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Voluntary Action – “Our News and Events”
Annual General Meeting 2015
Voluntary Action is hosting its Annual General Meeting for the year 2014-15 on the 26th of November at the Waltham Forest Resource Hub (Central), 1 Russell Road E10 7ES. We will convene for registration and refreshments between 5pm and 6pm with the meeting running until 7:30pm
All voluntary organisations are welcome to attend, and only members of Voluntary Action Waltham Forest are eligible to vote. Please RSVP to Barbara Bishop barbara@voluntaryaction-wf.org.uk or Sangita Zeline sangita@voluntaryaction-wf.org.uk. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Final Reminder London Councils Grants is now closed
Over 200 responses were recorded to the London Councils Grants Consultation. There is currently no public publishing date for the outcome.

Our training
Volunteer management training, business planning and governance training. Plus Leadership and digital marketing.

Planning Great Taster Sessions: Getting Things Done with Short Term Tasks – Thursday 22 October

A free 2 hr session for those who have responsibility for coordinating volunteers, run by Significant Seams and Team London.
Explore role creation for introductory volunteering tasks that lots of people can be involved in, and that benefit the organisation.
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Free Business Planning Surgery – Tuesday 27 October
Experts from the corporate sector are delivering a free workshop to help your small charity or social enterprise develop its existing business plan, create a new business plan, or work through your new project proposals.
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Dealing with Difficult Situations with Volunteers – Tuesday 3 November
A session looking at some of the more challenging situations we come across as volunteer coordinators and how to avoid, or deal with, these issues.
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Governance Training – Wednesday 4 November
The basis of governance is order. We will look at ways to develop and encourage good order in your organisation by having effective trustees doing roles and taking responsibility which really help.
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The Leadership Challenge; Leading Services for Children and Young People – Thursday 12 November
A free training session from Children England. A day’s session exploring what leadership means to voluntary and community sector organisations in the current policy climate.
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Digital Marketing for Successful Campaigns
New media has changed the way voluntary and community groups can campaign for change. If you don’t know where to start with this new technology or want some pointers on best practice, this training course is for you.

Sector training

Launch of ‘Think Family’ approach and good practice guidance workshop- Monday 30th November
Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board are launching the ‘Think Family’ approach at Walthamstow Town Hall. What is Think Family? It is practitioners from all services working together and in partnership with all members of the family (including intergenerational/all adult families) to ensure they receive the right support at the right time in a joined up way.
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Statutory Commissioning Training – Thursday 29 October
Both central and local government have moved away from grant-making to commissioning services from the third sector. This course provides an overview of the expectations of public sector funders and outlines best practice in bidding to the public.
Local & Sector News
A campaign is under way to create a statue of Mary Seacole, Chance UK seek mentors, and William Morris Gallery make headlines (well, write them).
Fundraising Appeal for Mary Seacole Statue
East London Women’s Museum have supported the fundraising campaign to create a statue commemorating the life and work of Mary Seacole. Full details and the chance to donate can be found via the link in the subheading. You can follow the campaign’s progress on Twitter @seacolestatute and #blackhistorymonth
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Chance UK are looking for mentors
Chance UK are looking for dedicated mentors to work with children. A rewarding opportunity to help children awaits. Successful applicants will receive support from a projects manager and a small allowance for expenses incurred.
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Waltham Forest Safeguarding Children Board are launching the ‘Think Family’ approach
On 25th November, WF Safeguarding Children Board are launching the ‘Think Family’ approach at Waltham Forest Town Hall. The event is in the form of an interactive workshop, where the Board will introduce their new conceptual approach.
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William Morris Gallery owners Bob and Roberta Smith post article in Guardian
Smiths call for greater government support for the arts vis a vis funding.
Click on the link in the sub-title for the full article. For more recommended reading please see the Reading Round Up at the end of the newsletter.

Consultation news
Public Health Consultation; Oliver Road Walk-In Services
Today the NHS Waltham Forest Clinical Commissioning Group launched a public consultation on the Oliver Road Walk-In Services as part of the ways to improve Primary Care in the borough.

Local events
Forest YMCA launch their new Health & Wellbeing Centre Saturday 24 /Sunday 25 October 10:00 – 16:00
Forest YMCA are hosting a two-day launch party to celebrate the opening of their new health and leisure complex. Throughout both days there will be a variety of free activities and taster sessions that people of all ages and abilities can take part in, from therapy sessions to gym challenges to food demonstrations.
Venue: 642 Forest Road, E17 3EF
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Pumpkin Plod Sunday 25 October – 14:00 – 18:00
A sponsored 2k, 5k, and 10k walk through the local neighbourhood dressed as pumpkins… if you dare!
Venue: Haven House Child Hospice, The White House, High Road Woodford Green, IG8 9LB
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Black History Comedy Night Friday 30 October
Friday, October 30, 2015 – 19:30 – 23:30
Venue: Walthamstow Assembly Hall
Following a sell-out night of comedy at Walthamstow Assembly Hall in June 2015, join us again for another brilliant night of comedy and music.

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Halloween @ Inky Cuttlefish Saturday 31 October
Saturday, October 31, 2015 – 14:00 – 18:00
Venue: Gnome House, 7 Blackhorse Lane, E17
Trick or Treating and mask-making at the Inky Cuttlefish studios at Gnome House. £3 for mask-making materials.

Funding

Freesport Grants for projects running January to April Deadline: 5pm 26 October
FreeSport grants of up to £1500 are available and are distributed to approximately 150 different organisations across London, twice a year, for sports projects to run during the summer (July to October) and the winter (January to April). Application rounds open in April and September for four weeks and interested organisations are required to submit their proposals online via this site.

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Healthwatch Waltham Forest Small Grants – Deadline: 25th October
Healthwatch Waltham Forest is welcoming applications from voluntary organisations and community groups based in Waltham Forest who are interested in running activities, such as a focus group. The activity or organisation should aim to gather the views and experiences of your community. We are looking to empower you to work with your service users and explore your own key topics within health and social care.
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Arts Development Grant Autumn 2015 round now open – Deadline: 5pm 16th November
There is a minimum of £25,000 (pending rollover from previous round) available across all projects for individuals and organisations with a turnover of less than £250,000 a year.
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Neighourhood Planning – Deadline: Rolling
Want to have a say over where new homes, shops and offices are built or what new buildings should look like? Maybe you want to protect and enhance your local high street, choose where new industries should be located, or protect your local green spaces for generations to enjoy in years to come?
Neighbour hood Planning could be the right tool for you.
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Looking to fund a specific project? – Deadline: Rolling
Crowd Funder are ready to give your project a crowdfunding platform before the Christmas rush
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Please do check out our fundraising opportunities page to stay up to date with local and national funding deadlines
We update our website regularly to ensure you have all of the local funding deadlines at your fingertips.

Jobs
Trustee positions are currently vacant with Age UK and The Mill. A number of deadlines are approaching for jobs in administration, childcare and catering.
Receptionist/Administration Assistant – Deadline: 5pm Wednesday 21st October
The Soul Project/Youth Space on Wood Street are looking for a receptionist/administration assistant.
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Casual Pre-School Practitioner (More than one)
Deadline: Thu, 22/10/2015 – 17:00

Chingford Pre School seeking Practitioners for casual employment.
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Kitchen Supervisor – Deadline: 5pm Friday 23rd October
The Soul Project/Youth Space on Wood Street are looking for a Kitchen Supervisor.
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Catering Assistant – Deadline: 5pm Friday 23rd October
The Soul Project/Youth Space on Wood street are looking for a Catering Assistant.
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Centre Manager/Receptionist – Deadline: 5pm Friday 23rd October
The Soul Project/Youth Space on Wood Street are looking for a Centre Manager/Receptionist.
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Trustee Vacancy – Age UK Waltham Forest
Deadline: Rolling
Age UK Waltham Forest is one of the leading charitable organisations providing services and support to local…
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Trustee Vacancy – The Mill
Deadline: Rolling
The Mill is an independent community hub at the heart of Walthamstow, dedicated to helping local people make the most of their talents and skills.
Our Reading Round Up

This week we’ve decided to focus on social media and communications. Also news on George Osborne’s change to business rates for Charities.
How to measure social media impact
http://socialinnovation.se/sv/without-plans-no-measurement-with-meaning/
Source: Social Innovation
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How to build an internal communications plan
https://www.dsc.org.uk/content/how-to-build-an-internal-communications-plan/
Source: Directory for Social Change
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About that first tweet: A Charity Users’ Guide to Twitter
http://www.socialmisfitsmedia.com/downloads/About_that_First_Tweet.pdf
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What do the Chancellor’s change to business rate exemptions for charities mean for the Third Sector?
Source: NCVO