VCSA Newsletter Week of 12th June 2023

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Newsletter for the Week of 12th June 2023


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Shropshire Community Foundation Launches New Website

Shropshire's Community Foundation has a new look and a fresh new website. The charitable organisation, which has been infused with a new mission and purpose of late by its Board of Trustees, led by former High Sheriff of Shropshire, Selina Graham, aims to bring more funding into the county and act as a "philanthropic hub" to support and strengthen the VCSE sector.

The Foundation has already build an impressive array of community and business support, and looks to start offering funding opportunities to VCSE organisations in the near future.

Sonia Roberts, CEO at Landau and a Trustee for Shropshire's Community Foundation, says:

"I have had the pleasure of working with some incredible volunteers to set up a Community Foundation Charity for Shropshire, after months of pulling together a board, an investment committee, policies and procedures, funding, and the first permanent endowments for the benefit of the charitable sector in Shropshire (including the borough of Telford & Wrekin), I am now delighted to announce the launch of our website."

The new website includes information for prospective donors, as well as a section for funding opportunities once those become available. There is also an opportunity to sign up for a newsletter to keep abreast of the Foundation's activities and funding offers.

Check out the website now!

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 National Lottery Announces It Will Double Its Small Grants

In what is being characterised as ’the biggest change in National Lottery funding for a generation’, the UK’s largest community funder has announced that it will double the amount of funding available to grassroots projects.

With the aim of strengthening society by creating resilient communities that are more inclusive and sustainable, National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) has released its seven-year strategy, “It starts with community”. During this period, it is expected that at least £4 billion of lottery funding will be distributed across the UK.

The strategy was formed over a year-long process comprising 18,000 interactions with people and organisations and focuses on four key missions. These are to support communities to:

  • Connect. Support communities to come together.
  • Be environmentally sustainable.
  • Help children and young people to access resources and experiences that help them thrive.
  • Enable people to live healthier lives.

At the core of the strategy are the following principles, which will guide funding decisions and ways of working:

  • An equity-based approach to tackle inequality.
  • Supporting communities to build from their strengths.
  • Supporting what matters most to different communities.

The new strategy will see an increase in funding:

  • Awards for All – the maximum grant is being raised from £10,000 to £20,000 covering two years (currently one year).
  • A new £15 million programme is expected to open for applications ‘around August’ that will connect communities.
  • An additional £9 million will go to support the Climate Action Fund.

According to the NLCF, ‘there will be more announcements to come about new funding opportunities and programmes as [it] starts to work through the detailed delivery’.

There will also be an increased focus on strategic, long-term change and investment. Typically, funding will be for between one and five years, with flexibility to support some projects and approaches targeting longer-term or transformational change up to 10 years.

NLCF will remain flexible and receptive to funding project, capital, organisational, partnership and developmental costs depending on the needs of the organisation.

The full strategy can be found on the NLCF website.

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Shropshire Partnership Wins Health Promotion of the Year Award

Shropshire Council’s health checks for the farming community have been awarded Health Promotion of The Year at the West Midlands Public Health Ball awards ceremony. 

The Public Health Ball awards were held on Saturday 20th May, organised by West Midlands Public Health Registrars to recognise the work that has taken place in the sector in the years since the COVID-19 pandemic began.   

Shropshire Council’s health checks for farmers took the award for Health Promotion of The Year thanks to the successful partnership between Shropshire Council and local charity, Shropshire Rural Support. 

The service began in January at Halls livestock auctions in Shrewsbury and has since grown to include McCartney’s livestock market in Ludlow.  Shropshire Council’s community wellbeing outreach team visit each of the markets, usually once every fortnight, and can provide blood pressure readings as well as listening to other wellbeing concerns and signposting services and support. 

Since the service began, agencies such as West Midlands Police, NHS diabetes practitioners and Severn Trent Water have also joined the team, to offer advice on wider issues that affect the farming community.  The project is now being expanded to include Market Drayton livestock market, run by Barber’s auctions, so that it can reach even more people in the community. 

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Shropshire's Social Task Force Responds to New VCS Report on the Cost of Living Crisis

Shropshire's Social Task Force has released a response to the new report from Shropshire's Citizens Advice and the Shropshire Food Poverty Alliance, titled, "When the safety net fails: Experiences of navigating local support services during the cost of living crisis."

The report is based on interviews with Shropshire residents on their experiences with trying to access support during the cost of living crisis.

The Social Task Force released a statement last week, saying:

As a Social taskforce we welcome this detailed and powerful examination of the difficulties experienced by some residents in accessing support in Shropshire. We thank the participants for sharing their stories and hope that we can work towards improving the safety net for our residents.

Our partnership includes a wide range of organisations, including the voluntary and community sector, health and social care and Shropshire council.

Together, we have been working to deliver targeted actions to support households throughout the Pandemic and the Cost-of-living crisis. This includes communications to residents, training for frontline staff and a cost of living helpline.

Our multi agency approach brings the knowledge and expertise of local organisations together so that we can focus on the key challenges faced by our most vulnerable residents.

We have been able to do a great deal of positive work but recognise that there is still a lot more that we must continue to do, as highlighted in this report. 

As a partnership we support the recommendations in the report and remain committed to continue supporting our most vulnerable households.  We have agreed to the continuation of the Social Taskforce and will take steps to update our actions in line with the recommendations and available resources."

Chaired by Rachel Robinson, Executive Director of Public Health, the Social Task Force is made up of councillors, council employees, and voluntary and community sector representation from across the county who come together regularly to work on key issues pertaining to the cost of living. Read this story about the Task Force in the Shropshire Star.

You can download a summary of the report here or read the full report.

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Free Warm Hubs Toolkit Launched

A toolkit to help set up Warm Hubs across the country has been launched, with support agencies encouraged to build on this winter’s Warm Spaces initiatives and convert them to Warm Hubs.

Warm Hubs were originally created by Community Action Northumberland (CAN) in 2015 as places within the local community where people can be assured of finding a safe, warm and friendly environment in which to enjoy refreshments, social activity, advice and the company of other people. Funding for the scheme was provided by Northern Gas Networks (NGN).

However Warm Hubs are much more than a warm space. They are warm, resilient, sustainable, energy efficient buildings/emergency centres often using renewable technology. The Warm Hub volunteers are fully trained in skills such as first aid, food safety, energy advice and dementia awareness. Finally, every Warm Hub is tailored to meet the needs of its local community, including identifying any gaps in support.

During the last year, CAN was inundated with enquiries from charities and local authorities wanting to set up a Warm Hubs scheme in their own areas as the energy crisis hit. Warm Hubs is trademarked, so to help address the need and to share good practice, CAN created the Warm Hubs toolkit at thanks to support from Northern Gas Networks.

The website describes how to set up and run a Warm Hub scheme, aimed at support agencies across the UK such as local authorities and rural charities. It provides training via a free toolkit of guidance to ensure the Warm Hubs they’ll be supporting are meeting the Warm Hub principles.

This story was excerpted from the Rural Services Network website. Read the full story here.

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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Have Your Say: Current VCSE Engagement Opportunities

Men with Cancer Diagnosis: SaTH are looking for men to join a task and steer group, working with the Personalised Care Team as part of the Living With and Beyond Cancer Programme, to help them create a focused session for men. They are looking for anybody to be involved as much or little as they would like: whether this be just giving comments and feedbacks or getting more involved and joining the task and steer group to help shape the session. Please help spread the word about this opportunity. Closing date TBD

Health Needs Assessment for Shrewsbury: Shropshire Councils Public Health Community Wellbeing Outreach Team is collecting the views and wishes of all Shropshire residents regarding their current and future health and wellbeing needs. They feel it’s very important to make sure community voice is heard when decisions are made about where funding is allocated across Shropshire. Right now, they are surveying Shrewsbury residents only. Please help spread the word about this research. Closing date TBD

Healthwatch Shropshire - Complaints About Health and Social Care: Healthwatch Shropshire wants to know about people’s experience of making complaints about their NHS or social care services, not only if people achieved the outcome they sought through the complaint but also their experience of making the complaint, did they feel supported, did they have the information they needed, how they were treated and if they felt listened to. Closing date TBD

Healthwatch Shropshire - Diabetes Service Changes: To address the rising prevalence of diabetes in our community STW Integrated Care System wants to transform diabetic care pathways with a vision of improving the lives and treatment outcomes for patients affected by diabetes or those at risk of developing it. In order to do this, they would like to hear from people with diabetes or those who have been identified as being at risk of developing diabetes (pre-diabetic) about their experiences of diabetic care and support. They will then share the responses with the NHS and Public Health to help inform the transformation programme and ensure the patient voice is at the centre of developments. Closing date TBD

School Aged Children Stakeholder Survey: Shropshire Council public health team is seeking the views of all services and organisations that support children aged 5-16 years old, including children with SEND. Closing 13th June

The Shropshire Local Cycling and Walking Infrastructure Plan: (LCWIP or ‘Cycling and Walking Plan’ for short) is the council's long-term plan, aimed at dramatically improving the safety, comfort and attractiveness of walking and cycling in the county.​ The purpose of this plan is to set out a prioritised list of schemes for delivery over the next ten years that will improve walking and cycling infrastructure for Shropshire residents, workers and visitors alike. Closing 16th June

The Cycling and Walking plan covers the following towns (click below for the survey link):

Other ways to get involved:

  • Two online webinars covering the proposals for each of the seven towns (6pm on 18 and 25 May details TBC)
  • Workshops with schools to get the opinions of children and young people (w/c 19 June, details TBC)

Shropshire Council Recommissioning Digital Carer Support: Shropshire Council commissioned a Digital Carer Support service in December 2021. Mobilise online was awarded the contract and works closely with the Shropshire Carer Support team, within Shropshire Council, to ensure we provide an all-round service to identify and support more carers in Shropshire, including carers who may previously have been marginalised e.g., working carers, parent carers, young adult carers and hidden carers.

The digital carer support contract is ending in December 2023, and they are recommissioning a digital service. They are asking all carers who have used the digital support service  delivered by Mobilise to tell them their thoughts on what went well, any difficulties and anything that may be missing from the digital service.

It’s important to the council that the services they provide are well-designed for the people who will be using them. The feedback we receive will help us to do this. We are hoping to hear from adult carers with a wide range of personal experiences and different circumstances; we know that everybody’s story is unique. We would particularly like to hear from young adult carers and working carers.

Please help to distribute this short questionnaire to service users describing their experience of receiving digital support and any suggestions to improve the digital service Shropshire Council are commissioning. Closing date 19th June

The Big Health and Wellbeing Conversation Survey: The aim is to understand local views on what is affecting people's health and wellbeing, and what things would make the biggest difference to improve experiences of local health and care services. The ICS is inviting anyone who lives, works, or accesses health and care services in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin to tell us their views about local health and care services and what should be done to improve them. People who register their views can also opt in to enter a free prize draw with a chance to win £100 worth of vouchers (terms and conditions apply). Please share widely with service users. Closing 22nd June

Carers Shielding Questionnaire: The Covid 19 pandemic saw many unpaid and family carers shielding to protect the person they care for and themselves.  It has been 2 years since restrictions started to reduce, however, many carers still feel the need to protect their cared for person and themselves by continuing to shield. Continued shielding may have an adverse effect on a carer's health and wellbeing, causing feelings of loneliness and anxiety. Shropshire Council's Carers Support Team are interested in why people might be shielding so that they can provide support to carers to access their community, news and relevant resources. Closing 30th June

Rural Youth Survey: Rural Media have launched a follow up on their successful Point of View Youth Survey aimed at rural young people. This year for the first time it is being rolled out to Shropshire as well and organisations from Shropshire have had the opportunity to add questions. Data from the survey will be available to anyone and it will be possible to isolate data just for Shropshire. Please help spread the word with your service usersClosing 7th July

Shropshire Electoral Boundary Review: The Local Government Boundary Commission for England has published draft recommendations for new divisions, division boundaries, and division names for Shropshire. If you represent a local organisation or community group in Shropshire, please pass this message on to your members or anyone you think who might be interested in the review. Closing 10th July

  • Website with information on the review and proposals
  • Link to feedback form to provide views on the proposals
  • Poster for sharing with communities

Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Survey 2023: Annual user survey in order to identify how and where best to use the council’s resources to maintain and improve Shropshire's rights of way network, country parks and countryside and heritage sites. The survey also provides information to support the delivery of Shropshire’s Great Outdoors Strategy 2018-2028. Closing 6th August   

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Events and Training Opportunities

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VCSA Annual Assembly

5th July 9:30-12:30

Shrewsbury Town Football Club

This year's assembly theme will be promoting mental health and wellbeing for voluntary sector staff and volunteers. We will have speakers and a workshop that fit this theme. Our agenda will also cover a review of the work the VCSA has done this year to further the sector's priorities.

Full agenda will be available soon!

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served, and tables for putting out materials will be available. Time will be set aside specifically for networking with other VCSE organisations, so please feel free to bring your organisational flyers and materials. Please email Sarah Hampson at if you plan to bring banners or other materials bigger than leaftlets for a table, just so that we can be prepared to accommodate you.

If you will need transportation from the Shrewsbury bus or train station to the football ground, please email Sarah Hampson at as soon as possible as we are making arrangements for a shuttle.

Register free here

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King’s Award for Voluntary Service Briefing Sessions

The King's Award for Voluntary Service celebrates the outstanding work of local volunteer groups across the UK. Groups do not have to be a registered charity and any voluntary

organisation with three or more volunteers can be nominated. The award is the equivalent to an MBE and the highest award given to local voluntary groups in the UK, giving Royal recognition to the work they do.

The Lord-Lieutenant of Shropshire has been delighted to see so many voluntary groups in the county being awarded the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and would like to support even more organisations across Shropshire win this award which following the Accession of King Charles III, has now become The King’s Award for Voluntary Service.

To help and encourage voluntary organisations understand the award and the nomination process the Shropshire Lieutenancy will be holding one more briefing session:

Tuesday 13th June 2023 at 7pm - 8pm Via Zoom

For further information and/or to book a place please email:

Information can also be found on the KAVS website.

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Young Adult Mental Health Grant Scheme Workshop

14th June 11:30am-1pm Online

Are you a voluntary sector organisation working with young adults with mental health issues? Maybe your organisation is not yet working with this population but is interested in finding some funding to expand into this work? 

This workshop is for you!

The Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust (MPFT) is seeking your support to achieve their Community Mental Health Transformation objectives as set out below in the infographic.

Via the Shropshire Telford and Wrekin DPS they are looking to commission and provide grants for new bespoke VCSE-led initiatives working with adults with complex mental Health need living within Shropshire Telford and Wrekin.

The funding rounds will include services for 18-25 year olds with further funding opportunities to address health inequalities, reach out to marginalised groups and hopefully go some way to addressing service gaps identified within local communities.

At this workshop you will:

  • Help to develop grant criteria for the funding rounds aimed at supporting 18-25 year olds with complex mental health needs in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin
  • Learn more about the upcoming grants for the Community Mental Health Transformation and how your organisation can apply
  • Meet and network with other VCSE organisations working on similar goals

This workshop is hosted by the Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly (VCSA), Telford & Wrekin Chief Officers Group (COG), the Telford Unlocking Potential Alliance, and the MPFT Community Mental Health Transformation.

Register via Eventbrite

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Free Domestic Abuse Training Spaces Available for This Week

There are currently spaces available for FREE training sessions running this week, and next week:

DASH Focus:  Tuesday 13th June 11.00am-1.00pm

HBA/FM:  Wednesday 14th June 2.00pm-4.30pm

To find out more about the specific courses and trainers, visit the Stay website.

To book staff on, or if you are interested yourself, then please email Nina Gee or

ALL training is held online (Microsoft Teams) and participants will receive a certificate and session materials. Sessions are interactive, informal, and sensitive. The training is open to organisations across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin.

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Carers Week 5-18 June 2023

Carers Week is an annual event to raise awareness of caring. The theme this year is ‘Recognising and supporting carers in the community.’

Carers week is our opportunity to say thank you to all unpaid and family carers in Shropshire.  

Shropshire Carers Support Team are excited to share this year’s programmes for both face to face and virtual activities with you.  Please click HERE for face to face activities and HERE for virtual activities. Like last year, they have extended the programme over a two-week period (5 – 18 June 2023) to try and reach as many carers as possible. There is a blended mix of face to face and virtual options – whether you want to come along to the activities or join them from home they hope you will find something for you and look forward to meeting you.

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June In-Person Networking Event

June 19th 5:30-7pm

Lion + Pheasant Hotel Shrewsbury 

Come and join in a fun and informal networking session for those working in and with the charity sector in Shropshire!

Shropshire Charity Network are delighted that they will be joined at the session by Mandy Thorn MBE, the High Sheriff for Shropshire, who will be sharing her aspirations for her Shrieval Year.

The event will take place at the Lion and Pheasant in Shrewsbury in the large upstairs function room. Please grab a drink from the bar downstairs and make your way up to join everyone.

The event is free to attend. Numbers are limited so please do book your place using the Eventbrite link.

VCS Breakfast Meeting 20th June

Register free here

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Celebrate Midsummer the Traditional Way at Fordhall Organic Farm

21st June may seem like just another summer day, but since Neolithic times it has been a reason for celebration. Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, sees the longest daylight hours of the year – this simple fact has given rise to some very old traditions and folklore associated with this day. Some may observe the day in their own way, keeping a candle burning all night, watching the sunrise or sunset, or creating solstice flower crowns. Other’s may join larger celebrations, with music, feasting and storytelling – very much like the celebrations would have been carried out in the past.

Last year, Fordhall Farm hosted their first seasonal celebration of this nature, with event producer Suzanne Antoney-Byrnes describing it as ‘an evening of fun, food and folklore’. Following the success of this event, Fordhall Community Land Initiative manager, Charlotte Hollins, has once again been working closely with Suzanne and funding from the Shropshire Good Food Partnership to bring further seasonal merriment to the farm!

Professional storyteller Jake Evans will be revisiting, to thrill with tales of the mystical around the firepits, while folk band Litha will accompany the celebrations with their live traditional music…and of course there will be a midsummer themed feast of Fordhall fayre! Guests will be able to dig into a delightful array of dishes, from slow roast pork, beetroot and goat’s cheese quiche, locally made sunshine bread, chocolate beehive cupcakes…and that’s just naming a few!

Fordhall Community Land Initiative Manager, Charlotte Hollins, said:

"I am very excited to be working with Suzanne and other local musicians and artists again, bringing people together for an event which celebrates connection with each other and the landscape.

‘It will be a joy to welcome back both Jake and Litha, who never fail to entertain with their wonderful stories and music. We do hope guests will also enjoy the traditional Fordhall Grazing Table buffet, with its special solstice twist. All the dishes are freshly prepared, and made with local and organic ingredients – we can of course cater for an array of dietary requirements too, so no-one misses out on any part of the celebration."

Fordhall’s Summer Solstice event is taking place on 21st June, 7pm-10pm. Tickets are £20pp,
and must be pre-booked by visiting the Fordhall Farm Shop website or calling 01630 638 696.
A cash bar will be available on the night.

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Get Grants Offering Free Introduction Workshops in 2023

Get Grants are offering free taster sessions of their fundraising workshops during the remainder of 2023. Click on the links below to sign up via Eventbrite.

Thursday 22nd June, 10am – 11am
Introduction to Trusts & Foundations Fundraising Workshop

Thursday 6th July, 12pm – 1pm
Introduction to Developing your Individual Giving Workshop

Tuesday 25th July, 10am – 11am
Introduction to Corporate Fundraising Workshop

Friday 29th September, 10am – 11am
Introduction to Using Data to Increase Fundraising Success Workshop

Tuesday 10th October, 10am – 11am
Introduction to Storytelling for Fundraising Workshop

Friday 10th November, 10am – 11am
Introduction to Developing a Fundraising Strategy Workshop

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Free and Low Cost Training for Voluntary Sector Organisations Through SIP

The Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) hosts a number of free or low-cost (£15pp) training courses for voluntary and community sector organisations in Shropshire. 

Click on the links below to check them out and sign up today! Upcoming courses in May and June include:

It is also highly recommended that you follow SIP on Evenbrite to get notified when new courses are added!

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Mental Health Courses for VCS Organisations

Remember to check out the list of mental health training courses offered through the Shropshire in Partnership Mental Health Project.

Courses for VCS organisations include:

Suicide First Aid

Resilience and Stress Management

and Managing Stress and Burnout.

Sign up here

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First Aid and Safeguarding Adults Training

Shropshire Partners in Care is a not-for-profit organisation supporting over 250 independent adult social care providers across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. Established in 2003, they exist to represent, upskill and champion our local adult social care providers and their staff. They offer quality and reasonably priced First Aid training at their offices in Annscroft, Shrewsbury, primarily to Members, but also to non-Members such as schools and community groups. All First Aid Training is nationally accredited by The First Aid Industry Body (FAIB). Safeguarding Adults Awareness training is aimed at all staff and volunteers working in social care, health, housing, charities and other areas of the independent sector.

In June 2023 they have spaces available on the following courses: 

Course Title

Course Date

Course Venue

Price per Person


First Aid at Work (3 Days)

13th June

Annscroft Office


Safeguarding Adults - your role as safeguarding lead

14th June

Online - Zoom


First Aid at Work (3 Days)

14th June

Annscroft Office


Dementia Showcase Day

14th June

Shrewsbury Town Football Club


1 Day Emergency First Aid in Ludlow, Market Drayton or Telford

15th June

Spiro Clinic, Ludlow


1 Day Emergency First Aid

26th June

Annscroft Office


1 Day Emergency First Aid in Ludlow, Market Drayton or Telford

27th June

Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton


1 Day Emergency First Aid

27th June

Annscroft Office


1 Day Emergency First Aid in Ludlow, Market Drayton or Telford

28th June

The Hub on the Hill, Telford


1 Day Emergency First Aid

28th June

Supreme Home Care


1 Day Emergency First Aid

29th June

Annscroft Office


Should you be interested in booking a place on any of these courses, please contact Non-Member Bookings on 01743 860011 or email

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Adults Up For Change Invited to Youth Conference

South Shropshire Youth Network is a peer network for anyone working with young people aged 8-25 years old – or wanting to work with young people. Each year they organise a youth conference to amplify the local youth voice.

For the second year running, young people are involved in organising the conference from scratch. The aim is for young participants to meet local decision makers, councillors and campaigners in a relaxed atmosphere. So that young people have their say in what happens where they live.

Are you interested in hearing from young people and willing to take some action, however big or small?

Then you’re invited too!

Organisations that want to present themselves can book a space at the conference, but only if it’s not just for an information stall. They have to have a little activity going on, and are expected to join in the workshops and conversations.

For more information & to book your free ticket including lunch via Eventbrite

Any questions or if you know of any young people you’d like to bring? Contact Infrastructure Support Officer Marinke Fontein, on and check out the SSYF website.

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Social housing tenants across Shropshire are invited to the annual Shropshire Tenants Voice Conference 2023 on Wednesday 5 July, from 10am to 4pm. This will be at the Barnabas Centre in Shrewsbury, but can also be attended online.

Organised by Shropshire Council in partnership with social landlords across the county, Tenants Voice aims to bring tenants and their landlords together, and gives residents a chance to meet with senior leaders from social housing providers across the county.

Tenants will have the opportunity to find out how they can influence decision-making that affects them, and what support is available from both their landlord and the wider community.

Attendees will hear from a host of speakers covering key topics such as health and wellbeing, cost of living and climate change, and will also be able access advice and support from a wide range or organisations. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Sessions throughout the day include:

  • Meet the landlord
  • Cost of living challenge
  • Putting tenants in the driving seat
  • Health and wellbeing hour / food inspirations
  • Living in a changing world – climate change challenge.

Residents can either attend in person – though early booking is advised as places are limited – or view the conference online. To book your place visit: Shropshire Tenants Voice Conference 2023 Tickets, Wed 5 Jul 2023 at 10:00 | Eventbrite  

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About Health – In conversation with Our Windrush Nurses

Date: Thursday, 6 July 2023

Time: 6:30pm – 7:30pm

Location: Online

In celebration of Windrush day, Julia Clarke, Director of Public Participation for Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust is joined by retired nurses from One Voice Windrush Caribbean Community, to talk about what it was like to arrive in Shropshire and work in the newly established NHS.  

It promises to be an excellent evening and the ladies have a lot of stories of living in Shropshire in the 20th century which will tie into the work EDI teams are looking into now!

Register free via Eventbrite 

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Life in 2035 Apocalypse...Not?

Sunday 16th July, 2pm and 4pm at

The Hive in Shrewsbury

What kind of planet will we hand over to our children and grandchildren in 2035? Shropshire Youth Theatre Juniors take you on a journey through a series of parallel futures as they go about their work, come home, travel and shop in 2035.

An original piece of theatre created by SYT in collaboration with Save Our Shropshire, this inspiring and thoughtful play explores their own worries and wishes.

And what better way to support three community organisations?

Book tickets on the Hive website.

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SEN Family Friendly Theatre at Attingham Park

For their Family Theatre at Attingham Park this summer, Same Difference Arts will be performing Squirrel Walnutkins Saves the Planet on Friday 11 August 2023. 

This is a SEN family friendly theatre performance and both shows will be BSL interpreted. The cast includes disabled actors and additional access elements thanks to ACE funding. These performances will be in the Outer Courtyard, compared to the usual Field of Play, as this is a quieter space for the shows. 

Tickets are £10 an adult and £5 per child. Tickets will go on sale shortly on the Attingham Park website: Same Difference Arts: Squirrel Walnutkins Saves the Planet | National Trust

New Date! 4th October 2023

Working with the Voluntary, Community & Social Enterprise Sector

The Key to Health and Care across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

Join us at Shrewsbury Town Football Club for a full day conference on Wednesday, 4th October 2023 to find out more about Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin’s dynamic voluntary and community sector, its pioneering work and successes, as well as its future aspirations as a key partner within the Integrated Care System.

Meet colleagues from across sectors, hear latest research on the vital role of preventative healthcare, explore specific infrastructure support topics, and understand how we can unlock potential to support and engage our communities better. Work with us to develop a new strategic chapter that pushes the voluntary sector’s work to new and greater heights. 

Who may be interested?

Please come along to learn more and share your views on future partnership working if you work within a voluntary organisation in Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin, are a leader within the Integrated Care System, including the local authorities and hospital trusts, as well as other organisations involved in community wellbeing.

What will be included?

The day’s agenda will include keynote speakers, a panel discussion, and a choice of workshops.

There will also be a tabletop networking opportunity for organisations in the voluntary sector to raise awareness and promote their organisations to conference delegates.

And, of course, refreshments and lunch for all.

More information to follow in a couple of weeks. Please mark your diaries. 


Supported by funding from Shropshire Council

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Job / Volunteer Opportunities

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Citizens Advice Shropshire is Recruiting!

Are you passionate about making a difference, making society fairer and working for an organisation that values diversity, promotes equality and challenges discrimination?  

Citizens Advice Shropshire is recruiting for 2 assessor/adviser roles.

They encourage and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and will consider a trainee position if you don’t have advice experience.  They will consider part time working (min 3 days or across 5 days).

2 x Assessor /Adviser or Trainee Assessor /Adviser

Salary £23,946 - £25,412 FTE depending on experience.

Contract: Fixed term contract until September 2024.

Full time 37 hours per week.

Location: Shrewsbury Office and some homeworking

Start:  As soon as possible.

Post may be subject to a DBS check.

In this role, you will be part of a paid and volunteer team answering calls from their Shropshire telephone advice line and national Citizens Advice Universal Credit: Help to Claim line and interviewing clients in the Shrewsbury office

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

Closing date:           Midnight Sunday 2nd July 2023

Interviews:             Tuesday 11th July 2023

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Chief Officer / Commercial Manager £40K pa

Meeting Point Trust Ltd is a well-established charity based at Meeting Point House in Southwater Square, Telford Town Centre, the commercial hub of Telford.

Meeting Point House comprises 10 meeting/conference rooms, the on-site Hummingbird Café, serviced office space to 10 local charities and a home to the new Telford Minster.

They are a forward-thinking charity, with a vision:

‘To be the enduring Meeting Point in the heart of Telford that increasingly inspires, connects and enables Statutory, Faith and Voluntary organisations; and through this partnership improves the lives of others.’

The successful candidate will be dynamic and have managed at strategic and operational levels, generating strategies for growth, and meeting financial targets. Experience of managing a large public space and setting and managing budgets is essential. Experience of working to a board of Trustee would be beneficial.

You will be able to demonstrate strong leadership and change management skills as the Trust operates in a commercially competitive environment, whilst striving to deliver its charitable objectives.

Hours: 37 hrs per week (negotiable) Monday to Friday

Actual salary: £40K for FT hours

benefits include: 5% employer contribution to pension, 25days annual leave plus bank holidays and enhanced sick pay.

Flexible working and some home working, as required.

Closing date: 18/06/2023

If interested, please email a covering letter and CV to:

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Volunteering Opportunities with LGBT+ Projects 

SHROPSHIRE LGBT+ ARCHIVE Help is needed to complete the organisation of this private archive, housed within walking distance of Shrewsbury station. Broad categories of material have been established, but work needs doing to fine tune the collection, with a view to its eventual relocation to London (the Bishopsgate Institute) and/or Shropshire Archives.  It’s a volunteer role, but should be a lot of fun if you like LGBT+ history and enjoy organising and documenting archival material. If you are interested please contact by text: Peter: 07790 263958

SHROPSHIRE LGBT+ HISTORY RESEARCH In preparation for presentation at the 2024 History Festival a keen researcher is needed to explore the origins of Shropshire CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) in the 1970s. We can put you in touch with contacts to get you started, you then just follow your nose. Help will be available to create a display and to present the findings. If you are interested please contact Sal:

LGBT+ BOOK CATALOGUING  There is a great selection of LGBT+ themed books both fiction and non-fiction in the SAND Office - nobody gets to see them there so we would like to make them more available by donating them to  Shropshire libraries. Reasonably enough - they need to know what we have got, so we'd like to (at last) complete the job of listing them by author/editor, title and date with a bit of blurb about each. Can you help? We have about 3 shelves worth! Please contact Sal:

SAND SOCIAL MEDIA ASSISTANT Finally, SAND is looking for a social media-savvy volunteer to help post regularly on Linked In, Twitter and Facebook. We'd ideally like someone who can commit for a minimum of three months. If you or someone you know is interested, then please contact

REACH Befriending by Phone: As we get older, we may find we spend more time on our own. This can sometimes feel lonely, boring or make us miss friends or family. For LGBT+ folks, it's even harder if they feel excluded from social clubs and activities they see as "not for us". If you or someone you know is missing the joy of regular conversation then give REACH a go. AgeUK's REACH service has been designed with help from SAND and is specifically there to link LGBT+ people aged 50 - 100 or more with a telephone-friend. It is a totally confidential service and they would love to hear from you. Phone AGE UK on 01743 233123. 

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Dementia Support Group Facilitator


  • Location - Albrighton
  • Salary - £22,129 pro rota
  • 12hrs per month in total
  • 2 groups facilitated per month on 1st and 3rd Friday

Community Resource’s dementia support groups (Care & Share) are a welcoming place to socialise for people with mild to moderate dementia and their family carers. The charity is looking for an enthusiastic person with great communication skills to facilitate and deliver session activities to the Albrighton group.  

We are interested in someone who is good with people, organised, and can work on their own initiative. Knowledge of dementia is desirable, but not essential as training will be given.  The successful candidate will be required to have an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) check.

For more information, visit the Community Resource website.

The deadline for applications is Friday 16th June.

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PALZ: Branch Administrator Needed

The Shropshire branch of PALZ UK supports people who have held challenging or demanding jobs and who are now living with Alzheimer’s or dementia from other causes. The branch aims to provide a social environment that relates to their previous working environment of peer support and mental challenge by holding a stimulating meeting at the Shropshire Conference Centre (in the grounds of the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital) on the 3rd Tuesday of every other month at 10am. The meetings aim to increase self-respect and confidence as well as providing mental stimulation.

PALZ are looking for an Administrator to help the Branch Committee to facilitate the smooth running of these stimulating meetings. Could you help with managing the Branch Committee meetings by:

  • scheduling the committee meetings (6 a year, alternating with the main meetings);
  • producing an agenda;
  • producing minutes;
  • tracking actions.

Contact Details:


Find out more at

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Shropshire Mental Health Support Vacancies:

Shropshire Mental Health Support are currently recruiting for the following roles:

  • Deputy Manager – 37 hours
  • Office Administrator – 35 hours
  • Referral Co-ordinator – 35 hours
  • Outreach Support Workers – 2 x 30 hr posts
  • Sanctuary Support Workers – Various hours, night and late shifts

If you would like to join an award-winning charity and work in a fantastic team please call Heather on 01743 368647 for further details or email -

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Ludlow Concert Band Seeking Members

Do you play a woodwind or brass musical instrument? Do you enjoy playing with a group of musicians?

If so, the Ludlow Concert Band would be very pleased to hear from you. They are a Concert Wind Band who meet weekly on Thursday evenings in Ludlow and perform occasional concerts in South Shropshire and North Herefordshire. Their repertoire is very varied ranging from classical music to film and musical numbers.

There are no auditions and no membership fees – just arrange to come along to a rehearsal and see how you get on! They are particularly keen to hear from Bass, Euphonium, Bassoon and Trombone players but all instruments are welcome!
Please visit their website to make contact.

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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Grant Funding Open for New Shropshire HAF  Programme in Bridgnorth

Shropshire Council invite organisations to apply for funding to deliver a new face-to-face HAF programme for primary aged eligible children, during Summer and Winter/Christmas school holidays 2023 at St Mary’s Bluecoat C of E Primary School, Bridgnorth.

Bridgnorth currently has limited HAF provision for eligible children living in or near the vicinity.

Funded by the Department for Education (DfE), HAF offers enriching activities and nutritious meals to children and young people, aged 4 to 16, who are eligible for benefits-related free school meals (FSM).

There are currently 7,333 children and young people in the county eligible for FSMs, a figure which is continually increasing. Shropshire Council aim to reach as many of these children and young people in the county as possible, whilst also ensuring holiday programmes are easily accessible, safe and welcoming.

Kirstie Hurst-Knight, Portfolio Holder for Children and Education, said:

“We are thrilled to be working in partnership with St Mary’s Bluecoat C of E Primary School in Bridgnorth to offer a new HAF holiday club in the town. We welcome applications from organisations interested in running this programme. This new club will be in addition to the successful established holiday club being run by Trusted Sports Partnership at Oldbury Wells School in Bridgnorth”.

All potential HAF providers will need to offer a programme of enrichment and physical activities a nutritious meal and food education.

Alongside the new HAF programme in Bridgnorth, Shropshire Council are continuing to work in partnership with a core group of over 20 local organisations to run the existing successful HAF programme.

The summer HAF programme will be launched on 19th June.

Deadline for Applications for New HAF programme in Bridgnorth to be submitted – 5:00pm Wednesday 28th June 2023.

Download application form

Download HAF guidance and criteria

For more information about Shropshire HAF and how to apply contact

QBE Foundation Grants – Deadline Approaching

The QBE Foundation is currently open for its spring 2023 programme, offering grants of up to £25,000 for activities that support the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • SDG 1: No Poverty
  • SDG 8: Decent Work & Economic Growth
  • SDG 10: Reduced Inequalities
  • SDG 11: Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • SDG 13: Climate Action

To be eligible to apply, organisations must be registered with the charity commission and aligned with the Foundation’s two areas of focus: climate resilience and inclusion.

The grants can be used to cover costs of work that involves:

  • Building understanding of the physical and financial risks due to climate change and associated mitigation options.
  • Increasing capacity to prepare and respond.
  • Innovative solutions that help the transition to a low carbon economy.
  • Greater equality and inclusion.
  • Developing skills through training and mentoring.
  • Providing access to tools and services that support financial inclusion.

The deadline for applications is 27 June 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the QBE Foundation website.

Night Shelter Transformation Fund Opens for Second Round

The Department for Levelling Up, House and Communities (DLUHC) has announced the second and final round of its Night Shelter Transformation Fund, which seeks to provide investment to enable longer-term, sustainable transformation of services and help to end rough sleeping for good.

Constituted voluntary, community, social enterprise and faith sector organisations in England with an annual turnover of £250,000 to £2 million can apply to this round, provided they:

  • Are working directly with people with experience of rough sleeping.
  • Have operated a Night Shelter since 2019/2020.
  • Have the formal endorsement of their relevant Local Authority.

The fund offers two distinct streams:

  • Capital grants of £25,000 to £100,000 (for one year).
  • Revenue grants of £10,000 to £100,000 (for up to two years).

The revenue stream will fund staff, running and operational costs – including small scale refurbishments such as painting and decorating costs. The capital stream will fund building-based works, including property or land purchase and significant renovations to existing sites.

Organisations with an annual turnover higher than £1 million should seek to provide match funding.

The deadline to apply is 7 July 2023. For more information and to apply, visit Gov.UK

Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust Launches Transformational Grants Round Two

The second round of funding for transformational work with vulnerable Armed Forces communities is now available, offering grants of up to £300,000 over three to five years.

Funded work must be highly specific and targeted to the particular needs of a group of people within the Armed Forces community. This group may:

  • Have experienced significant disadvantages.
  • Have members who are part of a wider protected characteristic, such as their race including colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, sex, sexual orientation or gender reassignment, and who have a need to access specialist services that can address their complex needs, rather than more generalist provision.
  • Struggle to access support that meets their needs in some other way.
  • Be more at risk of a particular problem or problems that could limit their life chances.

Projects should be national in focus, but those concerning only one of the four UK countries may be considered where a strong case is made.

The fund is open to charities in the UK that have been registered for at least two years. Charities that have been registered for less than three years should provide clear evidence of their governance arrangements and why they are confident they have the expertise to take on a grant of this size.

Applicants are not required to be Armed Forces-specific, but they must work in partnership with Armed Forces organisations.

The deadline to submit an Expression of Interest is 14 August 2023 (5pm). For more information and to apply, visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund website.

Arts Council England Reopens Capital Investment Programme

Cultural organisations in England can now apply to the second round of the Capital Investment Programme, which aims to support post-pandemic recovery of the cultural sector.

From a total funding pot of £20 million, grants of £100,000 to £750,000 are available.

Applications are accepted from not-for-profit cultural organisations based in England. Organisations must be able to clearly demonstrate that their primary aims are around culture and that the activities they are applying for fall within the remit of Arts Council England.

Partnership applications between properly constituted cultural organisations will also be accepted to this fund.

Eligible costs and activities include, but are not limited to, those in the following areas:

  • Digital infrastructure to enable the use of technology to produce, distribute and exhibit cultural content, reaching homes, cultural venues, and community spaces.
  • Physical infrastructure to address access, reduce environmental impact, support new business models and create an environment to meet the diverse needs of creative practitioners, participants, partners, workforce, volunteers, and audiences.

The deadline to apply is midday on 3 July 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the Arts Council England website.

Lloyd’s Bank Foundation for England and Wales Opens Newest Funding Programme

Unrestricted grants of £75,000 over three years (£25,000 per year) are now available to d/Deaf and disabled people’s organisations across England and Wales.

The programme is open to registered charities and charitable incorporated organisations with an annual income of £25,000 to £500,000. In order to be considered eligible, applicants must be:

  • Led by and working for the communities they support. This means that at least 75% of trustees and at least 50% of staff self-identify as d/Deaf or Disabled.
  • Placing people with lived experience at the centre of designing, developing and managing services they provide.
  • Reflecting an inclusive, rights-based social model of disability.
  • Focused on advice and/or advocacy casework.

The grants are not restricted and can be spent according to an organisation’s needs, though the organisation must be carrying out the following types of work as part of its day-to-day provision:

  • In-depth services – delivering a range of services supporting individuals through a structured pathway over a prolonged period. This must include advice and/or advocacy.
  • A range of longer-term support to empower and support d/Deaf and Disabled people to participate in everyday life and have a voice in the decisions that impact them.
  • Person-centred services - organisations should have trusted relationships with providers or agencies which can help people to overcome the challenges they face and meet their basic needs.
  • Personal plans – working together with the people they support to understand the challenges they may be experiencing and agree on how to help them find a way to overcome them.

The Foundation will also offer grant recipients a range of tailored additional support to help them to strengthen, be more resilient and develop further.

There will be an information webinar on 21 June 2023, 10.30am to 12.15am. Register here for the webinar.

The deadline to apply is 5pm on 31 August 2023. Visit the Lloyds Bank Foundation website for more information and to apply.

The Toy Trust -

supporting disabled and disadvantaged children

Grants of up to £5,000 are available to small registered charities to fund equipment and services to support disabled and disadvantaged children under the age of 13 across the UK.

The Toy Trust fund:

  • helps disadvantaged children and their families to alleviate suffering;
  • supports children through awful experiences;
  • encourages achievement through adversity;
  • purchases vital equipment;
  • provides care;
  • bolsters existing initiatives;
  • initiates brand new projects;
  • and satisfies basic needs.

Groups that have carried out some form of effective fundraising by themselves are particularly encouraged to apply.

Deadline: mid-June 2023 for the July meeting of Trustees (further deadlines include mid August for the September meeting of Trustees). For more information and to apply, visit the Toy Trust website.

The Matthew Good Foundation -

supporting projects that have a positive impact on communities, people or the environment

The Matthew Good Foundation has opened the next round of its Grants for Good Fund. The aim is to support small charities, not-for-profit groups and social entrepreneurs who are passionate about making a difference to people, their community or the environment.

The Fund will share £15,000 between five shortlisted projects every three months, which will be voted for by John Good Group employees. The project that receives the most votes will receive a grant of £5,000, second place £3,500, third place £2,500 with fourth and fifth place both receiving £2,000.

As well as established projects and charities, the Foundation wants to hear from people with innovative ideas that need some funding to get their projects up and running.

To be eligible, applicants will have to have had an income of less than £50,000 in the last 12 months.

Deadline: 15 June 2023 (funding is awarded every three months, further deadlines include 15 September 2023)

For more information and to apply, visit the Matthew Good Foundation website.

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grants and loans for social housing projects

Grants and interest-free loans are available to registered charities and small organisations providing affordable homes for vulnerable people in need.

The programs aim to help housing projects that meet the needs of people undergoing transitions in their lives, such as those seeking asylum, recovering from addiction, leaving prison, or moving from domestic abuse.

The Quaker Housing Trust provides support through two separate programmes to help these organisations.

  • Best Practice Grants of up to £6,000 are offered to support projects in their early stages of development. This grant is aimed at helping organisations get their projects off the ground
  • The Main Grants and Loans Programme awards a mixture of grants and loans up to £50,000 (with maximum grants of £25,000) to fund housing projects. This program is intended to help organisations finance their more established projects

Deadline: 1 September 2023

For more information and to apply, visit the Quaker Housing Trust website.

Kelly Family Charitable Trust -

supporting families to tackle problems

Registered charities that work to tackle family problems or problems facing one or more of its members can apply for grants of up to £5,000. Funding is available for both capital and revenue grants as well as grants for core funding and projects-based grants. The funding is being made available through the Kelly Family Charitable Trust which actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help them become established. The trust prefers to support charities whose income is below £500,000. However, larger charities with pioneering pilot projects will be considered.

Deadline: 1 September 2023

For more information and to apply, visit the Kelly Family Charitable Trust website.

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Tender Opportunity: Scheme Based Housing Support

Housing Support services will support people whose needs are such that their ability to maintain a tenancy or remain independent in their home would be compromised without that support. The focus of housing-related support will be on ensuring that people have access to appropriate and settled accommodation according to their circumstances and have the support networks in place to help them sustain that accommodation.

This contract will have two principal areas of focus:

  • Helping Service Users to access complementary services aimed at preventing, delaying or reducing the need for long-term formal care and support, including healthcare services.
  • Helping to prevent tenancy failure leading to homelessness

The Council wishes to procure a single, or small number of, contracts which deliver on all aspects of the Service Specification. In doing so, the Council recognises the importance of a diverse and sustainable VCSE sector in delivering the contract outcomes and in providing choice to people who use services. The Council will therefore expect any proposals to incorporate strong formal or informal structures (such as consortium, partnership or other alliance) which will maximise the effectiveness of the Service and which retains diversity of provision.

Tenders will be accepted which propose either:

1.A single provider delivering scheme-based housing support across the whole Shropshire Council area; OR

2.A lead contractor on behalf of identified sub-contractors delivering scheme-based housing support across the whole Shropshire Council area; OR

3.A partnership or consortium proposing a contracting structure which will deliver scheme-based housing support across the whole Shropshire Council area. For clarity, scheme-based support is currently delivered through 5 geographically based contracts covering the whole Shropshire Council area and the Council would not welcome an increase in the number of individual contracts.

The total budget available is capped at £255,000 per annum and will be fixed for the duration of the contract(s). The duration of the contract(s) will be for an initial term of 3 years with an option to extend the contact by up to a further 2 years subject to contract performance and budget availability. Contract payments will be made monthly in arrears.

Deadline for submission: Midday on 3rd July 2023

Read the full contract notice here

Register interest on the Delta Portal here

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Tender Opportunity: Floating Housing Support Including Housing Advice and Prevention of Homelessness

Housing Support services will support people whose needs are such that their ability to maintain a tenancy or remain independent in their home would be compromised without that support. The focus of housing-related support will be on ensuring that people have access to appropriate and settled accommodation according to their circumstances and have the support networks in place to help them sustain that accommodation.

This contract will have two principal areas of focus:

  • Helping to prevent homelessness and/or to support Service Users who have been homeless into settled accommodation
  • Helping Service Users to access complementary services aimed at improving for example their wellbeing, financial situation and employability.

The Council wishes to procure a single, or small number of, contracts which deliver on all aspects of the Service Specification. In doing so, the Council recognises the importance of a diverse and sustainable VCSE sector in delivering the contract outcomes and in providing choice to people who use services. The Council will therefore expect any proposals to incorporate strong formal or informal structures (such as consortium, partnership or other alliance) which will maximise the effectiveness of the Service and which retains diversity of provision.

Tenders will be accepted which propose either:

1.A single provider delivering floating housing support for all the required client groups across the whole Shropshire Council area; OR

2.A lead contractor on behalf of identified sub-contractors delivering floating housing support for all the required client groups across the whole Shropshire Council area; OR

3.A partnership or consortium proposing a contracting structure which will deliver housing support for all the required client groups across the whole Shropshire Council area. For clarity, floating housing support is currently delivered through 5 geographically based contracts covering the whole Shropshire Council area and the Council would not welcome an increase in the number of individual contracts

The total budget available is capped at £540,000 per annum and will be fixed for the duration of the contract(s). The duration of the contract(s) will be for an initial term of 3 years with an option to extend the contact by up to a further 2 years subject to contract performance and budget availability. Contract payments will be made monthly in arrears.

Deadline for submission: Midday on 3rd July 2023

Read the full contract notice here

Register interest on the Delta Portal here

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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