Our celebration of Croydon’s Voluntary and Community Sector on 21st November at the Whitgift Centre was a real success. Lots of stalls of local community groups, guest speakers and a fantastic performance by the Rainbow across Borders choir were the highlights of the day.
In advance of our 2019 AGM on 21 November which this year takes the form of a Community Showcase in the Whitgfit Centre, and at which we’ll be launching our new Strategic Plan, here’s a taster of CVA’s latest thinking on the challenges facing our sector
The Mayor of London and BCOMS (black collective of media in sports) are looking for young people aged 16-25 from under represented groups who have aspirations to work in sports media, deadline extended to 25 August.
The Creating Conversations in Croydon project aims to encourage local people to feel more comfortable about talking openly about death and dying. If you'd like to volunteer, training is taking place in September and October
This is the second phase and they are expecting to fund five to ten organisations to distribute the Phase 1 materials, promote and champion safeguarding safe culture, and enable local networking and self-support.
The Anne Frank Trust UK is on the lookout for friendly and welcoming volunteers for the upcoming run of our exhibition Anne Frank: A History for Today exhibition at the New Addington Centre from 8th - 19th July - tight deadline though
All of the partners involved in providing health and care services in Croydon are now sharing the above draft discussion document with local people to ask for their views on the actions set out in the plan.
The London Learning Consortium have been awarded the contract to make ESF Community Grants available in London South, in the form of small grants (From £5,000 up to £20,000) to third sector and other small organisations for the purpose of supporting disadvantaged/excluded unemployed and inactive people to help them progress towards employment. Deadline for Expressions of Interest 12 April 2019.
The government has announced the above £20m fund which will be made available for charities and community groups to “help isolated people and those suffering from loneliness” as part of a partnership between the government and other funders
This is Small Charity Week - the biggest event in the small charity calendar providing free initiatives, competitions and support over six days for charities or local community organisation with an annual turnover under £1.5 million.
Does your church want to grow community connections and tackle loneliness and isolation? Do you want to create a place of welcome in your neighbourhood? A new resource called ‘Make a meal of it’ will give you inspiration and practical tips for how to plan and host a meal in your community for older people.
Secure schools will accommodate both girls and boys aged 12-17. They will be run by secure schools academy trusts and will be governed and run under the smae legislation as children's homes and academies. The government will host an engagement event this summer to invite potential providers to learn more
Patients with a chronic lung condition are set to benefit from a life-changing procedure, which is now routinely available on the NHS, that uses tiny balloons to inflate and compress blockages in the blood vessels.
As part of the 70th birthday celebrations for the NHS, NHS England is working with partners to encourage the development of volunteering, with a particular focus on the NHS70 Youth Volunteering Campaign
DonorVoice is holding a one-day research workshop on charitable giving in a digital age in partnership with Queen Mary University of London and is looking for speakers and case studies in charitable giving wiht a special focus on digital giving
Registered charities or community and voluntary organisations can apply on the behalf of any individual or group of young people who meet the YHA's criteria. Groups can reapply annually as long as the application is for a different group of young people.
A new system for clearing cheques has been described as a “significant boon” for charities. An image-based system went live with some banks and building societies on 30 October and at some stage in the second half of 2018, all cheques will be cleared via the image-based system.
Family and Childcare Trust has published the results of research conducted by parent researchers from across the country, who spoke to nearly 500 parents to understand what families need and want from early years services.
The new ‘GovTech’ challenge fund will encourage firms to use technology to solve challenges facing the public sector, while a dedicated new team will act as a gateway into Whitehall to connect tech companies to the most appropriate areas of Government.
Government has announced plans today (31 October 2017) to protect the housing needs of older and vulnerable people, and provide funding certainty for supported accommodation, encouraging long-term investment and new supply.
The Home Office is offering funding for voluntary and community sector projects to stop knife crime in local communities, but groups will have to act quickly as the deadline for bids is the end of October.
The National Skills Academy for Financial Services are currently looking for subcontractors who work with the unemployed for their ESF Contract - Skills Support for the Workforce, higher level skills provision for the unemployed.
Facebook has announced the launch of its nonprofit fundraising tools. Charitable organisations are invited to sign up to be one of the first nonprofits to use Facebook’s charitable giving tools to achieve their fundraising objectives through these tools
A free new programme for charities, social enterprises, commercial enterprises, voluntary organisations, campaigns and community groups who are tackling the challenges in the private rented sector (e.g. affordability, access, quality and security of tenure.)
A £200,000 government-funded programme has been launched as part of the government's commitment to improve support for children and young people, to improve mental health services, and protect those living with mental health problems from unfair treatment and discrimination.
Children England and 4in10 would like to help make children's ideas heard in the London Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Strategy, which includes proposals on education and child poverty and is open to comment from organisations and individuals over the summer.
This event - #westandtogether - is bringing together agencies, groups from the private sector, statutory and voluntary sector to show that Croydon is a borough where refugees and asylum seekers can feel welcome and safe
Crystal Palace FC Foundation supported by Game Changer have two FREE qualifications coming up for young people aged 14-25 in April half term. The courses are being delivered by CPFC Foundation staff and are both accredited qualifications.
Child Focused and Milz Training are offering the above forum on 28 April to raise awareness for employers, professionals, parents, carers, and community groups on topics such as safeguarding children, safer sleep for babies, and more
The OnSideYouth Zone is located where Whitehorse Road meets Boulgogne Road. It offers 20 activities every night, ranging from football, climbing, curling to nail art, DJ-ing, drama, employability training, entry is just 50p.
Are you a charity or community group that uses food to support people in need? You could benefit from FareShare FoodCloud, a new scheme which will match you with a local Tesco store that has unsold food available for you to collect, for free.
University College London have recently launched 'Educate', a physical and virtual workspace for Educational Technology organisations. If you are working on an edtech social enterprise they'd like to hear from you.
Croydon Council have partnered with Croydon Drop In, and the Town Centre BID Team to engage with young people on Thursday afternoons in February and March. They are looking for youth organisations to come along and join them.
The ‘Do It London’ campaign is drawing attention to the steep rises in sexually transmitted infections in the capital in recent years. The campaign, which spans advertising city wide, encourages Londoners to use condoms
Listening Books is a national charity providing an audiobook library service to children and adults who struggle to read or hold a book due to illness, disability, mental health issues, or learning difficulty.
This training would be good for anyone working in the community as it includes good information about the benefits of being active - whether through regular sports or just integrating some physical activity into your everyday life
StreetGames and The Golf Foundation are looking for young people to help shape the StreetGolf Zone at The Open Golf Championship in 2017 and plan a local participation campaign for the North West region called ‘Road to The Open'.
The Department of Health is changing the way it funds the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. The Strategic Partner Programme is being replaced by a new national partnership, the VCSE Health and Wellbeing Alliance, and applications for membership are invited.
The Charity Commission has said it will now give charities 28 days’ notice before publishing official warnings, following pressure from the sector, in updated guidance on how it uses two of its new powers.
Croydon council has decided that the whole borough will be free of parking charges in council-run car parks and on-street bays on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Progress is being made on two of their core campaigns: New rules have been announced restricting some junk food marketing to children online, and The Soft Drinks Industry Levy (sugary drinks tax) is one step closer to implementation
The Charity Apprentice course is designed to offer a route into the charity sector, and to attract new talent to the sector. The foundation course is run by charity professionals and can be undertaken by anyone in their spare time.
Two years ago counselling was brought into scrutiny by Central Government, following a recognition that mental health support for children and young people was under funded resulting in The Local Transformation Plan.
Sign up for a free 4 week 'Steps to sales this Christmas' email course offering the key steps to getting sales-ready. Plus you have the chance to win a £1,000 grant to help get your creative business prepared for the Christmas rush.
Compassion in Dying and Mind have published a new factsheet designed to inform people with a mental illness about when their advance decision will be followed and explain how an advance statement can help people plan for their future treatment and care.
A new service could transform the financial health of charities by helping them better invest their funds and providing online access to the biggest selection of charity-specific investment funds available.
In reference to the latest Mental Health and Wellbeing Forum where the focus was Getting Your Voice heard here is a summary of opportunities for you to comment on and get involved shaping in local health services.
A new London-wide behaviour change initiative could save Londoners £330m, reduce avoidable food waste in the capital and increase awareness of more healthy and sustainable eating. TRiFOCAL London – Transforming City FOod hAbits for Life, is the latest initiative to be led by Resource London - the partnership between WRAP and LWARB - together with Groundwork London.
Last week's Social Saturday launch at Westminster demonstrated the level of government support for the annual campaign, so why not invite your local MP along to let them see the work of your social enterprise?
The England Illegal Money Lending Team is providing grants for local groups in communities across England that want to raise awareness of the issues of illegal money lending in their community with a deadline of 30 September 2016
The Government and Big Lottery Fund are contributing a total of £40 million to support the new #iwill Fund which will create new opportunities for young people to take part in social action in England.
#UrbanFoodFortnight connects restaurants and retailers with London’s edible gardens and small producers to showcase the best food and drink on offer in the city with special menus, one-off events, workshops and supper clubs.
#GivingTuesday, led in the UK by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), will take place on Tuesday 29th November this year, to follow Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The 2016 campaign calls for people across the UK to ‘Do Good Stuff’.
Social enterprise Proability are currently working in collaboration with Macmillan’s Living With and Beyond Cancer team and Liverpool John Moore University to survey people’s experiences of working with cancer.
The organisation responsible for delivering the government's flagship National Citizen Service (NCS) programme has said it wants to get more grassroots youth organisations involved so it can sign up the most hard-to-reach young people
An app that claimed to support a charity rescuing refugees in the Mediterranean by enabling users to search satellite data has been pulled from Apple's app store, after technology experts said it did not work.
Looking for local business people to meet Mulalley and Croydon Councils Procurement team. This is a great opportunity to get an understanding of how to do business with the council and their suppliers at the above event which takes place on 27th June 2016.
Children’s charity Child.org is looking for volunteers from other charities to help with its summer festival Charity Concierge service, and will donate £50 to charities for each volunteer they can provide.
This new guide is for service providers and those involved in commissioning, designing, developing or operating services for vulnerable people and people on low incomes who are considering developing a Social Lettings Agency.
Following the publication of the CQC strategy at the end of this month free external stakeholder engagement events are being offered in June and July. Although the London one is 'sold out' you are encouraged to join the waiting list as new dates will be announced soon
The Cabinet Office has published a timetable that explains when the different sections of the new Charities Act are going to take effect. Many of the act’s provisions will only affect a relatively small number of charities and individuals.
SHARAN is currently looking for five regional charities to tender for up to £10,000 to run regional campaigns for its recently funded National Forced Marriage Prevention and Awareness Campaign ‘Our Girl’. Reducing the number of people affected and most ‘at risk’ of forced marriage (FM). Deadline 21 April 2016
Lots of reasons to come to the above event - you can book a business advice appointment, make connections with the exhibitors, and take the opportunity to look at the latest 'green energy' vehicles, all this and food from the Street World Food Market.
The Department for Communities and Local Government has awarded an additional £1.5 million to the Near Neighbours programme which will enable the Near Neighbours Fund Small Grant Programme to reopen in late spring/early summer 2016
A single one-off grant is available for a voluntary sector organisation to provide a two-year, not-for-profit national information and advice service for the families and carers of children at risk or involved in the care system in England
Despite the difficult financial situation facing Local Government London Council has confirmed it's Grants programme will continue commissioning service outcomes to combat homelessness, tackle sexual and domestic violence and to address poverty through employment across London.
The £200m funding for the period up to 2020 will be used to enable the most promising projects already supported under the scheme to scale up their work, with new areas also being supported to adopt the best innovations.
Croydon Council is asking local residents, community groups and businesses to give their ideas and support towards improving the borough’s libraries by taking part in an online survey and focus groups.
Sports Relief ES Fund for London Grants of between £5,000 and £20,000 are available to small community and voluntary organisations and social enterprises in London that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.
A tax on sugary drinks will be used to fund initiatives to promote school sports and lengthen the school day. Under the Chancellor of Exchequer’s plans, soft drinks companies will pay a levy on drinks with added sugar from April 2018. Milk-based drinks and fruit juices will be excluded from the levy.
Asian Resource Centre of Croydon (ARCC) celebrated International Women's Day in style on 17th March 2016 at Haslemere Hall with a wonderful audience, stalls, performances, delicious food, dignitaries, members and inspirational speakers.
Barbara Altounyan is an audio biographer – she records people's life stories – and she is looking to set up a charity (The Hospice Biographers) in order to enable this service to be offered to people with a terminal diagnosis.
The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) have published a damning report into the collapse of charity Kids Company entitled “The PACAC Report”. Antony Collins, Solicitors, have written an article commenting on the report.
Connecting with nature offers a new approach to mental health care A new study has been published by Natural England which reviews the benefits and outcomes of approaches to green care for mental ill-health
The Good Finance website was created in response to complaints from charities and social enterprises that they do not understand social investment and how it works, thereby preventing them from applying for different types of investment.
The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has recently changed to a no application deadline policy. The Foundation will now accept applications at any time to the Access and Participation Fund, the Arts-based Learning Fund, and the Shared Ground Fund. Previously, there were several funding rounds a year.
This year's Volunteer;s Week, celebrating volunteers and volunteering, will take place from 1st - 12th June this year. The end of Volunteers' Week will coincide with the Patron's Lunch, a celebration of the Queen's birthday and her patronage of more than 600 charities.
LBC are holding a consultation meeting on the above on 3 March 2016, the day before the consultation ends. CVA is offering voluntary groups the opportunity to feedback to us which we will collate and submit on your behalf.