13/08/2015 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-News & Information 
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Welcome to SVS' E-Newsletter
Welcome to the fiftieth edition of SVS' E-News & Information.

Find out about various events, dates for your diary and useful information: 

In this edition, you can get involved with the police at the Hampshire Constabulary Disability Roadshow, meet new friends and fellow dog owners with a mental health condition for peer support or find more information on getting 16-25 year olds into retail with a free four week training programme.

Why not take a look at our News & Updates section for information including: Free resources for Social Enterprises, 10 'commandments' of a Facebook admin, a guide from DWP on Universal Credit, or take part in a survey from the Local Safeguarding Board.

If you would like to feature in a future SVS E-News & Information then email us at mailing@southamptonvs.org.uk

Events & Significant Dates

GroBrain Baby Course

Got a new baby? Then you’ll probably be getting lots of well-meaning advice! It can be quite confusing. GroBrain Baby Course is for mums and dads with babies aged 0-12 months. Hear the latest ideas, and make up your own mind about what’s best for your baby.

What’s in the course?
  • Bonding and brain development
  • ‘Tuning in’ to your baby’s signals
  • Latest ideas on managing crying
  • How to get baby chatting!
  • Games to play with baby
  • What to look for in child care
  • Stress management for adults
  • Princess Anne Hospital, Parent Craft Room, Level F
  • Thursday 10th September 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 22nd September 2:00 - 4:00 PM
  • Thursday 12th November 2:00 - 4:00 PM
How To Book:
  • Southampton Community Family Trust
  • 023 8021 6003
  • info@scft.org.uk
Donations are welcome for this course, which costs us approximately £20 per person to deliver

Announcing the Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference

Early booking discount available until 30th September 2015 - secure your place for just £174.99 + VAT!

Forum Training is delighted to announce the 2nd annual Safeguarding Children for Charities Conference. This one-day conference will enable you to stay up-to-date with the latest in child protection guidance and legislation so you can effectively implement safeguarding procedures within your organisation.
We surveyed over 150 charities, who told us they wanted more information on updated legislation, DBS checks, staff training, online safety, reporting information and how to recognise symptoms of abuse.
Forum Training has therefore put together an agenda that addresses these key issues. By the end of the day you will be able to:
  • Stay up-to-date on safeguarding legislation and guidance – including an overview of the revisions to the ‘Working together to Safeguard Children’ statutory guidance
  • Recognise common symptoms and signs of abuse – understand the different types of abuse and warning signs you need to look out for, including spotting signs of child sexual exploitation
  • Put in place an effective e-safety policy – learn how you can raise awareness amongst children of e-safety, as well as training staff and volunteers about using social media appropriately
  • Implement effective staff management and recruitment procedures – a guide to the Disclosure and Barring Service and training members of your organisation on safeguarding children
  • Understand what to do when a safeguarding incident occurs – who you should report to if an allegation is made or a child makes a disclosure and communicating the correct procedures to trustees, staff and volunteers.  
Order form and agenda
Who should attend?
  • Designated person for child protection
  • Charity managers
  • Trustees
  • Anyone who works with children and their families
Order online
Discounts available
  • Early booking discounts - book before 30th September 2015 and secure your place for just £174.99 + VAT (that's a £25.00 discount!)
  • Discounts for two or more delegates – we offer discounts for group bookings - email rebecca.hiley@forumbusinessmedia.co.uk or call Rebecca Hiley on 020 8941 9026 for a quote.
New Enterprise Action Workshops - Have fun and explore your passion as a business opportunity

There are a couple of courses for the new business support training available at Ropewalk Centre in September 2015.
The two-hour interactive workshops have been designed to help local people make the most of their hidden talents. FREE to WICT members and SO14 residents (subject to review by the Trust), this Enterprise Action Training is intended to offer a fun, informal way of exploring your passions and taking them forward as new opportunities. Two workshops are being offered for people just getting started:

Do What you Love
23rd September 2015

Explore the path to self-employment by focusing on your passions and skills. 

Let’s make some Dough
30th Sept 2015

Learn the processes of managing a business through baking (& take home a 500g loaf!)

Designed and led by Queen’s Award for Enterprise recipient, Hammie Tappenden, both courses offer take-away action plans, relevant local contacts and subsequent mentor support.

Additionally, Teresa Phillips, founder-owner of Berrywood Accounts (qualified tax adviser and accountant), will be leading a couple of sessions on Tax for sole-traders:

Complete your tax return yourself with confidence
5pm-7pm Wednesday 28 October 2015
5pm-7pm Thursday 19 November 2015

This 2 hour workshop for sole traders will give you the skills you need to complete your self-assessment yourself, with plenty of time before the 31 January deadline.
Jenny Magee will be taking registrations for these events from 7 September, however if anyone has queries or wants to reserve ahead they can contact Teresa on 01489 860800 /  07834 352509 or email her at teresa@berrywood.co.uk
Please do pass details on to any relevant contacts and promote in your own publicity.
We welcome new contacts!
Family Therapy Across Cultures

21st September 2015 | London Conference


The complexity of working with ‘race’ and cultural differences within the Family Therapy field, remains underestimated, and occupies only a marginal position in social and mental health care. Consequently, inequalities in mental health continue, and they can go unnoticed. Therefore, it is important we develop a greater understanding of the histories, values, and expectations for diverse families and individuals we encounter. Other core themes also resonating throughout family work are: religious and spiritual beliefs, historical circumstances, immigration histories, and experiences with racism and prejudice, and they appear to influence contemporary family strengths and struggles.

This one-day conference will explore these complexities and debate the critical perspectives, themes, and concepts within the field of Family Therapy with BME communities. A range of illustrative case studies, clinical practices, and research will be presented by eminent thinkers and practitioners in psychotherapy and social sciences.

This conference will be relevant to all professionals in the field of Mental Health and Social Care, including those from Local Authorities and NHS trusts across the UK, Social Workers, Approved Mental Health Professionals, Psychiatrists, Psychologists, Psychotherapists, Counsellors, Early Intervention Teams, CPN’s, OT’s, Chaplains, Community Faith Leaders & Healers, Equality Leads, Community Development Workers, Service User Representatives, Charities, Third Sector, Educational Establishments, Academics and Policy makers.


Celebrating Older People

Silver Sunday is an annual day of fun and free activities for older people across the UK. Led by The Sir Simon Milton Foundation, it celebrates the value and knowledge older people contribute to our communities while combating loneliness and isolation. Silver Sunday will take place on the 4th October, this year.

Is your group doing anything to join in ? – if so let SVS know and we will help publicise it.


Weekly Wednesday Workshops

The Weekly Wednesday Workshops for August to October have been announced. There are a range of presenters and topics available in a multi-agency learning environment. Please see the links below for further details:

News & Updates

Pensions Regulator publishes specialist guidance on charities

The Pensions Regulator has for the first time produced specialist guidance on how to assess charities and not-for-profit organisations, saying that pension funds should treat charities' donation income differently.

Click here for more information.

O2 Think Big - 13-25 Year Olds Thriving In The Digital World

Think Big aims to inspire, support and enable young people (13-25 year olds) with great ideas; so they can have an impact on society while getting the hands on experience and skills they need to thrive in today's digital world. Deadline is 9 September

Please click here for more information

Title EE and Royal Voluntary Services to Host National Techy Tea Party Day

Research carried out by EE has revealed that two thirds of people aged over 65 said that they consider “the internet and computers to be the most revolutionary inventions of their lifetime”, beating TV, radio and nuclear power.

Click here to find out more about the tea party

Useful Free Resources for Social Enterprises

Social Good Guides are a collection of resources for start up organisations, from social media through to funding and business planning. Click here to see the guides.

10 Rules for your Organisation's Facebook Admin

Following the news that Facebook has replaced Google as the chief source for news traffic online, we've turned to ShortStack for this infographic listing the dos and don'ts of running your organisation's Facebook account. 

Click here to view the list

DWP Guide to Landlords on Universal Credit

The Department of Work and Pensions has recently released a new document providing private and social sector landlords with up to date information on Universal Credit. It aims to help them understand what they can do to assist their tenants in preparing for the transition to direct payments

Download your copy here


Local Safeguarding Board Annual Survey

Please take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey on the link below.

This covers a number of issues such as training and supervision. We really appreciate your time and will use the results of this survey to drive and direct our future work – so your feedback is vital!

Deadline for this survey is Friday 11th September 2015

Click here to complete the survey

Children and Young People's Risk Behaviours

The Horizon Scanning Programme team have been researching risky behaviours in children and young people. Their publication explores the decrease in 'risky' behaviours in children and young people, possible causes and what new risks could emerge. Risk behaviours potentially expose people to harm, or significant risk of harm which will prevent them reaching their potential, or damage their health and well-being. The evidence suggests a slow and steady decline in risk behaviours and negative outcomes, such as drinking, drug use, smoking, youth crime, suicide, and teenage pregnancy. This paper summarises the views of the academics, practitioners, policy officials and young people at this discussion. It is not a statement of government policy. The trends data pack sets out how a range of risk behaviours and negative outcomes have changed over time for children and young people.

You can view the full publication here

DWP Guide to Landlords on Universal Credit

The latest research by nfpSynergy Charity Awareness Monitor shows that public trust and confidence in charities has fallen to its lowest in a decade – and that’s before the impact of the bad press around pressurised fundraising and the death of Olive Cooke or the collapse of Kids Company.

Public trust in charities is at 53% putting them 8th in the list of trusted organisations – well behind the top 3 placed Armed Forces at 77%, NHS 70% and schools at 62%. Trust for  charities is down 3% on last year and 13% on the last two with nearly a third ( 29%) saying they have “not much” trust and 1 in 10 having “very little” – the sectors worst figures since 2007. For other sectors trust in the Royal family, police and schools continues to rise whilst the BBC’s levels are volatile and the lowest group comprises insurance companies, multinationals, the Government and political parties were once again at the bottom with 47% saying they trusted them “very little”. 

nfpSynergy’s Joe Saxton, said:
These are sobering figures for all of those who work in the sector, not least those who say ‘Crisis, what crisis?’. Worse still they were researched just before much of the recent high profile press coverage of the sector.The research does emphasise that we can take nothing for granted about people’s trust in the sector. All parts of the sector most work continuously to build trust in charities and to explain our work. Equally important we have to listen to what the public and donors tell us what annoys or concerns them about charities, which will probably reduce their levels of trust. We can’t just tell the public how modern charities are, we also have to listen to how they would like them to be. "

So what is your charity doing to ensure its good governance and transparency to help ensure the public know and trust your organisation? 

Jobs and Recruitment

Do you want to make a difference to the quality of life for older people in Southampton?

If you are up for a challenge, want to work with a talented team and are inspired by enabling the older generation to love their later life, then this could be an exciting opportunity for you. This role requires an individual who is experienced in securing a variety of funding streams including local authority/NHS tenders and commissioned services, introducing new earned-income opportunities and has an understanding of fundraising. You must be mobile, a strategic thinker, a strong line manager, and a confident individual who is able to ‘muck in’, think on your feet and have a strong income generation background.


The Charity

After 50 years of supporting vulnerable older people, Age UK Southampton is entering an exciting new phase of development, building its capacity and sustainability.  We are responding to growing levels of need from the City’s increasing older population, playing a key role in the voluntary sector’s position in the new, integrated way of delivering health and social care services in Southampton. We are part of a national network of around 170 charities under the Age UK brand.


The Role

Business Development Manager - strategically manage and lead all business development activities

A Senior Management position, building the long-term financial stability of the charity through income generation, including fundraising, legacies, grant applications and sponsorship initiatives, development of paid for services, partnership development. This post requires someone who can lead on tenders for older people’s services, particularly within the health and social care sectors. As part of the Senior Management Team you will maintain focus, support and guide colleagues and work streams towards the organisation’s strategic objectives.


If you believe you have the skills, passion and commitment to make a positive contribution at this crucial stage  of our development, please click here for more information on the role and an application pack. 

Closing Date - 12.00 noon, Friday 11 September 2015

We are constantly updating our website with jobs and voluntary opportunities. For the latest on all our available opportunities, please see our website

Funding & Fundraising

Funding for Southampton

Funding for community projects in Southampton is available through the Big Lottery Fund’s small grants programme, Awards for All. The programme is open for applications all year round and offers grants of between £300 and £10,000 for a wide range of community projects with ideas on how they could make a difference to their community.

The Big Lottery Fund awarded £170,576 to 18 projects in Southampton last year and is keen to see more funding going in to the city. To be eligible for Big Lottery funding, your project must focus on at least one of the following outcomes:
  • People have better chances in life
  • Stronger communities
  • Improved rural and urban environments
  • Healthier and more active people and communities
To find out how to apply, visit the website, attend a webinar or call the Big Advice team:

01454 10 20 30

Armed Forces Funding

Armed Forces Covenant Fund

The Covenant Fund has £10 million each year to support the Armed Forces Covenant by funding projects which address specific priorities. There are two funding routes: small grants, for applications up to a maximum of £20,000 and large grants, for applications of between £20,001 and £500,000. Deadline is 17 September.

Click here for more information

Aged Veterans Fund

This additional funding stream has £25 million available over five years and will fund projects that support non-core health, wellbeing and social care needs for older veterans (aged over 60), including surviving World War II veterans, those who undertook National Service and other voluntary enlisted veterans who may need some focused support in relation to their health and social care needs. Deadline is 21 September.

Click here for more information

War Memorials Trust

The scheme is designed to help with projects for the repair and conservation of freestanding war memorials in England. Deadline is 30 September.

Click here for more information

Heart Research UK - Healthy Heart Grants

  • Applications for the autumn round must be submitted by 31/08/2015
  • Applications for the spring round must be submitted by 28/02/2016
Who can apply?
  • Only community/voluntary organisations, registered charities or other not for profit organisations may apply. In exceptional circumstances, where a project has a very strong heart element, applications will be considered from researchers
About the Healthy Heart Grant
  • Heart Research UK Healthy Heart Grants of up to £5,000 or £10,000 are available for new, original and innovative projects that actively promote heart health and help to prevent, or reduce, the risk of heart disease in specific groups or communities. Our funding opportunities are open to all groups. We are very keen to hear from any not-for-profit organisations, from small voluntary or grass-root development groups right through to charitable arms of sporting organisations. Since the start of our Healthy Heart Grant programme we have funded over £1.2 million of exciting projects around the UK; from cycling projects for the visually impaired to circus skills workshops for teenagers. We've even teamed up with the charitable arms of sport clubs where players and coaches have helped educate local children about the importance of keeping their hearts healthy
To Apply
Please download the £5k Application form here
You can find more information here
You can find the HRUK terms and conditions here
For a list of FAQs, please click here
Kelly Family Charitable Trust

  • 01/09/2015
  • 01/03/2016
Who can apply?
  • The Trust will only consider applications from registered charities based within the UK. The Trust actively encourages applications from relatively new organisations to help help them become established
About the Kelly Family Charitable Trust
  • Funding is available for charities whose activities involve all or most family members in initiatives that support and encourage the family to work as a cohesive unit in tackling problems that face one or more of its members. The overall objective is to reinforce the potential benefit and support that family members as a unit can give to each other. The Trust will consider both capital and revenue grants and is happy to support requests for core funding, as well as project-based grants

To Apply
You can find the application form and further information here
Alternatively, you can email Stuart Armstrong at s.armstrong@kfct.org
Big Potential Advanced Fund

  • There are no deadlines. Applications can be made at any time during the three years that the programme runs
About the Big Potential Advanced Fund

Big Potential has expanded the support and grants to VCSEs looking to raise social investment - The Big Lottery Fund has launched the £10m Big Potential Advanced Fund. The new ‘Advanced’ route is an extension to Big Lottery Fund’s existing investment readiness programme; Big Potential. 

Big Potential now has a total of £20m available to Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations looking to get investment ready and explore new ways to finance the delivery of services which increase social impact and support those most in need.

The £20 million Big Potential offers the following application routes:
  • Breakthrough - provides VCSE organisations with access to specialist one-to-one support from the Big Potential programme partners before making an application for grants between £20,000 and £75,000 to undertake more in-depth investment readiness work with one of Big Potential's approved providers.
  • Advanced - is for VCSEs that are clear about how social investment could work for them and can describe a potential deal or interest from investors and need help to close that deal. The Advanced route is also available to organisations that need help securing a contract. Grants of between £50,000 and £150,000 are available.
More Information
More information and a list of FAQs are available here
Children in Need Grants
BBC Children in Need's Small Grants programme is open to charities and not-for-profit organisations applying for any amount up to and including £10,000 for one year only. The deadline is the 1st September

here for more information

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