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 www.cfirst.org.uk. 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 Here. Please 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: http://actionhampshire.org/news/is-your-charity-safe
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 https://www.plunkett.co.uk/Event/rural-community-ownership-event-hampshire
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.
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 www.nea.org.uk"
Hugo Fox - https://www.hugofox.com/ (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 www.YourOrganisationName.org.uk, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:-
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 AS.Consultation@hants.gov.uk"
Announcement from 4Youth Hampshire and Isle of Wight - http://4youth.org.uk/