SIGNPOST – CPT NEWSLETTER, EDITION 8 July 2001
Community Projects Trust
The deadline for the next edition of Signpost is 25th August 2001
COMMUNITY PROJECTS TRUST
Short History of the Agency
The Community Projects Trust is an independent agency established in 1988 to work in the far south west,
particularly in Cornwall. The general purpose of the agency is:
To increase the capabilities of local communities in the far south west, by identifying
community issues, needs and problems and then working with local groups to develop
relevant community solutions
The agency works to promote, develop and support those voluntary and community
organisations and groups which are central to community life.
Community Projects Trust was originally a link agency of the Community Development Foundation, a
national organisation. The agency became independent in 1991 and was established as a company limited
by guarantee, charitable status was granted in 1998. Community Projects Trust was originally supported by
the Community Development Foundation, the Lankelly Foundation, the Gulbenkian Foundation and the John
Paul Getty Trust and Cornwall County Council.
The agency has undertaken a wide range of community development projects throughout the county, and in
all types of community. The work has included: housing management projects; town development projects;
rural strategic development work; work with the elderly and with young people; and with schools and
groups of young people to develop volunteering projects and peer support schemes. We have worked
extensively with six out of seven major local authorities and with numerous town and parish councils. We
have established operating partnerships with several voluntary sector agencies.
Community Projects Trust was an 'advice agency' under the Department of the Environment's section 16
Tenant Participation Programme. For five years, until 1996, we undertook tenant participation work on
council estates throughout Cornwall. We worked with about 80 community groups and tenants and residents
We acted as 'Tenants Friend' on the transfer of Penwith District Council's transfer of its housing stock to a
housing association. This proved to be a most successful transfer with a very high turnout in the voting and
with an exceptionally high ‗yes‘ vote.
In March 1999 the Community Projects Trust completed a three year development programme of a
countywide counselling service for young people using volunteer counsellors. This project was taken on in
its entirety in April 1999 by the county youth service. We completed a two year development of a youth
network across the North Cornwall District Council area (The Youth Volunteer Network) in June 1999. We
are developing particular aspects of this programme further through grant bids from a number of charitable
trusts. In particular the schools based peer support schemes are very successful and there is considerable
demand for this service from schools outside our usual operating area.
Community Projects Trust was awarded a grant from the National Lotteries Charities Board for the purposes
of undertaking general community development work in the east of the county, this started on April 1st
1999 and is proving highly successful given the great unmet need. The Government Office of the South
West, to work on local economic support projects using our ‗parish micro-institutions‘ strategy, awarded us
an ERDF grant. The ‗Key Fund‘ Programme approved a grant for a pilot ‗parishes development project‘. The
Home Office has approved a grant, from its Special Grants programme, to develop volunteering projects in
Administrative Support Service
The agency provides administrative support to the Gaia Trust - an environmental and conservation trust -
the Women‘s Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre. A number of other groups and voluntary organisations use our
facilities. A highly successful newsletter ‗The Signpost‘ is produced quarterly and is circulated to 350
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT
The Community Projects Trust was awarded a grant by the National Lotteries Charities Board to undertake
general community development in the district council areas of North Cornwall, Caradon and Restormel.
Community Projects Trust will provide a range of services which will enable community groups to operate
Enabling direct access to training, guidance, advice and support services and facilitating access to
relevant information, wherever it is held, thereby enabling them to be more effective in identifying
community need, advocating local solutions and implementing local action plans
Recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, capable of supporting the community with a wide
variety of specialised functions such as: undertaking local surveys, planning grant applications,
writing application forms, developing the capabilities to put plans into action and supporting groups
through the processes of project implementation
Improving communications between local voluntary groups and providing informed access to existing
local and national databases of information.
The Community Development Project since starting in April 1999 has worked with 63 groups. The groups
are diverse in nature and span the whole spectrum of community needs and wants. Most of the initial
requests have been for finding appropriate funding for a variety of community projects. Out of this work
many of the groups were able to identify further needs for training and other capacity building support.
The Community Development Team has helped to establish a Community Regeneration/ Development
Officers Network for the east of the county. This network enables all the Officers working within the area to
work together and share knowledge and information. The Network meets quarterly and liaises with other
networks and voluntary groups to share best practice and information on a regular basis.
This project is funded by the National Lotteries Charities Board, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the
PARISHES DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (Economic)
The Community Projects Trust was awarded a grant by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to
develop the parish economies in the rural areas and small towns in the East of Cornwall.
This will be accomplished by developing and strengthening the established community infrastructures
throughout the area, focusing particularly upon the parish councils, small town councils, and other
established community groups. The aim of the project is to help these small local communities to become
more capable of finding and implementing their own solutions to local economic problems, and to release
the potential of existing local businesses.
Community Projects Trust will work with the local groups, providing training, information and support to
To identify and understand the economic issues and problems affecting the local area, by undertaking
appropriate surveys and by putting that information into the wider economic analyses, already available
To identify all those individual businesses and small traders in their local area and work with them to
assess their needs for; support, financial advice, training and information, and their potential for growth
To undertake an evaluation of the resources available and potentially available within the local area, and
to develop proposals for bringing those recourses into practical economic use
By widespread local publicity of the availability and accessibility of help and support, encourage local
people to come forward with business ideas and proposals.
To encourage people to realise their personal potential and skills and to put these to economic use
To encourage the development of linkages and partnerships within and outside of the local areas aimed
at strengthening the economic activity of the small businesses.
To build appropriate and comprehensive databases suitable for local needs and which is easily accessible
This project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund
Community Projects Trust (SW) Ltd - (2 telephone lines)
Tel: (01208) 75799 / 75808 Fax: (01208) 76884
email: email@example.com website: www.community-projects-trust.org.uk
Monday – Friday 9.00 am - 4.00 pm
Community Projects Trust (SW) Ltd is a company limited by guarantee No: 2985376 and a Registered
Charity No: 1067610. The agency has a Board of Directors/Trustees, and employs six full time and two part
Jenni Thomson, Chair (Director of the Gaia Trust)
Paul Buet, Vice Chair (Parish Councillor and chair of a village hall committee at Cawsand. Retired
head teacher of Callington Community College).
John Appleton (County Youth Officer, Cornwall County Council)
Oliver Baines (Director, Cornwall Rural Community Council)
Malcolm Brown OBE (Head of Information & Research, Cornwall County Council)
Dick Scaife (Senior Manager, Social Services - Modernisation Programme)
Shirley Polmounter (Restormel Borough Councillor, Executive Member for Regeneration)
Trevor W Murden - Agency Director (Trained social case-worker, formerly training director and deputy
director of the Community Development Foundation 1972-1988)
Julie Griffin - Agency Manager (Qualified in Management and Business Administration. Extensive
administrative experience, previous experience in tourism industry)
Carol Jones - Administrator (Qualified in Business Administration. Previous experience in small business
Anna Hoyle - Community Development Officer (B.Sc Hons in Social Policy and Administration, Diploma in
Community Work at University of Plymouth. Extensive experience in community development work and in
working with young people)
John Chadwick – Community Development Officer (B.Sc Hons in Environmental Science. Wide ranging
experience in local government and of working with community groups and community projects.)
Ria Taylor - Community Development Worker (BA Hons in Social Policy and Administration, Certificate in
Youth and Community Development, trained CAB advisor. Extensive experience in working with community
groups and young people)
Sally Stroud – Volunteer Development Assistant (Sally has just finished her final year of a degree course
studying community work with social policy and administration at the University of Plymouth).
Krystyna Zdan-Michajlowicz – Community Development Worker (works for CPT on a regular consultancy
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROJECT - Update
The community development team is currently working with many different groups, including two newly
formed groups who are working towards conducting their own Parish Appraisals. These two communities
This group were formed after the public meeting in January 2001. The initial aim of the steering group is
to conduct a survey of the whole parish to establish what the real needs of the area are. The steering
committee has worked very hard and has held weekly meetings to look at the questions that need to be
asked in the questionnaire. A draft questionnaire has now been compiled and this will be 'piloted' on a
small number of people before the final questionnaire is distributed throughout the whole Parish. The hope
is, that having discovered what the 'real needs' of the Parish are, the group will then be able to help the
community establish networks that will be needed to provide local solutions to the local problems.
The Parish Council were instrumental in getting the Community Projects Trust‘s Community Development
team to conduct a series of meetings to try to enable the different parts of this isolated community to
network and share information. This culminated in the holding of a public meeting where the people of the
area were asked to volunteer to form a steering committee, with the aim of conducting a parish
appraisal/survey to establish what the people of the area want and see as the important issues that need to
be addressed. The steering committee has now begun to hold weekly meetings to look at the questions
that need to be asked. The final questionnaire will be distributed to the whole Parish and hopefully
discovering what people really want to happen in their own area will lead to the whole Parish working
together to find appropriate solutions.
Funding for conducting these two appraisals has come from the East Cornwall Rural Transport Partnership.
At present the Community Development team has a student on placement from Plymouth University. This
time, unlike Sally's year long placement, Sian is only with us for a month. She is a first year student
studying Community Work and Social Policy and her main task will be to conduct a community mapping of
her own community. Hopefully this will lead to future work and help being highlighted that the Community
Development team will be able to follow up. This has certainly been the case following the community
mappings that were conducted under the Key Fund project, which was based at Community Projects Trust.
The team has found that the mappings are leading to increased levels of work and a much larger
involvement in the Parishes.
Community Development Officer
PARISHES DEVELOPMENT PROJECT (Economic) – Update
Reading through the Countryside Agency‘s ―Market Towns Healthcheck Handbook‖ it is interesting to read
the Principles in Preparing the Action Plan
Principles in Preparing the Action Plan
The action plan is the key tool in achieving the market towns vision which has been developed from
The process of preparing the action plan should be as open and transparent as possible.
It should be proactive in involving local people and relevant organisations.
Meetings should all be open to the public and the information generated be publicly available.
Make fullest use of locally available expertise, facilities and support wherever possible.
Be respectful (yet pragmatic) of existing regeneration projects and initiatives in the area and be
aware of how the action plan could complement these.
Make use of existing relevant studies and information wherever possible.
Nurture the interest and vitality already present in the area and build on it with a long term
The action plan should not be rigid, it should be flexible enough to respond to changing
Be innovative yet practical.
Set out clear goals, objectives and steps or actions to achieve the vision.
(taken from Market Towns Healthcheck Handbook, Countryside Agency 2001)
Whilst it talks about Market Towns the principles apply when preparing an Action Plan for any area. It is
important to know what is already there first, so that the Action Plan can be relevant and usable. It is easy
to fall into the trap, and we have all done it at sometime or other, of the Project or Projects leading the
With all the different funding available to Communities there is increasing pressure to chase the funding,
instead of funding the projects that evolve from the Action Plan. In our role as Community Development
Workers we have seen a number of projects that have chased funding, and the problem is that the
Community ends up with a project that nobody wanted but it has the funding.
It is important for Communities to develop Projects that have Community support, because in the end
these will have a better chance of being sustained in the future and of building long-term confidence.
Parish Development Update
The initial mapping exercise in East Cornwall is near completion with the mapping of Lostwithiel in its final
Reports on St Eval, St Columb Major, Seaton and Downderry have been distributed and a short video,
showing the areas and briefly outlining the information gathered, has been produced. The video was
shown, along with a display of photographs and information on the project, as part of the Key Fund
presentation day on Friday 18th May. Information on some of the projects funded by the Key Fund were
seen by members of the Rural Development Programme and the East & West Cornwall Initiative Board, who
deal with the Single Regeneration Budget for Cornwall.
Many members of these organisations showed interest in the project and requested copies of the reports. I
had many discussions with people who were keen to find out how the areas differed with a view to
geographic and historic placement, also in terms of the type of communities there were. This set me
thinking about the differences and similarities of the areas I had worked in and came to the conclusion each
place had it‘s own rhythm which, I realised, was directly related to the musical sound track I had chosen to
represent the area on the video.
The rhythm is very much related to the geographical spread of the area and its history, as much as the
people who live there. Do people gravitate to an area that has a rhythm agreeable to them? If people are
forced to live in an area where the rhythm is discordant with their own does this affect the way they live?
Many questions I would be keen to explore but at the moment don‘t have time to. Maybe this is something
we can think about when we look at community development!
Community Development Worker
THE VOLUNTEER DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME - Update
There is a hive of activity going on in Pelynt at the moment. The people of the area have been discussing
future developments of their parish, in doing so they are keen to consider the views of young people in the
planning stages of any developments. A group of 30 volunteers from various community groups and
organisations including the parish council, young people and the local community police officer have got
together to share ideas. Particular emphasis was on the provision of facilities for young people. Short and
long term solutions were identified. At least seven volunteers have come forward from the parish who would
like to work with the youth. I have had discussions with the Youth Service for training the new volunteers.
The youth service has been very supportive and a training programme is being developed and delivered by
Trevor Crawley, over a five-week period starting at the end of May.
A group of 10 new young volunteers have discussed with the Community Projects Trusts team about the
need for the parish to provide a meeting place and recreation area. A list of issues was drawn up by the
young volunteers that they would like the parish to consider for future developments. The young people
have presented this to the various community groups in the parish including the parish council, the Social
Club and the local primary school.
School Work Experience:
During June and July at least two young people will be on a work experience placement with Community
Projects Trust. Both are year 10 students, and are from Penrice Community College and Wadebridge School.
The work experience placement will help introduce the students to community development work. Many
young people move away from the county before they get involved in voluntary community work within their
own communities, therefore, the placement will, where possible, encourage young people to work within
their own community. Overall it will offer the opportunity to learn how communities interact and how
informal and formal groups add to the development and sustainability of a community.
Charity Commission Training day:
This was a really informative day thanks to Joe Proudlove and Jim Melton Bradely from the Charity
Commission. Around twenty-five people attended the training representing community groups and
organisations from Restormel, North Cornwall and Caradon districts. Groups ranged from a variety of
backgrounds such as Community centres, Village halls, Development Trusts and interested Parish Councils.
Not all groups were registered charities but were keen to find out more. A surgery was held after the
training if any group wished to discuss in more depth about their project. An important point learned on the
day by many was that the Charity Commission is a supportive body not an ogre at all!! If any group is
thinking about Charitable status and would like to know the registration requirements, please contact
Community Projects Trust and one of the development team will be happy to go over the procedure with
The Torpoint report has been completed and was presented to the Torpoint Community Development Trust
on 4th May. The information in the report was collected from discussions with a number of volunteers and
identified particular areas that would be of benefit to the Trust in helping them to identify future
developments for the Town.
Community Development Officer
Key Fund Presentation.
Community Projects Trust attended the Key Fund Presentation on May 18 th at County Hall Truro. This
presentation was to enable people to get a 'flavour' of the variety of projects that were funded by the
colourful displays of the many varied projects that had obtained funding from the Key fund. These
displays included information about such differing projects as St Germans Pre- School, who have worked
very hard to convert the old telephone exchange in St Germans into a beautiful pre-school and the
Community Projects Trust Parishes Project, which conducted mappings / surveys of some of the small
isolated Parishes in east Cornwall (see photo).
This was a very successful and enjoyable day with a great deal of information swapping taking place. It
was very interesting to see the breadth of projects that were funded via the Key Fund. We will all await
the establishment of the new Key Fund and hope that it will lead to the same innovative approach to
smaller community based projects.
The Friends of Luxulyan Valley
The Friends of Luxulyan Valley have been successful with their bid to the Countryside Agency Local
Heritage Initiative (LHI) fund.
They have received £4,491 to produce a booklet showing the Industrial heritage and walks in the
Luxulyan. Valley. The booklet will be out week beginning 21 st May. The funding will also help the Valley
volunteers to produce a Website which will keep people updated of the programme of events that take
place in the valley such as identifying bird songs, the life of the Water Vole, Otter Spotters training, Fungi
Foray, Archaeology in the valley, Bats in the valley and much more.
The scope of the LHI is very wide and includes:
Customs and traditions
The fund encourages community involvement and will consider volunteer labour as an in kind
contribution. If you need more details contact Ria Taylor at Community Projects Trust,
Tel: 01208 75799
Launceston Youth Partnership
The aim of the Launceston Youth Partnership is to provide a centre where young people, aged 13 to 18
can go in Launceston:
For Help --- with basic skills, filling in a c.v., Careers information, counselling and health advice.
For leisure --- access the internet, meet with friends.
All these services can only be delivered by specialists, Careers workers, Youth Workers, Trainers, Health
Professionals. By definition these people all belong to different organisation.
The vision is that all organisations work in partnership to offer these services and facilities seamlessly, so
that young people do not see the join.
This vision is now one step nearer because the Launceston Youth Partnership has just managed to buy
the old Health Centre in Launceston. The purchase of the building was made possible with a grant of
£80,000 from the Tudor Trust.
Now the Youth Partnership has the task of raising the money needed to refurbish the building and to
equip it to meet the needs of the young people of Launceston and of the partner organisations that
intend to provide services for the young people.
The Launceston Youth Partnership group are asking for all the support and help that can be offered to
enable them to make their dream a reality and to provide a service that is seen as being vital for the
young people of the area.
For more information about the project and to find out how you can help please contact the Partnership
administration base at:
The Senior Youth Workers Office, The Old Rectory, Market Street, Launceston, PL15 8AU.
Tel: 01566 777375 Email firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornwall One Parent Support
Are you alone and a parent? Don‘t struggle on your own!
Cornwall One Parent Support is a registered charity and helps single parents in Cornwall.
To find out what‘s happening in your area and for more information contact:
Tony & Liz on 01726 65417.
Millbrook Computer Centre
Description of Organisation: Voluntary run computer centre offering education and training in IT to the
The Centre offers email and internet access, scanning, printing, computer courses from basic to
intermediate. Shortly to offer advanced courses (IBT 3).
Monday 9am – 5pm, 7pm – 9pm Tuesday 9am – 1pm, 7pm – 9pm
Wednesday 9am – 5pm, 7pm – 9pm Thursday 9am – 1pm, 7pm – 9pm
Friday 9am – 1pm, Saturday 9am – 1pm Sunday 10am – 2pm
For further details contact: John Shore, The Village Hall, The Parade, Millbrook, Cornwall PL10 1AY
Tel: 01752 822100 Email: email@example.com
Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS)
The Environmental Records Centre for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (ERCCIS) collates, manages and
makes available a huge amount of information about the wildlife and geology of Cornwall and the Isles of
Scilly. It is hosted by the Cornwall Wildlife trust and receives support and/or funding from Cornwall County
Council, the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Federation of Biological Recorders, the Cornwall Wildlife Trust,
English Nature, the Environment Agency, the Isles of Scilly Environmental Trust, the National Trust and the
six district councils.
ERCCIS is holding an event on Saturday 14th July 2001 to introduce the work of the Environmental Records
centre, to outline what has been planned for the next five years, and to encourage recorders to meet and
discuss projects in which they are involved. The event will be held at Truro College from 10.00am to
5.00pm and will comprise a series of presentations in the morning and a buffet lunch, followed by a
number of workshops in the afternoon. There is no charge to attend this event.
If you would like more information or a booking form, contact:
Sarah Myles, ERCCIS Recorders Forum 2001, ERCCIS, Five Acres, Allet, Truro, Cornwall TR4 9DJ
Tel: 01872 240777 ext 205 or email: Sarah@cornwt.demon.co.uk
(Source: Kovadha Kernow – The newsletter of ERCCIS, Spring 2001)
North Cornwall Befriending Scheme a Vital Link
Just like a physical illness, mental illness involves a wide range of difficulties. There are many types of
mental illness which often involve feelings of depression, anxiety and confusion. The degree and ability to
cope will be different for us all, particularly after a distressing life event.
With mental illness these feelings can occur to such an extent and for such a long period of time that it can
make it very difficult for some people to live a full and active life.
The North Cornwall Befriending Scheme are always looking for volunteers throughout North Cornwall. The
role of a volunteer is to visit people in their home. The scheme aims to provide people with emotional and
practical support tailored to their individual needs, helping to restore their confidence and encouraging
people to be active in the community.
For more information telephone 01288 356060
(Source: The Lancet, May 2001)
Bridging the Urban-Rural Digital Divide
An event designed for rural communities with an interest in local television, radio and
Friday 22nd — Sunday 24th June 2001
Falmouth College of Arts Media Centre, Cornwall
byte-size broadcasting has been designed for rural communities with an interest in local television,
radio and webcasting
In the digital age, being located in an isolated rural area is no longer a social or economic disadvantage.
The virtual workers of the future could live anywhere, so long as they have computers, modems and high-
speed connections, via cable or ADSL. Or so the story goes…
byte-size broadcasting will feature national speakers, successful examples of local television, radio and
webcasting; and lively debate around such subjects as the broadcasting white paper, media convergence,
rural connectivity and the digital divide. For those who require it, practical training in webcasting, web
design and "hacktivism" will be available on the Friday afternoon
Join us for this midsummer event in beautiful Cornwall for what promises to be an enjoyable, informative,
thought-provoking and interactive couple of days. The event includes plenty of opportunities to meet
practitioners from other rural areas, especially on the Saturday evening boat cruise across the beautiful Fal
estuary to St Mawes…
The event will be held at:
Falmouth College of Arts Media Centre
Tremough Campus, Penryn, Cornwall, TR10 9EZ
Tel: 01326 370400
Flashpoint Safety Centre
On the 17th May 2001 the Flashpoint Centre in Bodmin held an Open Day to enable people to see what an
exciting learning experience the Centre can provide.
Flashpoint is a new and exciting interactive learning Centre. It includes a series of life-sized stage sets
where children and adults of all ages can have first hand experience of confronting dangerous situations
and learn how to deal with them effectively.
The Flashpoint Centre is a facility that is open to everyone in Cornwall and for further information or to
book a session call 01208 72087. The Centre is a project lead by North Cornwall District Council in
partnership with Devon & Cornwall Constabulary, Cornwall County Fire Brigade and the Cornwall Health
Cornwall Forum Network
A meeting of the Cornwall Forum Network was held on 26 th April at the Shire House, Bodmin. The
Cornwall Network Forum was established to help community forums to network so as not to ‗reinvent‘ the
wheel with regard to operating and gaining funding for projects in their areas.
The main purpose of this meeting was to secure the development and future of the Network and to
establish a source of funding as a successor to the Single Regeneration Budget‘s Community Fund. Steve
Angove, Community Enterprise Officer from the Cornwall Rural Community Council, gave an interesting
and comprehensive presentation about Development Trusts. Various funding has been considered and
Cornwall Forum Network is forming a working party with Regeneration Officers to move this forward.
Non Single Regeneration communities are invited to join providing they meet with the Forums criteria.
They must be a constituted organisation, concerned with regeneration, in receipt of public money and
working on behalf of a recognisable community.
The next meeting is to be held at 9am in the Shire House in Bodmin on the 19 th July. Any organisation in
the county who are interested in finding our more about the Cornwall Forum Network can contact its
Chairman – Linda Spear on 01208 78141.
(Source: North Cornwall Advertiser – May)
BTCV - People's Places
BTCV's People's Places grant programme is run in partnership with English Nature and supported by Rio
Tinto. BTCV will award grants to support the creation and renovation of green spaces across England.
Applications are welcome from projects actively involving people from the local community, especially in
disadvantaged areas with little or no access to green space.
BTCV can offer support to guide groups through the application process and provide training to help
groups plan projects that can improve the local environment.
BTCV will make 1,000 grant awards ranging from £3,000 to £10,000 over five years.
Contact details: BTCV, People's Places Award Unit, 36 St Mary's Street, Wallingford OX10 0EU.
For an application pack, please call: 01491 821 600 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Bids for External Funds
Mycommunity.org.uk has launched the External Funding Digest website to provide information on
European Union, UK Government and National Lottery funding to help organisations seeking to bid for
external funds. It can be accessed at www.co-financing.co.uk
THE COUNTRYSIDE AGENCY - Doorstep Greens
The Doorstep Greens programme, run by The Countryside Agency, will help 200 communities around
England to create their own new green spaces, or to transform existing open spaces to meet their needs.
Applications are welcome from urban and rural communities, particularly in disadvantaged areas, to create
and manage 'multi-purpose' community greens and get involved in creating open space and improving
Regional advisers will guide you throughout the programme that involves community consultation, forming
a local partnership, project planning, and training, which will lead to a new or improved green space for
Projects requiring over £10,000 grant support will be considered. The amount and rate of funding will
depend on local need and the permanence of the created green. Grant support will be available over five
Doorstep Greens National Project Team, 1st Floor, Vincent House, 92-93 Edward Street, Birmingham
B12RA Tel: 0121 233 9399 Fax: 0121 233 9286 email: email@example.com
BARNARDO'S - Better Play Scheme
Barnardo's and the Children's Play Council are managing the Better Play grant programme for distinctive
and innovative children's play projects.
Applications are particularly welcome from voluntary organisations and community groups wishing to
provide play services to local groups and communities, or organisations wishing to develop local play
strategies and support good practice.
Grants will range from a minimum of £2,000 to a maximum of £100,000 and will be largely for revenue
funding. There will be a fast-track process for applications seeking £10,000 or less. In the first round the
grant programme will fund projects for a maximum of three years, in the second round for a maximum of
two years and in the final round projects will only be funded for a period of one year.
Better Play, Barnardo's, Tanners Lane, Barkingside, Essex IG6 1QG
email: firstname.lastname@example.org Website: www.barnardos.org.uk
For an application pack, please call: 0845 0000 121
The HAZ Healthy Living Initiative is pleased to announce details of its new grants schemes for 2001.
This year there will be three themes for both grants, as follows:
1. To promote and encourage healthy living eating within the community
2. To support a community health development approach
3. A learning experience (including physical activity)
Are you involved with a community project, which needs help with funding to try something new, or are
you looking to set up a new project and looking for the necessary start-up funding?
The HAZ Healthy Living Initiative is looking to fund new projects, which are in addition to present activities
which meet one or more of the above themes.
There are two amounts available:
Up to £200 for the SMALL GRANT SCHEME
or up to £1,000 for the HEALTHY LIVING PROJECT SCHEME.
Closing dates for applications will be:
Small Grants Scheme: 21st June, 28th September and 3rd December 2001
Healthy Living Projects Scheme: 21st June and 28th September 2001
For an application pack please contact: Yvette Le Jeune, Health promotion Service, The Kernow Building,
Wilson Way, Pool, Redruth TR15 3QE
Telephone: 01209 313419 Email: Yvette.email@example.com
DRUGSCOPE MILLENNIUM AWARDS
Sarah Anderson Tel: 020 7928 1211 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
DrugScope will shortly be launching a three-year initiative, which will provide grants to individuals to
address local drugs issues.
Awards of between £1000 and £3500 will be granted to individuals and small groups (up to 10 people)
who will undertake a range of activities including piloting drug prevention initiatives, establishing
community action and support groups or developing materials. Separate themes within the scheme
will target young people, parents, tenants and concerned local residents, minority ethnic groups, ex-drug
users and ex-offenders. The scheme will be piloted in 3 regions in the first year - South West, East of
England and Merseyside. 500 awards will be made over the three years of the scheme.
The Millennium Award scheme will be launched in the Southwest on the 22nd of May 2001. For more
information or to obtain an application form for the Award, please contact the above.
(Source: Deldaf News – April 2001)
SCOPE's grants are targeted at projects: promoting sport and leisure opportunities for disabled children;
providing self-help groups, sitting and self-help services for parent of disabled children; training and
information services; promoting independence and personal development for disabled people. Maximum
grant is £15,000 a year, with an average grant of £10,000. Deadline: 30 September 2001 (2002 projects).
Andrew Cooper, SCOPE,
Olympus House, Britannia Road, Patchway, Bristol BS34 5TA
Tel: 0117 906 6333
United Kingdom Council on Deafness (UKCoD)
UKCoD gives funding for specific health projects meeting the identified needs of deaf, deaf/blind or hard of
hearing people in all health issues, projects providing social care for deaf children, and projects promoting
independence. Maximum grant is £30,000 a year, with an average of £11,000 - £12,000. Deadline: 30
September 2001 (2002 projects). Contact:
United Kingdom Council on Deafness,
59 Banner Street, London EC1Y 8PX
Tel: 020 7689 2080
Groundswell‘s aims are to promote and develop self-help initiatives with people who are homeless, socially
excluded or living in poverty. They work together with groups, projects and individuals operating at
grassroots level to alleviate homelessness and determine their own agenda.
Groundswell offers training, advice, networking, resource development and information, and works to
achieve a people-based, community-led approach to tackling homelessness across the UK. They seek to
enable groups and individuals to share information about their work, exchange skills, explore resource
strategies and represent their work to a wider audience.
Their Small Grant Award Scheme provides grants of up to £500 for projects that involve homeless people
in decision-making processes and enable individuals to take control of their own housing situations.
Awards are made for participative community-based projects which empower socially excluded people.
Awards are distributed four times a year and application deadlines are January, April, July and October.
Application packs and details are available from: Groundswell, 5-15 Cromer Street, London, WC1H. Tel:
020 7713 2880 Fax: 020 7713 2848
Email: email@example.com Website: www.oneworld.org/groundswell
GRANTS FROM THE PILGRIM TRUST
The Pilgrim Trust was founded in 1930 to address the more urgent needs of the nation and to promote its
future well-being. The Trustees currently support: the rehabilitation of those involved in crime, alcohol or
drug misuse; the support of those with mental illness; projects in prisons or providing alternatives to
custody which give new opportunities to offenders; the support of young people leaving care; scholarship,
research, cataloguing and conservation within museums, libraries and archives; the preservation of
particular architectural or historic features on listed buildings and monuments.
Grants can only be made to registered charities, recognised public bodies or registered friendly
societies. Grants cannot be made to individuals. For further information and an application form, please
contact the Trust at Cowley House, 9 Little College Street, London SW1P 3XS. Tel: (020 7222 4723) or
visit the Trust's website at www.thepilgrimtrust.org.uk
National Foundation for Youth Music - Dynamo Programme
The Dynamo programme is about generating creative energy to help organisations working with children
and young people to increase their levels of musical activity.
The three strands, which form part of the programme are:
National grid - open to national organisations with a commitment to music-making by children and young
people, to enable them to develop strategically; to involve and support a wider range of young people from
areas of social or geographical need, and to extend their work in the area of diversity.
Regional connections - open to organisations committed to a regional role, to enable them to extend or
develop their activities either within their communities or in new neighbouring ones. The objective under
this strand should be "think globally - act locally".
Looking for energy - open to organisations wishing to undertake a period of research and development to
bring about a significant change of direction or focus. This might be in order to take advantage of new
opportunities, identify new communities, which would benefit from their work or improve their
effectiveness as a provider of music-making opportunities.
Funding of up to £200,000 is available for National Grid and Regional Connections. For Looking for Energy,
funding of up to £50,000 is available. All Dynamo applications must be received by 30 June 2001
and programmes must be completed by September 2002.
Dynamo is open to: Organisations with a commitment to enabling children and young people to make
music and sing; Organisations which focus on activities out of school hours, including school holidays;
Organisations which specifically aim to increase access, where music-making is limited; and Organisations
which work with children and young people in crisis believing that music has a role to play in their positive
For an application form, please contact Dynamo Programme, Tel: 08450 560560 Fax: 01772 836199 E-
Plug into music...get wired for sound
This is the message from the National Foundation for Youth Music's latest funding programme designed
specially to encourage children and young people to use technology to make music.
Backed with funding of up to £1 million, Plug Into Music is about helping youngsters to get to grips with
music technology. Youth Music is offering grants of £7,500 - £30,000 to community groups, arts
organisations, local education authorities, schools and youth clubs to run music projects for under 18s that
make creative use of the tools - from DJ decks to midi didgeridoos - that music technology offers.
Plug into Music is looking to encourage and support music projects working across a variety of styles and
traditions, including classical, non-western and composition as well as DJ-ing and dance music. Youth
Music hopes that the scheme will also help introduce children and young people to a wider range of IT
Examples of the kind of musical activity Plug Into Music would support include: DJ workshops and
performances; Sequencing and sampling activities; Studio skills for young musicians; Workshops and jams
by web-cam; Internet collaborations and re-mixes; Composition for digital and acoustic instruments; Plug
Into Music - as with Youth Music's other funding programmes - will support music-making activities for
those up to the age of 18, which take place mainly outside school hours.
The programme is open for applications from now until 1 March 2002. All projects must be completed
by September 2002.
For further information about Plug Into Music and an application pack please contact:
National Foundation for Youth Music Tel: 08450 560 560 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
New Opportunities Fund/English Nature - Wildspace!
English Nature's Wildspace! Scheme will involve local communities in the improvement, care and
enjoyment of their local environment.
Applications are welcome from organisations involved or interested in managing and developing Local
Nature Reserves, such as local authorities, local councils, wildlife trusts and charitable groups, particularly
in disadvantaged areas that lack access to natural open space.
Grants of between £5,000 and £25,000 are available for project costs, grants of up to £20,000 for the
employment of community liaison officers, and grants of up to £25,000 for the purchase of land. Grants
are available for a maximum of five years.
Contact details: LNR Grants Management Team, English Nature, Northminster House, Peterborough PE1
IUA Tel: 01733 455415 E-mail: email@example.com
For an application pack, please call: 0845 0000 121
Age Concern - Grants to voluntary organisations
Age Concern England makes grants not only to Age Concern organisations, but also to other voluntary
groups which provide services for the benefit of older people. The following are the principal grants
available through the Age Concern England Grants Unit.
Small Service Support Grants - These are one-off grants of up to £2,000 for new or expanding local
projects providing services for the direct benefit of older people. Projects funded recently include new
activities at day centres and lunch clubs, home repair and maintenance services, respite for carers, health
and fitness programmes and visiting schemes.
Applications may be made at any time, and grants are allocated every month.
Small Grants to Clubs - Funded by a donation from Barclays Bank plc
Any club for older people may apply for a one-off grant of up to £120 for new equipment or activities. Such
things as tea urns, crockery, games and bingo equipment and craft materials can be bought with one of
Applications may be made at any time, and grants are allocated every month.
Opportunities for Volunteering Scheme - Age Concern England is an agent for this Department of
Health scheme. Grants are available for new projects which involve volunteers in providing services of
benefit to older people in the fields of health and social care. Many grants are used to employ a volunteer
organiser, to develop services for ethnic minority groups, or to fund activities such as Home from Hospital,
befriending or Odd Job schemes. The maximum grant is £20,000 per annum and no project may be funded
for more than 3 years.
Grants are allocated annually. Applications must be received by the end of September for funding in the
following financial year.
For further details and application forms for any of these grants contact The Grants Unit, Age Concern
England, Astral House, 1268 London Road London SW16 4ER Tel: 020 8765 7738 Fax: 020 8679 9154 E-
mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Application forms and guidelines are also available on their Web site for
downloading. Use the search facility. Enter 'Age Concern grants' and search under 'About Age Concern and
Ageing Issues.' Then click on link to grants for 'voluntary organisations'.
Help the Aged
Their Grants and Project fundraising departments have been combined into a new unit to ensure that
Distributions - the practical assistance that Help the Aged offers can be provided more effectively. The new
team has been named Regional Development Team and the criteria for assisting across a wide range of
social and community needs will be roughly the same as before. A new leaflet giving details is currently in
production but the following outlines our current operational standards.
Distributions will continue to be made to a wide variety of project including day centres, lunch clubs,
transport services and work carried out with, for, or for the benefit of frail, isolated older people and/or
Areas of special interest will continue to include: Empowerment of older people (Speaking Up For Our
Age); Homelessness; and Rural Isolation.
Project Fundraising Capabilities are still available within the new team for relevant community based
projects which could include: Developing new services; Increasing revenue funding; Creating a new
building; or Refurbishing an older one.
Fundraising studies, Fundraising Audits and Fundraising training will still be available to relevant
community projects, and all of these services, while formally defined between Help the Aged and your
Trustees are provided at no charge as part of our charitable objective.
To simplify your approach to Help the Aged, details of all of these services are available from a single point
in each part of the UK and applications will be assessed within the framework of our criteria to ensure
proper utilisation of the charity's resources Help the Aged (England), 207-221 Pentonville Road, London N1
Tel: 020 7278 1114 Fax: 020 7278 1116
E-mail: email@example.com Web-site: www.helptheaged.org.uk/help/grant.html
In June 2001 the Community Fund will open a new Research grants programme for medical research and
social research into health and social well being. In Spring 2002 the International grants programme will
re-open, but for the first time it will run continuously.
Grants for projects costing up to £60,000 - They opened this programme in April 2001, in Scotland, South
West England and London. They expect to open it in other countries and regions on the dates below.
However, you should contact your local Community Fund office nearer the time to check if the programme
is opening in your area, or visit the In your area section of their web-site.
April 2001 - Scotland, London and South West of England
July 2001 - Wales, Northern Ireland, North East and North West of England
October 2001 - East Midlands and Eastern England
January 2002 - West Midlands of England
April 2002 - Yorkshire and the Humber, South East England and projects working across England.
They want to support eligible groups with projects: that will mainly benefit people or organisations in a
country or region where this programme is running; that cost no more than £60,000 in total; where the
total cost of any building construction or refurbishment work is no more than £30,000 excluding VAT; and
where you want more than £500.
The application form for this programme is shorter than the form for their Main grants programme and
they hope to make quicker decisions on grants.
You can get one of their application packs by phoning 0845 791 9191 (Minicom: 0845 755 6656). Or, you
can obtain it from their web-site: www.community-fund.org.uk in the Application forms section.
The two existing programmes Community Involvement and Poverty and Disadvantage are being merged
into one. They want to fund projects that: meet their mission; help people play a full part in economic,
social and community activities; tackle severe, long-term and multiple needs; prevent or reduce future
need; and develop the voluntary sector. The theme of this new programme is the Community Fund Mission
'to give grants to meet the needs of those at greatest disadvantage in society and improve the quality of
life in the community'. As well as this, each region has its own funding priorities which are part of the
They will fund everything they used to fund. There have been no changes to their rules about the types of
organisations that can apply for grants. They can fund independent voluntary and community groups that
are charitable, benevolent or philanthropic. You do not need to be a registered charity, but you do need a
constitution, a bank account and annual accounts (or a projection if you are a new group). New
application forms are now available.
Help for rural communities from the Community Fund
In response to the increased stress faced by rural communities due to the current outbreak of foot and
mouth disease, the Community Fund wants to target charities that help these communities.
Charitable organisations are invited to discuss potential applications to fund projects helping rural
communities affected by the current foot and mouth epidemic as well as isolation, the decline in
agricultural employment, the withdrawal of services and the devastation caused by the recent floods.
The Charities Board recognised that many towns and villages are suffering from economic hardship due to
the winter flooding and the restrictions in place to counter the spread of foot and mouth disease.
For general enquiries Tel: 0845 7919191
Alexandra Rose Day
Alexandra Rose Day is a national charity that exists to help Charities and voluntary groups to raise funds
for their own purposes, and has done so since its foundation in 1912. Its objectives limit it working with
'people-caring' groups operating in the UK.
Three opportunities for fundraising are offered each year. Rose Day - a traditional flag day - is held in
June and there are Spring and Autumn Raffles. Participating organisations retain 80% of what they collect
and the remaining 20% helps to fund the costs.
Alexandra Rose Day is happy to add Charities and voluntary groups to its mailing list for advice of future
opportunities. Alexandra Rose Day, 2A Ferry Road, Barnes, London SW13 9RX, Tel: 020 8748 4824, Fax:
020 8748 3188 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barclays New Futures
Barclays New Futures is the UK's largest education sponsorship, presented in collaboration with CSV
(Community Service Volunteers).
Barclays New Futures has more than £1 million in cash awards, educational resources, training materials
and support for secondary school projects, where students are tackling social, community or educational
challenges through school/community partnerships.
In all projects, whether new or existing, the judges will be looking for projects that: Enhance and
increase student learning and personal development; Promote student empowerment through ownership
and management; Meet a genuine need in the community and have lasting impact; Are sustainable
through effective management and integration into the school; and Inspire other schools to undertake
There are four different awards to choose from depending on the scale and duration of your project. All
projects must have at least one community partner (other than a school) eg local business, charity or
Barclays New Futures Fast Track - Student Awards of £500 - Designed for Years 12 & 13, these awards
are aimed at groups of students (min 5 students) to undertake a small scale community partnership
project quickly and effectively over one or two terms within the academic year. There are three deadlines
for the Fast Track Student Awards - you decide when to apply.
Barclays New Futures Individual - School Awards of £3,000 - A one-year award for a school and its
students working with a community partner on any social, educational or community challenge.
Barclays New Futures School - Partnership Awards of £7,000 - A two year award for schools tackling
similar challenges as the £3,000 Award but working in partnership with at least two other schools in
addition to their community partner. Partner schools may include preparatory or primary schools.
Barclays New Futures Challenge Award - for Citizenship of £20,000 - A two-year award to realise and
promote an outstanding vision in the field of citizenship education. The winning project will meet the
same criteria as the award levels but it must demonstrate national impact and exceptional opportunities
for young people.
Up to five schools will be shortlisted and will each receive £2,000 to cover the costs of their final
submission and presentation to the judges. The entry period for 2002 awards is 18 September -
11 December 2001.
Kallaway Ltd, 2 Portland Road, Holland Park, London W11 4LA Tel: 020 7221 7883
Fax: 020 7229 4595 E-mail: email@example.com Information is also on web-site:
www.barclaysnewfutures.co.uk Applications can be made on-line.
The Seed to Success for Greener Communities is Sown by its Partners
Vital financial support will soon be feeding the roots of many green initiatives across the UK, thanks to the
recent launch of the Social, Economic and Environmental Development (SEED) Programme. The £13.94
million programme will target disadvantaged communities across England, helping local groups kick-start
improvements to their neighbourhoods.
The newly established SEED Programme stems from a partnership between the Royal Society for Nature
Conservation (RSNC) and the New Opportunities Fund.
The SEED programme aims to stimulate local economic development and support community enterprise,
promoting sustainability and helping disadvantaged communities improve the quality of their environment.
A wide range of projects will be supported under the programme‘s themes, which include local food
growing and markets, waste management, energy efficiency, sustainable transport, local biodiversity,
environmental education and community enterprise.
Funding is available at two levels: Grants from £500 to £4,999 are available for distribution to smaller
community groups; Grants from £5,000 to £100,000 will support projects covering one or more of the
programme‘s themes – however, it is anticipated that the majority of the grants will not exceed £50,000.
Applications will be encouraged from local community groups, voluntary organisations, not-for-profit
community businesses and local authorities in partnership with community groups, which encompass the
programme‘s themes and make a real difference to the communities involved.
The SEED Programme will presently run for four years, with the first application deadline on the 15th
June 2001. Anyone requesting an application pack should contact the New Opportunities Fund on 0845
Sportsmatch Community Sports - dates for 2001
Sportsmatch is the government's grass roots sports sponsorship incentive scheme. It is funded by the
Department for Culture, Media and Sport through grant aid from Sport England and administered in
England by the Institute of Sports Sponsorship. The aim of Sportsmatch is to encourage business to invest
in grass roots sport to increase participation and improve skills. Sportsmatch can match £ for £ commercial
business sponsorship for a grass roots sporting event or activity.
Any not-for-profit group can apply e.g. sports club, school/college, charity, governing body of sport, local
authority, voluntary groups etc.
Matching awards are available between £1,000 (£500 if you are a school) and £50,000. Sponsorship can be
in cash (or kind in kind for sporting equipment only).
Projects being sponsored should be aiming to include one or more of the following elements: increased
participation at the grass roots and/or improved skills, new activities or extend/enhance existing activities,
provide links to the local community and ensure long term benefits.
Projects can be capital (up to £5000) or revenue and include: coaching, competition, equipment, facility
hire, publicity etc. Priority will be given to revenue funding.
Remaining closing dates this year are 21st June, 6th August, 25th September and 29th
Sportsmatch, 4th Floor, 25-27 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PP Tel: 020 7233 7747 Fax: 020
7828 7099 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Web-site: www.sportsmatch.co.uk
Tesco Community Awards
The Tesco Charity Trust operates a Community Award Scheme which gives one-off donations of between
£2,000 and £5,000 for projects based in areas where Tesco has stores, to build links with their local
Charities concerned with children's welfare and educational projects should write with details of their
projects for funding by the end of January each year and charities concerned with elderly people
and people with disabilities should write with details of their projects by the end of June each
For further information contact Tesco Charity Trust, Tesco House, Delamare Road, Cheshunt, Waltham
Cross, Herts EN8 9SL Tel: 01992 646768
Co-operative Partnerships 2001
Grants of up to £2,000 are available to community groups and voluntary organisations addressing social
exclusion operating within 10 miles of participating food stores and funeral homes. Applications from other
co-operatives e.g. credit unions, LETS schemes are particularly welcomed. Closing date for
applications is 29 June 2001. For an information pack or to find out if your project is eligible to apply,
please contact Stephen Lewis on 0161 246 2224 or email him at email@example.com
Joint Grant scheme for Churches and other Places of Worship - Heritage Lottery Fund/English
This fund is available for urgent structural repair to the fabric of Grade 1 And 2* places of worship. There
are also grants available for repair projects of Grade 2 places of worship and for the provision of better
facilities in any listed place of worship but due to the high demand these schemes are now being targeted
in specified areas of deprivation. You will need to check whether your area qualifies. Priority will be given
to projects which enhance the use the use of the building, provide improved access and facilities for the
public, and offer wider benefits to the community. The scheme runs until 2002 and applications for 2001/2
are invited. The closing date is 30 June 2001 apart from the priority areas and grade 2 repair
and non-structural projects which close 30 September 2001.
Contact English Heritage, 23 Saville Row, London W1X 1AB Tel: 020 7973 3267 Fax: 020 7973 3249 or The
Information and Publications Team, Heritage Lottery Fund, 7 Holbein Place, London SW1W 8NR Tel: 020
7591 6041 Fax 020 7591 6001 Minicom: 020 7591 6255 Web-site: www.english-heritage.org.uk
Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund
The theme for The Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund UK funding programme in 2001 is The
Transition to Adulthood and Independence. Applications are invited for work with young people between
the ages of 12 and 25 who are refugees or asylum seekers, who are part of a prisoner‘s family, who are at
risk of developing mental health problems or who have learning disabilities. The Fund will also consider
applications for advocacy work with young people in the above categories and for advocacy and awareness
raising. There are further priorities within the categories and the Fund will only grant-aid work of national
significance. The remaining deadline for the programme this year is 2 August 2001.
For a copy of the full criteria please contact the Fund on 020 7902 5500 The Grants Department, The
Diana Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, The County Hall, Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7PB Tel:
020 7902 5500 Fax: 020 7902 5511
Regional Arts Lottery Programme - latest guidelines
The 10 English Regional Arts Boards organise the Regional Arts Lottery Programme. The programme aims
to support high-quality arts projects by making grants available under the following headings: Access to
the arts; Education through the arts; Production and distribution of the arts; Investment in artists;
Development to help build long-term stability of arts organisations (Organisational development).
Each Regional Arts Board has its own priorities under these headings based on the specific needs of the
arts in their region. The principles of excellence, diversity and equal opportunities back the programme up.
It is important that you should look at the priorities of your relevant Regional Arts Board.
You can download all the relevant RALP documents by clicking on the links below. The RALP Application
Form should be completed after reading through the RALP Guidance Notes. They also recommend that you
read through the appropriate Regional Priorities document for your region. Please note that the application
form must be printed out and sent to your Regional Arts Board by post. They cannot accept electronic
copies or faxes.
The new guidance notes apply to applications sent in between 31 July 2000 and 31 March 2002.
They provide grants which cover projects, and capital and organisational development.
The grants for projects are aimed at arts activities. They can support one-off projects and two- to three-
year projects. However, awards for more than one year will be especially limited by the size of the budget
available. When they assess these requests they will want to make sure that your organisation does not
depend on this source of funding for its future survival. They provide grants from £2,000 to £30,000 with
most grants likely to be between £5,000 and £20,000.
The grants for capital cover equipment and resources, vehicles, access improvements, refurbishing arts
buildings, public art, buying property and leases which last more than 20 years. They provide grants from
£2,000 to £100,000. They will only make awards of £100,000 in exceptional cases with most awards likely
to be below £50,000.
The grants for organisational development cover: restructuring organisations, business planning, training,
marketing, artistic development, relocation and dealing with debts. Grants are likely to be between £2,000
You can apply for any combination of the three types of award, or for just one. You can apply to us at any
time. You should discuss your proposal with the appropriate Regional Arts Board officer before you send in
Regional Arts Boards: Eastern Arts Tel: 01223 215 355; East Midlands Arts Tel: 01509 218 292; Southern
Arts Tel: 01962 855 099; South East Arts Tel: 01892 507 200 London Arts Tel: 020 7670 2490; South West
Arts Tel: 01392 218 188; West Midlands Arts Tel: 0121 631 3121; Northern Arts Tel: 0191 281 6334; North
West Arts Tel: 0161 827 9247; Yorkshire Arts Tel: 01924 455 555
Creative partnerships are a new Arts Council of England initiative that will develop sustainable partnerships
between schools and cultural and creative organisations and individuals. Schoolchildren living in the chosen
areas will have the opportunity to experience creativity and the arts.
The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has given the Arts Council £40 million over two years
to establish 16 Creative Partnerships by March 2004. Extra partnership support (financial and in-kind) will
come from both the public and private sectors.
The initiative will develop partnerships between schools and cultural or creative organisations such as:
Local theatres; Arts centres; Galleries; Museums; Libraries; Cinema; Architecture centres; TV and radio
companies; Music venues; Cultural entrepreneurs; Orchestras; Touring companies; New media
organisations; Local authority providers.
Children will benefit: By being involved in enhanced and sustained creative and cultural opportunities;
Through working directly with artists in artist-in-residence programmes; Through visiting theatres,
galleries, museums, historic or archaeological sites, TV and radio studios, craft workshops; By developing
specific, tangible skills in their chosen area/s of the arts; and By gaining the opportunity to showcase their
Teachers will also benefit, from the opportunity for continuous professional development.
Partnerships will be piloted in a range of different locations - rural and urban, large and small, linked to
deprivation indices. The agreed pilot locations are: Birmingham; Black Country (Sandwell, Wolverhampton,
Walsall); Bristol; Cornwall; Durham/Sunderland; Kent; Kingston upon Hull; London East (Hackney,
Islington, Newham, Tower Hamlets); London South (Greenwich, Lambeth, Southwark, Lewisham);
Manchester/Salford; Merseyside (Liverpool, Knowsley, St Helens, Wirral, Sefton); Norfolk; Nottingham;
Slough; South Yorkshire Coalfields (Barnsley, Rotherham, Doncaster); Teeside Valley (Redcar and
Cleveland, Hartlepool, Middlesborough, Stockton).
Partnerships will be designed and established at local level to meet local needs and infrastructure, and will
be long-term and sustainable. This will be within a policy framework developed by the Arts Council, DCMS
and the Department for Education and Employment, in consultation with other interested bodies such as
Resource, The Film Council, English Heritage and commercial creative industries. Evaluation will be built in
from the start, so that good practice can be shared nationally.
At present this initiative is still at an early stage in its development. A Creative Partnerships National
Director will be appointed this summer to ensure that there is a national overview to the scheme and that
sustainable funding is found. Local Co-ordinators will then be appointed to identify the schools to be
involved and to work with arts and cultural organisations in each of the areas. If you are an interested
creative or cultural organisation register your interest in this initiative, please e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org with your full contact details.
They will update this information over the coming months. Please visit web-site:
www.artscouncil.org.uk regularly for updated news. Arts Council of England Tel: 020 7973 6517
Carlton Sponsorship Grants and Donations
Carlton Broadcasting, West Country Region offers sponsorship grants and donations. In general, they wish
to encourage local and regional community initiatives, which involve people. These initiatives will gain
most favour when they invite people to participate and learn social, cultural, and recreational skills.
They are keen to help established and/or recognised organisations rather than as hoc groups with no track
record or sound administration. This does not exclude small organisations, but they must be able to
For further information and an application form contact: Samantha Hunt at Carlton Broadcasting, West
Country Region, Langage Science Park, Plymouth, Devon PL7 5BQ. Tel: (01726) 333009
The Nationwide Foundation
The nationwide Foundation makes donations to charitable and not-for-profit organisations across the UK
whose aims are to improve the quality of life and the range of opportunities available to those in need, to
promote social inclusion, and to achieve real and sustainable benefit to communities. Although its funds
include contributions from Nationwide Building Society, it is independent from the Nationwide Group.
The Foundation‘s areas of special interest (until 31st March 2002) are:
1. Supporting volunteer programmes throughout the UK. This includes projects involving grass roots
community action, volunteering as a means of developing a community, opportunities which enable people
to play an active part in their community, innovative proposals with new ways of bringing volunteers
together, and promotion of social inclusion through volunteering.
2. Quality of Life. This includes projects aiming to promote and sustain the welfare of disadvantaged
members of the community, especially in terms of economic indepepndence, personal safety, staying
active, and dealing with change.
3. Tackling disadvantaged and discrimination. In particular, projects which aim to raise awareness of
these issues in order to promote the involvement of all people within society.
The majority of the grants will be between £500 and £10,000.
The current guidelines are valid for applications submitted before 31 st October 2001. Initial assessment
reviews are scheduled for August and November.
It‘s worth taking time to make absolutely sure your application is correctly completed: successful applicants
must wait for at least two years before re-applying, and even unsuccessful applicants must wait for at least
one year before re-applying.
For more information and an application form, contact: The Foundation Office, Nationwide House, Pipers
Way, Swindon, SN38 2SN. Tel: 01793 657 183 Website: www.nationwidefoundation.org.uk
Allen Lane Foundation
The Foundation makes grants for work all over the UK. Trustees only fund work outside London. The
Foundation tries to target about 80% of its funds on national, regional or countywide work and about 20%
on local projects.
Trustees are interested in imaginative or innovative projects and the size of its grants (which are modest)
makes start-up funding of smaller projects particularly appropriate. Grants are made for project costs, or
Priorities are: the provision of advice, information and advocacy; community development; employment and
training; mediation, conflict resolution and alternatives to violence; research and education aimed at
changing public attitudes or policy; or social welfare.
The Foundation makes grants to organisations whose work the Trustees believe to be unpopular. Priority
groups for the Foundation include refugees and asylum-seekers, people from black and ethnic minority
communities, those experiencing mental health problems, those experiencing violence or abuse, offenders
and ex-offenders, and travellers amongst others. Most grants go to work with these priority groups.
Grants generally range from about £250 to £10,000. Grants to local projects are normally less than £2500.
Grants are usually single payments but may sometimes be for up to three consecutive years.
There is no formal application form but before applying it is essential to obtain a copy of the guidelines
which give details of exclusions from Heather Swailes, Executive Secretary, The Allen Lane Foundation,
Suite 4, Parr House, Broadway, Bracknell RG12 1AG
Tel: 01344 311866 Fax: 01344 319119
The Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund
10 Buckingham Gate, London, SW1E 6LA. Tel: 020 7834 7346
Policy and practice: The Duke of Cornwall‘s Benevolent Fund receives donations from the Duke of
Cornwall, which are based on amounts received by the Duke as Bona Vacantia (the casual profits of
estates of deceased intestates dying domiciled in Cornwall without kin) after allowing for costs and ex-
gratia payments made by the Duke in relation to claims on any estate. As such, priority is given to
charitable organisations in the south-west of England, in areas which the Duchy has landed interests.
Donations range from £200 to £1,000, with the Fund‘s objectives including the advancement of education,
the advancement of the arts and the preservation for the benefit of the public of lands and buildings.
Applications: in writing to The Secretary of the Duke of Cornwall‘s Benevolent Fund. Applicants should
give as much detail as possible, especially information on what amount of money has been raised to date,
what the fund-raising target is and how it is envisaged this target be achieved.
A local charity operating exclusively for the benefit of local people in the South West. It aims to support
projects that particularly address the needs of those who are disadvantaged in society in one way or
another. The Trust would appear to support one off capital projects.
There do not appear to be fixed guidelines. For further information contact:
Jayne Atkin, Trust Secretary, Pirate Trust, Carn Brea Studios, Wilson Way, Redruth TR15 3XX
Tel: (01209) 314480
Grant-Making Trusts on CD Rom
The Community Projects Trust (CPT) has purchased a copy of the Directory of Grant-Making Trusts on CD
Rom. Any representative of a community group or voluntary organisation that wishes to access this
Directory can do so at the CPT office, by appointment.
If you would like to take up this opportunity, please contact Carol Jones on 01208 75799.
Cornwall Healthcare NHS Trust, Cornwall Social Services and the Royal Collage of Nursing
Presents, the first Cornwall-wide conference sharing good practice.
‘Rights and Opportunities for People with Disabilities’
Do we remove barriers or create them?
Monday 18th June 2001, 9am – 4.30pm at The Hall for Cornwall, Truro
The numbers of disabled people are dramatically increasing for a variety of reasons – an increasing life
expectancy for everyone, better medicine, technological improvements, and a higher standard of living.
The expectations of everyone in the local community – including disabled people – are increasing in
relation to all public services. Government initiatives focusing on helping people to remain living
independently in the community increase these expectations – the new NHS plan, Direct Payments
legislation, the Disability Discrimination Act (1995) etc.
Alone or together these facts have enormous implications for everybody, but especially for staff working in
health and social care settings. Disability will affect all health and social care staff – whether meeting the
needs of disabled service users; working as, or with disabled staff, or in relation to family or friends with
disabilities. It is, therefore, vitally important that all employees understand disability issues and peropl‘e
expectations, in order to improve service provision, meet peope‘s raised expectations, meet new legislative
requirements, etc. This one-day conference will focus on these issues, as well as providing local and
national perspectives from highly placed keynote speakers, with views on Consultation, Rehabilitation,
Promoting Independence, and effective Partnership Working.
For more details contact, Victoria Eathorne, Disability Advisor, 57 Pydar Street, Truro, Cornwall TR1 2SS
Tel: 01872 272494 Fax: 01872 260081 Email: Victoria.Eathorne@cht.swest.nhs.uk
Health Promotion Service Training Programme – 2001/02
Health Promotion Service Training Programme aims to address the priority areas identified in national and
local guidance documents i.e. Saving Lives: Our Healthier Nation, The National Health Service Plan,
National Service frameworks in relation to Coronary Heart Disease and Mental Health, and local Health
Many of the courses on offer have been carried over from last years programme and additional courses
have been included in response to client demand and positive evaluation.
Although there are a wide range of learning opportunities contained within the training programme, we
may not have catered for every need. We intend to respond to any additional requests in a positive
manner by discussing your training requirements with you.
The cost of for a full day course is £16.00 exc VAT, includes refreshments and lunch, and ½ day course
costs £6.00 exc VAT, includes refreshments. For details of the training available contact: The Health
Promotion Service, The Kernow Building, Wilson Way, Pool, Redruth TR15 3QE Tel: 01209 313419 Fax:
Due to popular demand we've set up some more computer training courses (the others advertised
previously are now all full):
ACCESS DATABASE (Beginners): 7th June 10.00 to 4.00
ACCESS DATABASE (Intermediate): 8th June 10.00 to 4.00
EXCEL SPREADSHEET (Beginners): 18th June 10.00 to 4.00
EXCEL SPREADSHEET (Intermediate): 19th June 10.00 to 4.00
Courses cost £25 a day (we haven't got any funding to offer a subsidy - it's still a bargain!) and will be held
at the St. Sidwells Centre which is opposite our offices here at Wat Tyler House in Exeter. Only 10
participants on each course, and only one person per organisation per course (at our discretion).
or phone us on 01392 202057.
New Training Pack for Town and Parish Clerks
This pack is the result of partnership working between the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC),
Cheltenham and Gloucester College‘s Social Policy Department and CREADEL, a community development
exchange between communities in England, Ireland and Belgium.
As the pressure of accountability and greater opportunities for devolved service delivery become available
to the first tier of local government, clerks need to be equipped with the proper skills with which to advise
their members. With the Rural White paper flagging up that one of the attributes of a quality council is
that its clerk should have training, the induction course launched is timely. Available as a distance learning
pack, it is affordably priced at £90 and includes local mentor support.
For further details contact Margaret Bernard on Tel: 02380860273 or Email: email@example.com
(Source: The Rural Digest – April/May 2001)
Trainers and Consultants Directory
NACVS and The Charities Information Bureau‘s new look Trainers and Consultants Directory is packed with
details of 125 trainers and consultants from across the country and has been designed so that it can be
NACVS Policy and Developmet Officer, Lynne Bryan said, ―the Directory should be the resource of first call
for anyone within the local voluntary and community sector who is searching for a suitable trainer,
consultant, non-managerial supervisor or temporary/project manager. However, the Directory is more
than a simple list of contacts, as it also offers comprehensive step by step advice on working with trainers
The Directory also includes a sophisticated index and cross-referencing section, which enables the user to
look up trainers and consultants by region, by services offered, as well as by specialism.
The Directory is available from The CIB priced £11.95 (inc p & p). Contact: The Charities Information
Bureau, 11 Upper York Street, Wakefield, WF1 3LQ. Tel: 01924 239063
Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Health Action Zone (HAZ)
Take time out to develop your ideas: The Third Local HAZ Fellowship Scheme
If you are:
Providing frontline services to the public…. And would welcome the opportunity to be freed from some of
your frontline work to enable you to develop a specific project….. You may wish to apply for a Local HAZ
This scheme enables enthusiastic frontline staff to be freed from their work for up to 24 days, to take
forward innovative ideas relating to broad HAZ objectives:
Cutting health inequalities and inequality in access to services
In response to delegates‘ suggestions at the last HAZ Partnership Conference, we are focusing the third
scheme on fellowships which address the above aims by:
Strengthening links with education
Addressing disability issues
Improving support to carers
(The HAZ will provide funding for half of your salary costs to be met, with the other half funded by your
To receive an application form, please contact the HAZ office on 01726 627903
The Chartered Institute of Housing (CIH)
The Chartered Institute of Housing has just released its training programme for July 2001. Its training
venue for the South West is at Taunton covering issues such as: Mental Health and Housing Practice,
Setting up and running call centres, Introduction to supported housing, Introduction to Best Value for
housing workers, Introduction to shared ownership management and more.
The CIH also provides an In-house Training Service which offers you the opportunity to make the most
effective use of your training budget. If you have more than six staff with the same training need, contact
The CIH, Octavia House, Westwood Way, Coventry CV4 8JP Tel: 024 7685 1772 Fax: 024 7642 1973
Wat Tylet House, King William Street, Exeter EX4 6PD
Tel: 01392 202055 Fax: 01392 202054 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Training the Trainers (accredited) – (Four days) 21st and 28th June, 5th and 12th July, plus a half day to
be agreed with participants.
Managing conflict and aggression – Wednesday 13th June
Introduction to Counselling Skills (Level 2 accredited) – (3 days) 20th and 27th June and 4th July
Presentations for beginners – 2nd July (full day), 9th July (half day)
For further information on the above courses contact the Training Manager.
Business Link – IT Centres
Business Link has produced their new programme of IT events for May – September 2001. Included in
these events are workshops covering business issues such as networking and databases, using existing
data to produce useful and meaningful reports and the use of spreadsheets to manage a small business.
There will also be a seminar demonstrating how the implementation of people management software can
help your company save time and money.
To obtain more detailed information contact: Business Link for Devon & Cornwall, Teignbridge Business
Centre, Cavalier Road, Heathfield Industrial Estate, Newton Abbot, Devon TQ12 6ZX.
Tel: 0845 6009966 Fax: 01626 832474
Email: email@example.com Website: www.blinkdandc.com
Tired of meetings that go nowhere?
Frustrated by chaotic planning sessions?
Want to learn some participatory techniques that can help transform your organisation?
ICA:UK is offering two courses in facilitating groups at Exeter CVS this Autumn Group Facilitation Methods
on September 19th and 20th Applied Group Facilitation Methods on November 7th and 8th
The skills you learn on these courses are applicable in a wide range of situations: strategic planning,
problem-solving, building consensus, running meetings at work or with a community group, consultation,
teaching and training. In fact, the applicability of the methods is limited only by your
For more information about this or other ICA courses, contact Ghee Bowman on 01392 422216, or email
firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at www.ica-uk.org.uk
IDT Training and Education
7 Clifton Terrace, Torquay, South Devon, TQ1 1EZ.
Phone 01803 299049
Effective Supervision Skills
A unique 2 day Training course
Place. The Maltings Resouce Centre, Newton Abbot.
Dates. 17th & 18th September 2001
Cost. £95.00 for 2 days per person
An action packed, interactive and engaging 2 day course which enables participants to properly understand
and practice the process of supervision.
For a course leaflet and booking form ring Denny on 01803 299049.
Children and Grief
A 2 day training course for those working with young people in a supportive environment.
Dates. 3rd & 10th July 2001
Place. The Maltings Resource Centre, Newton Abbot.
Cost. £110.00 for 2 days per person.
This course is designed to help people who work with young people to
feel more confident when supporting clients following a significant loss.
For course leaflet and booking form and future dates phone Cas on 01803 299049
Pugh Computers Ltd., Denver House, Aberystwyth, Ceredigion SY23 5LP
Tel: 01974 200201 Web: www.pugh.co.uk
If you‘re a registered charity you can get a wide range of software at ‗education prices‘ from the above
supplier. It‘s much, much cheaper than high street prices or even buying over the Internet. Phone for a
catalogue or look them up on the web.
SOCIAL EXCLUSION UNIT
Preventing Social Exclusion
The Social Exclusion Unit was set up in 1997 by the Prime Minister to drive forward the Government‘s work
on tackling social exclusion. It works on a topic basis, looking at intractable problems and those which
involve many different government departments. It is staffed by a mixture of civil servants and external
secondees. More information can be found at: the SEU‘s website.
The Social Exclusion Unit publishes a second report today called Preventing Social Exclusion, which
sets out the Government‘s approach to and achievements in tackling social exclusion. Both reports are
available from the Unit‘s website at www.cabinet-office.gov.uk/seu.
Charity Commission – Conservation recognised as a charitable purpose
The Charity Commission now formally recognises conservation of the environment as a charitable purpose
in its own right. The details are set out in its new guidance ‗Preservation and Conservation‘ which provides
guidance for conservation charities, as well as preserving historic buildings and sites.
Copies of the Commission‘s documents are available from: Charity Commission, Woodfield House, Tangier,
Taunton, Somerset TA1 4BL. Tel: 0870 333 0123 Website: www.charity-commission.gov.uk
(Source: The Voice – May 2001)
Online booking for First Aid Courses
St John Ambulance is offering online booking for First Aid and Health & Safety courses throughout the UK
at www.sha.org.uk. Courses range from a four-hour first aid course for parents to the four-day first aid at
work course which qualifies people as statutory first aiders in the workplace.
National drugs education charity Hope UK has teamed up with the Mothers‘ Union to produce a drugs
awareness pack. Designed for use by church and community groups, as well as within the Mothers‘ Union
network and parenting group, Up To Speed provides information for session work, suggestions for
activities and research. Also included is advice on promoting drugs awareness campaigns and a parents‘
guide to drugs and alcohol.
For a copy of Up To Speed, priced £2.00 inc p&p Tel: 020 7222 5533
FUNDING COMMUNITY GROUPS:
A CONSULTATION DOCUMENT BY THE ACTIVE COMMUNITY UNIT
This consultation document focuses specifically on how the Government's policies in relation to small
grants programmes (i.e. grants under £30,000) might be improved. It makes the following proposals,
which are aimed at achieving a more integrated and accessible approach to the funding of community
groups across Government and throughout England:
The establishment of an integrated source of information about Government funding;
* Recognition of the importance of outreach and development support for small grants
* Proposals to simplify application processes;
* Options for the rationalisation of Government small grants funding programmes;
* Establishment of the new Neighbourhood Renewal Community Chests in the 88 most deprived
A total of £50 million is available over the 3 years 2001-4 for small grants to community groups. There will
be a minimum allocation of £75,000 in a full year to each area. Government Offices for the Regions will
manage the programme in their region on behalf of the Neighbourhood Renewal Unit, and will appoint
grant administrators and approve decision-making processes for each Community Chest.
Copies of the summary and the complete consultation document can be downloaded at:
http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/acu/acuconsult.htm in html or pdf format. Printed copies can also be
obtained from: Active Community Unit, Room 235, Horseferry House, Dean Ryle Street, London SW1P
Comments and responses should be sent to:
James Scarlett, e-mail: mailto:email@example.com by 23July 2001 at the latest.
Community Development Banking
Win £5,000 for your organisation
Are you meeting a social or environmental need? Have you financed over 65% of your work through
enterprise, over the last three years?
If you can answer yes to both of these questions call
0800 777 888
for an application form.
equipping communities to shape their futures
What is Vital Villages?
A major three year implementation programme
Helping people to help themselves
Focused on small rural communities
Raising the quality of local governance
Sharing knowledge and experience
Vital Villages encompases three main areas of work:
Encouraging and enabling communities to draw up and implement PARISH PLANS
A new grant scheme, the COMMUNITY SERVICES GRANT
A new PARISH TRANSPORT GRANT and the expanded RURAL TRANSPORT PARTNERSHIP SCHEME
For further information contact:
The Countryside Agency,
Tel: 01392 477150
Community Re-Paint Schemes operate throughout the UK redistributing unwanted surplus paint free of
charge to community, voluntary and charitable organisations. For more information or your nearest depot
contact: Save Waste & Prosper Ltd. Tel: 0113 243 8777.
(Source: SAVAGE News – Spring 2001)
Walter Segal Trust
The Walter Segal Trust Is a registered charity. It was established in 1988 to support local community
groups who wish to build their own homes or community buildings. The trust provides a free service
nationally to groups that would otherwise be unable to afford or gain access to technical advice, support
and information. For further information contact Mary Kelly, Tel: 01688 213544 or take a look at their
(Source: Acre‘s Rural Digest, March 2001)
Investors in Society
In the last five years over £1 million of loans have been repaid to Investors in Society, the UK wide
community loan fund. Remarkably, repayments to the fund - known as a community development finance
initiative (CDFI) by the Treasury appointed Social Investment Taskforce - have been from borrowers that
the banks considered ‗unbankable‘. Despite Government moves to widen financial inclusion, many
community groups still find it difficult to access commercial finance on affordable terms. They are proving
that charities can be good financial risks. They have supported projects that provide all kinds of benefits
ranging from restoring village halls in the UK to charities working in the most difficult countries in the
world. And they are always pleased to help new borrowers.
Investors in Society operates as a pooled fund into which people can make donations or lend money for as
long or short a period as they wish. The fund enables Investors in Society to lend money time and time
again, helping not just one but many charities and community groups.
Formed in 1995 as a community finance initiative of the Charities Aid Foundation, Investors in Society has
supported over 140 projects throughout England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland and has to date lent over £5
million to charities and charitable organisations.
For more information about Investors in Society, please contact Helen Taylor/Malcolm Hayday Tel: 01732
520 029 Fax: 01732 520 123 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens (FCFCG)
FCFCG is a charity, which supports, promotes and represents community gardens and city farms
throughout the UK. Projects range from long established residential gardens to pocket sized urban spaces
saved from development; from shared allotment plots and organic orchards to the largest urban farms.
There are 65 City Farms and an estimated 1,200 Community Gardens in the UK. All are managed by the
community, for the community. Membership is open to groups who want to set up, or have already
established a project.
Local projects come to the Federation for all sorts of advice. New projects may need help sorting out legal
matters, like writing a constitution or negotiating over a lease. And once they are established, projects
keep coming back for help – on organisational development, funding, training, or technical advice.
For further information contact: FCFCG, The Greenhouse, Hereford Street, Bristol BS3 4NA.
Tel: 0117 923 1800 Fax: 0117 923 1900
Email: email@example.com Website: www.farmgarden.org.uk
(Source: Community Gardens and City Farm News – Spring/Summer 2001)
Drug Groups Warned of Amendment
Campaigning charity Release is alerting housing groups working with drug users to a change to the Misuse
of Drugs Act. The change of section eight, introduced through an amendment to the Criminal Justice and
Police Bill, obliges organisations to prevent the use of all controlled drugs on their premises.
Ian Robinson, deputy director of Release, said this could cause severe difficulties for agencies. The Home
Office said the amendment would not come into effect until it had published guidance on how to cushion
housing groups and drug treatment agencies from ‗erroneous or unfair‘ prosecution.
(Source: Inside Housing – 18th May 2001)
Guidance to combat crime in rural areas is now available on the Internet at
www.crimereduction.gov.uk/toolkits. It brings together the latest information and highlights ways of using
new technology. For more information, contact the Home Office on 020 7273 4595 or visit the Home
Office website at www.homeoffice.gov.uk
(Source: Countryside Agency News – May 2001)
The Charity Commission receives a number of queries from trustees worried about how long they should
keep a range of financial records. Here, reproduced with kind permission of Buzzacott Chartered
Accountants, are details of retention periods for key financial information.
Purchases invoices and supplier documentation
Document type Required retention period
Payments cash book or record of cheques payments 6 years
Purchase ledger 6 years
Invoices – revenue 6 years
Invoices – capital items 10 years
Successful quotation for capital expenditure Indefinitely
Petty cash records 7 years
Document type Required retention period
Bank paying in counterfoils 6 years
Bank statements 6 years
Receipts cash book 10 years
Sales ledger 10 years
Remittance advices 6 years
Bank reconciliation‘s 6 years
Deeds of covenant 12 years
Correspondence re: donations 3 years
Document type Required retention period
Investment certificates Indefinitely
Investment ledger Indefinitely
Fixed assets register Indefinitely
Agreements: Under seal – 12 years
With suppliers Other – 6 years after expiry
Rental and HP
Indemnities and guarantees
Other contracts and agreements
For more information contact the Charity Commission, General Switchboard 0870 333 0123
(Source: Charity Commision News – Spring 2001)
Government Office of the South West (GOSW) NEWS
If you would like to receive a copy of GOSW News, which includes information on Government
Programmes and their implications for the South West, contact Michael Kelly, email: mkelly.gosw@go-
A NEW tool to help policy-makers assess sustainable development has been launched. Quality of Life
Capital has been developed by four agencies, including the Countryside Agency, as a way of identifying
―what matters and why‖ in making up a locality‘s quality of life.
It has been tested in more than 15 different exercises, with the help of local authorities and community
groups, and is being launched on a web site www.qualityoflifecapital.org.uk which will contain advice,
examples and a discussion forum.
For paper copies of the guidance, contact Rachel Churchill at the Countryside Agency Tel: 01242 521381 or
(Source: Countryside Agency News – May 2001)
COMMUNITIES IN CRISIS
The foot and mouth epidemic has meant that organisations such as the Rural Stress Information Network
(RSIN) have had to respond quickly to people contact them in times of crisis. The Charity, founded in
1996, has seen telephone calls increase tenfold since the start of the foot and mouth epidemic from
families and individuals affected by the strain.
The team at RSIN are in regular contact with partner organisations, publicising the contact telephone
numbers, giving support and practical help to those who ring in crisis. The RSIN works with over thirty
local and regional Rural Support Groups. It aims to develop a support network for rural people in crisis
and works closely with organisations such as NFU and the church.
For more information contact RSIN Tel: 02476 412916
Technical Help and Information is available from:
MAFF FMD Helpline – (8am to 11pm daily) Tel: 0845 050 4141
MAFF website – www.maff.gov.uk
Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution – Emergency Fund financial assistance. (weekdays 9am to
5pm/4.30pm Fridays) Tel: 01865 727 888
Farm Crisis Network – practical support from farmers (7pm to 10pm daily) Tel: 07002 326 326
The Samaritans – emotional help and support (24 hours a day) Tel: 08457 90 90 90
Pig Support Group Helpline – (9am to 2pm weekdays) Tel: 01379 742091
CAB Emergency Debt Line – (5pm to 8pm) Tel: 0800 138 1647
NFU Helpline (8am to 6pm weekdays, 10am to 4pm weekends) Tel:01938 810302
New Website on Regeneration
www.regeneration-uk.com/ is a relatively new website aiming to ―provide a one-stop-shop for regeneration
professionals attempting to source information from the Internet, and allow those involved in regeneration
activities to meet and discuss emerging issues and best practice through the Discussion Forums‖.
(Source: NCVO, Sustainable Development Project News – May 2001)
The Inland Revenue have guidance and advice for setting up a Gift Aid scheme or producing a Gift Aid
form, and a model form available on the website. www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk/menus/charity.htm
(Source: NCVO, Sustainable Development Project News – May 2001)
Sustainable Farmers’ Markets: Developing Good Practice
This new report is aimed mainly at local authorities as a good practice guide. But it has examples, ideas
and recommendations that will be of interest to any groups who hold (or intend to set up) farmers
The idea of a farmers market is simple: local suppliers selling locally grown produce to local consumers,
who are attracted to the market because of reasons such as quality, traceability (farmer markets usually
concentrate on organic produce) and the chance to support the local economy.
Last year‘s Rural White Paper set a target of doubling the number of farmers markets to 400. This report
helps to identify the characteristics of farmers markets and the various models that exist, whether they
were set up as part of an area‘s Local Agenda 21 process or to meet independent objectives. And it
stresses that farmers markets should not be seen as commercial ventures: a farmers market that regularly
breaks even should be seen as a success.
The report is available at £20 (including p&p) or £10 to local authorities, quoting LGA reference CA133,
from: IDeA Publications Sales, Layden House, 76 – 78 Turnmill Street, London, EC1M 5LG. Tel: 020 7296
(Source: Keyed Up – issue 48)
Cash for your Volunteers
Paul Carbury writes from Community Action Network:
Do you have any volunteers in the 16-24 age group?
Could you recruit any volunteers in the 16-24 age group?
If so, your organisation could receive up to £720 for each new or existing volunteer by joining CAN's
Millennium Volunteers Programme. Recruiting 30 volunteers could earn a cash payment of £21,600.
Community Action Network can also provide you with 'model' policies on Volunteering, Equal Opportunities
and Health and Safety to help get you started. If you would like to find out more, please contact me on
020 7401 5324 or drop me an email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Reach is an organisation which arranges hundreds of volunteer placements with voluntary organisations
throughout the UK. Last year they made 879 placements. They provide on-going help and advice to both
volunteers and the organisations they join, to ensure the placements are successful. To find out about the
work of Reach look on the website: www.volwork.org.uk or contact them on 020 7582 6543.
(Source: The Voice – May 2001)
The Philip Lawrence Awards
The search is now on for The Philip Lawrence Award winers for 2001. Any projects through which young
people aged 11 to 20 contribute to their communities, particularly through combating lawlessness and
violence, promoting community safety, and promoting racial harmony can be nominated.
Winners receive trophies and cash sums to carry on their work. For a nomination for and further
information, contact The Philip Lawrence Awards 2001, National Youth Agency, 17-23 Albion Street,
Leicester LE1 6GD. Tel: 0116 285 3792 Email: email@example.com
The closing date for entries is 6th September 2001.
Criminal Records Checks – Free for Volunteers
The Secretary of State for Education, David Blunkett, has announced that the Government is to make
criminal records free for volunteers. This follows a voluntary sector campaign co-ordinated by NCVO and
other, and was announced as part of his keynote address to the NCVO Annual Conference on the 7th
The Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) is in the meantime continuing its work in seeking organisations to
become registered bodies for the handling of applications for checks. Further information is on the CRB
(Source: NCVO Breifing – Feb 2001)
British Red Cross - Join our Winning Team
Does becoming a volunteer interest you?
Perhaps you find you have spare time on your hands and wish to put something back into the community.
Whatever your reasons, you will find that volunteering is fun and rewarding. You will be joining a winning
team of volunteers working in the county, helping those in crisis.
We can offer you volunteering opportunities in our domicillary services, transport and escort service,
fundraising and open gardens scheme, and medical loan service.
In particular, we are looking to add to our team of Home from Hospital volunteers due to an increasing
demand for this service.
All volunteers receive expenses, training and insurance cover.
Please ring us for an informal chat or to request more information. Contact: Recruitment and training
Manager, Tony Rodiff or Sonia French, British Red Cross, Red Cross House, Lighterage Hill, Newham, Truro
TR1 2XR. Tel: 01872 272471
International Year of Volunteers 2001
The International Year of Volunteers was officially launched on 5 th December 2000, at various locations
across the globe. The launch introduced the Volunteers Ribbon, offering recognition for volunteers for all
organisations and causes.
Delivering the opening statement in New York, Kofi Annan, secretary-general of the United Nations, praised
the contribution of millions of volunteers around the world, who work to meet people‘s needs, protect their
rights, and help give them a voice. Their motivation, he said, can be summed up in one word: sharing.
‗They share their time. They share their skills and talents. Above all, they share a human experience.
They know that the true measure of success in life is not what we gain but what we give back to our fellow
men and women. And they have the courage to believe that what they do will make a real difference‘.
Volunteers, he continued, ‗do more than provide services. They bring hope to those they help. Their
reward may be new lifelong friendships, a new understanding of other people‘s other cultures‘ and other
countries‘ problems and perspectives, or simply the knowledge they have made a difference. Invariably,
volunteers will tell you they have received at least as much as they have given. ‗It is such giving and
receiving that binds a society together‘.
(Source: Volunteer Action News)
INTERNATIONAL YEAR OF VOLUNTEERS - IVY 2001
EXHIBITION OF CORNWALL’S VOLUNTEER ORGANISATIONS
in the HALL FOR CORNWALL, TUESDAY 12TH JUNE, 10am – 4pm
The opportunity to say ‗Thank You‘ to volunteers and to ―recognise reward and recruit‖ volunteering in the
For more details: Tel/Fax 01326 221619
(Supported by HAZ and West Briton/Cornish Guardian/Cornishman Newspaper Group)
The Prince’s Trust Volunteers Programme
Aged 16 – 25 and unemployed?
Want help finding a job, learning new skills and meeting people?
Discover talents you never knew you had with our free 12 or 26 week course! It offers you exciting
challenges that will develop the skills you need to get the job you want.
The course includes:
Work experience and help with your CV
Career advice and job opportunities
An action-packed week away from home
Working in a team of about 12, with a trained team leader
Challenging projects – which you choose
The opportunity to make a difference to where you live
The possibility to join a team linked to a football club
The next two course starts 18th June 2001, one at Par and one at Pool. It’s free to join and you
won’t loose your benefit.
For further information contact: The Cornwall Community Venture Centre (HQ‘s), Station Road, Pool,
Redruth, Cornwall TR15 3QG.
Tel: 01209 710808