Community Voluntary Services Update - 3 April 2017






CVS Update  |  3 April 2017


The launch of the new £1 coin offers some great opportunities to raise funds. Why not encourage people to donate their first new pound coin to charity? The Royal Mint will also be supporting charity fundraising by encouraging people to donate old pound coins on receiving a new one. Check out the hashtag #PoundForPound. Click here.


The Academy of Social Work and Early Intervention at Central Bedfordshire Council offers training and qualifications to Bedfordshire's children's workforce.  Most qualifications are delivered 'on-the-job' and offer flexible starting dates. Click here.

Bedfordshire Advice Forum is offering the following courses:

  • Benefits Update - 4 May (10am - 1pm) - This half-day course is aimed at people who give advice on benefits to clients and who want an update on the wide-ranging 2017 benefit changes. A good knowledge of current benefits is required.
  • Universal Credit - 11 May and 18 May (10am - 4pm) - This full-day course is aimed at people who give advice on benefits to clients, and who want to know the essentials of Universal Credit. Some knowledge of current benefits is required.

Click here for more details and prices.


Awards for All provides small lottery grants of between £300 and £10,000 for grassroots and community activity that aims to improve life for local people and neighbourhoods. You can apply to Awards for All England if you are a community or not-for-profit group, parish or town council, health body, or school. Click here.

LAST CHANCE - '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.

As part of Luton's Serious Youth Violence Strategy, Luton Community Safety Partnership has tasked YouTurn Futures to commission two pieces of work. Invitations to tender are now open to develop bespoke training packages for:

  • Knife Crime Prevention and Gang Awareness programme for pupils in Year Groups 6 and 7 in Luton as part of the National Personal Health & Social Education (PHSE) framework.
  • Professionals working in agencies providing services to young people (aged under 25) at risk or involved in serious youth violence through gang affiliation.

Deadline 21 April. Click here.

Bright Ideas Fund - The £1.85 million Community Business Bright Ideas Fund will offer around 80 community groups, who work in England, with up to 15 days of tailored support and grants of up to £20,000 to develop their budding community business ideas. Round 2 of the Bright Ideas Fund will open on 19 April. Click here.

A new fund has been launched by Sport England to 'help the active stay active when life changes'. Grants of £50,000 - £500,000 over up to four years will be available to partnerships of organisations who can engage with active people at different life changes and help under-represented groups stay active. Click here. Deadline 22 May. Click here.

New Fund for Small Charities Working Internationally - The Department for International Development (DfID) has announced that it will be launching a new fund for small charities working internationally to help the world's poorest communities this summer. This Fund will be specifically targeted at small UK-registered civil society organisations with an annual income of less than £250,000. Click here.

National Vegetarian Week - Small grants, up to £200 for activities around National Vegetarian Week on 15-21 May. Deadline 30 April. Click here.

National Churches Trust - The Trust offers funds for Christian church projects which help maintain the UK's heritage of church buildings and to enhance their ability to serve local communities. Applications are currently being accepted to these grants programmes:

  • Community Grants of £10,000 - £25,000 to enable increased community use of places of worship
  • Repair Grants of £10,000 - £40,000 are available towards the cost of urgent and essential structural repair projects.
  • Project Viability and Project Development Grants up to £10,000

Deadline is 10 May. Click 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 furthest 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 to request more information.


New rates as of April 2017 for the National Living Wage and the National Minimum Wage. Click here.

Government, funders and large charities must take urgent action if small charities are to survive turbulent times ahead, according to a new analysis published by Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales. Click here.

The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published 'Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society'. This wide-ranging report reflects on the need for charities, government, infrastructure bodies, the Charity Commission and funders to adapt and be more flexible, to ensure that effective small and medium-sized charities, in particular, can continue to provide significant benefits to Britain. Click here.

Instagram for Charities: How can you make the most of it? A useful article from Charity Digital News discussing why a charity should be on Instagram, what content you should be sharing, and how to best engage with followers. Click here.

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.

Bedfordshire on Sunday's Local Heroes 2017 - nominations are now open for 11 awards including Charity of the Year. Click here.


Finance/Administrator, Bedford Women's Centre, £18,282 per annum pro-rata, 15 hours per week (Monday-Thursday). This is a part-time role for an AAT-qualified person able to prepare financial information and reports with a good knowledge of computer systems. Deadline 4 May. Click here

Centre Director, Luton Law Centre, up to £35K per annum, pro-rata to 3 or 4 days per week. Luton Law Centre is looking for a Centre Director with the management and leadership skills to provide a strategic lead for the organisation, and support for the Trustees and staff to develop the Law Centre's services. Deadline 24 April. Click here.

Project Manager, Transitions UK, £22-24K per annum, 37.5 hours per week. The Project Manager will manage the Special Needs Transition Project based at Woodlands School and other schools in Luton. Deadline 19 April. Click here.

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

Bid Manager, YMCA Bedfordshire, £26,500 per annum, 37.5 hours per week. The purpose of this role is to enable YMCA Bedfordshire to develop and expand into appropriate areas, by sourcing and successfully applying to a range of funding sources appropriate to their work. Deadline 11 April. Click here.

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society are recruiting for three 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.




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