March 2021 Issue
“Building a vibrant and effective Community Sector across Herefordshire”
It's been a while! There's so much to share and so many stories to tell.
We hope you find this new format easy to read.

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.  
We have just held our first ever Virtual Volunteer Fair as part of the hvoss Talk Community project with Herefordshire Council. With 36 voluntary groups and organisations taking part and over 150 visitors, we hope there will be many new volunteers joining the ranks over the coming months. See a full list of participating organisations here – all are looking for volunteers.

Community Wheels was nominated by Cllr Clive Thomas to receive a share in the funds raised through The Hereford Times Christmas Appeal 2020, in partnership with The Herefordshire Community Foundation. Their contribution to the community in providing an essential service to those that have no other means of transport and supporting in the coordination of the Covid 19 Response Helpline, throughout the Pandemic meant that they were awarded £377.00. The money raised is being shared equally between seven Charities in Herefordshire.
We have received incredible support from the community to help with the vaccination clinics across Herefordshire. 218 volunteers have signed up as carpark and door marshalls to assist with traffic and patient flow at the sites. Hear from three volunteers who have been helping out at the clinics at Saxon Hall….

If you would like to join the team of vaccination volunteers, register here: volunteering
Sector Support
We've pulled together some resources we think you may find helpful.
#NeverMoreNeeded. A campaign which has united many organisations in the voluntary sector to press for more support from government as charities and voluntary organisations seek to meet rising demand for their services while facing a financial crisis of their own. Learn more and get involved here.

The Value of Small in a Big Crisis. 'Small and local charities were at the heart of the community response to the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. They demonstrated tremendous energy, flexibility and professionalism.' We know this! You know this! Read the report here.

The New Social Value Framework : Taking the Social Value Act One Step Further. This new framework, set out in procurement policy note 06/20, has been introduced to maximise the social value benefits of central government procurement. Read more here about what it means for our sector and keep an eye out for the local council framework.

It's a Battle on the Board. Current trustees and aspiring trustees, this one is for you. A new highly informative, pleasurable read (we are told!) by Debra Allcock Tyler CEO of Directory of Social Change.

Hidden Leaders: Disability leadership in civil society explores how ACEVO, and other senior leaders in the voluntary sector, can create a more disability-inclusive approach to leadership. The report was commissioned by ACEVO to support its aim of creating a more disability-inclusive staff team, board and membership.

Free digital skills training and mentoring for small charities. More info here

Working from home: tips to improve your Wi-Fi. Some top tips here!

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 (
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

Macmillan Support Grants. We want to reach people living with and affected by cancer who most need us at this time. All applications are welcome to support people living with and affected by cancer in response to Covid-19, in particular those that are supporting all communities to help overcome the social effects during this time. Click here for details

Apply for FREE access to Institute of Fundraising, Fundraising Convention on-demand. Thanks to the National Lottery Community Fund, IoF can offer free access to all the on-demand Convention sessions for small charities (those with an annual income of £1 million or less). Apply here

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

hvoss Talk Community Funding Network – a not to be missed FREE event for anyone looking at future sustainability within the local community.

Notes from the January event are here. Booking will be via eventbrite. Make sure you are signed up to our mailing list or keep an eye on social media for booking.
hvoss Project Focus
Herefordshire Building Better Opportunities

On your marks, get set, bake! The hvoss ‘BBO 12 Hour Bake Off Bonanza’ which raised more than £1500. BBO staff and 8 participants on the project donned their aprons and made a variety of different bakes and cooked a curry all over Zoom! Read more here about their extraordinary efforts here.

Interested in getting involved? Email
Herefordshire Young Carers

Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers supports children and young adults aged 8-25 who are looking after a family member with an illness, disability, mental health issue or addiction. The past year has been a challenging time for everyone but particularly so for young carers. Read more about the fun ways young carers are supporting each online here.

No Wrong Door

During the pandemic NWD continues to provide support through a diverse range of partnership activities. There are many services that children and young people still have access to them, albeit it in different ways. Each week we are producing NWD bulletins to highlight the services available to children and young people. Read more here.

Contact us at
Community Noticeboard
Click on the name of the organisation for further information
Supporting our community
Talk Community Hubs. What are they? Where are they? How can I get involved?
Abbeydore Deanery. A large team of Christian people who are keen to reach out, be active and help in the community.
Herefordshire Mind. Learn more about their Transformation Team working across the county to support people with mental health difficulties, and their carers.
Citizens Advice Herefordshire. Citizens Advice Herefordshire is continuing to offer free, impartial and independent advice to clients during the pandemic. 
Dyspraxia Education. Support available from Dyspraxia Education, a charity with a big heart for children and young people affected by dyspraxia sometimes called Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. 
Herefordshire City of Sanctuary. Promoting the public good and reducing conflict by supporting Refugees, and Asylum seekers.
Rejuvenate! Creative Carers Group. Supporting local carers with creativity and crafts.
Yeleni Support. 'a lifeline to many who have felt isolated and lonely. The team have gone above and beyond in its support of those living with cancer. 
C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC operates 'The Golden Valley Community Hub'. We are based on Pontrilas Business Park in rural South Herefordshire and operate an open door policy.

Some good news stories
Growing Local CIC. Growing Local’s City Market Garden has been taken forward to Government as part of Hereford’s £25m Stronger Hereford bid!
Body Language School of Dance CIC. Awarded funding of £9,600 from The National Lottery which will help them to survive the pandemic and so continue the good work supporting their dance community.
Herefordshire Growing Point. From the start of the pandemic Growing Point has been sending out activity packs to our residential homes and our clients who can live more independently. 
Hands Up for the Planet. Hands Up for the Planet delivers fun and challenging environmental workshops in schools on the topics of climate change, food security, hygiene and water as a scarce resource.
Marches Counselling Service. Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” ...
Herefordshire ACF. Adults and Cadets of Hereford Worcester have risen to the pandemic challenge made by their Commandant at the outbreak of the first lock down, to work together as a community

Take part
Let's Get Digital: Herefordshire Mencap (HMencap) is working with Royal Mencap Society (RMS) to support 20 local people with a learning disability to get online.
The Inspiration Space is free work space for the first six months of your startup journey in Hereford.
Halo@HOME now you can enjoy on demand exercise classes anytime, anywhere with Halo@Home.
The Big Skill. Get outdoors at Saxon Hall this Spring, to tend your own raised veg plot, take part in our Weed Patrol around the Community Gardens, or nurture seeds and spaces for Wildlife around the site of the Remember and Rebuild Sculpture. 

Data Orchard. Data Orchard CIC would like to hear from you if you have ideas for the sort of information that would help you making decisions about your services and if you have data that you might be prepared to share to help others in the county.
Herefordshire Foodbank are hoping to expand into more schools, nurseries, and with health visitors and are looking for new spaces.
Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire. We are proud support Sport England's new strategy 'Uniting the Movement'. and welcome conversations and consultation with key partners to shape the future strategy for Herefordshire.
Top Opportunities
Be sure to follow our social media and website where we list opportunities as they come in
Fundraising and Clinical Trustees
Hope Support Services

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

Herefordshire Communities Safety Partnership

''We have several exciting opportunities to contribute to both the child safeguarding and community safety agendas in Herefordshire. If you are able to provide considered oversight of safeguarding or community safety at a strategic level as well as contribute on behalf of local voluntary and community organisations, not just your own organisation, then we would love to hear from you.''

Trustees to join Rural Media

''We're looking to strengthen our Board to help the continued expansion of the charity and production arm of Rural Media, We'd love to hear from you and especially if you have some experience in the commercial field.''

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“Building a vibrant and effective Community Sector across Herefordshire”
hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service)
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