16/07/2015 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-News & Information 
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Welcome to SVS' E-Newsletter
Welcome to the forty-seventh edition of SVS' E-News & Information.

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

In this edition, Carers In Southampton are holding a few events, Consultation on Bitterne Walk in Center as well as Family Fun Day with Friends of St. James Park. 

Why not take a look at our News & Updates section for information such as: The Charity Commission have published its Annual report 2014 - 15 and new Strategic plan 2015 - 16, Fact sheet on Guarding Against Fraud and Theft, ACAS have issued a new guide to pay systems and Healthwatch Southampton have published their Annual Report.

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

Events & Significant Dates

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.

Consultation on the Bitterne Walk in Centre

You are invited to attend a focus group meeting to feed your views into the current consultation on the Bitterne Walk in Centre on 20th August 2015, 2pm -4pm at SVS offices.

The meeting will be facilitated by Southampton City Clinical Commissioning Group with Stephanie Ramsey, Director Quality and Integration Southampton City CCG/SCC and Dr Sue Robinson, Chair of the CCG.

Your input is important to us in helping to shape local services so please do register your interest to attend by clicking on the link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/focus-group-meeting-on-the-consultation-on-the-bitterne-walk-in-centre-tickets-17706024195

For your information and to give a context to the event please refer to following documents by clicking onto links. Frequently asked questions

Getting the balance right in community-based health services


If you have any queries please contact:

Auran Sood

Funding & Fundraising Development Worker

Tel; 023 8021 6013 E: a.sood@southamptonvs.org.uk


I look forward to hearing from you.

FoSOC Walks in the Old Cemetery

FoSOC are holding various walks. 

The first Sunday of each month will be led by John Vetterlein as a guide for the Wildlife & Butterfly walks. The Heritage walks, first Wednesday of each month starting at 11 amMore themed walks will include: Mayors of Southampton Town (19th July), Grace & Favour (16th August) and Tales of the Sea (20 September).

All walks start at the main gate by the lodge and last for approximately 90 minutes. They are free but donations are very welcome. Contact: Mobile 0753 8888 655 (Monday to Friday) or e.mail fosoc1846@googlemail.com

For more information, please click here.


Week Wednesday Workshops 

Don't miss these free weekly lunchtime sessions, with a range of presenters and topics in a multi-agency learning environment!

Find out more follow the link 

News & Updates

The Charity Commission has published its Annual Report 2014-15 and new Strategic Plan 2015-18.

The Charity Commission will continue to prioritise work aimed at protecting charities from abuse or mismanagement and enabling trustees to run their charity effectively and has its focus on acting in the public interest to ensure that

1. charities know what they have to do

2. the public know what charities do

3. charities are held to account

Recent research into trust and confidence in the Commission revealed widespread support for the regulator’s renewed focus on tackling abuse and mismanagement, but suggested that charities expect the commission to continue to support the majority of well-meaning trustees to do their best.

The increased focus on regulatory activity is clear in the Annual Report which shows the regulator has continued to strengthen its work to tackle serious abuse and mismanagement in charities. The commission opened 103 new investigations last year & used its enforcement powers 1,060 times - up from 64 and 790 in 2013-14 respectively. Actions taken during commission investigations in 2014-15 directly protected £44.6 million in charity assets - more than twice the value of the regulator’s annual budget. The report explains how the commission has strengthened and improved its approach to monitoring charities, including newly registered charities that have given rise to concern. The regulator concluded 393 monitoring cases in 2014-15 & carried out 137 compliance & inspection visits. Their strategic plan for 2015-18 identifies 4 strategic aims:

* protecting charities from abuse or mismanagement

* enabling trustees to run their charities effectively

* encouraging greater transparency and accountability in charities

* operating as an efficient, expert regulator with sustainable funding

The plan sets out how the regulator will achieve these aims, including by:

* making better use of data so resources can be focused on higher risk issues

* preventing problems arising through better targeted guidance & outreach work

* improving the registration process and protecting the integrity of the register of charities, including more pre and post registration scrutiny and

* improving the efficiency of the commission’s business processes

So it is important that Trustees have good governance practices in place to ensure they comply with CC guidance in order to protect the charity, its beneficiaries and themselves. SVS can offer good practice guidance and support as well as training to trustees and committees on their governance arrangements so please ask if you need any assistance.

New Guidance on VAT Treatment of Direct Mail published by HMRC

The Charity Tax Group and the Direct Marketing Association, have been pressurising HMRC for a considerable time to publish updated guidance and HMRC has changed its position on VAT and direct mail.

This means that many contracts which charities believed were zero-rated for VAT purposes are actually now standard-rated although HMRC has also confirmed that it will extend a transitional period during which it will not charge 20% on direct mail. Its new rules will therefore not apply to mail sent by charities before the end of July. The updated versions of VAT Notice 701/10 zero-rated books and other forms of printed matter and VAT Notice 700/24 postage and delivery charges are on HMRC’s website.

ACAS has issued a new guide.

 aimed at small and medium sized organisations and businesses, which is designed to help employers to ensure that pay issues are handled correctly. The new guide is available on the ACAS website –www.acas.org.uk/payguide

The easy to read and practical guide covers pay systems, pay during absences, overpayments and making deductions from pay. If you are unclear about whether you are doing things correctly if you employ staff this is a really helpful resource and if you need any further help then do contact SVS .

To help all out local agencies there is now access to two free online carer awareness course. We ask that you disseminate this across your organisation with a strong request for all staff to complete them.


The courses are available by following these links:




Pensions Regulator issues Step-by-Step Guide to Auto Enrolment

The Pensions Regulator has recently launched an online step-by-step guide to auto enrollment (work place pensions). It includes links to resources to help, a planning tool and takes organisations through the steps in the process and various tasks to be completed. The regulator also offers a news-by-email service to receive up to date news and information.



Allocation of responsibilities across government departments

Children and Young People Now has produced an graphicshowing how the Conservative government has allocated responsibilities for children and young people within different government departments.

Open Government Project National Action Plan development launch

What does it mean to be an open and transparent government?

How far can the UK stretch its ambition in its aim to be the most transparent government in the world?

The Open Government Partnership invites you to come and get involved as we launch the development of the UK’s Open Government National Action Plan.  This launch event will bring together representatives from central and local government and civil society, to explore our vision for a more open, accountable and responsive government.

For more information, or to register your interest in attending, click here.

Jubilee Sailing Trust

offers the opportunity to persons of mixed physical abilities to sail and crew one of its two Tall ships, Tenacious and Lord Nelson, providing an exciting and challenging experience :[www.jst.org.uk]www.jst.org.uk

This summer the Trust needs help in completing a 'balanced' crew on the voyages listed below and if you or someone you know would be interested then please do make contact with Moe at the Charity office : 
023 8042 6849

Launch of the Local Sustainability Fund

Government has just announced the launch of the much Local Sustainability Fund. In total it offers £20m (about half what was initially promised). The fund will provide targeted support for organisations with a strong track record of delivering services which are experiencing current challenges, but which, with targeted support, could secure a strong future.

Funding of around £70k will be provided to around 260 local groups which have completed the online diagnostic and eligibility assessment tools and those who successfully get through those hoops if selected will then need to work with an ‘advisor’ including potentially from SVS. The on line diagnostic tool will take about an hour to complete and you will need to have your annual accounts and other information to hand in order to complete it. You can find out more online: http://vcsediagnostic.org.uk/about



You may think it could never happen to your organisation ... but it could, it might and indeed it already has as recent press coverage of cases for Hampshire based charities have shown…… so now is the time to give this some sensible thought to prevent it happening in your own organisation by take steps to reduce the risks of it occurring and increase the likelihood of discovery should it be attempted.

Please click here to find out more infomation

Healthwatch Southampton

Has just published their annual report highlighting its work over the past year. To find out more please visit 

In which areas are local charities falling behind digitally ?

A recent report shows over half of charities are currently lacking “basic digital skills”, compared to less than a quarter of small and medium sized businesses, according to the UK Business Digital Index 2015 report published by Lloyds bank.

But can we pinpoint this lack of knowledge to a particular digital technology? For which is this knowledge gap most prevalent?

Perhaps not enough charities understand the importance of a strong social media presence, or leave themselves vulnerable to cyber-attacks. There might be a gap of knowledge at board level, or they may be missing out on donations due to an unresponsive website or cumbersome donation process. Perhaps charities are hesitant to embrace cloud technology or shy away from the concept of big data.

We would love to hear your thoughts; where do you think local charities are lagging behind when it comes to digital technology? What can SVS working in partnership with local business colleagues do to help combat this?

Please take 2 minutes to vote on the top problems you face and your comments of what you need: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PJLV228

Jobs and Recruitment

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

follow the link 

Charity Fire Walking

Possible grants that are avaliable... 

The Trust House Charitable Foundation: 

Are there deadlines? The Grants Committee meets quarterly to consider supported applications in January (deadline end of November), April (deadline end of February), July (deadline end of May) and October (deadline end of August). Please note however that we cannot guarantee that any appeal will go to a particular meeting

Who can apply? Will accept applications from local or national charities or not-for-profit organisations which are working with residents of urban areas (i.e. more than 10,000 inhabitants) which are classified in the latest government Indices of Multiple Deprivation as being in the lowest 20%.

We are interested in, for example, youth clubs; training schemes to help people out of unemployment; drop in centres for the homeless.

for more infomation follow the link below:


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. Address: The Mammal Society, 3 The Carronades, New Road, Southampton, SO14 0AA

Free Office Furniture

John Denhams office is offering free furniture, the following items available;

desks 2 with drawers

1 office table

6 chairs- 1 leather, rest material vgc

2 sets of drawers

6-8 filing cabinets

1 tin cupboard.

Will need to be collected after 26 June.
Contact Cheryl on 023 80 339807 or via email 


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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