New Funding for Community Spaces

Grants and loans of up to £50k available from The Co-op Foundation and Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Space to Connect Fund – England only

This is a joint DCMS – Co-op Funding opportunity for community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Please note, there are two strands of funding. The ‘Enhance’ strand for existing projects to scale or secure financial sustainability, closes on 31 July; the ‘Explore’ strand for conception stage projects is open for application till 12 August.

For more information and to apply see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/space-to-connect/

Community Space Interest Free Loans – Wales only

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to help organisations that own or manage a community space in Wales for the benefit of local people and the environment to grow their trading activities and become more sustainable. Funding should help organisations boost their income through viable business ideas so they can benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges.

For more information, see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/cs-funding-uk-2/ 

Endangered Spaces

The Co-op Foundation is inviting community organisations to apply for funding from its new £1.6m partnership with government to help save, improve and protect 2,000 spaces by 2022. Organisations can register interest and will be contacted by Co-op to discuss opportunities.

For more information, see: https://www.coop.co.uk/communities/endangered-spaces 

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Celebrate Yorkshire Day at TSL Kirklees Members’ Meeting: Huddersfield Blueprint – Have Your Say…

Plus inclusion, update on new health & wellbeing initiatives, new TSL Kirklees website & membership package, & new Thriving Kirklees funding.

We’ve decided to keep August’s Members’ Meeting in central Huddersfield so that we can discuss the proposed Kirklees Blueprint for the town centre, and even pop out to look at some of the earmarked sites if necessary. It would be great to be able to pull together some third sector views on the changes.

We’ll also be:

  • hearing about inclusion
  • getting an update on some of the health and wellbeing initiatives that we heard about at the April meeting
  • launching the new TSL Kirklees website & package of member benefits
  • finding out about new Thriving Kirklees funding

and of course, we’ll be celebrating Yorkshire Day.

About The Meetings

Our TSL Kirklees Members’ Meetings are held bi-monthly and are an opportunity for our member organisations to get together, share knowledge and experience, and hear from key third sector partners, experts and commissioners about their initiatives and priorities. The meetings are made up of a mixture of speakers, workshops and discussions, networking, and opportunities to promote our services and activities and get help and support from peers. We try our best to make sure it’s two hours well spent and worth the time out of your organisation or community business.

Non-members charities, community and voluntary group and social enterprises are welcome to come along as guests before deciding whether they’d like to join. Our aim is to help develop, support and grow a healthy, active and collaborative third sector in Kirklees. Our membership fees therefore are designed to cover the costs of our meetings and member-only activities and allow as many people as possible to take part.

For futher information contact Lisa – comms@tslkirklees.org.uk, 01484 519053, or visit www.thirdsectorleaderskirklees.org

Book now on Eventbrite.

Come & Find Out More About Local Funding & Support

People Helping People Network Meetings in Cleckheaton & Dewsbury

Join us at Cleckheaton Town Hall tomorrow (24th July) to celebrate community activity & Local Project Funding

Join us at Howlands next week (31st July) to find out how to crowdfund for your organisation at Dewsbury Soup

Our People Helping People Network meetings are run by Third Sector Leaders Kirklees in partnership with Kirklees Council. They are designed to give information and support to community groups, voluntary groups, charities and social enterprises.

Both meetings will include:

  • information about how to apply for funding like Do Something Now, and National Lottery,
  • details of help with recruiting volunteers and promoting opportunities,
  • information about free training and support from Third Sector Leaders
  • and time for networking

The Cleckheaton event is also combined with a celebration of local project funding awarded by ward councillors from their ward budget, and will include details of how to apply for this funding. A light buffet and refreshments will be provided.

The Dewsbury event will feature Dewsbury Soup and details of how to apply for and pitch at their community crowdfunding events.

Find out more & book now on Eventbrite for Cleckheaton or Dewsbury

Volunteering Survey: Tell us about what you do & why

Help us get a picture of why people help out in their local communities & what might be stopping others from getting involved…

We want to find out a bit more about people who give some of their time to help in their local communities. For example, some people may:
  – Organise a knit and natter group
  – Help out at a Stay and Play session
  – Coach a youth football team
  – Run a local choir
  – Be a key holder for a community building

We would like to know more about why people get involved with helping their local community and what might put others off doing so. In this survey, we call anyone who gives his or her time free to help out a ‘volunteer’.

It would be helpful if you could take a few minutes to answer some questions. All the information we gather will be treated confidentially –information will be collected by Kirklees Council and only shared with Communities United Project and Third Sector Leaders Kirklees. 

Please share the survey with your volunteer teams and anyone else who you know helps out in your community, and fill it in yourself if you give your time for free in any capacity.

Start the survey…

Third Sector Jobs: ESOL Progamme Outreach Workers

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees has two exciting opportunities for English Language Programme Outreach Workers  (North and South Kirklees)

The outreach workers will be part of a partnership project to increase access across Kirklees to suitable, supported and quality ESOL provision with appropriate progression routes.  This is a collaboration between Kirklees Council and TSLK funded by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government.  The outreach workers will carry out regular outreach registration and advice (initial assessments) to ensure that people who would like to improve their English are appropriately advised and that the project targets are met

The posts are temporary for 12 months, 37 hours a week:  Salary Scale SCP 20 £25,295

The successful candidates will have the skills to successfully engage with diverse communities; have an understanding of the policies and practice surrounding English language learning for adult migrants in the UK and the ability to carry out assessments of language skills.

Download a job spec

Download a job application

For further information please email: val@tslkirklees.org.uk

The closing date is Monday July 29th  and we aim to interview on Wednesday 31st July

Take Part: Survey of Social Enterprise Activity in Kirklees

And book now for the next More Than Profit Network meeting…

Deadline extended: Please complete the survey by 13th September to help us support & grow social enterprise in Kirklees

Third Sector Leaders Kirklees and Kirklees Council are supporting researchers from Leeds Beckett University with a study to explore the scale of Social Enterprise Activity (SEA) across the Region. This is part of our work to support and grow social enterprise with new initiatives such as the new More Than Profit Network.

More Than Profit Network

The next More Than Profit Network breakfast meeting will be on Wednesday 18th September at Northfield Hall in Huddersfield. Network members will take part in a mini workshop on Improving Your Social Enterprise with SEE Ahead, and will hear from the council about how social enterprises can get involved in shaping plans and improving the town centre in Huddersfield. Find out more and book now…

Complete the survey

Instigated by West Yorkshire Combined Authority (WYCA), the research aims to:

  • Establish the scale and scope of the activity/sector
  • Examine the challenges that organisations undertaking SEA face
  • Identify gaps in the infrastructure supporting organisations delivering SEA
  • Formulate some practical policy options to support the development of the sector

For the study we would like to receive input from a wide range of organisations, including both those which classify themselves as Social Enterprises, and those that have a wider remit but undertake Social Enterprise Activities as part of their operation (SEA is defined as trading / selling goods or services which also fulfil a social mission). To take part in the research you will need to complete this online survey.

The survey should take about 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Participation is voluntary and any information given will remain totally confidential and will only be used by researchers and stakeholders involved in the project. The findings from the research will be published in a report; however, the data from the survey will be presented in aggregate form only, so neither you nor your organisation will be identifiable from the results.

Click on this link to access the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SocEntKirklees

If you feel you are not the most appropriate person to respond on behalf of your organisation, please forward this email to a colleague (however we only need one response from each organisation.) If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the questionnaire or would prefer to respond over the telephone then please contact the Survey Centre on the number below. Please note the final submission date is Friday 13th September 2019.

The project is funded by Higher Education Innovation Funding and is a partnership between Leeds Beckett University and WYCA. Advice and oversight is provided by the School for Social Entrepreneurs Yorkshire and the North East and Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber (SEYH). The research has been reviewed and approved under LBU’s research ethics process. If you have any questions about the study please contact Penny Wymer on 0113 8121960 or p.wymer@leedsbeckett.ac.uk If you have any technical issues, or queries about how to complete the questionnaire, please contact the Survey Research Centre on (0113) 812 1960 or email m.p.reynolds@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

To find out more and join the new More Than Profit Network, please contact comms@tslkirklees.org.uk.

Member News: YCC Family Fun Day

Kirklees College, 7th August 2018

TSL Kirklees Member, Yorkshire Childrens Centre is holding a free family fun day at Kirklees College this summer, as part of their Hopeful Families initiative.

Please pass the information on to clients or families who you work with who may be interested.