​Community Voluntary Service Update 11 January 2017






​Community Voluntary Service Update   |  11 January 2017



CVS are offering two one-day training courses, starting at just £30 per delegate:

Business Planning - Tuesday 7 February - A one-day course designed to help participants from voluntary and community sector groups to formulate and write a business, strategic or operational plan. Click here.

Supporting, Developing and Managing Volunteers - Wednesday 22 February - A one-day course exploring how organisations can both support their volunteers effectively, and provide effective learning and development for volunteers, leading to increased volunteer retention. Click here.   


Free Safeguarding Awareness Training - Tuesday 7 February, 10am-1pm, Moggerhanger. A free session will enable those working or volunteering in small voluntary organisations and community groups to understand what is meant by safeguarding. Click here.

Traineeship Taster Days, 20 January and 3 February, Biggleswade. 'If you're aged 16-24 and want to find out more about the skills and experience employers are looking for, and get 'real life' work experience in a pre-school or nursery', the traineeship programme could be ideal. Click here.


Postcode Lottery Grants - Grants up to £20,000 will be available shortly for wildlife areas, sustainability initiatives, local spaces and citizenship (volunteering projects). Expressions of interest invited from 23 January - 10 February after which you may be invited within four weeks to submit a full application, by the end of March. Click here.

The Bedfordshire Police and Crime Commissioner's Grant Fund - Applications can be for projects that either help victims of crime cope, recover and move forward, or prevent crime and reoffending. The priority areas for this fund are:

  • Violence against women and girls – for example; domestic abuse, serious sexual violence, or female genital mutilation.
  • Youth at risk – for example; trauma reduction, child sexual exploitation, gang-related violence and bullying.
  • New or innovative projects – for example, work linked to cyber-crime, work with the elderly, human trafficking, modern-day slavery, new crime trends, work with emerging hard-to-reach or hidden victims.
  • Capacity building to improve strength and resilience in the sector – for example, multi-agency training, partnership development and sustainability.

There are two different application forms (one for bids of under £2,000 and one for those £2,000 and over). Deadline 5pm, 17 February. Click here.

Sport England have launched the Active Ageing Fund to work with partners to understand more about supporting inactive older adults. They would like to receive expressions of interest and you do not need to have a fully-formed project at this stage – they just need to know a little about your organisation, your understanding of the audience you want to work with and your initial ideas on how you might tackle inactivity. If you do have a project that is fully worked-up and ready to start, they may be able to fast-track you to a full project award. Deadline for expressions of interest is 12pm, 13 February. Click here.

Building a Stronger Britain Together - The programme offers both in-kind media support and local grants. The grant-funding available will provide groups with the opportunity to bid for money to fund concrete proposals which meet one or more of the three BSBT objectives:
• Fewer people holding attitudes, beliefs and feelings that oppose shared values
• An increased sense of belonging and civic participation at the local level 
• More resilient communities 

'Groups applying for grants of up to £14,999 must have an income of less than £200,000. For applications for grants between £15,000 and £50,000, we will prioritise groups with an income of less than £250,000. However, groups with a larger income will not be excluded from applying.' Deadline 6 February. Click here.

The Bedfordshire Employment & Skills Service (BESS) is commissioning a number of adult training courses to be delivered in the current academic year. The courses support unemployed residents of Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough local authority areas into further learning or employment. All of the courses are to be accredited so learners will gain a qualification. Organisations may submit a tender for as many of the different lots as they wish:

  • Lot 1: Business administration
  • Lot 2: Book keeping or basic accountancy
  • Lot 3: Customer service
  • Lot 4: Food hygiene
  • Lot 5: Retail
  • Lot 6: Emergency First Aid
  • Lot 7: Lifting and manual handling
  • Lot 8: Generic employability

Deadline is Monday, 30 January. Click here. 

The Mick George Community Fund has changed its eligibility area which means it now covers Ampthill, Biggleswade and areas in Bedfordshire to the north of those towns (check out the online map to establish if you are eligible). The fund is managed by GrantScape, distributing up to £500,000 per annum in grants of between £5,000 and £50,000 where a total project cost is less than £100,000. Grants are available for capital improvement works to public amenities. Examples may include:

  • Village halls
  • Village greens
  • Public playgrounds
  • Sports fields and facilities
  • Nature reserves
  • Community centres
  • Cycle paths
  • Country parks

Further information about the fund, including the interactive map of the funding area can be found on GrantScape's website. The next deadline is 29 March. Click here.


Bedfordshire and Luton Community Foundation are looking for panel members to help make funding decisions. Local people who have worked within the voluntary sector and have experience of managing projects and understand funding priorities, would be ideal for this voluntary role. Click here.

Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Bedford Borough Council and Central Bedfordshire Council are working in partnership to improve the provision for Community Health Services, to meet the needs of Bedfordshire's growing and ageing population. In order to make improvements to the current services, they would like to invite you to take part in a quick online questionnaire, so that they can test what they have been told so far and understand what is most important to you when using community health services. Deadline 23 January. Click here.

A new easy-read guide to trusteeship has been published, which aims to help people with learning disabilities to become charity trustees. The Good Trustee Guide is NCVOs best-selling handbook on the role of trustees. The guide was translated by the Advocacy Project to provide information about trustees and boards to people with learning difficulties. It has been split into four sections, which you can download from here.​​​​


Corporate Fundraiser, Autism Bedfordshire, £20,000- £24,686 per annum, full-time, based in Bedford with travel across Bedfordshire. Deadline 16 January. Click here.

Community Programmes Administrator, The Harpur Trust, £18,500 per annum pro rata, 25 hours per week. Based in Bedford, Deadline 17 January. Click here.

Director of HR, Kings Arms Project, £28,000 - £30,000 (depending on experience), full-time. Based in Bedford. Deadline 20 January. Click here.

Tutor (SEN), Youth Inspired C.I.C, £18,252 to £21,510 (Depending on experience and qualification), permanent full time contract after 3 month probationary period. Deadline 21 January. Click here.

Chief Executive, Citizens Advice Luton, circa £40,000, 37 hours per week. Deadline 20 January. Click here.

Youth Worker, The Teenage Advice and Information Centre (TACTIC), Leighton Linslade, £26,556 - £29,033.  (pro-rata - 27 hours/4 days), Deadline 12pm, 23 January. Click here.

Grants and Trust Manager, Chums, £20-28k depending on experience, full-time. Office base in Silsoe, travel throughout Bedfordshire. Deadline 25 January. Click here. 




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