Every year, Devon County Council hosts an award ceremony to honour the exceptional performance of Community Transport staff and volunteers who deliver essential transport services to the residents of Devon.
With elections both local and national coming up in the next few months, charities need to be careful to avoid being seen to be 'political'
South West Foundation is pleased to be able to continue to offer their Small Grant Programme which is funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and provides grants of up to £1,000 (although at present the grants offered are more usually around £500).
A public overview document for the Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) has been published along with the launch of a new dedicated website.
Libraries Unlimited awarded £245,330 as part of the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund.
Arts Council England (ACE) has awarded Libraries Unlimited £245,330 as part of the Libraries Opportunities for Everyone Innovation Fund. The funds will enable Libraries Unlimited to develop and implement innovative new library services across rural communities in North Devon and Torridge, offering a range of exciting literacy and digital literacy facilities.
If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure you’ve got Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June in your diary!
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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The regulator’s 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.
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.
Police and Crime Commissioner’s Police and Crime Plan 2017-20 is now available to download and read.
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.
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 charities’ governance. They are now inviting feedback on the proposed new Code.
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 UK’s large foundations.
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.
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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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.
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.
DeVA Partner West Devon CVS have moved offices to Ockment Centre in Okehampton.
Office for Civil Society has moved across from the Cabinet Office to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport from the Cabinet Office (DCMS).
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.
Been inspired by Team GB in Rio? Why not check out the latest volunteer sporting opportunities in Devon?
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.
Devon Partnership NHS Trust is looking for people to join LEAP. LEAP stands for Lived Experience Advisory Panel.
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.
New area profiles for communities in Devon have been released as part of the Devon Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA).
A new online ‘strength checker’ 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