Newsletter 01/03/2018

March monthly newsletter

Don't forget to scroll to the bottom for our training courses!
Great British Spring Clean Event

Friday 2nd March - Sunday 4th March

Not too late to join up!
More information
Free 1:1 advice session for voluntary groups in Wiltshire
On a monthly basis we offer free 1:1 advice sessions for voluntary groups in Wiltshire. Our Grants Manager, Jane Butler, will be able to give advice from setting up your group through to governance, fundraising and opportunities for grants.
Places can be booked online
People have their say over Wiltshire dementia care
People living with dementia and their unpaid carers have welcomed plans to provide a clearer pathway of care which would help people stay at home for as long as possible.

Local people in Wiltshire have given their views on proposals put forward by NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group and Wiltshire Council to improve health and care services for those living with dementia in Wiltshire.
Read more here
Changing lives
Creating futures
Working Links Swindon and Wiltshire
Links To Work Programme
Working Links was launched in 2000.  During this time the company has grown considerably and  has made a difference in supporting hundreds of thousands of people, usually with varying needs and from different backgrounds. 

Working Links is delivering a new  ESF contract in Swindon and Wiltshire known as ‘Links to Work’, which is exactly that:  linking people from all different ages and backgrounds who are finding it difficult to find employment.

‘The ‘Links to Work’ programme will work with the following people:
Working with age groups  from 16 with no upper age limit, Lone parents, Full time students, People who are claiming the following benefits: UC (Universal Credit), ESA (Employment Support Allowance), IS (Income Support), Job Seekers Allowance (JSA)People who are not in receipt of benefits, for example Carers, people who live at home perhaps with their parents and have not claimed before. People who are further away from the job market and need support and help. Probation, Homeless, also people who have addictions that require extra support. People who are in receipt of state pensions.People for which English is a barrier.Mental Health, Physical or Learning Disabilities. Have no or low qualifications.

Personal Consultant 
Once the Customer is on the programme, they are ready to begin their journey with Working Links. The Customer will be assigned to their own consultant who will work with the Customer on a 1:1 appointment basis.   Together they will create their own action plan to help the Customer reach their destination and achieve their goals.  Targets will be set to help keep the Customer on track.

The Customer journey will last for 52 weeks, attending at least two appointments monthly with their Personal Consultant.  However they also have the other support from the team.
For more information please contact
Karen John

Lenta Business Centre, Working Links, Alexander House, 19 Fleming Way, Swindon, SN1 2NG
08009179262  07548 722859  karen.john@workinglinks.co.uk
For more details and how to book onto Mindfulness for Teenagers
What is GDPR?
General Data Protection Regulation!

How can a small charity prepare?
Attend this session in Salisbury and you will have the knowledge to get your organisation ready for GDPR in time for the
deadline of 25th May 2018

Monday, 19th March 10.30am - 2.30pm

Cost: £40pp for members (£45pp non members) and includes light lunch
Last few spaces so book now to avoid disappointment
Minute Taking

Thursday, 15th March 9.30 - 12.30
Do you have to take minutes as part of your job or leisure activities?  Then this course is for you.
For more information
Home-Start South Wiltshire are looking for volunteers
We are looking for volunteers to join our charity and help provide a high-quality service for families living in South Wiltshire.

We support families with at least one child under the age of 5 through home-visiting. Volunteers support local families facing a variety of difficulties, including loneliness and isolation; ill health; post-natal depression; disabilities; bereavement; relationship difficulties; lone-parenting and coping with several pre-school children.

Our aim is to give children the best possible start in life by helping parents to manage daily life through strengthening relationships and widening their links within their local community.
We provide all our volunteers with a comprehensive 40-hour training course, run weekly, before meeting your first family.

All that we ask of you is that you have experience of bringing up children, that you attend our Preparation Course and can spare between two and three hours a week to visit someone.
If this sounds like you, please contact us about becoming a home-visiting volunteer.

If you’re looking for other ways to get involved…
We are also looking for volunteer Trustees.
Trustees carry out a range of duties such as:
  • Event organising
  • Writing grant funding applications
  • Attending local council/ multi-agency meetings
  • Contributing to quality assurance assessments and reviews.
To find out more please contact us on 01980 676 237
or email info@homestartsouthwilts.org.uk
Building Bridges Support Worker

Devizes based
36.50 hours per week
Fixed term contract for until September 2019, £24,717 to £25,694 gross per annum depending on experience, plus 7% employer pension contribution
We are looking for an individual who is committed to supporting young people and making a difference to their lives.  Youth Action Wiltshire is part of the £3.88M Building Bridges programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.
The role will be to support young people in Wiltshire referred into the Building Bridges programme who are NEET or in significant danger of becoming NEET aged 15 – 21 years and help them progress into education, training and employment.
You will be able to organise and manage a range of provision through the programme to inspire and engage participants, including accredited learning and weekend, and evening and residential development activities. You will provide practical one to one support, along with where appropriate working with parents and carers to encourage their involvement to support young people.
This role will be fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund as part of the Building Better Opportunities programme and will be solely employed on the programme delivery.
Further information regarding the Building Bridges programme can be found via our website at www.buildingbridgessw.org.uk
Closing date:  Midday, 16th March 2018 
Interviews: 22nd March 2018
To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit www.communityfirst.org.uk/vacancies.  Or for further information on this post please speak to Steve Crawley, Head of Youth Action Wiltshire on 01380 729813
Community First is an equal opportunities employer.
Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, that has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire.
The project has received up to £3.9M of funding from the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding
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