Win £1,000 for your Village Hall

Deadline 21st November 2021

The Village Hall Podcast are running a ‘Wonderful Villages Photo Competition’ for an opportunity to win multiple cash prizes for budding photographers and their nominated village halls. The theme is Britain’s ‘Wonderful Villages’.

1st Prize – £1,000 for your village hall and £500 for the photographer
2nd prize – £500 for your village hall and £250 for the photographer
3rd prize – £250 for your village hall and £125 for the photographer
4th prize – £100 for your village hall and £50 for the photographer
5th prize – £50 for your village hall and £25 for the photographer

Any photo taken in the UK that captures a sense of village life and community spirit is eligible.

View the flyer here

Community groups worth billions to Yorkshire and Humber economy, research finds

From Civil Society News:

Charities and community groups in the north of England could be worth as much as £6bn to the regional economy, researchers have found.

The research report, The Structure, Dynamics and Impact of the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector, was published earlier this month and looks at the value of civil society in West Yorkshire and Harrogate, and the Humber, Coast and Vale area.

The work of these groups helps relieve pressure on the NHS and other local services, campaigners said.

Click here for the full article.

Getting on Board – Your guide to recruiting Black and Asian trustees

Getting on Board is a charity which supports people from all sectors of society to become charity board trustees,
and charities to recruit and retain a diverse range of trustees.

Getting on Board work with potential trustees and other charities to offer the equitable and diverse development of the charity sector.

The following information provides guidance, events and webinar.

Click here for the guide.

How can charities use their assets to further their objectives?

From Charity Finance:

Can charities which have investments use them to further their charitable objectives? Is engaging with poor performers on areas such as environmental behaviours a more useful tool than broad exclusions?

Kate Rogers, co-head of charities at Cazenove Capital, introduces the discussion by saying she really believes in the power of investment to create positive change. “Charities and foundations that invest can use their influence to push for progress. This is ‘active ownership’ and is a key lever in creating positive impact, particularly in listed equity markets where they own a stake in a business. Trustees most often delegate their investment decision-making to fund managers, and in doing so also delegate any active ownership activity, like engagement and voting.

“Charities are increasingly adopting responsible investment (RI) practices,” she adds. “More than 75% of charity investors have an investment policy that connects mission and aims with investment.”

Click here for the full article.

National Lottery Community Fund – Young People in the Lead Team

What is a Young People in the Lead team?

The National Lottery Community Fund (NLCF) continue to have big plans for making sure that the voices of young people are included in all of their work, whether it’s through the grant making, the people influenced or the things learnt. In order to do this they need a passionate team of young people to work closely with the Head of Youth Voice and partner with them throughout 2022.

About the approach

NLCF strongly believe that when people are in the lead, communities thrive. National Lottery funding is open to everyone. As the UK’s largest community funder, they’re privileged to be able to work with the smallest of grassroots groups right up to large UK-wide charities.

Young People in the Lead Team Role Description


Deadline 5pm on Monday 20th September 2021

The GSK IMPACT Awards are an annual programme, funded by GSK as part of the company’s commitment to promote community health and wellbeing.

The awards have been running since 1997, and are organised and managed in partnership with The King’s Fund, a leading independent health charity working to improve health and social care. The GSK IMPACT Awards recognise and reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people’s health and wellbeing.

The GSK Grow Programme is open to registered charities that are at least a year old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with a total annual income of between £20,000 and £120,000. Up to 10 charities will receive £10,000 in unrestricted funding plus training and development valued at £3,200. Up to five runner-up charities will receive £1,000.

To find out more, please visit The King’s Fund website here.

Kit out the Nation

As we all emerge from the Coronavirus pandemic, the BBC’s local radio stations across England are coming together to help children and families.

In a recent report, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee published data from Sport England which showed 100,000 fewer children met the recommended level of activity in 2020 than in 2019 and it was “of significant concern”.

One issue is around access to sport and exercise because of the affordability of kit, and the situation has been compounded by the pandemic.

Also, good condition equipment, that would otherwise go to landfill or simply remain in cupboards, could get an extended life and help a young person get active.

Local BBC Radios want to do their bit to help. From Saturday 4 September until Saturday 2 October they are aiming to get kit and sports equipment to the schools and clubs where a young person may use it.

Click here for the BBC website.

Free Digital Marketing Hub to boost sport and physical activity

Sport England have invested £450,000 of National Lottery money to fund a new, free resource that’ll help people, clubs and organisations use digital marketing tools and techniques to encourage more people to play sport and be physically active. 

The Digital Marketing Hub, which is delivered by The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) and is powered by the Digital Marketing Institute, launches on 14 September.

The hub is tailored to small businesses, self-employed professionals and volunteers at frontline clubs and groups, as well as marketing and communication professionals at larger organisations. 

Click here to find out more.

UK Coaching Award

Deadline 13th September 2021

Nominations for the 24th UK Coaching Awards are now open. The following awards are hosted by UK Coaching, these awards showcase the diverse work of coaches from all walks of life, helping people improve their wellbeing and activity levels.

The awards are given to individual coaches who’ve excelled and shown outstanding commitment in a certain area, or to an individual and/or group over the past 12 months. 

Each award category has specific criteria that you will need to answer questions against to complete your nomination, but please read this general advice first:

  • Check the criteria to ensure you are making a nomination in the correct category.
  • Read the general criteria, which is applicable to all awards, and the ‘what we are looking for’ bullet points below with information specific to each award category.
  • The UK Coaching Awards recognises the impact of the coach, organisation or programme on UK participants/athletes only.
  • The judging panel can only use the details you provide in the nomination form.
  • Nominees can only be judged in the category they have been nominated in.
  • If a nominee meets the criteria for multiple awards and you wish to nominate them for more than one award, please complete the relevant nomination forms.

Click here to find out more.

Train to be a Bus Driver with Stagecoach

From Job Centre:

We are working with Stagecoach to seek suitable candidates that would like to train to become a bus driver.  Induction will take place on 6th September 2021 with start course on 7th September.

Eligibility Criteria :

  • Must have held a driving licence for at least 1 year (no age restrictions)
  • Hold C grades in Eng and Maths or lowest accept Functional Skills level 1
  • Must not have more than 6 points on licence.
  • Must be reliable and flexible

Candidates will commence a 3 day Customer Service SWAP through Net UK, Induction 6th September 2021.

Once successful at interview then customer will commence training for PCV and conduct a series of assessments and tests which is all paid for by employer and employer will pay customer whilst training from day 1Any questions please contact me.

Kind regards,

Hayley Dame

01472 622343