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24th March 2017


Wiltshire and Swindon Police and Crime Plan 2017-2021

Angus Macpherson, the Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner, has released a new Police and Crime Plan for 2017-21. This plan sets the direction for policing and community safety in Wiltshire and Swindon. Wiltshire Police's priorities for the next four years are:

  1. Prevent crime and keep people safe
  2. Protect the most vulnerable people in society
  3. Put victims, witnesses and communities at the heart of everything they do
  4. Secure a quality service that is trusted and efficient

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How the Public Thinks Charities Should Spend Money

Last year, nfpSynergy asked the public what concerns them most about charities, looking in particular at what puts them off supporting a charity, as well as what would encourage them to give. Their new report contains insights including:

  • 56% of the public would give more if they knew more about how their money is spent
  • The public believe that 57% of their donation should be spent on helping beneficiaries
  • The public recognise that fundraising is an important part of a charity’s expenditure
  • The public recognise that administration costs are necessary, but believe these costs should be the smallest part of where income goes

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BT Work Placements

Are you aged between 16 & 24 and looking to kick start your career? BT Work Placements have the answer and it’s completely free. The three things you can expect from a BT Work Placement:

  1. A two week work placement with a UK leading Communications provider (BT)
  2. The chance to learn what’s expected of you in the workplace, gain confidence as a potential employee and develop skills you can use in any job like time-keeping, presentation skills and team working
  3. Help with job searching, finding out what employers look for in a great CV and getting advice from BT employees on successful interview techniques

BT Work Placements develop transferrable skills needed to find and start work, whether with BT or another company. After graduating from the program, the young people get a minimum of 12 weeks support from BT to help them find a job or further training. The next course in Swindon starts on 3rd April.

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Swindon Sea Cadets Fundraising Ball

This year's annual fundraising ball in support of Swindon Sea Cadets includes a welcome drink, three course meal including wine, live music and entertainment, charity auction, raffle and grand draw for £43 per person.

The Marriott Hotel are offering a discounted rate on their rooms for the event's guests, including the use of the pool and gym from 2pm on the afternoon of the ball and the following day. Many stay over and make a weekend break out of the event.

The Sea Cadet Corps is a wholly charity / donation based organisation. To provide the numerous activities that cadets enjoy they have to raise all of their own funds.

Date: Saturday 29th April
Time: 6:30pm - 1am
Venue: The Marriott Hotel, Pipers Way, Swindon SN3 1SH

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Swindon Interpreter Recruitment Event

Are you fluent in English and a native speaker of another language? Come along to this event. Prestige Network are seeking passionate and dedicated interpreters to join their team.

Prestige Network is a leading supplier of interpreting and translation services and is now working with Swindon Borough Council as well as Great Western Hospital.

Date: Tuesday 28th March
Time: 10am, 11am, 1pm, 2pm
Venue:Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT

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Funding Opportunities

Comic Relief Community Cash

Comic Relief Community Cash grants of £500-£1,000 are available to small organisations in Wiltshire and Swindon that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives. Eligible organisations include charities, social enterprises, co-operatives, Community Interest Companies, and constituted voluntary and community groups.

Groups eligible to apply for Comic Relief Community Cash grants need to: be working in a disadvantaged or deprived area; be a small local group with an income of less than £100,000 run by local people; have limited access to other sources of income; clearly define the need they are addressing; clearly demonstrate the benefit of their activities to disadvantaged people; illustrate how they aim to deliver social outcomes; provide clear evidence that the services provided are inclusive to all; and provide clear evidence that the activities provided will target people who would ordinarily struggle to access those opportunities.

Examples of the type of activities this fund can be used for include food banks, counselling and advice services, disability sports clubs/activities, training/skill building/volunteering projects, community groups, set up costs for new groups, and support groups.

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The Kenneth and Susan Green Charitable Foundation

The Kenneth and Susan Green Charitable Foundation provides grants to UK charitable organisations for: the relief of poverty; the advancement of education; the advancement of health and the saving of lives; and the advancement of the arts, culture, heritage and science. Other charitable causes are also supported at the Foundation's discretion. The Foundation does not provide a minimum or maximum grant award level.

Applications may be made at any time in writing to:

Mr. Philip Stokes
Kenneth Green Associates
Hill House
Monument Hill
Weybridge KT13 8RX
Tel: 01932 827 060

The Jack Lane Charitable Trust

It is the Trust's policy that donations will benefit organisations or individuals in north Wiltshire or south Gloucestershire. It is very unusual for awards to be made in excess of £2000, although the Trustees sometimes offer a grant spread over two or more years to achieve more effective support.

In general awards are only made for specific projects rather than for non specific requirements like general administration.

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Activity Co-ordinator at the Open Door Centre

Post: Activity Co-ordinator

Salary: £8/hour

Hours of Work: 40 hours/week (2 posts job-sharing)

Role: The Open Door Centre provides opportunities and activities for adults with learning disabilities, who may also have physical disabilities and/or mental health problems. The role is to work under the direction of the Manager and Deputy in the day-to-day operation of the Centre, maintaining it as a resource where Members are valued and supported in developing their life and social skills.

Principal Responsibilities: To create, develop and over-see social activities.
To be responsible for planning and implementing activities, within and outside the Centre, which will stimulate new interests and skills, which will meet individual needs and goals.

For an application form ring 01793 512357 or email Applications to be received by 24 March 2017.

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Gardening Co-ordinator at TWIGS Community Gardens

TWIGS provides horticultural and craft therapy to help people experiencing mental health issues to gain in confidence, improve their self-esteem, increase their independence and gain skills and techniques that will improve their mental health and support their employability.

This post is for a Gardening Co-ordinator who will lead gardening and horticulture sessions. S/he will work with service users, develop recovery plans and monitor progress.

17.5 hours per week. Starting salary in range £6,868 to £8,600 depending on experience and qualifications. Salary subject to annual review. Flexible working hours may be available.

Full job description available from email contact below.

Job Type: Part-time

Job Location: Swindon

Application deadline: 5:00 pm Friday 31st March. Interviews on Friday 7th April.

For an application pack email

Phone: 01793 523294

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Financial Inclusion Seminar

Swindon Money Matters are running a seminar on financial inclusion and have a number of places still available. The session promises to be informative and useful with a number of agencies presenting, including Swindon Borough Council, Swindon Mind, Citizens Advice Swindon, Swindon Advocacy Movement and Wiltshire Community Foundation.

Date: Thursday 6th April
Time: 9:30am - 1pm
Venue: Broadgreen Community Centre, Gladstone Street, Swindon, SN1 2AU

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Funding & Governance

Charity Commission Updates Financial Guidance

The Charity Commission has updated a key piece of its financial guidance (Charity Finances: Trustee Essentials) in a drive to ensure trustees understand their basic financial responsibilities when running a charity. This guidance covers the most common areas of managing charity resources including internal financial controls, charity reserves, and staff and volunteers, signposting further reading where required.

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