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12th June 2015


 
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Cafe & Bar at Riverside open for IW Festival

 

Heading for the IW Festival? Fancy a cooked breakfast? The cafe at Riverside will be open from 9am - late. Fully licensed bar also open all day, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Solent Swim

Nice weather down at Colwell Bay for the safety briefing for Wild West Solent swim. Mike, Philippa and Sandy from CAIW, were there, along with lots of others who will be swimming across from Hurst Castle on Sunday 28th June, raising much needed funds for West Wight Sports Centre. If you'd like to support the sports centre and sponsor a swimmer, please see here.

Mixed Up Musical Medley

 

Active Living produced their first performance last week, called The Mixed up Musical Medley. It was a huge success raising over £500 for the charity. All the service users who took part developed their performance skills and confidence and the show was enjoyed by all who came. The service is now working towards the Christmas production, so watch this space for more details!

My Life A Full Life

Feedback from the NHS New Care Models Team arrived this week with a big thank you from the New Care Models Team to all the partners who were involved in the Vanguard 2 day site visit on the 18th – 19th May 2015.  A specific comment was “Your mutual commitment to improve the care and support for local people was hugely energising and embodies the spirit of the Vanguard programme’.We were asked to pass on our thanks to everyone who helped make the two days so informative and enjoyable.  The New Care Models team feedback was grouped into key themes and the document can be viewed here.
For the latest news see here

Queens Award for Voluntary Service

 
Congratulations to Green Towns Shanklin, Historic Ryde Society and The Friends of Brading Roman Villa, all of which have been awarded The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, announced on 2nd June.
This award was set up at the request of Her Majesty the Queen as part of the celebrations for her Golden Jubilee in 2002, and is the country’s highest award for volunteering; the official MBE for volunteer groups.
For further details of the award and how groups can be nominated, please consult the website
                                       

Fraud in the Voluntary Sector


Fraud and theft cost charities and other voluntary organisations millions of pounds, maybe even more than £2 billion, each year.
No one is immune from temptation...trustees, chief executives, managers, employees, volunteers... even, in one well known organisation, the head of counter-fraud. 

examples of recent cases, followed by a round-up of statistics, resources, tips for reducing risk, and information about how to report fraud. 
See here

Himalayan Balsam Pulling

Help Natural Enterprise, an Island conservation charity, to try and halt the spread of an invasive non-native plant called Himalayan Balsam which is causing much damage to wildlife and plants along several streams on the island.
Teams of volunteers are lead out to pull the plants out before they set seed (usually in August) so that we can try and stop it spreading along sensitive streams.
As many people as possible are urgently needed, as the fight against this plant takes place mainly in in June and July.
The work is easy and fun. No special equipment or training is required.
For informations, see here.

Wight In Bloom

To apply, click here.

 

Volunteers Week a success

 

The IW Volunteer Centre co-ordinated a series of events for National Volunteer Week. Many community & voluntary groups came together to raise awareness of their need for volunteers. The week was a success with new volunteers being recruited and organisations were able to network in some fantastic locations. Thanks to all the venues for hosting and the organisations for supporting. Volunteers Week is always on the 1st-7th June each year and we hope that this will be the first of many such events, so we can build on our success this year. For more information about all aspects of volunteering, contact Amanda 539 377 or email 

Mad-Aid raise funds for specialised minibus

 

Mad-aid were successful in their fundraising attempts and have now bought new specialised minibus for centre in North Moldova. See here

#iWill - Step Up & Serve

 

Young people taking practical action in the service of others to create positive change.
#iwill was launched in in November 2013 thanks to the leadership of HRH The Prince of Wales and the three main political parties at that time. It aims to increase by 50% the number of 10-20 year olds taking part in meaningful social action by the year 2020. Examples include caring for someone in the community, providing peer support online, volunteering for a charity, campaigning or fundraising for a specific cause.

Ideally social action will be: youth-led; challenging; have a positive social impact; allow progression to other opportunities; be embedded in a young person’s life; enable participants to reflect on the value of their activity.
Over 200 organisations from the business, education, faith and voluntary sectors have already made tangible pledges towards the campaign’s goal.
For more information please consult the website

 

English Heritage Accessible Visits at Osborne House

This Summer an exciting opportunity has arisen at Osborne House. On six separate Fridays in June/July and September English Heritage will be opening the house and grounds at Osborne to give short guided tours for people with disabilities and those living with long term health conditions. English Heritage want to explore what works best for people who may not always be able to access what is available at their sites and are trialling a new approach at Osborne following a successful accessible visits project at Stonehenge. If you would like take part in this new venture please contact Claire Tillman 07811801160. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. You may also be asked to participate in one of six focus group sessions to give your feedback on your experience. If the latter interests you then please say when you book your place. Please also feel free to pass on news of this project to others you think may like to take part.

Funding

New Grant Prospectuses Launched by Council

 

The council has just published two new grant prospectuses for the establishment of an Island Car Club for residents
and
An Electric Vehicle Hire Scheme for visitors. The latter is funded by LSTF2.
For details see here 

Police & Crime Commissioners Small Grants

The Police and Crime Commissioners Small Grant programme is open for applications, offering funding to community groups for projects that will reduce offending, support victims and improve community safety. This small grants programme is being managed by the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

One off payments of up to £3,000 are given, with an aim to reduce offending or supporting victims. 

Priority will be given to applications from organisations that are working with young people in danger of perpetrating crimes and anti-social behaviour by utilising programmes offering the arts, crafts and sporting activities.
For further details see here.

For enquiries, please email

Erasmus Youth Partnership Funding

 

If you are looking to create a successful community enterprise in one of our villages or rural areas find information and support through Village SOS

Promoting Healthy Hearts

Heart Research UK's Health Hearts Grants Programme offers support & grants of £5-10 000 to community & voluntary groups who run projects designed to promote the healthy heart message in specific groups or communities.
Application deadline: 31st August 2015.
Details here

iDEA - Digital Award Scheme

iDEA - a new inspiring Digital Enterprise Award scheme supports young people (aged 14-25) to gain digital and entrepreneurial skills to set up and run their own business venture.
For details see here
 

Supporting people affected by Cancer

 

The Macmillan Cancer Support Grants scheme funds individuals and groups that support people affected by cancer or campaign to improve cancer care. 
For details see here
Application deadline: 7th August 2015

 

Holiday Grants for Children

Henry Smith's Charity, Holiday Grant for Children Programme accepts applications from schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities for grants towards holidays or outings within the UK for children aged 13 and under who are from areas of high deprivation, are experiencing disadvantage, or those who have a disability.
Application deadline: 19th July 2015
For details see here

Training 

Fire Safety Awareness 

Tuesday 30th June, 2- 5pm
Riverside, Newport, Isle of Wight
Register your interest
 
We are hoping to run a practical 3 hour course in fire safety if we have enough willing participants. To register your interest call Philippa on 524058 or email: hello@actioniw.org.uk  
 
The session will be ideal for staff and volunteers who need a basic understanding of fire safety, their legal responsibilities and how to use fire extinguishers.  This will be of interest to those with premises who have obligations to safeguard users of their building.  
 
The session will cover the following topics:The fire triangle.

  • Sources of ignition.

  • Sources of fuel.

  • Fire risks in your venue or workplace.

  • Simple fire prevention.

  • Finding a fire & raising the fire alarm.

  • Actions on hearing a fire alarm.

  • Escape & evacuation plans.

  • Classes of fire.

  • Methods of restricting & extinguishing fires.

  • Understanding the effectiveness & limitations of fire extinguishers.

  • Practical use of fire extinguishers and fire blankets on real live fires.

 
The session will be free of charge to representatives of smaller organisations that meet the ESF criteria as detailed below:

  • Not-for-profit organisations (not necessarily charitable)

  • Income below £300,000 in previous financial year (donations can be excluded from this figure)

  • No more than nine full-time-equivalent staff

  • Must not currently have direct funding from DWP or SFA

  • Must be based and provide services in south-east England (defined as the old Government Office area) 

  • Must be working with people who live in Hampshire, Portsmouth, Southampton or Isle of Wight

  • Some of the organisation’s work must be focused on the ESF Community Grants priority people groups (lone parents; women; people with health / disability issues; people aged 50+; people from ethnic minorities or other diverse communities) 

 

Dementia Awareness Training

A series of one day dementia awareness courses are being held on the IOW. For an application form see here. 

Events & Activities

One Step at a Time - ongoing

English Heritage Accessible Visits at Osborne House

This Summer an exciting opportunity has arisen at Osborne House. On six separate Fridays in June/July and September English Heritage will be opening the house and grounds at Osborne to give short guided tours for people with disabilities and those living with long term health conditions. English Heritage want to explore what works best for people who may not always be able to access what is available at their sites and are trialling a new approach at Osborne following a successful accessible visits project at Stonehenge. If you would like take part in this new venture please contact Claire Tillman 07811801160. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis. You may also be asked to participate in one of six focus group sessions to give your feedback on your experience. If the latter interests you then please say when you book your place. Please also feel free to pass on news of this project to others you think may like to take part.

General Knowledge Quiz - 20th June

General knowledge quiz in aid of Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance on Saturday 20th June 2015 at Newport Football Club 7.30pm start.
The cost of this quiz is £2 per person with teams of up to 6 people. On the evening there will be a raffle. There is a licensed bar and free car parking available. Prize for the winning team.

Sunday at 3

Ryde Mardi Gras Parade

This year the parade is themed around the sealing of Magna Carta and the Road to Democracy. 30 groups and 750 people are taking part and as usual, the quality of the costumes and performances are superb. There are many Island school and community groups involved as well as a few visiting groups from the mainland.

The Store Room Open Day - 2nd July

The StoreRoom will be having an open day at their new education premises on Thursday 2 July 2015 between 10am-3pm.  Come along and speak to the friendly staff to find out more.  Storeroom Education, 25, 26 Somerton Industrial Park, Cowes, PO31 8PA.

Great Wight Cake Off - 12th July

The only Bake Off worth worrying about! The Way Forward Programme is hosting the first ever Great Wight Cake Off.  An event that we hope will bring the whole Island together, whilst helping raise vital funds for the Way Forward Programme. 
For details, see Facebook or email

Offers

Table & armchairs - free.

A large table and several armchairs are available, free of charge from Quay House. If you are interested please contact Adrian or Dave on 539372 or 822209.

Disabled toilet - free to a good home

 

The Cowes Corinthian Yacht Club has a Disabled W/C available, free of charge, to a charitable organisation on the Island. This is a larger version of the individual units provided for use at public events such as the festival. 
It was purchased new in the 2010/2011 period, and has hardly been used since the Club acquired a new shower and toilet block from PortaCabin in 2013. 
Please contact the club Commodore or the Secretary: -
commodore@ccyc.org.uk
secretary@ccyc.org.uk
Telephone 01983 296333

 

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