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7th October 2016

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Voluntary Action Swindon 2016 AGM

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This year’s AGM will take place at our offices in John St on Thursday, 24th November, 2016. A buffet lunch and networking opportunity will be available from 1 p.m., with the AGM itself starting at 2 p.m. We will send further information nearer the time, but please do put the date in your diaries.

After an unsettling year in 2015, the new Board of Trustees focused on stabilising the organisation, improving governance and ensuring that we were meeting the required outcomes for contracts that we held. We have made good progress on all these fronts and I will report more fully on this at the AGM.

Tim Ward, Chair of Trustees said "I have been fortunate to have colleagues on the Board who are working with dedication and commitment to further the interests of VAS, our members and the wider sector. The AGM provides an opportunity to further strengthen the Board. We are particularly keen to recruit Trustees who have expertise in areas such as legal issues, HR and marketing."

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VAS Welcomes DisABILITY Experts

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We are delighted to welcome Disability Experts Training and Consultancy, headed by Martin and Sheila Kelly, to the VAS offices in John Street.

Martin and Sheila provide a wealth of training, consultancy and other services, all aimed at making life better for people with disabilities. They passionately believe that everyone should have a chance to succeed and that having a disability should not prevent that.

They are now providing their services out of the Palmer Room at VAS, and ran a highly successful Open Day there on Thursday, 29th September.

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Wiltshire Life Awards 2017

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Now in its eleventh year, the Wiltshire Life Awards are a golden opportunity to acknowledge excellence in its many forms, across the whole of Wiltshire.

The Awards will be presented on 24th March 2017 in Devizes, and all the short listed nominees will be invited to the black tie Gala Dinner.

From innovative local businesses; charities and community groups, to inspiring teachers; conservationists and sporting stars, the Wiltshire Life Awards celebrate those that we can be proud of.

One category is Carer of the Year, kindly sponsored by Wiltshire Community Foundation.

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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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Upcoming Events


Jumble Sale

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On Wednesday 12th October 2016 a Jumble Sale will be taking place in aid of Swindon and District Samaritans.

The jumble sale will be taking place from 11am to 2pm at Pinetrees Community Centre, The Circle, Pinehurst, Swindon, SN2 1QR.

Please come along and help Samaritans be there when it matters.

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Cancer Research UK Relay For Life 2017

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Lucy Walker, Cancer Research UK's Local Fundraising Manager for Wiltshire is working hard to bring Relay For Life to Swindon on July 1st - 2nd 2017.

As part of the build up to this event, Lucy and her team have organised a promo evening on Wednesday 19th October at the Blunsdon Hotel from 7pm.

If you'd like to find out more information or get involved the please go along to their promo evening for a chat and refreshments.

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Music & Dance Academy

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The South Asian Performing Arts Centre is pleased to announce that they will be launching a brand new Music & Dance Academy in the Swindon area which will be opening on Saturday 22nd October 2016, with a Open Day & Registrations taking place on Saturday 15th October 2016.

The academy will provide local people with qualification based courses delivered by experienced professional teachers.

The academy will be based at Swindon Hindu Temple & Clutural Centre, 103 Darby Close, Cheney Manor Industrial Estate, Swindon, SN2 2PW.

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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


BIG Lottery Fund Celebrate England

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Grants of between £300 and £10,000 are available for groups to hold one off events or activities which celebrate their local community. 

You could celebrate something from your community's history or a local hero. Or maybe it's a chance to bring people together to get to know their neighbours better.

Due to the huge success of Celebrate BIG Lottery have allocated an extra £4.1 million of funding to give even more local communities the chance to come together and celebrate

Apply Now
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