HARCVS Voluntary and Community Sector news, views and opportunities in Harrogate District 

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Where To Turn in Harrogate District 
This is the theme of the latest issue of our Care in Action Newsletter    
The Autumn/Winter edition contains updates on the Where To Turn Directory, Harrogate District Volunteering Directory, Partnership Working, Universal Credit, Disabled Access Day, brand new HARCVS training courses, proposals for a Harrogate District Community Fund, facing Bake Off style challenges in the voluntary sector and much more!   
Partnership providing fun, free activities for people with dementia, their families and carers.
A new pilot programme is a partnership between Ripon Museum Trust, Harrogate Borough Council Sports and Active Lifestyles Team, Harrogate Borough Council’s Culture Service and Dementia Forward.
Six relaxed Monday morning sessions start on 9 January 2017 at Ripon Workhouse Museum and continue at different museums throughout the area. They are open to anyone living with dementia, whether with a particular interest in art and history, or those who just enjoy having a go at something new and meeting people.The museums are all wheelchair friendly, and volunteers will be on hand to introduce activities.  There will be refreshments and help with transport can also be provided.  


Our HARCVS Autumn/Winter 2016 Funding File is a special edition with details of 120 small grants to help your community project.
More Current Funding Opportunities
GALAXY Hot Chocolate Fund re-opens on 7 November 2016.  Every week, until 26 February 2017, the Fund will be awarding five £300 cash awards a week from online applications made by local community groups and schools.  Each organisation can only enter once. Four of these will be awarded by a judges’ panel. There will also be a People’s Choice Award every week which will be awarded to the entry with the most votes in any given week.

National Churches Trust Community Grants Programme provides grants between £5,000 and £20,000 for projects which introduce facilities to enable increased community use of places of worship. Churches, chapels and meeting houses that are open for worship and which are part of a denomination belonging to Churches Together can apply. Eligible projects must have an estimated project cost of at least £25,000 (including VAT and fees). Community applicants can also be considered for additional ‘micro grants’ up to £2,000 to set up social action projects that become a Cinnamon Network Recognised Project . Deadline 29 November 2016.

Baring Foundation in inviting registered charities to apply to two newly-launched open funding streams under its Strengthening the Voluntary Sector programme which aims to support the effective use of the law and human rights based approaches by the voluntary sector.  Grants up to £30,000 are available for capacity building, training and education, and grants up to £150,000 to create new capacity for specific types of activity.  Deadline 23 January 2017.
Leche Trust awards discretionary grants in the following areas: historic buildings of the Georgian period or earlier; church furnishings of the Georgian period or earlier; conservation of historic collections in museums and other institutions; professional performance in theatre, music and dance. Next deadline 20 December 2016.
National Manuscript Conservation Trust provides grants between £2,000 and £10,000 for the conservation and preservation of important manuscript and archive collections to libraries, record offices, local authorities and specialist record repositories. Private owners can also qualify if they meet a range of criteria.  Next deadline 1 April 2017.
Locality Community-led Buildings revenue grants,  Pre-Feasibility between £1,000 to £10,000, and Project Support between £5,000 to £40,000, are available to Town and Parish Councils and Neighbourhood Forums to help develop a community-led building or housing project to the point at which a Community Right to Build Order, or (in the case of community led housing projects only) a traditional planning permission application, can be submitted.   Apply anytime
Locality, Community Business Bright Ideas Fund offers grants up to £20,000 as early-stage finance to community groups to carry out consultation with local people and feasibility studies to develop a community business idea the community wants and needs.  The grant is just part of the support and tools available to start setting up a community business.  Application cycles; next deadline 30 November 2016.
Epic Awards aim to showcase voluntary and amateur arts projects in recognition of the incredible skills, innovation and hardwork that goes into their activities. Applications are now sought from groups or projects that embody the EPIC characteristics: Engagement, Partnerships, Innovation and Creative development. The entry process is intended to be simple and straightforward. Deadline 12 January 2017.
The Surviving Winter Appeal helps support older and vulnerable people in North and East Yorkshire through the colder months. Funds are used to alleviate the suffering and hardship experienced by vulnerable people during the coldest months and may be used for a variety of needs including:
  • Snuggle blankets
  • Hats and gloves
  • Hot water bottles
  • Thermos for hot drinks
  • Help with payment of winter fuel bill
  • Transport costs
If your organisation is interested in working with Two Ridings Community Foundation to distribute funds, please contact Roxanne Wood

HARCVS Masterclasses and Workshops 
Write better bids, explore new sources of income, build new relationships, recruit more volunteers and make sure your organisation meets the needs for which it was set up.
Book now for:

  • Write good funding applications to Awards For All
  • Reaching Communities Masterclass 
  • Attracting & recruiting potential volunteers
  • Supporting and Supervising Volunteers 
  • Get Your Grant! How to make a good funding application
  • Strengthening Your Governance
  • Writing an Effective Annual Report
Don't spend a fortune on training and travel miles to attend - we provide local, low cost training with qualified and experienced trainers and can offer follow up support. 
Find out more about HARCVS masterclasses and workshops
Celebrating our Volunteers 
Thank you to everyone who supported the Harrogate District Volunteering Oscars 2016. 96 nominations were received from across the district for the 16 categories and we enjoyed another glittering, inspiring and humbling evening at the Old Swan Hotel in Harrogate. You can read details of the winners and highly commended volunteers in our latest Care in Action Newsletter - and start thinking about your nominations for the 2017 (10th anniversary) Awards! 

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This week is Trustees’ Week an opportunity to showcase the great work that trustees do and to highlight opportunities for people from all walks of life to get involved. There are just over 1 million trustees in  the UK. The average age of trustees in England and Wales is 59 years old.
Anyone thinking about becoming a charity trustee, is invited to attend free HARCVS Trustee Tuesday workshops to find out what is involved. It would be great to see more young people!  
The next sessions are taking place in  Ripon (this week) and Harrogate in December. 
Job Vacancies
with our members 
Looking for a new challenge or opportunity to use your skills?
Current vacancies  
HARCVS member in the Spotlight 
Read about how Ripon YMCA supports people in Harrogate District in our Autumn Newsletter If you would like your organisation to feature in our Spring edition, please get in touch 
Funded by NYCC Health and Adult Services, this Fund is aimed at supporting the transformation of Health and Adult Social Care in North Yorkshire. By prioritising areas for transformation, the fund will enable voluntary and community organisations to provide innovative approaches to early intervention and/or prevention projects. Read more 
Do you know someone who is struggling with hearing problems, with hearing aids and /or Tinnitus?
 Strategies to cope will be discussed at the next meeting of the Yorkshire Spinners Support Group at Harrogate Community House. 
Tackling Social Isolation 
Social isolation in communities can become a real issue for people of all ages and from all backgrounds. This interactive course near Chester will explore how you can tackle the issue, help people become more connected to their community and to feel less isolated.
Our HARCVS Impact Report 2015/16 gives some examples of how we have helped communities, charities and volunteers to make a difference over the last year.
VCSE StrengthChecker offers voluntary and community organisations an opportunity to analyse their organisation and identify areas that could be developed to improve organisational strength through this diagnostic tool. It is completely free to use. 
Follow @HARCVS  
Our daily tweets will help you connect with Harrogate District voluntary & community sector.
The last Social Media Surgery of the year! 
Book now for free, friendly 1 to 1 help for your charity, group or club in Harrogate on 5 December. 
Is the Chair of your Board or Committee a member of our HARCVS Chief Officers & Chairs Group? Quarterly meetings and regular updates keep decision makers in Harrogate District informed.  
This network is working together to strengthen community connections in Ripon and surrounding villages. 
New members are welcome.
How can we help you and your team? 
Come along to meet us at our next Intro Session on 16 November at Harrogate Community House. Free event with coffee and cake.   
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