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27th November 2015

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Big Potential - Get Ready for Investment

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible VCSE organisations with the aim of improving the sustainability, capacity and scale of VCSE organisations. There is still time to book on next week’s event (Tuesday 1st December, 9:30am - 3:30pm) to learn more about social investment and the Lottery fund for organisations to prepare for this new funding route.

Register Here

Salvation Army Lunch Club

The Salvation Army Lunch Club is for elderly people who wish to spend a time of friendship and fellowship over a two course meal (main and dessert) on Wednesdays at 12 noon, at the Salvation Army Centre in Gorsehill.

The Salvation Army are also looking for a volunteer to help prepare and cook food for elderly individuals that attend the Salvation Army Centre in Gorsehill. This could include preparing vegetables and other food ingredients and ensuring that food is produced on time.
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Nexus Project Looking for Volunteers

The Nexus Project is a new Youth Café and Live Music venue in Highworth. Operating during term time Mondays 4-6pm for years 7-8 and Wednesdays 4-6pm for years 9, 10 & 11 in the basement of Puddleducks, High Street, Highworth.
The Nexus Project are looking for Volunteers aged 16 plus who have a passion for supporting local projects and working with young people. No experience required as all training will be provided.
For more information on how you can get involved please contact Rosie Grant Willson or Charlotte Murdoch on Mobile: 07340642907 or 07340643040 or by email: highworthnexusproject

Nominate Yourself for an Epic Award

Does your creative group deserve recognition? Are you doing something new and interesting culturally? There's still time to nominate yourselves for an Epic Award.
From singing to knitting, amateur dramatics to painting, across the UK and Republic of Ireland over 60,000 groups regularly get creative purely for the love of it. The Epic Awards shine a light on their achievements, and the opportunities for creative participation they bring to local communities.

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Online Training with NCVO's StudyZone

NCVO's StudyZone offers online training courses on a variety of subjects relevant to the charity sector. Some of their courses are available for free:

Upcoming Events

Harbour Project Curry Night

The Harbour Project are holding a Christmas Curry Night & Raffle fundraiser to support their work aiding refugees and asylum seekers in Swindon.

When: Tuesday 1st December, 7pm
Where: The Jewel in the Crown, Victoria Road, SN1 3AL
Tickets: £20
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Funding Opportunities

Technology Trust

The Technology Trust lends a helping hand to charities with advice and access to no or low cost software. They connect charities to donations of the latest software, hardware and more, giving you up to 96% off the retail price on products from the likes of Adobe, Microsoft, Symantec and more.

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Covenant Fund

The small grants route for up to £20,000 is now open. The funding is to be used for one-off projects which have lasting impact and clear exit or sustainability strategies. Projects must clearly address one of the following MoD priorities for 2015-16, which are: community integration between Armed Forces and civilian communities; the coordination and delivery of support to the Armed Forces community; and former service personnel in the criminal justice system.

Deadline: 17th December
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St James's Place Foundation

The St. James’s Foundation is a Gloucestershire based charitable trust that provides support for registered charities who help young people with special needs or who are disadvantaged or support people with cancer. Grants are given any time for upto £10,000.

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Open Door Centre Looking to Recruit Grants Administrator

The Open Door Centre (Swindon & District) Ltd are looking to recruit a part time Grants Administrator to apply for grants and other funding, to support the work of the Centre. You will need to be a proven communicator and administrator, as the role includes maintaining records to ensure the availability of data to support your applications, and networking to discover opportunities for funding. You must also be self-motivated and able to work on your own initiative. The Centre is open every weekday and you will be employed for 8 hours a week at £10 / hour, at mutually convenient times to be agreed. This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure and barring check.

For more information and an application form, see the Open Door Centre's website.

Closing Date: 2pm on Friday 18th December. Interviews will be held in early January.

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