Our News

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

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.

£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.

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.

Free 30 minute webinars!
On 18th & 20th July the FSI are running a number of free 30 minute webinars for their members on various fundraising and governance topics.

NEW! Aylesbury Vale District Council micro grant funding scheme
New Homes Bonus Micro Grants of up to £1,000 are now available for voluntary and community sector organisations as well as parish and town councils!

Fundraising Preference Service now live
The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) was launched on 6 July and aims to help individuals manage and control the level of communication they receive from charities, to help rebuild public trust in the sector.

Van for sale
Following the end of our very successful iVan project, the vehicle that was used for this work is now for sale.

Meaningful Engagement Begins with Recruitment.
Our Lead for Volunteering, Hazel Finney, will be one of the speakers at the Association of Volunteer Managers’ (AVM) learning and development day on 27 July in London. Special delegate rates for charities and groups in Bucks.

June 2017

Handy Helpers for Aylesbury Vale
Community Impact Bucks has launched Handy Helpers, a new pilot project to help elderly, vulnerable and isolated residents in Aylesbury Vale.

HS2 funding information events
Find out how to access the funding available from the HS2 Community and Business funds.

Call to Action - It’s the little things that count
Community Impact Bucks and Buckinghamshire County Council (Prevention Matters) will be holding an information evening on 13 July 2017 between 6:30 pm - 8pm at Prestwood village hall, to explore whether the Parish of Great Missenden would benefit and could facilitate a Good Neighbours Scheme. We would like to invite members of the community and groups along to find out more.

CIB works with Healthwatch Bucks on a study to look at Hospital Volunteer Parking Permits for Buckinghamshire (Home to Health)
Following on from a 2015 report to find out more about Buckinghamshire resident’s experiences of travel and transport to medical appointments, Healthwatch Bucks asked CIB to undertake a research project on the subject.

Launch of Wycombe Lotto
Wycombe Lotto has been launched by Wycombe District Council. Set up to support community projects in the local area, the Wycombe Lotto operates on the principle of raising money within the community for the community.

Calling all community projects!
If you volunteer or work with a local cause that’s looking for a much needed funding boost for a specific project or scheme, then you’re in luck - the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards return on the 21st June!

Online streaming of skilled volunteering and trustee roles now live!
We can provide you with the opportunity to access thousands of skilled volunteers via Volunteering Bucks.

May 2017

Charity Digital Skills Report & Digital Toolkit
Last month Skills Platform released their Charity Digital Skills Report and Charity Digital Toolkit giving much needed advice and inspiration to the voluntary, community and charity sector.

Advice on protecting your IT
Following the cyber attacks of Friday 12 May, the FSI has forwarded this useful message for charities from the National Cyber Security Centre.

Building Futures for the people of Buckinghamshire
Community Impact Bucks (CIB) is delighted to announce that it is one of the leading partners of Building Futures, a local project focussed on changing the lives of disadvantaged adults and young people.

Make the most of Small Charity Week 19-24 June
Small Charity Week aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charities. Run by the FSI since 2010, the week has different activities and initiatives every day to support the multitude of hard-working small charities we have in the UK.

April 2017

Your Forces Need You!
The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day is an exciting family fun day out, highlighting the county’s support for our Armed Forces family: veterans, present serving personnel, cadets and reservists too!

Volunteers Week 1-7 June: You make the difference
Have you got 1-7 June in your diary? The annual Volunteers Week is a great opportunity for you to be part of the national campaign to thank your volunteers and celebrate the massive difference they make.

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