Voluntary News - For Luton

   Training and Events                                                          
Fancy a coffee and some networking with colleagues from the VCS and the statutory sector? Deniece Dobson, Relationship and Partnership Manager VCS at Luton Borough Council, is hosting some networking coffee mornings for voluntary and community sector organisations working in Luton.

The first session is on Tuesday 4 July (10:30am – 11:45am), Committee Room 4, Luton Town Hall. For more information click here.
   Funding                                                    
Co-op Foundation #iwill fund – This fund is looking to support one youth social action/loneliness project in Luton, working with young people aged between 10 and 20, with a grant of up to £35,000. The grant will be awarded for 1 year initially, although partners will be able to re-apply for a further 2 years’ funding. The deadline to submit expressions of interest is 5pm on Friday 7 July, but earlier submissions are strongly encouraged. The deadline for full applications is Friday 14 July. Click here.
Tender Opportunity - Child & Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS), Bedfordshire. An ‘Industry Event’ is being held on 23 June, 11am - 12.30pm, in Flitwick. Commissioners will be looking for ‘innovative proposals to provide consistent access to evidence based interventions delivering demonstrable outcomes for Children, young people and their families as part of an integrated offer. The scope will include schools and early help activities, with a strong emphasis on service user and stakeholder engagement.’ Click here.

Whitbread Plc Chairman’s Fund – Awards of between £250 and £3,000 on projects fitting the three themes of the fund:
  • Skills and inclusion
  • The reduction of rural social isolation
  • Community cohesion
The fund has been created to support charities and community groups whose beneficiaries are from the South Bedfordshire communities of Dunstable, Houghton Regis, Leighton Buzzard and the outlying villages to the County boundary. Click here.

Merry Christmas! – Now is the time to start planning for Christmas! The closing date to register for The Big Give Christmas Challenge is 7 July. This scheme offers supporters of participating charities the opportunity to have their donation doubled when the campaign goes live in November. Click here.
    Other Information                                                          
Lay Members are needed for Luton Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) and Luton Safeguarding Adults Board (LSAB). They are looking to recruit people living in Luton who have an interest in keeping vulnerable children and adults safe from abuse. The LSCB and LSAB are responsible for making sure agencies work together to safeguard and promote the well-being of adults, children and young people in Luton. Closing date for application is Monday 26 June. Download the information pack and the application form.

Access2Books is a charity based in Bedfordshire whose mission it is to ensure that everyone has access to books. They take the most popular children’s books in the UK and turn them into accessible books for people who have print disabilities. For more information click here.

Small Charity Week is 19-24 June – check out the website, which includes information on fundraising opportunities. Click here.

Changes to Data Protection law - Do you know what the GDPR is? The General Data Protection Regulation will apply from May 2018, setting out the main responsibilities for organisations and their use of personal data, including a new accountability requirement. Click here.

Mencap’s ‘Employ Me’ program aims to develop peoples’ employability skills through either weekly 1 to 1 meetings with an Employment Coordinator, or as part of a group session – whichever the individual prefers. Sessions cover everything from C.V. writing to health and safety, and anything else relating to work and the workplace. Whilst the ultimate aim is to find someone a paid job, they also aim to provide people with the skills they need to find paid work in the future, so even if you just need help finding the right training course, volunteering role or work experience, then Mencap can support you. More information on the Mencap website, but to make a local referral email david.muwonge@mencap.org.uk

The NSPCC has published updated editions of two safeguarding publications:
  • Standards and guidance for the voluntary and community sector in England designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clear safeguarding arrangements for children, young people and young adults up to the age of 25. click here.
  • Are they safe?: a safeguarding guide for group leaders in the voluntary and community sector, which provides a range of activities, support or services, from arts activities and hobbies to faith-based education or community work. Click here.
    Vacancies                                                          
Education and Learning Manager, Relate Bedfordshire and Luton. The post will be based in Bedford and on a 12 months fixed term contract. Deadline, 5pm, 30 June. Click here.

Families United Network are recruiting to the following posts:
  • Support Workers for the Saturday Club in Luton
  • Cleaner for 6 hours a week
For more information click here.

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