Newsletter - September 2022

Chair’s Update

What a month it has been, certainly an unexpected one. There has been an on-line book of condolences for the Queen set up by Wiltshire Council which closed on the 20th September. In due course the messages shared will be printed out and bound into a book and sent to the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre for the archives. I am sure it will make fascinating reading.

Best wishes

Angela Brennan, Chair

Would You Like To Join The CFVSF Exec?

We’re also searching for new permanent members of the CFVSF exec! Could you be the right candidate?

If you’re interested in joining, please do contact Angela or any of the Exec for an informal chat.

Support For You

Did you know that Wessex Community Action’s Community Development Workers can provide information, advice, and support to VCSE groups across Wiltshire? We specialise in areas of organisational support around business planning, governance, Trustee’s roles responsibilities and volunteer management and recruitment. We also support the development of funding strategies and how to look for funding, and tools to help you monitor and evaluate your work to help you evidence need for successful funding.

We are now offering free virtual Zoom sessions, where we can undertake an organisational ‘health check’ to help you identify areas of support you need and the resources to support you. To book on to one of our sessions, please fill in our enquiry form and a Community Development Worker will be in touch to help you.

Guidance on Involving Volunteers in Your Organisation

The government has produced guidance on getting volunteers involved in your organisation.

This guidance aims to help organisations and groups understand how to safely and effectively involve volunteers.

Read Here

Free Wraparound Childcare for Service Personnel

Serving personnel across the UK will be entitled to free wraparound childcare from this September. Service families with children aged 4 to 11 years will be eligible for 20 hours free childcare per week

More Information

Tax-Free Childcare

As children return to school after summer holidays, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) is reminding families who may be missing out on Tax-Free Childcare to register. Families receive up to £500 every three months (£2,000 a year) per child, or £1,000 (£4,000 a year) if their child is disabled, helping towards the cost of before and after-school clubs, childminders and nurseries, holiday clubs and other approved childcare schemes.

More Information

Home Visiting Volunteers Needed

Home-Start North Wiltshire are currently recruiting home visiting volunteers for our October Volunteer Preparation course to be held in Devizes.

It commences Thursday October 13th 0930 to 1300 and runs each week for seven weeks.

If you have parenting or childcare experience and would like to join our team of home visiting volunteers to support families with young children going through a crisis by sharing your parenting experience, we would love to hear from you.

Money Course

CAP are running their Money Course over 3 evenings, beginning Tuesday 27th Sept.

The aim of the course is to get people to take a closer look at their finances - where they spend their money and what motivates their spending - provide some money saving tips, and help people create their own budget.

Information about the course and how to sign up is on the poster attached. Please

FREE Dyslexia Awareness Drop-In Event

Would you like to find out more about dyslexia in Wiltshire and the support available?

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Come along to a FREE Dyslexia Awareness Drop-In Event

Wednesday 12th October 2022, 2 – 5 pm
County Hall, Bythesea Road, Trowbridge. BA14 8JN

The event is being hosted by Alison Szalay (Wiltshire Council Specialist SEN Service) and Caroline Fowke (Wiltshire Dyslexia Association). They will be accompanied by stalls from the following organisations:

- Wiltshire dyslexia-friendly schools
- Marlborough & District Dyslexia Association
- Wiltshire Parent Carer Council
- Microsoft
- AccessAbility Solutions
- Therapeutic Counselling
- Scanning Pens
- Succeed with Dyslexia
- Phonic Books
- Widgit
- Inspiration

The event is open to parents/carers, school staff and anyone who would like to find out more about dyslexia in Wiltshire. Drop in to this free event to find out more about support available and ask questions.

The event is free, but please register to attend here.

Event Flyer

Riverside Sanctuary - Mental Health Support

Alabaré Riverside Sanctuary is a confidential service aimed at anyone who is in a mental health crisis or who is struggling to manage their mental wellbeing. The specialist team are able to provide guidance and advice including coping strategies and help people get further support if they need it.

Information Leaflet
Referral Form

Get to Know Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership

Would you like to know more about Wiltshire’s Community Safety Partnership?

This partnership is a statutory body which brings together several organisations to tackle crime and help people feel safe.

Learn More

New Professional Pack

Attached is The RISE Trust’s latest professional pack that provides all of their children’s centre details plus more! Please disseminate to teams, colleagues or share with any contacts who would benefit from their service information. They will need all users to register to access any service.

The overview gives a brief oversight of our services that can be shared with families. Updates can be found on their website, Facebook and Instagram pages. Details are on the overview itself.

The password for their Course Interest and Outreach Introduction forms is ‘Rise2022’. Please delete any old copies as both forms have been updated, but they are continuing to receive old forms that are not going to right email address. Doing this will enable them to respond and process in a timely manner and ensure forms aren’t missed. They also need to have some kind of consent, whether it is noted as verbal or a full signature.

Alongside their course offer that is for any parent with an under-five child, just wanted to reiterate whattheur outreach support (not for families involved with social care at any level) can cover:

• child development

• parenting

• child safety – home, outside, people

• relationships – includes domestic abuse and reducing parental conflict

• employment and education – includes finances

• health - mental and physical for parents and/ or children

They might not always be able to complete work directly, but would aim to signpost to most appropriate support.

Welcome to Professionals Pack
North Wilts Children’s Centres Programme
Course Interest Form
Outreach Introduction Form
Registration Form

Free Devices for Wiltshire

Wiltshire Digital Drive aims to provide access to technology to the people of Wiltshire who cannot afford to purchase their own devices. They do this by receiving donations of old or unused laptops, tablets and PCs from businesses, organisations or members of the public, which they then refurbish or recycle. The refurbished devices are then given to local schools, charities and community organisations.

To date, they have received over 6000 donated devices, and have redistributed 1756 back into the community working with local organisations. They are still looking to help even more people.

If you work with people who do not meet the criteria of government schemes criteria, whilst also not being able to afford to buy get in touch here. Applications are open.

The National Centre for Family Hubs

The Anna Freud Centre leads The National Centre for Family Hubs, a new national initiative funded by the Department for Education, to help ensure all babies, children and families have the support they need through a network of Family Hubs across England.

The National Centre for Family Hubs will be a learning network that will champion Family Hubs and spread best practice on evidence-based service models to Family Hub providers across England.

Family Hubs across England will aim to ensure that all families have access to the same high quality services and supportive relationships within their local area. Family Hubs will be designed to provide family help early, when it is needed – from pregnancy, through the child's youngest years and later childhood, and into adolescence until they reach the age of 24.

All the work of the National Centre for Family Hubs will be guided by three main principles:

  • What the evidence tells us works and is good value for money

  • What families tell us they need and want

  • What Family Hub providers tell us about effective delivery

More Information
Training Information

Further information on Energy Support

HMG have released a little more information on the energy support scheme announced earlier today.

A new six-month scheme for businesses and other non-domestic energy users (including charities and public sector organisations like schools) will offer equivalent support as is being provided for consumers. As it clearly states non-domestic users we are assuming this includes VCS groups without formal charitable or equivalent status, but are seeking confirmation.

After this initial six-month scheme, the Government will provide ongoing, focused support for vulnerable industries. There will be a review in 3 months’ time to consider where this should be targeted. This is a priority to influence BEIS to accurately reflect VCS needs, collect quantitative evidence that contributes to it [more to follow on that], and avoid the review leading to competition between different parts of the sector.

Read the Factsheet Here

Youth Justice Service Wants Your Voice!

The Swindon Youth Justice Service is looking for a representative from the voluntary or faith sector on the YJS Management Board.

The aim of the board it to improve outcomes for children at risk of offending and victims of youth crime – it is chaired by David Haley, Corporate Director for Children at SBC.

The board meets 4 times a year, with an extra one or two away-days during the year. The meetings are usually from 2 to 5pm on a weekday, still to be confirmed.

If you’re interested or would like some more details, please contact YJS Manager Michael O’Connor at

Gift Aid Awareness Day - Thursday 6th October 2022

Gift Aid is an important income for many charities. In 2021-22 charities made £1.3bn from Gift Aid but each year, more than £500m of Gift Aid tax relief is left unclaimed.

Gift Aid Awareness Day is organised by Charity Finance Group. It aims to encourage charities to join the campaign, thank those who #TickTheBox and share the enormous impact Gift Aid has on our communities supporting charities delivering frontline services.

More Information

Stopping the Spiral: Children and Young People’s Services Spending 2010-11 to 2020-21

Pro Bono Economics new analysis shows how spending on children and young people’s services has decreased over the past decade across England. Spending on early interventions has halved, while late intervention spending has increased

Read the Full Report Here

BBC Children in Need to Fund Charities’ Core Costs Amid Cost-of-Living Crisis

BBC Children in Need will for the first time directly fund charities’ core costs over the next three years as part of its new strategy.

The grantmaker’s director of children and young people, Fozia Irfan, said the charity felt “an obligation” to fund charities’ organisational costs given the economic climate.

Children in Need will offer grants through three streams including one for core organisational and development costs and another aimed at its traditional project-based funding, both of which will open in October this year.

It will also launch a funding stream for smaller, emerging organisations who may need greater support to access funding in spring 2023.

Read Full Article Here


Meet the Funder
Hold the Date - 2nd November

Wiltshire and Swindon Funders Network in partnership with Wessex Community Action are planning a Meet the Funder event for voluntary and community sector organisations from across Wiltshire on the 2nd November in Trowbridge. This event will be an opportunity for voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations supporting communities across Wiltshire to:

• hear from Funders on their grant funding programmes and wider support available;

• hear from Wessex Community Action on their State of the Sector report;

• share present concerns, issues and experiences;

• network and meet with WCA and Funders for informal 1-1 advice sessions.

Bookings will open at the end of September.

Wessex Water Foundation Community Fund

Wiltshire Community Foundation is very pleased to be partnering with the Wessex Water Foundation to offer grants from their Community Fund. This fund aims to support community-based activities or projects that meet a local need and seek to improve the lives of local people who are most in need of support. These activities or projects should be informed by the people or community it seeks to serve and have considerable reach, with priority given to work that fulfils one or more of the following:

• takes place in areas of multiple deprivation or rural isolation

• helps build stronger communities

• supports people who lack access to services or helps people to manage or avoid
debt and take steps to building financial capability

• raises awareness and take up of utility affordability support, such as the Wessex
Water schemes, among those who need it most.

More Information

Cost of Living Grant

The aim of the grant is to help local community groups cope with the increase in their running costs between September 2022 and February 2023.

This includes 'warm banks' where groups are planning to keep their facilities open for longer hours to provide local people with a warm, safe place to be rather than heating their homes or living in a cold property.

The priorities for funding are:

• Rent and utility bills.

• Food costs, such as community cafes, food parcels, delivered meals, soup kitchens, etc.

Grants of between £500 and £2,000 are available for activities taking place before 28 February 2023.

Local not-for-profit community groups based in the UK may apply.

To be eligible, applicants must meet all of the following criteria:

• They must have a presence in and benefit the local community.

• Their end beneficiaries must be community groups of people.

• There is no minimum timescale for how long the group has been in existence.

• Groups can apply for a Cost of Living Grant in addition to one other grant or Green Token Giving offered by Asda Foundation.

If an organisation owns their own space and rents to other groups, Asda expects the applicant organisation to pass savings on to these other groups.

More Information

Young Offender Grant

The Triangle Trust 1949 Fund is currently accepting applications from across the UK for projects that work with young people with criminal convictions (up to the age of 25 years) to find meaningful and secure employment.

Grants of up to £60,000 over two years are available to groups with an income of less than £1.5 million over the past three years. A maximum of £30,000 per year can be requested.

Registered charities, not-for-profit social enterprises and community interest companies that are working within the UK and have a UK office are eligible to apply.

To be eligible for round two, applicants must:

• Have previous experience of either working with young people with criminal convictions or adults with criminal convictions in an employment context.

• Have an income of less than £1.5 million over the past three years.

• Be a registered charity or an organisation set up with a clear social purpose and appropriate governing documents stating this.

• Be able to start their project by 30 November 2023.

Young offender applications is between 20 September 2022 and 28 October 2022 (midday)

More Information


Community Development Officer

Community First are recruiting for a Community Development Officer to develop and facilitate community action so that communities and individuals are enabled to take action themselves to create stronger and more resilient communities.

Hours: 20 hours per week, (including very occasional evening and weekend working)
Salary: £13,544 gross per annum plus 7% employers pension contribution (£24,717 FTE)
Contract: Initial 24 month employment contract with possibility of extension
Location: Head office based at Hopton Park, Devizes, although regular county wide travel will be required.
Closing Date: 17th October 2022

More Information & Apply Here

Advertise Your Paid Or Voluntary Posts For Free

Keep in mind that if you have any paid or voluntary positions that you need to advertise you can do so on Wiltshire Together free of charge.

To advertise a voluntary post you can do this yourself; register an account and then upload the details.

For paid positions simply visit this page and follow the instructions.

For any assistance in getting your position on to Wiltshire Together you can contact the admin at


SVPP Safeguarding Week 14th-18th November

SVPP Safeguarding Week 2022 will see five days of free events designed to raise awareness of safeguarding in Wiltshire. Events will be delivered by local practitioners and will be open to all staff working with children, families and adults in Wiltshire. More information will be posted in the Learning Hub on the SVPP website.

If you are interested in delivering a webinar as part of the week’s programme of events please let them know by emailing

Save the Date Flyer

Safeguarding Training

Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership now have new training dates available for applications on Virtual College. Due to the current situation, their face to face training is still being run virtually.

Attached are the dates available, which includes 2 new webinars running in April. We have included the descriptions of these in the attached documents so you can see more about them.

If you would like to attend any of these courses, please register with an account (if you don’t already have one) and then apply via the Events tile. Also attached is delegate FAQs in case anyone needs any guidance with this any of this.

Please be aware, WSVPP moved to a new Training Management System on the 1st August 2021. After this date, delegate’s accounts were expired which will mean everyone will need to re-register with a new account on the new system, unless they have already registered on the new system after this date.

Please note, the new booking system will use your email address as the username which will mean you’ll be unable to use the same email address as someone else to register with an account. This will mean that any setting that only has one generic email address for all staff will be unable to use this; staff will need to use their own personal email address if they don’t have their own work email address.

Also attached are the course descriptions to give you more information about these courses. Please be aware, some of the courses have pre-requisite courses and some have an attendance charge for non contributing agencies. This will be mentioned in the course descriptions when you go to apply.

As well as the attached courses, they also offer some e-learning training which now includes a new course:

  • Awareness of Domestic Violence an Abuse Training

  • E-Safety

  • Gang Related Issues and County Lines

  • Learning From Serious Case Reviews (New course)

  • Level 1 Safeguarding Everyone (this replaces the two separate Level 1 courses - Safeguarding Adults and Safeguarding Children)

For registering for Safeguarding training provided by Wiltshire Safeguarding Vulnerable People Partnership (SVPP) (if you don’t have an account on the new system) go here.

For logging in (if you already have an account on the new system) go here.

For further information provided by SVPP go here.

Course Descriptions

Upcoming Webinars

  • Substance Misuse and Transitional Safeguarding – 14th October 2022 – 09:30-11:30

  • Adolescent Development and Transitional Safeguarding – 20th October

    2022 – 09:30-12:00

  • Transitional Safeguarding: Introduction to Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking (MSHT) – 28th October 2022 – 09:30-11:30

  • Transitional Safeguarding (Legislation 18 - 25yrs) Workshop - 15th November 2022 - 14:00-16.30

    This session focuses on transitional safeguarding and is an opportunity to explore the legal framework, which underpins safeguarding adults work from the age of 18 years. We explore the key challenges that may arise in practice. The contents will guide the attendees through the safeguarding adults process, focus on making safeguarding personal along with a focus on mental health legislation.

If you would like to attend, please log in to your Virtual College account and apply the Events tile on your Dashboard.

Please read the descriptions carefully when applying to make sure the webinar is right for your role. All the listed webinars are free to attend.

Domestic Abuse Training

You are invited to attend a Domestic Abuse (DA) training session at the Tidworth Garrison Theatre delivered by Alter Ego Creative Solutions - “Beyond the Warzone”.

This is taking place at the Tidworth Garrison Theatre (18 St Andrews Rd, Tidworth, Wiltshire, SP9 7EP) on Thursday 27 October at 10:30 and 13:30.

Alter Ego Creative Solutions (AECS) are a not-for-profit social enterprise dedicated to using theatre related media to inform, educate and entertain. AECS have produced a DA based drama which is now available for Field Army units to raise awareness of DA, highlighting some of the many forms DA can take: Physical, Psychological, Financial or Sexual.

All Field Army units are required to take up this training; there is a rolling three-year programme to facilitate this. It is whole force, and where possible civilian partners should also be invited. Following an introduction from Nathan Ditton, head of Army Welfare Service (AWS) Personal Support, there will be two sessions delivered on the day at 10:30hrs and 13:30hrs. Both are expected to run for approximately one hour and will include an open Q&A session led by AWS and local DA professionals.

Please share this invitation with personnel within your unit/organisation to encourage maximum attendance. There are 600 spaces available at each session, and booking can be confirmed by accessing this link. You may book multiple seats by completing the form just once. Please remember to add this event to your calendar.

AWS and DA support staff from local agencies will be available on the day, should you wish to speak with anyone either before, during or after the performances. See attached poster that includes contact information for those who may wish to make an additional booking for their unit.

We look forward to you joining us.

Learning and Development Opportunities


The Wiltshire Volunteer Managers Forum brings volunteer managers and co-ordinators from across Wiltshire together to ;

  • Connect with like-minded volunteer managers,

  • share information, challenges, and opportunities

  • develop best practice.

At the next meeting, on 20th October, Hazel Hill Trust's Conservation and Education Coordinator will share their experience of working with diverse and mixed groups, including people with learning disabilities within a volunteer day. Find out more and book your space here

The above courses (except those marked with a *) are all free for CFVSF members. You can register at the attached Eventbrite links.
If you have particular learning or support needs, contact

Wessex Community Action is the Council for the Voluntary sector in Wiltshire. WCA supports new and existing voluntary, community and charitable organisations and social enterprises to become strong and resilient, through 1-2-1 advice sessions, information sheets, templates, peer to peer networking, learning and development opportunities and signposting, We can support you with governance, funding and volunteer advice including ;

• Finding funding and support for applications

• Recruiting and supporting volunteers and trustees

• Starting a new group and legal structures

• Policies procedures and good governance

• Project development, business, and strategic planning

• Developing sustainable funding

• Consultation and engagement

• Monitoring and evaluation

For a full list of our learning and development opportunities see or contact us on 01722 326822 or email

If you would like an article included, please send it to our administrator.

This newsletter is your opportunity to share news with other members of the forum.

Don’t forget to check the CFVSF website for meeting minutes and current information.


You can read the minutes of our meetings here.

Help Promote CFVSF

We’ve produced the attached article which we hope you’ll put on notice boards and place in your own newsletters to help the Forum to continue to grow.

Circulation of Newsletter

If you receive this newsletter on behalf of your organisation please pass it on it to colleagues so that as many people as possible can find out what the forum can offer. If you have colleagues who would like to be included in the circulation list, please contact our administrator, Gareth Wood.

CFVSF Website

If you would like to be added to the CFVSF website or if you are already featured and would like your information amended then please get in touch and let us know.