12/05/2015 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-News & Information 
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Welcome to SVS' E-Newsletter
Welcome to the forty-second edition of SVS' E-News & Information.

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

In this edition, there are events such as The St Georges Day Walks, BBC TV election debate as well as the Free Weekly Wednesday Workshops, by LSBC, are back. 

Why not take a look at our News & Updates section for information such as: The Charity Reporting and Accounting Guide, Charity Broadband Connection Vouchers and Free ACAS Resources.

As usual, we have a fun fundraising idea and some possible grants which you may be able to apply for.

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

Intoducing SVS' New Deputy Chief Executive

SVS is delighted to announce that Rob Kurn has been appointed as the new Deputy Chief Executive.  Rob has undertaken a variety of roles in the sector over the last 20 years, generally focusing on health and  most recently as Healthwatch Southampton Manager.  Rob brings considerable project management, governance, partnership working and development experience to the role and is keen to begin utilising his skills in this leadership position within the organisation.  Rob commented, “I’m excited to have been appointed to this new role within SVS, it’s a great opportunity for me to learn and grow, and I’m looking forward to facing new challenges for SVS, the voluntary sector and the city.”

Events & Significant Dates

Awards for All


 Registration will be at 9.45 for a 10am start - 1pm on Tuesday 30th June at Southampton Voluntary Services, SO14 1NW. A refreshment break will be provided, but not lunch.

Help get funding into your local community
 - Do you work with, come into contact with, or support community groups in Southampton?
 - Would you like to help them access funding to support their work?
For more information, please click here

Funding Workshop

When: 9.45 Registration – 11.30am on 18th June 2015 followed by 1:1 sessions if required
 Where: Southampton Voluntary Services, SO14 1NW

The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales is presenting a funding workshop on the 18th June on its current grant programmes followed by the opportunity to have a one to one conversation with the Foundation’s Regional Grant Manager, Sara Cooney about your funding proposal. 

For more information, please click here

Big Lottery Fund Reaching Communities Support Programme
1:1 support for organisations serious about putting forward a Reaching Communities Bid.

Reaching Communities funds projects that help people and communities who are most in need, and can really make a difference.   It funds revenue and capital projects of £10,000+.

The first one to one support session will take place on 21 July 2015 here at SVS Offices, Voluntary action Centre, Kingsland Square, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NW. There will be a total of 4, 1 hour slots scheduled throughout the day. 

For more information and to book, please click here.

End of Life Care – Open workshops

Looking at how people can access better information and support around end of life - for them and the people they work with.  The workshops are for anyone who is interested. You may be a carer, patient, service user, volunteer or professional from a statutory organisation or the voluntary sector.
Workshop 1: Monday 18 May, 9.30am - 2.30pm at Irwin Mitchell, Tagus House, 9 Ocean Way, Southampton SO14 3TJ.  Lunch kindly provided by Irwin Mitchell
Workshop 2: Tuesday 9 June, 9.30am - 2.30pm at Irwin Mitchell, Tagus House, 9 Ocean Way, Southampton SO14 3TJ.  Lunch kindly provided by Irwin Mitchell

For information on the workshops content, please click here.

Cost per Workshop:
Statutory Sector Professionals: £20.00
Voluntary sector/charities: £10.00
Individuals: free
Place are limited so please book.  Tel: 01794 519495  or Email: admin@carerstogether.org.uk

The Rotary Club of Southampton 17th annual Solent Gardeners Fayre & Craft

When: Sunday 31st May 2015
Where: University of Southampton Sports Ground, Wide Lane, Eastleigh SO50 5PE (opposite Southampton Parkway Station) from 10.00am - 4.00pm
A visit to the Solent Gardeners Fayre has become a must for all keen gardeners and craft enthusiasts. With over 70 exhibitors, free car parking, Michelmersh Silver band, Southampton Ukulele Jam & children’s entertainment, refreshments and excellent conveniences and Health & Safety facilities, the Fayre provides an excellent day out for all the family. All proceeds go to charities supported by Rotary.  The Fayre will be opened by the Mayor of Eastleigh. Admission to our Fayre (including guide): Adults of all ages: £5.00 Children under 14 free. Sorry no dogs. For further details, please see our website: www.solentgardenersfayre.org.uk

Child Saftey Week 

Child Safety Week runs from 1st June to 7th June 2015. It is the flagship annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT).

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign run by the Child Accident Prevention Trust (CAPT) to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. We provide a range of resources to help practitioners run local activities and events and promote safety messages in a fun and engaging way.

For more information, please click here.

Weekly Wednesday Workshops - LSCB

Don’t miss these FREE weekly lunchtime sessions, with a range of presenters and topics in a multi-agency learning environment.
Please book and come along to as many as relevant to you.
Mostly 12pm—2pm on a Wednesday but please check details for any alternatives!

Next Workshop: Tuesday 28th 10am-12pm - Working with GPs

For all the dates and information on the sessions, please click here.

Lets talk about the Elephant in the Room - Rape and Sexual Abuse

CIS’ters is hosting TWO STAND ALONE Conferences in 2015; with a linked theme.
The events are not the same, thus giving all delegates the choice of attending one, or both ! ‘There’s an Elephant in the Room’ Thursday 4 June in Southampton; and Friday 4 September in Eastleigh. £25 per event which includes luncheon. Help us to challenge the taboo and in doing so empower more victims and survivors to seek the help they are entitled to. For information on these LINKED Conferences:
Email: admin@cisters.org.uk or Phone 02380338080
For the a breakdown of the sessions, please click here.

18th Annual Peace Walk

When: Sunday June 7th 12:15
Where: Peace Fountain, Watts Park, Southampton

The Southampton Council of Faiths invite you to...join us on this interesting and varied walk around the city visiting different places of worship and refreshments provided on the way visiting: 
-  Abu Bakr Mosque, 
-  Vedic Temple, 
-  Nanaksar Gurdwara, 
-  Synagogue 
-  St Edmunds Church  
And learn about some of the many faiths of Southampton ...
Call 07545 982838 for more information


Free Risk Assessment Training for Community and Voluntary organisations

A unique opportunity has arisen for a much needed and requested free of charge Risk Assessment Training Course for Community and Voluntary Organisation. Book early to avoid disappointment. We anticipate a great demand.
Learn how to assess risks and write a Risk Assessment at a half day course to be held at SVS on 23rd June 2015, 9.45 registration for 10am start - 1pm. The course will be led by Malcolm Pain, who has both an National qualification and extensive experience in Health and Safety, and Shanti Wass who as an employee of the Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service has carried out fire risk assessments.
For more information and to book, please click here

Alcohol: A Brief Intervention in Alcohol Awareness

Friday 22nd May 2015 – 09:30 am – 1.00 pm 
Courses held at the Royal South Hants Hospital, Brintons Terrace, SO14 0YG
Target Audience
  •  Community Healthcare Workers
  • Primary Care staff
  • Staff who have regular contact with a range of clients who may be vulnerable to drinking to excess.
Learning Outcomes
This course will cover:
  • The basic facts about alcohol and alcohol harm
  • How to use the alcohol screening tool
  • The principles of brief interventions and the skills and techniques needed to raise this topic with clients.
Programme Details
Alcohol Brief Interventions are a very effective way to enable people to assess their alcohol use and develop ways to reduce alcohol consumption.
This course will draw on proven principles of working with clients and the tools and techniques for engaging clients in a supportive and non-judgemental way.
For details and bookings please call 023 8071 3342 or email the booking form to HPTraining@solent.nhs.uk

LSCB – Working Together to Safeguard Children and Young People  - Level 3

FREE Training

Next 1 day refresher course: 12th June 2015
Next 2 day course: 2nd & 3rd July 2015

This is aimed at professionals from ALL agencies who:
  • Contribute to child protection enquires
  • Work with complex issues within families
  • Have attended a safeguarding training course to Level 2 or have equivalent experience.
 For all the upcoming dates, please click here.

To book on to either of these dates, please use this form: booking form 2015/16

News & Updates

NAVCA Survey Findings


NAVCA has published the findings of the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Survey, the largest charity survey of 2014. The findings show that local health bodies need to do more to engage with charities. The survey was conducted by NAVCA and the Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership, involving more than 50 charities spanning the breadth and depth of the voluntary sector.For more information, please click here


Please see link below to the web page for Southampton LSAB, this includes our recently agreed Strategic Plan and other key documents. At present this is hosted by Southampton City Council, the Safeguarding Boards Team are working on a LSAB owned site via the Community Engagement Group we hope this will be consulted on and launched in the coming weeks and will keep you posted.

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A new report called 'Our Lives; challenging attitudes to poverty in 2015' has just been published. One of the authors is Sally Young from Newcastle CVS who is well known to Jo Ash at SVS. The report tells stories from across England and Scotland about the lives of people today coping with challenging and difficult circumstances. The stories illustrate the reality of poverty today, attitudes towards welfare services, in-work poverty, domestic abuse, complex and dislocated lives, mental health problems, families and social care, financial problems and debt, housing pressure, benefit sanctions, stigma and fear but also resilience.

National Diversity Award for Community Organisation for Race/Faith/Religion - Unity 101

We want to share our good news and ask for your support. We’ve been nominated for the National Diversity Award for Community Organisation for Race/Faith/Religion. Last year we made it to the final, this year we want to win! Please vote for us, it only takes a few minutes. To vote, please click here. Thank you 

Children in the criminal justice system

The Youth Justice Legal Centre has put together a useful summary of new legal requirements surrounding children in the criminal justice system.

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Following 18 months of investigation The Commission on the Voluntary Sector and Ageing has published its final report. 

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Want to know what each party is saying about the issues that concern you the most? The BBC has produced an easy-to-use guide which states each party's position on key issues. The interactive guide will be updated as each manifesto is launched. 

Click here to view the guide

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This year's Big Lunch will take place on Sunday 7 June. You can now request a free pack of resources and goodies to get planning your own Big Lunch event.

SuperConnected Southampton

Your business can get a connection voucher of up to £3000 for faster, better broadband through Government's Broadband Connection Vouchers Scheme.
The scheme is active in 50 cities across the UK and is administered by each city.
To be eligible to receive a voucher you'll first need to check you are in the Southampton postcode catchment area. Please click on the checker below for confirmation
Broadband Voucher Checker

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The Childrens Right Alliance for England has produced a survey to encourage children and young people to tell them about their lives. The aim is to find out how well children's rights are being met in England. Please share this survey with your networks.

Police and crime commissioners

Clinks and Compact Voice have published a 'Practical guide to engaging with police and crime commissioners'. It is based on the experiences of a range of organisations who have established strong links with the police and crime commissioners. It highlights a number of steps organisations can follow if they wish to build better links themselves.

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Voluntary Arts has produced a Five Ways to Wellbeing Toolkit a set of actions which, if introduced into daily life, is proven to enhance emotional resilience and enable people, groups and communities to flourish.

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Email marketing provides one of the highest returns of any direct marketing channel. This guide will equip you with the advice on how to get started, developing a contact list and design and testing your marketing email.

Helping young people decide on their future

http://files.ctctcdn.com/ca3da02a001/08cfa394-2c87-417d-9e4a-75b36b6ca9c7.jpgThe Department for Education is preparing to launch its online resource which will provide up-to-date and reliable information on post-16 courses for young people, schools and parents. For more information, please click here.

Free resources from ACAS

Free HR and management forms for employers - including example job descriptions, staff appraisal forms and letters for handling disciplinary issues
Age Audit Tool - a survey tool which helps you assess attitudes towards age in your workplace and suggests further steps to address any issues
A-Z of online employment relations guidance - our full listing of guidance and links to our publications which can be downloaded for free

Southampton LSCB - New Escalation Log

When you need to escalate a concern or if you receive an escalation, please click here for the escalation process.
In addition to this, The LSCB Practice and Policy Group has developed a method for logging all multi agency escalations. This is so that any trends or key issues can be identified. 
For more information, please click here.

Men's Health Week 2015

Men's Health Week is 15-21 June. It will focus on healthy living for men.  You can sign up for Men's Health Week news and information on taking part and access the Men's Health Week resource pack.

Recruitment & Volunteering Opportunities

There are many jobs and voluntary opportunities available on our website. For the latest volunteering opportunities, please click here. For the available jobs, please click here.

Funding & Fundraising

Fundraising Idea

This weeks fundraising idea is ...
Balloon Stomp

This is a great one for a school fete or sports fundraiser. It is not for the fainthearted however
An area of a playing field is cordoned off or you could use a school hall or gym.
Contestants pay a fee to have a balloon tied to each ankle. On a whistle all the contestants have to try to stamp on other people's balloons and pop them. if both of your balloons are popped you are 


Possible grants that are avaliable... 

Money Saving Expert (MSE) Charity Open to Applications

Click to view further information about this newsflash

Grants of up to £5,000 are available for self help groups and other innovative projects that will help educate people about money/debt/consumer issues. Projects must assist people to improve their quality of life through knowledge and understanding of how to manage and take control of their own financial situation. 

Applications are being accepted until 31 May 2015. Only the first 40 complete applications that meet the criteria will be considered by the Panel

For more information, please click here.

Peoples Health Trust


Local groups and organisations with great ideas to make their communities even better places to live are now invited to apply for funding from the Peoples Health Trust.

Active Communities is a funding programme for community groups and not-for-profit organisations, with an income of less than £350,000 a year or an average of £350,000 over two years.


Freebies & Offers


The Mammal Society are a small charity who, up until recently, were based in Southampton. They are moving out of their office and need to find tenants to take over from us. It's a 950 sq ft fully furnished office which can easily fit up to twelve people. It costs us £7000pa plus rates and taxes. 

In Kind Direct – product giving for social good

At In Kind Direct we help you get the things you need to support your communities.
 We do this by taking donations of goods from manufacturers and retailers and redistributing them to charities and not for profit organisations.
 From cleaning products to keep your premises sparkling, to packs of essential toiletries for people in crisis, In Kind Direct can help you to save money, reach more people and improve your services.
 Items are all new and good quality but become surplus because they are short dated, have slight defects in the packaging or branding or are returns.
 To access goods, your organisation needs to register with us online, which is free. You can then order products via our online catalogue. There is a handling charge applied, which is generally 20% of the original retail price, and includes delivery.
 To find out more, visit http://www.inkinddirect.org/receive or call us on 0300 30 20 200

Older People Organisation

Venue available at the Stella Maris Hall on St Michaels Square, St Joseph and St Edmonds City Parish

The Stella Maris hall is currently used on a Wednesday and a Friday during the day so available on the other days. The hire charges are £15 per hour with some disabled facilities so suitable for the use of the elderly.

If you are considering using the hall you can contact the parish office to book on 02380333589. If you would like to see the hall before use Sue McCall would be happy to help.

Free Space

Charities and other qualifying groups have been invited to take up office space in Dukes Keep, Marsh Lane, Southampton. Centric Community Projects provides workspace, offices, storage, training or meeting rooms around the country and creates charity hubs in empty commercial buildings. Space can be offered free of charge to charities, community interest companies, sports clubs, non-profit organisations, community groups, artists or business start-ups by unemployed, disabled or disadvantaged people. You can use this space for any of your charitable activities, for example admin, office, meetings, storage also archive storage or as a training facility. Anybody interested can contact the office on 01908 667750 or email Hannah Brown.  
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