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VAS information digest

21st October 2016

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Swindon City of Sancturary Launches to Full House

Last Thursday a new campaign was launched in front of a full house to make Swindon a ‘City of Sanctuary’. A special evening including guest speakers and cultural performances was held at The Platform, organised by members of local groups who are supporting the campaign, including Swindon Amnesty International, The Harbour Project and Voluntary Action Swindon.

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National Citizen Service

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The National Citizen Service bill, which was announced in the Queen's speech in May, was introduced in the House of Lords. The bill says a new NCS Trust will be established by royal charter and will take over the functions of the existing NCS Trust, which is a community interest company. This does raise a concern that local charities will be further squeezed out of delivering the NCS.

It has also been announced that David Cameron's first job after politics will be chairman of NCS Patrons. He said his new role would involve "bringing together a senior cross-party and cross-sector group of patrons and ambassadors who can help NCS to reach more youngsters".

National Citizen Service (NCS) is an experience for anyone between the ages of 15 to 17 years-old, this is a chance for them to embark on exhilarating challenges, make their mark and build skills for work and life. More than 275,000 young people have already said YES to NCS.

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Free Fundraising Guide for Trustees

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The Institute of Fundraising has published a free guide to help trustees understand fundraising.

Trustees and fundraising: a practical handbook was launched at the IoF’s first trustee conference earlier this week. It was produced in collaboration with the Charity Finance Group and NCVO.

It has been designed to complement the Charity Commission’s guidance on fundraising, CC20, and includes a number of case studies and explains how different regulators are involved in fundraising.

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PAT Testing at VAS
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Voluntary Action Swindon is pleased to announce the launch of our brand new PAT Testing service.

VAS' qualified PAT tester provides a PAT testing service for all class 1 and 2 electrical equipment, including desktop and laptop computers, monitors, speakers, printers, scanners, photocopiers, faxes, microwaves, kettles, toasters, cables, leads, plugs and more.

With prices as low as 65 per item, including free retests of any equipment which fails a test. A £20 call out fee is applied to all visits.

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What is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation?

A Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) is a relatively new legal structure available for charities.

As the name suggests, a CIO is incorporated, which means that (like a limited company) it has its own legal personality, the ability to conduct business in its own name, and limited liability so that its members and trustees will not have to contribute in the event of financial loss.

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Upcoming Events


Trustee Week Networking & Advice Session

To celebrate Trustee Week (7th – 13th November 2016), VAS are holding a Trustee Networking & Advice Session on Wednesday 9th November at 12 noon. The session will be held at VAS (1 John Street, SN1 1RT) and will include a talk by Tessa Hennessy, a solicitor who specialises in advising a range of voluntary and community organisations on governance and regulatory issues. The session will begin with light lunch and networking, followed by Tessa's talk at 1:15pm. Booking is required for this session, limited to two trustees/committee members per organisation.

This will be followed by a Charity Advice Clinic at 3pm, where charities and community groups can drop in to meet with advisors for issues to do with fundraising, governance and finance. No booking is required for the Charity Advice Clinic.

Book now - email info@vas-swindon.org or call us on 01793 538398


Autism Spectrum Condition
What’s So Different About Girls?

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Friday 9th September 2016
Venue: Room CR6, Civic offices, Euclid Street, Swindon, SN1 2JH
9.30am -12.30pm

This course is for females living with an ASC, their supporters/carers, and professionals working alongside teenage girls and women living with an autism spectrum condition.

The aim is to enable females to live to their full potential through:

• Raising awareness of females living with an ASC
• Considering the similarities and differences in presentation between males and females with ASC
• Describing the concerns and issues for females with ASC
• Considering together, the best approaches to support and understanding.

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Brighter Futures Virtual Run

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Do you want your own medal for all your hard work?

Brighter Futures have just the thing.

Sign up for their virtual run for only £10 and they will send you a medal & certificate! Easy right!

Complete either 5km, 10km or a half marathon between the 14th September & 31st October anytime, anywhere.

They will even send you your own Radiotherapy running top to keep you going!

Enter today

Funding Opportunities


Haydon Wick Fund

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The Haydon Wick Fund is currently open for applications from charities and voluntary organisations based in, or whose work substantially benefits, the people of Haydon Wick and its immediate surrounding area.

Grants are usually in the range £1000-3000 and can cover general running or project costs.  Applicants should complete our Expression of Interest form on our website by 31st October or call our Grants team on 01380 729284 for more information.

For more information https://wiltshirecf.org.uk/grant-funds


£18,000 Grants To Fund New Websites For Charities


The Transform Foundation has recently launched a new grant programme, which will be providing £18,000 grants to a select number of non-profits, to fund the design and build of a new website for them. The grant covers 100% of the upfront costs – your organisation will only need to fund ongoing costs.

The grant will include a range of cutting edge tools for engaging with supporters and service users as well as the costs of the strategy, design and training required to get the website up and running.

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Sector Vacancies


Victim Support Volunteers

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Have you got time for victims of crime?

You can help support victims of crime as a Victim Support Volunteer.

Victim Support are recruiting Victim Support Community Volunteers within Wiltshire.

No previous experience is necessary. However enthusiasm, creativity and commitment are essential.

Victim Support will be holding a volunteer awareness event on Saturday 26th November from 10am - 1pm at their Devizes offices at Unit 7, Bath Road  Business Centre, Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1XA.

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