Volunteer trainees needed

VAL is looking for volunteers to try out some new online resources we have been developing. If you don’t mind spending half an hour to click through our online learning courses and to give us some feedback, we’d love to hear from you

The resources currently available are on ‘The roles of the trustee’, ‘funding applications’ and ‘legal structures’. In return for your feedback you will be the first to see the resources and can use them with your organisation to help them upskill. 


Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) consultation on having an age appropriate code

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) is consulting on having an age appropriate code which will provide additional safeguards to GDPR for children in terms of their personal data.

The consultation opened on 27 June and closes on 19 September.  

The Code will provide guidance on the design standards that the Commissioner will expect providers of online ‘Information Society Services’ (ISS), which process personal data and are likely to be accessed by children, to meet.

Once it has been published, the Commissioner will be required to take account of any provisions of the Code she considers to be relevant when exercising her regulatory functions. The courts and tribunals will also be required to take account of any provisions they consider to be relevant in proceedings brought before them. The Code may be submitted as evidence in court proceedings


Action on Hearing Loss offers resources on their website

Do you experience hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus? Action on Hearing Loss has information on their website that could help you.

They have an information line team if you wish to discuss any employment questions and some good recourses around the Access to Work (ATW) fund from the government. There are also links for employers as sometimes there are concerns about hearing loss within the work place and sourcing/financing the right support. 

Action on Hearing Loss also has a number of volunteering opportunities in the short term, as do the Leicester Ageing Together (LAT) partners. If you’re interested in volunteering with these organisations, take a look!


Leicester BBO project procurement opportunity: Universal Credit support and advice service

Reaching People is the lead organisation working with 12 members/partners to deliver the Moneywise Plus project, one of the local Building Better Opportunities projects funded by the Big Lottery with European Social Fund match funding.

Moneywise Plus aims to increase financial and digital skills and confidence in individuals to support them towards employment, education or training.

The introduction of Universal Credit is a significant issue for the communities we support. We are therefore seeking to procure the services of an additional partner to lead in the delivery of Universal Credit support and advice.

Contract timescales: August 2018 – August 2019

Contract value: £28,130. This is the maximum budget based on one full time staff member and includes 15% for management and office costs as per the funders restrictions. 

To be considered organisations must:

  • Have experience and expertise in providing quality, welfare benefits support and advice.
  • Have experience of working in partnership and the delivery of target focused projects ideally, ESF funded. 
  • Be well established and networked within Leicester and/or Leicestershire.
  • Able to manage the robust financial and administrative requirements of the project.
  • Bring added value to the Moneywise Plus project.

Interested organisations are invited to submit an application which must include:

a) A summary of the following (on no more than 4 sides of A4):

  • How the Moneywise Plus partnership aligns with your strategic aims.
  • The added value or unique contribution you would make to the success of Moneywise Plus.
  • The key expertise and experience within the organisation in relation to welfare benefit support and advice.
  • Previous relevant experience of managing and/or delivering ESF or similar target focussed projects.
  • The impact your organisation has made in Leicester and Leicestershire.
  • Relevant networks and reach within Leicester and Leicestershire.

b) A completed ‘organisation information’ form (for non – Reaching People members only) which can be found at https://www.reachingpeople.co.uk/leicester-bbo-project-procurement-oppor…  .  The information provided will inform our assessment.

Shortlisted organisations will be invited to present their application on Friday 3 August 2018.

Applications should be sent to Sangeeta Patel, Project Manager for Moneywise Plus by email to sangeeta@reachingpeople.co.uk, or by post, to 53 Regent Road Leicester LE1 6FY by 27 July 2018 at 5.00pm.  Applications should be marked private and confidential. 

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The Little Theatre raises £17,560 for the first phase of its redevelopment

As part of their Centenary Challenge, Leicester Drama Society has raised £17,560 in crowdfunding to complete a feasibility study for the renovation of the Little Theatre.

Jenny Harding, Development Programme Director for Leicester Drama Society, said:

Leicester Drama Society very much appreciate VAL’s support in our fundraising campaign. In particular, the success of a crowdfunding campaign is very dependent on “spreading the word” to ensure that potential supporters are constantly made aware of how the campaign is progressing. VAL were consistently supportive throughout our campaign and helped us to reach out to many Leicestershire people through social network channels.

Our crowdfunding project was a great success, it achieved 166 backers online as well as huge support from audiences contributing to our bucket collections, cash and cheque donations to our Theatre Office.

The future

On the future of the Centenary Challenge, Jenny told us:

Our Capital Development is a major project and the recent successful crowdfunding campaign is the first small, but important step on the way.

We are currently working with our architects on improvements and detailing of plans, and consulting with all users of the theatre, planning, construction and engineering professionals (as described in our Crowdfunding Feasibility project). 

Our next target will then be to obtain Planning Permission for the new Anchor Centre site building, and our aim is to achieve this during the Autumn and therefore several activities are currently being done in parallel,  prior to submission of our planning application.

Our fundraising efforts are also continuing by applying to trusts and funding bodies for both the Anchor Centre site and the Workshop build. We are also working to create a programme of fundraising events and activities.

You can find out more about the Centenary Challenge on Leicester Drama Society’s Spacehive page.


An opportunity to register for the Association of Chairs’ new Beacon Programme

Registration is now open for the Association of Chairs’ National Lottery-funded Beacon Programme, aimed at the Chairs and Vice Chairs of smaller charities (with an annual income of under £1 million). The programme is being run till June 2020, with the aim of building the skills, confidence and knowledge of Chairs of smaller charities all over England. 

Developed with Chairs of smaller charities, this programme is uniquely placed to support Chairs to do their role effectively.  The programme will offer an exciting range of tailored activities, free practical written resources and webinars and opportunities for Chairs to share ideas and learn from each other.    

By joining the programme, Chairs and Vice Chairs will have the opportunity to:

  • Meet, learn and exchange ideas with other Chairs who face similar challenges
  • Know where to get support to be effective in their role
  • Hear the views of other Chairs of smaller charities and sector experts on topics that concern them
  • Access a wide range of free practical written resources to meet your needs

You can join the programme by completing the registration form. Once registered, you will be able to book onto their first, low coast workshops starting in September and October in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Brighton, Taunton and Bournemouth.

Register for the programme to be able to secure your place at a workshop.

Enrolling onto the programme, the webinar and online resources are available free of charge. Workshops will be held across England, and will cost £20.

For more information, or if you have queries, please contact the Association of Chairs on 020 7898 9700 directly.