Fwd: Voluntaryworks Luton mailing - 7 March 2017

Voluntaryworks Luton

7 March 2017


The next Voluntaryworks Luton Volunteering Network Event will be held on Thursday 23 March, from 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Farley Community Centre, Luton. Topics will be Volunteers and the Law, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, and Volunteers' Week discussion. Free parking at event. If you would like to book a place please email Reena at reena.mistry@voluntaryworks.org


 Events and Training Opportunities


The Gas Safe Charity is running a free Health and Safety Training event in Luton, for organisations which support people in their own homes. Thursday 30 March, 10am-1pm at Luton Irish Forum. Click here.

Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Sustainability and Transformation Plan (BLMK STP). A series of public events is being held to input ideas for transforming hospital based care.

  • 8 March - Kempston (2.30pm-5pm and 6.30pm-9pm)
  • 9 March - Luton (10am-12.30pm and 6.30pm-9pm)

For more information click here.




The Mark West Fund for Women seeks to support women and girls to achieve their full potential by funding locally-based community groups in Bedfordshire that have the expertise to address issues of inequality at a grassroots level. Projects must be targeted at women and/or girls aged over 11 and must incorporate one or more of the following strategic priorities  

  • Address issues of poverty and homelessness 
  • Promote education and literacy 
  • Provide health activities and programmes 
  • Address issues of violence and safety
  • Provide opportunities to develop economic self-sufficiency and enhance prospects for the future

Deadline is Friday 28 April. For the criteria click here. For the application form click here.

#iwill is a UK-wide campaign aiming to get 6 out of 10 young people involved in social action by 2020. Social action involves activities such as campaigning, fundraising and volunteering, all of which enable participants to make a positive difference to their communities and social action develops the skills and knowledge of young people which employers look for. Deadlines are 11 April and 12 September. To download the criteria click here. For the application form click here.

Tesco Bags of Help is offering community projects the chance to bag up to £4,000. Grants will be awarded every two months following a customer vote in stores. 1st place could receive up to £4,000 with 2nd and 3rd place also getting up to £2,000 and £1,000. Click here.


 Other News and Information



ACAS provide useful templates for letters, forms and checklists relating to hiring, managing and disciplining staff. Click here.

Confused by the differences between National Minimum Wage, the National Living Wage, and the Real Living Wage? Sandy Adirondack has a useful update on her Legal Update for Voluntary Organisations website. Click here.

Does your charity work overseas? The Charity Commission wants to raise awareness amongst trustees, employees and volunteers of the risks regarding cash couriering. There has been an increase in the number of charities having cash seized from their fundraisers, agents and representatives at the UK border. This is due to active counter-terrorism measures to detect and seize illicit cash – which in an increasing number of cases, individuals claim that they are carrying on behalf of a charity. Click here.

The Trustees of LAMP (Luton Accommodation and Move On Project) Ltd have announced their decision to close the organisation. Click here.



Trust, Grants and Contracts Fundraiser, FACES, £22,937 - 24,472 pro rata, 8 hours a week, deadline 16 March. Click here.

Finance and Administration AssistantGroundwork Luton & Bedfordshire, part-time, 16 hours per week, £16,338 (full time equivalent) plus attractive benefits, based in Luton. Deadline 8 December. Click here.

Services Manager, Sight Concern Bedfordshire (up to 37 hours per week; £29,000 pro-rata), deadline 24 March. Click here.

Visual Impairment Advisor, Sight Concern Bedfordshire (full-time; £18,700), deadline 24 March. Click here.




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