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Our next 2 events are detailed below.  We look forward to seeing as many groups as possible. Read on for more details.  No booking is required, come and enjoy a cup of coffee, a piece of cake and a chat with our Community Development Officers.


Coffee and Cash
Funding Information Drop-in Event for
Voluntary and Community Organisations

Coffee and Cake Included
If you need help to identify suitable trusts or support to write a strong bid,
please come along and meet our team.

about their fundraising needs. An informal drop-in event for volunteers and staff from voluntary and community organisations to speak to our team directly
for more information email
or ‘phone
0300 500 8085

Tuesday 15th November between 11am and 1pm at Soberton Village Hall, School Hill, Soberton SO32 3 PF

Tuesday 29th November between 11am and 1pm at Littleton Millennium Memorial Hall, The Hall Way, Littleton SO22 6QL


Community First AGM – 16 November
Reserve the date in your diary.  More details will be provided very soon.

New Community First Website Launched!
After months of hard work we are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new website Our goal is to provide visitors with an easier way to learn about Community First and to access our services.  The new website is interactive and automatically adjusts to the type of device it is being viewed on.

Community First Vacancies.  Amongst others, we are Seeking - Community Transport Drivers.  Click here for more info. 

Hampshire County Council Health and Wellbeing Update - Click Here for the September/October edition from Councillor Patricia Stallard.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation Vital Signs Report - Click HerePlease find attached the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) and Action Hampshire 2016 Vital Signs Report covering the issue of how fraud in the home affects older people. The report shows what is happening in Hampshire and identifies potential initiatives on behalf of the charity and voluntary sector to help older people who are vulnerable to crime, focusing on the areas of doorstep, bank card, cyber and postal crime. Please also find attached the snapshot summary report for your information.
You can now register for a FREE CYBER-CRIME WORKSHOP aimed at charities, giving fun, practical tips on how to protect your organisation, on Thursday 10th November 2016 from 9.30am-12 noon at YMCA Winchester, St John’s House, The Broadway, Winchester, SO23 9BE. Please join the High Sheriff of Hampshire, Action Hampshire, HIWCF, Fixers, Vermont Systems, Hampshire Constabulary and Southampton University for an introduction to Cyber Essentials, cyber issues from a young person’s perspective, a real case study and check out the grants available for Cyber Essentials.
To register, please click here:

Winchester GoLD a local charity that supports  and enables vulnerable people in our local community.  Have a forthcoming fund-raising event: A Talk entitled "  The British High Command – Why was Military Success so Elusive in Iraq and Afghanistan?   by  Major General Christopher Elliott CB, MBE, (ret. Royal Engineers).  This takes place on Friday 24th November.  Click here for more info.

Rural Community Ownership Event, Hampshire - Saturday 12th November.  Hosted by Plunkett Foundation in partnership with Action Hampshire, an informative event for rural communities facing a range of problems from declining services, unemployment, isolation and loneliness. See website fore more details

National Energy Action have some free SMART meter rollout briefings for organisations.  A summary is below. 

Rebecca Jones of National Energy Action says - "Between now and 2020, every home and microbusiness across Scotland, England and Wales will be offered a smart meter by their energy supplier.  We’re working with Smart Energy GB to raise awareness of smart meter rollout and are targeting groups who have been identified as having additional barriers to engagement.
I am looking to attend meetings of professionals (which could include volunteers), to give a short briefing of about 30 minutes on smart meter rollout, to help those who attend feel more prepared to support clients with the smart meter rollout.  I will also be able to talk about a bid fund attached to the project, which you may wish to consider applying to, to carry out further work raising awareness of smart meter rollout among your clients.  We are looking to brief front line workers (this can include councillors or even landlords at forums) who work directly with consumers who fall into any of the following categories:

  • District heating customers
  • Lack of proficiency in English or Welsh
  • Lacking basic digital skills
  • Learning disability
  • Low literacy
  • Memory impairment
  • No personal internet access
  • Off-gas grid customers
  • Prepay customers
  • Private tenants
  • Severe or profound deafness
  • Social housing tenants

Please contact me, Rebecca Jones, if this is something you’d be interested in and we can have a chat about what works best for your organisation as I can be pretty flexible.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Best wishes,
Rebecca Jones
Project Development Coordinator – National Energy Action
Mobile: 07738417448    Direct line: 01273 810230
c/o Brighton Junction
1a Isetta Square
35 New England Street
Head Office:  0191 261 5677"

Hugo Fox - (website building) says

"What does community mean to you?


To us community means connections, it means being aware of people and groups in your community and being able to support them to grow and thrive.


At HugoFox we have built our business around this principle – connecting communities.  There are a wide variety of local groups and organisations that do not receive the support they desperately need from their communities, as their communities simply do not know that they are there. We can make sure this doesn’t happen to you.


At HugoFox we don’t only provide free websites to not-for-profit organisations, but we also provide free training to help you improve your digital skills and learn new ways to connect with your local community. This means that the only website cost to your organisations would be a domain name e.g, and these typically cost £7-£15 per year, that money doesn’t go to us but we are happy to help you to set-up your domain name and link it to your HugoFox website. It’s all part of our great customer support team based in Hampshire.


Not only do we provide a free website, free training and free customer support, but we are also offering a transfer service. This means that we will move all of the information from your existing website onto a new HugoFox website; saving you valuable time!


What’s the catch?! I hear you say, there really isn’t one. Simply put, the more websites we provide to not-for-profit organisations, the stronger our SEO becomes (Search Engine Optimisation – this is how high up your website appears on Google and other search engines). We then offer this benefit to businesses (for £6-£14 per month), so we profit from the improved SEO that you help us to create. This means that local businesses are supporting community organisations by funding the platform that they can use for free and, the local organisations are helping the local businesses and other community groups to appear higher on Google; that is all done by simply having a HugoFox website.

It’s so easy to create and update a HugoFox website and you have the additional benefit of supporting your local community just by having a website. If you are interested in a website, or simply want to have a chat about our offer, please email us on or phone us on 01635 291 271. We would be happy to talk you through the process and get your community group online!"

Graham Allen, Director of Adults’ Health & Care says:-
"Dear all

I am writing to let you know that, following the public consultation over the summer, Hampshire County Council’s Executive Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr Liz Fairhurst, will be considering a number of recommended changes to the way people pay for adult social care support at her Decision Day on Friday 21 October 2016. 

The recommendations will also be scrutinised in advance by the Health and Adult Social Care Select Committee on Thursday 20 October.

Cllr Fairhurst’s Decision Day will take place at 10am on 21 October at Hampshire County Council’s Headquarters in Winchester.  If you wish to see the report that Cllr Fairhurst will be considering, or to attend the Decision Day, you can find the details online.

Information on how to speak at a council meeting (called ‘making a deputation’) can be found by contacting Democratic and Member Services on 01962 847479 or via the link above.

I will be in touch with you again after the Decision Day to let you know the outcome. In the mean time, if you have any queries relating to the consultation or recommendations, please contact the Consultation Support Team on 01962 847267 or via email at"

Announcement from 4Youth Hampshire and Isle of Wight -


Community First’s Employee Volunteering Scheme currently has a number of Winchester businesses who have teams of volunteers who would like to support local community projects.  They can carry a number of practical tasks such as gardening, scrub clearance, decorating, or befriending.   We have two local businesses who would like to volunteer for the day in September,  for more information contact Janet Duggan at or telephone 0300 500 8085 ext 9722.

Community First Training in Winchester - Click HERE for details

Becoming a CIO/CIC - 15th November at Bradbury House, Winchester. Think becoming a charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) or community interest company (CIC) would suit you?
In this course you will cover:
  • What is a CIO & CIC
  • How to become a CIO or CIC
  • Advantages of becoming a CIO or CIC
  • Disadvantages of becoming a CIO or CIC
  • Governing documents required
Places are £55 for voluntary groups and £90 for others.  Click here to book a place.

Skill Share Workshops Coming up in the Autumn - As part of our Employee Volunteering and Skill Share Scheme, we have 3 skill share workshops coming up in the Autumn in the Winchester area.  Click on the headings to see the flyers and to find out how you can book your place:

Emergency First Aid at Work - This course is intended for smaller workplaces where the appointed person will be able to take charge in the event of an illness or accident. At the end of the course attendees will have demonstrated competence in basic life support skills and increased their awareness in managing a first aid incident in the workplace.
Tuesday 01-November at United Church, Winchester             
 A certificate will be issued which will be valid for 3 years. No prior knowledge is necessary.

 All places are £80 for voluntary groups and £115 for others.  Book a place online here

Safeguarding adults and children - This half day course aims to raise awareness of safeguarding and is designed for those who need to have a greater understanding of this difficult subject and for staff / volunteers.
Thursday 03-November at St Peters Church, Winchester             
Course Aims - This course will help you to:

  • Gain an understanding of safeguarding and various associated issues
  • Realise the long-term impact of abuse on those affected by it
  • Identify your organisation’s responsibilities in relation to safeguarding
Course Objectives - How will we achieve the aims?
  • Establish what ‘safeguarding’ is and where you / your organisation fits into it
  • Identify how children and adults can be abused and what signs to look for
  • Consider what you should do if you discover or suspect abuse
  • Explore ways to help prevent it
All places are £55 for voluntary groups and £90 for others.  Book a place online here

Introduction to Mindfulness - Wednesday 16th November at St Peters Church, Winchester
Do you ever wish that you could just press the pause button? Do you suffer from information overload? Are you exhausted by all the demands made of you? Are you so busy you just don’t know where to start?
It might not be immediately obvious how practising mindfulness can help you in the work place. However, after only a few weeks of practice it can reduce stress, increase attention, increase creativity and generate a calmer more harmonious working environment. This course will:
  • Give you an opportunity to experience mindfulness
  • Show you how to build a successful practice
  • Explain how mindfulness is beneficial for the individual and the organisation
  • Explore how you can apply mindfulness in the work place
  • Leave you feeling calm and refreshed
Places are £55 for voluntary groups and £90 for others.  Book a place online here

Health and Safety Awareness - Tuesday 22nd November at United Church, Winchester.  The introduction to health and safety awareness is designed for those working in roles responsible for the overall health and safety practices of the organisation. It gives delegates an awareness of health and safety and how it affects their daily role.
We will cover:
  • Understanding the laws in Hazard and Risk
  • Risk assessment
  • Common Hazards (including Fire, electricity and other aspects identified by delegates)
  • Accidents and incidents.
Places are £55 for voluntary groups and £90 for others.  Book a place online here

Bespoke Training
Community First can also offer in-house training tailored to the needs of the organisation or business. To contact the team, call 0300 500 8085 or email and we would be happy to talk through your needs.

Midas Training
Community First has a qualified assessor/trainer that can provide training for all types of MiDAS certificate.  More details click here. or contact Martin Andrews on 0300 500 8085 ext 9733 or email or


Winchester City Council Core funding – deadline noon 9 November

Not-for-profit organisation's in the Winchester District can apply for a core grant for organisational running costs. Your organisation needs to be a not-for-profit group, community organisation or registered charity running activities or projects that benefit the residents of the Winchester District.

WCC is continuing with the new scoring system which was introduced for the 2017/18 core grant applications, to ensure transparency of decision-making. The criteria which will be assessed include commitment to delivering the priorities of the Winchester District Community Strategy; financial management and future stability; collaboration with other voluntary organisations and so on.

Please review the criteria and scoring information prior to applying on the WCC website.

The priorities of the Community Strategy, which was adopted formally in January 2014, are:

PEOPLE - Active Communities

o Provide housing to meet community needs

o Promote community cohesion

o Provide accessible sport and recreation

o Ensure our communities are healthy and safe

PLACE - High Quality Environment

o Work towards a lower carbon District

o Effective traffic management and support for transport provision

o Ensure that the quality of the place we enjoy is maintained and enhanced

PROSPERITY - Prosperous Economy

o Support the local economy

o Promote education and training

o Promote tourism and the cultural assets of the District

If you are awarded funding, you will be asked to draft and then sign a Performance Agreement which records your commitment as an organisation to helping to deliver these priorities.

This funding is for the time period of 1 April 2017-31 March 2018.  Please refer to the WCC website and apply online

Winchester City Council - Town Forum Small grant up to £500 – open for application – deadline noon, Thursday 3rd November
This grant is specifically for organisations serving the five unparished Wards of Winchester – open to partnership funding with surrounding parishes (eg Badger Farm & Olivers Battery). 

For one-off pieces of expenditure if on projects, equipment and other items which will help your Organisation to do more, to reach more people, to provide better services or to try something different. 
The Town Forum are particularly keen to encourage applications for small grants with regards to sustainable food initiatives.  Organisations applying will need to demonstrate community benefit.
To view further information please visit the Winchester City Council website.  Or apply online.
Applicants must seek support from their local Ward Member, this can be a short statement/email/letter of support for their project:-
Unparished Ward and Ward Member
St Barnabas Kelsie Learney -  01962 886 367
Anne Weir -  01962 884 854

Grant panel member - please contact Councillors Learney & Weir in the first instance:
Eileen Berry - 01962 886 416

St Bartholomew Dominic Hiscock -  01962 865 971
Rosemary Burns -  07493 610063

Grant panel member - please contact Councillors Hiscock & Burns in the first instance
Nicki Elks -   01962 853 277

St Luke Derek Green -  07846 829 317
Grant panel chairman - please contact Councillor Green in the first instance:
Jamie Scott -  07516 481 520

St Michael Fiona Mather -  01962 890 477
Guy Ashton -  01962 850 722

Grant panel member - please contact Councillors Mather & Ashton in the first instance:
Ian Tait -  01962 808 344

St Paul Liz Hutchison -   01962 870 082
Lucille Thompson -  01962 863 037
Martin Tod -  01962 710 244

Carriers for Causes grants are available for good causes within two miles of a One Stop shop. Grants, of up to £1000 will be available to support projects that ‘benefit local communities - helping to improve lives and local places’.  See website for more information -

Winchester City Council - Grants page

Sport England -

Big Lottery Fund - Funding information

Hampshire and IOW Community Foundation -

The Allen Lane Foundation -

ACT Foundation -

Community Challenge Fund 2016, Hampshire - Rural communities in Hampshire may apply for one-off grants to help with projects that improve local life in rural areas.  Community organisations and parish councils working in rural Hampshire may apply for grants of up to £2,500. This is currently not open but deadlines are to be announced soon so keep checking for more information and to keep up to date.
When to apply:-  Applications for more than £1,000:- 23rd December (subject to available funding)

Royal British Legion’s Grants Programme Accepting Applications for 2016
The 2016 deadline is 30 November 2016.  Full details can be found on the Royal British Legion website

Action Hampshire – Latest News and funding information -

The supermarket chain Morrisons has established the Morrisons Foundation to support local good causes across Great Britain. Further information can be found at    

Funding Central is a free resource for charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises based in England. They list thousands of funding and finance opportunities, plus a wealth of tools and information supporting you to develop a sustainable income strategy


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