Local Charity News

CVS Email Update  |  22 March 2017

Central Bedfordshire Village Halls & Community Buildings Survey 2017 - Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Central Bedfordshire Council are carrying out a survey to help inform future investment in community facilities and the provision of support services, as well as enabling an up-to-date directory to be produced. A full report analysing the findings will be produced and made available online. Click here.


The next Bedford Community Network event is on Tuesday 28 March (from 5.30pm) in the Council Suite at Borough Hall. The theme of the event is ‘Using Social Media, Avoiding Cyber Crime’. Booking is now open. Click here.

The next Bedford as One event is on Monday 3 April (6pm-8pm) at The Place, Bradgate Road, Bedford. The event will be looking at the emotive topic of death and bereavement. For more information click here.

Parenting a child with Autism or Social Communication Disorder - An evening lecture for parents and carers, Wednesday 26 April, Dunstable. Organised by Autism Bedfordshire. Click here.


‘Inspiring Volunteering’ is the Cheering Volunteering small grants scheme, set up to assist voluntary and community organisations to encourage volunteering in Central Bedfordshire. Grant awards will be made from a minimum of £100 to a maximum of £1,000. Applications for financial assistance can be made by any group or organisation, providing that the project they wish to spend the money on is located within Central Bedfordshire and/or will support primarily the residents of Central Bedfordshire. Deadline 7 April. For more information click here.

Masonic Charitable Foundation makes grants to registered charities which help people to live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society. They will consider supporting projects that tackle the following:

  • financial hardship
  • health and disability
  • education and employability
  • social exclusion and disadvantage

Small grants of £500 – £5,000 can be awarded to charities with an annual income up to £500,000 and can be used for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity. Large grants over £5,000 are available only to charities with an income over £500,000 and can fund salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs.
The next deadline for applications is 13 April. Full details here.

ESF Community Grants between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for voluntary and community groups with a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum, to support projects that help engage and progress those who are long-term unemployed and most distanced from the labour market. Activities could include:

  • initial help with basic skills
  • taster work experience including voluntary work
  • training, advice and counselling
  • confidence building
  • job search assistance including the provision of equipment and support to secure employment
  • first contact engagement activities

Applications open for funding on Monday 3 April and close on Wednesday 19 April. Grants will be awarded during the week commencing 8 May. Email comm.grant.apply@futuresadvice.co.uk to request more information.

Tender opportunity - Community Transport Dial-A-Ride Service: The provision of an accessible passenger transport service:

  • for Central Bedfordshire residents who have an impairment, which makes it difficult to use conventional bus services
  • which offers pre-booked, demand-responsive, door-to-door and accessible travel options
  • which offers a high level of driver assistance for their passengers 

Deadline, 12pm, 20 April. Click here.


Cheering Volunteering - Have you nominated yet? The Central Bedfordshire Cheering Volunteering Awards are an opportunity to say thank you to those who give their time to help others. This year the Awards are sponsored by Biffa, Aragon Housing, Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, ProLogis and Jeakins Weir. Nominations close on 31 March. Click here.

Free furniture - Terrence Higgins Trust and Brook sexual health clinic at Broadway House, Bedford are about to merge services with the GUM services from Bedford Hospital and relocate into a new site off Cauldwell Street, under the banner of iCaSH Bedfordshire.  Because of the relocation, there is some office furniture that is going to be available free to a good home from the 1 April. Photos of the furniture can be found here. Contact Huw Williams (Huw.Williams@tht.org.uk) to reserve and arrange collection (between the 1 April and 4 April.)

Just What The Doctor Ordered: Five Tips for Charities Working With CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups). An article in nfp Synergy says charities are well-placed to advise what health and social care services are needed in local communities, and to suggest new ways of working. Click here.

Does your charity work overseas? The Charity Commission wants to raise awareness amongst trustees, employees and volunteers of the risks regarding cash couriering. There has been an increase in the number of charities having cash seized from their fundraisers, agents and representatives at the UK border. This is due to active counter-terrorism measures to detect and seize illicit cash – which in an increasing number of cases, individuals claim that they are carrying on behalf of a charity. Click here.

The Charity Commission has a YouTube channel with two videos for trustees:

Big Board Talk - Part 1 - Nick Mott from the Charity Commission and Jane Tully from Charity Finance Group discuss the questions a trustee board should ask themselves about their strategic plan and their financial health.
Big Board Talk - Part 2 - Nick Mott from the Charity Commission and Jane Tully from Charity Finance Group discuss the questions a trustee board should ask themselves about how effective they are as a board and whether they are making the most of their resources.


Carers in Bedfordshire are recruiting for a number of vacancies:

Adult Carer Support Worker
Carers Cafe Organiser
Young Persons Activity Organiser (Carers’ Cafes)
Deadline is 27 March (10am). Click here for more information.

Green Gym Project Officer, The Conservation Volunteers, based at Bedford with some sessions in Milton Keynes. £18,000 per annum (pro-rata), 21 hours a week. Deadline 31 March. Click here.

Awards Manager, Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation, full-time (or 4 days a week), up to £24,402 per annum (pro rata for 4 days a week) + 5% pension. Deadline 3 April. Click here.

Finance Manager, Bedford Creative Arts, Part-time (21 hours per month), £32,000 per annum, pro-rata. Deadline 13 April. Click here.

Autism Bedfordshire are recruiting for a number of vacancies:

Support Workers - Summer Activity Schemes.
Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun, Biggleswade  
Support Workers –  Loads of Autistic Fun, Leighton Buzzard & Luton
Click here for more information.

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society are recruiting for a number of vacancies:

Grant and Event Fundraiser and Co-Ordinator (20 hours per week) - This role will work primarily on the identification and maximisation of funding opportunities, both through grant application and event organisation. Deadline 7 April.

Gateopener Information and Support Assistant (25 hours per week) - This role will work primarily on the “Gateopener” project, which provides support and advocacy to families. Deadline 7 April.

Services Support Manager (30 hours per week) - This role will work closely with the management team to manage all administration functions including office/administrative staff. Deadline 14 April.
Click here for more information.

Paid Intern, Level Trust - Collaborative Projects Manager, temporary position for two months between July and September. 40 hours per week, £17,500 full-time equivalent. Click here.

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