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Welcome to the latest Community Impact Bucks E-Bulletin, where you will find all the latest Rural and Voluntary sector news, training, events and other organisations in one place. If you have anything you'd like us to include, please send us an email News and training from Community Impact Bucks Community Impact Bucks 2011 Showcase Event- 27th September 2011 The Community Impact Bucks Showcase event will be held on Tuesday 27th September 2011 from 4.30pm at the Green Park Conference Centre, Aston Clinton. This is an excellent opportunity to meet the Community Impact Bucks team and learn more about the way we can help you. Digital TV Switchover Coming this month Community Impact Bucks will be running advice points in Aylesbury, Buckingham and Princes Risborough to help with any questions you have about switchover, including re-tuning, equipment and the Switchover Help Scheme Village SOS Competition What could your village do with a share of £5.3 million? The Village SOS Competition will give around 250 awards of between £10,000 and £30,000 to kick start community businesses. Calling all Trustees Date for your diaries – As part of the national trustee week we will be holding a countywide event for trustees in Buckinghamshire on 4 th November. More details to follow shortly. Understanding Outcomes Workshop (Grant Funding Information) 19th October 2011 This workshop will help people intending to apply to the Big Lottery and other 'Outcomes' oriented funders for project based grants, Social Media for Voluntary & Community Organisations 20th October 2011 This session is intended to help voluntary and community groups who are considering using social media such as Facebook, Twitter and other web tools to improve the effectiveness of their organisation. Evidencing Need (Grant Funding Information session) 30th November 2011 This event is intended to help groups wishing to apply to the Big Lottery and other funders for project based grants Invest in your Volunteers For anyone who supervises, manages or coordinates volunteers. These are interactive events with a chance to meet others in the voluntary sector. We will focus on good practice and top tips for success when recruiting and retaining volunteers. There are 3 training events taking place: 12th October in Burnham 19th October in Buckingham 22nd November in High Wycombe Other News Wycombe Partnership Community Champions 2011 The nomination period for this year’s Wycombe Partnership Community Champions Awards, to be held on 2 November, is now open. The awards are a bi-annual event that recognise and celebrate the achievements of groups and individuals and promote opportunities for everyone in the Wycombe district to become involved in supporting their community Recruitment Opportunity- General Manager required at Workaid Workaid is seeking an enthusiastic and well organised person to take on the role of General Manager to replace the present incumbent who will retire later this year. South Central Ambulance Service are looking for two outstanding individuals to serve as a Designate and Non-executive Director on South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust The Aylesbury Vale Community Chest 2010-11 Annual Report is now available to download from the Community Chest Webpage. Microgrants up to £1,000 continue to be reviewed every month. The next closing date for project grants up to £25,000 is 9th December 2011. Aylesbury Vale District Council AVDC is once again running a training programme from Sept 11 – March 12. This heavily subsidised programme is designed specifically for community & voluntary groups and is open to all groups in Buckinghamshire at a very reasonable rate. The programme has been significantly altered from previous years so check it out even if your group has attended before. Community Action Against Crime: Innovation Fund The Home Office has announced a new fund, worth £5million in 2011/12 to stimulate creative new approaches to tackling crime. The fund will be used to encourage greater community activism, enabling communities to develop innovative approaches to tackling the local crime issues that matter to them BT Community Connections Award Scheme If you know of a community group which helps, or wants to help, people access the internet and improve their ICT skills, they could be eligible to receive 12 months' free broadband from BT. Fancy a free family and friends activity in Aylesbury this summer? British Cycling and Sky are working with a number of local authorities including AVDC to promote recreational cycling through the national ‘Sky Ride’ campaign to get 1m more people onto bikes Better Healthcare in Bucks The NHS in Buckinghamshire is working together to develop health services that better meet the needs of local people. Over the past few months, the NHS in Buckinghamshire has been working together to look at how to develop health services that better meet the needs of local people. There’s Value in Scrap Does your organisation wish to contribute more to its local community? Does your organisation wish to increase its ability to improve the environment through waste reduction, recycling and reuse activities? Families and Carers together in Buckinghamshire FACT Bucks, short for Families and Carers Together in Buckinghamshire, is a group of parents and professionals who meet to discuss real issues that affect children and young people with additional needs and disabilities in Buckinghamshire. Grants for sports and community projects in Buckinghamshire Grants for sports projects and community projects in Buckinghamshire that empower local people and enable them to create lasting change in their communities are being administered by Buckinghamshire Community Foundation. Big Lottery Fund consultation According to the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude “Too many long and unwieldy restrictions govern how the Big Lottery Fund (BIG) hands out money, inhibiting their ability to do their job properly. Therefore, in line with the transfer of responsibilities for BIG, the Cabinet Office is opening a 12-week consultation on proposed new policy directions for BIG to try to address this.” Minorities, Agricultural and Rural Equestrian Skills Open Day- 15th September 2011. MARES are delighted to invite you to their beautiful new building on Thursday 15 th September 2011 at 2.00pm at Old Amersham Farm High Street Amersham Bucks HP7 0HR. Club H for people with learning disabilities Club H is a night hosted by Hightown for people with learning disabilities and their friends that opens late and has a full licensed bar, disco and karaoke. For further details click Club H Beaconsfield Concerts is dedicated to promoting high quality live classical music . They offer everything from vocal quartets to solo piano, from Bach to Bartok, from well-loved repertoire to less well known works, from world famous names to “ones to watch”. Meeting Rooms for Hire Walton House, Walton Street, Aylesbury – Townsend Road, Chesham Relate have meeting rooms available for hire at our offices in Aylesbury and Chesham. For further information please contact Lindsey Jefferies on 01296 427973 or email