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Taking Control - social action to support health and wellbeing in the Harrogate District.
HARCVS is committed to helping people to take positive action to identify and meet the needs of their communities and enhance their own lives in doing so. We work closely with partners to ensure that the role of charities and volunteers across the Harrogate District is recognised and their contribution is valued and supported.

VCS Colleagues after a recent Chief Officers & Chairs Group meeting. 
The health and wellbeing of our community is a key focus for this work and we seek to forge strong links with our partners in the public sector to help people make informed choices and become more active in managing their individual health.
We want to take stock of how well the voluntary and community sector is performing in the current challenging and fast changing environment and particularly to consider:

  • How as a sector we can collaborate to secure the best possible support for our beneficiaries in the second half of this decade
  • How we can influence and work with partners, commissioners and funders to support our mission and aims.

We’d like your help with this at a Workshop & Network Lunch event on Wednesday 15 June, at  Pavilions of Harrogate.
Voluntary sector colleagues are invited in the morning. Expect to have to work hard and contribute, ready to present key messages and “asks” to commissioners and partners who will join us at noon to hear what we have to say, followed by a network lunch.
After lunch there will be a demonstration of the new Where to Turn Community Information Directory and an optional open forum for final networking and discussions between 2pm and 3pm.
Lunch is provided but must be booked. Places are limited and must be booked in advance; please book ASAP and by 10 June latest.
Book your free place, and lunch if required.  
The event is supported by What Matters to Us and New Care Models.

The Review of Partnerships and Investment in the Voluntary Sector has published its final report looking at the role of the VCSE sector in improving health, wellbeing and care outcomes and how it can be best supported.
 
The review was launched in November 2014 by the Department of Health (DH), Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England. The report urges local hospitals, clinical commissioning groups and councils to do more to involve charities and voluntary organisations in the design and delivery of health and care services of all kinds. It says that the voluntary and statutory sectors need each other to create the local and national health systems we all need to achieve wellbeing.

Local Charities receive recognition
HARCVS was delighted to join our members Crossroads Care, Supporting Older People, Saint Michael's Hospice, AMP Awards and  Orb Community Arts at the Duke of York's Community Initiative Award event last month. The support of our members, volunteers and partners makes what we do possible.  

Mission Possible Age UK Yorkshire and Humber are launching a Roadshow dedicated to improving the lives of North Yorkshire’s Veterans. With more than a million older people in the UK saying they go over a month without speaking to a friend, neighbour or family member, this new forum will tackle emotional and practical issues to enable good health and the well-being of Veterans.  The first meeting will take place on 8th June in Harrogate and all veterans are invited to find out how to be more active in the community and to look at issues such as heath, housing and isolation. Read more

Charities: get more from your data with Pro Bono O.R.
Faced with complex decisions and wondering which direction to take?  Deciding on how to allocate scarce resources?  Want to prove you are doing a good job?   No matter what size or at what stage your organisation is, no matter what kind of decision, problem, or opportunity you face, there's probably a way for  Pro Bono O.R. to help.
Operational Research (O.R.) is the science of better decision making and The Operational Research Society runs its Pro Bono O.R. scheme to match up professional analysts with charities and other third sector organisations to improve their operations - for free! This short video tells you more about the scheme.
For more information and to register for free support visit the OR website  HARCVS has benefitted from the service and is listed on the case studies page

The Queens Speech – a quick catch up on what charities need to know from NCVO.

Funding 

Our Spring 2016 Funding File is a special edition with details of over 40 funders supporting children, young people and families. 

Subscribe to our weekly e-bulletin to find out about more sources of funding for your charity or group. 
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Funding Opportunities
Harrogate Borough Council Small Grants Scheme is now open for applications with £30,000 available to allocate in small grants for 2016 - 17. Grants of up to £3,000 per project are available for activities commencing mid-September onwards.
This is the only annual small grants scheme available from HBC, the previous Community Chest and Arts and Heritage grant funds have been incorporated into the one small grants scheme.
This small grant scheme will be accepting applications until 15 July 2016, 12 noon.
A Guidance document and application form is available on the HBC website
What is the purpose of the funds?
The fund is to support and strengthen voluntary and community sector organisations based in and serving the Harrogate district that are providing activities/projects that benefit the local communities and residents. The funds are available to provide and increase participation and engagement and to support new and innovative ideas.

Ripon City Council Small Grants Scheme
As part of its 2016/17 budget the Council has £12,000 to allocate to Ripon based, not-for-profit, community organisations. It’s looking to fund as many different activities in the City as possible and projects must clearly benefit the people of Ripon.
The Small Grants Scheme is designed to be an easy to access source of funding for local organisations. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £1,000 to be used for either capital or revenue expenses.
The closing date for applications is 30 June 2016, with grants expected to be awarded in September 2016.

MSE Charity Innovation is a unique grant round offering between £2,000 and £15,000 for projects that deliver financial capability. This means improving people's ability to manage their financial situation and developing their financial skills and knowledge. Applications must be innovative, testing out ideas that are genuinely new and that, as far as possible, do not overlap with projects funded by other funders. Not-for-profit constituted groups/organisations within the UK that are previous applicants, existing grant holders or never applied for an MSE Charity grant before are eligible to apply.  Deadline 10 June 2016.

Tesco Bags of Help
offers grants of £12,000, £10,000 and £8,000 for capital improvements to local community green spaces such as parks, play areas, church grounds and community gardens. The programme, which is managed by Groundwork, is funded by Tesco customers from the proceeds of the 5p charge for plastic carrier bags. Voluntary and community organisations, schools, parish councils, etc. are eligible to apply. Once all the bids are in and have been shortlisted to a final three, Tesco customers will get the chance to vote for which of the finalists they’d like to see win the prize money.  Deadline 3 June 2016.

Big Lottery Fund Awards for All
grants between £300 and £10,000 to community groups, not-for-profit groups, parish or town councils or schools for a wide range of community projects aimed at developing skills, improving health, revitalising the local environment and enabling people to become more active citizens. Apply anytime.

Laing Family Trusts
support a wide range of charitable activities engaged in promoting Christian faith and values and in the relief of poverty ‘interpreted in its broadest sense’.  Discretionary grants are made for mainly capital projects.  Each of the Trusts specifies a list of exclusions. Apply anytime.

Bruce Wake Charitable Trust offers grants at the discretion of the Trustees for the provision of leisure activities for disabled people but favour applications where one or all of the following criteria are met: potential beneficiaries are physically disabled wheelchair users; improved access for wheelchair users is proposed; a sporting or leisure activity involving disabled wheelchair users is proposed. Apply anytime.

Boshier-Hinton Foundation
offers grants up to £2,000 to improve quality of life for people with disabilities or learning difficulties, and their families, in any part of the country, by making grants to individuals or their families; or by making donations to institutions providing facilities and advocacy for children and adults with special educational or other needs. Apply anytime.

Skipton Building Society Charitable Foundation offers grants up to £5,000 to registered charities based near one of its branches.   The Foundation gives support to enable specific tangible items or activities to be purchased rather than donating to general funds.  The Foundation requests that the items are to be used directly by beneficiaries and anticipate that the charity becomes the owner of that equipment with responsibility for the ongoing upkeep and maintenance. Trustees meet quarterly in June, September, December and March.  Apply anytime.

HARCVS Masterclasses and Workshops 
Write better bids, explore new sources of income and make sure your organisation meets the needs for which it was set up.  
 

HARCVS Training in 2016:

  • Become more confident in your role as a trustee - FREE to attend
  • Write good funding applications to Awards For All
  • Strengthening Your Governance
  • Diversifying Your Charity's Income 
  • Using Quality Standards to Strengthen Your Charity
  • 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. 
Find out more about HARCVS masterclasses and workshops
Involving Volunteers
Volunteers Week  
A great time to celebrate and say thank you to your volunteers - Volunteers' Week (1 - 12 June is a special  extended 'week' this year to join the celebrations for the Queen's 90th Birthday).   Do you know someone who does a lot for the local community? Why not show your appreciation by nominating them for a Volunteering Oscar this year?
 

New! Free Training

Building Successful Volunteering Relationships with Local Businesses We know that the key to a successful charity/ business partnership is careful joint planning so why not Book your place now

Receive all the news from our Volunteer Centre in your inbox including updates on the New Harrogate District Directory of volunteering opportunities   - join the Volunteer Managers' Network

HARCVS weekly e-bulletins

Don’t miss out on any funding, training or partnership opportunities and make sure you get a chance to respond to consultations on issues that matter to you. Our  HARCVS weekly e-bulletins are packed full of the latest news, resources, local services and events.

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Events

Make sure you’re not missing forums, meetings or community events where you need to be - check our online  Events Calendar
We also have details of  Regular Community Activities including local support groups, lunch clubs, coffee mornings, meetings, playgroups and specialist exercise classes - over 260 activities happening in our communities!  

Coming Soon! We are currently working to develop and refresh our Where to Turn Directory to provide a more comprehensive and fully searchable online database of community organisations, activities and services for people in Harrogate District – watch this space!
It only takes a few minutes to fill out a short form and HARCVS Membership is free 
Members receive discounts on our training and services and are subscribed to our information service. 

Jobs  

Find voluntary sector job opportunities on our website
HARCVS members can advertise job opportunities free of charge. The opportunities are also circulated in our weekly e-bulletin to over 700 contacts. Join HARCVS and email us  your job vacancies.

Current opportunities
Harrogate Easier Living Project (HELP)  - Service Support Worker
Your Consortium - Head of Finance and Systems
Your Consortium – Programme Manager
Saint Michael’s – Retail Volunteer Co-ordinator
Care @ Carers’ Resource – Care Support Workers Harrogate/ Ripon, Ripon/Masham areas  
Ripon Community Link - Co-ordinator
Ripon Community Link - Community Support Assistant (Relief)
YMCA Ripon - Temporary Housing Support Worker
Voluntary Action Calderdale - Development Officer (Organisation and Enterprise)
Voluntary Action Calderdale - Quality For Health  (QFH) Development Officer
Voluntary Action Calderdale - Volunteer Development Lead
Informal and flexible training provided by British Red Cross covering simple first aid skills that anyone can learn and remember. 
Find out more and book your place
  
An opportunity to join our team
Our HELP project is looking for a special kind of handy person for the Help at Home gardening, decorating & DIY service, supporting people to stay independent at home. Apply by 9am 1 June
Find out more.  
Free Social Media Top Tips for your group
The next Harrogate Social Media Surgery is on 4 July. Find out more and book your free place
Promote your services to our members
If you would like to sponsor a future edition of our e-news, please contact us to find out more.
Be more confident in your role as a charity trustee
HARCVS Trustee Tuesdays are FREE informal sessions for anyone who is new to being a charity trustee or who is thinking about becoming a trustee and would like to know more before committing.

Places are free but must be booked in advance. 
Book your place for 7 June  in Ripon.  
More dates coming soon at venues across the District. 
Keeping it Local, the theme of the Spring edition of our HARCVS Care in Action Newsletter.
 
Follow @HARCVS  
Our daily tweets will help you connect with Harrogate District voluntary & community sector.

Join our Volunteer Centre for our First Volunteering Hour on Twitter 
Thurs 9 June 1-2pm 


To mark Volunteers Week and to promote volunteering in Harrogate District, we’ll  be retweeting local groups, answering questions and highlighting some of the roles on our database. 

@HgateRiponVC
#VolunteeringHour
Meet HARCVS at Ripon Community House
New to the area or in a new role? Join us at our next Intro Session on 22 June in Ripon. Find out how we support and connect charities, volunteers and people in our communities. FREE event with coffee and cake
Join the 50th Anniversary Celebrations!
Interested in volunteering with Harrogate International Festivals for the special summer festivals? 
For further information please contact Charlotte
Small Charity Week 
13 – 18 June 2016
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We will be celebrating and raising awareness of the essential work of our members who are small charities making an invaluable contribution to the lives of so many people in Harrogate district.
Carers Week
6 - 12 June 2016

An annual campaign to help raise awareness of caring, highlight the challenges carers face and recognise the contribution they make. Carers Resource are running a number of events during the week.
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