The 2018 Voluntary Action Swindon (VAS) Community Fair will be taking place on Sunday 23rd September from 12 noon-3pm at Sanford House, Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1HE.
The theme of the event is homelessness and the aim of this event to promote the services available to people living in Swindon who are experiencing, or at risk of, homelessness of any kind.
Come along to meet local community and statutory organisations working around homelessness in Swindon, including key charities that provide essential health support services for physical, mental, or emotional well-being. Other organisations providing varied support services will also be present.
This event will be all about bringing the community together to learn about the issues that create homelessness, and to look beyond the stigmas. Service users will also have the opportunity to access support. We will also celebrate the work of charities over the years and the good work that has been done to combat homelessness.
There will be entertainment in on the day provided by a fantastic duet named Sweet Harmony, who will be the performing a range of covers on the day. We would like to encourage all members of the Swindon community to come along and join us to show support to the people that are homeless or at risk of homelessness.
To find out more please contact Jo Roberts at Voluntary Action Swindon on 01793 538398 or by email email@example.com
Established in 1981 Wiltshire Law Centre has an outstanding reputation locally in the free advice sector. You will have the exciting opportunity to build upon our expertise in Housing law and benefit from your highly experienced colleagues in supporting you based in our central Swindon offices.
Wiltshire Law Centre is a not for profit advice agency specialising in the areas of Housing and Immigration.
The aim of the service is to reduce the risk of homelessness, assisting clients with benefit appeal and reduce indebtedness.
Salary between £28221 – £30756 pa
27 days annual leave + statutory hols
5% pension contribution
Part-time and job sharing considered
Suitable candidates must be a qualified Solicitor and if not already experienced in Housing law must be willing to develop the skills and knowledge to conduct housing casework
Training will be provided
Cover our Housing Possession Court Duty Scheme contract as well as providing advice to clients under our other non LAA funding
The position will involve close working with colleagues, courts and court staff, the local Council, Housing Associations and other local agencies
The following is a vacancy from Wiltshire Law Centre
Established in 1981 Wiltshire Law Centre has an outstanding reputation locally in the free advice sector. You will have the exciting opportunity to build your Immigration advice hub as part of our recently awarded LAA Immigration & Asylum contract in our central Swindon offices.
As a dispersal Town your expertise will be greatly valued by the residents of Swindon and you will have the opportunity to shape the service and build relationships with other agencies all as part of a well-established Law Centre.
Salary between £28221 – £30756 pa
27 days annual leave + statutory hols
5% pension Contribution
Part-time and job sharing considered
be able to self-supervise under SRA and SQM standards
have a minimum two years’ experience of immigration and asylum casework
be a qualified Immigration Solicitor and hold Supervisor status to IAAS Level 2
be experienced in close working with colleagues, local agencies and the Tribunal Service
Victim Services Specialist Caseworker at Victim Support
The following is a vacancy from Victim Support.
Victim Support is looking for a Victim Services Specialist Caseworker based in Devizes.
Office location: Unit 7a Bath Road Business Centre, Bath Road, Devizes, Wiltshire SN10 1XA
Full time/Part time: Full time
Hours per week: 37.5
Basic Salary: £23,345 per annum
Contract type: Fixed Term
DBS required?: Yes
End date (if fixed term): 31/03/2019
Police vetting required?: Yes
Closing Date: 27/08/2018
Ref No: 1552
Victim Support (VS) is an independent charity for people affected by crime in England and Wales. We work towards a world where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and respect they deserve.
You will contribute to Victim Support’s mission by providing a high quality, frontline service to people experiencing crime and antisocial behaviour in Swindon and Wiltshire. You will have a caseload of victims who are at high risk of harm or have complex needs. Working alongside our Community Response team, you will carry out needs and risk assessments. You will develop a personal support plan with each service user, and will support them until their needs are met. You will develop multi-agency links so that the wider needs of our service users are met.
You will have experience of managing a high, demanding and complex caseload, and experience of supporting vulnerable people in overcoming emotional, social and practical challenges. You will have excellent verbal and written communication skills. You will know how to deal sensitively with challenging and emotionally charged situations, demonstrating empathy and controlling your own emotions. You will be based in the Devizes office but will routinely travel across Wiltshire and Swindon to visit victims and to attend key meetings.
Victim Support offers competitive rewards and benefits including pension and life assurance, 25 days annual leave (pro-rata), voluntary benefits such as season ticket loans, cycle to work scheme, and the opportunity to play a key role in a national charity providing world-class services to victims and witnesses and being a vital force for change.
The role is fixed term to March 2019 but has the possibility of being extended, subject to funding.
Applications should be explicit enough to provide good evidence against the shortlisting criteria, which are marked in the person specification as (s). In order to apply, please create a profile in our website (jobs section), complete and submit an online application form.
If the vacancy has not specified the essential criteria for shortlisting, please use this section to express how your experience and skills are relevant for the role.
If you have the drive to make a difference within an organisation which makes a difference we look forward to hearing from you.
Victim Support takes pride in being a diverse organisation, enriched by the participation of all individuals and communities. Diversity matters and we value it.
The successful applicant will need satisfactory clearance of an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) and Police Vetting.
Please contact Katie Maclean on 01380 738878 if you would like to discuss the role further.
Employee Volunteering Advisor at Volunteer Centre Swindon
The following is a vacancy from Volunteer Centre Swindon.
Volunteer Centre Swindon
Vacancy: Employee Volunteering Advisor
Fixed Term Contract until March 2019 with a possibility of extension
Hours: Monday – Thursday 26 hours a week with occasional Friday and evening /weekend
Salary: £18,200 pro rata
Closing date: 4pm Friday August 24th 2018
To request a pack please email Sue Dunmore, Chief Executive Officer. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and put Request for Application Pack in email title
Volunteer Centre Swindon is a nationally accredited Volunteer Development Agency that works across Swindon and surrounding area. It supports organisations to recruit, manage and support volunteers. It also works to promote and broker volunteering to individuals and groups along with providing good practice advice on volunteering.
The post holder will support the delivery of projects and work that develop volunteering in and around Swindon. This will be through working on the delivery of Involve Swindon and other initiatives. This post is ideal for someone with good administrative skills who is looking to build on their experience within the voluntary and community sector.
The post holder will work to support the development and delivery of projects for corporate partners to undertake as Employee Volunteers through working on the delivery of Involve Swindon and other work to support the work of the Centre.
The post holder will also help with interviewing potential volunteers, liaising with local volunteer involving organisations, promoting volunteering along with supporting in house volunteers and supported volunteering groups. Part of the role will also be to provide administrative support to the Centre.
Volunteer Centre Swindon is an equal opportunities employer.
The post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.
Reporting to: Operations Manager/Arts Project Manager
Salary: £12 per hour
Main purpose of job: The person will….
Contribute to the development and realisation of the charity’s goals and objectives with special responsibility for finance and administration.
Control the finance and administrative systems that support the charity.
Ensure that Reach abides by the laws governing charities and employers, providing reports, payments and information as required by HMRC, the Charity Commissioners and any funders.
Provide budgets and reports for staff, trustees, projects and funding applications.
Duties: You will be using your professional skills to …..
Effect and record expenditure and income.
Prepare the charity’s management and annual accounts, cash flow reports and project income/expenditure reports as required.
Organise the office administration and filing records.
Become secretary to the Reach trustees (or Management Committee) for their meetings each quarter. You will be arranging venues and agendas and preparing the minutes for the trustees.
Work with other staff to help prepare the charity’s Annual Report and help arrange the Annual General Meeting for the Management Committee.
Keep office procedures systems up to date.
Support preparation of funding applications, the evaluation of projects and reporting to funders as required.
Other ad hoc practical and administration duties as required.
Hours: 10 per week
Holidays: Equivalent to 5 weeks holiday pro-rata
Your job is to….
1.1 Prepare budgets, cash flow forecasts and expenditure reports as required.
1.2 Monitor income, expenditure and update budgets for projects and core costs.
2.1 Produce monthly management accounts of income and expenditure on an Excel spreadsheet system.
2.2 Prepare annual accounts in draft form to be submitted to the Reach accountants for final completion.
2.3 Liaise with payroll outsourcing – prepare staff timesheets and arrange quarterly PAYE payments.
2.4 Set up bacs payments.
2.5 Prepare Reach and other invoices as required.
3. Policies & Procedures
3.1 Ensure policies and procedures for health & safety, equal opportunities, data protection etc are up to date.
4.1 Take responsibility for the Reach office – rental agreements and payments, supplies of stationary and letterheads, filing and equipment records etc.
4.2 Ensure that the insurance cover is reviewed annually and renewed.
4.3 Be a point of contact for people in need of information about Reach.
4.4 Ensure funders and grant-givers receive appropriate information and reports at the right time, as well as due recognition and thanks for their support.
4.5 Maintain trustee, charity commission records/reports and attendance registers.
4.6 Help prepare funding applications, evaluate and report on projects as required.
5.1 Arrange management committee meetings and AGM, prepare and distribute minutes.
6.1 Arrange backups and IT maintenance as required.
6.2 Maintain databases, mailing lists, contact details etc.
7.1 Help promote a positive image of people with disabilities.
Person Specification Accounts
& General Office Assistant
Qualifications, experience and background
Working as part of a team in an office
Cash handling experience
Excellent skills in Excel
GCSE Maths (A*-C)
High standard written English
Book keeping qualification
Specific knowledge/skills (technical)
Excellent knowledge of Excel, Word and Microsoft package
Excellent organisational skills and document management
Experience of keeping/preparing accounts.
Good telephone manner
Working in a third sector environment
Friendly, helpful manner
“Can do” attitude
Organised and efficient
Ability to prioritise workload and work to deadlines
Grants up to £4,000 for the development of group music-making in the UK, especially involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas (application deadline 28 September 2018)
The Michael Tippett Musical Foundation provides small grants for the development of group music making in the United Kingdom, especially projects involving young people in projects incorporating composition and creative ideas. Funding is available for new and established projects.
Projects taking place in or out of school, college or university, or in community settings in the UK will be considered.
The Foundation likes to see composition as central to projects put forward for support. The Foundation will therefore also consider applications from organisations for group projects working with young composers. These could be projects and schemes offering innovative ways for young composers to develop their talents and experience through engaging with group musical activity.
The Foundation is especially interested in:
Projects involving young people – the Foundation hopes to see applications which aim to open young people’s ears, to stimulate creativity in sound and provide a springboard for young composers to move forward with aspiration
The project’s musical aspirations – the Foundation wants to see that the project is aiming for music making of high quality within the project context. Creative projects may take many different styles and forms
The artistic leadership of the project – the Foundation believes strongly in the importance of a project’s artistic leadership. The artistic leader(s) involved in the project should be clearly identified and named in the application
How the project will be planned, managed and evaluated – the Foundation wants to know who is responsible for the management of the schedule, the participants, appointment of the leaders, evaluation and the budget. Successful applicants will be asked for a report on the project when it is completed, so plans for evaluation should be made from the start
Grants of between £500 and £4,000 are available. The average grant is £2,000. Approximately 25% of all applicants are successful in securing a grant.
During the year ending 31 August 2017 the Foundation made just 10 awards totalling £22, 000.
In general, the Foundation is unlikely to fund a large scale project in which its contribution may be considered insignificant.
Funding is not available for:
The purchase of musical instruments or equipment, including computer hardware, software or accessories
Capital purchase or development
Study fees or maintenance costs for individuals
General performance or recording costs
Commissions for solely professional performance
Projects that have already been completed
The Foundation has one application round annually. The 2018 deadline for applications is Friday 28 September for projects starting from December 2018.
Applications should be sent in both electronic and paper format and include:
A short introductory letter (maximum one page of A4) clearly identifying the organisation and/or individual/s applying, the sum requested, and the names and contact details of two referees who would be willing to support the application
A project description (maximum two single sided A4 pages) covering the following topics:
Title – organisation applying, project title and sum requested
Musical aspirations, aims, content and intended outcomes
Numbers and ages of participants with names of schools or other organisations which will benefit/participate in the project and a plan for recruitment if not working with pre-existing groups
The artistic leadership of the project – named and with experience detailed
Project plan including the start date, time frame, number of sessions and where it will take place
The management of the project and plans for evaluation.
The project budget (preferably on a single page) showing estimated expenditure and anticipated income from all sources, including grants and applications to other bodies, with explanatory notes if needed
Additional information (e.g. biographies of project leaders) can be enclosed if wished and will be used for reference. Applicants should not send CDs, DVDs, movies or videos