Small Charity Week this June

Small Charity Week aims to raise the profile of small charities and will take place between June 13th-18th. Now in its seventh year, Small Charity Week has become one of the major features of the UK charity calendar. Events will be happening around the country to engage policymakers, the media and the general public to support in the work of the UK's vibrant small charity sector.

There is a theme for each day of the week ending with a celebration.

Fundraising Day is the perfect opportunity for small charities to engage with current and new supporters to get fundraising. Fundraising day 2016 will take place on 16th June.
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New Government Funding for Near Neighbours

The government today announced that £1.5 million has been awarded to the ground-breaking Near Neighbours programme to build relationships between different communities to address hate, fear, and the voices of division.

The Near Neighbours programme has received a third round of funding after two successful phases of funds from the government have been used to transform communities and promote the view that we can live well together.

The Near Neighbours grants fund has awarded seed capital worth £3.66m to over 1,120 projects. These projects have impacted the lives of 941,000 people and 71% of projects have continued to run after the initial seed capital was spent.

All Near Neighbours projects are designed to change hearts and minds by bringing together different communities within a neighbourhood so that they can work together on issues of shared concern and common values.  

In tackling voices of hate, projects work across a variety of pressing social needs and issues including employment skills, environmental work, homelessness, and healthy eating, with 53% of projects providing new skills to the unemployed and 33% offering important social support to refugees.

The latest wave of funding will be used to continue the work in communities by providing further support and grants.

The Small Grants Fund is expected to reopen for applications in late spring/early summer. If you have any questions about this, please contact your local coordinator. We are also currently hiring a Grants Coordinator to administer the Small Grants Fund. Learn more about the role here.

Source Near Neighbours website

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Free training in Bristol with FSI October 7th and 8th

The FSI is bringing free training to Bristol so that all small charities, wherever they are, can access the skills they need to become self sustaining.

Training sessions cover a wide range of fundraising techniques and back office skills delivered by experienced and knowledgeable trainers.   Each course has a market value of £325 per delegate place, course places are donated to small charities by the sponsors, donors, funders and Trustees of the FSI.

  • Venue Hamilton House, 80 Stokes Croft, Bristol BS1 3QY
  • Date 7-8 October 2015 (book one day or both)
  • Time 9.30am-4.30pm (registration from 9.15am)
  • Cost The training provided and all delegate materials are free of charge to FSI Small Charity Members and Associate Members.  However we require a £50 deposit to secure your booking, £40 is refunded to you on attendance and £10 is retained as a booking fee.
  • Multiple bookings  As demand for our training events is so high, we limit each charity to four places over the two days, and people from the same charity may not attend the same course as each other except for the half day workshops for CEOs and Trustees.  Don't worry, we'll provide you with a workbook and electronic copies of the materials so you can share the learning with your colleagues!

Please visit the FSI website to view a full description and apply for your place.

Are you a Member of the FSI?  If not you need to join prior to booking.

You must be a member of the FSI to book - membership is free to charities with a turnover less than £1.5m and we have an Associate Membership category for charities with a turnover £1.5m - £5m. View further information about membership eligibility here: 

Over two days, the event will offer full-day and half-day workshops in nine different topics.  Your charity can access up to four places at the event:

  • Trustee Role: Strategy Development
  • Trustee Role: Risk Management
  • Fundraising from Trusts & Fundraising
  • Community and Events Fundraising
  • Supporting and Managing Volunteers
  • Develop Your Fundraising Strategy
  • Developing Your Corporate Relationships
  • Developing Your Case for Support
  • Demonstrating Your Impact

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RURAL communities are set to benefit from a landmark ruling in favour of smaller rural housing developments.

It comes after two local authorities successfully challenged a government decision to exempt developers from providing affordable housing on developments with fewer than 10 homes.

Justice David Holgate quashed a number of measures following a High Court challenge by West Berkshire Council and Reading Borough Council on Friday (31 July).

Mr Justice Holgate made his decision regarding a joint Judicial Review in relation to a ministerial written statement which itself was made by housing minister Brandon Lewis on 28 November 2014.

In short, Mr Justice Holgate found in favour of the councils on four of the five grounds and has ordered that the relevant part of the National Planning Policy Guidance relating to the Ministerial Statement and all subsequent changes be quashed.

Therefore there are no longer any affordable housing thresholds and no vacant building credit.

The Rural Services Network (RSN), which gave a witness statement on behalf of its members into the legal proceedings, said it was delighted by Justice Holgate's ruling.

RSN chief executive Graham Biggs MBE said: "This is a landmark judgment which favours small rural housing developments, and thereby rural communities, the length and breadth of England."

The RSN had argued that the government's exemption policy could "decimate the provision of rural affordable housing because most sites in villages are small".

Mr Biggs said: "These planning requirements are the mechanism which delivers most of the new affordable homes in our villages. Without them, families will be priced out of the countryside.

"There is scant evidence that such planning agreements undermine development site viability and, where local authorities conclude it would, they can already reduce the burden.

"This judgment endorses our concerns."

In contesting the government's decision, Mr Biggs said the RSN was concerned not just about the processes through which the government's decision was reached but, more fundamentally about the impact of the decision itself.

Mr Biggs said: "We hope that the government will reflect on these issues and not appeal the judgment."

Developers already had the ability to negotiate the number of affordable homes that go on a site, if they could show it would bring into question its financial viability, said Mr Biggs.

Such local negotiations, with decisions taken by the local planning authority, were the right approach, rather than having a blanket rule imposed by central government.

Alan Law, West Berkshire's executive member for planning, said: "The decision to legally challenge the government on this issue was not taken lightly.

"The judgement handed down today confirms that the council were fully justified in challenging this policy change in order to deliver much needed affordable housing and safeguard funding for critical infrastructure such as education.

"This was a concern for the council and by joining with Reading it was demonstrated that this issue was a cross party concern."

Source RSN Online - image Western Daily Press

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£23 million to get more neighbourhood plans across England

Ministers today (31 October 2014) announced £23 million new funding to encourage more communities across England to get involved in neighbourhood planning, allowing local people to put forward and vote on their proposals for the type of development in their area, and where it should go.

Local people can draw up 'neighbourhood plans' that can be used in determining planning applications, and 'neighbourhood development orders' that grant planning permission, and vote them into force in a referendum.

Around 1,200 communities across England have already begun the process of neighbourhood planning, with 33 plans and 1 order having been approved in local referendums - a 100% success rate. The coalition government has so far supported more than 700 local groups with developing their plans.

Housing Minister Brandon Lewis said:

With more than a thousand communities across the country already involved in neighbourhood planning this government is giving local people a real say in shaping what gets built where in their local area, and encouraging much needed new house building.

I now want to take this further, to get more people and communities involved in neighbourhood planning, and the £23 million I am announcing today will help many more community groups to bring their neighbourhood plans into reality.

Minister for Communities Stephen Williams said:

This coalition government pledged right from the start to give people back powers to decide for themselves how to run their community and this additional £23 million for neighbourhood planning is another example of how we're delivering on that.

Whether it's allowing people to list a treasured local asset against sell off, encouraging share offers to buy the local pub or getting people together to decide what should be built where, this coalition government is shifting power back locally.

Neighbourhood planning - part of the coalition government's localism agenda to give more power to local people - allows people to choose where new housing and businesses should go, the size and density of new building and can give the green light to developments.

The funding announced today will help more communities become neighbourhood planning areas by:

  • providing community groups a further £1 million for grants during this financial year, in addition to the £4.25 million already awarded since 2013 - grants of up to £7,000 can now be applied for on
  • making available £22.5 million over 2015 to 2018 to provide community groups with expert advice, grant funding and technical assistance to get neighbourhood plans and orders from their inception to their coming into force following a local referendum - this is a 50% increase in the value of the existing support
  • providing £100,000 to enable groups to organise workshops on neighbourhood planning in their local area, run by knowledgeable advocates of neighbourhood planning and aiming to give communities the information and encouragement needed to start on a neighbourhood plan
Press release from the Department for Communities and Local Government.
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Pass It On Calendar of Events

"Pass It On: Harvest of Wandering" is the result of a creative initiative developed in Wiltshire over the summer of 2014. It collaboratively explored walking and mapping, how values are transmitted, and the use of digital technology in a rural environment. 


Pass It On arose from the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) partnership with Wiltshire Council on their campus development programme and sits alongside the partnership's Arts and Social Change initiatives. The RSA seeks to to support those developing, using or running a campus in finding creative ways of working.


Lead artist Dominic Campbell has spent the past few months talking, walking and exploring the lives and experiences of people living and working in Corsham and surrounding areas.  From Tuesday 16th to Friday 26th September, alongside an ongoing exhibition of artworks inspired by this exploration, Dominic has curated a full programme of workshops, walks and talks.  All events are free and open to all.  Click here  for the programme and here   to register for free tickets

The first events in the Pass it On - Harvest of Wandering programme are Tuesday 16th Sept. Ideas Club - Walking Change is an open discussion group in which artists working through walking in Wiltshire are joined by local walkers and academics to discuss what happens when we are walking. An informal exchange and a chance to share knowledge.  Join us at the Springfield Campus, Corsham at 7pm. A workshop, Mapping this Fantastical Future, is on the same day at 2pm. 


Other highlights include the Optimistic Supper on Friday 26 September at 7.30pmThis will be a fun and stimulating evening and an opportunity to hear about local community and arts projects, with project leaders optimistically pitching for your support.  Good food and good company, and the chance to make positive change.  The event will be held in Room 1 at Springfield Campus.


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Climate Change March - London

Whoever said people aren't interested in climate change!  Sunday's Climate Change March in central London on Sunday 21st September attracted around 40,000 people.   This is about four times the number that was anticipated by the event's organisers.  In Manchester, another 4000 or 5000 people marched round the city centre to rally outside the Labour Conference.   It was inspiring and powerful to learn later that we were part of a global demonstration including 400,000 in New York and hundreds of thousands of people in other countries.

Both UK marches were notable by those who were present and those who weren't.  Unless they were disguised among the many colourful costumed characters on the march, politicians were nowhere to be seen.  Neither was there much evidence of the media and, although we know that environmental and humanitarian groups like Oxfam, the Wildlife Trusts and WWF were involved in the event, their presence was fairly muted. 

Instead, this was a march that belonged to the unexpected heroes of the fight to take climate change seriously.   We heard from the student who fought a courageous battle to prevent the former Secretary of State for Education from removing climate change from the National Curriculum.  We heard from the Bishop of London, who spoke of climate change as a moral issue. 

I wonder what the decision makers in Westminster were expecting, assuming the march was on their radar at all. Perhaps they thought it would be a small group of hippies, a group of middle class indignants from Fulham, or a disorganised rabble with a very different agenda simply looking for trouble.  If so, they were wrong. 

In Manchester and London these marches belonged to ordinary people, local community representatives, faith groups and schools.      The mood was positive, the atmosphere friendly and welcoming, the message reasoned but impassioned.  Nobody spoke about their own rights, or what they feared they themselves might lose.  They spoke about the future we want to be part of, the need to cooperate, the planet we want to leave for future generations.

In a period of deep political cynicism, this march was a reminder of how the debate on climate change has come of age.  It is not linked to any political party or social agenda.  Despite huge effort expended by some to muddy the message, cast doubt on the science, spread discord, delay and inaction, the pressure for change won't go away.  Almost seven years of economic gloom and intense struggle to make ends meet have not stopped people from thinking about or taking action on this crucial issue.

The number and breadth of people and groups at the march is testament to the growing realisation that the future of our planet, our seas, green spaces and wildlife is not just an environmental issue.  This, as much as anything, is the reason why the issue simply won't go away.

Sunday's march was overwhelmingly positive, but if there was one clear negative message it was that people have lost trust in our political system to solve the challenge of climate change.  Harsh it may be, but there is little doubt that politicians are increasingly regarded as part of the problem.  This is deeply worrying, because change is a whole lot harder in an atmosphere of mistrust.   And if there is one thing we don't have on our side, it's time.

Climate change is here, it's real and it matters to people and wildlife.  The UK is ideally placed to lead Europe and the world in taking steps to end our addiction to fossilised carbon.   We need urgent action and we need it now.   If the mainstream political parties are to avoid being punished at the ballot box, they need to wake up and take notice.  

Written by

Harry Barton (CEO of Devon Wildlife Trust), Stephen Trotter (Director The Wildlife Trusts England) and Dr Gary Mantle CBE (CEO of Wiltshire Wildlife Trust)


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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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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 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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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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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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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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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: 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:
If you're not sure if your site's eligible, or if you have any questions email:

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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:

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

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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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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: 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, or contact one of the many Champions on our Board, details on our website

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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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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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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Transition Foundation funding for websites

Funding of up to £18,000 to cover the strategy, design, build, content strategy, training, QA and launch of a new mobile optimised website, with sophisticated marketing, fundraising, appeals, social media, e-commerce and website management tools. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis

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