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Communities Together Fund

Previously known as the Elector Fund, the Communities Together Fund (CTF) can be used by towns, parishes and community groups working together to respond to community issues of shared interest and/or concern.

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Devon Grants Fund

Make a difference in your community. The Community Grants Fund is an initiative to support people like you in setting up something to help people develop community-driven initiatives which support and empower people in Devon to have greater choice and control over their health and care by supporting them to increase their knowledge or skills or to support improved confidence and motivation.

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Mims Davies has been appointed as the new Minister for Sport and Civil Society

The MP forEastleigh has been unveiled today as the successor to Tracey Crouch (6 November 2018).

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Small Steps, Real Change

Our latest case studies are out now to inspire you to get involved and volunteer this winter!

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Digital Inclusion Survey

Devon County Council wants everyone to benefit from the power of digital for prosperity, independence and social connection. They are keen to understand what support currently exists or is planned within communities to help people improve their digital capabilities and basic digital skills. They also want to understand what volunteering opportunities are available. Please complete this short 4 question survey to aid their understanding.

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Trustee Recruitment Toolkit

Lloyds Bank Foundation have published a guide to Trustee Recruitment, Selection and Induction. It was developed alongside the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI). Attracting the right trustees with the right skills, experiences and perspectives to your charity can be a difficult task. This guide will help you master the basics of recruiting, selecting and inducting trustees - providing the basis to help your charity thrive.

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Charity Commission publish new five year strategy

The Charity Commission has published a new five year strategy. It shows a shift to operate more collaboratively but at the same time demanding higher standards from the sector.

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Latest DeVA Newsletter out now

The essential newsletter for the voluntary sector in Devon. Packed full of sector news, funding updates and volunteering matters. Read your copy today.

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Deadline for submitting 2017 Charity Annual Returns

The deadline for submitting your 2017 annual return is 31 October 2018, if your charity has a 12-month accounting period (ends in December).

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Safeguarding duties for Trustees updated by Charity Commission

Charity Commission have updated their guidance to Trustees on Safegaurding - both adults and young people. You must take reasonable steps to protect your charityís beneficiaries, staff, volunteers and those connected with the activities of the charity from harm.

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Mental Health at Work - new online platform

New online platform for free resources that help you develop policies and procedures that encourage positive mental health at work. Mental Health at Work is curated by Mind, the mental health charity, and funded by The Royal Foundation as part of their Heads Together campaign.

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Civil Society Strategy Published

In August 2018, the Government has published the new Civil Society Strategy which seeks to build a strong civil society with charity at its heart.

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The Creative Innovation & Growth Grants Fund (CIAG)

The ASC grants fund is all about increasing provision and innovation in the Adult Social Care Market. It is envisaged that a grants scheme will not only act as a catalyst for businesses to take up support and improve quality, but will also result in new and innovative ways of working, an increase in sufficiency in the market, and an increase in independence for the beneficiaries of the services supported by the grants fund.

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Third Sector Overview Report 2018

This is the latest instalment in our series of reports and provides an updated profile of the voluntary and community sector in Devon, building on the Third Sector Overviews published in 2014 and 2016. The report is intended to be a useful source of information for the wider sector. It provides a range of background data and evidence to support on-going development of services throughout Devon.

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CrowdFund Devon

For the first time, Devon County Council, West Devon and Teignbridge District Councils, Exeter City Council and Devon and Cornwall Police are pooling their financial support to communities, in partnership with Crowdfunder.

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Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) latest profiles published June 2018

Joint Strategic Needs Assessment June 2018 provides a summary of health and wellbeing needs across the Devon County Council area. It contains a range of information about health and the factors that influence the health of the population from a range of sources.

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Get, Set, Volunteer!

Our latest case studies are out now to inspire you to get involved and volunteer this summer!

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Police and Trading Standards issue Fraud Alert over iTunes vouchers and Older People

Victims are being contacted by fraudsters directly by telephone or text message claiming to be from HM Revenue & Customs telling them that they owe taxes. The fraudsters do vary their story and sometimes say that debts are owed or a PPI refund is due but they must pay administration fees.

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The Crimebeat Devon charity continues to accept applications for funding from individuals and community groups.

Funding is available on three levels to support local projects in Devon, Torbay and Plymouth that are focussed on young and/or vulnerable people affected by crime, harm and/or disorder. Projects should be focused on crime prevention and/or community safety.

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Suicide Awareness Training available in June from Pete's Dragon

There are two courses available SafeTALK - Suicide Alertness for Everyone on 30†June 2018 and ASIST - Suicide First Aid Intervention Skills Training over two days on 21 and 22 July 2018.

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Voluntary Voice Elections Results 2018

Find out who will be representing the voluntary sector at five county-wide strategic partnerships.

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National Rural Crime Survey 2018

In 2015, the National Rural Crime Network undertook what is thought to be the largest rural policing survey ever undertaken. Over 13,000 people from rural areas, as defined by the Office of National Statistics, took part. Three years on, the NRCN are carrying out another survey to identify any changes since the last survey, progress made towards the issues which those who live or work in rural communities told us were important in 2015 and determine the true personal, social and economy cost of rural crime and anti-social behaviour.

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Opportunity to work in partnership with Pluss

Pluss are currently seeking local organisations across Devon to support the Department for Work and Pensions' work and Health Programme.

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Spring into Volunteering!

Never has there been a better time to think about volunteering. So why not check out some inspirational volunteer case studies to see what difference you can make.

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Our latest newsletter is out now!

Have you read your copy yet? Packed full of news on the sector, funding, volunteering and organisational matters.

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Devon County Councilís Vision for Adult Care and Health: Join our meeting to share your views!

Devon County Council are updating their Vision for Adult Care and Health. This outlines how the aims for Adult Care and Health Services will be achieved and itís priorities. To develop the vision, Devon County Council have been consulting with a range of organisations and people across Devon.

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We have launched a new volunteer recruitment campaign

The New Year often sees many of us reflecting on the past year and thinking about our New Yearís resolutions. Devon Voluntary Action (DeVA) is asking people to make 2018 their year to volunteer. DeVA has been awarded an Awards for All grant to help promote volunteering across the County, specifically aimed at those with specific skills.

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Western Power Distribution Affordable Warmth

Affordable Warmth aims to reduce fuel poverty across Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, by working with members of the community to reduce their fuel bills and to increase their knowledge and confidence about using energy wisely in the home.

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Connecting Actively to Nature Project (CAN)

DeVA is delighted to be a partner in this new and exciting initiative designed to get older people in Devon and Torbay connecting actively to nature.

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South Hams CVS year-long mental health project aims to improve support & opportunities

Itís World Mental Health Day on October 10, and South Hams CVS is pleased to be launching an important new initiative, the South Hams Mental Health Project, which will start from 1 October 2017, and last one year. Funded by a small grant from the Big Lottery Fund, the project aims to contribute to improving the quality of life for people with mental health conditions living in South Hams.

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Government's Analytical Volunteer Programme Open

Do you have a project that could benefit from analytical expertise? Want access to those skills for free? The Governmentís Analytical Volunteer Programme arranges short placements (up to five days) for professional analysts from across government to provide free analytical support to voluntary sector organisations. Last yearís scheme successfully provided over 60 analysts to third sector organisations.

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Opportunity for residents to share experiences of living in Devon with Devon County Council

Devon County Council are developing their new strategic plan. This will set out the Councilís ambition and how they will focus on what matters to the people of Devon. Devon County Council are keen to hear more from local people and they are targeting this meeting to reach diverse groups of people, such as those from minority ethnic groups and people with disabilities.

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New Charity Governance CodeóEssential reading for all trustees

The Charity Governance Code is now in its 12th year and third edition and is supported and endorsed by the Charity Commission. The Code is a practical tool to help charities and their trustees develop high standards of governance.

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Fundraising Regulator Launches Fundraising Preference Service

To mark itís first year, the Fundraising Regulator launched the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) on 6 July 2017. The new service will enable individuals to block direct marketing communications from named charities and is available both online and by phone. It can also be used by individuals on behalf of a friend or relative.

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Big Lottery Fund's new programme to support partnership working

This week the Big Lottery Fund announced a new programme to bring together organisations across the charity sector to support partnership working - Cascading Leadership.

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Organisations wanted for Community Payback Placements

The South West and Wales Community Rehabilitation Companies would like you to consider how your organisation might benefit from and help deliver a range of Community Payback activities across Devon. This represents a unique opportunity to work within an ever expanding Restorative Justice agenda whilst enhancing a range of outcomes for the service user, local communities and wider political and social agendas.

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Ransomware Threat - keep your charity safe

Charity Commission has issued an alert urging charities to vigilant.

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Norman Family Charitable Trust

The Trust has recently begun a new financial year and will be making grants in the region of over £400,000 this year. The majority of grants made are between £500 to £1,000, but have ranged from £100 to £25,000.

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Reshaping Personal Care Group looking for new members

Devon County Council are recruiting new members to join their Reshaping Personal Care Group. They are looking for individuals who may have experience of the Living Well at Home contract and be receiving personal care at home.

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Fundraising Regulator opens registration to all registered charities in England and Wales

Now registered charities that fall below the £100,000 fundraising levy threshold can registered with the Fundraising Regulator.

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