ACEVO – The Charity Leaders Network Annual Report

Read the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations Trustee Report and Financial Statement for 2018/2019

As well as being of interest if you want to know more about ACEVO and what they do, this is also a good example of how to structure your annual report and make sure that it’s clear, relevant and interesting.

Download the report:

Visit the ACEVO website

Community Learning Works Supports Community Cake Event

TSL Member, Thornton Lodge Action Group Hosts Successful Mother and Daughter Bake-Off

In Partnership with Huddersfield Community First and supported by Community Learning Works, Thornton Lodge Action Group co-ordinated a Tea Party for mothers and daughters for the local community.    Over 200 people flowed through the doors, who all had an opportunity to vote for the 7 entrants competing in the community bake off competition.  All entrants’ cakes were tasty, rich, creative in design and worthy winners, however, the winner selected by the community and the judges was mother and daughter team of Nuhida Ali and Aneesa Ali who won  £50.  Lost for words on the afternoon, Nuhida offered a written quote:

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for our cake and the judges for choosing our cake as the winner. Everyone’s cakes were amazing, and I’m sure they all enjoyed making them with their daughters.  I would also like to thank the event organisers, for their efforts in putting everything together. It was a good turnout and i hope everyone enjoyed the lovely cakes.

Bridget Hughes from Community Learning Works said:

Well done to all the team at Thornton Lodge Action Group for organising such an enjoyable and successful community event and congratulations to the winners and all the entrants. These ladies are very talented and have further developed through attending courses at TAG. This event shows how community learning can help people develop skills for employment and self-employment.

Thornton Lodge Action Group would like to thank our partner Huddersfield Community First, our event sponsor Community Learning works and the volunteers for the support in running a successful event.

To view some of the photos and cake entrants click here.  If you would like to join our next cupcake and cake decorating course, contact us today.  View the poster here.

For more information about Community Learning Works and funding for community learning projects, please contact bridget@tslkirklees.org.uk

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 

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