12/06/14 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-news & Information
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Welcome to the twenty fifth addition to our newsletter!
In todays newsletter there is plenty of events coming up to enjoy and workshops to get yourself involved in, also find out our top funder.


StopLoanSharks-National Newsletter

The Stop Loan Sharks project targets illegal money lenders, more commonly known as loan sharks. Three national Illegal Money Lending Teams make up the Project: England, Scotland and Wales. The Teams look into illegal lending and any related crimes.
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Toolkit for ‘Making Equalities Work’

The Race Equality Foundation has published a toolkit to ‘Make Equalities Work’, which is a practical guide for voluntary and community sector organisations. Download it here

A councillor's guide to the health system -


Click here to see a Councillors guide to the health system in England.

New website launched to help people affected by dementia 

The Memory Box Network has launched an online community, ourbigbox.com, that aims to improve the quality of life for people affected by dementia.

Cyber risks  

The third in the series of guides on risk issues from Zurich Insurance and the Guardian Voluntary Sector Network has been published. 'How charities can understand and prepare for cyber risks' explains how charities can minimise cyber risks. Click the link above to see about cyber risks.


Set in the heart of Southampton City in the UK, Awaaz fm aims to meet the demand of the local Urdu and Punjabi speaking audience. Awaaz fm will cater for specific taste of music from North India (Punjabi), Afghanistan (Pushto), Pakistan (Urdu) as well as the traditional Bollywood music (Hindi).
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Volunteer Development Team

Volunteer Support Adviser    

The Volunteer Development Team is looking for Volunteer Support Advisers to run our weekly drop-in sessions here at Southampton Voluntary Services.  The role involves meeting potential volunteers and working with them on a one-to-one basis to find suitable volunteering opportunities using our online database.  The role would suit someone looking to develop their administrative and IT skills and an interest in volunteering and the third sector would be a real advantage.
Please contact Josie Francis, Volunteer Development Worker - j.francis@southamptonvs.org.uk.


Administration Assistant

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Volunteer Support Coordinator – Allotment

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Supporting Autism drop-ins/ workshop

In light of the new guidance from the Department of Health, Southampton has taken the decision to refresh the Lifelong Autism Strategy.

They are holding two drop-ins/workshops in order to find out from service users, families, carers, advocates, professionals and wider stakeholders how the city is progressing in respect to its approach to supporting people that are or may have an Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC):

How are our services supporting people? What further work needs to be done?
A room is booked its a large room in the Southampton Civic Centre for the following times:

Thursday 26th June - 1.00 to 3.30 p.m.
Wednesday 2nd July - 7.00 to 9.30 p.m.

To find out more info please click here

Weight Management Course

A Brief Intervention in Weight Management, still has a few places available for our half day course on 19th June 2014.
Should you wish to apply for this, or any other of our courses,
It is filling fast, so book early to ensure your place.
 Please click here for the booking form or for more info


Events and Significant Dates

Southampton Safeguarding

The Southampton Safeguarding Adults Board (SSAB) is a standing committee of senior/lead officers within adult social care, health, housing, community safety, criminal justice, voluntary organisations and service user/ carer representative groups. 

The SSAB’s objective is to coordinating and ensuring the effectiveness of what each of its members do to and promote the wellbeing and protect ‘adults at risk’ of harm in its area. Its remit is to set priorities and coordinate the strategic development of adult safeguarding across Southampton.
There is a up coming event on
Monday, 30 June 2014 from 14:00 to 16:00 (BST)        please click here for more info on (SSAB)

The Southampton Fairness Commission is a group of volunteers who are exploring how to make the city a fairer and more equal place to live and work. The Commission aims to inform, influence and inspire organisations in the city to lead by example and work for changes that will improve the quality of life for everyone in Southampton.

Public Meeting about Employment
The Commissioners are holding their first public meeting which will focus on jobs in the city.  They want to learn about employment in Southampton today, discuss how the Southampton job market may look in 2016, and investigate what changes could be made to improve Southampton’s jobs in the future.
There will be some guest speakers and an opportunity to share your thoughts and ask questions.

The meeting will take place on Thursday, 19th June; 
from 5pm to 7pm

Places are limited so if you would like to attend the meeting, which will be held in city centre, please get in touch and book a place. 
If you cannot attend the meeting, you can still send in your thoughts, submit evidence, or ask a question.

You can email fairness.commission@southampton.gov.uk  or call 023 8083 2638

There is more information about the Southampton Fairness Commission on their website: http://www.southamptonfairnesscommission.org/


Stop Loan Sharks Social Media Competition

For details Please click here

17th Annual Peace Walk

Sunday 22nd June - 12.15 starting at the
Peace Fountain, East Park Southampton
Everyone is welcome  but please note the earlier start (12.15) then we will visit -
Medina Mosque - Vedic Temple - Tegh Gurdwara  - Greek Orthodox Church - St Mary's Church. There will be refreshments provided.
This is the ideal opportunity to visit faith communities and experience the diversity of our city. Please invite friends and colleagues...

We shall look forward to seeing you
Further information phone 07545 982838



The Cabinet Office is consulting on a new £40 million fund to support the sustainability of charities,  voluntary groups and social enterprises  that deliver services to vulnerable groups and whose future may be threatened. The fund is planned to be available from next financial year and the deadline for responses is 24 July.


What is a Budget?
A budget is a prediction on paper, as  
accurate as you can make it, of what
you are likely to earn/raise and spend
in the coming year. Sometimes, for
planning or funding purposes, you
might need to be able to do this for
the next three to five years. Some
“attributes” of a budget include:
· Financial information needed for
grant applications;
· The money part of a project
· A financial statement indicating
a groups viability;
· A forecast which helps identify
weak areas and allows you to
make plans to overcome these;
· A management tool which
allows you to control the group's
income and expenditure.
Of course this does not materialise
overnight - the time it takes depends
on the size of your organisation and
what your future plans are.

Funder for the last two weeks

Joseph Strong Frazer Trust
Joseph Strong Frazer Trust: Trustees meet twice a year in March and September
Size of grant available: Up to £5,500
Aims and outcomes of funder: Support a wide range of causes around social welfare, people with disabilities, children/youth and education

True colours trust
True Colours Trust: Small grants programme, no deadlines (trustees meet quarterly)
Size of grant available: Up to £10,000
Aims and outcomes of funder: Supports local organisations and projects working with disabled children and their families on a daily basis
Additional information: Trustees have a particular interest in work with young carers and siblings, projects providing bereavement support and a range of capital requirements such as purchase of mini buses/specialised play equipment and developing multi-sensory rooms

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