VCSA Newsletter Week of 4th September 2023

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Newsletter for the Week of 4th September 2023


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Latest Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Booklet Now Available

The latest Mental Health and Wellbeing Support in Shropshire online resource booklet is now available.

This resource has been produced to provide a quick reference on the support available locally and can be used by individuals or professionals to help signpost. This resource is intended to provide a first point of contact overview rather than to be a full directory.

The information is organised by type of support required, this includes contact details and information of who can most benefit as well as how to access.

The 18-page booklet can be downloaded here, or obtained from the Healthy Shropshire website

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New Report Anticipates Another Cold Winter for UK Households

A new report on a survey by Which? has revealed that an estimated 13 million households didn’t turn on their heating when it was cold last winter.

The research also found that some consumers – such as lower-income households and those aged 45-64 years old – were more likely than others to not turn the heating on when it is cold.

Emily Seymour, Which? Energy Editor, said:

“It’s hugely concerning that an estimated 13 million households have not switched the heating on when it’s cold due to fears of high energy bills.

“Our research shows that certain groups – such as lower-income households and families with children – are more likely to be left in the cold this winter."

RSN Chief Executive, Kerry Booth, said the Which? Survey findings come as no surprise:

“As winter approaches, many people in rural areas are facing another cold one, despite Ofgem lower its price cap last week.

“People living in rural households who responded to our [RSN Cost of Living] survey earlier this year told us they were wearing more clothing, sitting underneath blankets or duvets, running their heating for shorter periods, living in fewer rooms and turning down the thermostat to try and save money. Some also described how the constant cold was affecting their physical health or mental wellbeing."

Read more about the Which? Survey here. 

Excerpted from the Rural Services Network newsroom - read the full story here.

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Podcasts of Interest

Looking for a way to keep up on the latest big issues in the sector, or dive deeper into a particular issue? Check out these popular podcasts aimed at organisations like yours:

Charity Questions is a new podcast run by the Directory of Social Change where guests answer questions listeners send in about the charity sector. In their latest episode, the author of Managing without Profit, Mike Hudson, talks about how CEOs can build a robust strategy, CEO and Board relationships and sector burn-out.

Third Sector Podcast is a long-running weekly series focusing on charities and the non-profit sector. In their latest episode, Third Sector editor Emily Burt and senior multimedia reporter Lucinda Rouse are joined by Carol Botten, chief executive of the north east voluntary sector network Vonne, and Jack Chellman, chief project officer at the Global Returns Project, to understand how voluntary organisations can measure the impact of their climate work.

The Charity CEO Podcast aims to inspire, inform and deliver practical insights on the challenges facing charity and non-profit leaders. The latest episode features a discussion with Laura Kyrke-Smith Executive Director, International Rescue Committee UK.

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

Healthwatch Shropshire Domiciliary Care: Healthwatch Shropshire would like to hear people’s experiences of accessing and receiving domiciliary care or care at home in Shropshire in the last two years. Closing date TBD

Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin Health and Care Experiences: Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin are seeking local views on health and care (including experiences with GPs). Closing date TBD

Health Needs Survey for Ludlow (JSNA): Are you an organisation working in the Ludlow area? Please help get the word out about the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) happening now for Ludlow residents. This survey happens every few years and helps determine how health resources are allocated. Closing date TBD

Shropshire Healthier Weight Strategy 2023-2028 Draft Consultation: Members of the public and other stakeholders are invited to give their views on Shropshire’s draft Healthier Weight Strategy. Reducing obesity is a priority for Shropshire Council and Shropshire’s Integrated Care System and the draft strategy describes how we will work together to promote healthier weight for people of all ages, tackling the broader factors that impact on people’s health and wellbeing. It reflects valuable feedback previously received from the public and stakeholders, alongside current evidence, national guidance and local data on the scale and impact of unhealthy weight in Shropshire. Please share with service beneficiaries. Closing 7th September

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Events and Training Opportunities

Celebrate 'Read a Book Day' with Read Easy

Read Easy will be in Whitchurch Library on Tuesday 5 September from 10 am - 12 pm in connection with National Read a Book Day. 

This is a great opportunity to find out about how the charity supports adults with literacy.

Please help promote this with your networks where possible!

You can also learn more about this local charity on their website or check them out on Facebook.

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Free Training Opportunities for VCS Organisations in September

Energize Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, with funding from Sport England, are offering a range of FREE training courses during September.

These courses are available for individuals working in or supporting not for profit voluntary and community organisations delivering sport and physical activity across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin.

Attendance will be booked on a first come, first serve basis, so don't miss out!

The courses have been selected based on feedback from local voluntary and community physical activity providers when asked what further support and courses they would find useful.

The easiest way to apply is online, groups can find out more information and APPLY HERE.

Courses include:

  • Bid Writing for Charities & Community Groups, Online – 7th & 14th September, 18:00-20:00
  • 1 Day First Aid, Hub on the Hill, Telford – 11th September 2023, 09:30-16:30 with registration from 09:15
  • Inclusive Activity Programme Workshop, Donnington Community Hub, Telford – 13th September, 18:00-21:00 
  • Multi-Sport Activator Course, Shrewsbury – 20th September, 09:00-12:00
  • Empowering Change through Conversation, Park Lane Centre, Telford – 21st September, 18:00-20:00
  • 1 Day First Aid, Annscroft, Shrewsbury – 22nd September, 09:30-16:30 with registration from 09:15
  • Inclusivity and Engagement for Ethnically Diverse Communities within Sport & Physical Activity, Shrewsbury – 27th September, 18:00-20:00
  • Mental Health First Aid Awareness, Online – 28th September, 09:00-13:00

If you have any questions or queries, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with

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First Aid 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 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 September 2023 they have spaces available on the following courses: -

Course Title

Course Date

Course Venue

Price per Person

Safeguarding Adults Awareness

7th September

Annscroft Office


Safeguarding Children and Young People Awareness Level

8th September

Online Zoom - Win Healthcare


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

11th September

The Hub on the Hill, Telford


Employment Law Seminar: Understanding the Complexities of Holiday Pay

13th September

Annscroft Office


1 Day Emergency First Aid

18th September

Annscroft Office


Choking Guidance Training

19th September

Annscroft Office


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

19th September

Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton


1 Day Emergency First Aid

21st September

Annscroft Office


Shropshire Partners in Care Annual Conference and AGM 2023

21st September

Shrewsbury Town Football Club


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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Shrewsbury Group For Adults with Disabilities 

Musketeers and Maidens is a social group for adults with disabilities that meets up and takes part in activities and experiences. There is plenty of tea, the chance to chat and lots of laughter. They are looking for new members to join them!

The group meets from 12pm to 3.30pm, every Wednesday at The Grange Centre, Mount Pleasant Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 3SW

To find out more and join please ask folks to email: or call: 01743 360641

Download and share the flyer here!

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Free Yoga and Wellbeing Sessions Available for Community Groups

Jenna Blair Yoga in Shrewsbury is delighted to have been awarded funding from The National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a range of community yoga and wellbeing sessions facilitated by their team of fully qualified teachers at zero financial cost to participants.

Jenna's mission has always been to offer the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible, so this opportunity has been received with huge gratitude.

If you know of any groups or individuals who may benefit from accessing yoga and wellbeing sessions without financial implication, either in Shrewsbury or other locations locally, get in touch! Phone 07812 596609 or email

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Community Radio Station Offering Free Training For VCSE Orgs Who Want to Share Their Stories

INTune Radio CIC, your local Shropshire Community Radio station, wish to feature your charity or community organisation each month to help your organisation communicate your services to a wider audience.

To take advantage of this offer, that can reach pockets of communities throughout our county, and the world, is simple.

The next training session is being held at Shropshire Chamber offices in Telford on Wednesday 6th September 11:00am till 2:00pm - they're delighted that the county’s chamber is supporting INTune Radio and assisting in enabling local charity and community organisations to produce monthly audio telling the community about their updates for free.

All you need is your laptop and a smile ready to learn. 

You will learn how to create an audio update schedule, how to record a 3 to 5 minute update, and how to send that to INTune Radio to master.

INTune Radio will take your monthly audio, master it and roll it into their schedules on their show called ’The Mag’ which airs 10 till noon each day. 

You will know the day it’s to go out giving you ample time to communicate this to your contacts and on social media.

Starting in September, the VCSA will have a regular feature on The Mag - be sure to tune in!

If we all contribute to telling our contacts, more people will learn about what you do, and why, and this can have positive implications for grants, funding, volunteers and their retention, service take up, etc

You don’t have to be a seasoned presenter, this is community radio, what your organisation will need is positive commitment to continue your audio each month to air.

Please email your name, organisation name, preferred contact email and telephone number to to confirm you and your organisation wish to undertake training. 

To listen, click the play button on the INTune Radio website or download the app from your app store, search for ’Shropshire Community Radio’. 

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VCSE Workshop: NHS England Research Engagement Network (REN) Funding Call

Thursday 7th September 2023

You are invited to take part in a workshop where a group of partners are looking to co-develop a funding application to NHS England's Research Engagement Network (REN) funding call.  The deadline for applications is 20th September, and given its holiday time they are sending out a 'hold the date' invite for the afternoon of Thursday 7th September.

Many partners will recognise the phrase REND funding others will not have had a chance yet to engage - late last year (November 2022) VCSA organisations in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin developed a joint application with Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent Integrated Care system via the Staffordshire and Shropshire Health and Care Research Partnership (SSHERPa).  SSHERPa brings together NHS, LA, Higher education institutions in our region to work collaboratively in health and care research.   SSHERPa aligns to Shropshire Telford and Wrekin ICS and Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent ICS and was successful in securing REND funding for these regions which they used to hold World Cafes, undertake a survey around research engagement, and to develop the concept of a research connectors database (all in a very short period of time!). 

The good news: 

The group been invited to apply for more REN funding!!  TWICE - one bid has gone in via Staffordshire & Stoke-on-Trent ICB (via SSHERPa & including STW partners) and this next bid will go in on behalf of SSHERPa partners via Shropshire Telford and Wrekin!

The challenge:

How do we make best use of these funds to engage with diverse communities?

At the workshop on the 7th September SSHERPa would like to share where they got to with previous funding opportunities and develop the ideas for this next funding opportunity.  For the bid, all ideas are welcome - it’s about testing approaches to engagement in health and care research, they are looking for your advice and guidance.  How do we engage with different community groups that may feel marginalised and unable to engage in health and care research?

They know capacity is a challenge, but they also know that establishing 'new networks' that tail off is not useful, so they are keen to work with partners who have community connections, and who would be interested in ensuring that local health and care research opportunities are shaped, developed and offered to a wider, diverse, more inclusive population.

This is short term funding from NHS England, to date SSHERPa have had success in securing funding that has supported our partnerships with different communities, and we're keen to continue to build upon this.  They hope you are able to join them on the 7th September - please find below a link to book your place!

Booking link here

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Hospitals Transformation Events

The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospitals NHS Trust (SaTH) are holding some important public engagement events around the  Hospital Transformation Programme.

  • Tuesday 05 September 10:00 – 12:00  Women & Children’s Services Focus Group
  • Thursday 07 September 10:00 – 12:00 Medicine and Emergency Care / Surgery, Anaesthetics and Cancer Focus Group
  • Thursday 21 September Clinical Support Services Focus Group

Members of the project team will take members of the public through the proposals and answer any questions you may have.

If you have any queries about the planning application, please contact

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FREE DSC Insight Talk: The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund

Online Thursday, 14th September 4-5pm

In partnership with The National Lottery Community Fund, this insight talk will focus on the new funding initiative: The Community Organisations Cost of Living Fund.

This talk will take a look at the fund, with Ruth Bamford, Funding and Relationships Manager at the National Lottery Community Fund, talking through the guidance and eligibility for the new Cost of Living fund.

After the presentation you will have the opportunity to ask any questions you have.

More details on the funding initiative can be found here.

Register for this free online event here.

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Carry on Canoeing

Sept 16th 6:30pm, The Quarry, Shrewsbury

A fun-filled summer’s evening on the River Severn is set to make quite a splash for a local charity.

Carry on Canoeing ­– with prizes for the best decorated canoe and best dressed canoeist – has been organised by Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin.

It’s a chance to get dressed up, theme your canoe and paddle along the river as the sun sets.

Taking place in Shrewsbury on Saturday, September 16, it’s a two-hour event with participants setting off from the Porthill Bridge pontoon in The Quarry at 6.30pm.

If you have any questions, email or speak to the team on 01743 233 123.

Tickets are priced £25 and are available through Eventbrite: Carry On Canoeing Tickets, Sat 16 Sep 2023 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

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VCS Breakfast Networking Meeting

Tuesday, September 19th 9-10:30am
The Lantern, Shrewsbury

This is a great, opportunity for:

  • Networking with voluntary and statutory partners
  • Opportunities to share best practice
  • Guest speakers and presentations on topics relating to health and care
  • Strengthening our sector across Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin

Register free here

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People, Planet, Pint

Sustainability Meet Up

20th September, 5:30pm The Loopy Shrew, Shrewsbury

Whether you're a sustainability professional, small business owner, community group or charity, local council/government worker, student, consultant, looking to switch careers, or anything else besides, come down and meet others interested in sustainability.

No agenda, workshops or webinars. Just chat over some nibbles and beers.

Started in Glasgow during COP26, this relaxed event brings together those with a shared passion for sustainability in all its forms.

They meet monthly to chat about what's going on in the Net Zero / Sustainability space, "network" and meet others who are interested in the industry.

They see where the conversation, and night, takes them!

Chat with other industry experts and talk directly to business owners facing the challenges you're trying to solve.

Find others who can collaborate and help you on your journey and have fun doing so.

Register free here

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Next Shropshire Carers Partnership Board Roadshow

20th September 2pm - 4pm Bridgnorth Library

  • Free to attend
  • Run by Shropshire Carers Support Team & The Board
  • Carers from all areas of the county can come along to the venue and join virtually
  • Includes guest speakers
  • Partner organisation updates (Health, Vol Orgs, ASC, SATH, MPFT)
  • Refreshments included

The roadshow is being held to offer carers across the county an opportunity to come along and observe the Board meeting and participate as necessary.  

Download the flyer to share the invite!

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Shropshire Partners in Care Annual Conference and AGM 2023

Thursday 21 September 2023 Shrewsbury Town Football Club 9am-2pm Free to attend

There will be an opportunity to meet Shropshire Partners in Care staff and Board members, and to network with other care providers.

The event will celebrate Shropshire Partners in Care’s 20th Anniversary this year, and there will be a keynote speaker from the Care Quality Commission speaking on the new Single Assessment Framework and how it will assess Local Authorities.

There will also be an opportunity for you to help shape their next 20 years and how they can better engage with their members and to tell them what services and support you need/want.

Click here to book.

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Shropshire Charity Network Meeting

Thursday 21st September, 9.30-10.30am Online 


Register here

At the September event we will be joined by Lewis Hardy, from Start Tech. Lewis will be talking to us about Cyber Security in the Charity Sector, giving some recent attacks against charities examples. He will cover how we can protect ourselves and mitigate risk and give some helpful information on Cyber Essentials Plus Accreditation and potential Government Funding.

In this session we will also be joined by Selina Graham. Selina will be sharing an update on the new Shropshire Community Foundation, of which she is Chair. It is very likely that you will also be familiar with Selina who was High Sheriff for Shropshire for 2022 – 2023. 

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Free DBS Workshop for VCSE Orgs Delivering Sporting Activities for Children and Young People

2nd October 13:30-15:00

The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) are delivering a free workshop for clubs and organisations who provide sporting activities for children & young people in the West Midlands.

The workshop will explore how DBS can help in the safer recruitment of staff and volunteers working with children in sports and will be of value to those who take part in recruitment or who are responsible for dealing with any concerns.

The workshop is open to all clubs & organisations, big or small and from any sector.

The workshop will cover:

  • The role of DBS checks in safer recruitment
  • The types of DBS check available and the criteria for accessing these
  • What ‘Regulated Activity’ is with children and its definition
  • The DBS Update Service
  • Reporting concerns to DBS that someone may be unfit to work or volunteer with children

The workshop is interactive, with a 'questions & answers' segment included.

Click here to book your place  

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Small Steps Big Difference Conference

3rd October 2023, 9.15am – 4.15pm, Shrewsbury Town Football Ground

EMBRACE A Culture of Inclusion is a unique local campaign – and you can hear why people have joined in by clicking this link (4 mins).

Small Steps Big Difference takes this all a step further to practical action. It is a conference which will consider some of the issues specifically facing LGBT+ people as they age and then showcase some of the amazing work being done in Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin to make this a safer and more inclusive place to age well.

Come to the conference to find out more. You will hear from local organisations which have made a commitment to EMBRACE A Culture of Inclusion, with contributions from: Residential care providers * GP Practice * Social Housing providers * Domiciliary Care Providers * Social Prescribing * Information & Advice services * Counselling services * and more ..

There will be opportunities for discussion around: 

  • how to get started with implementing change 
  • the development of a new resource which helps community and social groups to more easily understand why inclusion matters
  • how to make Equality, Diversity and Inclusion a golden thread throughout organisational practice

Plus films, stalls and lunch! For more information and to book - click here: Small Steps Big Difference

The conference is organised by locally-based organisation, SAND (Safe Ageing No Discrimination CIC) and is sponsored by Coverage Care, Cruse Bereavement Support and Wrekin Housing Group

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DSC Engage Conference

Online Thursday, 19th October

Done correctly, influencing policy and politicians can be a highly effective way to bring about change for your beneficiaries and achieve lasting impact. But navigating the constantly changing policy sphere and determining the most efficient campaigning strategy and channels for your cause isn’t easy, even more so with 2024 being a General Election year. Engage, a conference from the Directory of Social Change (DSC) is taking place online on Thursday 19 October, and features:
  • Keynote speech - You'll hear from an influential figure in the sector, providing insights into the current state of policies, trends, and challenges affecting the sector
  • Panel discussion - With the General Election coming in 2024, it is a key moment for the voluntary sector and policy world. You’ll hear key insights and predictions from leading figures.
  • Session on communications and media strategy - Crafting compelling policy messages, media engagement, and leveraging social media are all vital for effective advocacy. This session will help you do all those more effectively.
  • Session on campaigning and the law
  • Case study session - showcasing successful policy advocacy efforts and the impact of those efforts on their respective causes, showing campaigning and lobbying at a local and national level.

Read more from CEO Debra Allcock Tyler, about why engaging with politicians is vital. 

Find out more and book your space on the DSC website

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Free Disability Services Benefits Awareness Sessions

The Disability Services Advocacy Team are here to support with raising awareness of the different Disability Services benefits and grants. These are Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Disability Living Allowance (DLA) and Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit (IIDB).

Please use the links below to download details of their upskilling sessions for external stakeholders in the months of October, November and December.

To book a place please use each of the individual links for the relevant events.

October Sessions

November Sessions

December Sessions

Could your organisation use other DWP benefits training?

Rosie Cassidy is the Partnership Support Manager for Shropshire, Telford & Wrekin, and she is able to deliver tailored sessions to your organisation’s needs, either face-to-face or virtually.

Information sessions can include, but are not limited to:

  • Overview of Universal Credit
  • Brief overview of other benefits e.g. Personal Independence Payment, Employment Support Allowance etc.
  • Employment services for benefit claimants
  • Training and upskilling opportunities for benefit claimants
  • Jobcentre Plus offer to benefit claimants
  • Latest GOV.UK updates
  • Escalation channels for benefits issues

If you would be interested in organising a session with Rosie, please email: to discuss further.

Looking for Local Health-Related Events and Information?

Looking for health-related events and meetings local to your area? The VCSA recommends subscribing to the Community Connectors newsletter for all of the latest local event information, including classes, clubs and social groups that are related to health and wellbeing. You can subscribe by emailing

Download the Community Connectors Leaflet for more information on what they are and how you can get involved in social prescribing in Shropshire.

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Job / Volunteer Opportunities

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Lingen Davies: Health Engagement Coordinator

Lingen Davies Cancer Fund are looking for a Health Engagement Coordinator that will work closely with their Live Life lead, to deliver their health engagement work, with a primary focus on raising cancer awareness for early diagnosis, cancer screening and prevention.

You will be responsible for developing programmes of work throughout the region, using a range of activities and settings to effectively engage with the public. This will include making maximum use of the Lingen Davies Health Promotion Van to take engagement activities out into the community.

The role will be three or four days per week, and hours will usually be worked between 8am and 6pm to meet the needs of the organisation. However, some evening and weekend work will be required. Flexibility is expected to ensure relevant public events are attended.

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

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

Read the full job description and apply on the Lingen Davies website. Applications close 5pm Friday, 15th September.

Please direct any queries about this role to

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Severn Hospice Hiring for Two Positions

Nurse Practitioner – Hospice at Home

£33,706 – £40,588 per annum depending on experience

37.5 hours per week

Community Based

If you are a caring, compassionate individual looking for a new challenge then Severn Hospice want to hear from you.

Working at Severn Hospice you are given time to care.

Caring is what they do best, and this includes caring for people in a supportive, fulfilling and friendly environment. As a Hospice at Home Nurse Practitioner you’ll be working in a highly rewarding area of nursing supporting patients in their own homes with dignity and in peace.

At Severn Hospice we offer:

  • Excellent professional and personal development opportunities with our on-site skills lave and Education Team
  • Regular shift patterns
  • Well-being support and initiatives
  • Continuation of NHS pension Scheme

If you would like to be part of something special please send your CV to

Registered Nurse – Hospice at Home

£27,055 – £32,934 per annum depending on experience

Full time and Part Time Considered

Community Based

Are you caring and compassionate? Are you looking for a new challenge? If you are we’re the place for you.

Come and join our Hospice at Home Nurses providing specialist care to our patients in the comfort of their own homes. Caring is what we do best and at Severn Hospice your given time to care.

Working as part of our Hospice at Home team you’ll be working in a highly rewarding area of nursing, caring for patients in their own homes with dignity and in peace whilst having the full support of a multi-disciplinary team that you can call for advice and support.

Not only do we offer great care we also offer to our employees: •              Excellent professional and personal development opportunities with full access to our on-site Skills lab and Education team •              Training in general and palliative care with further development opportunities •              Regular shift patterns •              Continuation of NHS pension scheme ·              Free onsite parking ·              Well-being support and Initiatives

If you would like to be part of something special please send your CV to

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 Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) Issue Tender Brief for Impact Report

Energize STW, on behalf of the wider Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership (SIP), requires a consultant with an understanding of the voluntary and community sector (VCSE) in Shropshire, and how the organisations within the sector contribute to people’s health and wellbeing, and play an important role in the cultural, economic and civic life of the county.

The purpose of the contract is to complete an Impact Report on the infrastructure support activity of the Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership (SIP) and will include both the impact of individual organisations and a critique of the perceived difference the Partnership creates.

A short written expression of interest is requested from interested contractors with a proposed methodology for the work including how the outputs described will be met, a break-down of costs including day rate and number of days proposed, and evidence of relevant skills and experience. The pricing specified should include all costs required to fulfil the brief.

All aspects of the project need to be completed by 31st March 2024, excluding delivery of the briefing sessions which will be held as soon as possible after this date.

Download the full brief with all necessary information here. Submission of Expression of Interest should be sent by email to Pete Ezard by 30th September 2023

The success of the EOI will be notified by email or phone as soon as possible after this.

Should any further background information be required please feel free to contact Pete Ezard, Chief Executive Officer, Energize STW via email:

Suicide Prevention Grant Fund Launched

DHSC has launched a £10m Suicide Prevention VCSE Grant Fund for 2023/24 and 2024/25, to support suicide prevention activities delivered in England by non-profit organisations.

The application period is open until 1st October. Applications can be made via the GOV.UK find a grant website.

The strategic objectives of the Fund are:

  • to support non-profit organisations to configure their suicide prevention services and activities to better meet the increased demand seen in recent years

  • to support a range of diverse and innovative activity that can prevent suicides, both at a national and community level. 

Before beginning your application, you should:

  • read the application guidance carefully - this gives full details of the objectives of the fund, who is eligible to apply, what the application process involves, including what is required from you

  • refer to the terms and conditions of the grant fund set out in the grant funding agreement template - this is for reference only at this stage and only successful organisations will be required to complete it

DHSC will also be holding Meet the Funder webinars for potential applicants to answer any questions. To sign up, please contact the team at

Linnean Society Accepting Applications for ‘Our Local Nature’ Grant Scheme

Linnean Society is offering grants of up to £1,000 for community organisations linked with young people to deliver projects and activities that engage young people with local nature and natural spaces.

Through the Our Local Nature Grant Scheme, groups can deliver innovative projects that are designed and led by young people in the UK, that aim to increase access to local natural spaces and encourage a deeper appreciation and understanding of nature, such as:

  • Running a school festival about nature.
  • Painting community murals showcasing biodiversity in the area.
  • Building or restoring a community garden.
  • Creating a nature walk.
  • Hiring a speaker to come and talk about local foraging.

Grants can be used for materials, room hire, publicity, speakers, trainers, freelancers, project-specific staff costs, audio-visual hire, reasonable volunteer expenses, transport, or other costs of activities/events.

The deadline for applications is 22 October 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the Linnean Society website.

Crowdfunder Cost of Living Crisis Emergency Fund Supports Community Food Projects (UK)

The Cost of Living Emergency Fund is provided by donations from members of the public and run by Crowdfunder.

This match-funding initiative will provide grants of up to £5,000 conditional upon applicants first securing crowdfunding via Crowdfunder’s platform.

The funding is for community organisations that are helping to tackle food poverty in their local area.

The funding is for revenue costs and could be used for projects such as the following (not limited to):

  • Supporting the creation or continuation of foodbanks.
  • Providing support to those helping to provide free meals for children during the summer holidays.
  • Providing food budgeting or food education support to those in financial difficulties.
  • Reducing food waste and therefore food costs through community fridge creation/continuation.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Registered UK Charities.
  • Registered community benefit organisations.
  • Registered social enterprises and charity companies.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Be based in England, Wales, Scotland or Northern Ireland and for the benefit of communities within the UK.
  • Have a UK mainland bank account in the name of the organisation.
  • Be able to deliver the outcome of this crowdfunding campaign by 31 December 2023.
  • Be raising funds for running costs only.
  • Have been operating for at least 12 months.

Priority will be given to organisations which are new to crowdfunding. The funder is seeking to ensure funding is distributed equitably, particularly in terms of geographic location and types of beneficiaries.

The first step is for applicants to set up a crowdfunding campaign on Crowdfunder where they can find the terms and conditions and criteria. Applicants should bear in mind that all projects must be delivered by 31 December 2023.

The fund will close when all the funding is allocated.

KFC Youth Foundation Invites Applications for Autumn Funding Round

The KFC Youth Foundation, recently rebranded from the KFC Foundation, offers grants of up to £2,500 to not-for-profit groups with a turnover of less than £300,000 and that have existed for at least 12 months.

Applications will be considered from registered charities, registered community interest companies, unincorporated clubs or associations or unregistered charities in the UK that are located near a KFC restaurant and which:

  • Benefit young people aged 11-25 years old.
  • Supports those in a position of economic disadvantage (including one of the following: care leavers, those experiencing homelessness, young carers, young parents, refugees, young people at risk of or with experience of the criminal justice system).
  • Empower young people to fulfil their potential and build a positive future by providing spaces that allow young people to feel safe and secure, helping them to unlock talent, build life skills, provide mentoring and improve their chances to gain meaningful employment.
  • Will demonstrate positive results from their project within 12 months of KFC funding being received.

The funding will not support uniformed groups, generic youth work activities or curricular activities that take place during the school day.

The deadline for application is 24 September 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the KFC Foundation website.

ABF The Soldiers' Charity Invites Applications for Final Round of 2023

ABF The Soldiers' Charity provide grants to charities and organisations that provide lifetime support to soldiers, veterans and their immediate families when they are in need.

The funding is intended to support with projects and activities that directly benefit the Army community in six key areas: independent living, elderly care, education and employability, mental fitness, families and housing. The grants can be used for a wide range of projects and activities from helping soldiers to adapt to life after service, to assisting elderly veterans maintain their independence.

Funding is at the discretion of the Grants Committee. The charity has not set a minimum or maximum amount. However, applications from organisations with which the charity has no established relationship are likely to be below £15,000.

Charities, not-for-profit organisations, CICs, community and housing associations which support the Army community can apply.

In the first instance, preference is given to charities and organisations which are to members of the Confederation of Service Charities (COBSEO) or Veterans Scotland.

There are usually three funding rounds per year.

The deadline for applications is 4 October for consideration in November 2023. For more information and to apply visit the Soldiers' Charity website.

Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme Opens for UK Applications

On behalf of the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Families Fund Early Years Programme, the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust, is offering grants of between £5,000 and £80,000 for projects lasting up to two years.

Projects must clearly benefit Armed Forces families with a child under the age of 5 years by enhancing their access to high quality childcare. This could be done by, increasing the capacity in provision to meet an already known, or anticipated increase in demand, or to fund additional training and resources that will provide a clear benefit to children from Armed Forces families, who are aged 0-5 and not yet in school.

Applications will be accepted from:

  • Early childhood education and childcare providers which operate either on Defence Estate (armed forces base, station unit or within the Patch) OR within 5 miles of where Armed forces families live or work.
  • Local Authorities which wish to supply training to early childhood education and childcare providers who operate either on Defence Estate (armed forces base, station unit or within the Patch) OR within 5 miles of where Armed forces families live or work.
  • An organisation, such as a registered charity, registered CIC, private limited company, which provides Childminder training for those working with Service Children near or on Defence Estate.

Funding for projects on Defence Estates is to be used to create/and or improve the outdoor learning environment; access specialist equipment/and or training; help to meet additional costs to enable more Armed Forces families to access childcare or general training to enable more to access qualifications to work with young children from Armed Forces families; including Send and SENCO training and resources.

Funding for projects not on Defence Estates can help meet additional costs to enable more Armed Forces families to access childcare; access specialist training or general training to enable more to access qualifications to work with young children from Armed Forces families; including Send and SENCO training and resources.

There are two funding rounds.

The deadlines for applications are 5pm on 11 October 2023 and 12 January 2024. Visit the Armed Forces Covenant Fund Trust website for more information and to apply.

Welsh Water Community Fund Invites Applications

Funding is available to voluntary and community organisations working in the Welsh Water service area to support projects that provide benefits to local communities.

The Community Fund provided and administered by Welsh Water (Dŵr Cymru) is inviting applications to support projects and activities that may include:

  • Improvements to the environment or local community initiatives promoting health, wellbeing and environmental objectives.
  • Activities undertaken by registered community groups - specifically with health, wellbeing, cost of living support and environmental objectives.
  • Improving and supporting local education activity, eg water efficiency, environmental, innovation benefits.

Applications will be accepted from non-profit organisations carrying out projects within the communities served by Welsh Water (comprising most of Wales and parts of Herefordshire and Deeside).

Examples of eligible organisations include:

  • Charitable trusts.
  • Registered charities.
  • Housing associations, sporting clubs and co-operatives.
  • Friendly societies - working men's clubs, benevolent societies.
  • Unincorporated associations - self-help groups, small organisations.
  • Excepted charities.
  • Boy Scouts/Girl Guides/Beavers/Brownies.
  • Voluntary sector service providers.
  • Volunteer centres.
  • Schools.

Grants of up to £5,000 are available.

Projects must be completed within 12 months of grant award.

The deadline for applications is 31 October 2023. For more information and to apply, visit the Welsh Water Community Fund website.

UK Community Ownership Fund Opens for Round 3 Window 2

The UK Government’s £150 million, four-year Community Ownership Fund is accepting full applications which are open to groups that have been successful with their Expression of Interest. Groups that have not submitted an expression of interest and want to apply for this round must submit their expression of interest before 11 September 2023.

The funding is intended to support community groups in taking ownership of at-risk assets and to provide essential renovations for assets already in community ownership, ensuring long-term sustainability for the benefit of the community.

The asset being saved through community intervention must either have a current or past community use. It could be at risk from closure, sales, neglect under current ownership, energy inefficiency that threatens long-term sustainable operations or an unsustainable current business model. Successful project that have been funded thus far include community centres, sporting and leisure facilities, pubs, cultural buildings and heritage buildings.

Incorporated voluntary and community organisations or parish, town and community councils can apply for:

  • Capital funding of up to £2 million for all asset types. (It is expected that most awards will be for up to £250,000.)
  • Revenue funding of no more than £50,000 or 20% of the total capital funding applied for, whichever is smaller.

Applicants are required to provide at least 20% of their total project costs from other sources.

My Community, the official delivery partners for the Community Ownership Fund support programme, have published a number of different guides on their website which new applicants may wish to refer to.

Organisations can make an Expression of Interest (EOI) at any time. If they are successful, they will be invited to submit a full application, which they do not have to do immediately; however, they must submit their EOI at least three weeks before the closure of the bidding window in which they want to apply to allow time to receive feedback and then to submit their application.

The current round (Round 3 Window 2) closes on 11 October 2023 (11.59am, midday). The full Round 3 prospectus, including how to apply, can be found on the GOV.UK website.

Commonweal's Call for New Ideas 2023 Focuses on Criminal Justice System in the UK

Commonweal Housing, an independent social justice charity working to investigate, pilot and champion housing-based solutions to social injustice, is offering grants of between £5,000 and £10,000 to carry out a short-term feasibility study to evaluate a housing and support model tackling issues facing vulnerable individuals who have come into contact with the criminal justice system.

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK may apply. They do not need to be experts in housing or have experience in delivering housing projects. However, they do need to demonstrate their understanding of the issue they are seeking to address and they should ‘own the problem and own the solution’ in terms of a commitment to see positive change.

There is particular interest in project ideas from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME)-led and BAME-focused organisations.

The deadline to apply is 29 September 2023 (5pm). For more information and to apply, visit the Commonweal Housing website.

Free Radio's Cash for Kids Sports Challenge Applications Closing Soon

There is £10,000 of fundraising up for grabs for your club! And there are still places available to take part in the challenge.

The Cash for Kids sports challenge sees teams fundraising as much as they can, with the funds raised being used to subsidise things like membership fees, provide equipment, improve facilities, or provide additional training to help children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds or those who have additional needs to be supported to take part in sports.

The best part about the challenge is ALL the money your team raises YOUR TEAM KEEPS! As well as the funds you raise, your team could win additional funding by being one of the top three fundraisers! 

Applications close on Monday 11th September, click here for the terms and conditions and to apply to take part.

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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