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ITV seeks charities for this year’s Text Santa appeal

Headlines - Wed, 26/02/2014 - 10:05am

Charities can apply to participate in the broadcaster’s fundraising campaign, which in its first three years raised more than £15m. Please click on the link to find out more  Txt Santa

Tagged: charity, community, fundraising

The Community Inspiration Awards

Headlines - Tue, 25/02/2014 - 10:05am

The Community Inspiration Award has been set up by Community Foundation, to recognise outstanding contributions made by staff from the public sector and members of the community, whose work has inspired and motivated others. For more information click on the link below   information and nomination form Awards 2014

Tagged: Awards, community, event, information

News from Skillbase Training

Headlines - Mon, 24/02/2014 - 11:40am


News from SkillBase Training


Have you decided what your training priorities are as we move towards the end of this financial year? Do you still have some of your training budget? Why not make use of it in March and attend the SkillBase training courses? Please see below for more details

Skillbase information

Village Hall Survey

Headlines - Tue, 11/02/2014 - 12:14pm

A survey on village and community halls is being run by ACRE, the rural community council body for England, to get a clearer picture on topical issues such as licensing, VAT, rate relief and broadband. The information gathered will be used to help raise the profile of community buildings, their volunteers and volunteer management committee members.


Tagged: charity, community, information, Village Halls

Employment Opportunity – SSNMH

Headlines - Tue, 11/02/2014 - 8:57am

Please find attached information SSNMH_Project Manager 2014 regarding a new staff vacancy at South Staffordshire Network for Mental Health for Project Manager.

The post is for 18 hours per week, at £21,067 (pro rata), and is for 12 month post commencing 1 April 2014.

Tagged: disability, employment, health, information, wellbeing

Acas publishes consultation responses & new draft Code and guidance on flexible working

Headlines - Fri, 07/02/2014 - 9:29am

Workplace expert Acas has today published the responses to its consultation on a new Code of Practice and guidance on flexible working. Click on the link >>>>>>> http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=4699.

Tagged: Government, information, Reports

Skillbase Training March Newsletter

Headlines - Fri, 07/02/2014 - 8:49am

Do you need bespoke training for your staff? Are you interested in adding to your CV? Not sure what training you need? Well call Sue on 01785 279930 or Paul on 01785 279938 they will be happy to advise you and taylor make training to your specific needs. Also please see the training courses available in March >>>>>SkillBaseTraining March

Tagged: charity, community, education, Health & Safety, information, training

Completing a tax return when you need to

Headlines - Tue, 04/02/2014 - 10:41am

HM Revenue and Customs has updated its guidance for when charities need to complete a tax return. It explains the importance of always filing tax returns within the time limits to avoid incurring a penalty even if there is no tax to pay,  http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/tax/basics.htm

Tagged: finance, Government, information

Time runs out for ancient health and safety law posters

Headlines - Tue, 04/02/2014 - 10:35am

The Health and Safety Executive is reminding employers that old 1999 health and safety law posters must be replaced by 5th April this year. This can be with a newer version of the poster, or by issuing a copy of a pocket card or leaflet, which can be downloaded from HSE’s website.

See FAQs at  http://www.hse.gov.uk/contact/faqs/lawposter.htm

or downloads/order from


Tagged: Health & Safety, information, Legal Updates

The Carers Association Southern Staffordshire

Headlines - Mon, 03/02/2014 - 11:16am


Please find attached a revised calendar for our February activities (NB change of times for Mental Health Carers Group on 26th) See below >>>>>>>>CASSCalendarFeb2014

Tagged: charity, community, health, information, meetings, wellbeing

Christian Food Help

Headlines - Mon, 03/02/2014 - 8:49am

Please see the latest statistics below for  Food Help January 2014a

Tagged: AID, charity, community, information, social care, wellbeing

Skillbase Training – Improve your skills

Headlines - Fri, 31/01/2014 - 8:44am

Want to Improve your Presentation Skills?
Did you know that research has found that the majority of people fear standing up and speaking in public more than they fear death! If you feel a bit like that or if you just want to improve your presentation skills then come along to the Presentation Skills course on March 24th 10.00 – 4.00 from only £79 per place.

Are you an Administrator?
Would you like to attend a training course designed specifically for you? SkillBase Training have just the course on March 27th 9.30 – 12.30.The Effective Administrator, from only £49 per place. Come along and join others doing the same type of role as you; an opportunity to reflect on and improve your skills. The course will cover, managing multiple priorities, managing upwards, being assertive and saying ‘no’.

Emergency First Aid Course Feb 13th 9.30 – 4.30 still has places – book yours now.

Both courses will be held at SDVS 131 – 141 North Walls Stafford.
To book a place email sbadmin@sdvs.org.uk

Tagged: education, information, training

What does Pension Auto-Enrolment mean for you?

Headlines - Wed, 29/01/2014 - 11:27am

Staffordshire County Council’s Care Market Development Team and Employment Law Consultancy , Peninsula, invite you to a seminar to discuss changes in the Pension Act and how it will impact your business.  The seminar will look at what changes you must make to your current policies. Read more >>> Free seminar for Social Care Owners

Small Charities can now register as Charitable Incorporated Organisations

Headlines - Wed, 29/01/2014 - 11:03am

From Bates Wells Braithwaite weekly review: there has been confirmation from the Charity Commission that Charitable Incorporated Organisations can now be registered with incomes under five thousand pounds. Pending the website/online form being updated, “you will need to put on the form that your income is over £5,000 in order to progress . . You should then put a note at the end in the special circumstances box at the end of the form explaining that the income is under £5,000.”

Smaller charities previously unable to register can now, via registration as a CIO, obtain a charity number. FAQs on CIOs.

Tagged: community, information, Legal Updates

Trading – How to Earn Income & Keep Your Values

Headlines - Wed, 29/01/2014 - 10:37am

Trading – How to Earn Income & Keep Your Values
Stafford February 10th  9.30 – 4.00 only £79

Last chance to book…

An introduction to how organisations can trade & earn income & still keep to their vision & values. A full guide to the legal, financial & organisational issues involved in moving into social enterprise.
Book a place on this course if you are thinking of starting to trade, i.e. earn an income from selling your services/ goods, in some way.
In this current climate more and more organisations have to think about generating income and are concerned about how this fits with their charitable aims. 
This course is a must for many organisations struggling to survive or struggling to develop a different style of working.
Invest in this course to start to think about a different way of working.

a very effective workshop’   ‘one of the best courses I’ve attended 

Book onto this course if you want to learn how to trade successfully

Tagged: information, training

Employment Opportunity

Headlines - Tue, 28/01/2014 - 9:12am

Beat the Cold & Changes Health & Wellbeing   Seek to appoint a
Volunteer Co-ordinator more details here>>>> Volunteer Coordr v2a

Tagged: charity, employment, health, information

Do you have appointed First Aiders for your Organisation?

Headlines - Tue, 28/01/2014 - 9:12am

Training in First Aid – a must for every organisation!
Is your First Aid training up to date? Make sure you have appointed First Aiders who are trained in this role.

Attend either Emergency First Aid on Feb 13th 9.30 – 4.30 – a 1 day course to provide individuals & organisations first aid training up to appointed person.

Attend First Aid at Work 3 day course on March 10.11.& 12, 9.30 – 4.30; this course covers the practical skills needed and will give participants the confidence & knowledge to deal with first aid emergencies.

The 1 day course is only from£79 & the 3 day course from £149
Book your place today by emailing skillbase@sdvs.org.uk

Tagged: charity, development, education, information, training

Chech out the latest on DBS/CRB Disclosures

Headlines - Mon, 27/01/2014 - 10:13am

December saw a record turnaround time for a police check. Online processing managed to obtain a high level DBS/CRB Disclosure in less than four hours. Read more >>>>>>DBSCRB News

Tagged: information, Legal Updates

Older people hold society together

Headlines - Fri, 24/01/2014 - 11:40am

Lynne Berry explains why the voluntary sector needs to embrace older people as they are its biggest asset.
Charities and voluntary organisations are in the business of hope, of changing the world for the better. They are also committed to challenging injustice and righting wrongs; they are about creating an inspiring future.

Read more>>>>>> The image of older people

Tagged: education, information, volunteering

Signposts Newsletter Quarterly Edition

Headlines - Fri, 24/01/2014 - 10:59am

For all the lastest news of events happening at the Signpost Centre please click on link below

Signposts Newsletter – January 2014

Tagged: development, education, employment, event, health, information, social care, voluntary, wellbeing


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