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VAS information digest

12th August 2016

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Change 4 Life - 10 Minute Shake Up Activities

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British sporting champions Tom Daley and Becky Adlington are encouraging children to ‘just keep moving’ this summer, as they launch nationwide interactive family swim sessions and a brand new 10 Minute Shake Up campaign – all inspired by the new Disney·Pixar blockbuster, Finding Dory.

The joint Disney, Change4Life and the Amateur Swimming Association (ASA) campaign launches family swim sessions at hundreds of pools across the UK as well as new 10 Minute Shake Up activities, in a bid to make exercise fun and help children get the 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity they need each day.

The Finding Dory inspired swim sessions, which are co-created with the ASA and run from 22 July until 4 September, will provide an hour of in-water storytelling for the whole family, teaching children key swimming skills as they are taken on a journey with Dory and friends, led by trained instructors.

These interactive family swim sessions will be taking place at The Link Centre in Swindon. For further information or to book, visit

For more '10 Minute Shake Up' sessions from change4life and Disney, based on all your Disney favourites, please visit the 10 Minute Shake Up website

Scrapstore Project Reboot Needs Donations

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The Swindon Scrapstore Reboot project is in desperate needs for donations of old computers and laptops, with the demand for the service far exceeding the number of refurbished computers and laptops they have in stock.

The project takes your old computers and laptops and refurbish them before selling them on to local people. All hard drives are removed and destroyed securely. With all unused computer parts being recycled using a local recycling charity.

So if you have an old computer or laptop that you no longer use please get in touch with Project Reboot.

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Fundraising Regulator Will Refer Cases to Charity Commission

The Fundraising Regulator sets and maintains the standards for charitable fundraising in the United Kingdom, ensuring that fundraising is respectful, open, honest and accountable to the public.

Charities that repeatedly fail to take action to address the Fundraising Regulator's rulings will now be referred to the Charity Commission, according to a memorandum of understanding between the two regulators.

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Sector Vacancies

Community Media Producer

Viewpoint Community Media
Viewpoint Community Media is seeking to appoint a capable media maker to deliver a key programme of activity this year.

Working in partnership with Voluntary Action Swindon, the role will be to co-ordinate and successfully realise five media projects by and for a range of community groups in the Swindon and North Wiltshire area. You will be involved in meeting with groups, identifying their key aims and issues, training them to translate these into an effective media messages, then working with them to produce a community media production.

The post will combine training, support, hands-on production and project management in order to meet the aims of the groups and the aims of Viewpoint Community Media.

The closing date for applications is Monday 15th August.

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Community Mobiliser for Tadpole Garden Village

Are you passionate about helping to build communities?

Can you help us to solve the equation Neighbourliness + Empowerment = Wellbeing?

We are seeking an exceptional individual able to engage with people; businesses and residents alike, to help grow our new community at Tadpole Garden Village. The community website is

You can download the full job description for details by following the link below.

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Service Delivery Assistant at Victim Support

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Victim Support is looking to recruit a Service Delivery Assistant to be based in their Devizes office. In this role you will provide comprehensive administrative support to the Service Delivery team in accordance with our national standards and local procedures.

Main duties include; general administration and office management to support our Service Delivery team to help victims of crime, developing and maintaining manual and computerised records, participating in local fundraising

The closing date for applications is 9am on Thursday 25th August 2016. Interviews will take place on Thursday 8th September 2016.

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Upcoming Events

Emergency First Aid at Work Level 2 Courses at VAS

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All organisations must ensure by law that they have a sufficient number of employees who possess a first aid qualification in order to fulfil their first aid needs at all times. Employers must ensure that their provision is ‘adequate and appropriate in the circumstances’.

VAS' courses are delivered by a qualified trainer registered with Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance. All of our courses are one day courses which start at 10am and finish at 4pm.

We currently have 3 courses scheduled to take place over the coming months. There are spaces still available on all of the courses. With our competitive prices at just £50 per person don't delay, book today to avoid disappointment.

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Health and Wellbeing Awareness Evening

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The Eldene Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG) invites you to attend their next event on Thursday September 8th 2016 from 7pm to 9pm at The Acorn Centre, Eldene Primary School. The venue is situated on both the number 13 and 14 bus routes.

The speaker on the night will be from Age UK. There will also be information stalls from charities and organisations such as Alzheimer's, Wiltshire farm foods, Diabetes information and Horizons.

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