06/2016 - Southampton Voluntary Services E-News & Information 
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Welcome to SVS' E-Newsletter
Welcome to the fifty-ninth edition of SVS' E-News & Information.

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

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In This Issue...

The sun has finally arrived! If not a little sheepishly. Not to worry, we are hear to brighten your day with funding opportunities, FREE event tickets, and a profusion of professional training. 

News and updates showing that perhaps men are not as generous as women when it comes to volunteering! Well that's what the statistics say.

And why not see if you can find the FREE office furniture giveaway within these articles? Its rather easy I assure you.

Events & Diary Dates

At a glance...
1st July  -    First Friday Forum
31st July -   Community Gardening Day
9th June -    Creative Options Women's Support Group
18th June -  Free screening of This Changes Everything
18th June -  Working Together - Making Change Conference
23rd July -   Lets Bark Challenge Launch Fundraiser

Every third Thursday - Hear2Meet Group
Every Tuesday - Solent Mind Peer Support Project
Fortnightly on Thursdays (from 9th June) - Creative Options Women's Support Group

First Friday Forum
Friday July 1st
Southampton Voluntary Services
9.15 - 11.15: Developing collaborative models: 
An open discussion to look at potential models for partnership working in both grant applications and contract bidding. This session with build on the themes from the recent SVS Facilitating Collaboration events, and discussions held at Age Uk.
11.30 - 12.45: Adult Safeguarding: Fiona Bateman, Chair of Southampton Local Safeguarding Adults'  Board:  
This session will explore issues surrounding safeguarding vulnerable adults in Southampton.
More information here

Forthcoming events from Transition Southampton

18th June - Free screening of This Changes Everything at the University of Southampton17:00 to 21:00
An audience discussion will follow the film screening with complimentary food and drink. This event will also feature community group stalls and information in the foyer.   Tickets available here

18th June - Working Together - Making Change conference10am-3.30pm 
at Millbrook Christian Centre. Email Sara Rinaldi for more details srinaldi@twics.org.uk

31st July - Save the date for the next Community Gardening Day at Aldermoor Community farm.
there will be some tasks to do in the morning, then a bring and share lunch. After lunch there will be an opportunity to discover some of the healing properties of herbs and wild plants as well as a talk from a local GP on some of the evidence of the health benefits of gardening itself.

Event - Solent Mind Peer Support Project
Date - Every Tuesday
Time - 2 pm - 4 pm
Location Ropewalk Community Garden, behind West Itchen Community Trust Centre on the Ropewalk, 53 Derby Road, SO14 0DJ

Solent Mind (Side by Side) in conjunction with Ropewalk Community Garden and West Itchen Community Trust are working together to fund and co-ordinate a peer support project in the Ropewalk Community Garden.  We meet  on Tuesday's 2 pm -4 pm.  The session enables people to meet new people, develop new skills and enhance old skills, whilst working out-doors. We have tasks in the garden itself, such as weeding, seed and bulb planting, wood staining and treating, shredding and mulch making and we are making hanging baskets ready to sell to the general public to generate revenue to the Ropewalk Community Garden.  We will also be making baskets and pots for users to take home to thank them for their work in the garden.
Join us for coffee, tea and biscuits a chat and some gentle exercise and fresh air.  Wear warm and waterproof clothes and sensible shoes.
More Info If you need more information or would like to pay us a visit please contact me ondbrown@solentmind.org.uk or ropewalkgarden@gmail.com
Event Hear 2 Meet Group
Date Second Monday of every month
Time 10am – 12 noon
Location Round About Café, Westfield Corner, Southampton SO18 2LE

Are you affected by Hearing Loss or tinnitus? NEW! Support Group in Mansbridge come along and find out what’s available to help you, information on hearing loss and tinnitus, or just a friendly chat!
More Info Contact: Debbie Morshead
Tel: 07918 693590
E: Debra.morshead@hearingloss.org.uk

News & Updates

Free digital skills toolkit launched to help charities

A free toolkit has been developed by NCVO that’s designed to help charities plan, design and deliver internal digital skills programmes for staff.
Gift Aid reform for small charities will make it ‘fit for 21st century’

Gift aid reform announced in the Queen’s speech will make the system “fit for the 21st century”, according to the Charities Aid Foundation.

The government announced through the Queen’s speech a Small Charitable Donations Bill, which intends to simplify the system and open it up for the smaller charities at which Gift Aid is aimed.

Original Story

Webinars to help charities launch effective legacy campaigns

A new webinar series has been launched to help charities salvage their reputation with successful legacy fundraising campaigns.

Original Story
Survey reveals latest donation trends
British men are failing to close the gender generosity gap as they continue to lag behind women in volunteering, donating and sponsoring, new research by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) shows

From Charity Digital news
Survey reveals latest donation trends
Arts sector gets own .art domain extension
Charities involved with the arts can now access .art domains following the signing of a new agreement.
Arts sector gets own .art domain extension
From Charity Digital news
The checklist to social media success (Infographic)
How do you keep on top of your charity's social media? If you're struggling to stay tech savvy, this handy checklist will help you keep on top of your digital agenda

From charity digital news
The checklist to social media success (Infographic)
Guest post: Using the latest video trends for charity impact and engagement
We often hear how important it is for charities to highlight the change that they make, but what's the best way of achieving this? Institute of Fundraising's Kris Rollo runs through some of the new video-based platforms charities can use to engage with their supporters.
From Charity digital news
Young Citizens Serving Southampton 
Youth Options with a team of people deliver a government funded program, National Citizen Service (NCS) for young people aged 15 to 17 in Southampton during the summer holiday period. NCS prides itself on its ethos and the values it helps nurture in young people, which include personal and group challenge, increased independence and responsibility through independent living, reflection, inspiration, social mix, and social action. 

The ‘Social Action’ aspect of NCS take place over the final 2 weeks of the 4 week program and gives the young people the chance to plan, fundraise, and implement a project that they are passionate about and that allows them to really make their mark on their local community. The idea of this is not only to allow them to clock up to 60 hours of volunteer hours within the community, but also to hopefully inspire them to continue volunteering and helping their community. It is also all about raising awareness for local charities and organisations, and helping make young people and other residence aware of what services and projects are available in Southampton. 
NCS are looking for local organisations with a potential for partnering up with our groups this summer as well as attending a series of social action fairs which will allow our young people to find out more about each organisation before planning their community based project. 
If you would like more information, or would like to take part in our fair please contact Gill @ gillammcclure@youthoptions.co.uk

Held their

19th Annual Peace Walk 
this month at the 
Peace Fountain, East Park, Southampton and visit - 
The Synagogue, Nanaksar Gurdwara, Medina Mosque and
St Mary’s Church. Many people came together to learn about some of the 
many faiths of Southampton.


Awareness of Type 1 Diabetes - free course
Provider: Safeguarding Children E Academy, Virtual College
Location: Online
Date: Ongoing
Cost: Free  
ContactClick Here
Description: There are about 31,500 children under the age of 19 with diabetes in the UK, 95% of these have type 1 diabetes.
Virtual College has worked with JDRF, the type 1 diabetes charity, to create a free course to provide professionals with a basic understanding of type 1 diabetes.
Using a school as the setting, the free course follows a number of students with the auto-immune condition through their daily lives.
After completing this course learners will be able to:
•         Know how to manage type 1 diabetes
•         Understand the implications for not managing it properly
•         Spot the signs of low and high blood glucose
•         Support children with type 1 diabetes
At the E-learning Awards, Virtual College were winners in no fewer than four different categories, including gold for the prestigious 'E-learning development company of the year'.
Introducing the Voluntary Sector
Provider: Open University
Location: Online
Date: Ongoing
Cost: Free  
Contact: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Description: covers the context and features of voluntary and community organisations including: the structure and history of the UK voluntary sector; values and beliefs; funding issues; understanding stakeholders; power and empowerment; the role of volunteering.
Working in the Voluntary Sector
Provider: Open University
Location: Online
Date: Ongoing
Cost: Free  
Contact: http://www.open.edu/openlearn/
Description: focuses on the practicalities of working or volunteering in voluntary and community organisations including: working with volunteers; marketing and communication; budgets; fundraising; taking part in meetings; working in teams and partnerships; building resilience. (This course will be available online over the summer).
**We previously ran this programme in March 2016 with 18 young people completing the programme and 16 were offered employment**
Motivational Interviewing for Groups
Target Audience
For staff who work directly with clients in group situations towards behaviour change. Participants on this course should have already attended Motivational Interviewing (MI) Level 1.
Learning outcomes
Developing existing MI skills within group-based interventions. To learn general principles and skills for leading MI groups successfully.
Programme details
MI provides a powerful means of moving clients within groups past impasses and into momentum for behaviour change.
This course will outline:
  • Techniques and models which build positive thinking and forward-looking approaches within groups.
  • The spirit of MI will be revisited and new evidence presented on effectiveness.
  • Working with groups requires adapted styles and perspectives linked with group dynamics.
  • The course will look at examples of MI in practice and specific ideas for tailoring interventions.
Tuesday 12th July 2016, 09:30 – 16:30
(Maximum 12 delegates per training session)
Venue: Royal South Hants Hospital
For details and bookings please call 023 8071 3342 or email your booking form to: HPTraining@solent.nhs.uk
This training is administrated by the Work Force Development Team.  Please click on the link to fill in a booking form and request your place.
Click here to book
Provider: 4Youth 
Location: IT Suite, Discovery Centre, Winchester
Date: Saturday 18th June 2016, 9:45am-4:15pm
Cost: FREE for learners who live in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
Contact: 02380 620002 or 07734 556768

Provider: 4Youth                  
Location: The Pavilion, Sandy Lane, North Baddesley
Date: Saturday 25th June 2016, 9:45am-4:15pm
Cost: FREE for learners who live in Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Portsmouth and Southampton
Contact: 02380 620002 or 07734 556768
Provider: 4Youth 
Location: Wallington Village Hall, Fareham
Date Thursday 30th June 2016, 6:30-9:30pm
Cost: £7.50 per learner
Contact: 02380 620002 or 07734 556768
Provider: 4Youth 
Location: Rookery Room, Whiteley Community Centre
Date: Saturday 9th July 2016, 9:45am-12:45pm
Cost: £7.50 per learner
Contact: 02380 620002 or 07734 556768
Provider: 4Youth 
Location: Rookery Room, Whiteley Community Centre
Date Saturday 9th July 2016, 1:15-4:15pm
Cost: £7.50 per learner
Contact: 02380 620002 or 07734 556768

Description: Courses are open to paid staff and volunteers and can be of benefit both for those just starting out in their work with young people as well as those with some experience already. All courses are booked on a first come first served basis and learners who complete a course receive a 4Youth certificate of completion.
Booking Conditions - Please read carefully before booking: If you are unable to attend a course you have booked a minimum of 2 weeks’ notice must be given to 4Youth by telephone / by email / in writing stating that you wish to cancel. In exceptional circumstances please telephone us. Failure to attend may result in a non-attendance charge being made of up to £45 for a half day and £90 per full day. Separate booking terms and conditions apply to accredited training.
Weight Management – A Brief Intervention
Provider: HP Training 
Location: Royal South Hants Hospital
Date: Thursday 24th November 2016, 13:00 – 16:30
Contact: 023 8071 3342 or email HPTraining@solent.nhs.uk
Who can attend?
Professionals working in primary care, health improvement workers, community workers, leisure providers, volunteers supporting health improvement, students
What will I learn?
- To understand the current evidence for providing brief interventions on weight management with adults.
- To develop skills and techniques to use in short one-to-one conversations of a few minutes utilizing a client-centred approach.
Programme Details
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 including:
- 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
- intervention
- Enabling adults to self-monitor their behaviour and measure behaviour changes
- Enabling adults how to seek support from other services.

Jobs, Recruitment and Volunteering

Current Roles from the web:

Business Support Worker

Holiday Playscheme Paid Playworkers
and Volunteer Vacancies

Part-Time Housing Support Officer

Office Supervisor

Youth Development Worker

Our Voluntary sector jobs page is constantly being updated with new opportunities. Why not take a look?
Project Leader/Peer Support Co-ordinator role
for mental health charity
Currently 4 hours per week (flexitime) @ £9.00 
temporary contract* from September 2016 to May 2017 - (*renewable upon successful grant applications)
experience of mental health field and advantage
good organisational and communication skills essential
administrative and managerial duties
own transport an advantage
website www.creativeoptions.btck.co.uk
closing date 30th June 2016
We are constantly updating our website with jobs and voluntary opportunities. For the latest on all our available opportunities, please see our website
Funding and Freebies
Southampton Voluntary Services and the Big Lottery are working together to offer an opportunity for 1:1 support  for groups that are in the process of completing an Awards for All application or 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+.
Sarah Carroll, Funding Officer from the Big Lottery and Auran Sood, SVS Funding & Fundraising Development Worker will be available to advise locally based organisations in Southampton who have a proposal or a draft application form for the Reaching Communities programme. The sessions are designed to give your organisation pre-application support or allow you to test out your project ideas before completing a full stage 1 application. These sessions are limited in number and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.
The next one to one support session will take place on 20th June 2016 here at SVS Offices, Voluntary Action Centre, Kingsland Square, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NW. There will be a total of 3, 1 hour slots scheduled in the morning.
You will need to complete and return a pre advice questionnaire before a slot is allocated to you.
Awards for All is a small grants Big Lottery programme offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 to voluntary and community organisations, schools, and health bodies that support people and communities in need. Sarah Carroll, Funding Officer from the Big Lottery and Auran Sood, Funding & Fundraising Development Worker from SVS will be on hand to advise groups and provide application support.
The next one to one support session will take place on 20th June 2016 here at SVS Offices, Voluntary Action Centre, Kingsland Square, St Mary Street, Southampton SO14 1NW.There will be a total of 3, 45 minutes sessions in the afternoon. These sessions are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. You will need to complete a short pre advice form before you are allocated a space. This will enable Sarah to ensure that the session with you is fully utilized and productive.
If you are interested, please contact Auran Sood, SVS  Funding and Fundraising Development Worker E: a.sood@southamptonvs.org.uk, Tel: 02380 216013 who will send you a brief pre advice questionnaire form for that you need to complete and return to her. She will also be able to offer a time slot on a first come first served bases.
Small Grants Fund
Do you have ideas on how to make St Marys and Kingsland a great place to grow, live and work? West Itchen Trust have small pots of money to turn great ideas into great projects.

From £100 to £5000
We want to support activities that bring people together and make life fun.

So for more information and an application pack
contact Alex, Abdoulie, Sapna or Gulzar on
Tel: 02380388580 Email: info@wict.co.uk or
visit www.wict.co.uk
The OneFamily Foundation has launched its first round of Community Awards!
We’re making £200,000 available for OneFamily customers to nominate local projects close to their heart. This is for community groups & projects based in the UK, covering the following categories:
  • Health, Disability & Social Care
  • Schools & Centres of Education
  • Sports & Social Groups
  • Youth & Affiliated Organisations
Terms and conditions apply.
Nominations close 29th June, with all approved projects being entered into a public vote to determine the winners. Voting runs from 4th July – 20th July, with the winner announcement on Wednesday 27th July 2016.
Previous winners near you include Farnborough Fins - you can learn more about their project on our Award Winners page.
More information about the Community Awards can be found on our website.
The second funding round for the Tesco Bags of Help grant scheme opens on 18 April 2016. 
The scheme is administered by Groundwork and funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags as a result of a government carrier bag levy.
Groundwork anticipate grants being awarded to successful groups around November 2016. 
Bags of Help is available to a wide range of community groups and organisations across England, Wales and Scotland and they can apply for grants to improve local green spaces. Successful projects will go forward to a public vote in Tesco stores which will decide whether they receive a grant  of £8,000, £10,000 or £12,000. Projects that will get the green light as a result of funding will include new pocket parks, sports facilities, schools, woodland walks and community gardens. 
It will fund capital projects that provide community benefit and do not charge for access. 
Please visit www.groundwork.org.uk/tescobagsofhelp for further information. 
For guidance with  your application on a local level please  contact
Elizabeth Hodgson
Community Enabler Central South
Mobile: 07736132691
Can we help you raise money for your charity?
Rotary Charity Walk at Beaulieu on Sunday 26th June 2016
Enjoy our family friendly charity walk through the private woods of the Beaulieu Estate and raise money for your chosen charity. The first walk was in 2011 and to date twenty charities, most of them local to the New Forest area, have shared over £20,000.
We are grateful to Lord Montagu, who has given permission for the charity walk to be held in the private woods of the Beaulieu Estate, and to our partner organisation for the walk, the Countryside Education Trust.

The walk passes the Treehouse Study Centre, Cob Cottage - the “House built in a day” – and “The House In the Wood” of wartime SOE fame.

The tracks are similar to those encountered in the New Forest and family dogs are welcome to accompany walkers.
Complimentary refreshments are available at the finish along with certificates for walkers.
There are walks of differing distances, from a challenging 8k to a gentle children’s treasure trail.

Full details are available from the Beaulieu Charity Walk website: www.walkwithrotary.org.uk
Registration for each walker will cost £5, or a family may register together for £10. For group registrations please contact us by email at walk@hytherotary.org.uk

The sponsorship money, plus 25% Gift Aid, will be shared; we will send 75% of this total to your chosen charity, and 25% will go to Rotary Charities and good causes, locally, nationally and internationally.
We hope you can join the walk this year
Ray Lewis
Walk Organiser 2016
Free Furniture

We have been approached by a local company who have a considerable quantity of office furniture and equipment to donate to not for profits, including charities, schools, voluntary groups, social enterprises, etc. My understanding is that the goods are good quality, reusable furniture and equipment. Currently located in a storage facility in Eastleigh and in their main hub in Bristol.
If your organisation or any of your not for profit contacts need any office furniture, equipment or materials – please email a list of what you are looking for - don't worry if your list feels far-fetched as you will be surprised what items are available! If they don't have the kit at the Eastleigh storage facility, it’s possible that they can source from other projects as they have new kit arriving all the time.
If there are any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me by Email or call 0844 776 1786 


Southampton Orchestra (SÓN) are reaching ou­­t to local communities for a free­ ­event.

We're inviting local people, families and groups, especially­­­­ those from hard to reach local communities, to watch their full rehearsal *­fo­r fr­ee* ahead of the midsummer Shake­spe­are­ co­ncert on Sat 18th June at the Tur­ner ­Sims Theatre­, University of Southampton from 10.30am - ­1pm (approx).

As well as­ ­experie­ncing a­ phenomenal classical musical exper­ience an­d a live illustrator­, there­ will­ also be live children's enter­­tainer­s (for kids age­d six and over).


Please do spread the word via the g­roups­ you know.

If you're coming, please RSVP email me with your group details and numbers attending.


The Nuffield Theatre has  some free tickets to offer to community groups to see Noises Off on the following dates:
Sat 18 June 2.30pm
Mon 20 June 7.30pm

Please Contact 
Tracey Cruickshank
Connect Manager
023 8031 5500 (Ext: 0227)
nuffieldtheatre.co.uk / @nuffieldtheatre

Noises Off Website

Comic Relief Funding

Comic Relief has just launched a new funding programme specifically for small-medium organisations (turnover of between £100k - £500k). 

This is an exciting fund because it is for core costs. More detail is given below, but this essentially includes costs such as: core running costs (rent, utilities, non-front-line staff etc), planning and policy work , training and governance. 

Please study the guidance below and note that this has aclosing date of 27th July 2016. 

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