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By admin at December 12, 2011 10:37
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State of the Sector 2011 survey is launched today

By admin at November 24, 2011 15:34
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Poll will ask sector staff about the big issues for charities and voluntary organisations

A survey of the views of voluntary sector staff on key current economic, political, governance and management questions is launched today by Third Sector and the consultancy nfpSynergy.

The State of the Sector 2011 asks people how they have been affected by the economic downturn and the cuts, what they think of the coaltion government's performance and about the difficulties they face in running their organisations.

It is the third binennial State of the Sector survey and will allow comparisons on some of the questions with findings from 2009 and 2007. The results will be published by Third Sector in early 2012.

Stephen Cook, editor of Third Sector, said: "There have been huge changes since the last survey, including a new government, big public spending cuts and the continuing economic downturn. This is a chance to gather fresh information and test the mood of the sector."

Joe Saxton, co-founder of nfpSynergy, said the political landscape has changed massively: "What we hope to find out is how much has changed for charities since our last survey, and how much remains the same. While the headlines might be all about cuts and the big society, what we want to know is the story at the front line."

Please take the survey here. Respondents who complete the survey and leave their name and email address will be entered in a prize draw for 50 Amazon vouchers worth £10.

Learning Disability Partnership Board in Surrey

By admin at November 21, 2011 09:12
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Love Food Surrey campaign

By admin at November 14, 2011 10:01
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Love Food Surrey campaign

1 in 5 bags of food shopping gets thrown away -please help support Surrey's food waste campaign.

Surrey County Council is encouraging residents to go green and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, by reducing food waste.

Recent research indicates that Surrey residents produce about 83,000 tonnes of food waste every year with treatment and disposal costs in the region of £7.6 million. It also has significant environmental implications both in terms of its transportation, production and storage and according to WRAP wasted food costs the average family up to £50 a month 1...

The Love Food Surrey campaign will be helping households waste less food by developing recipe ideas for leftovers, showing how they can shop smarter, store food better and how to measure perfect portions, aiming to stimulate a behaviour change in residents that sees them throwing away less food. This will result in significant environmental and financial savings i1'1 terms of avoided production and disposal and will help residents to save money.

You can read more about our campaign at www.lovefoodsurrey.com

If you have any queries or would like to support our campaign further, please contact http://www.lovefoodsurrey.com/give-us-your-support



Switch to Digital TV

By admin at October 26, 2011 10:57
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Surrey Community Action has been appointed by Digital Outreach to work with the voluntary and community sector during the run-up to the digital TV switchover by providing grants, materials, free training, support and guidance to enable you to inform the people you support.    You can apply, if your organisation works with: Older people; People who are socially isolated; Those with sensory, mobility or dexterity impairments; People who have mental health conditions; those with English as a second language; People with learning difficulties.  The Switchover Help Scheme is run by the BBC and provides older and disabled people with everything they need to switch one TV to digital.  For more information about the support available to you, contact Libby Minto at Surrey Community Action.  Tel: 01483 447127 or Email: Lminto@surreyca.org.uk

South East Region Community Grants 2011-2013

By admin at October 26, 2011 10:20
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South East Region ESF Community Grants are part of the European Social Fund (ESF) programme, distributing £1,069,319 in small grants during 2011-2013.

Grants of up to £12,000 are available to third sector organisations in the South East who support the most disadvantaged individuals to access further learning opportunities or progress to employment.  People benefitting from these grants will be experiencing barriers to access services and will not be in paid work or be economically inactive.  Grants will be distributed in November 2011, March 2012, September 2012 and February 2013. To apply contact Capacity Building Manager at Surrey Community Action, Astolat, Guildford GU4 7HL.  Te:l 01483 4477128.  Email: communitygrants@surreyca.org.uk

Camberley Frontline - Free debt & benefit advice

By admin at October 19, 2011 11:54
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If you find that you are unable to keep up with paying all your bills and do not have enough money left to provide a reasonable living for yourself or your family, Camberley Frontline may be able to help.  They can help you review your present financial situation and prepare a budget.  If necessary, they can also negotiate with creditors on your behalf to arrange repayments that you ae able to afford.  People in debt often feel very alone; we want to assist you and help relieve the pressure you are under.  Email: camberley@frontlinedebadvice.org.uk or telephone 07880 711 730 (24 hour message line) and Camberley Frontline will respond ASAP.

NHS Surrey First Steps

By admin at September 29, 2011 12:19
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Voluntary Services Surrey Heath are looking for a Treasurer

By admin at September 05, 2011 10:30
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The Treasurer takes the lead in overseeing the financial affairs of Voluntary Services Surrey Heath (VSSH) ensuring the financial viability and seeing that proper financial records and procedures are maintained.  The Treasurer will assist other trustees to perform their financial duties, by interpreting and explaining accounting requirements, ensuring that the board receives reports containing the information trustees need in an 'easy to understand' format and helping trustees guide any other professional advisers they have appointed.
The board of trustees of VSSH is embarking on a restructuring of the organisation consequent upon an anticipated sharp reduction in its current funding arrangements.  The situation is currently requiring the board to look afresh at its operational as well as its funding arrangements so that the role of the treasurer is central to the process. VSSH has hitherto been highly successful in its overall purpose of promoting the principle and practice of voluntary action by both individuals and organisations, and in supporting and facilitating partnership working within the borough of Surrey Heath  to meet the needs of all sections of the community.

Skills preferred include:

Financial experience and business planning skills
Some experience of fundraising would be helpful
Ability to analyse proposals and examine their financial consequences
A preparedness to make unpopular recommendations to the board
A willingness to be available to give financial advice and to answer enquiries from staff and volunteers as may be necessary from time to time.

Farnborough & District Branch of Parkinson's UK are looking for a new Chairperson

By admin at September 05, 2011 10:13
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Join a happy, committed and caring team who organise activities and meetings to help people affected by Parkinson's living in  Farnborough, Hants and the surrounding area (including: Aldershot, Farnham and Fleet)   In the role you would be making a significant contribution to the well-being of people who have Parkinson's and those who care for them as well as helping us to raise funds towards research for a cure for Parkinson's. 
The committee meets once a month on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening in Ash, Surrey GU12 6QX The Chairman needs to attend and chair every meeting, approving the agenda and taking overall responsibility for the running of the branch. 
She/he needs to ensure that the governance and management of the Branch always accords with Branch Rules, and to deal with correspondence from the national and regional offices, passing on or acting on relevant information, as appropriate.  This also involves preparatory and follow -up work at home - several hours a week.  The chairman is also an important presence at the monthly social  meetings for members.
The regional staff will support you in this role with induction, training and any ongoing help and encouragement you need.

The chair needs to have considerable committee experience and must have basic computer literacy.  The role would suit someone of managerial experience who is recently retired.  Interpersonal skills are also vital.  If the person concerned had expereince of Parkinson's disease (themselves, or in their family or among friends)  that would be very valuable, but training in understanding Parkinson's would be given.