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Flu Information for Carers

For information, the following has been provided to Carers in Swindon regarding flu vaccinations.

Top five flu facts for carers:

What is ‘the flu’ and why should I get vaccinated?

Influenza (The ‘flu’) is a common infectious illness that, for most healthy individuals, is an unpleasant but self-limiting disease. However, for older people or those with underlying health conditions, there is an increased risk that the flu will lead to serious complications. To help protect yourself and the person you care for, the NHS recommends that you have a flu vaccination each winter.

Where can I get vaccinated?

You can have your free flu jab at your GP surgery or participating pharmacy from October each year. Ask your GP or local pharmacy when they are running clinics.

For further information, click here on the NHS Choices website.

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A Message From Pam Webb, Head of the Zurich Community Trust

Dear Voluntary sector friends and colleagues

I would firstly like to thank you so much for all the lovely messages following the extremely sad news about Tony Martin. He held a very special place in all our hearts and will be incredibly missed by the whole Zurich Community Trust team as well as all his colleagues in Zurich.

As you know Tony was passionate about helping others and I know he would want me to make sure that this continues at this time and beyond. We will, in time, be looking at how we replace the irreplaceable but at the moment the priority is to celebrate Tony’s life and manage the huge hole he has left in all our hearts.

However, we’ve been supporting the Swindon community for 44 years now and I just wanted to reassure you that Tony’s legacy will continue and to make sure you were all aware of who to contact in the Zurich Community Trust wider team should you need any help or support. So if you would have picked up the phone or emailed Tony for something – here’s who to speak to:

For Swindon Grant Giving – Sarah Barter – or 01793 502202 or is Sarah unavailable Jane Boulton on or 01793 505778

For volunteers or other help – Steve Grimmett – or 07875 886341 or myself pam.webb@zct, or 01793 502450/07717 874880

Thank you for your all your kindness at this difficult time

Pam Webb
Head of the Zurich Community Trust

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

What is the GDPR?

You may have heard of the GDPR, and may have questions about what this means for your organisation.

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. The GDPR is EU legislation that will provide a single data protection law for all EU countries. GDPR will come into effect for the UK on 25th May 2018. GDPR will replace the Data Protection Act, and may represent a significant change for organisations that hold and process personal data.

GDPR is intended to update data protection laws, ensuring they are responsive to the more recent threats of the internet age, in order to prevent the loss of personally identifiable information in the case of security breaches and cyber-attacks. Charities will have to comply with GDPR just as businesses will. If your organisation holds personal data, such as contact information, bank account or credit card information, information about ethnicity or religious belief – then the new regulations will apply to you.

GDPR Basics

Under GDPR, charities must be able to clearly explain why they are collecting personal data, and what they are going to do with it. Simply including a privacy policy on your website is not sufficient. You may need to ask for consent for data you already hold. Individuals will also be able to access the personal data you hold on them at any time. They will also have a ‘right to be forgotten,’ where they may request for their personal data to be removed.

Non-compliance with GDPR may result in serious consequences – organisations may be fined up to 4% of their turnover or up to £17 million, depending on the severity of the breach. Organisations will be obliged to inform the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) of any breach that is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals within 72 hours of the organisation becoming aware of it.

Direct Marketing

GDPR applies across the board, but one area of specific concern to many charities is direct marketing, which includes fundraising. There are different legal conditions for communicating by different channels.

For instance, you need consent to be able to send direct marketing by email or SMS, or to make phone calls to individuals on the Telephone Preference Service (TPS). For post or live calls to phone numbers not on the TPS, you may send direct marketing if your organisation has a legitimate interest in contacting them, and they have not opted out of receiving this kind of communication from you.

Legitimate interest enables you, in certain circumstances, to be able to send direct marketing to an individual without having their prior consent. You must consider what the individual would have reasonably expected their personal information to be used for at the time they provided it. If they would not have reasonably expected the information to be used for direct marketing, you cannot rely on the legitimate interest condition.

The individual’s right to not be contacted is paramount – if they have indicated that they do not wish to receive a specific kind of communication from you, or any communication at all, you must respect this and not contact them in this way.

GDPR does not require that all direct marketing is ‘opt in’ – but this will be the case for email or SMS communications. This could be a tick box approach, where people show their consent by ticking a box, or choosing between a yes/no option. Consent does not have to be in writing – it can be given verbally. Individuals must take a positive action in order to give consent – silence or pre-ticked boxes do not count as valid consent. Where ‘opt in’ consent is not necessary (e.g. where there is a legitimate interest and you are contacting an individual by post or phone and they are not on the TPS), you must provide the opportunity for the individual to opt out of receiving future direct marketing, e.g. through an ‘opt out’ tick box.

Where communication is for genuine administrative purposes, unconnected with direct marketing, the rules for direct marketing do not apply.

Data Protection Officer

Any organisation is able to appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO), but the majority of small and medium-sized charities will not be obliged to appoint one. You must appoint a DPO if you:

A Data Protection Officer can be a current staff member or a contractor, but the role must be designated on the basis of professional qualities and expert knowledge of data protection laws. The responsibilities of the Data Protection Officer are to:



VAS will be holding a GDPR workshop later this year – we will keep you posted via VAS id.

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Project Coordinator at Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire

The following is a vacancy from Enrych Swindon & Wiltshire.

Job Title: Co-ordinator Enrych Swindon and Wiltshire

Office location: Home worker

Geographical remit: Swindon area

Salary: £19,742 – £21,918 full time (£9,025 – £10,020 pro rata) Dependent on experience

Hours of work: 16 hours per week, flexible working available

Responsible to: Heather Smith, Chair of Enrych Swindon and Wiltshire

Responsible for: Members and Volunteers

About Enrych
Enrych is a well-established charity with a 30 year history of enabling disabled adults to enjoy culture, leisure and learning opportunities. Our vision is enabling adults with a disability to recognise their potential, to connect, engage and enjoy life within their community. For more information on Enrych please visit

Job Purpose
This is an exciting and flexible role for a self-motivated person who is passionate about placing disabled people’s needs first and looking for development in the charitable sector. It offers unique opportunities to improve the lives of disabled people living in the Swindon and Wiltshire area. The role would suit a self-starter, someone who is looking to develop their skills or someone seeking flexible working arrangements. As the role involves working independently it offers considerable scope for successful applicants to use their own initiative and creativity in completing tasks. Successful applicants will be given training relevant to the role. Areas you can develop your skills in are:

If you wish to discuss development opportunities prior to applying please contact


We are looking for someone to develop and manage our services in the Swindon area in the following ways:

Delivering person focused services to adults with a disability

Working with key agencies

Working as part of the Enrych team

Working to the Enrych model and standards



Skills and abilities


How to apply
Please send a CV and covering letter of minimum 500 words and no more than 1,000 words to Applicants are also required to complete forms on equality and diversity and compliance and to return these alongside their CV and Covering Letter. These documents are available from the Enrych website –

Closing date for applications is noon on 16th October 2017

Applicants will be notified on 27th October 2017 if they have been shortlisted for interview

Interviews will take place on 2nd November 2017 in Swindon. If you are interested in applying but unable to make this interview date please notify us and we may consider your application if we are not able to recruit following initial interviews.

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Building Bridges Programme Administrator at Community First

The following is a vacancy from Community First.

Devizes based
36.50 hours per week

Fixed term contract for one year, with an option to extend – £20,456 gross per annum, plus 7% employer pension contribution

We are looking for an individual who is extremely organised and can support the Building Bridges Programme Manager to effectively deliver the £3.88M Building Bridges programme, jointly funded by the Big Lottery Fund and the European Social Fund.

The role will be to provide administrative assistance and general support to the Building Bridges Programme Manager, including administration of the financial claims process across all programme delivery partners.

It will require someone with an eye for detail and process who can provide reliable support to the Building Bridges Programme Manager and lead team to ensure effective and compliant delivery of the programme.

The role will be fully funded by the Big Lottery Fund and European Social Fund.

Further information regarding the Building Bridges programme can be found via our website at

Closing date: Midday, 27th October 2017
Interviews: 6th November 2017

To download a job description, person specification and an application form for this post please visit

For additional information, please contact Dave Potts, Building Bridges Programme Manager on 01380 729826.

Community First is an equal opportunities employer.

Building Bridges is a partnership of organisations, led by Community First, that has come together to deliver the Building Better Opportunities Programme across Swindon and Wiltshire.

The project has received up to £3.9M of funding from the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of the 2014-2020 European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme in England. The Department for Work and Pensions is the Managing Authority for the England European Social Fund programme. Established by the European Union, the European Social Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support skills development, employment and job creation, social inclusion and local community regenerations. For more information visit

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Adult Community Learning Courses

Are you struggling to find a career? Do you lack confidence with Maths, English and ICT? If so, Whitehead Ross Education & Consulting’s Adult Community Learning courses are for you!

They are running courses from both Voluntary Action Swindon, 1 John Street, Swindon, SN1 1RT and Sanford House, Sanford Street, Swindon, SN1 1HE. They can also fund childcare to allow you to attend. For further information please contact Racheal on 07468 516960 or

Getting Started
Course C: Wed 11th – Fri 13th October
Course D: Wed 1st – 3rd November)

Delivered over 3 sessions (13 hours), their vocational taster course provides an introduction to:

Getting Ready
Course C: Mon 30th October – Tues 14th November (every Monday & Tuesday)
Course D: Mon 20th November – Tues 5th December (every Monday & Tuesday)

Delivered over 5 sessions (23 hours), their non-accredited Maths, English and ICT course supports you to improve your skills for work and life.

The courses are fully funded for those who meet the following criteria:

For further information please contact Racheal on 07468 516960 or

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Tony Martin

Everyone at VAS was deeply saddened to hear that Tony Martin, UK Volunteer Manager at the Zurich Community Trust, passed away last week.

Tony was an inspirational man, with an infectious smile and seemingly limitless energy and enthusiasm, despite not always enjoying the best of health in recent years. He made an enormous difference to the lives of many people and we at VAS had the great pleasure and privilege of working with him in various ways, notably through Involve and The Pride of Swindon Awards.

Tony will be greatly missed, but very fondly remembered by all who knew him. We send our condolences to his work colleagues, family and many friends.

A service to celebrate Tony’s Life will be held at 1.30 pm on Monday 16th October at the Supermarine Sports and Social Club, South Marston, Swindon, SN3 4BZ. All friends and colleagues are welcome to attend. Please email to confirm your attendance to enable numbers to be catered for.

There will then be a short committal service at Kingsdown Crematorium afterwards for family, close friends and Tony’s ‘work family’ – the Zurich Community Trust team.

The Celebration of Tony’s life will then continue at the Supermarine club.

Many of you have asked about donations – a Just Giving page (link below) has now been set up for donations which will be matched 100% by the Zurich Community Trust and split between two charities particularly close to Tony’s heart, Swindon Young Carer’s (part of the Swindon Carer’s Cente) and the Swindon Women’s Refuge.

Alternatively cheques can be made payable to the Zurich Community Trust and sent to Sandra Willmott at PO Box 1288, Swindon SN1 1FL

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