VCSA Newsletter Week of 22nd August 2022

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Newsletter for the Week of 22nd August 2022


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Healthwatch Publishes Report on Experiences with Local NHS Psychological Services

Shropshire Healthwatch and Telford & Wrekin Healthwatch have heard from patients of the Shropshire Primary Care Psychological Therapies Service (also known as IAPT) and Telford IAPT.

These services are at the forefront of support and therapy to help people to deal with mild and moderate depression and anxiety. The NHS is looking at how these services are organised and are keen to understand people’s experiences.

Healthwatch heard that the most positive aspects of the services were the quality of staff and therapy. The aspects which received most negative feedback were the waiting times and communication with the services.

Lynn Cawley, Chief Officer of Healthwatch Shropshire, said:-

“We knew that depression and anxiety levels in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin have increased since the start of the pandemic. We wanted to hear from patients and ensure that their voice was at the centre of any service development.”

Frances Sutherland, Head of Transformation and Commissioning (Mental health, LD & A) Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin Integrated Care System, said:-

“We are currently reviewing our IAPT services and how they function. We are undertaking a change and efficiency project to harmonise our services across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and aim to build on the good practices already established, developing areas in need of improvement. We would like to thank all the respondents for their honest comments and we will use the report to support service development further.”

Barry Parnaby, Chair of Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin, said:-

“We asked for patients to give us suggestions on how the service can be improved and are very pleased to know that the IAPT services are looking at these as they consider how to improve services.”

Read the full report here. 

Local Healthwatch services in Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin are currently being reviewed. See Engagement Opportunities below to have your say on the future of Healthwatch in the county by 5th September.

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SaTH Launches New Cancer App

People living with and beyond cancer can benefit from support and advice at their fingertips thanks to a new app launched by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust (SaTH).

The “Living With & Beyond Cancer App” is free and has been developed by local NHS cancer specialists. It has been designed with local people in mind and is aimed at anybody affected by cancer and those who support people with cancer, including carers and professionals.

The app contains information for the areas of Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, and Powys on:

  • The Princess Royal and Royal Shrewsbury hospitals
  • The teams you might meet
  • Events happening near you
  • A contact directory
  • Good news stories
  • How to access community support

There’s also more general help and advice about treatments, side-effects, psychological support, health and wellbeing, and finance.

The app was recently shortlisted in three categories for the Patient Experience Network National Awards: Innovative Use of Technology, Social & Digital Media; Personalisation of Care; Cancer Experience of Care.

Dr John Jones, Medical Director at SaTH, said:

“I would like to congratulate and thank everyone involved in bringing this innovative app to fruition. It has a wealth of information for those living with cancer, and those supporting them, and marks another step forward in improving the quality and experience of care that we are providing.”

Jessica Greenwood, Strategic Lead for Cancer for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin and Lead Cancer Nurse at SaTH, said:

“There is so much support available for people living with and beyond cancer, but it can be hard to know where to start. Cancer can affect so many aspects of a person’s life, as well as their family’s, so they often need more than just clinical support. This app brings everything together in one place.

It has been a real team effort, with patients, clinicians, local NHS organisations, charities, including Lingen Davies and Macmillan, all getting involved to bring the app to life.

We hope that people find this app really helpful on their cancer journey and we would welcome any feedback on 01743 492424 or by emailing us.”

Leah Morgan, Cancer Survivorship Improvement Facilitator at SaTH, added:

“We are delighted to have developed this app and are so pleased with the potential it has to support anyone affected by cancer. We’ve been working on this for well over a year and we’re so proud that it’s finally launched. People are already making great use of it and telling us how helpful it is on their cancer journey.”

The “Living With & Beyond Cancer App” which is available 24/7 is free to use now on Apple and Android devices. To download it, install the MyHealthBoost app and search for SaTH Cancer Services.

More information, including a full download guide, is available on the SaTH website.

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Latest 'Donor Pulse' Report Shows Link Between Cost of Living and Charitable Giving

The latest Donor Pulse report from Enthuse finds a link between the increasingly difficult financial position of the public and their ability to donate to charities.

"55% of people saying they now find it harder to donate to good causes than they did six months ago," the report states. What's more, they find that "78% of those who are struggling financially have reduced or halted their charitable giving."

Despite this, overall giving is still "remaining robust, with 74% of the public having given to charity in the past three months."

The report also considers what works and what doesn't from the public's perspective in fundraising events. 

Download the full report here.

Star News Shop – Church Street, Bishop’s Castle

Former Newsagent Transformed Into Community Venue With Community Asset Grant Scheme

Further to a successful funding bid to Shropshire Council, Community Asset Grant Scheme money has been awarded to the Bishop’s Castle & District Community Land Trust, which will help in the creation of an informal drop-in venue at the heart of Bishop’s Castle for the local community.

The former Stars News Shop at 68-70 Church Street has been disused since 2015, but now after more than five years of neglect this building will be able to provide a welcoming meeting place for a wide variety of local groups.

These include the Bishop’s Castle Befriending Circle and in collaboration with Enterprise Southwest Shropshire, this will become a digital learning centre, helping those within the community gain support to access technology. The grant awarded by Shropshire Council, together with match funding, will allow the Trust to build a shopfront with disabled access, provide IT equipment for digital learning, a display area, seating and desks for customers.

The Bishop’s Castle & District Community Land Trust are a community-managed project responsible for renovating and developing this building into an asset for the benefit of the people of Bishop’s Castle and the wider area.  The Trusts objective is to create an important base for a wide variety of local groups and services, part of a wellbeing collective that brings the voluntary, community, and social enterprise sectors together.

Jenny Olivant a member of the Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas fair committee, describes the importance of this venue as follows –

"The Bishop’s Castle Michaelmas fair will return on 17 September after a two-year break, in what will be its twenty-fifth year.

The event is a one-day street fair, traditionally held at the end of harvest, which involves a variety of entertainment, music and street traders alongside processions of vintage cars and steam engines.

The event draws people in from across the region and relies upon the good faith of volunteers to make it a success. The newly formed community space is situated in an ideal location to run the event from and will enact as an information point on the day.  

This year we are planning to utilise the space behind the venue to set up a food court for visitors to enjoy. We hope to expand the event in future years and the new space on Church Street will play a pivotal in bringing the community together."

Community groups across Shropshire have received grant funding totalling more than £140,000 to boost their recovery following the pandemic. The Community Asset Fund is a government funded pilot scheme as part of the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), which aims to provide funding support in the aftermath of COVID-19. The design of the pilot grant scheme to benefit community assets is thanks in large part to a VCSA-led discussion with voluntary and community partners to make recommendations about the best ways to target the ARG funds. 

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Current VCSE Engagement Opportunities

The VCSA newsletter will now contain a regular feature highlighting current open surveys and engagement opportunities that are relevant for VCSE organisations and their beneficiaries.

Flyers/materials for distribution will be made available for download as well as any relevant links. If you have engagement opportunities to share/list here please email Sarah Hampson, VCS Insight and Engagement Officer at Shropshire Council to have it included in an upcoming newsletter.


Third Sector Sexual Harassment in Fundraising Survey: Third Sector has launched an anonymous online survey that invites people working in the voluntary and not-for-profit sector to share their views on and experiences of sexual harassment in fundraising. Closing date TBD

Lingen Davies Cancer Fund Survey: Lingen Davies want to hear from you as part of a project to improve lives for those impacted by the disease in Shropshire, Telford and Mid Wales. It will take no longer than 10 minutes, and your views will help inform our LiveLife Cancer Awareness Service. Please take the survey and help promote it. They also need volunteers for focus groups. Closing date TBD

Attingham Estate Outdoor Hub Feedback Requested: The National Trust seeks to create increased opportunities for people to get active and enjoy the outdoors. There are early plans to open up an area of the Attingham Estate to provide more access for walking, cycling and other outdoor activities. It is this potential 'Outdoor Hub’ they are specifically interested in your views on. They  want to hear from as many people as possible, including those who may not visit Attingham Park at the moment, so please feel free to share this survey with your friends, colleagues and groups you may be connected to. Closing date TBD

Telford and Wrekin Vision 2032: The council has launched an online survey to gather feedback about Vision 2032, the forward-thinking ambitions of what the borough should look like in ten years’ time. The survey is split into three specific ambitions: creating a carbon-neutral economy, how communities can thrive and how residents can live healthy and independent lives. Participants can complete the whole survey, or just the sections that interest them most. Closing 29th August

Charities Commission Annual Return Consultation: A consultation on its proposed new approach to the annual return, and a new set of up to 16 questions it plans to include. These changes would come into effect from 1 January 2023. Closing 1st September

Shaping the Future of Healthwatch Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin: Shropshire Council and Telford and Wrekin Council would like you to help them to shape how Healthwatch in your area will look from 2023 onwards. There are lots of changes happening in relation to health and social care services. For example, the new 'integrated care system' for the whole of Shropshire and Telford & Wrekin which aims to integrate care across different organisations and settings, joining up hospital and community-based services, physical and mental health, and health and social care. They  are interested in your views as to how Healthwatch best fits in to this new system. Closing 5th September

Youth Futures Foundation: YFF have commissioned a large-scale survey of young people from minority ethnic groups. Please share with young people you work with and ask them to complete the survey as soon as possible. The survey will be closing soon to allow time for analysis before interim findings are released on 14th September.

Telford and Wrekin Council Aging Well Survey: Share your views on the support you need to 'age well'. Telford and Wrekin Council, together with a wide range of our local partner organisations are launching a borough-wide “Ageing Well” consultation, asking residents over the age of 50 to share their views on the support they need to age well. Closing 16th September

Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment for Shropshire: Shropshire residents and organisations are encouraged to provide feedback on experience of using pharmacy services, to help shape the future of pharmacy services in the county. Closing 30th September

DCMS Dormant Assets Scheme Consultation: The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport is providing an opportunity for the public, the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector and industry stakeholders to have their say on how to shape the direction of the Dormant Assets Scheme in England in the years ahead. Dormant assets are financial assets, such as bank accounts, that have been untouched for a long period. The Dormant Assets Scheme is led by the financial services industry and backed by the government with the aim of reuniting people with these financial assets. Where this is not possible, the Scheme unlocks this money for social and environmental initiatives across the UK. Closing 9th October 

Open consultation Down Syndrome Act 2022 guidance:  This call for evidence will inform the development of the Down Syndrome Act statutory guidance. The Department of Health and Social Care are seeking your views on what should be included within the guidance. They will consider those views when producing draft guidance which we intend to publish for full public consultation. Closing 8th November

Shropshire Council Diversity survey: Shropshire Council and partners are working to understand the needs of every local area in Shropshire. They recognise that Shropshire is made up of diverse communities, and not all health, wellbeing, community and personal needs will be the same. Shropshire Council are collecting information to paint a picture about local use of health services, health and wellbeing, and the demographic and economic make up of our communities. Right now, they specifically want to hear from people in: Whitchurch and surrounding area; Oswestry and surrounding area; St Martins. Closing date TBD

Healthwatch: 999 and ambulance services feedback. Healthwatch want to understand how the current strains on the ambulance service are impacting people’s health and lives. No closing date

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

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Save the date 16th Sept for Social Value Workshop

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NHS Shropshire Telford and Wrekin ICB:

Outpatient Services Public Engagement Session


When:             Friday 23 September 2022, 9.30am – 12pm

Where:            Via MS Teams: a link will be shared closer to the time

Your local health and care organisations in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin are working together to improve outpatient services and are looking for local people to get involved.

Outpatients are when someone has an appointment in a hospital or clinic but does not need to stay overnight.

They are looking for the public, patients and carers to join us for a virtual event to tell us what they should consider in the design of future outpatient care.

This is an exciting opportunity for you to give your feedback and share your views to help inform the design of future outpatient care in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Register on the Eventbrite site.

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Shropshire Charity Network Event

Online 29th September 9:30-10:30am

The speaker for this session will be Joanne Turley, Senior Consultant at ARK Consultancy, who will be presenting on Social Impact and how this can be measured effectively. The world of social enterprise and charity funding is filled with acronyms, and jargon. The terms social investment and social impact can be equally as confusing and difficult to understand. Joanne will be dispelling some myths and sharing her experience of how ARK have supported a wide range of organisations to develop bespoke social return on investment approaches to measure their social impact and outcomes.

This session will also include Dan Guy from S3 Tax. How would you feel about saving your charity some money? Dan is a VAT specialist who focuses on the third sector and will be sharing his tips on potential VAT reliefs for charities as well as potential cost saving opportunities.

Visit the Eventbrite site to register now!

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Job / Volunteer Opportunities

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Citizens' Advice Shropshire Hiring Projects Administrator


Do you like to work as part of a team but also like being independent and resourceful?

Are you passionate about working for an organisation that is committed to making a difference and making society fairer?

If so you can help!  Citizens' Advice Shropshire are looking to employ a:

Projects Administrator

Location: Shrewsbury

Hours per week: 27.5 hours over 5 days

Salary: £20,043 annual pro rata + Pension Contribution

Holidays: 28 days + Bank Holidays

Contract type: Permanent Position

In this role, you will be responsible to the Specialist Services Manager.

  • Working as part of a team, you will be the first point of access for clients into the service
  • Provide a triage service which directs clients towards the appropriate type and level of information and advice resources
  • Deliver administration of various projects

Further details and application form (no CVs) are available from their website:

Closing Date:  5pm Monday 22nd August 2022

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 30th August 2022 in their Shrewsbury Office

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Volunteer Engagement Officer, Maternity Cover

Oswestry based with Qube and a Northern Shropshire remit

Salary £23,484 pa (full time salary) + employer pension contribution

Hours: 37 hours per week

This role works very closely with the other members of the Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership Team (SIP).  This role, together with 3 others employed at Community Resource, delivers infrastructure support across Shropshire.

  • Job Purpose: To promote volunteering and encourage new volunteers to come forward for the benefit of Shropshire VCS organisations and communities. Provide advice, support, and guidance to local charitable groups/organisations, including support to volunteer managers on recruitment and retaining volunteers. Develop relations with community led based local groups to support future growth and sustainability
  • Key activities: To promote good practice in volunteer management in VCS organisations. To support and offer development advice to new and existing charitable groups/organisations through advice, guidance, and signposting. 

For a full job description and an application form, please email Allison Richardson.

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AgeUK Shropshire: Benefits Officer

£22,856pa (£13,898 pro-rata)

22.5 hours/week

Based at home and/or in Shrewsbury (hybrid)

Providing a high quality benefits service to older people is a crucial element of Age UK. They are seeking an experienced person, who has an empathy with older people, to join their team. The work will include helping older people achieve their benefits entitlements, giving advice and assisting with appeals and reconsiderations.

You will need to have three years experience in a benefits advice role including applicable and current legislative welfare benefits knowledge and the ability to support older people in appeals and reconsiderations

Closing date: 5th September 2022; Interviews: 13th September 2022

Download Job Description

Download person specification

For further information and an application pack (please note they do not accept CVs) contact:

Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin,

4 Bellstone, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 1QQ

Tel: 01743 233123  email:

Sessional Youth Worker - Bishop's Castle Youth Project

3 hours/week at £10/hour - potential increase in hours as the project develops Helping to deliver project outcomes including a Youth Drop-in facility for 12-16 year olds, a Junior youth club for 8-11 year olds and to set up a Youth Forum group to link with Bishop's Town Council. Including:

  • Help in the recruitment of young people and the preparation and planning of sessions. 
  • To form and sustain relationships with young people individually and in groups.
  • To deliver innovative approaches to youth work that enable and encourage young people‘s participation at all levels.

Full job description Application form to be sent to   Closing date: 9th September 2022

Sight Loss Shropshire Manager

Sight Loss Shropshire have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic manager to deliver high-quality business support to this long-established sight loss charity, now in its centenary year, to take the charity forwards in its development.

Location: Hybrid working can be agreed, subject to at least 15 hours per week worked at the office in Shrewsbury

Hours: Part-time, 30 hours per week (flexible working)

Salary: £25,000 – £28,750 pro rata (actual salary for 30 hours per week £20,000 – £23,000)

Contract: Permanent

Benefits: 28 days annual leave (including bank holiday) and pension

Closing Date: 11th September 2022; Interviews: 22nd September 2022

Download full job description and person specification. For full information and to apply, visit the Roots HR website.

Business Support Officer - Youth Focus West Midlands

Youth Focus West Midlands is small, registered charity.  It provides support to youth services based in the 14 local authority areas that make up the West Midlands region.   It offers support and guidance, information dissemination and collection, networking opportunities and training.   Due to a period of growth the organisation is now seeking a Business Support Officer (see job description and person spec). The post will be for 3 years in the 1st instance, but it is anticipated this will be extended. This role is self-employed at £11/hour, 10hrs/week, mostly home based with some travel to Birmingham / West Midlands.

  • To provide a range of comprehensive administrative/business support services for YFWM
  • To deliver an effective, efficient, and professional front line service.
  • To work with the CEO and the Board to share and promote good practice

Download full job description   To apply please send a CV and letter of application to   Closing date: 16th September 2022

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SSYF Seeking Trustees

South Shropshire Youth Forum (SSYF) have quite a diverse group of trustees: Some old hands, some new trustees, some older people, some younger people, some retired, some working, some that used SSYF services when they were young and so on.

To accommodate everyone the trustees meet via Zoom in the evening and have an away day face to face once a year. There's still space for a few more trustees. Interested? Contact Rich Morley

There are various trustee roles - at the moment SSYF are particularly looking for someone willing to take on the Treasurer role. You don't necessarily have to have experience, training could be provided. Here's the role description. If you're not interested in being a Treasurer, do contact SSYF about the other roles!

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Volunteers Needed: The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal

The Royal British Legion is here to help members of the Royal Navy, British Army, Royal Air Force, veterans and their families. And we’re not going anywhere.

Volunteering with them helps make an enormous difference to the Armed Forces community. However much time you can give, there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved as a volunteer and make a difference.

Have a bit more time to spare or looking to expand your skills? The Royal British Legion are recruiting for a Poppy Appeal Organiser for Oswestry, High Ercall and Telford Central. To find out more and apply please click on the adverts below:

Oswestry Poppy Appeal Organiser

High Ercall Poppy Appeal Organiser

Telford Poppy Appeal Organiser

You can also visit the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal volunteers website to learn more.

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Little Stars Baby Bank Seeking Trustees

Little Stars have two exciting opportunities and are seeking a treasurer and fundraiser to join their board.

Joining Little Stars board is a wonderful opportunity for you to use your skills and experience to help shape the future of Little Stars, whilst complementing the skills of the existing and highly valued board members. Having launched in 2020 they are still in their infancy but they have big ambitions. By becoming part of the Little Stars family you can help them realise their vision and help and support even more families across Shropshire.

Firstly, they are looking for a Trustee with a background in Fundraising and Income Generation. In this role you will assist the Board of Trustees to develop a new approach to fundraising and income generation and ensure fundraising is of the highest standard and priority.

Secondly, they are looking for a Trustee with a background in finance/financial management. They work closely with an accountant (so you would not be expected to produce annual accounts), but they are looking for someone to cover specific responsibilities as the Treasurer.

They are seeking individuals for both these roles who have at least 3 years’ experience. Previous experience in a trustee role is not essential.

You will also help to inspire and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values, as well as ensuring compliance and accountability for finances, legal and governance obligations. They are looking for individuals who would enjoy the opportunity to contribute their skills and expertise to help to provide robust and dynamic governance, to ensure they achieve their ambitions.

For further information about the roles please email Leanne Simcoe, Trustee.

Expressions of interest to be received by 2nd September 2022.

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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Shropshire Council Seeking Expressions of Interest for Rehabilitation and Reablement Community-based Provision

Shropshire Council is looking to award short term contracts for a rehabilitation and reablement community-based provision, offering expertise to re able individuals and provide a step-down provision following a period of hospital admission in a care home setting.

To support this work Shropshire Council is seeking to award block contracts, for varying bed numbers, with a range of care home providers in Shropshire. Consideration will also be given to bids in respect of care homes on Shropshire’s borders, and for any homes falling into this category Shropshire Council may seek relevant information from the care home host local authority.

Expressions of interest due by Noon on 24th August

Download PDF for full information on expressions of interest for this provision

Visit the Shropshire Council website for more information and to request a tender pack

Islamic Relief Offering Support for Marginalised and Vulnerable People Across the UK

Islamic Relief is offering grants of between £1,000 to more than £100,000 for local charities and voluntary groups across the United Kingdom to deliver projects and activities that support marginalised people, such as women, young people, and refugees or asylum seekers, and to help them build resilience to poverty.

Funding is for projects and activities that promote one of the following themes:

  • Building resilience to poverty.
  • Combating challenges faced by women.
  • Support refugee and asylum-seeking populations.
  • Promoting and facilitating the development of young people and their families.

Preference will be given to organisations that can demonstrate:

  • Strong local or subject area expertise.
  • Involvement of beneficiaries in the planning and delivery of their programmes.

This is an annual programme with applications accepted once a year.

The deadline for applications is 28 August 2022 (midnight). Visit the Islamic Relief website for more information and to apply.

Funding for Local Community Projects in Great Britain

The Delamere Dairy Foundation, an independent registered charity that provides discretionary grants and other financial assistance to community organisations in Great Britain, is inviting applications for funding to support projects that align with its values, namely:

  • The advancement of agriculture and of environmental protection.
  • The advancement in life of young people by developing their capabilities so that they may mature as contributory members of society.
  • The relief of financial hardship.
  • The advancement of education.
  • The relief of sickness.

Applications will be accepted from constituted charities, community groups and social enterprises. New groups without a constitution or bank account will need to nominate an established group that will be responsible for holding and administering the grant on their behalf.

Grants of between £250 and £5,000 are available.

If project-based funding is being applied for, then the project must last no more than 12 months.

The deadline for applications is 31 August 2022. Visit the Delamere Dairy Foundation website for more information and to apply.

Sports Equipment Giveaway

Sport England have teamed up with the Birmingham 2022 organisers and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) to give away more than 16,000 sports items used at the Commonwealth Games.

The items, which include bikes, martial arts mats, weights, T20 cricket equipment, basketballs, boxing gloves and weights, as well as general equipment, such as cones and bibs, are being made available to local sport and community groups across the West Midlands.

The community giveaway will support the shared goal to create a lasting community impact in the West Midlands, by supporting people to be active beyond the Games.

Not-for-profit community-based organisations, such as local voluntary groups, schools, sports clubs, Community Interest Companies (CICs) and social enterprises that deliver community-based projects, that seek to tackle inactivity and promote the physical and mental benefits of leading an active life, are encouraged to apply and have until 19th September to get their application in.

More information and a list of equipment, as well as an online application can be found on the Sport England website. Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin applications will be handled by Energize.

New Round of Funding for Energy Advice Initiatives

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is working in partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to provide the next round of its Energy Affordability Fund.

To respond to the cost-of-living crisis and escalating energy prices, WPD is looking to support existing energy advice organisations to deliver advice and referrals on to other support organisations as required.

Grants of up to £20,000 are on offer, with applications for lower amounts welcomed.

The fund is open to non-profit organisations based in the WPD network area (Midlands, South West England and South & West Wales) as defined by WPD's postcode database. Applicants can use the postcode checker to find out whether they are in an eligible area.

Projects should involve at least one of the following core activities:

  • Providing remote or in-person in-depth home energy support and advice. This could include:
    • online or telephone advice
    • collaboration with food banks, mutual aid, or community groups (inc. community energy schemes)
    • home visits (including using video conferencing if needed)
    • working with volunteers to provide assistance
    • workshops, one-to-one training, attending community cafés and other events to promote services.
  • Extending existing referral networks to work with other support organisations, in particular where this extends the scope of existing activities, such as more in-depth benefits advice, to offer a more complete service. There is particular interest in partnerships or referrals which support communities who find it hard to access energy advice and support.
  • Extending the geographical reach of an existing advice service into an area where similar services do not currently exist.

Applicants must be free to attend a skill sharing workshop on Zoom on 4 November 2022.

The deadline to apply is 30 September 2022, with outcomes expected by 17 October 2022. Visit the Centre for Sustainable Energy website for more information and to apply.

Motability Invites Applications for Travel with Confidence Grants

National disability transport charity Motability has announced the final of its six new grant programmes for 2022, which aims to improve experiences of public transport for disabled people.

Grants of £100,000 to £1 million are available and can be split over one, two or three years.

The funding can be used for:

  • Activity that improves the information, support and assistance available to disabled people using public transport.
  • Activity that supports disabled people to have better journeys through increased confidence, resilience and training.
  • Continuation funding for schemes, programmes and initiatives that already exist, and who provide best practice solutions, but need further support to remain operational or scale up.
  • Staff or volunteer training and costs.
  • Full cost recovery including indirect costs.
  • Local, regional, or national initiatives to increase awareness of active travel and influence its inclusion in transport strategy and policy.

Medium to large charities and organisations with established ways of working may apply, providing they have been active for at least three years with an annual turnover of at least £150,000 and three to twelve months of reserves.

Applications can be submitted at any time. Visit the Motability website for more information and to apply.

Don't forget to check out the VCSA's latest funding roundup, which is now available to view on our website, or you can click here to download a copy now.

Don't forget to check out our list of grants with rolling deadlines as well!

Don't see something on this list that should be here? Please contact us and let us know.


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