10/11/2014 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-news & Information
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Welcome to the thirty-fouth edition of our e-newsletter!

In this edition you can find a range of information, including information regarding the rise in the level of terror, information on the volunteer sector as well as various campaigns and upcoming days to support.
You can also find out about takeover day and free community training sessions. There is also the a chance to encourage your volunteers to share their inspirational stories.
We also have dates for your diary, including events such as weekly Wednesday workshops brought to you by Southampton Local Safeguarding Children Board and various events that you can get involved in.
As always we have our top funders for this edition, along with some other grants available, and a new fun fundraising idea for you to try.

If you would like to feature in future SVS e newsletters, please email mailing@southamptonvs.org.uk


Events and Significant Dates

It's in our Hands

An Event to think differently about delivering Services to Children & Young People in Southampton

Where: The Destiny Centre, Kent Road, Southampton, SO17 2LJ
When: Thursday 13th November at 3:15pm - 5:45pm

We invite you to join us, and become part of something NEW! We’ve organised a joint event with our statutory colleagues, and to bring together colleagues from:
  • Community, Voluntary and Independent Sectors
  • Schools, Colleges and Early Years Settings
  • Health Services
  • Early help teams
  • Social Care 
For more information and to book, please click here

A Brief Intervention for Weight Management

Where: Royal South Hants Hospital
When: Tuesday 25th November 2014 at 13:00 til 16:00

This half-day course will introduce participant to an approach to delivering brief interventions on weight management with adults. It will build on the evidence-base of what are the most effective ways to approach behaviour change on this topic
• how to raise the topic of weight management focusing on both diet and physical activity
• how to apply motivational interviewing techniques in the context of a brief
• enabling adults to self-monitor their behaviour and measure behaviour changes
• enabling adults how to seek support from other services.

To book please fill out the booking from or contact 023 8071 3342 or email HPTraining@solent.nhs.uk

For more information, please click here
For the booking form, please click here

Parenting Course

Where: The Hightown Centre Tunstall Road, Thornhill
When: Wednesdays 9.30-11.30am 12 weeks from Wednesday 26th November 2014
(Nov 26th, December 3rd & 10th, January 14th, 21st, 28th, February 4th, 11th, 25th, March 4th, 11th & 18th)
(excluding school holidays)

For parents and carers of children aged 6-12 years
FREE for Thornhill residents ONLY

During the course we will look at:
 Giving positive attention, encouragement and praise
 Rewards and incentives for positive behaviour
 Ways of managing misbehaviour
 Setting limits and boundaries

Don’t miss out!
Book now by contacting Janet on 02380 216 003

Special Ecucational Needs and Disability Conference

Where: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0A
When: Monday 24th November 2014 at 08:45 - 16:30
Together with The Child Brain Injury Trust and Action Cerebral Palsy, Moore Blatch Solicitors are organising a one day, informative conference exploring  the implications of the changes brought about by the Children and Families Act 2014, and the impact of these changes on those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND).
This one day conference will take place on Monday 24th November 2014 at The Royal Society of Medicine, London.

For more details and booking please visit the dedicated website page or alternatively complete and return the below registration form.

Register here.

This event is CPD accredited (5 points) and key speakers include:
  • Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children's Commissioner for England
  • Helen Nix, Department of Education
  • Paul Greatorex, Barrister
  • Jean Haigh on behalf of SE7 pathfinder.co.uk
  • Liz Flaherty, Hampshire County Council
  • Amanda Allard, Assistant Director, Council for Disabled Children
  • Sue North, Director of the Parent Carer Participation Programme
  • Malcolm Reeve, Executive Director SEND
  • Nicola Gitsham, Programme Manager, Preparing for Adulthood
  • Leena Hurloll, Moore Blatch, Education Law Specialist
Any profits made from this event will be donated to The Child Brain Injury Trust and Action Cerebral Palsy.

The conference is aimed at: education providers, disability charities, clinical commissioning group representatives, social care providers, clinicians, care agencies and care providers, GP's and health representatives, court of protection deputies and personal injury and clinical negligence solicitors.

Charity delegates: £75 +VAT
NHS, Local Authority and other delegates: £150 +VAT
Please note - if you attended our PHB seminar in May, then we will deduct a further £10 per candidate off the above costs.

For further details please contact us on 023 8071 8020 or send@mooreblatch.com.
Moore Blatch LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales, registration number OC335180. The registered office is 11 The Avenue, Southampton, SO17 1XF. VAT Registration Number: 188 6831 09.

Stroke Awareness Sessions

The Stroke Association would like to offer the 
following services to Community Groups and Volunteer Organisations in Southampton City in order to raise awareness about the risk factors for stroke, how to recognise the signs and symptoms of a stroke and what action to take.
These services are free of charge. We are particularly aware of the need to reach the BME Community and to raise awareness about stroke in younger adults.
  1.     Know Your Blood Pressure events.
High blood pressure is the main cause of stroke in adults. High blood pressure often has no symptoms and the only way to know if your blood pressure is high is to have a reading taken. The Stroke Association will come to your place of work, community event or meeting and provide blood pressure readings and free information on stroke awareness and prevention.
  1.     Stroke Prevention and Awareness Presentations
The Stroke Association will provide short power point presentations  on stroke awareness and prevention followed by Q&A for organisations, events and meetings and provide free literature. These presentations last no longer than half an hour.
If you would like more information or would like us to provide a Know Your Blood Pressure event or a Stroke Prevention and Awareness presentation please contact Juliet Turner, Health Promotion and Engagement Coordinator, Tel: 07717 275810 or email juliet.turner@stroke.org.uk

For more information on the sessions, please click here
For information for South Asian people, please click here
For information for Black Africans and Black Caribbean, please click here

Weekly Wednesday Workshop

Brought to you by LSCB (Southampton Local Safeguarding Children Board)

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.

All 12pm—2pm always on a Wednesday!
For information on each workshop and booking form, please click here

Peer Support Dog Walking

Are you a Dog Owner or Dog Lover with a Mental Health Condition and interested in coming along to walk your dog with Lise & Daithí and other Dog Owners with Mental Health Conditions on the Common in Southampton?
Why not come meet up with us at Hawthorns, at 11.45am, every 4th Tuesday of the month, and walk on the Common.
A chance to
Meet and socialise with others with a shared experience
Find acceptance
Be part of something new
Have your dog socialise with other dogs  
Have fun
 Enjoy each others company
Make new friends
Offer and get support
Get outdoors
Share knowledge or get support with your dog

If you would like further information or prefer to meet with someone before coming on a walk feel free to contact Lise on 023 80559163 or capablecreatures@btinternet.com or why not join our Facebook Group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/peersupportdogwalking/


Health Improvement Training

Are you a volunteer working with residents in Southampton?
Do you work Southampton City Council or any Voluntary/Non-Profit
Making Organisation/Charity?

If yes, then you are entitled to FREE training

Motivational Interviewing Level 1
An Introduction

16th December 2014, 09:30 – 16:30 – Venue to be confirmed shortly
27th March 2015, 09:30 – 16:30 – Venue: Royal South Hants Hospital

Motivational Interviewing Level 2
Developing Your Skills

3rd February 2015, 09:30 – 16:30
Venue: Royal South Hants Hospital

Motivational Interviewing Level 3
The MI Network
10th March 2015, 09:30 – 13:00
Venue: Adelaide Health Centre

Alcohol Brief Intervention
17th March 2015, 13:00 – 16:30
Venue: Royal South Hants Hospital

Please call 023 8071 3342 or email: HPTraining@solent.nhs.uk

Employment issues, 1:1 Consultations 

Do you need some help or advice with employment issues in your organisation?

Southampton Voluntary Services has partnered up with Populo, a social enterprise, which is offering local voluntary sector agencies a free (45 min) 1:1 consultation. The exact date (likely to be in November) for these sessions has yet to be decided, but if you are interested in attending please contact SVS on
Information@southamptonvs.org.uk or 023 8021 6017

For more information, please click here

News & Updates

Get yourself a bargain fruit tree

Brought to you by TREEmendous Southampton
 - a not-for-profit local food project organised by volunteers from Transition Southampton.

Apple trees £8
Cherry trees £10
Plum trees £10
Rhubarb £3
Raspberry canes £9
Traditional varieties

All trees 1st or 2nd year saplings suitable for small gardens.
Place your order by December 31st.

To visit their website, please click here
For the order form, please click here


Low Carbon Workspaces

The aim of the Low Carbon Workspaces project is to reduce the amount of money that businesses have to spend on energy and to help them reduce their environmental impact.
We can help to fund all sorts of improvements – from LED lighting, glazing, loft and cavity wall insulation and new efficient gas boilers (or combinations of different technologies).
We have recently agreed with the funder (ERDF) to change the profile of the grant to allow us to give grant funding to businesses wishing to improve the efficiency of equipment. This means we can accept applications from companies wanting to purchase new efficient machinery for use in their businesses.   


For more information, please click here.


On 2 December, the UK 

will celebrate #GivingTuesday

the global day of giving that

 asks everyone to show the world why it's good to give. Whether it's making a 

donation, volunteering time or just spreading the word, #GivingTuesday is a call to 

action for everyone who wants to give something back.


The Charity Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator have developed a new website to help you choose the SORP for your charity. Meaning you have no excuse to duck SORP.

University of Southampton Careers

Could you inspire others? Wish to pass on your career knowledge and experience to a student who is interested in working in a career sector in which you have experience?
The University of Southampton Careers Destinations service is looking for those who work in the third sector to participate in its Insider Career Mentoring Programme, which seeks to create an opportunity for students, Undergraduate and Postgraduate, to receive relevant and up to date career sector or employability focused advice and help.
The Insider Career Mentoring programme is an excellent way for you to both learn and develop key mentoring skills. Mentoring is a very valuable skill in the workplace and increasingly valued by employers.
The Insider Career Mentoring Programme is a great way to raise your organisational profile at the University. It can be done on its own or as part of a wider engagement strategy. It can also provide an excellent development opportunity for your staff.
If you are an organisation wanting to encourage several staff to take part as mentors for their development or to fulfil organisational aims, Career Destinations staff can visit to advise and deliver introductory talks to groups of staff and where sufficient numbers are involved, deliver training at your workplace.
For more information and an application pack, visit http://www.southampton.ac.uk/careers/employers/connect/mentoring.html

Children in Need deadlines

As Pudsey adjusts his eye patch, and Terry Wogan gets roused from his slumber, here's a reminder of the grants Children in Need give - small and large grants are given to groups working with children and young people (aged 18 years and younger) who are experiencing disadvantage. The next deadline for small grant applications (up to £10,000) is 1 December 2014, and for main grant applications 15 January 2015.

Immigration Act 2014

The Race Equality Foundation has published two briefings on the impact of the Immigration Act 2014. The Immigration Act 2014 introduced a number of measures for undocumented migrants, including restrictions to access bank accounts, driving licenses, and housing. Many health, race equality, and migrants' rights organisations have concerns about the impact of these measures

Keeping our Children safe

Safe Network has launched the updated Keeping our children 

safe:Raising awareness in black and minority ethnic communities.
This resource
allows trainers and group leaders to plan activities which focus on children's safeguarding in different communities. It provides an opportunity for participants to share and learn about positive and harmful childcare practices and ways in which children can be kept safe.

Health and Well-being Project Funding

Does your group need some funding?

Thornhill Community Health Group has up to £50,000 available to fund health and wellbeing projects in Thornhill commencing April 2015.

For more information, please click here

Application forms will be available from 3rd November 2014
Deadline for application submissions is 12th December 2014.

UK terror threat level raised to 'Severe'

The Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre has raised the UK National Threat Level to SEVERE; an attack is highly likely. The threat to the UK from international terrorism has increased, and has been driven by developments in Syria and Iraq. The situation there is providing an environment for terrorist groups, including the Islamic State (IS) and Al Qaida (AQ)-linked groups, to plan attacks against the West. The availability of a large pool of individuals that have travelled from the UK and Europe to Syria heightens this threat. As these individuals return to the UK, there is a risk that a terrorist group will have tasked them to conduct attacks or that they will seek to conduct attacks on their own initiative. 

 To find out more, please click here

The Lobbying Act

The Transparency of Lobbying, Non-party Campaigning and Trade Union Administration Act 2014, or Lobbying Act as it is known, changed the law on campaigning for voluntary sector organisations.
SVS, as an advocate for charity independence to be able to campaign and advocate on behalf of individuals and communities, opposed the legislation and joined our national bodies NCVO and NAVCA in doing so.  

Do not let the legislation be a deterrent to your organisation continuing to speak out for the people you represent.

To find out more, please click here.

The Charity Commission Update

The Charity Commission has updated its guidance on Safeguarding Children and Young People.

The changes include a new section aimed specifically at charities working directly with children as well as revisions of the sections setting out the legal duties of Trustees and the role of the Commission in relation to safeguarding.

SVS recommends that all charities working with children or young persons should read the updated guidance, which can be accessed here.

Lucy Faithful Foundation

The Lucy Faithfull Foundation works with children and young people who have
displayed problematic sexual behaviour on the internet or in the ‘real world’, to
prevent an escalation or reoccurrence of the behaviour. We also work with their
families or their main care giver.

We can offer one to five sessions of work with the young person and their family, tailored to their needs. Each session will be delivered by an experienced practitioner either by telephone (through our Helpline) or face-to-face.

For more information, please click here

Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO)

Every Local Authority has a statutory responsibility to have a Local Authority Designated Officer (LADO) who is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the response to concerns that an adult who works with children may have:

  • Behaved in a way that has harmed a child, or may have actually harmed a child;
  • Possibly committed a criminal offence against or related to a child;
  • Behaved in a way that indicates s/he is unsuitable to work with children.

Do you want to find out a little bit more about LADO, what they do and how it the affects people? If so, please click here.

Christmas is Coming...

Now that summer is fading our thoughts are turning towards planning for Christmas so there are 4 things to alert you to in anticipation -  
First is the ‘12 Saves of Christmas’ - a short ideas and tips sheet we have put together for you to share with your service users or members to try to help people avoid overspending and getting into debt this year  so it is both a happy Christmas and not a miserable New Year…..
Second is information about SVS Annual Toy Appeal which distributes toys to over 4000 children and families in need in the city – so see how you can get involved and join us at the launch in the Mayors parlour with Saints legend Matt le Tissier. For more information, please click here. 
If you are an organisation that deals with families in hardship, and feel they could benefit from the toy appeal please contact s.nicholls@southamptonvs.org.uk for more information.
Third is to please let us know if you have any Festive Volunteering opportunities coming up specifically over the Christmas period as we often get enquiries from people wanting to help over the festive season…..and have already had 2 enquiries!  So please get the details to Josie Francis our Volunteering Development Worker so she can signpost interested volunteers to you – contact her on volunteer@southamptonvs.org.uk .
Fourth is if you have any events or festive activities that you would like to publicise  - or indeed any non-festive events – then do let us have the information and we will send out across voluntary groups in the city via our fortnightly E Mailing. Just send the details to mailing@southamptonvs.org.uk  and don’t forget the meeting rooms at SVS are available to hire at reasonable rates and the small rooms are free for small groups to use so do contact our admin team on admin@southamptonvs.org.uk

IT Volunteer

AbilityNet's iT4Communities

Is your charity looking for a highly qualified IT Volunteer?

When you join AbilityNet’s iT4Communities programme you can access a network of IT professionals who have volunteered to help charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. Whatever the size of your organisation we help find a volunteer to meet your IT needs.

For more information, please click here

Future of the Sector

Would you like to find out a bit about how the volunteer sector is doing?
What it has been up to and what the government want to do to help the volunteer sector?
If so, click here 

Junior Neighbourhood Warden Scheme 

Southampton Junior Neighbourhood Wardens is a scheme for boys and girls aged 7-12 to work alongside the council’s Neighbourhood Wards and other council services to help improve their local area. Junior Wardens help others by doing simple things such as litter picks, clean ups, painting projects, graffiti removal, recycling and environmental projects, fundraising and much more.
As part of their role as Junior Wardens, the boys and girls attend a weekly after school club at locations across the city.  These sessions are a chance for Junior Wardens to learn about key skills such as first aid, recycling and personal safety.
This year’s Junior Wardens programme has just been released and they are looking for those with a specific skill, interest or background to come and work with the Junior Wardens at one of these after school sessions.
The topics on the agenda for the upcoming months are:
First Aid
Fire Safety
The Environment
Helping others
Sport/Healthy Living
So if you work in conservation or with animals; are a budding writer with a passion for inspiring young people; a sports enthusiast or just someone with the time and expertise to contribute to this project, please call Ian Mitchell, Junior Warden coordinator 02380 915180 or e mail ian.mitchell@southampton.gov.uk.

Review of choice in end of life care

The National Council for Palliative Care is wanting to find out more about the kinds of choices that are important to people at the end of life and what needs to happen for them to be met. They would welcome input from people that would not normally feed into this type of work or have their voices heard. 


Please also copy your views to Rob Kurn at SVS for Healthwatch Southampton locally to take them into account in its work on palliative care.  R.Kurn@southamptonvs.org.uk

Takeover day

21st November 2014

Takeover Day is organised by the office of the Children's Commissioner. It
gives children and young people the chance to work with adults for the day and be involved in decision-making. 
If you are interested in taking part in Takeover Day, please contact jules.hillier@brook.org.uk or follow @YPHealth on Twitter for more information as the project develops. 

Recruitment & Volunteering Opportunities

Van Driver & Warehouse Manager 


Location: The Scrapstore, Unit 15 Belgrave Industrial Estate, Southampton, SO17 3EA
Hours: 10hrs per week (flexible by agreement)
Salary: £16,000 per annum pro-rata

The successful applicant will be responsible for driving the Scrapstore van making collections from local business and delivering to the Scrapstore and/or the offsite storage facility.

Responsibilities will include organising stock within the offsite storage facility and ensuring there is adequate stock rotation.

You will report to the Scrapstore Coordinator.

Applicants must be physically fit as the job requires some heavy lifting.

Future development of this role may include managing (together with the Scrapstore coordinator) a volunteer, trainee warehouse/stockperson.

For more information, please click here.
For the application form, please click here.

 Scrapstore Coordinator 


Location: The Scrapstore, Unit 15 Belgrave Industrial Estate, Southampton, SO17 3EA
Hours: 20hrs per week (flexible by agreement)
Salary: £23,000 per annum pro-rata

The successful applicant will be responsible for the day to day running and overall management of the Scrapstore and for planning its future development.

Responsibilities will include supporting and supervising volunteers (and a staff member) together with recruiting new volunteers and organising their training.

Further responsibilities will comprise managing the membership database and all administration and financial matters associated with the Scrapstore.

The Coordinator will report to the Scrapstore committee and be required to produce a short report for their monthly meeting.

For more information, please click here.
For the application form, please click here.

The Itchen North (Bitterne) Scout Group

The 3rd Itchen North (Bitterne) Scout Group are in urgent need of
adult help!

We have a very active Beaver section (for children aged 6
to 8), Cub section (8 to 10½) and Scout section (10½ to 14½) each
of which require another assistant to strengthen the existing
leaders’ teams.

No previous Scout experience is required as training
is given, and uniforms are subsidised. Or if you would like to help,
but don’t want to commit to weekly section meetings, we are also
looking for a Group Secretary and a Group Treasurer.

All roles are
unpaid but can be very rewarding. For more details see our website
www.3rdbitternescouts.jimdo.com/volunteering/ or email the Group
Chairman, Keith Marsh at kmarsh4555@gmail.com

Funding & Fundraising

Fun Fundraising Idea

Chocolate Throw

This very simple idea was sent in by Lisa a school fundraiser from Australia.
Children get to throw a coin from behind a marked line, aiming at one of 6 blocks of chocolate placed on a rug on the ground. If the coin lands (and stays) on a block of chocolate - its theirs! (blocks are replenished once won - so there's always 6 on display to be won).

Each child gets 5 throws for their ticket - its harder than you think (and a lot of fun trying!)
You need to have an experiment to see where your line needs to be and how many times you can expect a winner and then set the price of having a go accordingly. 

Funders of the week

Grow Wild UK Funding

Deadline 2nd December 2014
Who can apply?
Not –for-profit groups working for the benefit of local people. The group needs its own bank account or be supported by a group with one. The Grow Wild project must be stand alone, although can be part of a programme of related projects and must not deliver any statutory responsibility.
Grow Wild is awarding funding of £1,000 to £4,000 to community groups that want to bring people together to transform a communal space by sowing and growing native plants.
Check for guidance and application by accessing the website above.

Galaxy Hot Chocolate Fund

Every week Galaxy will be donating five cash awards of £300 to local community groups and charities across the UK and Ireland who have registered on their website (and signed up to some marketing). Four will be selected by Galaxy, and one voted on by visitors to the website.

Freebies & Offers

SVS have currently got some desks to give away. 
There is 13 6ft desks and possibly 2 Disability Desks. 
These desks will be given away on a first come first serve basis. 
You're welcome to come and have a look what we have got. 

If you are interested in coming to have a look at these desks please book to see Kate or Destiny

Monday to Friday between 9:00am-5:00pm

Please contact either:
Kate Deane on k.deane@southamptonvs.org.uk 
 02380 228291
Destiny Abram on d.abram@southamptonvs.org.uk
02380 228291

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