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Do you have a Devon Hero volunteering for you?

We are looking for some Devon Heroís to be part of a new exciting volunteer recruitment campaign. The campaign is aimed at getting more people who are employed with key skills to volunteer and help support organisations to build their capacity.

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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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Project Griffin (counter terrorism) awareness sessions

Project Griffin is a national counter terrorism awareness initiative for business and individuals produced by NaCTSO to protect our cities and communities from the threat of terrorism. The events are presented by trained police advisers delivering a range of counter terrorism awareness modules, which in turn will allow participants to consider their own procedures for dealing with terror related incidents.

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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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CQCís Next Phase of Regulation

The Care Quality Commission has launched the second consultation on proposed changes to how they regulate health and social care services. You can share your views at http://www.cqc.org.uk/nextphase

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Minister for Civil Society loses seat in General Election

A new appointment to the role of Minister for Civil Society is expected in the next week following the defeat of Rob Wilson to Labour in yesterdays general election.

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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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Latest DeVA Newsletter Out Now

Packed full of news and articles on the voluntary sector, funding, volunteering and organisational matters. Get your copy now!

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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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Local Heroes Recruited Ė But still more Volunteer Drivers Needed

More than 30 new volunteer drivers for Community Car Schemes have recently come forward to help isolated, elderly and disabled people across Devon get to medical appointments. Demand is still growing for this community transport services and more drivers are urgently needed across South Devon and Torbay, particularly in Bovey Tracy, Buckfastleigh, Dartmouth, Dawlish, Newton Abbot, Teignmouth and Totnes.

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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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Election advice from Charity Commission

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'

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Small Grant Programme from South West Foundation and Esmee Fairbairn Foundation still available

South West Foundation is pleased to be able to continue to offer their Small Grant Programme which is funded by the Esmťe Fairbairn Foundation and provides grants of up to £1,000 (although at present the grants offered are more usually around £500).

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Wider Devon Sustainability and Transformation Plan published

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.

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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.

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Volunteers Week 2017 - what are you planning?

If volunteers make a difference to your charity, community or organisation then make sure youíve got Volunteersí Week 1-7 June in your diary!

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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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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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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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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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