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29th April 2016

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Why the Charity Commission is Going Digital

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The Charity Commission blogs about how they plan to use online services to communicate directly with trustees over the next few years.

“The internet has changed the way we interact and is a core part of everyday life for most of us”, Paula Sussex, Chief Executive at the Charity Commission, says.

Paula Sussex writes: “The commission is already putting more of our services online in a way that is better focussed on the customer, like our new registration service. Eventually each charity will have its own self-service portal where it can update its own information. We also hope to communicate better online using different tools such as live-streaming, video and webinars.”

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Scrapstore Project Reboot

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Scrapstore Restore Centre Swindon is pleased to announce a new project called Reboot.

The project will take old computers and laptops and refurbish them before selling them on to local people. All hard drives are removed and securely destroyed. 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 why not donate it to Project Reboot. A bulk collection service is available should you have a number of computers you wish to donate.

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Quarter of Data Breaches Caused by Leaked Credentials
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Compromised credentials are still the cause of almost a quarter of all data breaches, according to a new Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) survey titled, Identity Solutions: Security Beyond the Perimeter.

In February 2016, the CSA released a report titled The Treacherous Twelve: Cloud Computing Top Threats in 2016, which revealed top concerns of IT security professionals in cloud computing. Data breaches, account hijacking and malicious insiders all rated as top threats. These attacks often occur because of a lack of scalable identity access management systems, failure to use multifactor authentication, insufficient password use and a lack of ongoing automated rotation of cryptographic keys, passwords and certificates.

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Sector Vacancies

Centre Support Worker at Swindon Therapy Centre for MS

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The Swindon Therapy Centre for MS is looking to recruit a Centre Support Worker to join their team working 20 hours per week. This is a permanent contract which is being funded by the Big Lottery. The successful candidate will be the first point of contact to ensure the Swindon Therapy Centre for MS' members and carers both old and new are supported and signposted to appropriate therapies and services.

The Swindon Therapy Centre for MS is a registered charity (Charity no. 1047353) which offer therapies, advice and support to MS people and people with other neurological conditions, their families in Swindon and the local area.

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Upcoming Events

Celebrate 30 years of Enrych with an Afternoon Tea Party

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Swindon & Wiltshire Enrych are inviting members, volunteers, referring agencies and others who want to find out more about Enrych to an Afternoon Tea Party to celebrate 30 years of Enrych.

Cakes, tea and coffee will be served at The Olive Tree Café, Cheney Manor Garden Centre, Swindon, SN2 2QJ between 2-4pm on Wednesday 18 May.

Please advise Jo Heaven, Enrych Project Co-ordinator if you are intending to come along with numbers and any dietary requirements. Jo’s mobile is 07771804365 or email

Funding Opportunities

Community Foundation Small Grants

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These grants are now also available quarterly and will be awarded on the same dates as the main grant programme.

If you are a group with an income of up to £50,000 you can apply for up to £2,000 a year for up to two years (£4,000 in total). 

Groups with an income over £50k will have to apply to the main Foundation Grants programme, but groups with an income below £50k will be allowed to apply to the main Foundation Grants programme instead of small grants, if they choose to do so.

Closing date for the next expression of interest is 25th May 2016. Panel will meet for a decision mid July

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