13/10/2014 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-news & Information
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Welcome to the thirty-second edition of our e-newsletter!

In this edition you can find a range of information, including information regarding The Charity Commission, 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 an upcoming workshop with Sarah Carroll, funding officer from the Big Lottery 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

Southampton Voluntary Services AGM

Save the Date
Wednesday 15th October: 12pm-2pm. At our offices in St Marys.
All invitations have now been sent out.

University Of Southampton's Student Consultancy Programme

The University of Southampton is launching  the Student Consultancy Programme in October 2014.  
The Programme is to provide U.O.S. Students with professional skills, training and practical consulting experience. 
A free service for firms and organisations, the scheme trains teams of students to deliver targeted solutions to an issue currently affecting a client. 
We will work with local businesses, public sector, charity and community organisations. 
The scheme is designed to help students develop and display such key employability skills such as team work, communication , problem solving, self/time management, commercial awareness and giving students an insight into how businesses actually work.  Comprehensive training will be provided. 
For the organisation they will get free access to our students who will explore and research problems of a business nature that the business might neither have the time, nor resource on which to concentrate. 
The organisation receives a consultancy report and a presentation that could have intrinsic, direct financial value ( an idea, an improvement to process/organisation), equally it may benefit the community, etc. 
Projects could include marketing and promotion, web-site design, competitor / customer analysis, fund raising projects, etc.
Please see further information at the following links:



Special educational needs and disabilities conference

When: Monday 24th November 2014
08:45 - 16:30
Where: Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0A
 Moore Blatch Solicitors, The Child Brain Injury Trust and Action Cerebral Palsy, 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).

For more information and to register, please click here.

Lets Talk About Stigma

When: 29th October from 10:15am-3:00pm (lunch will be served around 1pm)
Where: The Grand Harbour Hotel in Southampton
This event will be hosted by Parent Support Link
Focusing on the family and friends of people who use drugs and alcohol

  The order of the day:
  • In the morning we will hear from Vivienne about the work that Adfam does and why Stigma was chosen as the focus of  Adfam’s Birthday Event.
  • This will be followed by 3 family members, telling their story with a focus on stigma and how it has affected them.
  • The afternoon will be interactive. We will take time to acknowledge the feelings that Stigma can produce and how we are going to move forward from that point and start a process of change in Southampton and wider.
Places will be limited, so please book your place as soon as possible by contacting PSL, either by email p.s.l@btconnect.com or on the phone 02380230645 (leave a message if there is no one available to take your call).
This is a free event, however, if you book a place and without giving prior notice, don’t attend, a charge of £50 will be made.

Southampton Film Week


The 7th Annual Southampton Film Week
Celebrating Film across the City.

Well here we are; the days are getting shorter and cooler, so it's time to put away the summer clothes and the barbecue and prepare for the feast of film events and activities in the region - guaranteed to put the smile back on your face!  

SFW 2014 will bring you another nine day programme packed full of film screenings and events at venues across Southampton. With some exciting new things to see and do as well as some old 'not to be missed' favourites, there's a lot to look forward to this November. 

We are now uploading events to our programme so take a look at the SFW 2014 Event Listing for some of the treats taking place during Film Week - but check back regularly as more is being added all the time.  In addition to a great programme of features and shorts there are a number of unique and special events which we are looking forward to sharing with you including the first chance in the UK to see Phil Grabsky's In Search of Chopin and The Dodge Brothers and Neil Brand providing a unique blend of country blues, rockabilly and skiffle to accompany the silent film Beggars of Life.  Both can be found and booked now at Turner Sims.  We are also delighted to welcome renowned organist Donald Mackenzie back to the O2Guildhall where he will provide accompaniment to the WWI themed 1927 silent classic Wings

These are just some of the great music themed events but there's so much more to come!  Pop back from time to time to see how the programme is developing.

SFW: Shorts 2014 Film Competition 

SFW: Shorts invites submissions of short films of all production styles and techniques including animation, documentary, drama, experimental and artist film. Films must be no more than 10 minutes long (including credits) and can be submitted in SD or HD video formats (see the full terms and conditions for details).

Deadline for submissions is 9am on 1st October 2014.

To find out how to enter your film please go to 

Featured Event
Saturday 8th November
Dodge Brothers with Neil Brand
Fresh from being the first band to accompany a silent film at the Glastonbury Festival, country blues, rockabilly and skiffle four-piece the Dodge Brothers (including BBC and Observer film critic Mark Kermode) perform their specially-composed live soundtrack to silent film Beggars of Life. They will be joined on stage by one of the world’s leading silent film accompanists, Neil Brand, on piano.

Venue:  Turner Sims 
Time:  8pm
Tickets:  £16, concessions £15, Friends of TS £14.40, students £8
Web: www.turnersims.co.uk


Let's Get Moving

Motivating Clients to Get More Active
This course has been designed to
  • increase understanding of the importance of becoming more active towards improved health, and
  • develop skills and techniques for helping people achieve higher levels of motivation towards appropriate physical activity.
This training is based on motivational interviewing techniques.
Although originally designed for health practitioners, it is also suited to those working with clients who are seeking to get more active.
The course is free to all SVS staff and volunteers.
9:30 – 16:30
Thursday 23rd October 2014
Course to be held at Royal South Hants Hospital
Meeting Room 1, D Level
SO14 0YG
If you would like to book onto the course, please complete the booking form (by clicking here) and send it to HPTraining@solent.nhs.uk
Or call 023 8071 3342 for any other queries.

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/

Workshifting; Embracing the Workplace of the Future

Where: Solent University, Sir James Matthews Building
When: 16th October 2014 at 15:45- 18:30

Join us at ‘Workshifting; Embracing the Workplace of the Future’ and find
out everything you need to know about enabling and managing your flexible
workforce. From technology and managing the office in the cloud, to agile
offices and corporate cultures when managing a virtual team, we can help you
to navigate through the myriad of points to consider

E-mail capitacomms@southampton.gov.uk to book your place now!

Living Wage Week

Living wage employer logo

Living Wage Week is a UK-wide celebration of the Living Wage and Living Wage Employers. The aim of the week is to raise awareness of the Living Wage and the Living Wage Employer Mark. In 2014 Living Wage Week will take place on the 2-8 November. SVS is pleased to have signed up last year as a Living Wage Employer and Southampton Fairness Commission is also promoting the initiative to local employers in the city. 

Islam and Emotional Wellbeing Workshop

When: Friday 31st October 2014 at 9:30am-4:30pm
Where: Civic Centre Southampton

The main objectives of this workshop are
Build the confidence of the professional to better engage with the clients from Muslim background.
To provide mental health professionals with the opportunity to reflect on their current practice and further improve their knowledge.
Understand the possible conflicts between religious beliefs governing the patients’ lives and the euro-centric medical model of care.
Improved patient outcomes

If you are interested in attending this workshop please visit the website for more information and the booking form
Please click here

There will a be a £20 workshop fee


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

Free accredited course in Community Organising

When:  25th & 26th October 2014
The journey for trainees begins with a 2-day training session on the 25th and 26th of October.  Participants will have the chance to gain an accredited level 2 award in Community Organising with full support and guidance, including local mentoring and webinars, at no cost. All places are for local volunteers who are passionate about their community and can commit just a few hours a week to the ongoing training and community action.

Spaces are limited!

For more information, please click here

To register for the training, contact Alex on 07854154968 or Gulzar 02380388580 / email: alex@wict.co.uk  or visit West Itchen Community Trust website www.wict.co.uk

News & Updates

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. 

More than Sexy Campaign

Local Social Entrepreneur Becky John of Who Made Your Pants is running a ‘More Than Sexy’ campaign, trying to find ways of photographing women in pants which isn’t objectifying.  You can read why they are doing it here and check out some ideas from the public here (a really good use of Pinterest).

Volunteer Stories


Josh Hensman, a Young Social Action Ambassador, is looking for inspiring volunteering stories for a project he is undertaking on behalf of the Cabinet Office called Step Up to Serve. He is hoping to find organisations whos volunteers are making an impact, doing something different and inspiring others to volunteer.

If you are interested, please contact Josh on southeast@socialactionambassador.org.

There are a couple of information evenings currently being planned for later in the year if you would like to find out more.  Details will follow.

Eden Project Big Lunch Extra

Big Lunch Extras is a new programme delivered by the Eden Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund and partnered by Halifax.
This is a sister programme to The Big Lunch which works with people across the UK to bring neighbours together one day a year.  Big Lunch Extras works on a deeper level with individuals across the UK to give them the skills, confidence and support they need to tackle what matters to them most in their own neighbourhood.  We do this through immersive Community Camp events hosted at the Eden Project in Cornwall which are supplemented by online support through social media, an online forum, resources, roadshow events around the UK and tailored support through a team of Community Catalysts.  All of this is completely free to take part in, including travel and accommodation for the events at Eden.
The project is looking for individuals from communities to join the programme.  There is more information online about eligibility and the programme itself here at www.biglunchextras.com – the main criteria is adults that are not employed in the community sector but that are doing things as individuals in their own community.  If you are aware of anyone that you think might be interested in this, perhaps you could make them aware of the programme.
For further information, please contact the project manager at the Eden Project:

Recruitment & Volunteering Opportunities

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

Pot Luck

This is a really simple fundraiser that is very easy to set up and run. The best ideas always are!
A number of pots are filled with sand. In some a coin or small prize is placed in the bottom before the sand is added so that it is completely hidden.
People then choose a pot of sand which they pour through a garden riddle/sieve.
If they are lucky the prize will be revealed. If not " Oh well they can always buy another pot!"


Funders of the week

Leed Building Society Chairitable Foundation

Deadlines: the Trustees meet quarterly in March, June, September and November.
Generally, we will consider applications for community based projects which aim to provide relief of suffering, hardship or poverty, or their direct consequences. The project must operate in the area of one of our 67 branches.
Some examples of the areas in which we have made donations include:
  • Homeless people;
  • Adults and children with physical and mental disabilities;
  • Older people;
  • Underprivileged families;
  • Deaf, blind and partially sighted people;
  • Community projects benefiting local residents;
  • Victims of natural and civil disasters in the UK; and
  • Scout, Guide & Play groups.
Who can apply?
Applications will normally only be considered from registered charities. We may also consider applications from groups affiliated to registered charities.
How much can we apply for?
Donations are normally in the range of £250 to £1000. The application must be for capital expenditure. We cannot consider applications towards general running costs.
How to apply?
Simply write to:
The Secretary
Leeds Building Society Charitable Foundation
105 Albion Street
Leeds LS1 5AS
Tel.: 0113 225 7508

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust


Deadline: 5th November 2014
Grant to help with the purchase of wheelchairs, tennis equipment and grants for coaching.
Who can apply?
Individuals, disability groups and programmes, clubs, schools and associations.
How much can we apply for?
Individuals: up to £500. Groups, clubs or projects: up to £1500.
Application form + guidance notes: please, click here

The Dan Maskell Tennis Trust
c/o Sport Wins
PO Box 238
Tadworth KT20 5WT
Tel.: 01737 831 707
Email: danmaskell@sportwins.co.uk

Freebies & Offers

SVS have currently got some desks to give away. 
There is 13 6ft desks and 1 5ft desk, 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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