April 2021 Issue
“Building a vibrant and effective Community Sector across Herefordshire”

Welcome to the April edition of hvoice.
It is full of voluntary sector news, information and support.

hvoice enables effective communication and information sharing across the local Community Sector and to promote co-operation between local organisations, hvoss members and public bodies.  

Have you been inspired by the incredible community and voluntary support you have witnessed during these unprecedented times?

Could you play a prominent role in supporting staff to develop and sustain the vital projects and services we offer?

hvoss is recruiting for an exciting new management role!
  • Head of Projects and Development
  • Salary - £27,730 per annum FTE (25 hours per week - £18,736 per annum)
  • The deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 12th April 2021

For more information, please visit HVOSS - Jobs
hvoss Volunteer News - first issue
read here ...... https://tinyurl.com/2xb9xcny 

Interested in getting involved in volunteering in Herefordshire?

We are really excited to launch our new ‘Volunteer News’ publication. It includes information on how to start volunteering, current volunteering opportunities and volunteer news.
To make sure you receive your copy, please register your interest in volunteering here:
hvoss Membership STATEMENT

We are pleased to announce that membership of hvoss has been set as free for all groups in the voluntary sector from April 2021 to March 2023. This is in recognition of the financial challenges faced at this time.

More details to follow .....
Sector Support
We've pulled together some resources we think you may find helpful.
Opening up. We're all starting to think about to re-open after months of lockdown. Read this comprehensive guide from ACEVO here and some property advice for voluntary organisations here.

Support for Trustees. The Charity Commission's 5-minute guides are a set of short, simple guidance to help charity trustees refresh their knowledge of their responsibilities. See them here.

Free learning opportunities. Courses from Uptopy include 'how to get a job in the charity sector', 'Insiders Guide to sustainability for business' and 'recruiting for racial diversity'. Sign up here.

Digital Toolkit. A really helpful guide here from Local Trust to help get the most from the wealth of online resources out there.

All things Wellbeing. Charity Comms have relaunched their podcast and are focusing in all things wellbeing. Listen here.

Cyber security, our sector at risk. Learn more here at - Charity Digital - Topics - We need to talk openly about cyber security

Powering through the pandemic. Things change quickly, so to keep up to date with current guidance for our sector at this time visit - Coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance for the charity sector - GOV.UK (www.gov.uk)
Funding Focus
The City of Hereford Rotary Club in conjunction with hvoss are to award grants to community groups and charities who are working to support people during the pandemic. There are 10 awards of £250 and 5 of £500 to be distributed. These are either to support existing work or to enable work to recommence as the lockdown restrictions are eased. Click here for details.

Lloyds Bank Foundation support small and medium-sized charities to recover and renew beyond the immediate crisis with unrestricted grants of £50,000. More info here

Connexus Community Development Fund has funding available for community projects More info here
Contact details for the Communities Team 0300 303 1190 / hello@connexus-group.co.uk

Our colleagues in Herefordshire Council Local Enterprise and Resources Team keep an up to date list of funding opportunities. One to bookmark! Funding Update
Save the date!

hvoss Talk Community
Funding Network Event

29th April 2021
Guest Speakers will be
Madeleine Spinks - Data Orchard
Tim Barnes - Community Action Ledbury
Eventbrite Sign Up soon.

hvoss Project Focus
Herefordshire Young Carers

Young Carers Action Day was on 16th March this year and to celebrate this we invited an artist – Sassy Steve – along to give a drawing workshop at our online club. We made sure every young person taking part had the right materials by sending them all an art kit in the post, with paper, pencils, pens, accessories and a clipboard. Steve gave a brilliant session on how to draw caricatures and at the end of the evening delighted us all by presenting us with a group portrait, based on the characters the children wanted to be. It was such a fun event that the group have requested a follow up session, so watch this space!

No Wrong Door

No Wrong Door takes time for reflection at end of the financial year and with spring and Easter bringing new life, there feels a sense of positivity and new hope. With the COVID vaccination program doing so well and the government roadmap slowly but cautiously still on track, it is great to be back in No Wrong Door and being able to see the city slowly start coming back to life, young people now coming into booked appointments, and although all masked up, there feels a renewed sense of purpose with people not only reflecting on what we have just lived through but also how we can make things better.

So, with the end of the current financial year, I thought it would be good to reflect and share on what No Wrong Door has achieved over the past 12 months and share some thoughts on the potentials and our hopes for the new year. Read more from the the NWD team here.

Community Noticeboard
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Top Opportunities
Be sure to follow our social media and website where we list opportunities as they come in. Take a look at our jobs page too!
Fundraising and Clinical Trustees
Hope Support Services

HOPE Support Services are looking for a talented, passionate individuals to become new Trustees.

Trustees to join YSS Youth Support Services

Youth Support Services are searching far and wide for our next Trustee Lead for Finance.

Thanks for reading. We'll be in touch next month.
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“Building a vibrant and effective Community Sector across Herefordshire”
hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)
52 Broad Street Hereford HR4 9AB
Company Number: 4625595 | Registered in: England and Wales
Charity Number: 1096451
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