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18th August 2021

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Community Action IW is asking for urgent help to offer Afghan families, whose lives are said to be in danger, a "safe haven" on the Isle of Wight.

We are assisting in the nationwide search for safe homes.

It comes after the Taliban ceased control of large parts of Afghanistan - including the capital Kabul, and follows the withdrawal of Western forces in the country.

Philippa Daley says many Afghan families had relatives employed by the British Government in the country, which puts them at risk.

"The families we're seeking to relocate through the scheme, their lives are in danger. If we look in the recent events that have unfolded, very sadly, in Afghanistan over the last few days. These are people whose lives are in immediate danger. As we saw, the Defence Minister [Ben Wallace] broke down when being interviewed yesterday. These are people that will get... there is a risk to people who are left behind and we are trying to find provisions to house these people and provide a safe haven for them."

We are looking for landlords to come forward and offer their properties at an affordable rate.

It is part of a Government scheme to bring some of those families affected to the UK for their safety. 

It could be a flat, a larger house, and the size of the family relocated would be dependent on the offer of accommodation.

If you think you can help email: Hello@actioniw.org.uk.

Building community capacity and resilience skills

One of the key objectives of the Community Resilience Project is working to enhance the skills of volunteers who are then, in turn, better placed to support people in the community.

With this in mind, we are partnering with other organisations to create learning opportunities for both, volunteers and professionals.

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the funding from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Public Health, we were able to commission more high quality learning events such as Mental Health Aware sessions (1/2 day), Mental Health First Aid training (2 days) and Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention training (1 day). Please check out our events calendar [attached] for details about these and other learning opportunities which are offered free of charge.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Public Health also have recently commissioned 1-day Debt and Mental Health Wellbeing training for frontline public sector and community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers. This training is funded through the STP Suicide Prevention programme so it will be delivered free of charge. You can find more details of this training at: https://escalla.co.uk/debt-and-mental-health-wellbeing-training/

To book your place on this course:

  •  First, please click on the following link https://escalla.co.uk/debt-and-mental-health-wellbeing-training/  which will take you through to the course landing page and the course outline.   Once you are at the landing page, please click on the orange ‘Register for an Event’ button, which will take you through to the Eventbrite booking page.
  • Once you are on the Eventbrite booking page, please click on the orange ‘Select a date’ button.
  •  Select which date you wish to attend.
If you are having any problems booking your place, please email LA@escalla.co.uk  and one of the team will assist you. 

Our colleagues at the Isle of Wight Council have secured funding to offer the following excellent (and free) training on Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) to people in the community who are working with families.
People who would like to enhance their skills in this area can access FREE eLearning. This is training comprises 4 modules that can be completed at a convenient time and at your own pace.
Module 1 explains the evidence this training is based on and the outcomes for children.
Module 2 explores how to recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn such skills as negotiation and compromise.
Module 3 explores how to engage in conversations about relationships and discuss parental conflict. It provides tools and techniques to use with parents to resolve conflict with positive outcomes.
Module 4 is aimed at people with managerial or supervisory responsibilities
It is expected that people will complete modules 1-3 and that module 4 will be completed additionally only by those who supervise staff.
If you are interested in this training, please email reducingparentalconflict@iow.gov.uk  for more information.
There is also an opportunity to attend a free 2-day Train the Trainer workshop to be trained to deliver the RPC training to other professionals and volunteers working with families.
People aiming to attend the Train the Trainer workshops will need to complete the eLearning first - by 30th September.
There will be two intakes/cohorts trained on the following dates:
Cohort 1 – 17th September 2021 AND 2nd November 2021 from 9.30 – 4.30 at Westridge Centre, Ryde
Cohort 2 – 15th February 2022 AND 8th March 2022 from 9.30 – 4.30 at Westridge Centre, Ryde
If anyone is interested in attending the Train the Trainer workshops, please email reducingparentalconflict@iow.gov.uk for more information.

Help with local resilience/emergency response planning
Floods resulting from the recent torrential rains highlighted the need to revisit local resilience/emergency response plans and arrangements.
Please remember that members of the Community Resilience Project team are there to help you with this work.
You can contact the Community Resilience Coordinator in your area or Zoryna O’Donnell (Project Manager) and we will do our best to help you. You can find contact details of our team on our web page here

Citizens Advice Survey


During the pandemic Citizens Advice Isle of Wight has helped over 5000 residents find the advice they need using their telephone and digital portals.
As we come out of Lockdown we have a fantastic opportunity to review how we deliver our advice service. We want to improve the way we are providing advice for Isle of Wight residents and we want help to understand what people need to be able to get that advice.
 
Citizens Advice Isle of Wight is launching a public survey, available digitally but also in paper format and over the telephone, asking residents for their views.
I would be very grateful if you bring this survey to the attention of staff and clients. We are interested to hear from people even if they have never used our services. The results will inform how we deliver our services as restrictions ease and form the basis of our advice provision in the future.
The Citizens Advice Isle of Wight Survey is completely anonymous and can be completed either: 
 
online at https://www.citizensadviceiw.org.uk/forms/your-views-on-our-services 
by phone using our freephone number 0800 144 8848 
on a paper form available by request 
 
Please contact Citizens Advice Isle of Wight if you or anyone you know would like to take part in the survey but need support.
 

Employment Support


A new Reaching, Connecting, Supporting Employment Support Service has been recently launched on the Isle of Wight.
Two experienced Employment Support Workers Natalie Betchley and Maria Woodford are now delivering free, one-to-one holistic support to unemployed or economically inactive individuals across the Island, supporting them throughout their journey to reach their employment goals. 
They provide a wrap around service to enable people to plan their future and access local services. They can offer support in areas such as digital skills and job search, CV writing, interview preparation, and overcoming barriers such as poor health and wellbeing. 
 
You can find more information about the Reaching, Connecting and Supporting Employability Programme here  or in Leaflet
 

Sabirian Is Open for Business


Community Action’s trading arm, Sabirian, has had a very tough time in the last 18 months, given that it sells furniture, arts, crafts and gifts predominantly from India.
But the shop at 68 High Street, Newport (the Carisbrooke end) is full to the brim with interesting things, so please come and pay us a visit. We’re open 10-4 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Do You Offer Activities for Families?


Are you an Island organisation offering activities to families?
Come along to our community drop in session on 25th August from 10 - 12 to highlight your service and spread the word.
If you would like to get involved please call us on 01983 822437 or email info@independentarts.org.uk

Training

FREE debt and mental wellbeing training

Hampshire and Isle of Wight public health are offering a 1-day Debt and Mental Health Wellbeing training for frontline VCSE staff and volunteers. Organisations can have a free space on the course for 1 colleague. To book on the course, click here and then 'register for an event', and select the date. Email LA@escalla.net with any queries.

Cancer Awareness Training - Free


Communities Against Cancer project are trying to reach communities with messages of cancer awareness, especially those who face health inequalities. Their upcoming Zoom workshops in September & October are free to attend for any voluntary groups, charities and local partners who may be interested. Other sessions will also be available and bespoke sessions can be arranged for particular groups/areas so please get in touch if you would like to discuss this option.
 
Our grants of up to £5,000 are also still available to support groups to do cancer awareness work. Please see our website here
 

Plan Your Fundraising Strategy


Weds 8th September £25
How to plan your fundraising strategy Tickets, Wed 8 Sep 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

Summer School

Open's Summer School (mailchi.mp)

Building community capacity and resilience skills

One of the key objectives of the Community Resilience Project is working to enhance the skills of volunteers who are then, in turn, better placed to support people in the community.

With this in mind, we are partnering with other organisations to create learning opportunities for both, volunteers and professionals.

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to the funding from Hampshire and Isle of Wight Public Health, we were able to commission more high quality learning events such as Mental Health Aware sessions (1/2 day), Mental Health First Aid training (2 days) and Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Intervention training (1 day). Please check out our events calendar [attached] for details about these and other learning opportunities which are offered free of charge.

Hampshire and Isle of Wight Public Health also have recently commissioned 1-day Debt and Mental Health Wellbeing training for frontline public sector and community and voluntary sector staff and volunteers. This training is funded through the STP Suicide Prevention programme so it will be delivered free of charge. You can find more details of this training at: https://escalla.co.uk/debt-and-mental-health-wellbeing-training/

To book your place on this course:

-       First, please click on the following link https://escalla.co.uk/debt-and-mental-health-wellbeing-training/  which will take you through to the course landing page and the course outline.

-       Once you are at the landing page, please click on the orange ‘Register for an Event’ button, which will take you through to the Eventbrite booking page.

-       Once you are on the Eventbrite booking page, please click on the orange ‘Select a date’ button.

-       Select which date you wish to attend.

If you are having any problems booking your place, please email LA@escalla.co.uk  and one of the team will assist you.
 
Our colleagues at the Isle of Wight Council have secured funding to offer the following excellent (and free) training on Reducing Parental Conflict (RPC) to people in the community who are working with families.

People who would like to enhance their skills in this area can access FREE eLearning. This is training comprises 4 modules that can be completed at a convenient time and at your own pace.

Module 1 explains the evidence this training is based on and the outcomes for children.

Module 2 explores how to recognise the signs of parental conflict at the early stages. It highlights how to support parents in finding constructive outcomes which are shown to provide positive lessons for children to learn such skills as negotiation and compromise.

Module 3 explores how to engage in conversations about relationships and discuss parental conflict. It provides tools and techniques to use with parents to resolve conflict with positive outcomes.

Module 4 is aimed at people with managerial or supervisory responsibilities

It is expected that people will complete modules 1-3 and that module 4 will be completed additionally only by those who supervise staff.

If you are interested in this training, please email reducingparentalconflict@iow.gov.uk  for more information.

There is also an opportunity to attend a free 2-day Train the Trainer workshop to be trained to deliver the RPC training to other professionals and volunteers working with families.

People aiming to attend the Train the Trainer workshops will need to complete the eLearning first - by 30th September.

There will be two intakes/cohorts trained on the following dates:

Cohort 1 – 17th September 2021 AND 2nd November 2021 from 9.30 – 4.30 at Westridge Centre, Ryde

Cohort 2 – 15th February 2022 AND 8th March 2022 from 9.30 – 4.30 at Westridge Centre, Ryde

If anyone is interested in attending the Train the Trainer workshops, please email reducingparentalconflict@iow.gov.uk for more information.

Help with local resilience/emergency response planning

Floods resulting from the recent torrential rains highlighted the need to revisit local resilience/emergency response plans and arrangements.

Please remember that members of the Community Resilience Project team are there to help you with this work.

You can contact the Community Resilience Coordinator in your area or Zoryna O’Donnell (Project Manager) and we will do our best to help you. You can find contact details of our team on our web page here

FREE of charge learning opportunities in July and August: Full timetable

Volunteering & Job Opportunities

DRIVERS WANTED!

Do you enjoy driving? Could you spare a few hours each week to help a voluntary organisation take people on essential journeys or make deliveries? We have urgent requests from Optio Voluntary Car service, FYTbus, Aspire Ryde and Sight for Wight
There are opportunities for drivers across the Island. Take a look at our website now
www.iwvolunteer.org

Donations Co-ordinator for YOU Trust


Donations Co-ordinator for The YOU Trust | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (iwvolunteer.org)

South West Advocacy Network - Volunteer Coaches needed


The role of an Advocacy Coach is to support clients to develop the skills and confidence to self-advocate either for a one-off event or as part of the client’s personal progression.
See more: Advocacy Coach for South West Advocacy Network | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (iwvolunteer.org)

Citizens Advice Face to Face Advisers 


Citizens Advice Face to Face Adviser for Isle of Wight Citizens Advice | Isle of Wight Volunteer Centre (iwvolunteer.org)
You can search the IW Volunteer Centre database for volunteering opportunities at any time.

www.iwvolunteer.org

If you are looking to recruit volunteers, please sign up with the Volunteer Centre or get in touch with volunteer@actioniw.org.uk if you have any problems registering. 

Funding

Community Ownership Fund


The UK government has announced that Round 2 of the new £150 million Community Ownership Fund is due to re-open for applications in December 2021. The fund is part of the UK Government’s strategy to build back better from the pandemic and to foster a sense of community and will make grants to help communities across the UK take ownership of local facilities, community assets and amenities such as at-risk local pubs, theatres, post offices, sports grounds, parks and corner shops, etc. In the first bidding round matched capital grants of up to £250,000 were available for projects. Further details and an updated prospectus and guidance notes for round 2 will be published in the autumn.

Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects


The Elephant Trust  offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects. It aims to make it possible for artists and those presenting their work to undertake and complete projects when confronted by a lack of funds. The Trust supports projects that develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and appreciation of the fine arts. Priority is given to artists and small organisations and galleries making or producing new work or exhibitions. The Trust normally awards grants of up to £2,000, but larger grants of up to £5,000 may be considered.
Application deadline: 10th October 2021

Funding to Improve Lives of Vulnerable Young People


Grants of up to £2,000 are available to support the needs of vulnerable children and young people who have experienced a recent crisis or change in life that has had a significant impact on their social and emotional wellbeing and their education. The funding is being made available through the Buttle UK's Chances for Children
Grants. Support might include items and activities to support learning and development such as laptops, books, wi-fi, educational toys, tuition, etc; clothing and school uniforms; and social, sporting and leisure activities; and items for children/young people’s bedrooms. Buttle UK will only accept applications from frontline professionals (from a registered charity, housing association or public sector organisation). Applications can be made at any time.

Holiday Grants for Disadvantaged Children

 

Schools, youth groups, not for profit organisations and charities can apply for grants of £500 to £2,500 to support recreational trips or holidays within the UK for groups of disabled or disadvantaged children (aged 13 or under). Priority will be given to applications coming from the 20% most deprived areas in the UK. The grants can cover up to two-thirds of the cost of a holiday or trip lasting one to seven days. The funding is being made available through the Henry Smith Charity.
Application deadline: 13th September 2021, for day trips taking place until the 31st October 2021. Applications must be made at least six weeks before the trip or holiday is due to take place.

National Heritage Memorial Fund


Launched in June 2021, this funding stream offers project grants to support any heritage asset which is of outstanding importance to the national heritage and at risk due to the impact of COVID-19.

Grants for Not-For-Profit Theatres


The Theatres Trust has launched a £100,000 small grants programme for not-for-profit theatres across the UK to carry out essential works, particularly improvements to buildings that protect theatre use and remove barriers to participation and attendance. The Small Grants Programme, supported by The Linbury Trust, will provide grants of up to £5,000 to support small projects that make a big impact to a theatre's resilience, sustainability or accessibility. Eligible projects include small capital works, the installation of key plant and machinery and works that make theatre buildings digital-ready. Applications are also welcome for projects that help theatres reopen as Covid-secure.
Application deadline: 5pm on the 8th November 2021.

Funding to Bring Communities Together Through Food


The Soil Association has announced that not-for-profit organisations in the UK can apply for small grants of £150 to take part in Cook and Share Month, running from World Food Day 16th October - 16 November 2021.
The aim of these events is to use the power of good food to connect people of all ages and from different backgrounds to get more people eating healthily, strengthen communities and reduce experience of loneliness and social isolation.
The fund is open to not for profit organisations that have their own bank account.
Grants can be used for event costs and equipment such as transport, marketing, food, inductions hobs, fridges, durable gardening tools etc.
Application deadline: 5pm on 8th September 2021.

Events/ Online Activities

Freshwater Library Community Day - 24th August

Isle of Wight Festival of The Mind - 10th October


The IOW Festival of the Mind will be held at the YMCA Centre, Shanklin on Sunday 10th October. Tickets for workshops and talks will soon be available. Find out more www.wight2bhappy.com. Kindly sponsored by the WightAid Foundation
Book now for FREE workshops Isle of Wight Festival of the Mind 2021 Tickets, Sun 10 Oct 2021 at 10:00 | Eventbrite

IW Virtual Volunteer Fair - 16th September


If you would like to take part, please see leaflet or email volunteer@actioniw.org.uk


The voluntary sector makes a huge contribution in every area of our lives. If you have a story to share or any queries about the content of this newsletter, please contact s.ciccognani@actioniw.org.uk
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