Local Charity And Volunteers News - Luton

Voluntaryworks Luton

22 March 2017

There are a couple of free places left on an Emergency First Aid at Work course on Wednesday 5 April at Luton Irish Forum (9.45am - 4pm). Only voluntary and community groups that work in, or are based in Luton, are eligible for a free place, and preference will be given to smaller organisations. Email info@voluntaryworks.org stating the name of the person who would like to attend the course, their email address and the name of the voluntary organisation they are from.


 Events and Training Opportunities


Parenting a child with Autism or Social Communication Disorder - An evening lecture for parents and carers, Wednesday 26 April, Dunstable. Organised by Autism Bedfordshire. Click here.




Masonic Charitable Foundation makes grants to registered charities which help people to live happy, fulfilling lives and to participate actively in society. They will consider supporting projects that tackle the following:

  • financial hardship
  • health and disability
  • education and employability
  • social exclusion and disadvantage

Small grants of £500 – £5,000 can be awarded to charities with an annual income up to £500,000 and can be used for core expenditure such as general running or overhead costs of the charity. Large grants over £5,000 are available only to charities with an income over £500,000 and can fund salary costs, specific project costs and refurbishment costs. The next deadline for applications is 13 April. Full details here.

ESF Community Grants between £5,000 and £20,000 are available for voluntary and community groups with a turnover of less than £300,000 per annum, to support projects that help engage and progress those who are long-term unemployed and most distanced from the labour market. Activities could include: 

  • initial help with basic skills
  • taster work experience including voluntary work
  • training, advice and counselling
  • confidence building
  • job search assistance including the provision of equipment and support to secure employment
  • first contact engagement activities

Applications open for funding on Monday 3 April and close on Wednesday 19 April. Grants will be awarded during the week commencing 8 May. Email comm.grant.apply@futuresadvice.co.uk to request more information.

Tender opportunity - Community Transport Dial-A-Ride Service: The provision of an accessible passenger transport service:

  • for Central Bedfordshire residents who have an impairment, which makes it difficult to use conventional bus services
  • which offers pre-booked, demand-responsive, door-to-door and accessible travel options
  • which offers a high level of driver assistance for their passengers 

Deadline, 12pm, 20 April. Click here.


 Other News and Information



Just What The Doctor Ordered: Five Tips for Charities Working With CCGs (Clinical Commissioning Groups). An article in nfp Synergy says charities are well-placed to advise what health and social care services are needed in local communities, and to suggest new ways of working. Click here. 

The Charity Commission has a YouTube channel with two videos for trustees:

  • Big Board Talk - Part 1 - Nick Mott from the Charity Commission and Jane Tully from Charity Finance Group discuss the questions a trustee board should ask themselves about their strategic plan and their financial health.
  • Big Board Talk - Part 2 - Nick Mott from the Charity Commission and Jane Tully from Charity Finance Group discuss the questions a trustee board should ask themselves about how effective they are as a board and whether they are making the most of their resources.



Carers in Bedfordshire are recruiting for a number of vacancies:

  • Adult Carer Support Worker
  • Carers Cafe Organiser 
  • Young Persons Activity Organiser (Carers' Cafes)

Deadline is 27 March (10am). Click here for more information.

Awards Manager, Bedfordshire & Luton Community Foundation, full-time (or 4 days a week), up to £24,402 per annum (pro rata for 4 days a week) + 5% pension. Deadline 3 April. Click here.

Autism Bedfordshire are recruiting for a number of vacancies:

  • Support Workers - Summer Activity Schemes.
  • Team Leader – Loads of Autistic Fun, Biggleswade    
  • Support Workers –  Loads of Autistic Fun, Leighton Buzzard & Luton

Click here for more information.

Paid Intern, Level Trust - Collaborative Projects Manager, temporary position for two months between July and September. 40 hours per week, £17,500 full-time equivalent. Click here.




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