-register if they want to continue bidding for properties in the area.

A new Allocations Policy, launched on 29 October, has changed the rules about who can join the register, with greater assistance being given to local people.

Only people in housing need who live or work in the area can join the main housing register. However, a separate housing register for older people does not require applicants to live or work in the area.

Councillor Carole Hegley, Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “The new rules have been designed to give local people easier access to social housing when they most need it. We are also going to give our support to those local people who are in work by giving them a higher priority on the register.”

The new online registration is simple and easy to use. A short questionnaire helps people to decide if they are eligible for the new register before going on to complete an application form. After successfully completing the form, customers will automatically receive information allowing them to bid for properties.

To be eligible to bid on the cycle than runs between 6 and 11 November, customers must re-register by 10 November.
Visit www.centralbedfordshire.gov.uk/housing for more information or to go online to complete the application form.

For advice or assistance please contact: CBC Customer Services on 0300 300 8302, or the Housing Register Team on 0300 300 4997/5072/5085 or housingregister@centralbedfordshire.gov.uk.

November Issue of Funding E-Bulletin








Funding E-Bulletin

Newsletter

November  2014

Voluntary and Community Action


Welcome to the November 2014 issue of the Funding E-Bulletin from Voluntary and Community Action.
Alec Dickson Trust
Funding is available to help young people to run a project in their local area anywhere in the UK that involves local volunteers. Grants of up to £500 are available.

The Secretary, Alec Dickson Trust, 237 Pentonville Road, London, N1 9NJ, Tel: 020 7278 6601, E-mail: alecdicksontrust@gmail.com, Website: http://www.alecdicksontrust.org.uk/

Baily Thomas Charitable Fund
Grants are available to voluntary organisations in the UK for research into learning disability or to assist with the care and relief of those affected by learning disability in the UK. Grants are awarded for amounts from £250. Small Grants - Applications can be made at any time and will be considered before the main meetings.
Mrs Ann Cooper, Secretary to the Trustees, Baily Thomas Charitable Fund, c/o TMF Management UK Limited, 400 Capability Green, Luton, Beds, LU1 3AE, Tel: 01582 439225, E-mail: info@bailythomas.org.uk Website: http://www.bailythomas.org.uk/default.aspx

The Church and Community Fund
Funding is available to support community projects run by bodies associated with the Church of England. Grants are normally between £10,000 and £20,000. Some larger grants will be awarded each year.

Grants Manager, The Church and Community Fund, Church House, Great Smith Street
London, SW1P 3AZ, Tel: 0207 898 1541, E-mail: ccf@churchofengland.org
CRASH
CRASH is the construction and property industries' charity for homeless people.  Funding is available across the UK for projects that refurbish and develop facilities for the homeless.
Projects and Resources Manager CRASH The Gatehouse 2 Devonhurst Place London W4 4JD Tel: 020 8742 0717 E-mail: projects@crash.org.uk Website: http://www.crash.org.uk/
Derek Butler Trust
Grant for charitable organisations in the UK carrying out medical care or music activities. Applications may be made at any time and there is no minimum or maximum level of funding.

Enquiries, Derek Butler Trust, Underwood Solicitors LLP, 40 Welbeck Street, London, W1G 8LN, Tel: 020 7526 6000, E-mail: info@thederekbutlertrust.org.uk
Website: http://www.thederekbutlertrust.org.uk/

European Funding
The SEMLEP (South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership) area has been awarded an allocation from the ESIF (European Structural & Investment) funds of €93.24m or around £76.46m. Jane Roemer, the SEMLEP Board Lead for the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector, has produced a short update about how the new cycle of European Funding will be distributed for the 2014-20 programme - click here to access the update.

Grants for the Arts
Support for arts activities that benefit people in England or that help artists and arts organisations to carry out their work. Supported aims of the programme include helping more people to take part in the arts and helping the development of artists, arts organisations and the creative economy. Project costs, including capital items, commissions and productions, education activities, touring, etc. Minimum grant is likely to be £1,000 and the largest in the region of £200,000 (for touring activities only).
Arts Council England, National Support Centre, Suite 3.01, Peter House, Oxford Street, Manchester, M1 5AN Tel: 0845 300 6200, E-mail: enquiries@artscouncil.org.uk, Website: http://www.artscouncil.org.uk
Heart Research UK - Healthy Heart Grants
Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants support innovative projects designed to promote heart health and to prevent or reduce the risks of heart disease in specific groups or communities.
Grants of up to £10,000 are available to community groups and voluntary organisations that are spreading the healthy heart message. Government or local authority funded institutions are not supported, however, community and voluntary groups aided by public money may apply.
Applications are only accepted during February for the May round of grants and July and August for grants awarded in November, each year.
Heart Research UK, Suite 12D, Joseph's Well, Leeds, LS3 1AB, Tel: 0113 297 6206
Email: lifestyle@heartresearch.org.uk Website: http://www.heartresearch.org.uk/home
Inman Charity
Grants are available for registered charities in the UK carrying out medical, social welfare or general welfare activities. Applications must be received by the end of February or the end of August each year to be considered at the Spring or Autumn meetings.
Enquiries, Inman Charity, BM Box 2831, London, WC1N 3XX, Website: http://www.inmancharity.org/
Kelly Family Charitable Trust
Grants are provided to UK charities whose activities nurture and support family life. Two application deadlines annually: 1 March and 1 September. The Trust offers both capital and revenue grants.  Applications are also considered for core funding from relatively new organisations seeking to become established. Grants will generally be given in the range of £1,000 to £5,000 but will occasionally be in excess of that.
Stuart Armstrong, Grants Administrator, Kelly Family Charitable Trust, 8 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh, EH3 6NB, E-mail: s.armstrong@kfct.org, Website: http://www.kfct.org.uk/index.html

LankellyChase Foundation
The Foundation is focused exclusively on bringing about change that will transform the quality of life of people who face severe and multiple disadvantage in the UK. By severe and multiple disadvantage the Foundation particularly means people who are experiencing a combination of severe social harms such as homelessness, substance misuse, mental illness, extreme poverty, and violence and abuse. Applications may be submitted at any time.

Enquiries, LankellyChase Foundation, First Floor Greenworks, Dog and Duck Yard, Princeton Street, London, WC1R 4BH, Tel: 020 3747 9930, E-mail: grants@lankellychase.org.uk Website: http://www.lankellychase.org.uk/

The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust
Grants are available to small UK registered charities working with adults with a learning disability to provide practical work and life skills. The maximum grant available is £5,000.
The Trust holds one meeting per year in the autumn, usually October. The deadline for applications is 31 May. This gives the Trust time to arrange visits with the charities who are not known to the Trust during the summer where necessary.

Sharon Shortland, Secretary, The Margaret Dobson Further Education Trust, Laurel House, Old Main Road, Fleet Hargate, Holbeach, Lincolnshire, PE12 8LH, E-mail: mdt.secretary@virgin.net

The Nuffield Foundation
The Open Door programme offers financial assistance to UK projects of exceptional merit which do not fall under one of the areas of special interest funded by the Nuffield Foundation, but which are based on the idea of the advancement of social well-being, or which span more than one area of interest. Grants are mainly for research but are also made for practical developments or innovation.

Sharon Witherspoon, Open Door Programme, The Nuffield Foundation, 28 Bedford Square, London, WC1B 3JS, Tel: 020 7631 0566, E-mail: opendoor@nuffieldfoundation.org
Website:
http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/open-door

The Oak Trust
Grant for voluntary and community organisations undertaking medical and environmental projects for the benefit of disadvantaged people in the UK. Grants between £250 and £4,000.

Mr. B. Ballard, The Oak Trust, Birkett Long, Number One Legg Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM1 1JS, E-mail: julienc@summershall.com Website: http://www.oaktrust.org.uk/

Percy Bilton Charity- Grants for Organisations
Funding is available to registered charities with primary objectives to assist one or more of the following groups: disadvantaged/underprivileged young people (persons under 25); people with disabilities (physical or learning disabilities or mental health problems); older people (aged over 60). Capital costs only (not revenue) Large grants: one-off payments for capital expenditure of £2,000 or over; small grants: donations of up to £500 towards furnishing and equipment.

The Percy Bilton Charity, Bilton House, 7 Culmington Road, Ealing, London, W13 9NB, Tel: (020) 8579 2829, Website: http://www.percybiltoncharity.org.uk

Sport England - Places People Play - Inspired Facilities
Funding is available to voluntary and public sector organisations to renovate or upgrade sports facilities for the benefit of their communities. Another £40 million has been invested so that the programme can continue until 2017.
Funding Enquiries, Sport England, 3rd Floor Victoria House, Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1B 4SE, Tel: 08458 508 508, E-mail: funding@sportengland.org Website: http://www.sportengland.org/

TCHC Community Grants
The next Community Grants application phase is now open. Grants of up to £15,000 can be applied for by small third sector organisations.

The grants are for projects supporting people from the hardest to reach communities and individuals experiencing multiple disadvantages to access employment and skills provision. The grants are co-financed through the European Social Fund and the Skills Funding Agency.

To obtain a Community Grants Information Sheet and Application Form, please visit the Community Grants Applications page on their website. Please read the Information Sheet before applying for the grant.

The deadline for submission is 28 November 2014 at 17:00

If you would like to apply for the grant please read the information carefully and submit your application by 17:00 on 28 November, allowing plenty of time to complete the application and collect the supporting evidence.

The Radcliffe Trust
Funding is available for UK registered charities working in music, and heritage and crafts.
Applicants are advised to submit an application well in advance of the following deadlines:
  • Annual Music deadlines: 31 January and 31 August.
  • Annual Heritage & Crafts deadlines: 31 January and 31 July.
The Administrator, The Radcliffe Trust, 6 Trull Farm Buildings, Tetbury, Gloucestershire, GL8 8SQ, Tel: 01285 841900, E-mail: radcliffe@thetrustpartnership.com Website: http://www.theradcliffetrust.org/
RYA Foundation
Grant for sailing clubs in the UK undertaking sailing projects for disabled people. Only RYA-affiliated sailing clubs and centres, and other organisations including constituted registered charities, charitable companies and members-only clubs.  Applications can be made at any time for volunteer recruitment, training, provision for disabled children and young people and equipment provision.

Lorna Conder, RYA Foundation, RYA House, Ensign Way, Hamble, Southampton, Hampshire
SO31 4YA, Tel: 023 8060 4271, E-mail: info@ryafoundation.org.uk
Website: http://www.rya.org.uk/Pages/Home.aspx

Santander Foundation
Grants are available to UK registered charities for local projects that help disadvantaged people. Grants of up to £5,000 are available and funding is available to cover salaries, equipment or materials.

Alan Eagle, Trust Secretary, Santander Foundation, 201 Grafton Gate East, Milton Keynes, MK9 1AN, E-mail: grants@santander.co.ukWebsite: http://www.santanderfoundation.org.uk/

Sir John Fisher Foundation
Grant for voluntary and community organisations in the UK undertaking a variety of charitable activities. Grants usually up to a value of £10,000, however, larger grants are considered in exceptional circumstances and applications must be submitted six weeks prior to the Trustee meetings, which take place at the beginning of May and November of each year.

David Jackson, Secretary, Sir John Fisher Foundation, Heaning Wood, Ulverston, Cumbria
LA12 7NZ. Tel: 01229 580349, E-mail: info@sirjohnfisherfoundation.org.uk
Website: http://www.sirjohnfisherfoundation.org.uk/

The Skinners’ Company
The provision of grants to registered charities and not-for-profit organisations, offering a diverse range of activities and interests within one of the Charity's areas of priority: Local Heritage, Local Community; and Performing Arts and Visual Arts. Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available for non-recurring expenditure only, ie equipment, an event, a particular element of capital building works. Grants should make a clear and significant contribution to the project and the total amount sought should be less than £10,000.

Enquiries, The Skinners’ Company, Skinners’ Hall, 8 Dowgate Hill, London, EC4R 2SP, Tel: 020 7213 0562, E-mail: charitiesadmin@skinners.org.uk Website: http://www.skinnershall.co.uk/index.htm

The Archer Trust
The Trust awards grants to small UK charities involved in projects to support needy or deserving people. Grants of between £250 and £3,000 are available and applications can be made at any time.  The Trustees meet to consider applications twice a year, normally in March and September.

Secretary, The Archer Trust, Bourne House, Wadesmill, Ware, Herts, SG12 0TT
Website: http://www.archertrust.org.uk/

The February Foundation
Grants are available to charitable organisations in the United Kingdom for a wide range of charitable projects. The average grant awarded is £5,000. The Foundation is focussed on managing its current commitments, although applications from some charities are still being accepted. Applications may be submitted at any time and will be considered monthly.
The February Foundation, Spring Cottage, Church Street, Stradbroke, Suffolk, IP21 5HT
E-mail: rps@thefebruaryfoundation.org  Website: http://www.thefebruaryfoundation.org/
Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity
Grants for registered charities supporting children's hospitals and hospices in the UK. The Foundation aims to fund projects which are not funded directly by the NHS, ie arts, music, entertainment, education and information programmes, medical facilities, and sustaining family relationships. Grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 are available.
Enquiries, Wallace and Gromit Children's Charity, PO Box 2186, Bristol, BS99 7NT, Tel: 0117 925 2744, E-mail: info@wallaceandgromitcharity.org Website: http://www.wallaceandgromitfoundation.org/
WHSmith Trust
The WHSmith Trust aims to support the local communities in which WHSmith staff and customers live and work. WHSmith employees must have direct involvement with projects. The application process is ongoing and interested applicants may apply at any time.
Secretary, WHSmith Trust, Greenbridge Road, Swindon, SN3 3LD, Tel: 01793 562824
E-mail: whsmithtrust@whsmith.co.uk Website: http://www.whsmithplc.co.uk/
Will Charitable Trust
Support is available for activities that fall within the following categories: Conservation of the countryside in Britain; Care of people suffering from cancer and their families; Care of blind people and the prevention and cure of blindness; and Care of people with learning disabilities. Most grants fall within the range of £5,000 to £20,000, applicants whose work relates to blindness and learning disabilities should apply by 31 January each year, those within cancer care and conservation should apply by 31 August each year.
Contact Grants Administrator, Will Charitable Trust, Sunbury International Business Centre, Brooklands Close, Windmill Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middlesex, TW16 9DX, Tel: (01932) 724148, E-mail: admin@willcharitabletrust.org.uk, Website: http://www.willcharitabletrust.org.uk

Woodward Charitable Trust - Children's Summer Playscheme Grant
Grants are available for small-scale, locally-based registered charities in the UK to support children's summer playschemes. Grants for project costs of between £500 and £1,000 are available and the 2015 deadline: 31 March 2015.
Mrs Karin Hooper, Administrator, Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts, The Woodward Charitable Trust, The Peak, 5 Wilton Road, London, SW1V 1AP, Tel: 020 7410 0330
E-mail: contact@woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk Website: http://www.woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk/index.html

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