Computers For Rural People
The Arthur Rank Centre is offering people who live or work in Rural Communities discounted computers.
If you live or work in a rural area we can supply a fully functioning computer for as little as £130
This scheme gives YOU a computer at extra-low CHARITY PRICES
· Internet ready laptops and desktops with pre-installed Microsoft software
· Order and pay by phone or by post
· Free delivery (UK mainland)
· Individuals, schools, businesses, community groups... all qualify!
Email and Internet
provide enormous opportunities for those who find it difficult to get out and
about, especially when the shops, library or bank are 10 miles away. Yet
computers are usually expensive, and few people want to buy one ‘just to see if
it might be useful’.
Follow this link to find out more
NEW FUNDING STREAMS
The Catholic Agency for Overseas Development (CAFOD) has announced that its "Large Grants" programme is now open for applications. Through the large grants programme groups and not for profit organisations in England and Wales can apply for grants of over £3,000 for projects that promote global justice education work. The average grant awarded is between £3,000 and £5,000. The programme provides both core funding (for organisations that have a long-standing core relationship and a very close synergy with CAFOD) and project funding and operates a number of distinct funding streams including; Justice and Peace; Development Education; Justice and Spirituality Funding; and Youth. The application deadline for the large grants programme will be the 30th September 2015. CAFOD also runs a small grants programme for grants of less than £3,000. Applications to the small grants programme can be made at any time.
The Department of Health (DOH) has announced that its 2015-16 Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund (IESD) is now open for applications. The fund is open to not for profit organisations that are be carrying out activities that involve providing a service similar to a service provided by the National Health Service or by local authority social services. The Innovation, Excellence and Strategic Development Fund (IESD) provides funding to support proposals in the health and care field, supporting projects with the potential for national impact in line with DH objectives of better health and wellbeing and better care for all. Organisations can apply individually, or in partnership with others. All proposals under this Fund will need to demonstrate they will have a national impact. To be eligible to bid for funding all potential applicants need to register on the DOH's Award Information management System (AIMS). The closing date for registering on the Department's AIMS applications is 12 noon on the 13th March 2015. The closing date for applications is noon on the 27th March 2015.
British Telecom has partnered with TechHub to launch a start-up competition to identify and reward new "ideas that will change lives" and make a difference to public services such as health and education. Open to the UK's "most innovative" new digital businesses, the competition will award the overall winner £15,000, six months mentoring from BT and use of TechHub's flexible workspaces in London or Swansea. Two runners-up will receive cash prizes of £7,500 each. With a goal to showcase the country's small and medium enterprise digital innovation, the competition will be open for entries until Sunday 22 February and eligible applicants will need to demonstrate "originality, creativity and innovation" in how their business idea helps UK citizens. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry leaders including vice president of BT digital services and partnerships Robin Ilbert, TechHub co-founder and CEO Elizabeth Varley and Cabinet Office crown representative James Hall.
To support and celebrate Hull's status as 2017 City of Culture, CHCP Foundation has launched a new pilot programme called Culture Health+ grants. The grants are designed to give a kick start to cultural, arts based and creative activities that can also demonstrate a beneficial impact on the health of the local population. The Culture Health+ programme is open to local voluntary and community organisations, charities and/or other not-for-profit organisations who can demonstrate their overall cultural aims and objectives and how they can be used to contribute towards improvements in the health and wellbeing of people living in Hull, East Riding and other areas where we deliver services. Eligible projects should be based around cultural or artistic activities. Funding of up to a maximum of £5,000 per project, per year will be available, with a total grant pot of £20,000 available for each year in the run up to 2017. There will be 3 annual funding rounds. The deadlines will be the 1st March 2015, 1st March 2016 and 1st March 2017.
Sport England has announced that its Community Sport Activation Fund grant scheme has re-opened for applications. Grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 are available to Sports clubs; Schools; Local authorities; and other not for profit organisations to support grassroots sports at a very local level. The fund will provide grants to projects that are based on local need and evidence. Activities that can be funded include informal sports opportunities which could lead to regular exercise; multi-sport activities which provide people with a range of choices and opportunities; and family orientated activities with a focus on 14 plus age group; etc. Previous projects supported include Hertsmere Borough Council, which received a grant of £162,750 for it's Women and Girls Get Active in Hertsmere (WAGGAH) project and West Oxfordshire District Council which received a grant of £70,636 for its West Oxfordshire Disability Sport Project. The closing date for applications is the 20th April 2015.
Yorkshire Bank is inviting applications from charities and not-for-profit organisations in for its annual Spirit of the Community Awards. These recognise organisations that are “going the extra mile”.
There are :
1. financial education
Entrants need to be able to demonstrate their support for the local community. This could involve training people for the workplace, protecting the environment or promoting access to financial education.
Each of the three categories will have an overall winner which will receive £10,000, together with three highly commended organisations that will each receive £5,000.
It gets better. Yorkshire Bank’s sister organisation, Clydesdale Bank, will also award £75,000 to local organisations as part of the programme.
The closing date for applications is Friday 6 March 2015. The winners will be announced in summer 2015.
New Programme of Cancer Support Information sessions
Cancer Support Skipton and Fisher Medical Centre/Dyneley House surgeries are working together to deliver a programme of monthly information and support sessions, around site specific cancers.
These free sessions, for patients and carers, will be held monthly on Wednesday afternoons (2pm – 4pm) at The Barn, Dyneley House, Newmarket Street, Skipton BD23 2HZ
The programme will reflect the national campaigns around site specific cancers (as outlined below) and each session will focus on a particular cancer, providing information, support and a chance to chat with others who are experiencing the same issues.
· Gynaecological Feb 4th
· Prostate March 4th
· Bowel April 1st
· Skin Cancer May 6th
· Bone and blood cancers June 3rd
· Cancer Support Centre open day July 8
· Head and neck cancers- August 5th
· Breast Cancer October 7th
· Lung Cancer November 4th
· Cancer Support Centre open day December 16
Each year there is a national “monthly campaign” highlighting site specific cancers, with lots of information being distributed. We thought it would be really helpful for people in Craven, to hold a programme of site specific events to complement this national campaign. The aim of the programme is to get this information directly to people who need it and to help people find out what support there is locally.”
These sessions will be really informal, a mix of information, support and chance to chat. We are really pleased to be supported by the Cancer Nurse Specialist team at Airedale Hospital who will be on hand to answer some of the practical questions people may have.
Booking for these sessions is essential. To book your free place, or for more information on the forthcoming programme of support sessions please contact Emma Taylor 07591067930 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or, to find out more about Cancer Support Skipton, please contact 01274 776688 or email@example.com
North Yorkshire County Council Library counsultation 2014
By 2020, the county council will have seen its library budget fall dramatically from around £7.8m in 2010 to an expected £4.2m for 2019-20. On top of savings of £2m already achieved, the library service has to save a further £1.6m. The reduction is part of a cut of some £167m to the council's overall spending. Given the money we will have we want to know what you think about our proposals and how you think we can make them work, in order to help us make the best decisions.
The consultation runs from 3 November 2014 to 8 February 2015.
To find out more and have your say follow this link.
Have your say on the North Yorkshire Community Plan
Local Government North Yorkshire and York (“LGNYY”) and the Chief Executives Group for North Yorkshire and York (“the CEO Group”) are currently leading a piece of work to refresh the North Yorkshire Community Plan 2011/14.
The North Yorkshire Community Plan sets out some key priorities for how to help make North Yorkshire an even better place in which to live, work and visit. It does this by focusing on important issues for communities which need partnership efforts to be tackled effectively.
Call for voluntary sector to share their knowledge
The voluntary sector works closely with local communities and has a unique understanding of local needs at a grassroots level. This is an important opportunity for voluntary and community organisations to have their say.
Please return your comments on the draft version of the North Yorkshire Community Plan 2014/17 to the CEO Group by Friday 17 January 2014.
NY Community Plan consultation
Policy and Partnerships
North Yorkshire County Council
Brierley Building (Room 36)
Responses will be posted online by 31 January 2014.
Come and have your say: be part of your local NHS
Clinical leaders in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are inviting people to have their say about local health services and help shape the future of the local NHS.
Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (AWC CCG) is holding a special public event in Ilkley on Thursday 16 January to meet people and hear what’s important to them about their local health services.
Views and ideas put forward by people will be fed into the CCG’s plans which are being developed for future services over the next two to five years across the area.
The public engagement event will be led by the CCG’s chief clinical officer, Dr Phil Pue, and clinical chair, Dr Colin Renwick. They will talk about how people can influence their local health services by getting involved and giving their views.
“We’re committed to involving local people in helping to shape health services and sharing their views, so the CCG can really learn from their experiences - both good and bad,” said Dr Phil Pue.
“We want to do everything we can to understand people’s health needs and to make sure our services meet those needs – that’s why it’s so important to hear their experiences of the NHS, views and ideas so we can make changes that really matter.”
People attending will also be able to find out what the CCG has achieved over the last few months and how it is involved in the ‘Call to Action’ national debate to ensure the NHS is ready to face the challenges of tightening budgets, an ageing population and an increase in demand for services.
The event will be held at Kings Hall in Ilkley on Thursday 16 January from 2pm to 4pm. Everyone is welcome to come along.
Patient and public engagement – a priority area for the CCG – will also be on the agenda with the CCG keen to hear people’s views on how it can get more people involved in the way their health services are organised and run. Getting patients involved, and the CCG learning from their experiences, can help improve the quality of healthcare services.
If you would like to tell the CCG about your experiences, please contact the CCG via its website: www.airedalewharfedalecravenccg.nhs.uk or call: 01274 237324. Local people can also join their practice patient group or get in touch with Healthwatch Bradford (for Bradford district patients): www.healthwatchbradford.co.uk or Healthwatch North Yorkshire (for Craven patients): www.healthwatchnorthyorkshire.co.uk
Health & Wellbeing Board North Yorkshire
Notes from the Voluntary Sector Representative
of the meeting held on 25th September 2013
The agenda items and discussions included the following:-
1. Integration Framework and Outcome of Pioneer Bid
· Over 100 bids submitted to become an Integration Pioneer and North Yorkshire / York were not successful. Are expected to continue to make progress in planning and delivering better integrated care.
Bid from Bradford Airedale and Craven has gone forward to the next stage of selection and feedback expected in October.
· Integration Transformation Fund – The Government has created a £3.8b pooled budget for 2015/16 intended to help move care out of hospital and into the community, and improve working and integration between Health & Social Care. Health and Wellbeing Boards will need to sign off proposals for the fund before submission to the Area Team of NHS England.
For North Yorkshire – 3.8b – but not new monies. Around £19M will be generated by CCGs being top sliced in 2015/16 and partners need to note and support the impact of local decisions on the local health system.
The integrated Commissioning Board has proposed inter alia:-
a) Focus on Countywide commissioning in areas such as Learning Disability and Complex Needs.
b) Create 5 locality (CCG level) plans for integration of services for frailty, urgent care, and intermediate care/Reablement. Content to include local description, priorities and gaps and plans on assessment, service delivery, pathways.
c) Sixth Plan for whole County pathways eg. IT enabled.
Timelines – Agree to share 5 plans at an extraordinary ICB meeting 4/11; report to Health & Wellbeing Board 29/11/13; submission to Area Team March 2014.
Discussion around cuts in CCG funding in North Yorkshire; possible pump-priming of services using non-recurring monies to release cost and future savings; commissioning of specific services which help reduce admissions.
Also raised importance of interface with the voluntary Sector and ability to shape timely interventions.
· Approved the Integration Framework document.
· Noted the guidance on the Integrated Transformation Fund.
· Supported the areas identified for the basis for Integration Plans.
· Noted the timescale for production of the Integrated Plan.
2. Annual Report of the Director of Public Health for North Yorkshire 2013
· This is the first report and provides a “snapshot” of the health needs in North Yorkshire highlighting among others the following key features:-
a) Stark differences in death rates between communities within North Yorkshire.
b) Population is getting older placing increasing pressure on Health & Social Care Services, but also providing opportunities for active and healthy ageing;
c) North Yorkshire has high level of risky drinking behaviour and binge drinking activities.
· Three key domains of public health – healthy improvement, making the most of money we spend on health and social care; protecting the public from diseases and environmental hazards.
Recommendations and Priorities
· Reduce the inequalities in health across the county;
· Focus on happy and healthy ageing, helping people to maintain their health and independence;
· Give every child the best start in life and ensure young people can move from education into employment in the county.
· Public Health & Wellbeing central consideration in the decision making of all organisations;
· Harness the “Tour de France” experience and create a social and physical activity legacy in the county.
· Prevent the health and social harms caused by high levels of alcohol consumption.
Full report and case studies can be found on-line at:
Craven CVS Funding Update
For General help and advice with funding contact our funding advice officer kate Senior by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Age Uk announce Winter Grants programme now open!
Our Winter Cheer grants programme offers up to £450 to fund initiatives that help reduce or prevent older people’s loneliness and isolation during the winter months. The grant can be used to, for example, run a social event this Christmas or provide hot meals or blankets to those at risk of being lonely and isolated this winter.
The programme is part of our Spread the Warmth campaign and it’s only open to Friends and Forums which have confirmed their relationship with Age UK following our recent re-registration process.
The application process is open until 5 November.
Successful applicants will be asked to share evidence of how they’ve used the funding, and we’ll feature these stories in The Link early next year.
If you have any questions on the Winter Cheer grants programme, please contact Rebecca Black in Age UK’s Grants team at email@example.com or on 020 3033 1153.
Please send any other enquires to Forums@ageuk.org.uk
2014 GSK IMPACT Awards
GSK's IMPACT Awards are designed to reward charities that are doing excellent work to improve people's health. Organisations must be at least three years old, working in a health-related field in the UK, with income between £25,000 and £2 million. Up to 20 awards will be made ranging from £3,000 to £40,000 plus free training valued at £4,000. Organisations will also have a film made, receive help with press and publicity and be given a set of promotional materials. Closing date 20 September 2013
The Foyle Foundation's small grants scheme is designed to support smaller, registered charities in the UK with a turnover of less than £100,000. They focus on those working at grass roots and local community level. One-year grants of between £1,000 and £10,000 for successful applicants are available.
BBC Performing Arts Fund - Community Theatre
The scheme aims to support the development of not for profit community theatre groups. Grants of up to £5,000 will allow groups to carry out training, attract new audiences, encourage new members and raise their profile in their communities. The Fund wants to encourage groups to take on more challenging projects through commissions and encouraging collaboration with professional theatre makers and other local organisations. Closing date 16 September.
Sport England's Small Grants uses lottery funding to make awards of between £300 and £10,000 to not-for-profit organisations to help more people play sport. To find out more about the fun and how to apply visit the Sport England website.
Co-operative Bank Customer Donation Fund
The Co-operative Bank is looking for applications to the Customer Donation Fund from all Co-operative Bank Community Directplus account holders for a chance to receive up to £1,000 to support special projects and fundraising activities.The next deadline for applications is 30 September 2013.
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