Grants of between £500 and £1,000 are available from Woodward Charitable Trust for the provision of children’s summer playschemes for children between the ages of five and 16 years in the UK. The Trust makes about 35 awards nationally.
Preference is given to:
- Small local playschemes that provide a wide-ranging programme of activities.
- Schemes that involve a large number of children.
- Schemes catering for those from disadvantaged backgrounds or that have a disability.
- Schemes that are inclusive such as projects that work with children from a range of backgrounds, abilities and race.
- Schemes where past users are encouraged to come back and help as volunteers.
UK registered charities with an annual turnover of less than £100,000 are eligible to apply. The deadline for applications is 31 March 2014. See their website for details.
VCA Wirral’s training and events calendar for 2014 has been published. The programme includes Meet the Funder sessions from John Moores Foundation, Heritage Lottery Fund and Children in Need, training sesions on evidencing need, monitoring and evaluation and basic accounts, and a session with expert fundraiser Margaret Kelly. See the attached flyer for details of the sessions and how to book.
The latest Funding Bulletin from Zel Rodgers at VCA Wirral is available here, and includes details of Magenta Living’s Community Grant Funds.
Halton Children & Young People Forum have kindly shared their Funding Update, which provides an overview of grant funding sources available for health related projects that have approaching deadlines. It includes details of the Hilden Charitable Fund and Fuserna Foundation, as well as more well-known funds.
Blackburn Health & Wellbeing Consortia have again compiled and shared information on open funding opportunities. Although Lancashire-focussed, a lot of the funds are open to organisations based elsewhere. Download the bulletin here
The Morgan Foundation now have an expanded grant programme of over £1.5 million per year and target their funds where they can be most effective in making a real difference to the lives of the people in Merseyside, Cheshire (west of the M6) North Wales, and North Shropshire.
The Foundation specialises in supporting organisations helping children and families as well as elderly, disabled and socially isolated people. They will consider any work which has a positive effect on their welfare and quality of life, or which expands the opportunities and life choices for young people in this region. Trustee meetings are held regularly throughout the year and there are no specific dates for applications to be received.
See their website for further details and how to apply.
If your organisation works with families in crisis but can’t help them financially, Buttle UK may be able to help. Their small grants programme provides essential items for children and young people whose development, health and well-being are at risk. It provides a fast response to families who lack basic items such as bedding, a cooker or a washing machine.
Parents of children and young adults who are disabled or seriously ill are able to apply for a share of the £27.3 million Family Fund.
family fund, the UK’s largest grant giving charity, is designed to make life easier for low-income families with disabled and seriously ill children and young people. The money can be used for days out, garden play equipment, computers, toys and kitchen appliances like dishwashers and washing machines.
The fund helped more than 50,000 families in England last year, from a total of £27 million. The fund is now in its 40th year.
Applications can be submitted at any time. For more information on how to apply, please click on the link here.
Wirral Community NHS Trust has relaunched it’s programme of health and wellbeing activities and courses available throughout Wirral, and most are free to attend.
The Livewell Programme (formerly the Community Programme) aims to:
- support local people to make positive lifestyle changes
- encourage people to get involved in local activities and courses near to where they live
- help people reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease
- support local organisations and workplaces with training, advice and resources around health and wellbeing promotion.
March 2014′s Livewell Programme is available to download here and most sessions don’t need to be booked so people can just turn up at the venue. For further information call 0151 630 8383 or visit their website www.wirralct.nhs.uk
Wirral Adult & Community Learning Partnership have a range of courses for adults starting in January in venues across Wirral. Courses range from English, maths and IT to photography, gardening and British Sign Language. Programmes for each district can be downloaded below and adults on an eligible income-based benefit can access them for free, or at a reduced cost:
Wiser Solutions operates community projects from the former Glass Barrel pub in Market Street, Birkenhead. Their focus is helping people gain skills which will increase their income and help improve the quality of life for local people.
They will be running low cost training sessions and regular community clubs from February onwards. One will be a weekly club where people can learn facepainting from a qualified professional face painter. Other clubs and workshops include computer skills training, photography, cycle maintenance, first aid and health and safety. There will be a modest charge to cover expenses.
They are currently taking bookings for the Facepainting Club, which will start mid-February. They anticipate this will be very popular and spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment. The face painting sessions will be led by a friendly, qualified Make Up Artist and professional face painter. She is happy to teach people with no experience and also people who have some experience and want to practice their skills. It will be £10 – £12.50 per week including all materials needed and complementary refreshments. Sessions will last 1 hour each week and will be geared towards people wanting to learn face painting and practice their skills. For people wanting to set up a business in facepainting, Wiser Solutions expect to run half day and full day workshops.
To book, phone 0844 415 4898 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wirral Link Forum is arranging further Introduction to Safeguarding Children and Young People training sessions for volunteers and staff from the voluntary, community and faith sector in Wirral, delivered by Steve Withington, WSCB (Wirral Safeguarding Children Board) Safeguarding Training Officer. The course is offered free of charge to voluntary, community and faith sector organisations but we need to ensure there is sufficient interest prior to scheduling the sessions.
Aim of the Course
- To develop an awareness of safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people
By the end of the training participants will be able to:
- Identify their safeguarding role in different settings
- Understand the legal/historical context related to safeguarding children
- Explore what is meant by safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children & young people
- Define abuse and neglect
- Respond appropriately to a disclosure
- Know what to do if they are worried about a child/young person, including how to make a referral
- Explore safer caring practices
Each training session is for 3 hours and participants are expected to stay for the full session. Certificates will be provided for those who complete the training.
If you have staff or volunteers that you would like to access this FREE training, please complete the attached form and return it to Lynn Loughran, Link Forum Co-ordinator at email@example.com by Friday 28th March.
The form asks for anticipated numbers and preferred times (morning, afternoon or evening), as well as preferred area of Wirral. We don’t expect you to know accurate numbers at this point but we need to have some idea of demand for the sessions, so please ensure you complete the form.
In order to offer the sessions free of charge, we also need appropriate free venues. If you have a suitable space to offer for any of the sessions, please let me know in the space provided on the form. The venue needs to have space and seating for at least 50 people, tea/coffee-making facilities and a projector screen or suitable wall, with good transport links and parking. If it has a projector and flipchart stand, that’s even better, but not essential.
When we have collated the information on the returns, we will arrange some sessions and details will be circulated.
The Open Championship is returning to Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake from the 13th to 20th July 2014 and young people are being given the opportunity to get involved.
There is going to be a whole host of activities being delivered to promote various opportunities within golf across the County in the lead up to The Open and Royal Liverpool Golf Club are looking to recruit a team of enthusiastic volunteers aged 18 – 25, who are passionate about sport, to support these activities. It is not essential for volunteers to be golfers.
Further information is attached along with a form to register an interest in becoming a volunteer.
Merseyside Youth Association have a vacancy for an Intensive Mentor in their Talent Match programme, delivered in partnership with Youth Federation. The successful candidate will be required to deliver effective personalised pathways to employment for young people aged 18-24 who have not been in education, training or work for over 12 months and have complex needs.
They are also looking to recruit a Disabled Children & Young People’s Short Breaks Project Leader, who will lead and work within a staff team to engage disabled children and young people aged 7-19yrs into informal educational programmes and youth-led activities which aim to enhance their independence and life skills through providing a short break service.
Closing date for applications to both posts is 5pm on Monday 10th March, 2014.
Application packs can be downloaded from the MYA website here.
Local women are invited to celebrate International Women’s Day on Friday 7th March at Wirral Change, St Laurence School, Birkenhead.
Activities to be held from 10am to 3pm include a fashion show, henna painting, massage, exercise sessions, and much more.
There’ll also be the opportunity to get advice on housing, employment, benefits and training.
See the attached poster for further information or call Wirral Change on 0151 649 8177.
To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week, Magenta Living are holding their 2nd Takeoff event in Rock Ferry.
Prospective apprentices are invited to go along, meet employers, apply for an apprenticeship, get invaluable advice and watch their career soar!
The event will be at the Viking Centre, 109 Thorsway, Rock Ferry, CH42 1NW on Thursday, 6th March from 2pm to 5pm.
See the attached flyer for details.
Wirral Youth Theatre will be delivering a series of Youth Arts Workshops for young people aged 11 to 19 at St James Centre on Tuesday evenings from 6.30pm to 7.30pm throughout March.
Sessions are free and will include drumming, singing and visual arts.
See the attached poster for details or call Helen Webster, Youth and Community Worker, North Birkenhead Development Trust, on 0151 670 9974
The course comprises 70 hours of training and is suitable for:
- People in caring professions – social workers, nurses, carers, doctors, ……
- Those who hold pastoral roles – teachers, managers, chaplains, HR professionals, youth workers……
- Ministers, priests and people living in religious communities….
- Leaders of organisations or communities…
- Anyone wishing to develop their listening and helping skills
- Anyone interested in pursuing their own interior journey
- Anyone who may be considering further training in counselling or psychotherapy
but will be particularly aimed at carers and those who support them.
The course will take place at Mersey Counselling and Therapy Centre from 11th March to 29th July 2014 from 2pm to 5pm.
Please note a BSL interpreter is available for this course. Please let MCTC know that you require one when you book.
The Women’s Organisation have teamed up with the Light Cinema to offer a special International Women’s Day event inspiring local women to consider if they’d like to make a change.
Women who have ideas or hobbies they might like to turn into a job they love can drop in to find out about FREE support, grants, training and information available to help women start their own business.
The drop-in will be from 6pm to 7.30pm on Friday 7th March at the Light Cinema, Marine Point, New Brighton and will be followed by a screening of ‘The Book Thief’.
Home Instead Senior Care is holding a FREE Scam Awareness workshop for older people, family members, carers and people throughout the community who may be vulnerable themselves, or know people who may be a target for scammers.
The event, hosted by St James’ Centre, is on Wednesday 5th March from 11am to 12 noon.
See the attached poster for details and contact St James’ Centre Reception on 0151 670 9974 for more information or to register for the event.