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27th May 2016

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One month to go until the EU Referendum logo
Monday 23 May marked the one month countdown to the EU Referendum. This is one of the biggest political decisions people in this country will make in their lifetimes and it is right that everyone has the opportunity to have their say.

It is important that as many people as possible understand the need to register to vote ahead of the Referendum if they haven’t already.

If you registered to vote in the General or local elections and have not moved house you do not need to register again.

Register to vote by 7 June. It is quick and easy, you just need your National Insurance number to hand, which you can find on your tax return, payslip or P60.

Away on 23 June when the referendum takes place?  You can apply to vote by post or proxy (where someone votes on your behalf).

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Open consultation: Big Lottery Fund draft directions: England, Isle of Man, UK-wide

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The Big Lottery Fund receives 40% of all the good causes money generated through the National Lottery each year. This amounts to around £700m being distributed annually to tackle disadvantage and improve lives throughout the United Kingdom.

Ministers issue all lottery distributors with policy directions, setting out the priorities they must take into account when distributing this money.

Views are being requested on the proposed new policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund in relation to its England and UK-wide funding programmes. Ministers from the Devolved Administrations separately issue the Fund with policy directions for its distribution of lottery money in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, which are not covered by the consultation.

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Volunteers Week 2016
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Volunteers’ Week is an annual event which takes place at the start of June. It celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. This year the event will be running from  the 1-12 June.

Volunteer Centre Swindon are collating stories about the amazing difference volunteering makes. They will be sharing this news through our social media channels and potential other media too!

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Swindon Equality Coalition Annual General Meeting
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The Swindon Equality Coalition invites you to attend their Annual General Meeting due to be held at Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT on Thursday 16th June commencing at 4pm.

At the meeting the coalition will be electing a number of people to the Coalition Working Group, recognising their Annual Report and having a discussion about the future direction of the group.

Equality Coalition Chair, Steve Henderson would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to those who’ve come to the close of their term of election they are; Salas Khan, Martin Kelly and Rosemarie Phillips.  Steve Henderson is also stepping down as Chair of the Coalition having held this office for a number of years.

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Sector Vacancies

Business Development Officer at Voluntary Action Swindon

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Voluntary Action Swindon are recruiting a Business Development Officer - A temporary role, for up to 12 months, with the possibility of extension or conversion to a permanent position, depending on success in the role. Full time, part-time and flexible working options considered.

The purpose of the role is to proactively develop and deliver fundraising and marketing strategies and to initiate and carry out fundraising and income generating activities. To promote the work of VAS and optimize our engagement and communication with our members and other stakeholders.

Job Title: Business Development Officer
Salary: £23,000 - £25,000, pro-rata
Location: Swindon
Closing Date: 5pm on Friday 3rd June
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Mechanics Institution Trust Vacancies

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The Mechanics' Institution Trust is seeking to appoint two new staff to coordinate the delivery of a programme of Community Development activity in Central Swindon, funded by a grant from the People’s Health Trust.

The Trust took over management of the Central Community Centre in 2013 (when we also received our first PHT grant) from which we run a weekly Craft Group, Gardening Group and Youth Club, support an independently-run Toddler Group and have recently started up a new monthly Lunch Club, Coffee Club and Residents' Group.

The Trust has other new projects coming on-line in the Railway Village so this is an exciting time to join them and be part of developing new and much needed work in this important area and its surrounding neighbourhoods.
Deadline: Friday 20th May 2016

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Swindon CCG Public and Patient representatives

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In partnership, Swindon CCG and Swindon Borough Council carried out a thorough programme of engagement as part of the community services review of 2016. This engagement programme provided an opportunity for any member of public, carer or staff to take part, this report has aimed to summarise all the key points heard throughout this programme.

During the two months, approximately 400 people took part in the programme of events, providing a range of detailed feedback, concise and tailored opinions for improvement, and ideas for future changes to services.  Themes from this engagement programme informed the decision to procure community services, with a new contract starting in February 2017.

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Upcoming Events

Understanding Legal Structures

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Is your charity at risk? It could be if you don’t have the right legal structure! Do you know what your organisation and its trustees could potentially be held liable for?

Attend this course on charity legal structures, and in two hours you will know what you need to be sure you are running your organisation properly.

The course is held at Voluntary Action Swindon and run by Tessa Hennessy, a solicitor who specialises in advising a range of voluntary and community organisations on governance and regulatory issues.

Where: Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, SN1 1RT
When: Tuesday 12th July, 10am – 12 noon

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Involve Swindon Networking Event

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Award winning partnership, Involve Swindon, invites you to attend Swindon's only networking event that brings together businesses, charities and the public sector to explore how employee volunteering benefits business and the community.

Always well attended, the event provides an excellent opportunity to hear from local businesses at the forefront of employee volunteering and from local charities about the mutual benefits of working together. There will also be plenty of time to meet like-minded people from the different sectors.

The first half of the event will include inspirational case studies of successful partnerships and a celebration of the achievements of Involve Swindon plus time for networking. After the break, there will be an opportunity to explore your charity's needs with skilled business professionals.

When: Monday 6th June, 1pm - 5pm
Where: Village Urban Resort Swindon - Shaw Ridge Leisure Park Whitehill Way, Swindon, SN5 7DW

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Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town Duck Race 2016

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The Rotary Club of Old Town Swindon are holding their annual duck race on Monday 30th May 2016 11am - 4pm at Westcott Recreation Ground (Opposite The Runner Pub), Wootton Bassett Road, Swindon, SN1 4NQ.

In aid of SCWAD and other charities supported by the Rotary Club. Ducks cost £1 each and are available to buy on the day with first prize of £1000 and second to seventh place prizes of £100 each.

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