September 2021 Issue
“Building a vibrant and effective Community Sector across Herefordshire”
Hello and welcome to the September issue of hvoice.

Thanks for all your contributions to the Community Noticeboard.
Scroll down for hvoss project news, support events, funding focus, jobs, sector support.

hvoice enables effective communication and information sharing across the local Community Sector and promotes co-operation between local organisations, hvoss members and public bodies.  
News from hvoss
NEW Business Administration Apprenticeship opportunity with hvoss

We are pleased to announce details of this exciting apprenticeship opportunity to make a difference in the community as well as learn vital skills. hvoss is a supportive organisation that will encourage and empower the successful candidate to become confident in business administration and other key competencies. The apprentice will be based in our Broad Street, Hereford office and work around the county as part of our Talk Community team. To read more, please click here
Healthwatch Community Networking Event

Healthwatch is launching a health & social care community partnership for community groups and organisations. Join us on Wednesday 8th September at the Kindle Centre, Hereford to explore how we can co-produce our health and social provision.

Speakers include - Amy Pitt from Talk Community Herefordshire Council, Will Lindesay from hvoss, Nisha Sankey from Taurus Healthcare, Christine Price from Healthwatch Herefordshire and Abby Oates from Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care Trust.

The event will include networking opportunities, workshops, speakers and a light lunch.

Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers Trip
Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers would like to say a HUGE THANK YOU to Alison and Daniel from Dunfield House, Kington, for offering us such a fantastic day full of a wide variety of activities, including plenty of fun and glorious sunshine! They even funded a minibus from Ledbury Community Wheels to transport most of the young people to the venue, for which we are so grateful.

This was our first post lockdown trip, it was just so lovely to see them meeting up with their friends from the clubs, some making new friends and just having a 'chilled relaxed fun day away from their caring roles and responsibilities'

Volunteer NEWS - August edition out now!

Find out about the latest volunteering opportunities across Herefordshire - there are 24 voluntary groups/organisations which urgently need volunteer help.

If you'd like to join our mailing list to receive Volunteer News, please email
BBO Baking a Difference

‘The wait is over! A year in the making and baking, the hvoss book ‘Baking a Difference’, has arrived in glorious technicolour. A book that celebrates all we have overcome. A historical record of a very different year and way of working, with moving personal lockdown stories from 13 participants at the Building Better Opportunities Project, matched with practical, fun baking recipes, photos and paintings. 

The book is A4 size, perfect bound and in large print. It will also be available in Braille. At £10 a copy and all the proceeds supporting hvoss, we think it’s great value and reflects the huge fundraising challenge of the ‘BBO Bake off’, which raised funds to print it last year. We hope you will buy it, enjoy reading it and spread the word. 

hvoss Project Focus - Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers
Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers would like to say A HUGE THANK YOU to the Masonic Charitable Trust for their very generous donation of £14,420.

Also A HUGE THANK YOU to our local Hereford Freemasons Lodge for their kind donation of £750.
So who are young and young adult carers?

They are any child or young person between 8 and 25 with a caring responsibility for a family member with a long term illness, disability, drug or alcohol addiction or a mental health condition. Young and young adult carers often take on practical and or emotional support that be excessive and inappropriate.

These caring responsibilities can have a huge impact on their childhood, development and achievements. Due to their caring role their social life can be very limited, they often feel isolated, experience being bullied and can suffer from low self esteem and poor mental health themselves.

Talk Community Support Events
Funding Support Event
Thursday 9th September 1-2pm

Meet The Funder
Tesco Community Grants

Tesco Community Grants will fund up to £1,500 towards local good causes whose focus is on supporting Children and Families. This is a rolling funding programme open to any not-for-profit organisation. Applications needed in Herefordshire!

Volunteer Manager CHAT
Thursday 16th September 2-3pm

Are you a Volunteer Manager?

Do you want to find out more about DBS?

We will be joined by a specialist Adviser from the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Sector News and Support
Some resources we think you may find helpful
Practical Support and Guidance on Covid-19 - NCVO are updating their knowledge bank pages and would like your input to help shape support and feed concerns to governmental contacts.

The Cranfield Trust have produced a webinar 'Essentials to Excellence: A Practical Guide to Re-Opening after Covid Closedown'. You can watch the webinar, download resources and read the speaker script here (keep scrolling down).

The government is currently running a Call for Evidence to help shape a new National Resilience Strategy and they're keen to hear from individuals and community groups. This is your chance to help shape this ambitious vision for the country’s resilience in the context of the many complex challenges we're facing today. Click here for the questions for individuals and community groups. It's open until 27th September.

Government launch health and disability consultation. The health and disability green paper consultation asks those with lived experience how the welfare system can better meet the needs of disabled people and people with health conditions now and in the future. The consultation is open until Monday 11 October for individual responses or responses from groups and organisations.
Funding Focus
FREE Get Grants and Easyfundraising live online webinar - Get Grants have partnered with easyfundraising, the UK’s biggest charity shopping site, to help want charities, community groups, sports clubs, and schools to have access to their expertise and insights. More details and sign up info here.

130 FUNdraising ideas! We've found a brilliant list of fundraising ideas. Click here for inspiration!

Return to Play: Small Grants - This fund makes awards using National Lottery and government funding, of between £300 and £10,000 from a total pot of £15m, to help clubs and organisations providing sport and physical activity respond to the immediate challenges of returning to play in a coronavirus-safe way. Details here.

Applications now open for the Aviva Community Fund - Your group could be eligible if your work falls within one of the three key funding areas: Building back better: helping society to bounce back from the pandemic by addressing the health and wellbeing, and economic impacts on communities and individuals. Climate champions: helping communities to prevent, prepare for and protect against the impacts of climate change. Financial empowerment: supporting financial inclusion and giving people the tools to become more financially resilient and independent. Details here.

My Funding Central is free to access where annual turnover is up to £30,000 p.a. View here.

Community Noticeboard
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Supporting our community
Talk Community website and Talk Community Directory (formerly WISH) have a new look! A comprehensive resource for Herefordshire communities, including services and groups, information and advice, care options and hubs.
Yeleni Therapy and Support. New Support Groups - Ovarian Cancer Support Group and cancer support group.
Ross Community Development Trust. Ross CDT is a 'Registered Body' for the checking, countersignature and submission of DBS applications and is prepared to act as an agent for other organisations that require DBS checks for Staff and Volunteers.
Energy Advocacy Service - Help for those in need of support with their home energy.
Mind Herefordshire - Safe Haven now open 7 nights a week.
EF Bulmer Trust, Fred Bulmer Centre - Our Meeting Room has recently received a lick of paint and is looking very dapper! The room is available from £10 per hour.
Hereford Veterans Meeting Centre - Following the success of the pilot Hereford Veterans Dementia Wellbeing Group last year Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire are pleased to say they are launching their new Hereford Veterans Meeting Centre based at Drybridge House in Hereford. 
Giving World - are here to help charities get the goods they need to the people that need them. We redirect business end-of-line, surplus and discontinued stock to the most deprived communities in the UK.

Calls for support
People in Motion - PiM is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that sends aid and volunteers to people and places in need. They are currently running a collection for Afghan Refugees. They urgently require a large warehouse or unused farm building, such as a barn, or unused shop premises, within a 10-mile radius of Malvern or Ledbury.
Fastershire - Can you host a free Fastershire beginners’ training session? Fastershire is offering free training for beginners in October, to help them either start using or better understand how to use their smartphone, tablet or computer.  

Some good news stories
Citizens Advice Hereford and hvoss BBO - Working Together to offer supported volunteering opportunities.
Herefordshire Young Adult Carers - Young Carer is an up and coming budding musician, playing saxophone and bass guitar in a band called The Madhouse!
Cultivating Learning and Nature CIC in partnership with the Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC) - the partnership has been awarded funding to run 'Hidden Herefordshire' - Lottery funding that encourages everyone to record wildlife.

Take part
Herefordshire Council - Community organisations are invited to be part of this year’s budget consultation and join in sessions between 8th and 15th September.
The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - Celebrate the dedication of our community sector.

Signs of Safety Training - Herefordshire Council are running virtual Signs of Safety courses for multi-agency professionals, to improve how we all work with children and young people as partners. Free training course.
GamCare - Free CPD accredited 2 hour online training session on the topic of women and gambling related harm.
Healthwatch Herefordshire - Launch of MECC+ reasonable adjustments module. This new downloadable resource, will help show you the different steps you can take to make your business or premises more accessible and user friendly for people with disabilities or health conditions.
Sector Jobs
Be sure to follow our social media and website where we list opportunities as they come in. Listed on our website are the following opportunities -

  • Business Administration Apprentice - hvoss, Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service
  • Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) Strategic Lead - Worcestershire Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) - closes Friday 10th September
  • Children’s Support Worker - Hope Support Services
  • Footcare Administrator - Age UK Hereford and Localities - closes Monday 5th September
  • Funding Officer - Herefordshire Wildlife Trust - closes Friday 3rd September
  • Peer Mentor - Shelter - closes Sunday 26th September
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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
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Charity Number: 1096451
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