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One Small Step service event days for professionals and volunteers.

OneSmallStep is a new, free healthy lifestyle service for Devon residents commissioned by Devon County Council. They have three events during March to find out more, meet the team and enjoy a working lunch.

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Charity Commission alert regarding cash couriers

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, is issuing this alert to charities as regulatory advice under section 15(2) of the Charities Act 2011 - it is particularly relevant for trustees of charities and charitable appeals which are operating overseas.

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Latest Newsletter out now

Have you read our latest newsletter jam packed with news for the voluntary sector?!

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Charity Commission removes more trustees in 2015/16

The regulatorís annual report of compliance and investigatory work reveals that 14 people were issued with a notice of the commissions intention to remove them as trustees in 2015/16, up from four the previous year. Eight trustees were ultimately removed.

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Get Yourself in the (Volunteer) Driverís Seat in 2017

An appeal has gone out for volunteer drivers, for Community Car Schemes. Across South Devon and Torbay many isolated, elderly and disabled people find it difficult to get about due to their restricted transport choices and more volunteer drivers are urgently needed in Bovey Tracy, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Totnes. Drivers need only to be available a few hours a week or month.

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Police and Crime Commissionerís Police and Crime Plan 2017-20 available

Police and Crime Commissionerís Police and Crime Plan 2017-20 is now available to download and read.

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Commission reminds charities to identify and comply with data protection laws and regulations

The Charity Commission in conjunction with the Fundraising Regulator issued an alert on 9 December 2016 to all charities reminding trustees, that in addition to charity law requirements, they must ensure systems are in place to identify and comply with any data protection laws and regulations that apply to the charities activities.

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New code of governance consultation

Charity governance has been in the spotlight since the Code was last updated in 2010. There have been significant developments in what is expected of charities, their practices, and the legal framework in which they operate. As part of its long-standing dialogue with charities, the Code of Good Governance Steering Group has developed a draft new Code to reflect these changes, and to contribute to strengthening charitiesí governance. They are now inviting feedback on the proposed new Code.

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Free online guide to more than 180,000 historical grants published

Developed by transparency charity 360Giving, this online tool allows you to search more than 180,000 grants awarded over the past 12 years and has the backing of UKís large foundations.

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National Charities Day - 16 December 2016

Local Charities Day will put small, local charities and community groups into the spotlight, helping them thrive and demonstrate the great work they do in their areas.

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South West Foundation Small Grant Programme - Now Open

The Small Grant Programme is funded by the Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and provides grants up to £1,000. The focus is small charitable Voluntary and Community Sector Organisations with an annual income of less than £25,000. The main focus of the fund is on rural areas, market towns and small seaside towns but we do look to fund groups that are underrepresented in our current grant programmes in other areas. Do contact them for a discussion if you are unsure.

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Latest DeVA Newsletter out now!

Packed full of news on the sector, funding extra and volunteering matters. Read your copy now.

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A new way for DeVA to provide our Volunteering Support Service

DeVA Partners have restructured the volunteer support service to provide a more consistent and effective Devon-wide service. We are now undertaking a locality approach with centralisation of information and communication and the inclusion of a strategic business focused role dedicated to promoting volunteering.

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DeVA partner EDVSA re-launches as Action East Devon

DeVA partner East Devon Volunteer Support Agency (EDVSA) has re-launched itself as Action East Devon. EDVSA has been working with communities in East Devon for nearly 20 years providing a range of support services for individuals and community and voluntary groups. Over the last year the charity has been in a period of review, re-thinking how they deliver services to safeguard them for the future. This re-brand marks the end of a key period of development with the launch of a new name, vision and business plan for the charity.

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DeVA Partner, West Devon CVS have moved offices

DeVA Partner West Devon CVS have moved offices to Ockment Centre in Okehampton.

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Office for Civil Society relocated to DCMS

Office for Civil Society has moved across from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from the Cabinet Office (DCMS).

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Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue FREE Home Visits

Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service offer a free home fire safety visit where one of their technicians can visit people in their home to provide advice and sometimes fit free smoke detectors or other safety equipment.

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Inspired by Team GB? Volunteer at your local sports club and inspire the next generation

Been inspired by Team GB in Rio? Why not check out the latest volunteer sporting opportunities in Devon?

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Building our Police and Crime Plan for Devon, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly

Devon and Cornwall Police and Crime Commissioner is seeking your views on the development of her Police and Crime Plan for Devon and Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

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LEAP Advisory Panel looking for new members

Devon Partnership NHS Trust is looking for people to join LEAP. LEAP stands for Lived Experience Advisory Panel.

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Companies House - Confirmation Statement instead of Annual Return

From June 30, charities that are also companies will need to submit a Confirmation Statement instead of an Annual Return as a means of providing up to date information to Companies House. It is an offence not to file a confirmation statement (even for a dormant company) within 14 days of the end of the relevant review period.

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Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment area profiles released

New area profiles for communities in Devon have been released as part of the Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).

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Free 'Strength Checker' Tool from Big Lottery Launched

A new online Ďstrength checkerí tool has been launched by the Big Lottery which has d=been developed with the Cabinet Office. The tool aims to help voluntary, community, and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations boost performance and sustainability

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