VCSA Newsletter Week of 25th April 2022

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Newsletter for the Week of 25th April 2022


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Calls for new ethical approach to framing service users in fundraising

Recent research from the University of East Anglia, University of the Arts London and Amref Health Africa, found that fundraising appeals that are co-created or led by service users can actually raise more money and be more effective than those created solely by the charity.

Building on this research, a new paper by Ian MacQuillin, Director of Rogare; Jess Crombie, London College of Communication; and Ruth Smyth, from Boldlight, argues that charities should develop and implement ethical policies for how they collect and portray the stories of service users in their fundraising activities.

Jess Crombie, one of the paper's co-authors, said:

“Many charities, as a matter of course, have ethical gift policies to guide them about when to accept, refuse or return a donation. We have these policies so we can pre-empt those ethical issues and have an ethical decision-making framework for navigating any that do pop up.

“In the same vein, charities should also have ethical contributor policies that stipulate the processes and identify ethical dilemmas in gathering service user/contributor-generated content.”

The full paper - ‘“The sweetest songs” – Ethical framing in fundraising through the agency of service users/contributors to tell their own stories’ – is available through open access on the Journal of Philanthropy and Marketing website.

Other papers, videos and resources on the subject of ethics in fundraising and the framing of service users can be found on the Rogare website.

A longer version of this news story can also be read on the UK Fundraising website.

Severe mental illness and complex needs survey open now

The Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin Integrated Care System (ICS) have partnered with Shropshire Council to develop and deliver a survey for Severe Mental Illness and complex need service users and their carers.

The survey is an opportunity to feedback on the care and support services in primary care, secondary care, specialist mental health and voluntary care sectors within the County.   

Link to the survey and further information here: SMI and complex need survey | Shropshire Council

Please distribute this survey link and information regarding the survey to your service users and networks.

The survey closes 31st May 2022.

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Shropshire Council steps in to fund local bus services 

Shropshire Council is stepping in to fund a number of local bus services following the recent announcement by Arriva and other operators of changes and reductions to some of the current routes they operate. 

It has been a difficult couple of years for the transport sector and there are many new challenges as the country recovers from the effects of the pandemic, higher fuel rates and driver shortages. Sadly, many local bus operators nationally are having to take immediate action to ensure their businesses are viable in the future.  

In Shropshire, some services that have been in the past commercially operated by Arriva have had to be reviewed as well as some subsidised services that receive funding from Shropshire Council. 

Where the council can step in with the funding it currently has available, it has done so and provided support for these services until early September 2022. 

When support runs out for these services in September 2022 it does not necessarily mean that the routes will cease, it simply allows the council a period of time to reflect and identify any alternative solutions to encourage new passengers as it looks to Shropshire’s future in terms of public transport.  

The services that are to be funded by the council include: 

  • 558 – Worthen 
  • 553 – Plox Green 
  • 20 – Radbrook Green 
  • 9 – Wolverhampton to Bridgnorth 
  • 21 – Reabrook 
  • 64 – Market Drayton to Shrewsbury 
  • 738/740 – Ludlow to Knighton 
  • 544/546 – Little Lyth and Pulverbatch  

This interim subsidy is significant and not affordable for the council past September 2022 and solutions are being sought to combine this with other services in the area to provide a longer-term sustainable solution. News on this will be publicised on the Council's newsroom in the coming weeks. 

The revised timetables for bus services will be publicised on the Arriva website and Shropshire Council’s Newsroom in due course.   

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Sustainability community and summit for organisations

Is your organisation interested in becoming a member of a growing sustainability community? Then you might want to check out the SUSTx annual sustainability summit. The next summit will be held in January 2023.

SUSTx is a sustainability community for UK business and sustainability leaders. 

In addition to their annual sustainability summit, SUSTx have a number of resources available to members, including a portfolio of conferences, training courses and webinars that run throughout the year, to help organisations become more sustainable and achieve their net-zero goals.

Membership is free, and includes invitations to a number of events, on-demand content, articles and webinars, and invitations to training courses. 

Additionally, every month, SUSTx send out a newsletter to their subscriber base, which includes the latest in sustainability insights as well as exclusive offers to their events and courses.

To join, visit the SUSTx website.

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SaTH team to scale Scafell Pike to raise funds

A team from the Ophthalmology department at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH) is taking on Scafell Pike – England’s highest mountain – as part of the Three Peaks Challenge to raise money for the Trust.

Doctors, nurses, nurse injectors, optometrists, secretaries and administrative staff from SaTH, which runs the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital (RSH) and the Princess Royal Hospital (PRH) in Telford, will be climbing Scafell Pike, which is a massive 978 metres above sea level, in the Lake District on Saturday 30 April.

This is their second expedition. Their first trek to Snowdon, Wales, raised around £4,000 and SaTH’s Medical Retina team, led by Consultant Ophthalmologist Devaki Nayak along with senior Ophthalmology colleagues Prasad Rao and Lakshika Perera, is hoping to hit a target of £10,000 this time. They will be joined by Ophthalmology Manager Andrew Evans to raise the team spirit.

The fundraisers are keen on obtaining additional equipment to improve detection of sight threatening conditions, provide early treatment to prevent blindness and improve the prognosis for vision in every patient.

They are particularly focused on conditions that lead to blindness such as Macular Degeneration, Diabetic Retinopathy, Retinal Vein Occlusion and many more. Improvements here will help patients to maintain vision and independence by achieving quality of vision and hence quality of life.

The trekkers are hoping to tackle the third and final peak – Ben Nevis – in July.

Julia Clarke, Director of Public Participation at SaTH, said:

“The team did a fantastic job raising money after conquering Snowdon and we wish them luck with their Scafell Pike challenge.

“Early diagnosis and shorter waiting times lead to earlier treatment which will save sight. Raising funds will help buy additional equipment. Multiple fundraisers are being organised by the team to achieve their goal.”

Around 58,000 appointments a year are currently provided by the department.

If anybody would like to sponsor them for their latest challenge, please visit their JustGiving site.

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Don't miss your chance to provide input on the National Lottery Community Fund strategic review

Thanks to National Lottery players, the National Lottery Community Fund (TNLCF) have been able to make a significant difference to communities, including through the pandemic.

Now, as the UK begins to emerge from COVID-19, TNLCF has a critical role to play in supporting communities to unleash their energy and potential so they can get to where they want to be. Communities across the UK are facing fresh challenges and opportunities and have new hopes and aspirations. This is an exciting and inspiring time, and they want to hear from you to help them understand how they continue to effectively support communities across the UK.

You can read more about it here and watch the launch video here but more importantly, please provide your views by responding to the survey, which closes May 20th.

Interested in having your organisation's stories of success featured in our newsletter, website or social media? We want to hear from you! Contact:


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Events and Training Opportunities

Annual Assembly invitation

Two Days Left!

Register Now for the VCSA Annual Assembly

Don't forget to book your place for the 2022 VCSA Annual Assembly Meeting. VCSA members and partners are all welcome to this free event. This is a great opportunity to learn about what's happening in the sector, to have your voice heard on important priorities, and to get in some much-missed networking time!

Full event details can be found on our website, or on the Eventbrite booking page.

Members can feel free to bring flyers/information to put out on tables.

Refreshments will be served.

If you need a lift from the Shrewsbury bus station or train station, email Sarah Hampson, as we will be arranging a shuttle to take people from public transport to the Football Club.

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South Shropshire Youth Network is a peer network for anyone working with young people aged 8-25 years old. Each year they organise a youth conference to amplify the local youth voice. Last year, the conference was online – have a look at the footage on Youtube

This year the conference is probably going to be face to face – the SSYN members have just started the subgroup to organise it. They're hoping young participants will get to meet local decision makers, councillors and campaigners. You’re invited too!

More information soon, but for now: why not put the date in your diary?

If you think you could contribute to the day, contact Infrastructure Support Officer Marinke Fontein.

Training for prospective childminders

Shropshire Council and University Centre Shrewsbury are offering an online training course next month for people interested in a new career as a registered childminder.

The ‘Introduction to Childminding’ training will run on 23 and 24 May 2022.

This four part online training will cover:

  • Part 1:  Preparing to become an Ofsted registered childminder and set up a childminding business.
  • Part 2: Implementing the Learning, development, and assessment requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021).
  • Part 3: Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) and what this means in practice.
  • Part 4: Implementing the Safeguarding and Welfare requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage (2021).

The dates of the training are the following - click on each link to book your place:

The total cost of the course is £40.

All four parts of the training must be accessed to enable certification.

It meets the requirements set out by Ofsted for prospective childminders to have completed a course that enables them to understand and implement the requirements of the Statutory Framework for Early Years Foundation Stage (2021) prior to registration.

To book a place or for more information, click on the links above or contact the University Centre Shrewsbury CPD Team on 01743 297168 or visit their website.

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SYST Looking for Groups to Join "Charity Drop-In" Event for Young People in Telford 

Does your charity, voluntary group or social enterprise work with young people in Telford & Wrekin?

the Shropshire Youth Support Trust (SYST) is looking to get your organisation involved in its "Charity Drop-In" event for young people ages 19-24 in Telford & Wrekin.

The event will be held May 27th 2022, and will be hybrid, so your organisation can either attend in person or online, and there is no fee to book a slot. If you can't spare anyone to be present at the event, you can also just send materials to be put out.

Supported by the Telford & Wrekin Council Safer and Stronger Communities Project, the event is aimed at showcasing the support and volunteer opportunities available to young people in Telford & Wrekin, with a particular aim at those young people who are not in education, employment or training (NEET).

Please download the flyer or email Sadie Edwards at SYST for more information and to book your organisation's slot.

Two for One Offer – Shropshire Resilience Conference 2022

Limited places available – book by 27th April 2022

The Shropshire Resilience Conference will take place at Shrewsbury Town Football Club on 19 May 2022 (during National Business Continuity Week).

The event will be raising the importance of resilience within the business and wider community. VCS organisations are encouraged to attend. Delegates will have the opportunity to hear various speakers who have managed incidents or supported organisations in recovery from major incidents.  There will also be an exhibition for delegates to attend with exhibitors from Transport to Business Continuity Solutions.

If you would like to take advantage of the two-for-one offer please visit the event website and book one delegate place but enter two names.

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring this event please email:

Queen's Award for Voluntary Service Nomination Information Sessions

There are briefing sessions to help and encourage voluntary organisations understand the nomination process. If you are considering nomination, the VCSA and the Shropshire Lord-Lieutenant strongly encourage you to attend one of these sessions:

  • Wednesday 4th May 2022 at 2pm – 3pm
    Telford & Wrekin Council Offices, Addenbrooke House,
    Ironmasters Way, Telford,TF3 4NT
  • Friday 13th May 2022 at 12pm – 1pm
    Garden Room, Methodist Church, 52 Broad St, Ludlow, SY8 1NH
  • Thursday 19th May 2022 at 1.30pm – 2.30pm
    Council Chamber, Castle View, Arthur Street, Oswestry, SY11 1JR
  • Wednesday 25th May 2022 at 2pm – 3pm
    Shrewsbury Room, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
  • Tuesday 14th June 2022 at 2pm – 3pm
    Venue TBC

For further information and/or to book a place please email Shelly Davies, Clerk to the Lieutenancy

Information can also be found on the QAVS website.

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In The Café:

Get-togethers with a theme 

For older members of the LGBT+ community, SAND is hosting a new series of themed conversational get-togethers.

Palmers Café Palmer’s Cafe, Claremont St, Shrewsbury SY1 1QG on the 4th Wednesday afternoon of the month 2 – 4pm.

It’s a chance to chat, share information and talk about things that affect LGBT+ people as we age. Come along for a warm welcome and interesting conversations. Joining them In The Café is one of the many ways that SAND would welcome your involvement. Be part of creating a better experience for LGBT+ people as we age. As you arrive, come through to the room behind the coffee bar where you’ll be met and your drinks order taken, as your first drink’s on us. Pick a table and settle in.

The next meeting is April 27th and the theme is Spend it or Save for my Old Age? Meet the specialists with all the latest information on benefits. Find out about the rules on income and savings that could help you manage your money. 

For more information about previous and upcoming meetings and themes, visit SAND's In the Cafe web page. You can also download April event flyer here for distribution.

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Healthier Minds Festival

The NHS in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin is inviting people from different ethnic communities living locally to come together to find out what services, community groups and activities are available to them in the area to encourage and enable healthier minds.

The event will take place Thursday, May 5th at the Telford Cultural Centre.

Community leaders, NHS teams and stallholders from a wide range of voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector organisations and groups will be on-hand to meet the communities they serve. They will also discuss with community members what is working well and also find out reasons why community members might not be coming forward and making contact with services.

The ICS want to find out:

  • Whether communities know what services and support is out there locally for them and where they can go for help relating to their emotional wellbeing.
  • How we can improve the support that is currently available.

For those who attend, this is a chance to shape and improve local services for the future.

This event will be run as an informal, market stall style event to encourage lots of discussion, networking and a chance to forge supportive, local connections.

As part of the day, there will be:

  • A free, vegetarian lunch served for those who attend.
  • Representatives from a range of organisations from the voluntary community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector
  • NHS teams including colleagues from Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, which provides physical and mental health, learning disability and adult social care services locally.
  • A variety of demonstrations

Please note – the Healthier Minds Festival will form the beginning of a roadshow set of events, where following on from this the ICS will be asking community groups to get in contact with them, so that they can visit people in their familiar and trusted community spaces.

More information about the event can be found via the ICS website, and a flyer for display/distribution can be downloaded here.

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Job / Volunteer Opportunities

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Telford Autism Hub Team Assistant

(Children 0 – 16 years)

Telford and Wrekin CVS are looking to appoint an enthusiastic and motivated person to join their Children’s Autism Hub. If you are passionate about supporting children and young people with autism, and their parents / carers, then this exciting opportunity could be for you.

Salary: £9,170 per annum, 18 hours per week: Temporary contract until 31 March 2024

This role is to:

  • Support children and young people with autism and their parents.
  • Facilitate and develop links to statutory and voluntary agencies for the benefit of children, young people, their parents and our service.
  • Support and deliver the day-to-day creative sessions for peer support for families.
  • Staff and manage the referral line; acting as the initial point of contact which includes:
    • Obtaining client details and brief outline of concerns.
    • Forwarding of referral information and related messages to the team.
    • Inputting of referral information onto the database.
  • Production, including the printing of leaflets, posters, flyers, agendas, letters, questionnaires and forms.

Download now: the full job advert, job description, and application form. Closing date for applications is Friday, 13th May at 3pm.

For an informal discussion email Julie Collins (Children’s Service Manager) or phone on 01952
457439 or by email 

Lloyds Bank Foundation: 

Development Associate

£36,414 - £40,000 per year
Contract, 18 months, Full-time

Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales are seeking a Development Associate. This role will support their work in 6 communities across England and Wales, alongside a wide range of partners from the public, private and voluntary sector to help them re-think how they design, deliver and resource services; and the role of small, local organisations in providing those services, such as charities, CICs and community organisations.

You will be able to demonstrate understanding and experience of direct delivery of services for people facing complex social issues, the systems that surround them and an appreciation of the challenges faced by their partners in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector; the public sector and the private sector. You will have skills in facilitation, negotiation, influencing, co-production and community involvement.  They are also looking for someone who is committed to learning from the work and applying that learning to improve, and someone who can demonstrate thoughtful and inclusive team leadership.

This role will also work closely with colleagues across the Foundation as well as external partners.

Lloyds Bank Foundation are an independent charity funded by the Lloyds Banking Group. They partner with small and local charities helping people overcome complex social issues such as mental health, homelessness and domestic abuse.

For more information and to apply for the job, visit their website. Closing date for applications is Tuesday, 3rd May at 9am.

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Lingen Davies: Cancer Champions

Lingen Davies are hiring for two positions:

A Shropshire Cancer Champions Project Officer (0.6 wte, 22.5 hours employed by Qube, Oswestry)

A Telford Cancer Champions Project Officer (0.6 wte, 22.5 hours employed by Lingen Davies Cancer Fund)

Consideration for a full time 37.5 hour post may be given to a successful candidate willing to undertake the role for both Shropshire and Telford.

The successful candidate will be responsible for building a body of enthusiastic, engaged and trained volunteer Cancer Champions who work within their own community and other settings, targeting population groups with the highest cancer burden.

To be successful, you will need exceptional organisational skills and have the initiative to manage your workload.

They welcome applications from people with lived experience and those from minority communities.

These roles are funded by the Shropshire and Telford CCG to deliver their CORE20 Plus Community Connectors NHS-funded project. This is a 12-month fixed-term contract in the first instance, with the possibility of extension depending on funding and outcomes.

Please see below for the full details of the post and application form:



CCC Application Form Final

Closing date for applications: Monday 2nd May, 8pm

Interviews will be held Wednesday 11th May.

For an informal discussion about these roles please email Miranda Ashwell or telephone on 01743 492396.

Completed applications should be emailed to Paper applications will not be accepted.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Just Credit Union "Trainee" Board Member

Do you want to develop your strategic management and planning skills? Just Credit Union is enhancing its Board by recruiting a ‘trainee’ member.

The role would suit an individual with an interest in financial inclusion who wants to gain Board level experience and develop their strategic management and planning skills. Just Credit Union is owned by its members and managed for their mutual benefit. The activities of the co-operative are overseen by a volunteer Board.

Just Credit Union promote financial inclusion and provide secure savings and ethical loans whilst improving the financial wellbeing of our members. What members save with them is what they lend so they also support the local economy.

The role will be fully supported and offer opportunities for training and development. The key requirements are a passion about what Just Credit Union do and sharing their ethos and values. No previous Board experience is necessary.

The Board meets on the third Wednesday each month at 5pm, and meetings usually last between 1 and 1.5 hours. Meetings are currently held remotely and will move to one meeting each quarter  in Shrewsbury. They also hold an annual Board ‘strategic away day’.

For more information request their Board Recruitment Pack from Steve Barras, who is also happy to arrange an informal chat to discuss the role.  

Volunteer Opportunity: Speciality Patient Experience Groups at The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH)

Speciality Patient Experience Groups are being established to drive patient experience initiatives at a local level. The groups will work with services across the speciality to improve patient experience in the area, including:

– How the service responds and learns from feedback
– Identifying trends to inform work and help improve services
– Represent the patient voice, providing insight from a patient perspective

This is an opportunity for patients or carers who have accessed services within the Trust between 2021 and 2022 to get involved. As a result of their recent experience, they will be able to offer valuable insight and a unique perspective on service development and improvement.

Please note – successful applicants will need to go through volunteer checks and induction. Additionally, volunteers are asked to commit approximately three hours a month to support the work.

Closure date for applications is 30th June 2022 For more information and to submit an application, visit the SaTH website.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Telford & Wrekin Council Looking for "Jubilee Event Makers"

Telford & Wrekin council are looking for volunteers to help out at special Jubilee events and become a or "Jubilee Event Maker" or "JEM". 

This is a great opportunity to have fun & be involved, and may be particularly useful to advertise for young people looking for volunteer opportunities.

Interested individuals can can sign up online for more information and to get involved.

Do you have a job or volunteer opportunity you would like us to promote? Please send your information to and we will include it in our next newsletter!

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Grant and Funding News

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Invitation to Quote:

Artist/Wood Carver/Play Consultant

Shropshire Council Outdoor Partnerships Team, who manage Stanmore Country Park, are putting together a large grant application to improve the park. As part of the application, the Team are seeking a consultant to create a series of low-key wooden play features/carvings that tell the story of the park. Themes that could be explored include;

  • History as a former RAF base
  • Wildlife value of the park
  • The connection that visitors have with the space, both real and imagined

The pieces will be located along the easy access nature trail and the aim is that they will encourage children to explore the park by offering opportunities for natural play as they enjoy a family walk. The play features will focus on simple activities like climbing, balance and stimulating children’s imaginative play, in order to keep the features relatively simple to maintain. An obvious example could be a wooden plane that incorporates some of these elements of play or carving a series of fairy doors into a tree to explore the imagined side of our connection with the outdoors

The artwork must sit lightly in the natural and historic landscape and be made from sustainably sourced UK timber. This could include carvings/willow sculptures and possibly materials from around the park (if deemed suitable)

If successful, the start date for the project will be September 2022. The play features will need to be installed by September 2023.

Full details on the invitation to quote, Stanmore Country Park, and the proposed project, can be downloaded here.

Consultants wishing to apply should submit a proposal detailing how they will respond to the brief and explaining:

  • Their relevant experience
  • An itemised quotation
  • References and/ or testimonials of their work

The proposal should be sent to Edward Andrews, Parks and Countryside Sites Officer, Shropshire Council by 5pm on 3rd May 2022. To discuss the project, please call 01746 781192

Funding Available to Support Rural Communities Across the UK

Charitable organisations working in the UK can apply for funding for projects and activities that benefit rural communities in the areas of education, research, social welfare, and poverty relief.

NFU Mutual Charitable Trust is offering grants of between £1,000 and £50,000 to charities and other not-for-profit organisations to deliver activities that support rural communities across the United Kingdom and deliver on one or more of the Trust’s main objectives:

  • To advance the education of the public using research and dissemination of information concerning agriculture.
  • To advance the education of young people within rural areas.
  • To relieve poverty within rural areas.
  • To promote the benefit and social welfare of inhabitants of rural communities by associating together with the inhabitants and local authorities, voluntary and other organisations to advance education and leisure.
  • To promote research into agricultural associated activities.
  • To advance the education of the public using research and dissemination of information concerning insurance.

Priority will be given to larger initiatives that would have a significant impact on rural communities, as well as initiatives in the areas of education of young people in rural areas and relief of poverty within rural areas.

There are two rounds of funding in 2022. The deadline for the first round of funding is 27 May 2022.

More information and applications can be found on the NFU Mutual Charitable Trust website. 

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Invitation to Quote:

Early Help Workforce Development Phase 1

The Strengthening Families plan identifies the need to provide the right level of training to all practitioners, including staff from Targeted Early Help Services, health, housing and domestic abuse services, pastoral care teams in schools and voluntary sector partners.  The aim is to have a confident, knowledgeable workforce, who can respond to the local need in an appropriate and timely way.

The workforce development programme will provide partners with the opportunity to upskill staff to

  • deliver practical support to a range of clients
  • remain outcome focused 
  • understand underlying issues to support
  • will benefit families, agencies and provide cost effective interventions. 

The current workforce development strategy aims to achieve:

  • a more effective and reenergised workforce, especially after the pandemic
  • a supportive and open-minded workforce with the ability and energy to bring about change
  • more effective case working: less time with cases being stuck/blocked
  • a more resilient workforce: able to manage their role and support others
  • an ability to meet targets
  • improved outcomes for families
  • a reduction in families meeting the threshold for level 4 interventions.

Quotes should be submitted by NOON (midday) on 2nd May 2022.

Full details and proposal form can be downloaded here, or found on the Shropshire Council website.

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Tender Opportunity:

Provision of Residential Care for Adults with Learning Disabilities

Tenders are invited from providers for the Provision of Residential Care for Adults with Learning Disabilities.

The home is located in Market Drayton in North Shropshire and is registered with the Care Quality Commission to provide services to 4 individuals. There are currently 3 individuals living in the home.

The contract will be let for a period of five years commencing on 1st October 2022 with an option to extend for up to a further five years.

Submission deadline 11th May 2022. Read more information on the Shropshire Council website.

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Ideas Made Real

Ideas Made Real is an exciting and unique opportunity for young people 16-24 to turn their awesome ideas into a reality with an Ideas Made Real Award powered by Gen22 and The Birmingham2022 Commonwealth Games.

Gen22 are looking for ideas and projects in local communities across the West Midlands, that young people think will make a huge difference.

Supported by the National Lottery Community Fund, Gen22 will pick 22 ideas and make them real! Giving young people the freedom to tell them what they'd like to see done differently or added to, and they'll support to make it happen.

Shortlisted projects will get to pitch their idea to a panel of young people, and community leaders at a Power Plan weekend, at which point Gen22 will decide the winning ideas. Each successful project will also have direct support from a Gen22 Social Action Activator to help them through the process – from design to launch!

Young people will also be linked with a local community-based organisation who will help them to create their project.

Application deadline is 29th April 2022. Application form and full details are available on the Ideas Made Real website.

Funding for Projects to Improve Financial Wellbeing for Low-Income People Across the UK

Abrdn Financial Fairness Trust, formerly known as the Standard Life Foundation, is offering grants of between £10,000 and £200,000 for projects and activities that address specific inequalities, differences, and vulnerabilities to improve financial wellbeing, reduce the cost of living, and address issues related to spending and borrowing among low- and middle-income people across the United Kingdom. 

The Trust’s grant programme is focused on three areas that influence financial wellbeing:

  • Income:
    • Wages. 
    • Social security. 
    • Pensions.
    • Taxation. 
  • Spending:
    • Cost of living. 
    • Consumer spending. 
    • Problem gambling. 
    • Borrowing. 
    • Payment problems. 
  • Assets:
    • General saving. 
    • Retirement saving. 
    • Housing. 
    • Taxation.  

The next deadline for applications is 3 June 2022 (13:00). Visit the abrdn Financial Fairness Trust website for more information and to apply.

Don't forget to check out our website for a list of ongoing funds and the latest roundup of funds with upcoming deadlines!

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