The Tour of Britain comes to Wiltshire

Tour of Britain - Update from Laurie Bell, Associate Director, Communities and Communications at Wiltshire Council:

"I thought it may be helpful to update you one of the biggest sports events of the year, which will be visiting Wiltshire and providing a great opportunity to promote all that is good about the county.
The Tour of Britain comes to Wiltshire on Friday 12 September when more than 100 of the world's top cyclists fight for the leader's gold jersey, won last year by Olympic champion Sir Bradley Wiggins. Stage 6 of the race starts in Bath and will pass through the towns of Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Devizes and Pewsey as well as many of the county's beautiful villages (the full route by road, is below).

This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to promote your local community, school or club, not just to the county as a whole, but to Britain and a global television audience who will tune in to follow the action as Britain enjoys the adulation following the phenomenal success of the British leg of the Tour de France. We may not be able to match the millions who lined the Tour de France route through Yorkshire but we can prove that Wiltshire can put on a show that is worthy of a major event, like we need when we hosted the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012.

Bring your community together with cycling-inspired events, competitions and decorate your town or village to provide fun images for the television helicopters following the peloton and a carnival atmosphere the race is sure to inspire. It would be so good if we can raise awareness of this key day for the county. Wiltshire Council will be promoting the event online and in print, providing key information on the website. 

We would like to encourage you to think about what you could do in your local community (if you haven't already?) and let us know what you're planning, no matter how big or small and we will  publicise on the county events calendar and the local community matters websites and make this a day that Wiltshire can be proud of.

We will try and arrange a meeting in August to bring the local communities together to share their plans and ideas. The council has contacted all the schools to raise awareness of the tour and to encourage their attendance at points along the route."


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Older Peoples Day Event on October 4th

Older Peoples Day Event 
Saturday October 4th at County Hall, Trowbridge.

As part of Older Peoples Week, Wiltshire Council is hosting a free event to celebrate the older generation and their valuable contribution to our society.

Any organisation that works with older people that would like to get involved are invited to exhibit.

This will include fun and interactive sessions. Get in touch by contacting events@wiltshire.gov.uk; tel: 01225 713573. 
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Garden waste collection services - have your say

From today, people are being asked to have their say on changes to kerbside garden waste collections which could save Wiltshire Council thousands of pounds.

Garden waste is currently collected at the kerbside every fortnight, however the council has put together three proposals to reduce the cost of the service

Toby Sturgis, cabinet member responsible for waste management, said:

"The council faces significant financial pressures with reduced funding from central government, increased service demand and inflation and these pressures are likely to increase. We need to make savings to help the council deliver its priorities of protecting vulnerable people, boosting the local economy and bringing communities together. 
"These changes will not always be easy, so we want to involve local people in any decisions we make to ensure people have a chance to have their say."

People are being asked to choose which of these three options best meet their needs:

·A three month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in December, January and February.

·A five month suspension of the kerbside garden waste service with no collections taking place in November, December, January, February and March.

·To introduce a chargeable kerbside garden waste collection service instead of the current service

Currently, only 10 percent of green waste is collected between December and February, and 25 percent is collected between November and March. The third option would see a charge of £35 per bin per year.

People are reminded that the household recycling centres in Wiltshire still accept garden waste, and the council will continue to provide subsidised compost bins which can compost your garden waste and food waste at home. These can be ordered at www.wiltshire.gov.uk or by calling Great Green Systems on 0800 7312572 

From today, you can find out more information on the proposals and let the council have your thoughts on the options for changes by:

·Visiting the council's consultation page

·Picking up a leaflet at your nearest library, leisure centre and Wiltshire Council office.

·Looking out for the summer 'Your Wiltshire Magazine'

·Emailing us on Gardenwasteconsultation@wiltshire.gov.uk

The consultation runs from 1 July until 1 September 2014. 
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Arts & Health in Wiltshire Conference

Arts & Health in Wiltshire, is a conference exploring the contribution that cultural activities play within the health and well-being agenda.  This conference is for those working in the Arts and Health Theme groups in their communities in Wiltshire.

Tuesday 30 September 2014, 9:30 to 4pm
The Corn Exchange, Devizes

Wiltshire Council's Public Health and Arts Development services are pleased to bring you together for an important conference that explores the contribution that cultural activities play within the health and well being agenda. This conference follows the International Arts and Health Conference which took place in Bristol in 2013 and seeks to establish a countywide network of arts and health practitioners.

At the conference we will enable a space for you to talk to our key note speakers and presenters; you will see inspirational art and performances presented by a range of Wiltshire residents. The programme includes sharing of Wiltshire projects as well as the creative presentations by arts practitioners who have been 'conversing with the commissioners'. You will be invited to take part in a series of artist led presentations and workshops describing how selected artists have explored the potential for arts and health within the health sector. 

Our partner agencies will be launching opportunities and soliciting feedback on future areas of work, and we will decide on the winner of the Innovation Fund, a new one-off fund designed to challenge the sector to innovate a single action or project that will take the entire sector forward. Three projects will be pitched and the conference delegates will vote for their choice. There will of course be time to network, gather material and lunch will be provided.

Tickets are free and must be booked in advance as spaces are limited and we are selling well

If you would like to have an information stand at the conference then please do get in touch via arts@wiltshire.gov.uk. We look forward to seeing you there

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Wiltshire Arts Innovation Fund

The arts and health sector is driven by innovation and lateral thinking and the Arts and Health Innovation Fund is a small one-off funding opportunity to enable a new collaboration or project to happen within the county that has the potential to be truly transformative. Wiltshire Council is able to offer a grant of £6,000 to enable a project to happen within the health sector which changes the way that arts and health projects are perceived or evidences a new way of working. The aim of the fund is to raise the profile of arts and health practice within Wiltshire and to deliver a high impact programme of creative work that demonstrates the important contribution that the arts can play in terms of the health and well being of the county.

Criteria:

  • Applicants must be from Wiltshire
  • Activity must take place within Wiltshire
  • Activity must be completed within 9 months of the award
  • Activity must be deliverable within the grant sum or the applicant must have confirmed additional funding in place
  • Activity must include creative activity or enable creative activity / experience to happen
  • No match funding is required

How to apply:

To apply please complete your project proposal on the application form and submit to the Arts Service no later than 5pm Friday 29 August 2014 Please email to arts@wiltshire.gov.uk

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Care Act 2014: launch of care and support consultation

The Department of Health is seeking views on how local authorities should deliver the care and support reforms in the 2014 Care Act

The department is asking for views on the draft regulations and guidance for Part 1 of the 2014 Care Act.


The government has worked with individuals and organisations to develop the most comprehensive overhaul of care and support since 1948. The changes will make the system fairer and will mean people get better care. 

Care and Support Minister Norman Lamb said:


"Care and support is something that nearly everyone in this country will experience at some point in their lives. Our Care Act will make the system fairer by putting people in control of their care and limiting the amount anyone may have to pay for the support they need.

"These regulations and guidance will help support councils in making these reforms a reality. We ask people to continue to share their views and experiences as part of this consultation to make sure we deliver real, lasting change for people across the country."

The draft regulations and guidance have been developed by working with expert groups, including users of care and support, local authority staff, voluntary sector organisations, social workers, and national representative bodies including those drawn from local government.

The consultation is open until Friday 15 August and centres on the changes that will come into effect from April 2015.

A further consultation on the reforms that come into effect from April 2016 - which include the cap on care costs - will take place this autumn. 
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Spread The Music at Corsham

Spread the Music
Do you own a musical instrument or piece of music equipment? Is it gathering dust? Maybe it is hiding in a dark cupboard or sleeping in your attic or perhaps it has it become a wonderful ornament surrounded by little trinkets yearning to be played.
If the answer is YES to any of the above, then it is time to find those instruments and bring them along to 
"Spread The Music"
Sunday 20th July from 12-3pm
at the Pound Arts Centre
Corsham
Maybe your instrument could do with repair, restringing, re tuning or some tender loving advice and repair. You could learn more about your instrument, local groups and organisations, or maybe you would like to donate yours to someone who would love it and learn to play it. 
What will happen on the day?
Once you have completed a registration form either before or on the day, please bring along your instrument where you will be directed to either one of the following areas: 
.       Strings
.       Brass 
.       Woodwind
.       Percussion 
.       Keyboards/electronic
There will also be a market place of local musical groups, societies and organisations so that you can find out what musical opportunities are on offer. 
For those who teach and support Music Education, there will also be a chance to hear about Wiltshire Music Connect (Wiltshire's Music Education Hub). What it is, what it will be doing, how might you become involved 
It would help us if you registered your interest by contacting
The Pound Box Office on: 01249 701628 / 712618 or Carrie Creamer at wyapinfo@wiltshire.gov.uk

If you are interested in promoting your musical group, society and organisation, please register your interest at arts@wiltshire.gov.uk by Monday 7 July 2014 (I will be away from the office between 19 June and 8 July inclusive, so if you have an urgent query during that time about this event please contact Carrie at wyapinfo@wiltshire.gov.uk)
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2014/15 Big Energy Saving Network Grants

DECC has launched the 2014/15 Big Energy Saving Network, a £1 million programme to support eligible third sector organisations and community groups, deliver help and advice to vulnerable consumers. Organisations are invited to make application(s) for funding by no later than 5pm on Friday 8 August 2014.

Each grant award is for a sum of £5,000 per 'Champion', which is made up of an initial £4,0003, upon grant award and a further payment of up to £1,000 if the agreed objectives of the grant award are met in full. Each bid must contain details of the nominated 'Champion', who will be responsible for leading, organising, evaluating and delivering the bid requirements.

For more visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/big-energy-saving-network-grant-offer-fund
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WfCAP Summer Forum - a Sense of Place

We warmly invite you to our WfCAP Summer forum, this time hosted in partnership with the Royal Society of Arts and their RSAWilts Creative Gatherings project which focuses on community engagement in support of the Community Campus Programme

To ring the changes we will be in Westbury, exploring a sense of place and belonging and how both community partnerships and the arts can influence this. This forum will be a joint gathering with both the CAPs and attendees of 2 previous events called Creative Gatherings that were led by RSAWilts and aimed at people living or working in Wiltshire for whom creativity is a major part of their life.

The event will involve talking and doing and making new connections and we will be sharing a meal & drinks together at the end.

A Sense of Place
Tuesday July 8th 2014
6pm - 9pm
Westbury Leigh Community Hall, Westbury Leigh, Wiltshire, BA13 3SQ

Please let me know if you will be attending by Friday June 27th at laura.pictor@wfcap.org We will send out practical information in a later email.

The Creative Gathering will be co-facilitated by us along with Jocelyn Cunningham from the RSA, Natalie Remington from RSAWilts and Dominic Campbell an artist/producer for an RSA commission called Pass It On.  In addition, we have Pippa Jones joining us from Create Gloucestershire who will talk about their innovative network and Carrie Creamer from Wiltshire Youth Arts Partnerships to talk about the Wiltshire Youth Arts Charter.

As a way of bringing people together we ask that everyone brings some food to share at the end, so please being a dish that for you encapsulates summer! We will provide tea, coffee, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. 

We are also asking if you could invite someone else to attend with you that comes from your community and is creatively focused, and has a passion and commitment to working within the place you live in.  Please also open this up to other members of your CAP and partners.  In this way, we hope to widen the CAPs network and build on the cultural asset work that was carried out last year by sparking off more collaborations between CAPs and the creative sector. 

Please do get in touch with any further questions which we will be more than happy to answer and feel free to pass this invitation on to anyone else you feel would be interested.

We look forward to seeing you there.

Laura, Dawn, Jocelyn & Natalie.

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The Melksham Heritage Discovery Fair

ARTS, HERITAGE and CULTURE EVENT

You are invited to attend a FREE networking event on Saturday 5th July 2014.

The Melksham Heritage Discovery Fair 

This is a great opportunity for you as an individual or as a group to engage with others in our community who share an interest in local history and culture and to help raise awareness of the wonderful heritage all around us.

The event opens at 10am on the 5th July at the Museum of Melksham, Well House Manor, 48 Spa Road, Melksham SN12 7NY.

Ample parking is available in the free, off-road, car park. Refreshments (coffee, tea, beverages, pastries and light sandwiches) are available throughout the day (a small charge applies for refreshments)

The Museum is keen to hear from people wishing to get involved on the day, for instance:

? Displaying (ie photos, artefacts, postcards, books, maps, bottles, documents)

? Selling items, such as the above listed

? Giving a 15 minute talk or presentation, or being on hand to answer questions

? Helping with on-the-spot research and/or scanning during the event
  

Exhibitors Application form available to download here

Further information:
 Lisa Ellis
 The Well House Collection
 Well House Manor
 Melksham SN12 7NY
 THE WELL HOUSE COLLECTION . info@twhc.org.uk
 Phone: 01225 708 225 . Fax 01225 899 360

Email: info@twhc.org.uk  

Or you can contact Phil McMullen c/o the Community Area Partnership: melkshamcap@gmail.com


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Big Lottery - Your Voice Our Vision

How can Big Lottery Fund best help communities and people in need?
From now until July 2014, Big Lottery Fund are inviting people to add their voice to a UK wide conversation around key areas of the Fund's work. Your views will help Big Lottery Fund consider our role as a funder and help shape our vision and plans from 2015 to 2021.

Your Voice - Our Vision is about having an open conversation with as many people as possible. If you've got a brilliant idea for how the Big Lottery Fund can make the biggest difference for individuals and communities in the UK, they want to hear it. 

Everyone is invited to add their voices to this conversation via submitting a blog, posting a film, sending a tweet or contributing a comment. These views will then inform the Fund's new framework, which will be published by spring 2015.

They are seeking views on the following areas:

VIBRANT COMMUNITIES

ADDRESSING DISADVANTAGE
. What can Big Lottery Fund do to support people living in poverty to achieve a better quality of life? How do we address increasing demand for help in difficult times?

WORKING TOGETHER
. How we can Big Lottery Fund best work with others to make a difference. How can they share their information, learning and resources for the benefit of others?

STRONGER SECTOR
. How can Big Lottery Fund best support the development of a stronger voluntary, community and social enterprise sector?

What do you think?
Join the conversation

Online:
www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/yourvoice 

Twitter:
@biglfyourvoice #yourvoice

Email:
yourvoice@biglotteryfund.org.uk

In writing:
Freepost RRKC-ZJKL-BYTE
Your Voice Our Vision
Big Lottery Fund
1 Plough Place
London EC4A 1DE
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Tidworth Community's Blue Light Day

Tidworth Community Area's Blue Light Day will take place on Tuesday 24th June 2014

1000 to 1159hrs Tidworth Community Field Wylye Road Tidworth
1300 to 1500hrs Ludgershall Recreation Ground

Wiltshire Police - Wiltshire Fire Brigade - Royal Military Police - Ambulance -Fire and Rescue Team from Trowbridge and others will all be attending on the day.

This has been a very popular event in the past with many schools participating.
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The Tudor Trust - Funding for core costs

The Tudor Trust

About Tudor Trust grants
Because they try to respond to the needs identified by organisations themselves, many of the grants take the form of core funding: funding which goes towards the core costs of running an organisation, including salaries, overheads and day-to-day running costs. Sometimes they may look at offering unrestricted funding, through a grant which can be used entirely freely to further an organisation's charitable objectives.

Tudor can also provide project grants, capital grants for buildings or equipment and grants to help strengthen your organisation. There is no maximum or minimum grant

Who Tudor we fund?

You don't have to be a registered charity to apply. Tudor can make grants to some other types of organisation (for example community interest companies, constituted community groups and industrial and provident societies) as long as you can explain clearly how you would use the grant for charitable purposes.

Your organisation needs to have some of the positive characteristics Tudor are looking for when they make grants. Beyond this the basic requirements are that you have a constitution and a bank account.

How much can you apply for?

There is no maximum or minimum grant. At the first stage of the application process Tudor don't ask you to specify exactly how much you are looking for, though it is fine to do so if you wish: if your application progresses to the second stage they will discuss your funding requirements in more detail then.

How long can Tudor fund you for?

Most grants are made over one, two or three years. Tudor understand that tackling deep-rooted problems takes time so they sometimes fund over a longer period, usually by making a further grant following on from the original one.

When can you apply?

You can apply at any time - Tudor makes grants on a rolling programme and there are no deadlines.

What Tudor fund

Tudor doesn't have specific funding programmes. Our focus is on smaller forward-looking groups, led by capable and committed people. Some of the other characteristics we are looking for include:?

Organisations working directly with people who are at the margins of society?
A focus on building stronger communities by overcoming isolation and fragmentation and encouraging inclusion, connection and integration
Organisations which are embedded in their community and which can identify and channel the potential within that community - whether the local area or a 'community of interest'
Organisations which can demonstrate that they listen to and are responsive to their users??
Organisations which are thoughtful in their use of resources and which foster community resilience in the face of environmental, economic or social change
We don't expect every application to demonstrate all these characteristics: we are however looking for a mix of such qualities when we assess a first-stage proposal.

Tudor are more likely to fund groups with an annual turnover of less than £1 million. However, we sometimes make grants to larger groups, particularly for work which could be influential or which a smaller organisation would not have the capacity to deliver.  Visit Tudors website for more information.
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Job Vacancy - Trowbridge Project Officer

Trowbridge Community Area Future (TCAF) is looking to recruit a Project Officer to join the team.

Job Title:  Project Officer- Community Planning
Scale Grade: NJC SCP 33 £28,127 pro rata
Hours of work: 16 hours 
Start Date: 1st September 2014 with a handover in July 2014.
Trowbridge Community Area Future (TCAF) is looking to recruit a Project Officer to join the team.
TCAF is a community partnership whose aim is to improve the lives of those who live, work and visit Trowbridge. Our partnership is made up largely of volunteers and the Project Officer will be responsible for delivering, supporting and leading on projects across the community area, securing future funding for the running  of the partnership and engaging the local community in projects through multi-agency working.
Experience in fundraising, multi-agency working and project planning are essential.
Interviews will take place mid-June
For a detailed job description and application pack or for more information please contact us on tcaf@trowbridge.gov.uk
Closing date: Friday 6th June 2014

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Last Chance to Have Your Say on Connect 2 Bus

The Pewsey-Devizes Connect 2 Wiltshire Flexible Bus contract runs out this year and Wiltshire Council is looking to retender the contract.

Public Meeting Bouverie Hall Pewsey on 12th June @ 7pm
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Top 3 Resources for getting started on assessing your impact

South West Forum - Top 3 Resources for getting started on assessing your impact
. Top Tool: Charities Evaluation Service Planning Triangle
. Top Online Impact Guide: New Economics Foundation  Prove and Improve
. Top Impact programme: Inspiring Impact programme and in particular the Code of Good Impact Practice

These resources provide some useful introductory principles for evidencing the difference organisations make.  They focus on the importance of organisations understanding their motivations for demonstrating impact, clarifying their vision and aims and understanding the stakeholders they work with.  They then provide useful principles to support organisations to evidence the outcomes they bring about by developing appropriate indicators to measure change.  The New Economics Foundation and Charities Evaluation Service resources provide an opportunity for organisations to develop their own impact map, working through an online tool kit. 

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Salisbury Green Fair

Don't miss the Green Fair on Saturday 7th June 10.30 am - 4.30 pm at Harnham Recreation Ground.  A beautiful location on the River Nadder at the end of the Town Path close to the Old Mill.

Organised by South Wiltshire Agenda 21, the Wiltshire Wildlife Trust and Salisbury Quakers with support from many local organisations.  This will be a day packed with activities for all the family.

Become a wildlife detective in Middle Street Meadow - get up close to minibeasts in the river - learn how we can bring wildlife back to our rivers, gardens and greenspaces.

Join guided walks on the watermeadows and Harnham Slope or give your bike a free MOT and join a cycle ride to Broad Chalke.

Get advice on how to keep 'Warm and Well' and reduce energy bills - use your skills to create crafts from natural or recycled materials-learn how to make your garden a haven for wildlife. '

Refreshments - Book swop-stalls and Fairtrade goods in the

Church Hall, Lower Street.
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Hospital Discharge Feedback needed to inform the South West Citizens' Assembly

HAVE YOU, OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW, RECENTLY BEEN DISCHARGED FROM THE RUH, GWH OR SALISBURY HOSPITAL?  IF SO, WE WANT TO HEAR ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCES!
Deadline for feedback - 3rd June

Did you know that Healthwatch Wiltshire have two volunteers who sit as members on the South West Citizen Assembly?  This Assembly is made up of lay members with a strong interest in improving regional NHS services who will bring the public voice right to the heart of our work.  

Their role is to bring the voice of the patient, carer and public to the Clinical Senate.  The role of the Clinical Senate is to work with commissioners to describe best service configurations in the quest for high quality, sustainable services. This is achieved by generating questions relating to specific service areas, which are addressed during Senate Council meetings. In this way the Clinical Senate hopes to establish itself as a critical friend of the whole system and consider issues of strategic importance raised by commissioners.  

More information about Clinical Senates, and the Citizens' Assembly can be found here -http://www.swsenate.org.uk/

Citizen Assembly member representing HWW, patients, carers and the public, are Joy Capel and Simon Mathias.  At the last Citizen Assembly meeting in May the members discussed their first question, which had been submitted to them by the Clinical Senate.  The topic for this question was around hospital discharge and community care. The members debated the question and discussed the best way to get optimum feedback from their local communities across the SW region.  Joy and Simon came back with the following questions:

1) What makes a good discharge from Hospital?
2) Did you have a good experience? Please explain your answer.
3) Were you involved in your discharge from hospital?
4) Did the follow up appear as expected?
5) Have you had a good experience since you have been discharged? Please your explain answer.

Healthwatch Wiltshire wants to hear from as many people as possible who have had recent experience of hospital discharge.  This feedback can be good or bad.  If you have experience to share and think you can answer the questions please share your feedback by calling 01225 434218.  We have also produced a Word document, so that you can answer the questions online and return via email.  Visit our website to download this - http://www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk/news/providing-regional-patient-voice-south-west-england-%E2%80%93-citizens-assembly

We appreciate you taking the time to share your experiences with us, and we will feed back to the South West Citizens' Assembly, which in turn will build a picture of current services provided across the South West region.

Please share this as widely as possible throughout your friends, family and networks of members.

Many thanks in advance.

Lucie Woodruff
Healthwatch Wiltshire, Volunteer and Engagement Manager

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Power to change - new £150m Community Enterprise Fund

Power to Change will see the establishment of the largest independent grant-making trust in recent years - awarding £150 million of grants to support community enterprise across England.

It will support projects where the ideas and needs of local people are driving change and developing sustainable business models.

This might be taking over empty commercial spaces or transferring resources into the ownership of local residents.

The support contract will invite small and large-scale enterprises - from rural and urban areas - to join a new peer learning group for support, tips and to meet pioneering community entrepreneurs who will share their experiences.

Hands-on support with business planning and legislation, events and an online network will mobilise the great talent, enthusiasm and creativity already out there in communities across England.

Locality chief executive Steve Wyler said: "Locality and partners have vast experience of supporting organisations to develop as community enterprises.

Many of Locality's members are working in deprived areas, and despite the current challenges are demonstrating incredible innovation.

They are leading the way in driving enterprise and asset ownership to change places and people's lives. We want to help drive this movement for change - a cultural shift where communities are decision-makers and holders of local wealth, a future of vibrant neighbourhoods."

For more on this story visit the Rural Services Network or follow the link to the Power to Change on the Big Lottery Website below.

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Great War Project Open Meeting

What did you do to remember of the Great War? 

We're holding an open meeting for individuals and groups interested in commemorating the centenary of the great war. Come along and talk about what you are doing or would like to do. Hear about what others are doing. Is there an opportunity to work together or help each other? Do dates clash? How do we get the message about what you're doing out to the public? How do we make events relevant to people living in Malmesbury and the villages?

Open Meeting - 5th June - 7:30pm
Malmesbury Hub, Malmesbury Town Hall
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Maintain TransWilts Rail Services

Do you wish to support the call for train services to be maintained at the level they are currently running at on the TransWilts line which runs from Swindon via Chippenham, Melksham and Trowbridge to Westbury with some services extended to Dilton Marsh, Warminster and Salisbury?

If so, please write to the Department for Transport in answer to their current consultation (closes 26 June 2014).

There is a quick link [here] which will provide you with a template letter which you can modify / add to if you wish. 
There is a copy of the text [here] if you prefer to cut and paste

If you are a member of a local organisation, please have them write in too

If you want to learn more follow the link
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Public Health & Wellbeing Grants



Wiltshire Public Health has established a fund to support public health and wellbeing for people in Wiltshire.  Administered by the Community Foundation the fund is designed for projects which seek to support the Council's objective of building healthy and resilient communities, by bringing communities together to make a positive difference to peoples' health. 

   
The aim of these grants is to enable community-based and other small groups to initiate or develop projects and activities which offer new or innovative approaches in one or more of the following areas:


. Reducing childhood obesity or helping adults to adopt healthier lifestyles
. Helping to combat loneliness, isolation and other factors which contribute to poor mental health
. Supporting  older people to have more active and fulfilling lives
. Promoting the use of community green spaces, assets and infrastructure for exercise and wellbeing
. Reducing drug and alcohol abuse


Groups must be able to demonstrate a clear link to improved mental or physical health outcomes that will result from their project.   

Funding is available for one year only, and the maximum grant will be £4,000. You may apply for the full amount of your project and match funding is not required.


All applicants must meet the basic eligibility criteria for these grants as follows:


. Your annual income must not exceed £50,000
. You must not be currently in receipt of core funding  from Wiltshire Council
. You must not be a branch of a national charity
. You must be a constituted voluntary organisation or a registered charity
. You must be a local organisation based in Wiltshire and have a local management structure
. The Project you want to deliver must take place in Wiltshire
. You must not hold more than 12 months running costs as free reserves
. No more than one application for funding may be submitted within a single financial year
 

Please complete the Expression of Interest on the link below:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Expression-of-Interest-Groups2



CLOSING DATE FOR EXPRESSIONS OF INTEREST:  5th June 2014

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS:  19th June 2014
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Watch "More than Honey" at PEATs AGM this May 30th

Watch "More than Honey" this May 30th at the Scout Hut (Aston Close, Pewsey. SN9 5EQ) at 7-30pm all about the current bee crisis, narrated by John Hurt. 

Beautifully filmed and directed by Oscar nominated Markus Imhoof (The Boat is Full, Les petites Illusions), winner of numerous Best Documentary Awards across international film festivals and stunning cinematography by Jörg Jeshel and Attila Boa in 2013, "More Than Honey" brings sharply into focus our current bee crisis

This film will be shown at Pewsey Environemntal Action Teams (PEAT) AGM on Wednesday 30th May, 7:30pm, at the Scout Hut (Aston Close, Pewsey. SN9 5EQ).

"If bees were to disappear from the globe, mankind would have four years left to live"

"One in three mouthfuls of food we eat is dependent on pollination"

Beautifully filmed and directed by Oscar nominated Markus Imhoof, More Than Honey brings sharply into focus our current bee crisis where numerous colonies of bees have been decimated throughout the world with 50% to 90% of bees having disappeared over the past 15 years. With one in three mouthfuls of the food we eat and 80% of plant species dependent on pollination, the honey bee is as indispensable to the economy as it is to man's survival.

If you cannot make the event the DVD available but see the trailer here - http://www.morethanhoney.co.uk/

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Give your views on pharmacy services

In partnership with the Wiltshire Health and Wellbeing Board, we are currently researching the provision and use of pharmacies and chemists in the area through a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).
A PNA should enable NHS England to commission pharmacy services that meet the needs of local people. 

We would very much appreciate your views on pharmaceutical services in your area and would be grateful for your assistance in completing this online survey. The survey should take no longer than ten minutes to complete. Thank you.
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Tidworth Community Area to become Dementia aware

Tidworth Community Area embarks on 'Big Pledge' to become Dementia aware!

TCAP invites you to a Dementia Friends Workshop

Dementia Friends is an information session for anyone who wishes to know more about dementia and how it can affect people. It is a great starting point for communities wishing to become dementia friendly. At the end of the lively, interactive session, you will have the opportunity to pledge an action and sign up as a Dementia Friend.

When- Wednesday May 21st, 2.30pm 
Where -Tidworth Community Centre, Wylye Rd, Tidworth SP9 7QH

The session will be led by a Dementia Friends Champion from Wiltshire charity Alzheimer's Support
www.alzheimerswiltshire.org.uk
For more information about Dementia Friends see www.dementiafriends.org.uk                                      

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Dementia Friendly Workshops during May

Invite to Dementia Friends information session - Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014)

Last week Alzheimer's Society, working with Public Health England, launched a major new campaign to raise awareness and understanding of dementia and encourage individuals and businesses to sign up to the Dementia Friends programme.

Local authorities, business, organisations and the general public, we can all play a key role in raising awareness of dementia through the Dementia Friends campaign. 

How you can support the initiative:

. You and your staff can become Dementia Friends by attending a 45 minute face-to-face information session run by a Dementia Friends Champion (a volunteer who is trained and supported by the Dementia Friends team), or through watching an interactive online video on www.dementiafriends.org.uk  

. Promote Dementia Friends through your internal and external networks. Encourage people within your local authority, other local stakeholders and members of the public to become a Dementia Friend 

On our website www.dementiafriends.org.uk there are new routes to becoming a Dementia Friend, to stand alongside the existing volunteer led face-to-face sessions. More than 100,000 people already have become Dementia Friends and local authorities, businesses, from major high street chains to local newsagents, have signed up 400,000 of their staff ready to begin the programme.  We're on course to have recruited more than one million Dementia Friends across England, by March 2015, alongside separate programmes running in Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Dementia Friends programme increases public awareness and understanding and encourages people to take action to support people with dementia and those who look after them.  It's a really important part of our work to help people with dementia live well in their local community. To support the campaign, a TV advert is running from 7th May to 31st May across more than 40 channels. 


Wiltshire set to make 500 new Dementia Friends during Dementia Awareness Week 

To mark Dementia Awareness Week (18-24 May 2014) Alzheimer's Society and Alzheimer's Support in Wiltshire have set a joint target of making 500 new Dementia Friends in Wiltshire during the week. Join us and help us to achieve this.

The sessions being organised by Alzheimer's Society in Wiltshire are:
. Monday 19th May from 11.30am to 12.30pm at The Lansdowne Hotel, The Strand, Calne, SN11 0EH
. Tuesday 20th May from 3pm to 4pm at the Chippenham Museum & Heritage Centre, Chippenham, SN15 3HF
. Wednesday 21st May from 1.45pm to 2.45pm at the Memorial Hall, Royal Wootton Bassett, SN4 8EN
. Wednesday 21st May at 10am at Alzheimer's Society Office, Salisbury, SP1 2AS  
. Thursday 22nd May at 10am at Alzheimer's Society Office, Salisbury, SP1 2AS  
. Thursday 22nd May at 2pm at Alzheimer's Society Office, Salisbury, SP1 2AS  
. Thursday 22nd May at 11.30am to 12.30pm at The Stables Function Room, White Horse Inn, Downtown, SP5 3LY
. Friday 23rd May at 3pm at Alzheimer's Society Office, Salisbury, SP1 2AS - (John Glen MP is expected to attend this session) 

Alzheimer's Support and volunteers are holding other public sessions across the county. To find the nearest session to you please visit dementiafriends.org.uk 

If you have any questions about running an information session in your workplace or attending a public session, please contact me on the details below.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours sincerely,

Natalia Peremiquel
Stakeholder Relations Officer - South West and West Midlands
E: natalia.peremiquel@alzheimers.org.uk 
T: 0117 9672997
M: 07718423708

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The Peoples Millions

The deadline for applications to The People's Millions is fast approaching.

If you need £50,000 for your community The People's Millions is for you. The Big Lottery Fund is looking for projects that will improve local places or the lives of people in the community. 

This year there are four awards of up to £50,000 on offer in each of the 19 ITV regional news areas across the UK. 

People will get the chance to vote for those projects they want to see funded in the region, when they are screened on the ITV regional news between 25 and 27 November.  In your region 4 projects will win an award following the public vote run by ITV television, with a fifth award going to the runner up that receives the most votes. 

Last year across the four nights of voting, each area received over 27,000 votes. 

Projects can include:
. Projects to make the local environment cleaner, safer or greener
. Improving the local natural environment
. Improving the design, appearance or accessibility of local amenities
. Providing opportunities or facilities for enjoying the local environment or local amenities
 
If you'd like to find out more have a look around the People's Millions website. There you will find lots of tools and resources including a series of blogs giving top tips and information from previous winners. There's also a short film and a webinar giving you even more information about applying to the programme. You can find out more  and access entry forms are available from http://www.peoplesmillions.org.uk or 0845 0 10 11 12. 

The deadline for applications is noon on Friday 16 May 2014. It's not too late!

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Wild Sherston - a weekend of fun

This will be a fun filled event with something for all the family!

Friday the 16th May begins at 7.30pm with BBC Radio 4's "Shared Planet" presenter Kelvin Boot talking about "The trials and travails of a naturalist". We also have a range of events where experts talk about their passion, including talks about butterflies & moths, birds, bees, mammals, rivers and bats.

Over the Saturday and Sunday there will be a variety of walks for you to enjoy. There's a dawn chorus walk at 5:00am if you're an early bird! There's also wild flower, butterfly, river and bat walks. 

There will be lots of children's activities such as a bouncy castle, face painting, a clay corner, snail racing, trails, quizzes as well as a Forest School.

There will be live animals for you to meet, including bats, hedgehogs, owls and butterfly's. There will also be adult and children's photographic exhibitions. 

About us

We're a voluntary group made up of people who live in and around the village of Sherston in Wiltshire. We have a passion for the natural world and we want to share it with you.

It all started off as an idea to hold one or two local events and possibly a talk or two in the village. It quickly grew to be a festival of the natural world.

We're fortunate to have the support of many people including as well as national experts in their fields. We have received funding from Wiltshire Council's Malmesbury Area Board and local community development charity MVCAP is helping us with the organisation and management of Wild Sherston. 
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SEACS project resources available through Wfcap

As many of you know, the SEACS  (Sustainable Energy Across the Common Space) programme has come to an end. 

The Green Economy team will be concentrating on working with business (including social enterprise) in future, with most liaison with communities carried out by the local Community Area Managers. The team is now managed by Clare Langdon, whom some of you will already know. Jane Laurie has passed on community contact details to two people within the Council. Alastair Shankland is the Biomass Supply Officer, responsible for support to every stage of biomass from wood production to biomass boiler. He is keen to support initiatives such as Open Homes that feature the use of biomass. Lisa Jones , the Council's Affordable Warmth Officer  who is moving to the Public Health team, where she will continue to develop and implement the Council's Affordable Warmth strategy. Some of the SEACS information will be on the Council website in due course, as well as on the new SEACS toolkit website.  

The Wiltshire Forum of Community Area Partnerships (WFCAP) will be taking over some of the county energy and environment support role. Wfcap has some of the SEACS resources, such as the list of environmental groups, resources available etc. WFCAP will also host the SEACS energy efficiency display boards and samples, the SEACS leaflets (paper copies) and the new Cosy Homes demo materials and guidance (DIY draught-proofing sash windows and installing Perspex secondary glazing). These can be borrowed by any  group - please contact Dawn Wilson through Wfcap to arrange.  

Warm and Well: In other changes, the Wiltshire Warm and Well scheme and the Warm and Well advice line, run by the Severn Wye Energy agency, have also now come to an end. Instead, please phone the Council 0300 456 0100 for specialist local information and advice on reducing carbon emissions, saving money and keeping your home comfortably and affordably warm. You can also phone the national Energy Saving Trust helpline on 0800 123 1234 for trusted, free and independent advice.
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Enterprise Day for young people

Enterprise Day for young people 16-24 years old in Trowbridge and surrounding areas!

Enterprise Day, Tuesday 29th April 2014, Trowbridge Civic Centre : 1-4pm.

Opening demonstration: Team GB & British U20's Judo number 1 Jemima Duxberry and the High Sheriff of Wiltshire

Careers Fair: including Hitachi, Qinetiq, Network Rail, Siemens, McDonalds, Army, DC Leisure, Wiltshire Business Support Service, Ramp Nation, Wiltshire College, Premier Inn, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Touchtone Records, Procol Ltd, GreenSquare Group and others. The National Apprenticeship bus will also be outside offering advice and answering queries.

Inspirational Q&A Role Models: Enterprising Wiltshire Awards Young Entrepreneur finalist 2014, Mark Lodge AKA 'King P' Kik Radio DJ/Music Producer, Brian Clegg science author, Women Inspiring Women Awards winner 2013 Jacqui Mann, Wiltshire Police management and Jemima Duxberry.

Mock Interviews: Wiltshire Police, ASDA, Wiltshire Council (HR & Recruitment & Customer Services), South West Business Advisors and FutrSocial.

CV Workshops: White Horse Recruitment & Wiltshire Council

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Open Day at Kington Langley Croquet Club

Kington Langley Croquet Club are having an OPEN DAY
Please come along and give Croquet a try on SATURDAY 26th APRIL 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
You can borrow a mallet and will be given an introduction to the game. Croquet is better suited to people aged 14 - 80 than to young children. Please wear flat soled shoes and comfortable clothing. We normally meet to play Association Croquet on Monday mornings and Thursday evenings, and play Golf Croquet (the easier game to master) on Wednesday evenings and, by arrangement with other players, on Saturday evenings. If you cannot make it to the Open Day, or it rains heavily on the 26th you now know when you are likely to find people playing croquet at the club so there is no excuse for not trying the game if you would like to do so! 
The Croquet Club is behind the Tennis Court on Kington Langley Playing Fields, Church Road, Kington Langley SN15 5NJ       Club Secretary: Sally Mackie 01249 712730 sally@mackiehouse.co.uk 
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Pewsey Vale Open Green Homes

Considering renewables? Local people from across the Vale of Pewsey, who have already taken that leap, are opening their doors to chat to you about their experiences. See the technologies in action and chat to the renewable energy pioneers of the Pewsey Vale!  Contact Iona Hassan - Chair, Pewsey Environmental Action Team on 07973 525187 or email
ionacrazyscot@hotmail.co.uk

There will also be a meeting at the Scout Hut in Pewsey on April 26th at 7pm.

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Chance to get a £5k Community Grant

The Devizes-based Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon is keen to hear from community groups and charities that could do with an extra funding boost this spring.  The main grant round is in early May and the closing date is April 17.  Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support and maintain organisations that make a difference to their communities.  Kate Robinson of the Community Foundation said 'The Foundation will fund core costs such as salaries, equipment and training as well as new projects'.  Apply via the Expression of Interest Form on the website at www.wscf.org.uk 
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Paths Improvement Grant Scheme 2014

The Paths Improvement Grants Scheme (PIGS) aims to help people make innovative improvements to countryside access and the rights of way network in their area. The scheme is a partnership between Wiltshire Council's Rights of Way and Countryside section and the Wiltshire and Swindon Countryside Access Forum. Parishes can bid for up to 50% match funding, if their proposal is approved they then undertake the schemes themselves.

Schemes funded in previous years include:
. improvements to the existing rights of way network such as surface improvements and replacing stiles with gates
. creating new rights of way or permissive links to avoid busy roads or provide new routes
. destination signing
. materials for promoting countryside access

Initial bids should be received by Friday 30 May. The final deadline for completed bids is Friday 25 July 2014. For further information see www.wiltshirelaf.org.uk
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Youth Consultation - Positive leisure-time activities for young people review

Communities across Wiltshire are being invited to offer their ideas to help ensure that the provision of youth activities in the future reflects and meets the needs of young people.

People across Wiltshire - particularly young people - are being consulted on what activities they would like in their local communities as part of a wide-ranging review.

The 10-week public consultation exercise on the future of youth activities gets underway on Monday (3 February 2014) and will involve schools, young people's groups, voluntary organisations and local communities. 

The way that Wiltshire Council offers activities and support for young people is changing. We want to work in a new way that responds to what young people need in their local area and involves young people in having a greater say in what services and activities are available locally. We want to target support for young people who need it most and develop things for the future that are sustainable (that can keep going and be maintained) and link in with new council developments. These changes will affect the support and activities for young people which take place in your area at the moment, whether that is run by the council or voluntary groups like Scouts, Cadets or a local youth group. It is important the council listens when we make any changes and we would like your opinion about what you think is the best way forward and which option you feel the council should take.

We are interested in your view and there are lots of ways to let us know what you think. Your view is important - make sure your voice is heard.

The options

Read about the four main options being proposed. 

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Cloth Road Arts Week is 3rd - 11th MAY 2014

The Cloth Road is a group of artists, formed in 2004 with the purpose of promoting visual arts and artists in Bradford on Avon, Trowbridge, Melksham and the surrounding villages of West Wiltshire. As part of this promotion of visual arts we organise a series of open studios and galleries for a nine day period every other year.

This provides the public with an opportunity to meet artists, see their work and discover the wide range of visual arts produced in this area and take part in workshops. In addition to the open studios week this website provides potential customers with a permanent directory of local visual artists and a guide to current local exhibitions by member artists. Most artists will work to commission.

Why the Cloth Road?

There is no single river or valley that connects the three towns. However they were all involved in the cloth trade in years gone by and roads which link the towns now were all historically used to transport raw materials and finished cloth to ports and markets. Hence the name "The Cloth Road".

THE NEXT CLOTH ROAD ARTS WEEK IS 3rd - 11th MAY 2014

Visit the website to download a brochure.
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DEMENTIA AWARENESS EVENING

Following last year's very successful Men's Health Awareness evening, we are pleased to be able to tell you that Melksham Community Area Partnership are once again working with the Patients Reference Group at the Spa Medical Centre in Melksham to bring you another interesting and entertaining evening dedicated to a topical health issue, this time Dementia Awareness. It's taking place from 7pm on March 31st at the Spa Medical Centre, Snowberry lane, Melksham SN12 6UN, it's free to attend, and everyone in the Melksham community area who has a concern or interest in this important subject is welcome to come along.
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Funding boost for Trowbridge Town Hall Development


Trowbridge Town Hall Trust is celebrating the confirmation of a £94,684 Grant which helps ensure a sustainable future for this much-treasured building.  The money, secured through the Social Investment Business, will allow the Trust to engage the necessary professional assistance to progress their plans to the next stage of development.  This substantial funding is a show of confidence in the Trust's aspiration to create an arts centre that Trowbridge can justly take pride in.

Trowbridge has benefitted from the £26m Community Assets and Services Fund, which helps communities across England to take ownership of buildings of unique value and run transformed public services shaped by local need. The fund is managed by the Social Investment Business, in partnership with Locality on behalf of the Department of Communities and Local Government. The Fund offers early stage pre-feasibility and feasibility grants to help local organisations to scope the projects and prepare their business plans. The Fund is open to support organisations till March 2015. 

Trowbridge Town Hall Trust has been working with Wiltshire Council to take on ownership of the building since it was declared surplus to requirements following the departure of the Coroner's Court in 2012.  

The Trust's plans reconnect with the town's history; the building was the cultural hub of the area for 85 years until it was closed to the public in the 1970s.  This new development will ensure that the heritage of the Town Hall is preserved and celebrated, and that the community of Trowbridge has access to this important building into the future.  

Chair of Trowbridge Town Hall Trust, Ian Walker, explains "this grant represents the fruition of two and  a half years of hard work by the Trust and the Friends of the Town Hall.  Working on a shoe string, and through the effort of volunteers, we have managed to bring life back into the building.  Regular tours, events, community activities, exhibitions, arts productions and workshops have all proved instrumental in demonstrating the case for further investment.  I would like to thank everyone who has played a part so far, especially Wiltshire Council and the Trowbridge Area Board for being so supportive of our efforts."

The grant also enables the Trust to appoint a freelance Project Development Officer to support the development of Trowbridge Town Hall into a centre for culture and the arts.  If you would like to find out more about the role then visit our website or contact us via info@trowbridgetownhall.org  

The Town Hall is open every Wednesday to coincide with the Town's street market.  The Friends of the Town Hall run free tours of the building so do come and visit us between 10am and 3pm.  You can also stay in touch with the project via www.trowbridgetownhall.org connect with us on Twitter @TownHallArts and sign up as friend to show your support and receive news. 

Contact Director : Tracy Sullivan 07540 938936 or tracysullivan05@gmail.com 
or Director: Laura Pictor 07940 242977 or laura.pictor@btinternet.com  
 


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Easy Read Training Available

Do you work with disabled people? Would you like to learn how to make your information accessible and present documents in a clear, understandable way for people with learning difficulties?

Wiltshire People First are holding this training on 6th March 2014

For more information call Wiltshire People 1st on
01380 871900
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Wfcap to recruit corporate volunteers at the Business Breakfast

Are you Looking for volunteers?

Wfcap are planning to have a stand at the forthcoming Wiltshire Council Business Breakfast.  The focus of the breakfast is Corporate Social Responsibility with the aim of encouraging businesses to enable their employees to volunteer in the community.  The event is at The Atrium at County Hall on March 5th.

Our aim is to showcase current projects across Wiltshire and for us to seek corporate support for any projects that you are running or planning for 2014.  This might be legal support, administrative, HR, graphic design, marketing and PR or any skill that big business might be able to lend a hand with that YOU need for YOUR project.  Do you need some help with social media, research, sourcing catering, press releases, websites, stewarding, health and safety, insurance, fund raising?  
To make the most of this opportunity we really need some specific details on what you need support with. 

If you would like us to pitch for help on your behalf then please send us brief details of the Projects aim, the jobs you need filled, the number of volunteers and estimated volunteer hours, dates and times if known and the location where it will take place.  Finally make sure we have contact details. 
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From CCAN - World War 1 Commemorations

Many groups and organisations are already planning events or exhibitions to commemorate the centenary years of World War 1. CCAN know of a poppy field in Box, musical concert in Corsham, exhibitions in Lacock and more including Trench building and memorial walks. If your group is planning something or considering a project then it would be good to hear from you - not to interfere but rather to build up a diary of what is happening across the community area. CCAN would particularly like to hear from anyone researching names and families or local events from the war years - there is information available and we are keen to share resource and research. The commemoration is also about those that came back from the war and those that had different roles at home and we would like to uncover some of those stories. For further information contact kevingaskinccan@hotmail.co.uk

Grants to make your community building lean and green

Grants to make your community building lean and green

Does your community centre cost a fortune to run? Are you concerned about your village hall's carbon footprint? Local groups in the Midlands, the South West and South Wales can now apply for grants of up to £1,000 to help reduce energy use in their community buildings.

The WPD Community Chest is a grant scheme funded by Western Power Distribution (WPD) and administered by CSE. A total of £50,000 is up for grabs. The aim is to help community groups carry out simple but effective energy efficiency improvements in village halls and community buildings, after carrying out their own energy audits. The maximum award per group will be £1,000, but you can apply for less than this.

Perhaps your community building needs insulation, a new heating system, lighting sensors, double glazing or more efficient taps? We'll provide groups with an energy survey template so that they can walk around their building and assess what most needs doing. Then they just need to get some quotes for having those improvements done, and send back a short application form.

Don't miss out,

Calne Fairtrade Fortnight


Please support these events being organised in partnership with Fairtraders from Calne Methodist,St. Edmund's & St. Mary's Churches and Calne Fairtrade Group. A donation awarded to Calne Community Area Partnership (CCAP) from Area Board to promote Fairtrade is being evaluated by a steering group, to see how we can get Calne awarded Fairtrade status in 2014. We are now in the process of printing window stickers, which we will distribute to businesses selling or using Fairtrade products. If you would like to help out with any aspects of this (including surveying and recruiting Calne's businesses, churches, shops, schools, etc to stock or sell Fairtrade goods, and distribute leaflets and window stickers to those that do) then please contact us:
Sue: sue_wallace@btopenworld.com
Peter: stoneseeker@waitrose.com
Tel: 01249 823287
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Cheese & Wine at the Town Hall, Trowbridge

On Friday, 7th February, the Town Hall Friends are holding a Cheese and Wine event for its members and others who are interested in joining to support our Town Hall being restored to its former glory.

The Trowbridge Town Hall Group was formed in 2011 by a group of Trowbridge residents who want to ensure that Trowbridge Town Hall should be restored and retained for use by the town community.

Subsequently the group became the Trowbridge Town Hall Trust supported by the Town Hall Friends.

The building is being developed into a creative hub for the community, supporting arts, culture, heritage and enterprise.

Please come along and enjoy an evening with us in our town hall. 
 
Share some wine and cheese, soft drinks and nibbles. 
 
Marvel at the wonderful surrounding. 
Be entertained and listen to the music. 
Be educated by the presentations about the Friends, 
"Where we are & where we're going" 
 
And at the same time help us raise funds 
for the Trowbridge Town Hall Friends. 
Suggested donation of £5 to include first drink and nibbles. 
Please pay on the door. 


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TCAP Health Fair

The TCAP Health Fair to be held at the Tidworth Leisure Centre on Thursday 6th February 14.
1pm to 4-30pm.  

Please make every effort to come along, it is open to all military and civilian families.

The military have kindly offered TCAP this event.  There will be over 25 stands covering a cross section of health matters.

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Have your say on the Countryside Access and Improvement Plan

In 2008, Wiltshire County Council produced its Rights of Way Improvement Plan (ROWIP), setting out how the council would manage and improve the rights of way network to meet current needs and demands. The plan continued to be taken forward by Wiltshire Council when Wiltshire became a unitary authority in 2009.
Although the guidance focuses on rights of way, it also states that improvements to other routes and areas which allow people to access the countryside need to be considered. To reflect this more clearly, the title of the second ROWIP has been changed to the Countryside Access Improvement Plan (CAIP). The CAIP sets out the actions Wiltshire Council will take to manage, improve and promote Wiltshire's countryside access network. 
Comments are invited on the draft CAIP and accompanying assessments. The consultation period runs from Friday 3 January 2014 to Friday 28 March 2014. For further information about the CAIP and details on how to submit your comments please follow the attached link. 

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Advance Notice - Post Code Trust Small Grants

Through this programme, the Trust provides funding for projects of up to twelve months in length, ranging from £500 up to £20,000 to registered charities, community and voluntary groups, community interest companies and other not-for-profit organisations.

The People's Postcode Trust aims to make Scotland, England and Wales a better place for both people and nature and acts within the following six fields of operation: poverty prevention; advancement of health; community development; public sports; human rights; and environmental protection. 

Dates for South West are April 5th to May 20th. 
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Healthwatch appoint Chief Exec & schedule

Healthwatch Wiltshire is pleased to announce the appointment of Emma Cooper as Chief Executive.

Emma has a long history of working with partners in Wiltshire and will be well known to many from her previous roles. Emma brings expertise in working with the local voluntary and community sector and is particularly interested in Healthwatch Wiltshire's role as the consumer champion for health and social care.

As Emma joins Healthwatch Wiltshire at the end of January, there will be the inevitable flurry of activity with the increased capacity to the staff team. The first area where people will notice this will be the push forward of the recruitment of volunteers. With this in mind, Healthwatch Wiltshire will be inviting members of the public to join us in making a contribution to our volunteering agenda by attending one of three locally based consultation meetings.

Wednesday 29th January, 10am till 12pm
Wessex Room, Corn Exchange, St John's Street, Devizes SN10 1BN

Tuesday 4th February, 1pm till 3pm
Salisbury Methodist Church, St. Edmund's Church Street, Salisbury SP1 1EF

Thursday 6th February, Chippenham 10am till 12pm
Neeld Hall, Town Hall, High Street, Chippenham, SN15 3ER

Emma Cooper said: 'I am thrilled to be joining Healthwatch Wiltshire at this important stage in its development locally. A lot of excellent work has been done over the last six months to set up the organisation and raise awareness about its role. 2014 will see Healthwatch Wiltshire make a real difference locally and one of our first priorities is to engage with people who want to get involved with our work as volunteers. I am very much looking forward to meeting people at the consultation meetings'

If you are interested in attending one of the volunteering consultations, please get in touch with Lucie Woodruff, using the contact details below.

Lucie Woodruff
Project Manager
M: 01225 434218
E: lucie.woodruff@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk
W: www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

Healthwatch Wiltshire is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care in Wiltshire. The orgnisation will help to shape and improve local health and social care in our community. Healthwatch Wiltshire is part of the Healthwatch national network, established by the Government to ensure local patients and users have a greater input to shaping local services.
Healthwatch Wiltshire:
? Was established under the Health and Social Care Act 2012
? Is a Social Enterprise (Community Interest Company)
? Has a Chair and four Directors
Healthwatch Wiltshire's purpose is:
? To promote the voice of the consumer in the development of health and social care strategies (children and adults)
? To provide and promote effective signposting and information systems
? To promote, monitor and inspect the quality of services commissioned to meet health and social care needs (enter and view)
? To tell the Wiltshire story
About Healthwatch England
Healthwatch England is the new, independent consumer champion for health and social care in England. The organisation has independent statutory powers, as stated in the Health and Social Care Act 2012, to ensure the consumers' voice is heard and best practice is delivered in health and social care nationally. Healthwatch is also focused on providing leadership, guidance and support to the development of the Healthwatch network.
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Wiltshire & Swindon and Dorset Fire Authorities to explore potential combination

Over the last week, elected members of Wiltshire & Swindon and Dorset Fire Authorities have agreed to work towards developing a business case, paving the way for a potential combination of both Fire Authorities and Services in two years' time (April 2016).
 
At meetings of Dorset Fire Authority (5 December) and Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority (12 December), papers from both Chief Fire Officers were considered. These papers set out the need for a period of 'due diligence' to develop a business case that would identify savings and resilience improvements from a combination of Wiltshire & Swindon and Dorset Fire Authorities and the two respective fire and rescue services.
 
Both Authorities are in the lower quartile of spend for fire and rescue services nationally, and both have been extremely successful in finding savings in the face of reduced funding from central government. However, the longer term forecast remains bleak if response standards and frontline services are to be protected wherever possible. 
 
The recent report by Sir Ken Knight - ''Facing the Future: Findings from the review of efficiencies and operations in fire and rescue authorities in England' - has made suggestions regarding greater efficiencies from fire and rescue services, including operating with more on-call staff. Currently both Wiltshire and Dorset have some of the highest levels of use of on-call staff of all fire and rescue services in England.
 
Sir Ken's findings also included, where appropriate, potential mergers and, whilst his report is not the driver for the potential combination, it is reassuring that both Authorities are demonstrating courage and innovation in the face of very challenging financial settlements.
 
In considering the development of a business case, both Authorities discussed the similarities between the two Services and the geographical areas they protect: 
 
.       Wiltshire and Dorset are predominantly rural counties, with the majority of fire cover already provided by retained (on-call) firefighters.
.       Each county has similar demographics, and local risks (such as the high number of thatched properties) are much the same.
.       The two organisations already work together on a number of initiatives because of their shared border.
.       Both face financial challenges, as the level of funding received from Central Government has already been substantially reduced and this is expected to be halved by 2019.
.       ?Meeting the shortfall produced by this reduction in funding cannot be sustained without a significant impact on frontline services.
 
A joint statement from Cllr Graham Payne, Chairman of Wiltshire & Swindon Fire Authority, and Cllr Rebecca Knox, Chairman of Dorset Fire Authority, said: "Both Services have and continue to make substantial savings, but the level of grant we receive from Government will continue to decline. In order to minimise any impact on frontline services and in particular the level of response we provide to our communities, Members of both Fire Authorities have agreed to explore closer working with a view to combination in 2016. We believe that this will provide significant savings, lessen the reductions to front line services, and ensure our key support departments are resilient. We will also be consulting on the move to a Joint Command and Control Centre in Potterne, Wiltshire in 2015. We appreciate that this is an uncertain time for staff and we will be working closely with them and representative bodies over the coming months."
 
Simon Routh-Jones, Chief Fire Officer of Wiltshire, and Darran Gunter, Chief Fire Officer of Dorset, said: "Our priority is to protect the services we provide to the public. As individual and relatively small fire and rescue services, we cannot sustain the continued reductions in Government grant and maintain response standards without significant change to our organisations. In order to protect frontline services to the best of our ability, we have concluded that the best solution is for the two organisations to combine. Together, we can achieve so much more and combination will give us an opportunity to explore new ways of working. As well as achieving significant savings, this will give us greater resilience and allow us to continue providing an efficient and effective Fire & Rescue Service to our local communities."

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Police and crime element of the council tax consultation

Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) for Wiltshire and Swindon Angus Macpherson is consulting on the police and crime element of council tax for 2014-15. 

The consultation runs from Monday 6 January to Monday 3 February 2014. You can read more below and give your views via an online feedback facility. 

The Commissioner is considering an increase in the police and crime element of council tax of £3.15 a year for the average home (band D property). This is to help reduce the impact of significant central government grant reductions on policing and crime services in Wiltshire and Swindon. 

An average increase of £3.15 per household would provide the Commissioner with an additional £740,000 of local income for 2014-15. 

Looking ahead three years to 2016-17, a proposed increase of £3.15 a year would reduce the potential funding shortfall by £2.3 million, meaning that savings of £12.5 million would be required rather than £14.8 million. Since the start of the austerity period, savings of more than £10 million have already been made. 

The current rate of policing and crime council tax for an average band D home in Wiltshire and Swindon is £157.77.This would increase to £160.92 under the proposal. 

The council tax rate for policing and crime services in Wiltshire and Swindon has not increased for the past three years and it will still be the lowest in the south west.

The consultation runs from January 6th to February 3rd 2014.

Further information about this and other issues is available on the PCC website www.wiltshire-pcc.gov.uk
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Healthwatch Wiltshire want your views on RUH services


Healthwatch Wiltshire has been working closely with the Care Quality Commission (CQC) about their previous and planned inspections and visits to the Royal United Hospital (RUH) in Bath.  The CQC will be inspecting the Hospital again on the 4th - 6th December.

The Care Quality Commission have decided to hold a further 'Listening Event' to take place in Trowbridge, to allow more Wiltshire residents the opportunity to have their say on services currently being provided by the Royal United Hospital in Bath.

Both events, one at Bath Race Course and the other at County Hall in Trowbridge will take place at the same time on the 5th December.  A press release from the Care Quality Commission is attached to this email with more details.

. Thursday 5 December,  6.30pm, Bath Racecourse, Lansdown, Bath, BA1 9BU
.         Thursday 5 December,  6.30pm, County Hall, Trowbridge BA14 8JN

It is important that they hear from anyone who has recently used health and care services about their experiences to give a full picture of how care is being provided at the hospital.  You can share your views and comments in a number of ways.

An online survey by visiting https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/HJXCW99

Via the CQC website on their 'Tell us about your care' page http://www.cqc.org.uk/public/sharing-your-experience

By email enquiries@cqc.org.uk by letter to CQC National Customer Service Centre, Citygate, Gallowgate, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 4PA by telephone 03000 616161 or by fax 03000 616171 

 At the event you will be able to talk to the CQC about your experience, share your feedback on how improvements need to be made, and find out how the new inspections will be carried out.

Healthwatch Wiltshire hopes that you will be able to share your experiences in a way that suits you.  If, however, you require support to have your say please contact us and we will help  - 01225 434218 or info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk


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Making a Difference


As the infrastructure support organisation for the CAPs we have compiled this document to give clarity to their role, raise profile of the vast array of work achieved and stand as an evidence base for the support of community partnership working in the county.
Please click the link to read the report
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Do you know someone who gives extra?

We're looking to give extra back to people who give extra in their neighbourhoods. This is your opportunity to recognise someone who makes a positive difference in your community by nominating them for a Giving Extra Award. It could be the person who does the weekly shop for the elderly or who volunteers at the local scout group - we want to celebrate those unsung heroes who make our neighbourhoods better places to live.

There will be 66 winners across the country who will each receive £250 of reward vouchers. We will then announce a national winner who will be awarded £2,500 vouchers and a £5,000 donation to a local good cause.

To nominate, just follow the link to the three easy steps below.
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Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Food manufacturer, Mars has announced that they are looking to help small, local community based projects and community minded people through our GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From the 4th November 2013 for 16 weeks they are seeking to donate eighty £300 awards to help people or groups with their community programmes. The Fund is open to individuals aged 18 or over who are resident, and organisations and clubs based, in the UK.

Mars will make 5 awards every week. One of these awards will go to the application receiving the most votes on the Website in the week in which it was submitted. The other four awards each week will be selected by a panel of judges who will judge each entry on the extent to which the proposed initiative (and use of an award) will help its local community, the extent of the proposed initiative's reach, and the perceived local need for such hobbies, sports or leisure activities.

Unsuccessful applications submitted in any week will be carried forward to be re-considered in subsequent weeks whilst the Fund is open, although any votes recorded on the Website in previous weeks will be discarded.

The closing date for applications is 11.59pm on Sunday 23rd February 2014.

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Surviving Winter Appeal

The Community Foundation are dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged people in Wiltshire & Swindon.
Surviving Winter raises money to help older and vulnerable people stay warm and healthy this winter. The Community Foundation is dedicating all donations received via Local Giving to Surviving Winter until the end of February.
Why the community needs us
We are working with Age UK and The Citizens Advice Bureau to deliver grants to those in fuel poverty who need help this winter.
Our impact on the community
Excess winter deaths are the result of fuel poverty. Last winter 262 people died in Wiltshire due to not being able to fight the cold. Surviving Winter is helping to lower this number
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Wiltshire Money Latest News

Welcome to the Wiltshire Money e-bulletin. This bulletin gives you news and information relevant to financial inclusion both locally and nationally and has been sent to you as a member of the Wiltshire Money distribution list. You can find out more information about Wiltshire Money at www.wiltshiremoney.org.uk.

In this week's bulletin:
. Raising awareness of the alternatives and risks in payday lending - new resources available - see below
. Wiltshire Money has published its second Partner Update providing a review of the work of the partnership over the last 2 months - click here to view a copy
. 'The Financial Capability of 15-17 year olds' - a new report from the Money Advice Service - click here


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Raising awareness of payday lending
Wiltshire Money has developed a series of posters (A3 or A4) and a leaflet to raise awareness of the risks of borrowing from a payday lender and the alternatives available in Wiltshire, and also the Customer Charter. These are available on the Wiltshire Money website and designed to be used with the Citizens Advice short film on YouTube - click here. Please feel free to use these resources with your clients and tenants.

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Vibrant visual art exhibition attracts 1500 visitors

Last week saw Trowbridge Town Hall transformed into an art gallery and showcase for local talent; a taste of what the future holds as the building (now redundant as a court) is developed into a creative arts centre for the town and region. 

The visual art exhibition was a week-long event which took place as part of the 2013 Trowbridge Arts Festival.  Organised by local artist and Town Hall Trust Director Laura Pictor the exhibition involved over 30 artists from Trowbridge and the surrounding area, as well as students from Wiltshire College's renowned Art & Design Foundation course.

The event was launched with a preview evening on Friday 25th October and attended by 200 people.  Guests enjoyed viewing the artwork, meeting the artists and listening to music from Singer/Songwriter and local student Sophie O'Donnell.  The exhibition made full use of the space and to play on Trowbridge's famous heritage as a woollen town, coloured yarn was used to lead people around the maze of rooms that is the iconic Victorian building and Box-based artist Emma Leith yarn-bombed the banister & railings of the grand staircase.  Even the old courtroom holding cells were used and attracted huge interest as a contemporary art space, providing an exciting contrast to the grandeur of the foyer and courtroom above.

During the week, the exhibition attracted 1500 visitors; the enthusiasm and support for both the artwork and the use of the Town Hall as a gallery was overwhelming.  The work on display ranged from paintings, illustration and printmaking, to ceramics, glass and textiles, to photography, mixed media and installation and was evidence of what creative talent there is in the local community.  The Foundation Diploma work was a collection of sketchbooks created by the students on a recent project day spent at the Town Hall.  Both the college and the Town Hall Trust are keen to maintain this collaboration as the project progresses.

It's clear that the community are keen to see more regular arts events and to have the building used more, so ideas are already being discussed for future exhibitions.  If you're keen to be involved or find out more then please get in touch with Laura Pictor on laura.pictor@btinternet.com or 07940242977.

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Town Hall Hosts Art Exhibition

A new visual art exhibition takes place at Trowbridge Town Hall this month, showing work by art undergraduates and local artists.  Part of the 2013 Trowbridge Arts Festival, the exhibition runs daily (10am-4pm) from Saturday 26th October until Friday 1st November.  

Showcasing the creative talent of students from the renowned Foundation Diploma Course at Wiltshire College as well as 25 local artists working in a range of media: paintings, screen-prints, ceramics & glass, media, installation, photography, illustration, cartoon & comic-book art.  

The venue is Trowbridge Town Hall; a fascinating building which is on a journey to become a new arts centre for the town and surrounding area. There will be artwork throughout the building, making use of the old courtroom, cells and the supper room of the Great Hall.For more details contact the exhibition organiser, artist & Town Hall Trust Director Laura Pictor: laura.pictor@wfcap.org



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TransWilts Link meeting

Meeting this Saturday 19th October at the Laverton, Westbury 
Doors open 10 a.m. for 10.45 start 
Teas and coffees available, and a few snacks.

For Transport user groups / co-ordinators. All welcome - details from graham@wellho.net

AGENDA

- Connecting Wiltshire presentation

- Local Transport Board

- Getting our heads around all the various official bodies and board;
who's who and what do they do in transport.

- The new Greater Western Franchise - and the next one too

- Wider picture report from TWSW

- Coming TransWilts Services 2B or not 2B
- wider that just a train service
- mechanism
- what the service will mean

- TransWilts Community Rail Partnership
- SGM Report, constitution, AGM
- plus stations groups & reporting lines

- Changing profile of bus services
- zigzag story
- BSOG, Western Greyhound cuts, etc
- Salisbury bus station and issues

- Input reporting lines

- Near friends from Frome
There is a great deal of travel and transport activity, much good news but also some disappointments. Passenger groups need to understand and support this, help joined up solutions work, and at the same time alert people (be they councillors, officers, the public or the press) to elements where excellent opportunities may be overlooked, elements changed which lessen their effect, or old systems and methods left in place which put a brake on progress.
 
Please feel free to pass this on - we prefer to know ahead who's coming, but walk-ins are welcome!
Graham
Graham Ellis - graham@twcrp.org.uk
Press and publicity, TransWilts Community Rail Partnership
TransWilts CRP, 48, Spa Road, Melksham, Wilts, SN12 7NY
http://www.twcrp.org.uk - 0845 459 0153

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Fall Ball to support MS Therapy centre

An exciting new event joins the local annual charity fundraiser calendar this autumn with the first Fall Ball on October 12th at the Lansdown Hall, Trowbridge, from 7pm onwards.  

The black-tie event for up to 250 guests promises to be a great night out for family and friends with sparkle and surprises, a three course dinner, dancing, entertainments, an auction of promises with prestigious prizes, and a luxury raffle. The organisers have put together something for everyone and an occasion to look forward to as the autumn nights draw in. 

It's all in aid of raising funds for a lesser-known local charity, The Wessex Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre in Warminster. The Centre provides much needed therapies for individuals across West Wiltshire diagnosed with the devastating condition of MS and also helps support their loved ones with counselling and advice. Funding for the Centre comes wholly from charitable donations. 

The key organiser of The Fall Ball, Nurse Practitioner Chris Aslett, of Bradford-on-Avon, whose idea it was, says,

"When I was diagnosed with MS myself in 2006, I'd seen through my medical work what effects MS can have but thankfully, in my case and countless others I have seen, these therapies help to combat the symptoms, so the real shock was discovering how the Centre struggles for funding. At that point, I decided I wanted to put something back. Everyone at the Centre is all about living positively with MS, so I thought, 'Life's short, let's have a ball!' The idea grew of arranging an event which would raise funds and awareness, but above all, be fun." 

Chris invited a few local friends to help, and by pooling skills from their different working backgrounds in Marketing, Nursing, Event Planning, Hospitality, and the Internet Industry, the event gradually took shape. The committee, who call themselves the Bradford Belles, hope the Fall Ball will become an annual fixture on the social calendar.

'We're really excited - without giving too much away," Chris adds, "there will be an an appearance by an up-and-coming comedian hot from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and some exciting live performances which will warm up even the chilliest October night. We've had a fantastic response so far. Corsham Print have sponsored all our promotional materials and local businesses from the Bradford, Bath, and Trowbridge areas have contributed some extra special goods and experiences for the auction of promises and luxury raffle.'

If you would like to attend, tickets for couples, groups, or tables up to ten, are available at £35 per head direct from the organiser. Email: chris@bradfordbelles.org.uk, or send an SAE with cheques (£35 pp) made payable to: Chris Aslett to: 1 John Rennie Close, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire, BA15 1UJ. For further information or to buy tickets online, visit the organiser's website ... 
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Healthwatch Wiltshire launches

WE NEED YOU - Healthwatch Wiltshire formally launches its services as consumer champion for the people of Wiltshire for health and social care.

Healthwatch Wiltshire Launch Event
Thursday 3rd October
12.15 till 15.00
Assembly Room, Town Hall, St John's Street, Devizes, Wiltshire SN12 1BN

Healthwatch Wiltshire wants to stress the importance of the powerful collective voice of Wiltshire people to ensure that the Wiltshire story is told, both locally and nationally.
It's a time of massive change across the health and social care system with ever reducing resources. However, there is a shift in moving power from the centre to local people.
Everyone - children, young people, families or adults - can make a difference to the health and wellbeing of their communities, by sharing their ideas and experiences with us.
Chris Graves, Chair, Healthwatch Wiltshire said:
"It's very exciting to be involved in this new development. I am convinced that with the support of the people of Wiltshire we will achieve a quality health and social care system in this time of great change and challenge."
 
For more information contact:
Lucie Woodruff
Project Manager
M: 01225 434218
E: lucie.woodruff@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk

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Ongoing success for SPICE

Good news from the latest update from Wiltshire Time Credits.

Figures gathered to the end of June show that just over 500 people who have earned 6705 Time Credits in 49 local organisations in Chippenham, Calne and Salisbury.

Last Friday they got their 100th follower on Twitter @WiltsTimeCredit  

And Three Chippenham Time Credit Members have been nominated for awards at the 2013 Voluntary and Community Sector Awards! The Bowood Estate have been shortlisted under the category 'Employer Demonstrating Support for Local Communities, Unity House have been shortlisted against the category "Improving the Quality of Life for People in Wiltshire" and The Nature of It have been shortlisted under the category "Community Leadership". 

In Calne the new volunteer team (working for the Calne Community Area Partnership) is drawing up a list of potential new member organisations (both earn and spend) with a view to building the local network over the coming months. They are interested in hearing from any individuals and organisations in Calne who have ideas on who they should be talking to.

Salisbury Arts Centre's Autumn programme is available at http://www.salisburyartscentre.co.uk/whats-on/view-all-events.aspx They are very keen for Time Credits earners to visit the centre and Simon Morris, the Outreach & Engagement Manager, is very happy to talk to anyone who wants to find out more about the various activities and events.

At the end of July Time Credits facilitator Nick Bird ran a workshop for Tenant Participation and Housing Officers from Wiltshire Council housing. They had lots of creative ideas for how Time Credits could be used by tenants and local groups.

The Spice Time Credits survey.was successful, they are really pleased with the number of responses and the feedback helps them measure the impact of Time Credits and continue to develop them. The initial survey results show:
.         New and different people are incentivised to get involved in giving their time
.         People are staying involved and giving time regularly

Remember you can see the current Wiltshire menu of spend opportunities at:
http://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/time-credit-menu.pdf

You can also like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/WiltshireTimeCredits or follow us on Twitter @WiltsTimeCredit


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Healthwatch Wiltshire are holding a Stakeholder Engagement Event

The aim of the event is to provide an update on the development of Healthwatch and then to work with partners on our key challenge as an organisation - which is how we work collectively across Wiltshire to build and share a coherent picture of health and social care services from the perspective of the user.

Each organisation in Wiltshire holds a valuable piece of the jigsaw, gained through its networks and activities. Healthwatch want to work out how best to bring these jigsaw pieces together, how to share the emerging picture and how best to act on the results without duplicating effort and building on what already exists.

The meeting will take place on Tuesday 17th September at Devizes Sports Club

For more details contact info@healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk


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Connecting Wiltshire Website Launched

Connecting Wiltshire is all about making travel simple. Simple to find information, simple to understand, simple to use. We want to help you find ways to travel that save you time or money, and improve your well being and local environment. Being stuck in traffic isn't relaxing, but a 15-minute bike ride can be, as well as quicker and better for you. If we all did this, not only would our we be looking after our beautiful countryside, but our air pollution levels would also drop dramatically.

As Wiltshire is a big, rural county, it's not always easy to get around using public transport, and so cars tend to be used more than in other parts of England. As a result we have  a problem with congestion and air pollution levels in certain parts of the county. Connecting Wiltshire is aiming to help alleviate those problems. We will provide better transport information and services so that whether you live in, commute to, or are just visiting Wiltshire, you can find out about alternative ways to travel that could save you money and time. We will also give you practical tips on using different ways of travelling to improve your health and wellbeing, and protect the environment we all live in.

We are funded as part of Wiltshire Council's successful bid for money from central government as part of the Local Sustainable Transport Fund. The money is being used for infrastructure and service changes and improvements, and all the information will be communicated through us, as and when they happen.

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Volunteers needed in Calne

The family-friendly Calne Big Green Bike and Hike event on Saturday Sept 7 needs more marshals please, to stand on the route at various points to help people over the road and direct people during the afternoon (1pm - 3.30pm). Even just an hour or so would really help the organisers.

The Calne Festival of Food and Drink is on at the same time, so come along and enjoy both - and help a worthy cause too. To volunteer please contact the marshal co-ordinator direct: tabor45@aol.com

To register to take part in the Bike and Hike go to: www.gocalne.org.uk 

Sue and Peter are involved in the organisation of the above event, so they also need a few volunteers to help man the Calne Environmental Network stand on the day at the start/end point in the Market Car Park (any time between 9am to 4pm, but especially to set up their  gazebo at 9am) - no matter how little time you can spare, it will be appreciated. The CEN stand will have a selection of Eco flyers, wildflower seeds for sale, and a grow-your-own section.
Contact stoneseeker@waitrose.com  or call 01249 823287 or 0775 408 2691.

What Matters To You?

You might be aware that every couple of years the council and all the other large public services undertake a large scale resident's survey to find out what people think of living in their area, what they want money spent on, what their concerns are etc. Last time they had 7,500 responses and this year we would like more. 

Would you be interested in helping them out but promoting the survey - it doesn't take much work promise!
 
Here is how you can help.
 
1.     Agree to put up some posters in your reception area or main places you have access to if you have an office or shop and perhaps agree to have a number of hard copy surveys with a free postal return envelope available for customers/clients/staff to take if they want to

2.     Have a feature on your website pointing people to an electronic version of the survey which takes only 10 minutes to fill out (we can provide an article and directly clickable link for you to use) There will be a feature eon all the community blog sites hosted by Wiltshire Council but you might know more local websites that are well used.

3.     Email your staff/contacts and encourage those that live in Wiltshire to take part (we will provide a sample email and again a directly clickable link to the survey)Email your customer/client/contact lists with an email from you asking people to have a go at the survey if they want to (again a directly clickable link) - we do not need to have site of any details or names - the survey is anonymous so we will not be able to directly identify any return unless they have entered their details as they want to be involved in future surveys etc 
 
If you can help then email laura.pictor@wfcap.org and we will put you in touch with the council research team or send you all the required TEXT AND LINKS  - the survey will go live from 2nd September and run until mid October. 
 
All the results will eventually become a public document so that you will be able to use them as well - if they get enough responses from your area then they would be happy to give you a bespoke set of results.

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What Matters To You?

Dear Resident,

Wiltshire Council and its partners are committed to developing and delivering services that reflect the differing needs of local communities. With this in mind I invite you to complete our resident's survey "What matters to you?"

A full report will be produced once the results of the survey have been analysed. The report will be publicly available on the council website www.wiltshire.gov.uk

I hope you are able to spare a few moments to complete the survey. Your comments and input are very important and will help us to shape the future of your local area.

Yours faithfully

Jane Scott OBE
Leader of Wiltshire Council

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Do you need a kickstart to get a project started?

Kickstarter is the world's largest funding platform for projects with a creative and innovative focus. Check out recent projects  - everything from pizza museums to air quality sensors! 

Every week, tens of thousands of amazing people pledge millions of dollars to projects from the worlds of music, film, art, technology, design, food, publishing and other creative fields.

. Kickstarter is a new way to fund creative projects.
We're a home for everything from films, games, and music to art, design, and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people like you. Since our launch in 2009, more than 4.7 million people have pledged over $763 million, funding more than 47,000 creative projects. Thousands of creative projects are raising funds on Kickstarter right now.

. Each project is independently created.
The filmmakers, musicians, artists, and designers you see on Kickstarter have complete control over and responsibility for their projects. Kickstarter is a platform and a resource; we're not involved in the development of the projects themselves. Anyone can launch a project on Kickstarter as long as it meets our guidelines.

. Together, creators and backers make projects happen.
Project creators set a funding goal and deadline. If people like a project, they can pledge money to make it happen. Funding on Kickstarter is all-or-nothing - projects must reach their funding goals to receive any money. All-or-nothing funding might seem scary, but it's amazingly effective in creating momentum and rallying people around an idea. To date, an impressive 44% of projects have reached their funding goals.
" There's just something magical about Kickstarter... You immediately feel like you're part of a larger club of art-supporting fanatics."
- Amanda Palmer, who rallied 25,000 backers to support her album, book, and tour.

. Creators keep 100% ownership of their work.
Backers are supporting projects to help them come to life, not to profit financially. Instead, project creators offer rewards to thank backers for their support. Backers of an effort to make a book or film, for example, often get a copy of the finished work. A bigger pledge to a film project might get you into the premiere - or a private screening for you and your friends. One artist raised funds to create a wall installation, then gave pieces of it to her backers when the exhibit ended.

. Creative works were funded this way for centuries.
Mozart, Beethoven, Whitman, Twain, and other artists funded works in similar ways - not just with help from large patrons, but by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers. In return for their support, these subscribers might have received an early copy or special edition of the work. Kickstarter is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the web.
" The most democratic way art has ever been made."
- Stephen Heleker, who raised $21,000 for his short film "Smoke"

. Backing a project is more than just giving someone money.
It's supporting their dream to create something that they want to see exist in the world. People rally around their friends' projects, fans support people they admire, and others simply come to Kickstarter to be inspired by new ideas. Some projects take longer than anticipated, but creators who are transparent about issues and delays usually find their backers to be understanding.

. Our mission is to help bring creative projects to life.
We're a for-profit company based in New York City's Lower East Side. We spend our time making Kickstarter a little bit better every day, answering questions from backers and creators, and finding new projects to share. If a project is successfully funded, we apply a 5% fee to the funds collected.

We believe that creative projects make for a better world, and we're thrilled to help support new ones. Building a community of backers around an idea is an amazing way to make something new.


Building a community of backers around an idea is an amazing way to make something new.
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RSA Become Critical Friend to Campus Project

Wiltshire Council is introducing 'Campuses' in all of its Community Areas so that local people have better access to - and more control over - their services.  Campuses are new or refurbished multi-use buildings that join-up different services and sectors.  It's hoped that the campuses will bring local people together to try new approaches to improving their communities.
 
Over the next three years, the RSA will be on the ground in Wiltshire, working as a learning partner with Wiltshire Council.  Our role is to challenge and support the Council and its partners to get the best out of the Campus programme, starting in Corsham and then spreading county-wide.  The results of this innovative programme will be of national significance. 

Public services are at their best when they develop the ability of people to meet their own needs, individually and collectively. To do this, services have to know what makes places tick and understand their special strengths and challenges. The RSA will therefore use the experience of the Citizen Power project in Peterborough, the Connected Communities programme and RSA 2020 Public Services to inform detailed mapping and asset weaving in Wiltshire, informing ambitious community and organisational capacity building.

To keep in touch with the project, please follow the RSA on Twitter @RSAWiltshire 
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Warminster to Show Exclusive Film Screening

For a year, they bought nothing and threw away nothing!

Now two Canadian filmmakers are 'Talking Trash' in Warminster with their documentary 'The Clean Bin Project'

What started as a personal challenge - a household competition to see who could produce the least amount of waste - has become a multi-award winning movie that is coming "home" to the UK this August. Director Grant Baldwin was born in Brighton and emigrated to Canada as a child in the 80's. He and his partner, producer Jenny Rustemeyer, are bringing their film 'The Clean Bin Project' to Warminster with a South West exclusive screening on Friday 30 August at Warminster Baptist Church Hall, North Row, BA12 9AD.

Talking about the film, the Trust's Community Waste Minimisation Officer, Emma Croft, said "The Clean Bin Project is a refreshingly comedic documentary about a regular couple and their quest to answer the question 'is it possible to live completely waste free?' I'm really excited that Jen and Grant are coming to Warminster as they will be around to answer audience questions straight after the screening."

The film features Jen and Grant as they go into battle to see who can give up consumerism and produce the least landfill rubbish in an entire year. Their light-hearted competition to refuse, reduce and recycle their way to the smallest bin is set against a darker examination of the large-scale environmental impacts of our "throw-away society".

The Trust is screening this film as part of its waste reduction project currently running in Warminster. Over the next few months, the Trust will be working with families, schools and the wider community to help Warminster produce less waste, in partnership with Wiltshire Council.

On Saturday September 14th, between 10am and 1pm, Emma will be running Warminster's second Repair Café at Warminster Library - please bring your broken bikes, electrical items including pcs, bric-a-brac and clothes and get help to mend them. At the same time, outside the library, there will be information on real nappies as well as plastic bag kite making!

The Clean Bin Project will be screening in Warminster at the Warminster Baptist Church Hall, North Row, Warminster, BA12 9AD on Friday 30th August at 7pm. Admission is free but please book with Emma Croft, Community Waste Minimisation Officer on 01380 736074 or via emmac@wiltshirewildlife.org Learn more and watch the trailer .....
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Safe Places is looking to expand into all community areas

Safe Places is a very simple initiative which aims to offer a safe haven to anyone who may need some unexpected support when out and about in society. 

How the initiative works is through shops and businesses signing up to be a 'Safe Place' and then displaying a recognisable sticker in their window to show they are a registered 'Safe Place'. 

Members of the public can then go into the shop or business if they need support in some form. I have attached some example scenarios to demonstrate how a 'Safe Place' may be used. 

Registered Safe Places receive a resource pack containing everything they may need to assist someone. 
 
Currently the initiative is operating in Devizes and Salisbury and Wiltshire Council are just looking to expand to some neighbouring villages around Devizes to establish if it would work in much smaller areas. The steering group has recently had a bid accepted from the Police Crime Commissioner Innovation Fund to roll the initiative to the remaining community areas in Wiltshire. 
 
A key aspect of Safe Places is that it is designed to be a community own initiative, the set up and ongoing running is minimal. The two areas already in operation will eventually also be handed over to the community with DCAP already showing interest in taking on the Devizes project. 
 
Example scenarios for Safe Places and possible solutions
 
. A child misses his bus home after school and his mobile phone battery has died, he sees the safe places sign and goes into the supermarket. He asks a member of staff if he can borrow a phone to call his parents to come and collect him. The staff enabled him to do this and then he waited for his mother to arrive.

. A woman became ill one evening when walking to her car after having been to the cinema. She saw safe places sign in a restaurant window and went in, the restaurant staff reassured the woman but unfortunately her health deteriorated so they called an ambulance. The woman asked the staff to text her husband from her phone to let him know she was going to hospital. The staff waited with her in the restaurant in a quiet area until the ambulance arrived.

A man with a learning disability and autism became lost when out in town with staff from the day service. He came across a building with the safe place sticker in the window and went in. He appeared very agitated and anxious and was rude to staff in the shop, they calmed him down and asked for his ICE card. He gave the card to staff and they called the day service number listed in the card for them to come and collect him. The member of staff also talked to him about trains which are his favourite thing and they got this information from the ICE card. 

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Link2Nature small grants fund

Link2Nature is pleased to announce the launch of a small grants fund kindly supported by Public Health Wiltshire to award to local community groups. The aim of the fund is to enable local groups to record and communicate their work to improve their local environment. The funds will assist groups in a number of ways including to:


.   record and communicate their work to a wider audience;
.   engage directly with the wider partnership of Link2Nature;
.   contribute to building an evidence base which can be used for future  planning.


Examples of projects which can be considered:


.   Setting up walking, cycling or other activity groups which utilise local green space for health benefits.
.   Setting up or supporting an existing survey/recording group which will provide biological records to the Wiltshire and Swindon Biological Records Centre (WSBRC).
.   An event which raises awareness of the work of the group and Link2Nature.
.   Equipment for enhancing the local environment e.g. wildlife gardens / community allotments / litter or waste event or activities.
.   Setting up a local environment action group.
.   Purchasing video or camera equipment to help document, record and promote the activities of a local group.

Link2Nature is now inviting local groups who believe they may be eligible for a small grant from the fund to send in applications. The fund will be open until the 31st December 2013 or until all funds have been issued as grants whichever is the sooner. It is hoped that all applications will be processed within 4-6 weeks of receipt wherever possible. More information can be found at the Link2Nature website.

If you have any queries about the Small Grants Fund or your Local Nature Partnership, Link2Nature please feel free to contact:
Bill Blumsom
Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Partnership Coordinator
Wiltshire WildlifeTrust | Elm Tree Court | Long Street | Devizes | Wiltshire | SN10 1NJ Direct Line: 01380 736095
BillB@wiltshirewildlife.org

Posted By Meril Morgan

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Vacancy - Partnership Manager for Devizes

The Devizes Community Area Partnership unites members of the public with voluntary, private and public sectors in seeking the best quality of life for people living and working in Devizes and the surrounding 17 parishes. It strives to be a catalyst and facilitator for local groups and bodies implementing the Community Area Plan. It also has a responsibility to consult with the public and other groups, updating Devizes Area Board with evidence-based views and expert advice. Aside from quarterly DCAP meetings, most of the work takes place through eight Interest Groups and the Steering Group (drawn from the Interest Group Chairs).

The Partnership Manager is appointed on a part-time (on average 10 hours per week) self-employed basis, and issues DCAP a monthly invoice for work undertaken at a rate of £10 per hour. It is therefore the responsibility of the Manager to organise his/her own payment of income tax and National Insurance contributions. Claims for travel outside the Devizes Community Area on DCAP business can also be claimed at 45p per mile, as can office expenses for such as postage, printing, and stationery etc.

Meetings generally take place in the early evening (e.g. 5.30 / 6.30pm) or in rare cases during the afternoon.

The Job
. Maintain a database of DCAP contacts (general and specific to each thematic group);
. Book venues for meetings and manage their proper conduct;
. Prepare and issue agendas for Partnership, Steering Group and Interest Group meetings, and take (and circulate) minutes;
. Manage financial transactions and maintain electronic (Excel) financial journals, liaising with the Treasurer as required in the Partnership's Financial Regulations (available on the website);
. In liaison with the Chairman, prepare a report from DCAP to be submitted to Devizes Area Board at least two weeks before each Area Board meeting;
. Upload dates, minutes, articles and other information to the DCAP website www.dcap.org.uk ;
. Publicise DCAP meetings (i.e. website, Devizes Gazette & Herald, Facebook, Twitter, BBC Wiltshire, Fantasy Radio);
. Respond to / forward emails received;
. Liaise with Chairs on ongoing work and projects and assist in the preparation of work plans;
. Regularly check the 'issues' section and 'consultation portal' of the Wiltshire Council website and pass on relevant information to Chairmen;
. Liaise with WfCAP (Wiltshire Forum of Community Area Partnerships) regularly, attending trainings and gatherings of CAP officers as appropriate;
. Liaise as necessary with the Community Area Manager to maintain good communication between DCAP and the Area Board;
. Prepare Performance Management information for the Steering Group on the progress of projects and outcomes delivered.

The Person

Essential qualities and skills:
. Access to broadband and a computer;
. Competence in using Microsoft Office software (or equivalent);
. The ability to manage one's own time effectively;
. The ability to juggle work for several Interest Groups;
. Excellent verbal, numerical and written communication skills;
. Knowledge of basic website maintenance (or the aptitude to learn);
. Flexibility of working hours;
. A passion for the people and places of the Devizes Community Area.

Desirable (but not essential) qualities and skills:
. Experience or knowledge of local government structures and working procedures;
. Committee process, and Minute taking and production;
. Principles of Project or Programme Management, and Financial Management.

To express an interest or apply please contact the current Manager, Peter Baxter admin@dcap.org.uk by 23 August 2013. It is hoped the successful candidate will be in post by early September.

Save money on your energy bills


You could cut your energy bills by joining the UK's largest council-led collective energy switching scheme - Ready To Switch. Wiltshire Council are in it with 12 other councils. The bulk-buying project lets every household in Wiltshire join with other communities in the UK, becoming a single powerful unit to negotiate cheaper energy bills. Residents are seeing average savings on a dual fuel direct debit switch of over £100 per year.

The next round of the switching scheme re-opens on. 6 August 2013. Visit the ready to switch website  for more information. If you want more information please call 01225 713433

Wiltshire Council are also looking to see how they can get small and medium sized businesses (SMEs) in future rounds. To register an interest, SMEs should email smereadytoswitch@wiltshire.gov.uk and we will get back to them as the scheme develops.

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Wiltshire Money launch new Strategic Plan


Wiltshire Money is the lead body for financial inclusion activity within the county and provides a strategic framework for local organisations to co-ordinate their work, develop collaborative partnerships and share lessons learnt. 

Essentially it aims to help people make informed financial choices and be in control of their money.

Our strategy 2013-2016, supported by two supplementary documents - our key demographics and our key drivers, has been developed and agreed by the steering group members. Individual champions have been identified to take forward action to achieve each of the six strategic aims.

Wiltshire Money Vision
To improve the quality of life of those in economic need through improved financial capability and better access to free money advice, financial products and services.


https://sites.google.com/site/wiltshiremoney/home

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RSA recruiting Wiltshire Project Officer

A unique opportunity for a skilled, adaptable policy & research professional to work in Wiltshire with one of the country's leading public policy institutions, combining your skills & local knowledge with the cutting edge skills of your RSA colleagues to make a positive difference to people's lives in Wiltshire.

The RSA is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative practical solutions to today's social challenges. Through its ideas, research and 27,000-strong Fellowship it seeks to understand and enhance human capability so we can close the gap between today's reality and people's hopes for a better world.

The new role will support research and policy development in Wiltshire, as part of a three year learning partnership between Wiltshire Council and the RSA. Wiltshire Council is introducing 'Campuses' in all of its Community Areas so that local people have better access to - and more control over - their services.? It's hoped that the campuses will bring local people together to try new approaches to improving their communities. The RSA brings expertise in social network analysis, public service re-design, citizen engagement and public-private collaboration. The new post holder will be expected to have relevant skills and knowledge in these areas, and to have shown a strong interest in community development, governance and public service reform.

You will be an efficient organiser, a clear communicator and a resourceful problem-solver who knows how to mix autonomy and initiative with collaboration and planning. Your knowledge of, and commitment to public services, social action and community development will be demonstrated by work experience or voluntary action that has seen you undertake complex research and policy projects. You will have a high degree of professionalism, self-motivation and self-direction and will enjoy working across sectors and disciplines.

The successful candidate will need to be able to begin in post shortly after appointment.

How to apply

To apply for this position please download the job description and person specification document from the RSA website - link below - and send your CV and a covering letter clearly addressing how you meet the criteria for the role as set out in the person specification to recruitment@rsa.org.uk. Please also state your current salary and where you saw this advertised (for recruitment monitoring purposes). You may address your covering letter to Paul Buddery.

£20,606 - 24,413 per annum (commensurate with skills and experience) + benefits

Fixed term for six months, based in Wiltshire

Up to 35 hours per week; job share considered

The deadline for completed applications is Midnight on Sunday 21 July. Interviews are expected to take place on Wednesday 7 August. Please note that we are unable to accept late applications.

The RSA is committed to being an equal opportunities employer.

Registered as a charity in England and Wales no. 212424 and in Scotland no. SC037784

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SEACS Low Carbon Workshop Summary

Participants started by identifying what they would like to do, with a range of suggestions covering renewable energy projects, as well as fuel poverty and energy efficiency, improved public transport, awareness raising and policy change. There were also some excellent examples of communities already taking action on community energy, joint fuel purchasing, local shops working together etc, with support from local low carbon groups, as well as the CAPs. However, there was still a need for funding, more supportive policies, land and other resources.  The flip chart notes are available on request.
 
Follow up - Low Carbon Action

  • The Rural Community Energy Fund.  Government fund to support rural communities (defined as all Wiltshire) in developing renewable energy projects. Up to £150,000 for feasibility and pre-planning costs.
  • PlanLoCal.  Resources developed by the Centre for Sustainable Energy, including a large model  available for hire for use in public consultation. Wiltshire Council may be able to cover  hire costs.
  • Examples of action: It was clear from the discussion that there is already considerable expertise and experience of low carbon community action in the county.  Wiltshire Council is planning how best to support sharing this experience, for example through provision of   case studies. 

Please also take a look at Wfcaps Green Homes Project under the Projects tab of this website. This can be supported by the Wiltshire Green Doors initiative.  The website and materials can be used by any Wiltshire group.

Project Officer - SEACS Energy Ambassador
Economy & Regeneration | Wiltshire Council | County Hall | Trowbridge | BA14 8JD. e:   jane.laurie@wiltshire.gov.uk    t:01225 713771      m: 07789 273108

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Passenger Survey - Help Needed on July 23rd

We've been approached by Wiltshire Council to help - handing out survey forms to travellers on eight departures of trains to London and via Bristol, learning about how those people travelled to the station to board the train.


* It will it provide really useful data to the council, and also to the rail partnership and community teams; we live in a time when train and bus services will be changing in coming years (some as early as this winter) and the data will help provide a better understanding of the flows via Chippenham, which are significant.   Many of the users of Chippenham use it as a railhead from MELKSHAM, from MALMESBURY, from CORSHAM and from CALNE - and we all need an up to date picture of that pattern to make best use of resources in the future.

* Helping will also establish our community inputs into such work.  We've already shown considerable community input by filling trains to Weymouth (again last bank holiday, watch for next bank holiday), through our coordination meetings in Westbury (next meeting - 19th October, The Laverton, Westbury - is it in your diary?)

Please think "Out of the box" for this one ... would your employer be prepared to sponsor the sessions by letting you be in late that morning?   Good transport links are good for businesses ... 94% of businesses in our 2011 survey said that a [transwilts] improvement would make a significant difference, so you should be pushing on an open door.

Any questions ... please contact Graham Ellis 
graham@twcrp.org.uk
Press and publicity
TransWilts Community Rail Partnership 
48, Spa Road, Melksham
Wilts
SN12 7NY  
0845 459 0153

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WfCAP want to nominate you for the VCS awards!


The Wiltshire VCS Awards scheme is designed to recognise good practice and good performance, encourage sharing of success stories and to celebrate the many excellent and innovative things happening in the county.

Are you working on something exceptional or innovative that is helping to transform the lives of people in Wiltshire?  Are you proud to share the work you are doing with others?  If so, we are keen to hear from you, spread the message and celebrate!

This is the fourth year of the Wiltshire VCS Awards scheme, which has been designed to recognise good practice and good performance, encourage sharing of success stories and to celebrate the many excellent and innovative things happening in the county.  There will be an evening Awards Ceremony, where results will be announced and awards presented.  There will be a chance to hear inspiring speakers, great stories from participants and an opportunity to talk to others in a relaxed and enjoyable environment.

There are seven award categories:

Creative partnership working in communities;
Improving the quality of life for people in Wiltshire;
Best community initiative nominated by an Area Board;
Community leadership;
Young volunteer of the year
Volunteer of the year
Employer demonstrating support for local communities

More details on the link below but WfCAP are keen to put in nominations on the CAPs' behalf - please so suggest some projects to us and we'll put the nomination papers together.

The deadline is Friday 12th July so please get in touch with us asap.

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WfCAP Community Fayre


The event will celebrate the work already happening in our communities as well as providing an opportunity to learn more about sustainability, social mapping, economy, tourism and the heritage of Wiltshire.  Our keynote speaker is ffinlo Costain, talking on Renewable Energy Options for Wiltshire plus there will be sessions run by Hidden Britain, The RSA, Lackham College, Wiltshire Heritage Museum.  They'll also be stalls, demonstrations and activities making for an informal day in the beautiful, rural surroundings of Lackham House. 

The event is free and open to all.  We'll be providing lunch and refreshments plus the bar will also be open in the afternoon.  They'll be the chance to try something different and play croquet on the lawn! - thanks to the Kington Langley Croquet Club.  We've organised a plant & seed swap plus we're encouraging people, in the community spirit, to bake a cake for our afternoon cake share.   

As places are limited we're asking people to please use the link below to register. 

We really hope you'll be able to make it and look forward to seeing you there
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Wiltshire People First Training

Co-tutored by an experienced trainer with learning difficulties, this course will raise awareness of the needs of people with learning difficulties, help you understand your responsibilities under the Equality Act and give practical advice on how to communicate better with people. 


30th May 2013 
Time: 1:00pm-4:00pm
Lunch from 12:30pm.

The Independent Living Centre, Semington.

To book a place or for more information contact Abi Steady on 01380 871900 or at: abi.steady@wiltshirepeople1st.org.uk or use the booking form on the link below

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A 'MINI-SWISH' and 'SOCKTOPUS' MAKING


The event is run in conjunction with Make It Better and takes place from 10.00am - 12.00pm on Wednesday 29th May.

Bring along any clean children's clothes or shoes, in good repair, to swap for lots of lovely 'new' things!

To entertain the kids while you are browsing, they will also be making 'Socktopusses'.

The 'swish' is at Gallery at the Athenaeum, 18-20 High Street, Warminster, BA12 9AE

Entry is at least one item plus donation to Naomi House Children's Hospice.

For more information or to drop off items prior to the event, please contact Emma Croft, Community Waste Minimisation Officer on 01380 736074 or emmac@wiltshirewildlife.org

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Could You Help a Low Energy Project?

This will reveal areas for energy improvements as well building our own local experience to share. 

This is an important project that is being directly supported by a number of professional members on a voluntary basis.  However, due to an unexpected family commitment the project's coordinator needs to urgently hand this task over to someone else.  We are looking for someone who is not an expert but shares our concerns and enthusiasm about energy efficiency and CO2 reduction, and would be prepared to help us with coordinating this short term project. 

If you are interested in helping this project please contact Peter Baxter Partnership Manager
DEVIZES COMMUNITY AREA PARTNERSHIP
01380 816183 
07734 483883 
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What do you think about Health and Social Care in the Pewsey Area?

There are four evening events taking place across the community area in May!
The Pewsey Community Area Partnership's Health and Social Care Forum aims to gather information about all aspects of health provision and wellbeing in our community and this information is used to construct a plan for our area. Given the extensive changes that have and are occurring in Health Care nationally and locally, we wish to reach out to our community again for their views, concerns, complaints, queries and aspects where they are content with the service they receive; this is vital since the last public consultation happened back in 2002. Once we have gathered the information given to us from these evenings we will review and revise the Community Plan accordingly. This in turn will tell the Area Board where to support funding applications or to lobby for service improvement. We also intend to feed this information to as many agencies as possible, giving them a source of public input, which they may not otherwise have access to.
 The events are as follows:-
 Upavon Village Hall - 21st May at 7pm
 Burbage Village Hall - 23rd May at 7pm
 Pewsey - Bouverie Hall - 28th May at 7pm
 Bedwyn Village Hall - 29th May at 7pm
 For more details please contact Dee Nix Chair - Pewsey Community Area Partnership
 Health and Social Care Forum 07765255706 Email dee.marrable@tiscali.co.uk
Background
Community Area Partnerships have developed in Wiltshire over a number of years and aim to be a co-ordinated voice of the community and a key local group for Parish Councils, representatives of businesses, the voluntary sector, local people and community leaders to carry out consultations, to debate local issues and to prioritise community needs. The Community Area Plan, and its updates, are central to the Partnership's activity and remain its mandate for local action. The Pewsey Area Board looks to the Community Plan when allocating grants to ensure that money is going towards projects that work to addressing some of the issues highlighted.
 The Area Board, as necessary as it is, is not independent; it is run by the Council and it does not write a Community Plan. PCAP ensures that the Plan is reflective of the issues within its area and if the Area speaks collectively, for matters that affect a number of areas, it is far louder voice - and more likely to receive funding for those important issues - as opposed to one parish whose voice may not be heard.
We work closely with the Pewsey Area Board to ensure that their work and investment is focused where local people need it most.v
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Salisbury Green Doors Open Day - May 18th and 19th

Green Doors 18th/19th May.

The first Green Open Homes event in Wiltshire will take place in Salisbury, Wilton and the surrounding villages on the weekend of May 18th and 19th. Up to 10 low energy homes from new-build eco-homes to retrofitted older houses will open their doors to visitors and share their experience of energy saving. Similar events have been held elsewhere in the UK, and have proved very effective in stimulating action among visitors. The event is organised by Wilton Community Land Trust, working closely with South Wiltshire Agenda 21 and other local organisations, and supported by Wiltshire Council. There are all sorts of ways to get involved, whether by putting your own home forward for inclusion, by volunteering to help beforehand or on the weekend itself, or even organising a related event. In return, you'll get a behind the scenes glimpse of energy saving action, be invited to the launch and maybe meet some new friends... If you'd like to find out more, please phone07506283689 or contactsouthwiltshiregreendoors@gmail.com .

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Amesbury Community Area are looking for a coordinator

  
Do you have good communication skills and the ability to work with a wide range of people? 

A highly motivated, dynamic and enthusiastic person is required to help coordinate community planning and related initiatives in the Amesbury Community Area.

The job will include consultation with the community, working with local residents, voluntary groups and councillors and instigating projects to address local issues.

The position will be on a self-employed basis
Hours: 16 per week (varied week-to-week and requiring evening and weekend working).  
Temporary Position for a 10 week project
Location: Across the community area.  
Fee: £13 per hour

For more information contact : 
Karen Linaker, Amesbury Community Area Manager on 01722 434697


Deadline for applications is: 10th May 2013
Interviews are scheduled for : 20th May 2013

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English Heritage Angel Awards 2013 Now Open

The English Heritage Angel Awards are for people or groups who have rescued a historic building, place or landmark at risk 
 
The Telegraph newspaper will be featuring interesting entries on their website and everyone who sends in an application or nomination will be entered into a prize draw. Chosen at random, one applicant will receive a break in an English Heritage Holiday Cottage of their choice see: www.english-heritage.org.uk/holiday-cottages. A second applicant will have a short film made about their rescue project by a professional production company and the first 50 applicants will receive a signed copy of my new book - "Men from the Ministry - How Britain Saved Its Heritage". 
 
You'll be giving those you nominate the chance of national recognition for their hard work which will help attract funding and volunteers. Previous shortlisted applicants have hugely enjoyed attending the gala awards ceremony at the Palace Theatre in London and have felt that entering the Angels was far more rewarding - and enjoyable - than they could possibly have foreseen. You will also be helping to bring greater attention to the nation's heritage at risk.
 
The deadline for applications to this year's Angel Awards is Sunday 5th May 2013 with the Angels award ceremony to be held at the Palace Theatre on Monday 21st October.  Put the date in your diaries now!

Award Categories
 
The English Heritage Angel Awards are for:
 
- the best rescue or repair of a historic place of worship
- the best rescue of a historic industrial building or site
- the best craftsmanship employed on a heritage rescue, and
- the best rescue of a listed building, scheduled monument, registered garden, landscape or battlefield, protected wreck or conservation area.  
 
Previous entrants said:

"We found the experience of being entered into the Angel Awards a very uplifting time. We had not realised how important the work we did was to the wider community."
 
St Andrew's Church Committee, Ulrome, East Yorkshire
 
"Attending the awards ceremony was inspiring. Great to see so many others who were facing similar issues and yet managing to overcome them."
 
Ian Douglas, Dewar's Lane Granary
 
To be eligible for the Awards, the heritage site must be designated as nationally significant, and be, or have been at risk. The rescue project must have been completed since 2008, or currently be well underway. 
 
Lots more information, including the all-important application form and details on the eligibility criteria, can be found here: www.english-heritage.org.uk/caring/angel-awards/English-Heritage-Angel-Awards
 
If you're not sure if your site's eligible, or if you have any questions email: angels@english-heritage.org.uk

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Your Community Could Take On Local Assets

Wiltshire Council is keen to support community ownership of assets and is bringing together local voluntary and community groups, local businesses and other private landowners to build a constructive partnership to support an increase in the number of community assets. In addition to this:

Wiltshire Council's Community Area Strategies (part of the Core Strategy) capture some of the current and future infrastructure requirements in each community area and Neighbourhood Plans provide an opportunity to consider this in more detail. The council will work with communities to build a shared understanding of the community's needs, ambitions and capacities to see how these can be met in future.
Wiltshire Council's Area Boards are overseeing the work of the shadow Community Operation Boards, which bring together public sector partners and will set out the intentions for publicly owned buildings in each community area. This allows community ownership to be considered as part of the process. The community is the real owner of public buildings with Wiltshire Council (or other public sector owners) acting as a steward for the property to ensure it continues to benefit the community.
Wiltshire's Area Boards will consider applications for grants to explore the feasibility of the development of Community Assets where this meets identified community needs.
In addition to direct support from the council, Wiltshire Community Land Trust (Wiltshire CLT) has been set up to help community groups take on the ownership and management of assets, such as affordable housing, workspace, land for growing food and for recreation, wildlife reserves, pubs, shops and a range of community facilities and local services. Wiltshire CLT works with Community First and national organisations such as the national CLT network and Locality to ensure that community groups get the right support and advice.

Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire CLT have produced a community ownership of assets toolkit setting out the various tools available for increasing community ownership of assets.


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WfCAP Photomarathon2!

Photomarathon2 has been launched to promote our forthcoming community event entitled 'Value Where You Live'

The competition is open to anyone - click below for full details and how to register ...


Improving the Nature of the Marlborough Downs


We would be very grateful if you could take a moment to take part in our survey by competing this easy to fill questionnaire.
It takes less than 3 minutes and you will have the chance to enter our free prize draw and win £100 worth of vouchers to spend in a local Marlborough Downs country store of your choice.
The closing date for entry to the competition is 30 April. 

Thanks very much for helping us make the Marlborough Downs at better place for people and wildlife

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/MarlboroughDowns

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Melksham's Future Waterways - A Legacy from the past.

Wednesday 24th April,7.30pm at MELKSHAM  ASSEMBLY HALL

Film and presentation of the progress in restoring the 58 miles of the Wilts & Berks canal. - Film of Canal History and Restoration - Plans and discussion of the opportunities for Melksham with the proposed link from Semington to the river Avon.  Plan.App.No W/12/01080
 
Melksham Trust together with Melksham Community Area Partnership and the local W&B Canal Branch are pleased to host a second promotion of this exciting proposal by the Wilts & Berks Canal Trust. Presentations by: Wiltshire, Swindon & Oxfordshire Canal Partnership; Melksham, Calne, and Chippenham W&B Canal Branch; Wiltshire Youth Canoe Club; Kennet & Avon Canal Trust; Canal & River Trust; and others. Tel. 01225 708306 for any further information.

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Lloyds TSB Foundation has funding for Wiltshire Charities

 
The Foundation welcomes interest from charities whose work enables disadvantaged people to play a fuller role in their community. This year the Foundation hopes to award two grants across the Wiltshire area. The majority of funding from the Foundation goes towards covering charities' core costs such as salaries, overheads, rents and project costs. Charities wishing to find out if they are eligible for funding should visit the Foundation's website: http://www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.uk and take the short eligibility questionnaire or call 0870 411 1223.
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Salisbury Green Fayre April 27th 2013

Would you like to learn how to live a greener lifestyle?
Do you want energy saving advice?
Are you interested in environmental activities happening locally?  
The Salisbury Green Fair will be a chance to learn about greener lifestyles, local ecological groups and volunteering opportunities for conservation projects in the area.  South Wiltshire Agenda 21 and Salisbury Quakers have teamed up to provide a day of activities and information about how to help the environment and your purse with energy saving ideas.  
Family activities will include willow weaving, spoon carving, beeswax candle rolling and crafts from recycled materials.  A beekeeper will bring a demonstration hive and there will be honey tasting from around the world. There will be a Children's Quiz Trail and packets of wildflower seeds for those who complete it. 
Cooking demonstrations, films, local walking routes, energy saving advice and bicycle maintenance will be offered.  Bring a book to swap or buy Traidcraft goods, plants or RSPB gifts.  There will be a programme of short films to view throughout the day.
Refreshments will be available.  One lucky person will receive a "Bee Lovely" gift box provided by Neal's Yard.  
Participating organisations include: Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Walking for Health, Plantlife, RSPB, River Bourne Community Farm, Greenspace Partnership, Wiltshire Council, Green Doors, hOURCARS, COGS, Bike sURGERY, Agenda 21, Wilton Community Land Trust, Salisbury Quakers and Greenpeace.
The Green Fair is happening in Salisbury on Saturday, 27th April, 10:30am-4:00pm at the Quaker Meeting House, 51 Wilton Road SP2 7EP.  Entrance is free.  Disabled parking only at the back of the Meeting House.
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PIGs

The scheme is a partnership between Wiltshire Council's Rights of Way and Countryside section and the Wiltshire and Swindon Countryside Access Forum. Parishes can bid for up to 50% match funding, if their proposal is approved they then undertake the schemes themselves.

The scheme is open for bids until Friday 24 May 2013. 

If you would like any further information about the scheme please contact Mike Crook, Countryside Access and Development Officer, on 01225 713349 or email Michael.crook@wiltshire.gov.uk 

Information can also be found at www.swindonlaf.org.uk


Summary of 2012 PIGS schemes
.        Around 45 parishes and individuals contacted Wiltshire Council to discuss possible ideas, 38 of these had potential as PIGS schemes
.        Applications were made for schemes in 15 parishes, there was also a "group submission" for gates for 7 parishes from Wiltshire's Southern Area Board
.        13 schemes were agreed in principle, most have now been delivered by the parish councils: 

  • Alderbury (Alderbury to Whaddon new link)
  • Bishops Cannings (Replace 3 stiles with gates)
  • Burbage (Hard surfacing a route within the village)
  • Cricklade  (Hard surfacing a route within the town)
  • Hindon (Replace 2 stiles with gates)
  • Hullavington (Reopen a link severed by the MoD site)
  • Idmiston  (Hard surfacing a route within the village)
  • Market Lavington (Info board at new row MoD are proposing)
  • Poulshot (Replace 3 stiles with gates)
  • Steeple Ashton (Ditch works and surfacing route within village)
  • Sutton Mandeville (Repair a characterful small bridge)
  • West Ashton (Replace 6 stiles with gates)
  • Southern Area Board (Combined submission from numerous parishes to replaces stiles with gates)
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Does YOUR town deserve a Towns Alive National Award?


The Towns Alive National Awards are a recognised quality mark for best practice.

Have you saved your local library? Put on a festival? 
Worked with community groups and local authorities to start a Neighbourhood Plan?

Tell us what you've been up to and your town could be crowned a Towns Alive Award Winner! 

Enter the Awards now. Recognition in the Awards will help to secure funding, raise your town's profile - and provide a well deserved reward for your hard work.

Last year's Award-winning and commended projects featured in over a hundred local and national press articles. Several were even invited to a Parliamentary reception - and held up as exemplars of town projects!

For more information about the Action for Market Towns National Awards, and to download an application form and guidance notes please see: http://towns.org.uk/market-town-awards/towns-alive-awards-2013/

We greatly appreciate the sponsorship of the 2013 Towns Alive National Awards by the specialist ethical fund manager CCLA.

Delivery of the awards scheme is also supported by local partner The Welsh Government.

The deadline for entries is Friday 26th April 2013. However, we would advise you to submit your applications as soon as possible. 

For more information about the awards please contact: Anne Buchanan on 01633 411732 or by email to awards@towns.org.uk

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Launch of Link to Nature - Wiltshire and Swindon Local Nature Partnership

Securing the value of the natural environment at a local level.
The purpose of this partnership is to coordinate a new approach to protect and restore our local environment. The Government first introduced the concept of Local Nature Partnerships in 2011, and Link 2 Nature was officially recognised by Government in September 2012.
Partners attending the launch event were encouraged to consider the value and role of the natural environment, and consider how it can be embedded into local decision making.

Support came from key note speaker, Dr Tom Tew, Chief Executive of the Environment Bank, Leader of Swindon Borough Council Rod Bluh and Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member Toby Sturgis.

The Corporate Director of Public Health and Public Protection in Wiltshire, Maggie Rae, talked about the positive impact of nature on health and wellbeing.

To conclude the talks, Dr Mark Robins of the RSPB spoke about the importance of giving the environment a voice and how all sectors, such as health, business and the community, can benefit from working in partnership.

Link 2 Nature has recently appointed a new strategic board of senior leaders to champion the environment at a local level and is made up of representatives from a wide range of sectors.

Speaking as chair of the Link 2 Nature Board and on behalf of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust, Dr Gary Mantle, said: "The natural environment is vitally important to nearly every aspect of our lives, it underpins economic prosperity and our wellbeing.

"Without nature we would not have clean air to breathe, food to eat and an enjoyable environment to live in. A key challenge for Link 2 Nature will be to prioritise the challenges ahead and importantly help coordinate actions to ensure the environment is managed as a system and not in isolation.

The launch took place at the first Annual Forum of Link 2 Nature. Partners were invited to identify the challenges facing the natural environment and prioritise the greatest risks ahead.

The feedback will be used to inform and shape Link 2 Nature's Strategic Plan and a Work Programme to help support the actions needed to secure a rich natural world that everyone can enjoy.
Find out more about www.link2nature.org.uk

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Police & Crime Commissioner's Plan is out for consultation

The new Police Commisioner Angus Macpherson said "It is very important to me to gain the views of as many people in Wiltshire and Swindon as possible.  The draft plan includes key initiatives I want to see implemented and as well as being based on feedback from the public, partner agencies and others, such as the Wiltshire Police Chief Constable, it is based on commitments I outlined in my election manifesto." 

The final version of the plan, due to be published at the end of March, will set the strategic direction of policing in Wiltshire and Swindon and set out how the commissioner thinks crime should be tackled during my term in office.

The draft plan focuses on working with communities and partners and is divided into six main themes:

Reduce crime and anti-social behaviour
Protect the most vulnerable in society
Put victims and witnesses first
Reduce offending and re-offending
Drive up standards of customer service
Ensure unfailing and timely response to calls for assistance

The underlying theme through the draft plan is Partnership, Pro-activity, Prevention. 

The commissioner's job is "to understand the needs of the public in relation to crime and disorder and to commission services to address these needs" 

The WfCAP manager is meeting with the Police Commissioner to discuss how CAPs and Community Led Plans can help inform, assist and deliver on Community Safety objectives in Wiltshire.  The consultation is still open for a few more days until 10th March and we would encourage CAPs to submit responses also.  

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Administrator Needed!


If you are interested please contact Margaret Nightingale by email on   margaretan@tiscali.co.uk  by Friday 8th March or forward to someone who might be interested. 



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Recognising Endeavour in Tidworth

The Tidworth Community Area Awards event has been successfully run for many years and, for the third year running, will be held in the theatre at the the Wellington Academy on Wednesday 24th April 2013 at 6.30pm. 
 
This event is about recognizing endeavour.  Across our community area there are countless people working tirelessly and selflessly for the benefit of others.  Their achievements often go unrecognized and unappreciated as they are known only to those who benefit.  Whilst many prefer to help others quietly and with no reward, we believe that our community will be strengthened by knowing what is being achieved on a daily basis, and would wish to record its appreciation; it might even inspire many more of us to think about how we can become involved in initiatives or projects that interest us, or simply encourage us to take that extra step towards making a difference.

To find out more about this event and the award categories follow the link below.

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Trowbridge opens a pop-up shop on welfare reform in the Shires

Trowbridge neighbourhood partnership group have been busy arranging for information and advice to be available about the new welfare reforms and universal benefit changes. This will be available in the town centre in the old Argos shop in the Shires. There will also be people there to speak to who can help with questions about how this will affect many on benefits. The shop will be open from mid-March.
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Malmesbury Gingerbread Support & Friendship Group

A new local group of the single parents' charity Gingerbread is starting up to cover Malmesbury and the Villages. Single parents often say that the mutual support they receive from other Mums and Dads is invaluable. Gingerbread friendship groups are run by single parents for single parents. They allow people in similar situations to share experiences, make friends and support each other. Being part of a group can really help to reduce feelings of isolation, and help single parents deal with some of the issues they face, as well as offering a much needed chance to relax and have fun! The support a Gingerbread group can provide, really can be as simple as just being there for each other. If you are interested in joining the group, or can offer any help in setting it up, running activities for the children, or talk to the group about a subject that might be of relevance to its members they would really love to hear from you.
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Cycle Devizes Follow Up Event

Cycle Devizes would like to invite you to their first event of 2013.  They are meeting at the Wyvern Club, Church Walk, Devizes (large building opposite The Crammer) on Sunday 24th February 10am - 12noon.  The hall is warm and has good facilities.  Tea, coffee and juice are available on arrival (50p charge).  

Weather permitting they will lead 2 rides after the meeting to Woodborough Garden Centre (and its cafe), or part way. So please bring your bikes.  Bikes can be parked at the back of the building with CCTV protection.  If you are concerned about security, and your bike is dry, you can bring it inside to the skittle alley.

They will briefly explain how we can take Cycle Devizes forward together and increase your enjoyment of cycling.  

With the help of graffiti boards They will invite people to list their ideas for activities, offer any skills, help and let us know the type of cycling you would enjoy to join in or help with.  We want your ideas.  They will also share the feedback from our previous graffiti boards last October.  


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Trainee Community Organisers Needed


If that's you, you might be interested in becoming a
full or part time, paid Community Organiser.

Community Organisers is a government funded scheme which aims to train individuals who will work in local communities to bring people together, listen to ideas, build networks and support people to tackle the local issues which are important to them. 

Successful candidates will be resourceful, outgoing people with the ability to empathise and encourage and who have a range of practical skills, from one-to-one listening to supporting volunteers. They will take part in an exciting, accredited learning programme to develop skills and experience in Community Organising, commencing with a 3 day residential training course on 16-19th April 2013 (all expenses paid). 

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Social Housing Consultation

Wiltshire Council would be pleased to receive any comments, observations, ideas or suggestions on the proposed scheme.

Localism Act 2011 main policy objectives:
  • To enable housing authorities to determine which applicants do or do not qualify for an allocation of social housing within their district
  • To maintain priority for social housing goes to those in the greatest need
  • To make it easier for existing social tenants who do not fall into Reasonable Preference groups to move through direct allocations outside of the allocation scheme. Transferring tenants within Reasonable Preference groups will continue to receive priority under the housing authority's allocation scheme

Welfare Reform Act 2012 main policy objectives:
  • "Bedroom Tax" - From April 2013, working age tenants in receipt of housing benefit will have a reduction in their Housing Benefit if they occupy housing deemed too large for their needs.
  • Existing tenants who are deemed to be under occupying their existing home may apply through Homes4Wiltshire in order to downsize to more appropriate sized housing.

Initial consultation on the review has taken place at Wiltshire's area boards, with members of the community, parish council's and elected members and separate consultation with registered providers and operational staff.

The Public consultation continues between 1 February 2013 and 26 April 2013.

Following the consultation period, a final draft of Wiltshire's Allocation Scheme will be produced, taking into account the responses received. 

A full report on the consultation responses will be created. 

The proposed timetable is referral to Full Council in August / September for approval
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Your Safety Your Say

This Friday is the Wiltshire Young People's Community Safety Conference in Devizes Corn Exchange

To book your place please email either:-
tim.mason@wiltshire.pnn.police.uk
hayley.bambrough@wiltshire.gov.uk
or speak to your teacher or youth worker
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Public Consultation Event

The event is to finalise priorities for the Warminster Community Area Plan update and is being hosted by Warminster Community Area Partnership (WVCP).  Notice is hereby given that its AGM will be held during the session.  The event is from 9.15am to 12.45pm on Saturday 26 January 2013  at Warminster Civic Centre.

Following the survey questionnaire distributed to households in late October and online, over 900 responses were received by the mid-December deadline.  The survey questions were based on the output of the joint WVCP and Area Board consultation held in January 2012, and covered the eight pillars that underpin the Community Plan, such as roads and transport, health and social care.  It also gave local people an opportunity to add their views and comments.

The results of the survey feedback will be presented at this event on 26th January, and people will have the opportunity to join two themed group discussions from the pillar topics to confirm the major priorities to be taken forward for action.  Local views and input in this process is really valued as the Community Plan is the community's recognised statement of what it wants to see done to improve or maintain the quality of life in Warminster and the surrounding area.  The updated Community Plan, to be published in March 2013, will in particular inform Wiltshire Council of local needs to help direct future funding.  The event is also an opportunity for residents to consider how and where they can become more involved in helping to ensure that the Plan's objectives are achieved.

Places are limited and registration is essential.  If you would like to attend, you can register online via internet link http://wvcpconsultation2013.eventbrite.co.uk/.  For those without computer access please contact the WVCP Coordinator on 07403 914263.  We hope you can join us.

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Showing of Plastic Shores in Salisbury to raise Funds

Showing at the Studio Theatre, Ashley Rd, Salisbury, SP2 7TN on  Thursday Jan 24th 2013 at 7.30pm for 1 hour.

The aim is to raise funds for a shorter version of Plastic Shores for schools and other groups. This showing has been funded by Our Salisbury (SCCAP) so entry is free but donations will be accepted to raise the funds.  To see a trailer click here.

Please contact Pam Roquette 01722 334209

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Ice Warning to Dog Walkers from Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service

Ice warning to dog walkers

With the icy conditions continuing from the weekend, Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service is reminding people not to venture onto frozen water.

In recent winters, the Service has been called out numerous times to help dogs that have fallen into ponds, lakes and rivers. While there have been no such incidents as yet in Wiltshire, firefighters in other parts of the country have already been called upon to carry out such rescues.

Area Manager Jim Mahoney said: "Wintry conditions are great for sledding, but newly frozen water will not be thick enough to act as an ice rink. You can never be certain that the ice will be strong enough to carry the weight of an animal, let alone a person, so it is essential that you keep dogs on leads and make sure children are supervised."

If you see someone go through ice into the freezing water below, do not try to carry out a rescue yourself - call 999 and ask for the fire & rescue service.

Wiltshire Police has issued the following advice to anyone who has to travel in snow or icy conditions:
Keep up-to-date with the weather forecast and road conditions before you set off on your journey.
Check that your vehicle is roadworthy.
Make sure you have full visibility before driving, taking time to de-mist and de-ice all windows.
Use your lights.
When the roads are wet and icy, it can take twice as long to stop your vehicle so slow down.
Keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front.
In poor visibility be extra alert for hazards.
Carry warm waterproof clothing, a sleeping bag, food, water and a torch in your vehicle, in case weather conditions mean you have to stop.
Make sure you have plenty of fuel for your journey before you set off.
Use the highest gear possible to avoid wheel spin. Manoeuvre gently and avoid harsh braking and acceleration. If you start to skid, gently ease off the accelerator and avoid braking. If braking is necessary, pump the brakes, don't slam them on.
Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged.
Poor weather conditions mean it can be harder for drivers to see pedestrians and cyclists, so be vigilant and make sure you can be seen however you are traveling and wear high visibility clothing.

For information about road conditions on motorways and trunk roads, check the Highway Agency website www.highways.gov.uk. For information on weather conditions, visit the Met Office website www.metoffice.comv

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TCAF of Trowbridge consulting on new Primary School development

TCAF is working with the team leading on the development of a new primary school to be built in the East of Trowbridge and will be hosting a presentation and workshop event to update all interested parties on the project and get feed in to who the schools ought to be developed.

There will be a brief presentation at the next Area Board to be held on the 17th January but this longer workshop event is being mooted for the 28th January from 6pm.

Free Social Enterprise Support

Social Entrepreneurs Wiltshire are running the following free Social Enterprise Events at Community First in Devizes:

Legal Structure 16 January
Business Case 5 February
Funding 27 February
Marketing 19 March
Sales & Communications 16 April
Social Media for Business 14 May
Motivation 4 June
Finance & Cash Flow 25 June
Risk Management and H&S 9 July
Employment Law & People Mge 10 Sept

There is a registration survey on Survey Monkey, which explains about what a social enterprise is, helps people think about their strengths and weaknesses, and what areas they might like training in or help with - www.surveymonkey.com/s/SocialEnterpriseSupport  

Alternatively call/email for more details:
Glenys Armstrong TLI Programme Manager 01380 732805 garmstrong@communityfirst.org.uk

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Awards For All - Changes to this fund

Projects throughout England now have the opportunity to apply for repeat and on-going activities under Awards for All in a pilot scheme running until the end of March 2013.
Currently Awards for All does not fund on-going, regular or repeat activities, as the programme has focused on 'new' project ideas. However, in these challenging times they are increasingly aware of the pressures smaller groups face with rising costs and cuts to funding, and want to respond to this by looking at alternative ways of funding projects that support those most in need.
Following a successful six month pilot in the West Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber, we are now rolling out the pilot across England.
This pilot will open out the criteria to all projects where the applicant has an income of less than (or equal to) £30,000 according to their latest accounts.
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Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund for Communities

Supporting warm hearted people and projects.

We are looking to help small, local community based projects and community minded people through our GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund.

From January 7th 2013 to March 31st 2013 we are seeking to donate sixty
£300 awards to help people or groups with their community programmes.

Tell us what your community could do with £300.You may be a small charity or a volunteer group or just an individual. The GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund launches on 7 January 2013 so get ready to apply.

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Christmas Safety Event - Marlborough and Pewsey

Wiltshire Fire & Rescue Service  crews will be in the High Street, Marlborough between 0900-1700 on Friday 14th December. The purpose of this event is to highlight and promote to the community Christmas fire safety and road safety messages and in doing so support the Wiltshire Community Safety Partnerships 2012 Christmas Safety Message Campaign. We will also having staff visiting commercial premises to ensure that fire exits, etc. are not obstructed by excess stock and we will also be looking for potential recruits.

Crews would be delighted to meet with members of the wider community at this event.

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Funding for Children and Young People

Ernest Cook Trust offer a wide-ranging programme of land-based learning for children and young people. They give grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

Each year the ECT Trustees give around £1.6 million to support hundreds of educational projects throughout the UK. Click here to download a list showing a selection of recent grant recipients.

A large grants programme for awards of over £4,000 and a small grants programme for awards of under £4,000 operate throughout the year.

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Exciting New Sustainable Tourism Project - Nadder Valley Tisbury

The Project aims to promote the area as an outstanding place to live, work and visit, support local businesses, particularly during these challenging economic times, and help visitors and residents make the most of their time within the area. Deb is particularly keen to work in partnership with businesses to develop local projects to encourage people to stay locally, eat locally, promote the area, and support local producers and services.
Deb has been getting out and about the over the last few weeks visiting and talking to as many businesses as possible and distributing information about the project. She has begun to compile a directory of relevant businesses in the area to improve communication and promote marketing opportunities.
A Steering Group for the Project has also been established with  representatives from the business community, and an initial networking event for local businesses successfully took place in Tisbury in October to promote the project and opportunities.
Mike Pugh, Business Development Officer for the Forest of Bowland AONB in Lancashire, inspired participants by outlining the benefits of a similar project and what it has bought to the local economy, visitors and those living and working in Bowland. He also led a number of workshops which helped identify what opportunities might exist in the Nadder Valley.
The Forest of Bowland became the first ever protected area in England to have been awarded European Charter for Sustainable Tourism in protected areas and has won numerous prestigious awards.

To read more from the Autumn newsletter Click here.

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Government Cuts Red Tape to Make it Easier to Run a Charity

Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) - Government Cuts Red Tape to Make it Easier to Run a Charity
From 10 December charity trustees can apply to set up a new form of charity - Charitable Incorporated Organisations (CIOs) - which will make it easier for people to set up and run a charity and protect them from being personally liable if the organisation runs into financial problems. 
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Cheaper Energy bills for Wiltshire residents

You can save hundreds of pounds on your energy bills as the council has joined the UK's largest collective energy switching scheme.
The bulk-buying project will enable every household in Wiltshire to join with other communities in the UK and become a single unit to negotiate cheaper energy bills. It is expected residents could see energy savings of between £60 and £200 a year.  Click here for more.
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Community Assets Toolkit

Wiltshire Community Land Trust is an independent, not-for-profit organisation that offers advice on establishing local Community Land Trusts.

A Community Land Trust (CLT) is a legally incorporated, volunteer-led organisation that owns and manages assets for the benefit of a defined community. 

Contact -
Wiltshire Community Land Trust
Tel: 01380 850916
Email:info@wiltshireclt.org.uk
www.wiltshirecommunitylandtrust.org.uk

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Survey on Wilts World Changes and SEACS

SEACS and Beyond - Environment and Communities
Wiltshire Council is reviewing how it can best support community sustainability action, including the future role of the Wiltshire World Changers' Network (WWCN). Since the Network was established over five years ago much has changed, with new initiatives such as the SEACS energy programme and the development of the Local Nature Partnership. There was plenty of enthusiasm for continued networking and sharing of experience at the recent Community Energy workshop (for notes click here), and now seek more detailed feedback from everybody who has been involved over the years. Please respond by completing this survey by 9th December. It should take no more than 10 minutes and all results will be anonymous. Any queries? Contact jane.laurie@wiltshire.gov.ukv

Workers Education Association - WEA

Workers Education Association and Adult Learning
The WEA has funding for courses in Wiltshire. Courses can be tailored to the needs of local Groups or Societies, so if you have 12 or more people, who want to learn about a specific subject, please do get in contact. They have a pool of eager and enthusiastic Tutors who will deliver your chosen subject in an enjoyable and friendly way at a low cost, or sometimes free of charge. 
For example a group from Bishopstone got in touch and asked to learn about astronomy and enjoyed a 5 week course.
The Wiltshire Branch Programme offers opportunities to learn about the Arts, Science, History and Music, as well as more hands on subjects such as Computing for Beginners or Intermediates, and Digital Photography.
Contact Amanda Broomhill on 07787002231 or via email at abroomhall@wea.org.uk or click here for more.
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McDonald's KickStart grants

McDonald's KickStart grants
We've created a grant scheme for everyone who's involved in community football. With up to £75,000 available this year, we want to help you out by awarding cash grants to the most deserving clubs throughout the UK.
Want to get some much needed funds and invest in your club's future?
Click here for more.
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Compact Week 2012

Compact Week 2012

Thenational awareness week is an annual celebration, which takes place across England to promote and recognise the Compact - the longstanding agreement that sets out shared commitments and guidelines for partnership working between government and the voluntary sector.

The week engages voluntary organisations both locally and nationally, government departments, local authorities and other public sector partners working with the Compact locally or nationally.

To find out more about Compact Week 2012, please visit: www.compactvoice.org.uk/compactweek2012. 2012 REVIEW - AN INVITATION TO RESPOND

"The Wiltshire Compact: 2011 and beyond." was launched a year ago, with the public and voluntary community sectors making FIVE PROMISES about how they will work together, strengthening and improving those relationships to help make Wiltshire a better place for those that live, work, or visit here.

The Compact Board made its own promise that, after a year, it would review how The Compact has worked in Wiltshire.

To do that, the Board launched a three-month review period on 8 October 2012. Please take a moment to consider how The Wiltshire Compact has touched you and your organisation, and how it can be improved (because there's always room for that!) and let me know at compactchair@sky.com, or contact one of the many Champions on our Board, details on our website www.thewiltshirecompact.org.uk.

This review will be open until the first week of January, and we aim to report our conclusions to the Resilient Communities Partnership (on behalf of The Wiltshire Assembly) at that time. The feedback itself will drive what happens next, so do please get in touch.

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Laura's Transport Challenge

So Laura's diary has some interesting venues across the county and she believes she can get to all the meetings using, buses, trains, her bike or walking.  She claims to be good in rollerblades and also horseriding but parking for a fourlegged vehicle could be tricky! We will have to see! 

There is more than one reason for this challenge.  Firstly Laura would like to donate to her favorite charity Gua Africa as part of Lose-to-Win and secondly public transport is a hot topic across the county at the moment with cuts to public bus services imminent.

You can sponsor Laura and match-fund one of her journeys at http://www.justgiving.com/TransChallengeLaura thank you.

Now I admit the challenge is probably easier for Laura than me since she is a) a lot fitter than me and b) is based in Trowbridge.

I would not fair so well  I think but, in the spirit of the challenge I will set my self some targets. First getting from a village 3 miles from Pewsey and 1 mile from a main bus route to Calne for 7pm.  Second  my main journey to the office in Trowbridge from the same location.  We will look at how long it took to find the information and how accurate it is.

Laura will look at the costs of using her car against other forms of transport for the month and any issues she discovered.

If you want to join in then tweet us with your experiences: follow @Dawnofwilts or @wfcap_Laura and tweet using #TransChallengeLaura

Dawn

 http://www.justgiving.com/TransChallengeLaura

 

 

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wfcap photomarathon!

HOW DO I ENTER?
You need to email us at
wfcap.photomarathon@gmail.com

You need to tell us your name, contact details and where
in Wiltshire you live or work as you'll need to take your photos in your community.  We'll then send you your unique registration number along with the rules.

You have until midnight on 30th November to submit your entries.  Entry will be open right through November so you can still register to take part at any point up until the final day of the competition. All entries will be uploaded to http://www.flickr.com/photos/wfcap following 30th November. The wfcap forum will judge the competition and choose 12 category winners which will be made into a 2013 calendar promoting Wiltshire's communities. The images will also be part of a touring exhibition around the county during 2013. The entrant awarded best overall photo will receive a £25 voucher.

Photomarathon runs from 1st to 30th November 2012
Register now!

Click on the 'Read More' link below for more details and to find out the 12 words.

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Wilcap is Dissolved

On Monday 24th September at an EGM the steering group of WilCAP made the decision to dissolve the partnership.  A vote in favour was carried and the CAP wound up with immediate effect. 

Many of the Steering Group members are heavily involved with other community organisations on a voluntary basis including Parish Councils, Community Shops and the Eco Park and felt they did not have time to commit to the CAP.

Earlier this year Wilcap co-hosted (with Tapcap and the Area Board) a successful community event which looked at the JSA (Joint Strategic Assessment) Data for the area http://www.intelligencenetwork.org.uk/local-area-profiles/.  It is felt a more productive way forward in Community Planning would be to create networks across the Wilton area that bring people together on a task & finish basis to work on specific projects that address the issues highlighted at this event.  One of these priorities was the high levels of Asthma sufferers in the area and a couple WilCAP members will continue to work on this. 

The new Community Blogsite has been launched for the South West Wiltshire Community Area http://southwestwilts.ourcommunitymatters.org.uk/ and this will help in connecting the community and informing people of current issues and events.   

The grant funding that had been allocated to WilCAP from the Area Board will be returned and redirected to other community initiatives.

The WilCAP wordpress website will be updated briefly and then closed down.

Any organisation or indivduals living or working in the South West Area of Wilton, Tisbury and Mere who has an interest in working for the benefit of their community  by running consultations or undertaking projects identified by the Community can get in touch with us at wfcap.

Laura

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BEAM Bulk Buy Oil Scheme with community benefits

BEAM is a local initiative conceived in 2001 by two residents of Burbage near Marlborough to discover if it was possible to purchase heating oil at a reduced rate for multiple customers.

BEAM was launched in 2002.

Leaflets about the scheme were delivered to 790 houses in Burbage.

40 responses were received initially.

The aim was to get a good price for oil bought in bulk by residents of Burbage and also to bring some benefit as funds to the 10 local voluntary groups in the Village.

This model has free membership.  Those in the scheme are on a database.  When they ring up the designated supplier they are quoted a special price.

The oil suppliers in the area were invited to a "beauty contest" to see who could offer the best deal.  Butlers of Devizes won.

Oil is purchased by members at 1p a litre less than standard rate, but there is also a 0.25p a litre cash-back for funds to local groups.

BEAM keep an eye on the price of oil.

Initially they were purchasing 100,000 litres.

Ten years later BEAM has grown to 370 members, residents in other parishes like Collingbourne have joined.

The take up rate is 50% perhaps the other half using oil doesn't understand the benefits of Bulk buy.

BEAM switched supplier when an improved offer was made after Butler was involved in a merger.  They now buy from Ford Fuels of Membury who give cash-back of 0.5p per litre.

Once a member has got the "BEAM" price over the 'phone, they can then order - and delivery will occur within a couple of days.  Or they can decide to look elsewhere - there is no obligation.

The group now buys 500,000 litres a year which brings in cash-back funds of £2,500.  Of this some is taken up with administration leaving around £2,000 for the Voluntary groups.

The Voluntary groups bid for these funds by completing an A4 form.

The completed bid forms are mailed out for members to vote on.

The funds are allocated at the AGM in November.

£20,000 has gone to local Voluntary groups including the Primary School and the Surgery in the past 10 years.

The BEAM model is not the only one in Wiltshire, Community First based in Devizes run a bulk buy scheme that charges a £20 membership fee for residential properties and £100 for businesses.  However they do have restrictions on when you can buy and give no funds back to the Voluntary groups.

Another Village runs a bulk buy where they order for the whole village.

With rising prices it makes sense to "buy in bulk".

Trivia - You hear a lot about the price of a barrel of oil but how much is in it?

Answer - a barrel of oil is 159 litres or 35 gallons.

This presentation was kindly given by:

Dr Martin Hamer
Treasurer & Secretary
BEAM

Click here to view see the slides of the presentation

If you wish to discuss this model with Dr Hamer please contact us at wfcap.

Dawn

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Credit Unions helping people across Wiltshire

What is a Credit Union?

The definition is a community based cooperative owned and run by members offering loans and savings facilities.  The boundaries can be geographical, business based, or serve a social or religious group.

Credit Unions are recognised more readily abroad.

The seven principles are:
1. They have open membership
2. They are democratic - one member , one vote
3. They are equitable - offering fair shares
4. They promote self help
5. They educate members
6. They promote solidarity and unity
7. Based on a common concern and sustainability.

The aim of the credit union is to promote thrift by saving; the creation of sources of credit; the use of savings for mutual benefit and to educate members in managing their finances.

Members save together and can apply for credit.
Credit Unions are regulated by the FSA (Financial Services Authority)
They operate a compensation scheme so your money is safe.
They operate budget accounts where members bid for years credit for bills which is divided into 12 to smooth out finances.
Credit Unions create social capital through better communities and empowering communities' economy locally.  Investors are investing into their communities.

Services
. Savings Accounts where the interest is paid as a dividend which gives he profit back to members.
. Loans are available to members once they have saved for 10 weeks.  The first loan can be up to twice the savings and the second loan up to 3 times the savings.
. Moneyline is a fund for those in crises and in need of funds before they have saved, but members must save as well to qualify.
. A debit card is available which is pre-paid for use online or in supermarkets. 
. Cash-back is available from some shops.
. Repayments of loans are tailored to the individual's circumstances.
. Member's maximum holdings are limited to £10,000.
. Interest is 2% on monthly balance and capital is paid off to reduce the interest.


To Join
Members should live or work in Wiltshire. New members pay a £2 fee and provide 2 forms of ID with an address to protect against money laundering.  There are local collection points or you can set up a Standing Order.  The credit union is cash based so you do not need a bank account.  Members can save as little as 50p a week to build up credibility.

Background
Launched in 2003 the West Wilts Credit union now has 650 members with £200,000 in savings and £80,000 out in loans.  The three Wiltshire Credit Unions joined together to form the Wiltshire Community Bank.

wfcap forum recently received a presentation kindly delivered by Sam Selman President of West Wiltshire Credit Union

Dawn

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Safer Future Communities

Safer Future Communitites - Empowering local  voluntary and community partnerships.

Through Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise networks in each PCC area the Safer Future Communities project will support the setcor to highlight:

Local community safety needs and how these can be met

and

How the Sector's work can contribute to achieving this.

Safer Future Communities will engage with a diverse range of partners, including organisations that work to reduce crime and reoffending, antisocial behaviour, and that address equality and diversity, substance misuse, violence against women and girls and youth crime.

To find out more and how to get involved go to www.clinks.org/services/sfc or see the local network agency Wessex Community Action at www.saferfuturecommunitieswiltshire.wordpress.com

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Survey to stop supermarket

A recent survey carried out by Calne Environment Network supporters showed that the majority of retail businesses in Calne Town Centre thought any Tesco development on the edge of town would negatively affect both their businesses and the regeneration of the Town Centre. We are disappointed to have to report that Calne Town Council Planning Committee voted in favour of supporting the proposed application, despite the overwhelming evidence from many quarters that similar developments elsewhere have negatively impacted on both town centre businesses, and their character.

We are deeply concerned for the future of Calne's independent traders. However, things are in motion, and, although we cannot add more here, you can contact Peter Knight via CEN website should you wish to receive a pack with more info about voicing your opinions to the County Planning Officer regarding this matter, which has to be done before Sept 27 2012.

Calne Environment Network forms part of the Community Area Partneship for the Calne Area (Enviromental Theme Group). Please go to their website for more information and contact details or via the Calne Community Area Partnership website link.

Dawn

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Warm and Well Scheme for Private Renters and Homeowners

The Severn Wye Energy Agency, a local sustainable energy charity that works in the field of affordable warmth and the reduction of fuel poverty are the managing agent for the Wilshire Warm & Well scheme, the Local Authority approved grants programme and advice line. The scheme provides information on home insulation, energy efficiency and how to claim grants towards energy efficiency measures

Currently the Warm and Well scheme is offering  FREE loft and cavity wall insulation for all private homeowners and privately renting tenants in Wiltshire. This offer is subject to survey and funding. The Warm and Well scheme has also started to offer funding for Solid Wall insulation, with very attractive grants offered for all homeowners - some may be eligible to have this work done for free! This funding will run out at the end of September. Take advantage of these offers before the system changes and householders will be required to pay for insulation work.

You can find more information on the scheme on our website at: www.warmandwell.co.uk.

Dawn

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Wiltshire partnership NEET Reduction Action Plan 2012-2013

The plan also supports the local strategy and plan to Raise the Participation Age (RPA) to 17 in 2013 and 18 in 2015. The plan contributes to the delivery of commissioning priority one of the 11-19 Commissioning Strategy - supporting young people into employment and training. The plan has been produced in response to a 'Turn the Curve' report on employment and training, which was discussed and agreed by the 13-19 Strategic Board in February 2012

Laura
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FREE Community Development Training

The course will provide an introduction to participative, community-based research, aimed at people currently involved with assessing community needs and/or planning future action.
Who is this course for?
This is a one day course aimed at community activists and paid and unpaid workers who, within their ongoing roles, support the learning, development and actions of small groups and/or networks and who are interested in developing their skills, knowledge and understanding of how to use participative Research in facilitating informal community development learning as part of such work. Course Participants do not need to be generic Community Development Workers.

Laura
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High Incidence of Asthma

Progress is being made on this but in order to drill down into the data discussions with interested parties at Wiltshire Council and the NHS need to take place.  Clive upton is continuing to work on this project for the Area Board
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Foodbank donations Westbury

You can  donate non-perishable items such as cereals, long life milk, sugar, pasta, tinned meat and vegetables, soup, and tea bags. 

Donations go to the Warminster and District Foodbank, where they are packaged into emergency foodboxes for people in the area, including the outlet in Westbury. The foodbank provides emergency food and support to local people in crisis.

Dai Davies, chair of Crosspoint, said, "We wanted to get the local stores involved in this. If there's a 'two for one' offer, but you don't want two, you can donate the extra one."

www.Crosspoint-Westbury.co.uk

The mayor Sue Ezra in seeking to encourage us all to support people in the Westbury community and has sought to focus on the local arm of the Warminster Food Bank that operates from Crosspoint in Westbury. She was able to arrange with the Co-op to have a food collection point in their store. Food collected there and elsewhere goes to the Warminster Food Bank, is boxed into individual and family boxes, and then goes out to places in the community where people can access it.
When we launched this partnership between the Co-op, Warminster Food Bank, the Mayor's Office, and Crosspoint, we spoke with the Co-op's customers. Most of whom thought the idea of supporting people in our community who may be finding things hard at the moment to be a good idea.
If you are made redundant, are on low income, or on benefits, it can be very hard to survive, especially if you are suddenly presented with a major bill e.g. for the repair of a cooker or washing machine, or if children have outgrown their clothes and there is no spare money to replace them. People may be faced with the prospect of choosing between being adequately clothed, heating or eating.
We all like to think that life will trundle along at a happy level and that there will be no personal crises, but that is not true. Sometimes relationships break down and people can find themselves with no income at all for a period of time. It is in times like these that a food bank can be a lifesaver, however hard it may be for those in need to swallow their pride, admit they need help, and then ask for help.

We have been delighted at the response at the Co-op and elsewhere for the food bank. It is good, in these days of economic uncertainty, when no one really knows what lies around the corner to have this facility.
Thank you Sue Ezra for promoting the food bank which enables us as a community to help people in genuine need.

Dawn

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ACcerleraTe

ACceleraTe provides direct operational support to existing Community Transport schemes (such as community minibus schemes and Link schemes) wanting to expand their services (for instance by running new passenger services).

. Estimate in Wiltshire for individuals with limited access to a car is 44%
Wiltshire Council will need to make around £250k savings from bus service reviews during 2012/13.
. £330k per annum invested is being invested in community transport
. Accelerate service established using Department for Transport 'Supporting Community Transport' funding.

. Opportunities for Community Transport include:
a) the possibility of existing community minibus groups running services which fitted around their existing work (e.g. shoppers' services, 'campus' developments etc. using existing vehicles and drivers) and/or extending to provide services which could be accessed by the general public
b) the possibility of Link Schemes serving hard to meet needs not met by bus services e.g. transport to very local community amenities
c) the possibility of any CT scheme bidding for public sector transport contracts (e.g. home to school services)
d) the option for any existing / new CT scheme to develop their own ideas

Wiltshire Community Transport Development Fund

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Wiltshire Healthwatch

Wiltshire Healthwatch is part of a Central Government initiative and needs to be in place by April 2013  The national Healthwatch will start from October 2012 and will be called 'Healthwatch England'

Each Local Healthwatch will have statutory functions and operate as a social enterprise.  Wiltshire Healthwatch will deal with issues of Wiltshire residents, irrelevant of whether NHS treatment is taking place in Wiltshire or outside, i.e. RUH Bath, Great Western Swindon etc 

The role of Healthwatch is to:
o Influence
o Support
o Act as a watchdog
o Provice advocacy

Healthwatch must be representative of the local community and needs to build on the legacy of PALs, WIN and ICAS

Funding is guaranteed only until 2015 and there are concerns over this which they are looking to address issue.

Information and consultation events had been held prior to this meeting - click here for feedback of these sessions.

Group discussions were held on how the attendees felt Healthwatch Wiltshire should operate.  All but one person attending were against open tender to national organisations and felt a consortium of local groups was the way forward.  Within this option there were many considerations.  It was felt separate bodies within Healthwatch were needed to separate out the various roles of consulting, dealing with complaints and providing information.  It was agreed there is a real need for a core group of paid workers to provide professional, consistent approach and not put extra pressure onto local volunteers.

CAPs are thought to be well placed in the community to assist with Healthwatch by collating local knowledge on Health and Social Care issues and perhaps being the method by which Healthwatch communicate with the Area Boards?

All these discussions are still in initial stages.  wfcap will continue to attend and report back and inform of when meetings will be taking place.  If CAPs have Health and Social Care forums and champions it would be very useful if they also engaged with this process to share their knowledge and expertise and help influence how Healthwatch Wiltshire will work.

Here are some case studies of other Healthwatch organisations in England.

Laura

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NHS Stakeholder Event

Positive news from NHS Wiltshire.  Four of the five proposed Primary Care Centres have been established.  Waiting times have reduced to a maximum of 18 weeks over the last few years (15 years ago they were at 18 months) and the county has over 1000 more NHS dentists.

We are currently in a transition period with the NHS White Paper receiving Royal Assent and so will become an Act.

The structure nationally will be:

  • 10x Strategic Health Authorities
  • 50 PCTs (until April 2013)
  • NHS Commissioning Boards - 4 Sectors (Regional)
  • Local Area Teams
  • 220-240 Clinical Commissioning Groups

The Clinical Commissioning Groups will buy in services from National Commissioning Support Services. 

They will be responsible for:
. Primary Medical Care
. Primary and Secondary Dental Care
. Pharmaceutical Services
. General Ophthalmic Services
. Civilian, Military and Offenders

 

Updates on current priority NHS work in wiltshire:

STARR Beds (Step up/Step down beds) is providing 30 care home beds across Wiltshire as a 3 month pilot.  The idea is that these will be used to prevent people having to go into hospital for more minor issues.

Benefits:
. Cost to NHS estimated at £6k rather than £20k
. Patient closer to family and friends
. Still under care of their own GP
. Pro-active care to return to home (increased support nursing/physio/occupational therapy)

Dementia Care Pilot  Currently 8 month wait to be seen by memory clinic and assessed for formal diagnosis and treatment.  This can hinder effectiveness of treatment if not given early on in illness.

Pilot to be run across 5 practices in South Wiltshire until end of July where patients will be assessed by GP rather than memory clinic (wait down to 4 weeks).  So far 74 patients treated closer to home rather than memory clinic.  The idea is to reduce stress to patient at an already traumatic time.

End of Life Strategy An end of life care register is being compiled and there is encouragement for a change of culture to begin discussing end of life earlier.

Hip/Knee Joint Replacements  There are real concerns over levels of dissatisfaction following replacement surgery.  The pilot focuses on reviewing pre-op care and analysis to review whether replacements are necessarliy the best option for patient.

Laura
 

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Local Giving

Since 1991 the Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon has given out over £8 million in grants to over 3000 local community and voluntary groups. The Community Foundation is one of the South West's largest independent grant makers, helping local people find local solutions to local needs.

The Community Foundation for Wiltshire and Swindon has partnered with Localgiving.com to provide local community groups with fundraising web pages, guides and training, in order to assist organisations to continue to make our communities a better place to live. The benefits for the organisations include:
. Raise's profile with an online presence
. Automated Gift Aid (currently 25%) even if your not a registered charity
. Improved communication and relationship with donors
. 'Learn from the best' (training courses and sharing best practice)
 Localgiving.com is the brain child of Marcelle Speller a philanthropist who made her millions from the dot com market. When the company was sold in 2005 Marcelle then decided that she wanted to put her money and her mind to charitable use.

Localgiving.com did not come about until she attended a workshop at the 'Institute for Philanthropy' when she realised that she could use her skills to help local voluntary groups. It was here that she met Matthew Bowcock (Chair of Community Foundation Network) and they decided that by working together they could give the smaller voluntary groups and charities an opportunity to compete with the with bigger charities by giving them an online presence. This resulted in the creation of localgiving.com

Marcelle went on to appear on Channel 4's The Secret Millionaire in October 2010 where she gave almost £100,000 to five local groups.
Localgiving.com is more than just a site for fundraising it is a tool for local voluntary groups to use to raise awareness of the great work that they are doing and the benefits they bring to their local community and for connecting donors with voluntary groups in their communities.

The first year is free to the first 200 groups online in Wiltshire and a match fund will be available in September when groups on the site can double what they receive.

To all those groups out there wanting to make that first steps to becoming sustainable please Click Here or get in touch at localgiving@wscf.org.uk or 01380 729284 and ask for Pav Bains.

Dawn

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Free IT Sessions

Complete beginners or those wanting to be more adventurous can drop in from 10:30am to 6pm for one to one advice.

The Wiltshire Online team along with The Learning Curve and IT Can Help will be offering free advice and one to one support.

Those attending can bring their own laptops, smartphone or tablet or use one of the library computers.

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DCLG Structural Reform Plan

The plan sets out a new 18 month programme for the department that will deliver radical decentralising and transparency reforms that put citizens and councils in control of their communities. It is one of the first fundamental Structural Reform Plans for making departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition agreement.

The publication was Updated in March 2012

 

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Ernest Cook Trust Grants

Ernest Cook Trust gives grants to registered charities, schools and not-for-profit organisations wishing to encourage young people's interest either in the countryside and the environment or the arts (in the broadest sense) or aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy.

Since the ECT is a land-based Trust, work which encourages or ensures the continuation of rural skills and crafts is of particular interest to the Trustees. All applications are expected to link in with either the National Curriculum or with recognised qualifications.

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Free Funding Advice

Charities Information Bureau funding advisors are here to help. Qualified to provide you with free advice and guidance on all aspects of funding such as fundraising strategies, how to write successful applications, advice on trust funding, corporate funding, statutory funding, and charity registration, constitutions and regulation.

So far this year CIB have helped groups raise £698,330 for their projects.

The funding surgeries in Wiltshire are run in conjunction with GROW - Wiltshire's voluntary sector support service. A
GROW development worker can be available at the sessions to discuss other needs of your group, for example:
training, developing policies or supporting volunteers.

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Live at Home for Longer

With nearly one in five of the whole population expected to be aged 65 or over by 2020, Ministers are determined to ensure elderly, vulnerable people get the help they need to live independent lives, and can be safe in the knowledge that they won't get ripped off by dodgy dealers and fraudsters.

So Mr Shapps has given £51 million towards Home Improvement Agencies, who will provide help and advice including:

housing advice, including help to move to more suitable accommodation if needed
handyperson services, including small home repairs, home safety and security adaptations
energy efficiency advice; and
arranging for adaptations and home repairs to be made, including grab rails, stair-lifts and major work such as ground floor extensions.
These agencies also offer hospital discharge services - ensuring older people leaving hospital care are given the support they need to be able to recuperate in the comfort of their own homes.

For those needing adaptations to their homes an additional £20 million for Disabled Facilities Grants has been confirmed - bringing the total to £200 million this year alone.

Also announced is £1.5 million funding for FirstStop, which provides independent advice to older people looking to plan their future housing needs - whether in their own homes, or in care homes. This is in addition to work already underway to look at new and innovative ways in which elderly people can fund their future care needs without having to resort to selling their property.

And to plan for the needs of older households in the future, Mr Shapps has announced plans for councils to consider the needs of their ageing residents in their local housing plans, by planning the numbers of new homes built  to ensure they include features that meet the needs of older people, such as wider doors for wheelchairs and walk-in showers.

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More Money For Local Transport Schemes

At last week'sbudget-setting council meeting (28 February 2012) it was agreed more than £500,000 will be set aside next year for transport projects based on the priorities of local people.

This money will be used by the community area transport groups (CATG), which the area boards are responsible for. They consider priorities for highways projects in the community area and make recommendations to the board.

The moneywill be used for schemes that improve safety, increase accessibility and sustainability by promoting walking, cycling and public transport, and improve traffic management.

Cabinet member for highways and transport, Dick Tonge, said: "The community area transport groups have been a huge success helping make decisions based on the priorities of their local communities. We want these groups to make even more decisions, so local people are having a real input into what traffic and transport schemes are undertaken in their areas."

Funding for the CATGs has been increased by 40 percent to £500,000.

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Reduced Street Lighting

The new scheme will mean street lights are to be switched off for part of the night on some main roads where there are generally no properties or junctions. They would be switched off between midnight and 6am when traffic flows are low and there is less need for the lighting.

Reducing the time the 400 lights are on will save more than £9,400 per year at the current price of electricity. This could mean savings of more that £300,000 over the next 25 years.

The 400 lights are on the following roads:

.A3102 Greenacres Way, Calne
.A350 West Cepen Way, A4 Pewsham Way, A4 Avenue La Fleche, Chippenham
.A4 Corsham to Box
.A361 Caen Hill, A361 London Road, Devizes A350 Western Way (between Semington Roundabout and Countrywide Roundabout) Melksham
.A4 Pewsham
.A338 Churchill Way South and New Bridge Road, Salisbury
.A361 Hilperton Drive, Trowbridge
Temporary signs will be in place to advise motorists the lights will be turned off for part of the night, the scheme is due to start by the summer.

The council is also working with local communities to convert village lights to only operate for part of the night.

Dick Tonge, cabinet member for highways, said: We have had an excellent response to this initiative with many communities coming forward with schemes.

Many people feel very strongly that we should be saving energy for a variety of reasons. Some want to reduce light pollution while others want to help the council save money to protect other services.

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The Tour of Britain comes to Wiltshire

One of the biggest sports events of the year, which will be visiting Wiltshire and providing a great opportunity to promote all that is good about the county. The Tour Of Britain comes to Wiltshire on September 12th. 
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