Third Sector Jobs: Community Links Manager, One Community Foundation

We are looking for someone to work with communities and businesses across Kirklees, to increase local volunteering.

The post exists to promote and substantially increase volunteering activity in Kirklees, so strengthening voluntary groups in the area. This is a newly created position, nominally for three years, and the successful candidate will work within the One Community Foundation office based in central Huddersfield. The role will involve frequent travel across Kirklees. Success in this role is likely to make the role permanent.

Find out more & apply

Closing date: Tuesday 10th September

Interviews: Wednesday 25th September

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The Civil Society Strategy: One Year On

A View from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Last August the government published its civil society strategy. One year on Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy and Public Services at NCVO, looks at what’s happened, whether any progress has been made, and what effect Brexit and changes in ministers have had.

Since its publication last summer, we’ve seen changes in the ministers in charge of civil society policy, as well as a necessary focus on all the departments’ resources and capacity on preparing for Brexit, most urgently for the event of no deal. And politically, as of last month we have a new government in charge.

All this has inevitably meant that the impetus that was initially behind the strategy, as well as its ambitions of setting a roadmap for the future of civil society, has somewhat been lost along the way.

But has this really been noticed? Are charities up and down the country asking themselves ‘what is happening with the civil society strategy?’.

Read the full article…

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…

Member News: Huddersfield Giants Community Trust Looking for Trustees

Join the largest charity associated with a super league club

Huddersfield Giants Community Trust are seeking to appoint individuals to become new members of our Board of Trustees. We need people who are committed to understanding and developing the innovative ways in which the Trust supports more than 200,000 different young people a year, many with complex and multiple needs. We are a non-profit organisation delivering sports, education & NCS-based initiatives into the community.  We are the largest official charity affiliated with a super league club. We are here to inspire, create opportunities, promote being active and as a whole building a community where everyone belongs.

The Board meets at least 6 times a year for an average 2.5 hours. There is also a need to read reports in advance of each meeting.

For further details contact Kim Turner: Kim@hgct.co.uk

www.hgct.co.uk

Growing Great Places Crowdfunding Platform is Live

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Book Now For Workshops in North & South Kirklees to Find Out More

Growing Great Places is a new community crowdfunding programme to support citizens and organisations who have great ideas for making our local places even better. Kirklees Council are pledging £50k of funding over the next year, plus advice and support to help you run a great crowdfunding campaign.

You might have a little idea that can have a big impact by bringing a place together. Or you might need some help growing support for an ambitious project that’s just getting started.

If you’re interested in finding out more, register now for one of these free community crowdfunding workshops, hosted by Spacehive, where you can:

– Learn about the programme and how you can get involved
– Hear about the funding available and the process to apply
– Learn about what makes a great crowdfunding project
– Get tips and advice on running a successful crowdfunding campaign

South Kirklees workshop – register now
Wednesday 3rd July 2019, 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Main Hall, Meltham Carlile Institute, Huddersfield Road, Meltham HD9 4AG

North Kirklees workshop – register now
Tuesday 25th June 2019,  6pm to 8pm
Dewsbury Town Hall, Wakefield Old Road, Dewsbury WF12 8DG

Kirklees Council Launching New Community Crowdfunding Initiative

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Register Now to Find Out More at the Growing Great Places Launch Event

Thursday 23rd May 2019

The Media Centre, Northumberland Street, Huddersfield HD1 1RL

Register to take part in our launch event

You are invited to the launch of Growing Great Places, a new community crowdfunding programme funded by Kirklees Council.

We’ve partnered with crowdfunding platform Spacehive on this exciting new initiative. As part of the programme we’re providing extra support to residents and groups who have ideas to share. There will be a fund of £50,000 available, with projects potentially getting pledges of up to £5,000 to support their campaign, plus workshops to help you pitch your idea.

People make places great: Our towns, villages and communities are the strength of Kirklees. You might have a little idea that can have a big impact by bringing a place together. Or you might need some help growing support for an ambitious project that’s just getting started.

This event will tell you everything you need to know to join in.

Register to take part in our launch event

Learn more about the programme: Growing Great Places