VAS id: news, events & information from
Swindon's voluntary & community sector

VAS information digest

13th November 2015

Latest News

Hearing Loop Awareness Week

Let’s Loop Swindon joined in with the charity Hearing Link in their ‘Hearing Loop Awareness Week’ between 2nd and 8th November.

During the week some of the team in Swindon undertook a re-audit of local Pharmacies. They also held a workshop for Swindon Borough Council staff and councillors and put up a display in Swindon Library. Read More

Risk Management Demystified

An interactive workshop to equip charity managers with the knowledge to protect the delivery of their charitable objectives. Delivered by professionals from Nationwide’s Risk Team, this workshop will focus on skills and tips on how to proactively identify and manage risks.

The workshop will take place on 20th November from 9am -10:30, with breakfast from 8.45am, at Nationwide House, Pipers Way. To book, contact VAS on or call 01793 538398.

Rally Around For A Good Cause!

The Heart of Wiltshire Community Badminton Network are kindly donating the facilities at Sheldon School to raise money for Macmillan.

Come and play badminton and raise money for charity on Saturday 21st November. All abilities welcome on this afternoon of Badminton - bring friends, family or colleagues. Coaching will be available for those who would like it or just dust off your rackets and come along and play. Read More


Hospital and GP Liaison Support Worker at Swindon Carers Centre

Swindon Carers Centre is recruiting a Hospital and GP Liaison Support Worker/

Hours: Initially 37 hours / week until 31st March 2016 then will reduce to 27 hours.
Salary: £22,096.47 F/T

Closing Date: 9am Friday 27th Nov 2015
Interviews:  Monday 7th December 2015.

For full details please click here

Top Tips...

Changes to Gift Aid Declarations

HMRC has published new model wording for Gift Aid Declarations for one-off donations, multiple donations and sponsored events. It can be used from now on, but must be used from 5 April 2016.
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Check Your Governing Document!

The governing document is the ‘rulebook’ for your charity. Your governing document will tell you many of the things you need to know about your charity, and will contain the answers to many frequently asked questions. Read More

Upcoming Events

Sports Forum AGM

The Swindon Sports Forum Annual General Meeting is taking place on November 19th at the Swindon Town Football Club Legend Lounge. Come along for an evening of sporting information, recognition, and acknowledgement of the people who play a key part in supporting sports clubs and make sports happen in Swindon. There will be light refreshments, an open bar, and the opportunity to network with like-minded people from the sporting community.

When: Thursday 19th November from 19:00
Where: Legends Lounge, Swindon Town Football Club, County Road, SN1 2ED
To book a place: please email

Christmas Craft Fair

MS Therapy Centre are holding a Christmas Craft Fair. This is an ideal opportunity to buy unusual Christmas presents. Read More

When: Saturday 28th November 10am - 2pm
Where: Bradbury House, Westmead Drive, SN5 7ER

Reach Inclusive Arts AGM

Reach Inclusive Arts are holding their AGM in a few weeks time. This will be a perfect opportunity for you to view their work and enjoy live performances.

When: Monday 7th December 6.10pm-7.30pm
Where: Lower Foyer of the Wyvern Theatre, SN1 1QN

Broadgreen Christmas Fair

Broadgreen Community Centre is holding a Christmas fair, everyone is welcome.

When: Saturday 21st November 10am - 2pm
Where: Broadgreen Community Centre, Salisbury Street, SN1 2AU
For more information please contact Frances Barrone on 07769281735

Funding Opportunities

Landfill Communities Fund

The Landfill Communities Fund supports community, built heritage and environmental projects in the vicinity of landfill sites and / or landfill operator depots. The majority of Wiltshire & Swindon is covered by eligible catchment areas. Read More

Big Lottery Fund Grow Wild

If your group has an inspiring idea to connect people to nature, then apply before 1 December 2015 for your chance to join the lively network. Read more  

Online Fundraising via Givey

Givey is a social donation platform that makes it easy to give to the causes you care about. There are no set-up fees for users, charities or projects, and we charge 5% on top of donations for a transaction fee rather than deducting like most other donation sites. Read More
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Voluntary Action Swindon is registered charity no. 287732.