Newsletter 02/11/2017
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November monthly newsletter
Are you ready for
General Data Protection (GDPR)
in May 2018?
Chief Officers’ and Senior Managers’ are invited to a
Coffee and Networking Session
To discuss the key themes of the reforms and what you should be doing now to ensure that you will be ready by next May.
Together we will look at guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office including the “Getting ready for the GDPR checklist” 
and “12 steps to take now”
on Thursday, 16 November, 10.30am until noon
(coffee from 10.15am)
Wessex Community Action
Unit 6, Paxton Business Centre, Whittle Road,
Churchfields, Salisbury, SP2 7YR

Parking is limited but a minibus will be running from New Canal leaving at 10am and returning at noon.
For further information and to book your place
View Wessex Community Action's Full Autumn Training Programme
A few spaces still available on the following courses:
Introduction to Facebook & Twitter
Tuesday, 7th November 9.30am - 12.30pm
Using Outlook
Monday, 13th November 9.30am - 12.30pm
Using the Internet
Monday, 13th November 1.30pm - 4.30pm
Microsoft Office Excel Formulas and Functions
Monday, 27th November 9.30am - 4pm
Microsoft Office PowerPoint
Tuesday, 5th December 9.30am - 4pm
Have a voice, influence decisions, stand for election to the UKYP

UK Youth Parliament offers 11–18 year olds the opportunity to use their voice to bring about social change by standing for election as a Member of Youth Parliament (MYP) in 2018.

Any young person aged between 11 and 18 years old who lives in Wiltshire, or attends a boarding school in Wiltshire, has the right to stand for election and the right to vote. You must be ready to engage with and represent other children and young people in your area.

Wiltshire has three seats on UKYP. You will be standing for election in the area where you attend school.  Candidates will be asked to submit a video-manifesto for use during the campaign and election period.  By standing for election to UKYP you are agreeing to:

  • serve a one-year term as one of three members of UKYP for Wiltshire
  • be a champion for young people’s issues locally and nationally
  • become an active member of the Wiltshire Assembly of Youth (WAY)
  • work with your locally elected councillors and MPs to promote youth voice
  • attend regional conventions of the UKYP (three Saturdays per year)
  • attend the annual conference of UKYP – a residential weekend at the end of July
  • attend the House of Commons debate in November each year
  • deliver the Make Your Mark youth voice campaign and other UKYP campaigns
  • a video of your manifesto being published on YouTube, Wiltshire Council website and social media, as appropriate.

Application deadline 20 November 2017.

For more information, visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/children-young-people-voice or
email: voiceandinfluenceteam@wiltshire.gov.uk or
call 01225 713712 or mobile: 07900 759830.

Poster and map
Wiltshire Charity Chairs' Networking Event in Salisbury 
Due to unforeseen circumstances it was necessary to postpone the event scheduled at Wilsons Solicitors on Wednesday 1st November.  It will be rescheduled for the New Year and information will be circulated in Wessex Community Action December Newsletter. Very sorry about this. 

If you wish to be included in the circulation list please register on chair2chairnetwork@outlook.com

Irene Kohler
For more information
An invitation to meet the Charity Team

Date: 16 November 2017

Venue: Wilsons Solicitors, Alexandra House, St Johns Street, Salisbury SP1 2SB

Time: 17.00 - 19.00

As our contribution to Trustees' Week: 13-17 November 2017 and to recognise the vital role played by charity trustees, we are holding a drop-in session at our Salisbury office open to all trustees of local charities.  If you would like to have an informal chat with our legal experts about any issues or questions concerning your charity then please come in and meet our Charity Team.

If you are interested in attending then please email register@wilsonslaw.com or call 01722 427 634 indicating your name, organisation and which of the following areas are of interest to you:-

  • Charity Law and Governance
  • Employment law
  • Commercial issues
  • Property
  • Charity legacies
  • Schools
Administrational Support
and so much more
As the end of year approaches for some groups it will be their financial end of year, for others time for their AGM, or perhaps just staff turn over.  Time all of which, can bring additional drain on administrative activities and could be supported by RunMyAdmin from RunAClub.
RunAClub are a Social Enterprise based in Wiltshire whose core business is an online management system for clubs and groups of any type. We work throughout the country with a wide range of Councils, national and local sports groups and youth services and many more. All of whom use the online platform to track use, monitor outcomes and report on impact.

We recently launched a new updated platform and as an introductory offer we have a month’s free trial.

Once you sign up you will also have access to our reduced cost DBS’s online through RunAClub. It’s a quick and easy way to carry out DBS checks online with our partner uCheck.

And last but not least we are negotiating cheaper club insurance for all our members through an established Insurance partner.

So please email Michelle if you are interested to hear more.

You are literally getting more and more for your money.  
RunAClub… great support, great clubs
Free service from Salisbury Arts Centre
Using pioneering technology, bought with a grant from the Postcode Community Trust, Salisbury Arts Centre is starting to broadcast some of its events live. 
Paula Redway, Salisbury Arts Centre Director, says:
“Salisbury Arts Centre prides itself on being accessible to the whole community, however we recognise that sometimes it isn’t possible for people to come to us due to a lack of money or transport, being in hospital or a residential home, needing a babysitter, or being an unpaid carer.  Our ability to live stream events will revolutionise the way in which we can reach audiences; from those who would find it difficult to attend in person, to those who are simply too far away geographically. We are hugely excited to be one of the first theatres in the country to be able to offer live streaming and look forward to expanding our offer in the future."
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Copy deadline is the Monday before the 1st Thursday of each month.
Here at Wessex Community Action, we aim to enhance your local community and support voluntary activity in Wiltshire and the surrounding areas. Based in Salisbury, we provide a range of services including training, transport, printing and payroll.
Wessex Community Action offers a wide range of training courses which are open to everyone. We can also provide bespoke training for organisations who wish to use this service. Please see our website for more information:

To view our Autumn Training Programme

please follow this link

Our training courses are also open to other people too so do please forward this email on to any friends and colleagues.

Can we help with your training needs for you or your staff? What courses would you like to attend? Contact us with your training requirements and see how we can help.  Email - info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk

Discount Prices for Members
Click here for FREE membership
Did you know that Wessex Community Action provides a 
Bespoke Payroll Service?

If you wish to apply, or just want to find out some more information, please email 
or call us on 
01722 326822.

Visit our website for more information:
Wessex Community Action has a 
Meeting Room Hire Facility

Visit our website for more information:


If you wish to know it's availabilty, or just want to find out some more information, please email info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk 
or call us on 
01722 326822.
We can now provide you with our printing services at competitive rates! For all information and prices please follow the link below:

Feel free to call us on 01722 326822 or email us at info@wessexcommunityaction.org.uk for a quote.
Wessex Community Action also runs an excellent minibus service. Our minibuses are maintained to the highest standard with safety checks every 10 weeks. All our drivers have specialised training in first aid and wheel chair transportation. 


If you wish to use our minibus service, either on a one off basis or for regular trips, please contact Shani Marshall, our transport manager, on 01722 326822 or email 

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