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VAS information digest

6th November 2015

Welcome to the new VAS id, relaunched today. VAS id still has all the relevant news and information about the voluntary and community sector in Swindon - we've just given it a new design.

We'd love to get your feedback on the new look - please let us know your thoughts at

Latest News

BIG Potential Explained

Big Lottery Fund

Big Potential, a BIG Lottery Fund grant fund, will deliver approximately £20m of grant funding over 3 years to eligible Voluntary & Community Sector organisations with the aim of improving their sustainability, capacity and scale, in order that they may deliver greater social impact.

Big Potential logo

VAS are helping to host the Big Potential Explained event in Swindon, which will also include speakers from SEQOL, Social Investment Business, and Social Enterprise UK. This event is on Tuesday 1st December, from 9:30am - 3:30pm at the National Self Build & Renovation Centre on Lydiard Way. Attendance at this event is free and could help your organisation secure a grant of up to £150,000 - register here while places are available.

Swindon Community Network Launch

Swindon Community Network
Swindon Community Network is a new group of local community-minded people who get together for a coffee and a chat once every two months. It's a chance to share ideas about community projects and provide advice and support to each other. A £200 New Shoots grant has been secured to get the project off the ground, and the Network is now looking for more people to get involved.

The Network's first session is on November 14th from 2-4pm at Central Community Centre, Emlyn Square. It's not necessary to be part of an existing community group or project - everyone is welcome. Please email the Network at swindoncommunitynetwork for further information.

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Would You Like to Help With a Project Within Your Community?

Eastcott Community Organisation logo

Eastcott Community Organisation are looking for a Committee Secretary. This is a voluntary position and the main role would be to take minutes at meetings every 2 weeks on a Monday evening. The meetings take place at Savernake Street Social Hall on Savernake Street.

Eastcott Community organisation is a registered charity and its committee of volunteers are mostly local residents. The group's objective is to increase opportunities for those living in and around Eastcott, and this is achieved by managing a community centre, Savernake Street Social Hall, and organising events and activities. It is a group without political or religious affiliation.

Please contact the group if you would like to know more at eastcottcommunity

Two Nominations Received at VAS

We are pleased to say VAS have been nominated for a Community-based Organisation Award, and Seniz Mutlu has been nominated for an individual Special Award. The Community Award seeks Community based Groups & organisation that have tirelessly been at the forefront of community affairs and the UNSUNG HERO! Award is for members of the community who make a difference without looking for recognition. To support VAS and/or Seniz please go to and select vote now, go to Special Awards category and scroll down to the Community Group and/or Unsung Hero category. Voting closes midnight November 12th.

Upcoming Events

Last Night of the Proms

Last Night of the Proms
The Last Night of the Proms concert is in its seventh year and is being organised by the Rotary Club of Swindon Old Town and the Rotary Club of Swindon. All funds will go to Prospect Hospice and Swindon Young Musicians. Read More

When: Saturday 14th November from 7:30pm
Where: Wyvern Theatre, SN1 1QN
Tickets: £12, concessions £10

Wiltshire Law Centre AGM

Wiltshire Law Centre logo
All are welcome to attend. Tea, coffee and light refreshments will be served at 12:30pm. Read More

When: Wednesday 2nd December 1pm-3pm
Where: Swindon Advice & Support Centre, SN1 1QH
Please RSVP for catering to Martin Kerr on 01793 486926 or by email to martin.kerr


SUNS logo
You are invited to join SUNS (Service User Network Swindon)'s AGM. There will be light refreshments and the opportunity to network with like-minded people within the community. Read More

When: Tuesday 24th November 11:30am-2pm
Where: 163 Victoria Road, Swindon, SN1 3BU
To book a place please email

Funding Opportunities

Tesco Community Green Spaces Grants

Gardening project funded by Green Spaces grants
Capital improvement grants up to £12,000 for projects that provide community benefit and have free and open access to all members of the community for a minimum of six days a week, during daylight hours.
Deadline: Friday 27th November
Apply Now

Weavers Funding

The Worshipful Company of Weavers
Funding of up to £15,000 per annum for projects that help disadvantaged young people or offenders and ex-offenders, particularly those under 30 years of age.

Deadline: Tuesday 1st December
Apply Now

First Steps Enterprise Fund

First Steps Enterprise Fund logo
Small community-led organisations can apply for up to £30,000 from to help them grow their services and become more sustainable.

Deadline: Friday 11th December
Apply Now

Lloyds Bank Foundation

Project funded by Lloyds Bank Foundation
Grants for small and medium sized charities that are committed to delivering work which breaks or prevents cycles of disadvantage.

Deadline: Friday 20th November
Apply Now

In Kind Direct

Recipients of donations from In Kind Direct
Save money on things you need to run your organisations by registering with In Kind Direct and acquiring goods donated by businesses.

Apply Now

Did You Know? Some Stats From the Charity Commission...

The Charity Commission has had a busy year: they handled 7,192 new charity applications in the period 2014/15 of which 4,648 were approved. This equates to around 65% being approved. In the same period, the Commission opened 104 statutory enquiries, surely a record number, and dealt with 442 monitoring cases and 133 assessment cases.

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