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Sector bodies criticise plans on charity definition for tax purposes

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 12:38pm

NCVO, the Charity Finance Group and the Association of Charitable Foundations have made a joint response to a consultation on plans by HM Revenue and Customs to create a new definition of charity in order to prevent tax avoidance. They call for this approach to be abandoned and instead for HMRC to focus on working with the Charity Commission and the voluntary sector to enforce existing legislation.

See news article at http://www.civilsociety.co.uk/finance/news/content/17255/.

Tagged: charity, finance, information, Reports

The National Diversity Awards 2014!

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 12:23pm

The National Diversity Awards 2014 in association with Microsoft is a celebration of outstanding achievements of Positive Role Models, Entrepreneurs and Community Organisations across the UK.

If your organisation is a strong representative of true diversity or you would wish to nominate then please do not hesitate to get involved with this initiative. Read more by clicking on the link below.

2014 Nominations award 


Tagged: Awards / Recognition, event, information

SkillBase Training

Tue, 22/04/2014 - 9:17am

Are you looking for accredited training? SkillBase can arrange this for you, some of which is free for certain groups of people.

If you are interested in discussing this, either to bring into your organisation or to join up with other organisation to fill a course then SkillBase would like to hear from you.

There is a range of courses on offer including Peer Mentoring, Information, Advice and Guidance and Horticulture.

There is already a Certificate in Horticulture course planned with an Taster Day on April 29th,  and the course starting at Baileys Farm in Stoke-on-Trent on May 6th and will run for 12 weeks.

For further information about these great opportunities email sbadmin@sdvs.org.uk Tel 01785 279938 / 279930


Tagged: education, information, training

Charity Commission – new online register

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:34am
The revamped register, which is expected to appear after Easter, will look different and will display information from the newly updated annual return form. See below for more details

Charity Commission to launch updated version of online register



Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:26am
In response to a consultation, the infrastructure umbrella body says local charities and community groups are often aware of issues before they are widely recognised

The infrastructure umbrella body Navca has urged the statutory health and care consumer champion Healthwatch England to make sure voluntary sector organisations have places on local health and wellbeing boards. Want to know more click on the link below

Navca asks Healthwatch England to make sure local health and wellbeing boards include the voluntary sector


Tagged: community, health, information

Unity Bank & CDFA to develop a new crowdfunding scheme

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:17am

Unity Trust Bank and the Community Development Finance Association are developing a crowdfunding scheme that will encourage people to invest in their local communities. To read more click on the link below

Unity Trust Bank and CDFA behind crowdfunding plan for local social enterprises

Tagged: charity, community, development, finance, funding, information

Big Lottery Fund drop in income

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 9:02am
Minutes of a BLF board meeting show members were concerned about financial and reputational issues after the National Lottery ticket price rose from £1 to £2

Big Lottery Fund board members warned of a possible “sustained drop in income” after the National Lottery operator Camelot doubled the price of Lotto tickets. Read more by clicking on the link below

Big Lottery Fund board feared ‘sustained drop in income’ after Lotto ticket price doubled

Tagged: Big Lottery Fund, dependency, development, information, Legal Updates

Two Employment Opportunities at East Stafffs CVS

Wed, 16/04/2014 - 8:23am

Two Finance posts available in East Staffs CVS. Please see attachment below

Job vacancies at ESCVS

Tagged: charity, employment, finance, information

Ajustable Electric Office Table (used)

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 12:36pm

One used right curved ajustable electric table for sale. Beech colour with black legs. Excellent condition open to sensible offers over £200. Please contact Liz on 01785 606670

Surplace used office furniture available

Thu, 10/04/2014 - 12:18pm

Unwanted office furniture available to charities,  small metal filing cabinets, metal draw units, large filing cabints, desks.  Must be able to collect and removed from storage area. To register an interest please contact Liz 01785 606670

Learning from Adult Protection and Mental Capacity Cases

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 9:29am

Target Staff for this training is:
Qualified workers who have attended the Adult Protection Awareness session and who are in a Managerial or Investigating Worker role. Click below

Tagged: Adults, disability, training

Disclosure and Barring Service

Wed, 09/04/2014 - 8:52am

DBS are delighted to advise you that further dates have been made available for our duty to refer briefings.  In addition we are now taking bookings for our South West regional event in Truro on the 01 May 2014.

The events are free and targeted at employers and managers who have responsibility for removing individuals from regulated activity posts where harm has, or may, occur, with special emphasis on the barring function of the DBS.

We’ll provide detailed guidance on the duty to refer, submission of referrals and the information required to support a referral to the DBS.

You can read the duty to refer events news story for more details and to book a place at Truro.

Tagged: information, Legal Updates, training

Employment Opportunity with Mencap

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 4:01pm

Mid Staffordshire Mencap is a charity that provides support to individuals and families whose lives are affected by learning disabilities. We are looking for someone who has previous experience of working in a multidisciplinary setting to support people whose lives are affected by learning disabilities. Please see attachments below for further details

Advert for outreach worker                          Job description mencap     Application Form Mencap

Tagged: charity, development, disability, employment, health, information, wellbeing

Carers Association Southern Staffordshire

Tue, 08/04/2014 - 3:55pm

Carer’s Association SS would like anyone who cares for a friend or relative to complete their survy below to help with their statistics. Please click on link below


Tagged: carers, health, information, survey

Skillbase Training

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 11:09am

Up and coming courses – a few places left – book your place now

Lone Working in the afternoon of April 8th still has some places left

Dealing with Difficult People  on the morning of April 8th has 3 places left.

These 2 courses are both running In Stafford in the same place which means you can attend both sessions.

Planing & Managing Projects  April 3rd has a few places left

Marketing Online April 9th morning has a few places left.

These courses are filling up quickly and if you want a place book yours soon.

 For a complete list of practical, results focussed training courses provided by SkillBase between now and the end of June or  to book a place
Contact sbadmin@sdvs.org.uk telelphone 01785 279938 / 279930

Tagged: development, information, training

Police & Crime Commissioners message

Wed, 02/04/2014 - 11:04am

Pulse Regeneration has been appointed by the Ministry of Justice to deliver Skills and Information workshops to providers in the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector that deliver victims’ support services. Read more below

A message from Police & Crime Commissioners

Tagged: community, crime, development, information, Reports

Skillbase Training – “Fundraising” you can’t afford to miss this

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:21pm

This is a course that should appeal to almost everyone reading this newsletter! How healthy is your budget for the new financial year? Would it look better if you could attract some additional or core funding?
SkillBase Training are running Fundraising For ALL on May 21st 9.30am – 4.00pm @ 131 – 141 North Walls in Stafford; a venue that is easily accessible from all over Staffordshire and adjoining counties.
This course will be led by an experienced trainer who will lead you through all you need to know to put in a bid that stands the best chance of being successful.
It will cover; how to reach potential funders and build a relationship with them; how you can develop the best case for your organisation; how to improve your bid writing skills and developing a style that works; and will review the emerging trends in the funding world giving you hints and tips.Can you afford to miss this course? Probably not!
Book your place now sbadmin@sdvs.org.uk
Tel 01785 279938 / 279930

Tagged: community, education, fundraising, information, training

Coming soon! New government grant for loft and cavity wall insulation

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 4:17pm

 Government consultation on changes to the Energy Company Obligation end on 16th April and it is anticipated that new grants for loft and cavity wall insulation will mean either free or heavily discounted insulation measures for everyone regardless of income or age.

The Advice Service is up and running, taking calls and referrals. Please give out our number – 0800 677 1785 or see application below

Insulation grants March 2014-WHS     WHS Referral Form (no text boxes)

Tagged: information, wellbeing

Skillbase Training

Mon, 31/03/2014 - 3:54pm

SkillBase Training

There is a great selection of good quality, affordable training courses planned up to the end of June with more coming shortly.

In April – Planning and Managing Projects,First Aid at Work, Dealing with Difficult People, Lone Working and Marketing Online

In May – Risk Assessment, Emergency First Aid and Effective Fundraising

In June – Partnerships, Social Media and Managing Change

 For further details of all these courses email sbadmin@sdvs.org.uk or ring 01785 279938 /279930

Tagged: development, education, information, training


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