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January 2018

Government Minister to launch #VillageHallsWeek in Buckinghamshire
Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Rural Affairs Minister will launch the first ever #VillageHallsWeek in his home county of Buckinghamshire on Monday 22 January 2018.

Cllr Mimi Harker OBE calls for more support for local charities
Mimi Harker OBE has used her first 100 days as chairman of Community Impact Bucks (CIB) to highlight the huge challenges facing local charities and community groups.

Get your community cooking in 2018 with an exciting opportunity from Let's Cook
Calling early years providers, schools, and community & voluntary groups in the High Wycombe and Aylesbury areas – why not take advantage of an exciting new opportunity to get free training to set up your own cooking club and get your community enjoying the health, social, and cost-saving benefits of cooking from scratch with fresh ingredients.

Update on £150 training vouchers from Adviza
Adviza and Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) are working in partnership with European Social Funding to offer £150 of training vouchers for small organisations in Bucks, including charities and community groups.

Free of charge leadership coaching with Henley Business School
Community Impact Bucks (CIB) has announced an exciting new partnership with Henley Business School to offer free of charge coaching to leaders and senior managers of charities and community groups across Buckinghamshire.

Grants of £30k - £150k for capital projects
In celebration of their 60th anniversary, The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support Capital projects to provide new or improved facilities for local communities across the UK.

A time to reflect...
Throughout 2017 we have been privileged to work with over 500 outstanding, inspirational groups who are really making a difference; from groups set up at a kitchen table that change so many people’s lives to villages getting together to develop vital services to support elderly, lonely or vulnerable members of their community.

Be part of the first ever Village Halls Week #VillageHallsWeek
Calling all Village Halls! Promote your invaluable work and the importance of your village hall to the community, through the first every Village Halls Week starting 22 January 2018.

Chiltern District Council Community Awards 2018
Nominations are now open for Chiltern District Council's Community Awards 2018 - the chance to recognise the volunteers and community champions who do so much to enrich life in the district.

December 2017

FSI support on #LocalCharitiesDay 15 Dec
The Foundation of Social Improvement (FSI) help small and local charities and provide the support they need to thrive. On Local Charities Day this 15th December they will be celebrating by running the following free support programme:

Drop in volunteering hours could affect local charities
Despite the number of volunteers staying the same, the number of hours being given to volunteering has dropped says a new report from Community Impact Bucks.

Helping us to help you
Earlier this year we asked you what support you needed from us so that we can deliver services relevant to your needs. Thank you to everyone who responded to our survey.

November 2017

Looking Positively at Rural Change
Speaking at the packed annual Bucks Rural Affairs Group conference on 24 November, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP spoke passionately about the impact of international, national and local change to rural life, reviewing impacts ranging from Brexit and farm funding reform to the increased use of IT in our lives.

Local funding sources
From local lotteries to supermarket schemes, there are a huge number of opportunities to raise money in your own community. We've pulled together information on the key schemes to make it easy for you to identify the best one for you.

Local Charities Day 15 December 2017
Taking place on 15 December, this is a chance to celebrate and shine a spotlight on the work of small local charities and community groups.

Institute of Fundraising training 15 December
A vital training session from the Institute of Fundraising, Chilterns for anyone looking to attract high value funders and major donors.

Support for growth - help for social enterprises & trading arms
Bucks based social enterprises or charity trading arms may be eligible for the Growth Programme, which is focused on helping small businesses established for over a year to grow.

New job club for Wycombe - starts Monday 13 November
The Oasis Partnership has partnered with Red Kite Housing to develop a local employment, training, education and volunteering Hub in High Wycombe.

October 2017

Could your governance win you a national award?
At Community Impact Bucks we are so proud of all the fantastic achievements of Buckinghamshire charities and community groups that we wanted to ensure that you knew about these wonderful national awards.

Big Lottery Fund offers £4.5m funding to support local social action
Under the Place Based Social Action programme, organisations can apply for an initial £5,000, which could become as much as £500,000.

Benefits of joining the FSI
The FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) provides high quality and low cost or free training and advice to small charities. If your organisation is a charity, CIC or community organisation with a turnover under £1.5m then membership is FREE.

£150 training vouchers from Adviza
Adviza and Bucks Business First (BBF) are working in partnership to offer £150 of training vouchers for small organisations in Bucks.

Trustee Recruitment: We’re here to help you
Trustees' Week is running from 13-17 November 2017 and is your chance to focus your attention on recruiting, training or promoting your trustees.

Find out about our community projects team
Primarily focused on meeting the needs of the vulnerable and socially isolated, the Community Projects Team supports the development and delivery of services where an unmet need has been established. They provide bespoke support to help develop community and volunteer projects throughout Buckinghamshire.

Meet the Local Ambassadors
Meet Carol Heap and Marlene Baker, our local CIB volunteer ambassadors who are promoting CIB services to charities and community groups in their local areas.

What do you think of our website?
Does our website give you want you need? Do you find it infuriating or helpful? Please let us know so we can make our new website the best it can be!

And the winner is.....
Youth Concern have been announced as the winners of the 2017 CIB photo competition.

Handy Helpers in Aylesbury Tesco Bags of Help scheme
Shopping at a Tesco in Aylesbury this month? Drop your token in our box and help fund our Handy Helpers project.

September 2017

New fund for core costs
Heart of Bucks has announced the launch of Core Strength – Local Communities for 2017/18 in partnership with UK Community Foundations. This is a 12-month programme to cover the day-to-day costs of small, locally led groups.

An invitation to safeguarding leads
Calling all safeguarding leads from sports clubs, youth centres, uniformed groups, choirs, young peoples projects, committees, after school clubs, organisations and associations.

Up to £30k development funding available
The Fore is the only open-access funder in the UK offering development funding and strategic support to early-stage charities and social enterprises. They make grants of up to £30,000 over one to three years and provide access to business expertise to help recipients achieve their goals.

Photo competition deadline extended to 19 September
Don't miss your chance to win one of three prizes in our photo competition - deadline now extended to Tuesday 19th September.

August 2017

Free help from Bucks New University
Have you got ideas you’d like to develop or projects you’d like to implement but just don’t have the time or resources? Imagine a situation where you could brief a team of up to five students to work on making your ideas a reality.

Charity courses from Green Banana Marketing
Our photo competition sponsor, Green Banana Marketing, is running a couple of training courses for charities and not-for-profits.

Chiltern & South Bucks lottery launch event 12 September
Chiltern & South Bucks District Councils are launching a new on-line community lottery called the Chiltern & South Bucks Lottery, to be launched on 12 September 2017.

Last opportunity for funding from Youth Social Action
Heart of Bucks is administering the Youth Social Action grants programme for Bucks. There is one last opportunity for groups to apply for funding of grants up to £5000.

GSK IMPACT Awards for work in health
The GSK IMPACT Awards provide funding and free leadership training for health charities with an income of between £80,000 - £2.5m.

Offline Festival – Unearth the power of your community
Join the most active, engaged and innovative community projects, social enterprises, charities and purpose-driven businesses, friends and family as we explore and celebrate positive social and environmental impact at this year’s Offline Festival on 15-17 September 2017.

Mimi Harker joins the board of Community Impact Bucks
Councillor Mimi Harker OBE has been announced as the chair designate of Community Impact Bucks (CIB), and will formally take up the new role in September.

Mental Health First Aid training 7 September
Buckinghamshire Mind would like to invite you to a Mental Health First Aid Training Lite Course Youth and Standard on Thursday 7th September 2017 in High Wycombe.

£5-10,000 funding available from The Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s largest publishers and owners of the Bucks Free Press. They provide funding to registered charities in the areas where they operate local newspapers and websites.

GDPR: what you need to know
Many people and organisations in the charity sector and elsewhere are hearing this acronym – GDPR. But what is it and what do you need to do about it?

July 2017

CIB delivering support to Bucks charities for the future!
Community Impact Bucks’ positive impact on the charity, voluntary and community sector in Buckinghamshire has been recognised by Bucks County Council in the renewal of our contract until 2019.

New! Grants available up to £5000
New funding opportunity available from Heart of Bucks for voluntary and community groups.

Training on bereavement support for children and young adults
An introductory workshop is for professionals who work with children and young people and would like to develop their knowledge and skills in bereavement.

Photo Competition – Social Action in Bucks
Enter our 2017 photo competition by midnight 12 September and you could be in with the chance of winning a tablet/laptop computer, cash donation or free marketing support for your organisation.

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