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Moving Forward Together - Dance and Movement Classes to support those with low-mood and long term health conditions

13/10/21

Golden Threads CIC would like to invite you to Moving Forward Together - Dance and Movement Classes. Wednesdays 1.15 - 2.15pm Centre For Movement, Goal Street, Hereford For more information and to book, email hello@goldenthreadscic.com or call 07877 250 275

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BBO Book Launch and County Celebration!

12/10/21

BBO Project at hvoss - September 2021 The BBO project at hvoss has had a very busy few weeks, with our volunteers taking part in a wonderful celebration event at the Kindle Centre on Wednesday 22nd September, along with all the other projects in Herefordshire. (Pic. All the projects involved in BBO Herefordshire at the celebration event at the Kindle Centre) This was to celebrate everything the project has achieved and featured many moving and inspiring testimonies from people involved, includ…

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Covid Vaccine Clinics Continue - can you help?

12/10/21

Can you help? The Covid Vaccine clinics continue, as we have now rolled out the booster campaign. We are always looking for new volunteers to help us. We have a loyal, friendly team of volunteers who are great fun to work with. Our numbers have dwindled as team members are heading back into the office and can no longer volunteer. If you can provide a few hours a week, please register online, it only takes a few minutes: Covid Vaccination Volunteer Registration These are the clinic roles: Car Pa…

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Working Together to Safeguard Children Training

12/10/21

Working Together to Safeguard Children: New training now available A new safeguarding children course, entitled Working Together to Safeguard Children, has been launched by the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership.  The multi-agency training is suitable for anyone who supports and cares for / works and volunteers with children and young people.  The course is delivered online via Microsoft Teams and the topics will help you to: Recognise the different categories of child abuse and th…

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Herefordshire Council’s digital strategy consultation - calling all individuals or voluntary and community organisations working with Herefordshire residents

07/10/21

Herefordshire Council’s digital strategy consultation As an individual or voluntary and community organisation working with Herefordshire residents, we would like your input into shaping the council’s digital strategy and on-line services.  Whilst the council has a digital strategy that runs until 2023 a lot has changed including:   The experience of many people during Covid-19 lockdown driving a higher dependency on being on-line for work, learning and social interaction   The higher expe…

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Applications now open for the Community Climate and Nature Grant Scheme

07/10/21

Non-profit groups or organisations based in Herefordshire (or a Herefordshire Parish Council) can apply for funding of up to £15,000 for new projects which will deliver carbon reduction and/or ecological enhancement in your community, based around four themes. Community Buildings – for example, energy conservation or efficiency measures Sustainable Transport – for example, community cycle parking or electric vehicle charging points Nature – this could include tree planting, community allot…

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Electoral Services Annual Canvass

07/10/21

Electoral Services have until the end of November to obtain household responses for this year’s Annual Canvass. This year’s electoral register will be published on 1 December 2021.   Please can you help any of our residents that might need assistance with completing their response, if you come across them in the course of your work.   If someone has received communication and isn’t sure what to do, view the Annual Canvass FAQs or call Electoral Services on 01432 260107 and they can help record …

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Energy Advocates

07/10/21

Severn Wye offer free, personal home energy advice and support for those who need it, through a team of dedicated energy advocates.  Professionals working with people in the community can refer directly through an online form.   For anybody struggling to pay their energy bills or keep their home warm, advocates can offer fuel debt support, advice about their energy bills, information about heating and insulation grants and support with switching energy supplier. They can also provide energy effi…

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Falls Prevention Resources Talk Community has launched a new online falls prevention resource

07/10/21

Falls Prevention Resources  Talk Community has launched a new online falls prevention resource (https://herefordshiresafeguardingboards.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=ea611918c42bb49280bc90c7f&id=3de4d7d34e&e=42024ad7a9) , It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults aged over 65, who live at home, will have at least one fall a year, with around half of these having more frequent falls.  Although the majority of falls don’t result in serious injury, there’s always a risk that a fall could lead …

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Men & Masculinities Programme in Herefordshire & Worcestershire now open for referrals

07/10/21

Men & Masculinities Programme in Herefordshire & Worcestershire now open for referrals   The programme is designed to deepen men’s understanding of themselves and their relationships. It is free and accessible for any men who are aware that their relationships have become distressing and damaged by their abusive behaviour, violence or issues of coercive control. The programme creates a safe and supportive space for participants to explore the impact of gender socialisation on their …

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COVID-19 - Autumn and Winter Plan

07/10/21

The Government has announced its autumn and winter plan for managing COVID-19. This includes a renewed focus on vaccines as the first line of defence, supported by testing, public health advice, and a variant surveillance system. However, because the coming months could pose renewed challenges, a range of ‘Plan B’ measures have been kept under review. This includes introducing mandatory vaccine only Covid status certification in certain settings and legally mandating face coverings in shops and …

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Residents urged to return community equipment

07/10/21

There is a real shortage of specific items of community equipment coming in to the country due to Brexit and Covid implications. The items we are most struggling with are: height adjustable shower chairs, commodes, perching stools, toilet frames, door frame ramps and adjustable bed rails. These items are really important for discharge from hospital or preventing admissions.  A press release has been issued to encourage residents to return items (Residents urged to return unwanted medical equipme…

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Feasability study for a Youth Hub for Herefordshire – Invitation to Tender

06/10/21

Feasability study for a Youth Hub for Herefordshire – Invitation to Tender hvoss needs to produce a detailed feasibility study and business plan that will determine the validity and viability of our vision and form the basis of funding applications to deliver a sustainable solution for children and young people in Herefordshire. Contract value £12k .  Deadline for responses 1200 Monday 11th October 2021  Further details from hvoss office

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Free Signs of Safety Training for professionals who work with children

24/09/21

Free Signs of Safety Training for professionals who work with children 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.  This is an essential course for professionals who work with children and young people in Herefordshire.  It aims to provide the background on the Signs of Safety approach in children’s social care and enables candidates to think through how they can use the S…

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Join us for the second meeting of the Herefordshire Community Partnership

24/09/21

Wednesday 10th November - Kindle Centre, Hereford Come together with partners to have a stronger voice and influence to find the right solutions to meet the needs of Herefordshire people Join us for the second meeting of the Herefordshire Community Partnership Agenda coming soon ... The voluntary and community sector play an extremely important role in improving the lives and wellbeing of the Herefordshire population and this has been shown by the exceptional collaborative working dur…

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Horizon Centre, Ross on Wye - September 2021 Newsletter

24/09/21

The team at Horizon Centre, Ross on Wye would like to share their September newsletter with you... Click here to download and read

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Herefordshire Cultural Activities Grants - encouraging residents to get active through cultural activities

23/09/21

Herefordshire Cultural Activities Grants Community First are delighted to be administering The Cultural Activities Grant on behalf of Herefordshire Council to encourage residents to get active through cultural activities, as part of Council grant funding for the Covid-19 recovery plan, supporting economic recovery & improving wellbeing in Herefordshire. We are now accepting applications up to £10,000.   Application Deadline 14th October Projects To Be Completed By 30 June 2022. here: h…

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Herefordshire Council to support up to six communities to establish community car clubs during an 18 month pilot

23/09/21

Community car clubs Herefordshire community car club pilot Funded by the Central Government Covid Recovery Grant, Herefordshire Council wishes to support up to six communities to establish community car clubs during an 18 month pilot. A community car club is a local, member-based initiative that provides access to pay-as-you-drive vehicles. Community car clubs are typically run by local groups to support their communities. Car clubs can improve accessibility to transport provision for resident…

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Housing Support and Mediation Services for young people in Hereford

23/09/21

Connexus offer Housing Support and Mediation Services to young people aged 16-25yrs in the county of Herefordshire We support young people to identify how they can manage their own needs, mitigate risks and take up opportunities. There will be a particular focus on supporting them to obtain or maintain accommodation, or where homelessness is inevitable, to support them in securing and maintaining suitable alternative accommodation. We use innovation and flexibility in working to promote confi…

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Working Better Together (Making Integrated Care a Reality) Programme - a six month, practical and interactive programme to tackle issues related to the health, care and wellbeing of local people that can best be solved collaboratively

23/09/21

Working Better Together Programme Are you keen to make a difference to the health and care of our local communities? Is there a ‘wicked issue’ in health or care in Herefordshire or Worcestershire you would like to tackle? Would you like the opportunity to gain new skills and experience in effective ‘system working’ and how to work effectively with other people beyond traditional organisational boundaries? If yes, the Working Better Together (Making Integrated Care a Reality) programme could be f…

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Our book ‘Baking a Difference’ is being launched at hvoss, Broad Street Hereford on Saturday 25th September!

23/09/21

Our book ‘Baking a difference’ is being launched at hvoss on Saturday 25th September! Please pop in to 52 Broad Street between 11am and 1pm to talk to people involved in the book and buy your own first edition signed copy for only £10. All proceeds going to hvoss.  Drinks and samples of the bakes in the book will also be available. This event will also be the official re-opening of our refurbished office and a chance to look around. Anyone wishing to purchase the book please contact many.furniss…

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Have you got questions about technology? Come along to a Computer Cafe in Ross and Hereford!

14/09/21

Have you got questions about technology? Come along to our Computer Cafe and we can help! If you would like to come along contact our team to book: T: 0800 008 6077 E: referralhub@ageukhw.org.uk Ross Computer Cafe: 2/10/21 - 10am-2pm - Palma Court, 27 Brookend St, Ross-on-Wye, HR9 7EE Hereford Computer Cafe: 3/10/21 - 10am-2pm - The Kindle Centre, Asda, Belmont Rd, Hereford HR2 7JE (Free parking)

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Job Opportunity at hvoss - Talk Community Development Support Lead

10/09/21

Please visit HVOSS - Jobs for more information.

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Become a YSS Trustee

06/09/21

Become a YSS Trustee YSS brings over thirty years of knowledge and passion to enabling people to develop their resilience and feel part of the community in which they live. Our teams of dedicated staff and volunteers deliver a variety of community based services to families and individuals at risk of social isolation and exclusion. We work in partnership with Local Authorities, the Police, Fire and Probation services and other community organisations. Our operations are focused on a smaller geog…

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Herefordshire Young Adult Carer - A Budding Musician!

02/09/21

One of our Herefordshire Young Adult Carers is an up and coming budding musician, playing saxophone and bass guitar in a band called The Madhouse, they've only been gigging since July.   Music is a way in which she can express herself and have a break from her caring responsibilities.  To learn more about Young Carers and Young Adult Carers please visit - hycc – Supporting the Young and Young Adult Carers of Herefordshire (hycclub.co.uk)

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‘The wait is over! A year in the making and baking, the hvoss book ‘Baking a Difference’, has arrived in glorious technicolour

01/09/21

‘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. ‘this book really captures the passion and enthusiasm of everyone ta…

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Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers would like to say A HUGE THANK YOU to the Masonic Charitable Trust for their very generous donation

01/09/21

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…

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Herefordshire Young & Young Adult Carers first post-lockdown trip to Dunfield House, Kington,

01/09/21

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. We received such a warm friendly welcome on arrival and throughout the day they were on hand to make sure …

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People in Motion looking for new premises to store and sort donations for people in need

01/09/21

People in Motion is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation that sends aid and volunteers to people and places in need. Since September 2015, People in Motion have been actively involved in sending aid throughout Europe for distribution to refugees travelling in search of a safer life. Their current building at Colwall is due to be demolished over the next few months so we are urgently looking for new premises to store and sort out donated items. PiM are looking for a large warehouse or unused fa…

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Volunteer NEWS - August edition out now!

31/08/21

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. https://tinyurl.com/bv4ubdb8 If you'd like to join our mailing list to receive Volunteer News, please email talkcommunity@hvoss.org.uk

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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

31/08/21

Access brand new life essentials for free   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. We have a wide range of products available to support your beneficiaries, including clothing, toiletries, baby products, toys, bedding, kitchen equipment and other household items, books, crafts and ambient foods. Our website is regularly updated wit…

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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.

31/08/21

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.  Do you know people in your local community who would like to get more from their technology devices, perhaps learn how to send photos, make video calls on WhatsApp or Zoom, send e-mails, safely browse and shop online or get to grips with social media?   Fastershire is h…

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NEW Hereford Veterans Meeting Centre

27/08/21

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. The new meeting centre will be open on Monday’s starting on 2nd August 2021. The meeting centre will be held at Drybridge House Centre, Hereford, HR2 7SG. We are offering free taster sessions, prices thereafter will then be £45 per person, per sessio…

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Meeting Room Hire in Hereford City Centre

27/08/21

EF Bulmer Trust - Fred Bulmer Centre Our Meeting Room has recently received a lick of paint and is looking very dapper! The meeting room is available from £10 per hour, but does get booked up rather fast! Call us now to make a reservation. Centre Telephone Number: 01432 271 293 We look forward to welcoming you!   For more info -  centremanagerefbulmer@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/Fred-Bulmer-Centre-102297771629575/ https://www.efbulmer.co.uk/

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Safe Haven now open 7 nights a week

27/08/21

Herefordshire Mind's Safe Haven is now open every day from 5pm-10pm. Based at our Community Hub, Safe Haven can provide empathy, support and safety to anyone over 18 experiencing high emotional distress and/or suicidal thoughts. It offers a safe space, a respectful listening ear and an exploration of coping strategies. Safe Haven can help: - Improve your wellbeing - Support in a crisis - Support your recovery - Signpost to long-term support Contact us on 01432 372407 or at safehaven@herefordsh…

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Hidden Herefordshire: Lottery funding encourages everyone to record wildlife

27/08/21

Cultivating Learning and Nature CIC in partnership with the Herefordshire Biological Records Centre (HBRC) has received £98,900 supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players, Hidden Herefordshire: discovering its wildlife and wild places, aims to connect people, young and old to recording wildlife wherever they are. During the Covid-19 pandemic there has been a massive increase in people’s appreciation of nature and the resulting mental health benefits.The…

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Citizens Advice Hereford and hvoss Working Together

27/08/21

Herefordshire Citizens Advice welcomes our newest volunteers Louise Taylor and Andrew to our team. Louise came to us through hvoss and has already started training for our admin/reception team. Louise will progress to full adviser training later in the year and we are confident her great personality and can-do attitude will be a big hit with our clients and colleagues alike. Louise joins a team of 30 volunteers who give people the advice they need for the problems they face which can range from …

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Energy Advocacy Service - Help for those in need of support with their home energy

27/08/21

If you work with people in the community and think that someone is in need of support with their home energy, you can refer them to the energy advocacy service. For anybody in Herefordshire feeling overwhelmed by home energy, who needs a helping hand, or is struggling to pay their energy bills and keep their home warm, energy advocate Amy can offer them friendly, professional advice. The energy advocate can work along side people to help with; understanding and managing bills, fuel debt, me…

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We can help with your DBS checks...

27/08/21

Ross Community Development Trust is a 'Registered Body' for the checking, countersignature and submission of DBS applications. A small team of dedicated volunteers have been trained to conduct these checks to the necessary DBS standard. Additionally, Ross CDT is prepared to act as an agent for other organisations that require DBS checks for Staff and Volunteers. The cost of DBS Checks managed by Ross CDT is: • DBS Check instigated by employer for an employee: Fee £50 (£40 DBS Fee + £10 hand…

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Cancer Support Groups - with Yeleni Therapy and Support

27/08/21

Ovarian Cancer Support Group We are pleased to be hosting a new Herefordshire cancer support group, here at Yeleni.Laura, of Ovacome, will facilitate the get-togethers, the first of which will be held on the 21st October between 1.30pm and 3.30pm.The goal is to improve the experience of anyone affected by ovarian cancer. Cancer Support Group  Members of our Yeleni community are working hard behind the scenes to establish another support group. We hope that this too, will be starting in Octo…

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Be part of this year’s budget consultation – Herefordshire Council

27/08/21

Be part of this year’s budget consultation – Herefordshire Council   The budget consultation 2022/23 is focused on supporting post-Covid recovery in the county and the council’s transformation journey, looking at how we can deliver our services and facilities in the most effective, affordable and environmentally friendly way. We want our voluntary sector and community groups to give their views about how the council budget is spent to ensure we get the best value for every pound we spend, conti…

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Next Volunteer Manager CHAT event - 16th September

20/08/21

Next Volunteer Manager CHAT event is on 16th September  Are you a Volunteer Manager? Do you want to find out more about DBS? Join us for the next Volunteer Manager CHAT event on Thursday 16th September, 2-3pm via Zoom. We will be joined by a specialist Adviser from the Disclosure and Barring Service. Find out more information and book you free ticket here

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Leominster Dementia Awareness Week 23-28 August

17/08/21

Come and join Leominster Dementia Awareness Week

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Herefordshire Community Partnership Event

06/08/21

An invitation to all involved in the Herefordshire voluntary and community sector... Wednesday September 8th 10am-12.30 at The Kindle Centre Join Healthwatch Herefordshire for this Community Partnership event. See details below, registration via eventbrite essential - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/herefordshire-community-partnership-tickets-164119968243

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Debt Awareness training for professionals who, through their work, are in contact with people who struggle with finance.

06/08/21

Debt Awareness training for professionals who, through their work, are in contact with people who struggle with finance. About this event How Debt Aware are you? As Herefordshire gets back to work, some households will be left behind and at risk of debt. Our Debt Awareness training is for professionals who, through your work, are in contact with people who struggle with finance. This session will explain what you can do to help by signposting the various routes to appropriate advice an…

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Free CPD accredited 2 hour online training session on the topic of women and gambling related harm

06/08/21

The subject of gambling and its associated harms is currently a hot topic and is acknowledged by experts as a serious health issue with far reaching consequences. In the UK, we are seeing huge cultural shifts in the gambling context with the gender gap rapidly decreasing. The evidence suggests that more and more women are accessing online gambling activities and putting themselves at risk of developing gambling problems. The evidence also firmly points out that women are significantly more likel…

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2Faced Dance looking for new Chair

02/08/21

2Faced Dance seeks new Chair of Trustees 2Faced Dance is seeking to appoint a Chair to the Board of Trustees. The organisation is open to considering the role as Co-Chair i.e. the position of Chair is shared equally between two individuals whose background and skillsets complement each other. Therefore, even if you do not think you have all the attributes we are looking for, we would still love to hear from you. This role is not remunerated, although reasonable expenses may be claimed. 2Faced Da…

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Job Vacancy with Community Wheels, hvoss

30/07/21

We are looking for a Community Transport Administrator to join our Leominster based team to ensure efficient day-to-day planning and administration of all hvoss community transport services. Visit www.hvoss.org.uk/jobs for the full job description and application form. Applications close at 12 noon on Monday 16th August.

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Rejuvenate! Re-launch and AGM

29/07/21

Rejuvenate! Creative Carers Group     Rejuvenate! Re-launch and AGM in the new Nell Gwynn room at The Courtyard on 2 September- 10.30 - 12.30   It has been eighteen months since our last Creative Carers' Group at The Courtyard and we are thrilled to announce our re-launch and AGM on 2 September at 10.30 in the new Nell Gwynn room at The Courtyard.   There will be a guest speaker, refreshments and activity pack but numbers will be limited.   To book your place please contact Maggi…

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Healthwatch Seeks New Chair

20/07/21

Non-Executive Chair of Healthwatch Herefordshire Board of Directors.  Healthwatch Herefordshire has an important role to play in making sure local people have a say in how health and care services develop and holding health and social services to account.  Our Board of Directors ensures that we are well run and meet our statutory duties as a local Healthwatch.  The Chair will have a key role as an ambassador in influencing leaders of the local health and care systems. You will: Be passionate a…

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Free Musical Workshops for Veterans Living With Dementia

20/07/21

Orchestra of The Swan are delighted to announce that with generous funding from the Armed Forces Covenant Trust, The Swan will be starting a new and exciting weekly musical workshop, Café Muse, starting from Wednesday 4th August 2021, at the The Courtyard, Hereford, for Armed Forces veterans living with dementia. It is a weekly opportunity for #ArmedForces veterans affected by #dementia (including carers and/or family members) to meet. It is intended to be fun, relaxed and friendly, with inter…

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Long Covid Study - how is your community doing?

02/07/21

The CCG is working with partners to develop local services for people with Long Covid. To help us to plan services for this group of people, we would be grateful for your assistance in understanding how many people there are in Herefordshire who are struggling with symptoms twelve weeks or more following a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of COVID 19.   The problems we are seeing most commonly are severe fatigue, muscle pains and anxiety. In addition, some people continue to experience breathl…

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Horizon Centre, Ross on Wye - June 2021 Newsletter

02/07/21

Horizon Centre Ross on Wye would like to share their June 2021 newsletter with you. You can read the newsletter here To receive future newsletters directly, please email - maria@horizoncentre.co.uk clarissa@horizoncentre.co.uk

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hvoice - June issue - news from and for the voluntary and community sector of Herefordshire

29/06/21

Click here to read - https://conta.cc/3AcoFaK New issue of hvoice ready for your Herefordshire community and voluntary sector reading pleasure!  This month includes - hvoss project updates from Where's Rosie? BBO at hvoss and No Wrong Door - HVOSS Youth Project and Talk Community Invitations to 4 FREE hvoss events, including 3Funding Support Events in July 6 training opportunities, FREE or discounted for VCS groups 9 pieces of sector support, resources and funding tips 4 local jobs And a jam…

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Free Signs of Safety Training for professionals who work with children

24/06/21

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.   This is an essential course for professionals who work with children and young people in Herefordshire.  It aims to provide the background on the Signs of Safety approach in children’s social care and enables candidates to think through how they can use the Signs of Safety/Wellbeing/Success model in their every-day work, or wh…

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No Wrong Door Social Project and Beyond -‘What do you need?’ The answer was a resounding ‘This! More of this!’

23/06/21

NWD SOCIAL PROJECT AND BEYOND  THE THINKING BEHIND IT…  No Wrong Door has been working collaboratively with partner agencies providing wrap-around support (and easy access to this) to young people in Herefordshire for several years. At its heart is listening to what young people need and building trusted relationships to then help guide them through whichever ‘door’ they need to enter.  As with many organisations in the sector, the Covid pandemic had the potential to hinder the initial pr…

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hvoss Building Better Opportunities volunteer at The Knife Angel in Hereford

23/06/21

Knife Angel Volunteering Day 21.6.21 After 15 months working from home and meeting over Zoom, the BBO staff team and participants met in person to volunteer at The Knife Angel in Hereford; stewarding, meeting, greeting, and counting visitors, taking donations, answering questions and helping to staff the base station. It was wonderful to see everyone again; some members of staff and participants met for the first time and its surprising how different everyone looks away from our computer screens…

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Hereford Hospital Radio - Broadcasting since 1972!

23/06/21

Hereford Hospital Radio has been broadcasting since 1972, following a project set up by the Herefordshire County Youth Service and Hereford Lions Club. Over the years the station has been heard at many of the Herefordshire hospitals but now focuses its broadcasts at the County Hospital, where it has its studios. Each year volunteers from the station attend many events around the county raising funds to keep the station on the air. Our volunteers' efforts provide the majority of the funds to ke…

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ignite cic - Bring exciting physical and creative activity to your communities’ doorstep!

18/06/21

Our Community Can aims to support communities across Herefordshire and Worcestershire, particularly those in rural areas, to reduce social isolation and loneliness by bringing people and communities together through fun and engaging creative and physical activities. With a community-led approach, volunteers and communities are supported to understand local needs and motivations, network with other individuals and organisations, deliver taster sessions or events, support new, local active and/or …

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Local Children’s Charity Call to Arms. Do you want to make a difference?

18/06/21

Following a very challenging year, Home-Start Herefordshire is calling on people with professional skills to step forward as a volunteer trustee to help guide and oversee its future work supporting local families with children 0-18. Home-Start Herefordshire has been running its service for 39 years and currently has 70 volunteers. The charity has trained volunteers with expert support, helping families with young children through their most challenging times. Home-Start Herefordshire is there…

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Mental Health First Aid Training -50% off

18/06/21

2021 is a year when Mental Health First Aid is needed across our community. We have created the following discount code HVOSSMHFA2021, so community organisations in HVOSS can have 50% off Online MHFA courses in 2021. We feel this is important and in signing the Time to Talk Pledge want to help make a difference in the wider community. The places can be booked online at https://www.hwgta.org/MHFA-online

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Reconnecting with the workplace - managing anxiety

18/06/21

Relate Worcestershire is delighted to be running its Reconnecting with the Workplace – managing anxiety course in cooperation with Community First and the Worcestershire Community Foundation. This 4-hr course is FREE OF CHARGE to all learners and available on a first come first served basis. The course is aimed at people who have been out of the physical workplace due to coronavirus, working from home, furloughed, lost their job or changed roles in the pandemic and are anxious about returning t…

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John's Story - Supporting Herefordshire Breast Cancer Support Group

18/06/21

This is John, and John is doing something simply quite amazing for HBCSG 'As I entered my 60th year I started to reflect on creating memories with as many as my friends as possible and raising funds for a local charity. A kind of charity bucket list as it were. Firstly, I needed to identify a local charity that was connected to me in a very personal way. As a VP at Luctonians Rugby Club I was well aware of the work done by the wonderful volunteers at Breast Cancer Haven in Hereford, Sadly, the…

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We Are Farming Minds - FREE Mental Health and Wellbeing Training

18/06/21

Do you live or work within the farming community? Would you recognise the signs if someone was struggling? Would you know how to help or where to find help?   Our Free Mental Health and Well being Training is open to anyone living and working within the Farming Community In Herefordshire. #LetsBreakTheStigma #letsbreakthestigma #farming #herefordshire. We have spaces available on our July Training Course. Please email to book - wearefarmingminds@gmail.com

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The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

18/06/21

THE QUEEN’S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to local volunteer groups across the UK. It was created in 2002 to celebrate the anniversary of the Queen's Coronation. It is the MBE for volunteer groups and is awarded for life. Who is it awarded to? It is awarded to exceptional groups of volunteers whose level of initiative and impact are truly exceptional. A successful group will normally have the following characteristics: …

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Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire BRAND NEW COURSES!

18/06/21

We have an extremely exciting opportunity of some new courses provided by Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire which are now live. The two initial courses include: Managing Challenging Behaviour This 90-minute workshop aims to support you in developing strategies to manage challenging behaviour. The workshop explores barriers to participation and risk-taking behaviour, alongside strategies to facilitate behaviour change and create an inclusive environment. Bookings Close: 20/06/2021 Location:…

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Walking Football Welfare Support in Herefordshire for veterans

18/06/21

Herefordshire FA and DMWS have come together to offer Walking Football Welfare Support in Herefordshire for veterans. It is available to veterans of all ages, physical ability and also their family members and/or carers. Walking Football is for both women and men.

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hvoss support event - Meet the funder - The National Lottery Community Fund Funding for Small Voluntary Sector Organisations in Herefordshire

16/06/21

Meet the funder - The National Lottery Community Fund Funding for Small Voluntary Sector Organisations in Herefordshire Thursday 1st July 2021 - 2-3.30pm BOOK YOUR FREE PLACE HERE - Meet the funder - The National Lottery Community Fund Tickets, Thu 1 Jul 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite ----- We are delighted to announce final details of a further Talk Community support event, hosted by hvoss (Herefordshsire Voluntary Organisations Support Service) - a not to be missed FREE event for any group look…

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Are you interested in becoming a Community Vaccination Champion?

11/06/21

Are you interested in becoming a Community Vaccination Champion? We are looking for motivated individuals who wish to make a difference in their community and increase vaccination uptake. Many lives will be saved if people take up their vaccination, so we must all be champions of that cause. We want to support you, our community leaders, volunteers and trusted voices, every step of the way to enable you to share vaccine information with confidence – and inspire and galvanise our local communitie…

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No Wrong Door and partners present 'making choices' Open Discussions for 13-18 year olds as part of The Knife Angel in Hereford

09/06/21

Thursday 24th June 1.50 - 3.00 and Wednesday 30th June 1.50 - 3.00 Great Hall : Recognising crime and what to do about it. Led by crimestoppers, the local police team, Children's Society and Local Council. Conference Room: Recognising the dangers of exploitation. Led by the Exploitation Team, Local Police and Children's Society.   Monday 5th July 1.50 - 3.00 and Thursday 8th July 1.50 - 3.00 Great Hall : What is wellbeing? Developing coping strategies. Led by the CLD and Children's Society. Conf…

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Volunteer NEWS - June edition out now!

07/06/21

The June edition of Volunteer NEWS, is out now!  Find the latest volunteering opportunities across Herefordshire as well as news and information  Volunteer NEWS June 2021

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A posse of High Sheriffs is sleeping out on 28th May, and would love your support!

19/05/21

Click here to donate - THE BIG SLEEP IN | HEREFORDSHIRE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION (herefordshirecf.org)

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May 2021 issue of hvoice

14/05/21

Read the May issue of hvoice! News from and for the voluntary and community sector of Herefordshire. Its a bumper issue, including - x4 hvoss project updates x7 Sector support resources x5 Funding items x9 Support for the community x3 National campaigns to support locally x2 Good news stories x7 Things to take part in x5 Training opportunities x4 Jobs Click to read here - https://myemail.constantcontact.com/hvoice---May-issue... If you'd like to join our mailing list to receive hvoice and cal…

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Safe+Well™ is launching in Herefordshire, to help people live more independently in their own homes for longer.

13/05/21

To learn more, join a 30 minute webinar Book your place here - Webinar Registration - Zoom

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Book Release Coming SOON! ‘Baking a difference’ is a historical record of a very different year and way of working for the BBO Herefordshire project

12/05/21

New Release Coming! hvoss is pleased to announce that we will soon be releasing an exciting new book and hope to organise a launch this summer, when restrictions allow. ‘Baking a difference’ is a historical record of a very different year and way of working for the BBO Herefordshire project, with very honest and moving personal lockdown stories matched with practical fun baking recipes. It is a celebration of all we have overcome. 'This book really captures the passion and enthusiasm of every…

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Volunteers required at Herefordshire Headway

12/05/21

HEREFORDSHIRE HEADWAY Headway House, Trenchard Avenue, Credenhill, Hereford HR4 7DX   Are you interested in Volunteering?   If you have any spare time and would like to get involved with helping others, then maybe we are what you are looking for!   We need people to help in the wood workshop and other areas or to just help out generally.   For more information please contact us on: Tel - 01432 761000 or email - info@herefordshire-headway.co.uk

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Feeling stressed or anxious? Mental health services are open and accessible to people in Herefordshire and Worcestershire who are struggling or need support with their mental wellbeing.

11/05/21

Mental health services are open and accessible to people in Herefordshire and Worcestershire who are struggling or need support with their mental wellbeing.   Herefordshire and Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust, the main providers of mental health services in both counties are encouraging anyone who is struggling to manage feelings of stress or anxiety to contact the Herefordshire and Worcestershire Healthy Minds Service.   With many people experiencing increased levels of stress and w…

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Training available: Online and Face to Face. 3rd Sector organisations get 20% off!

11/05/21

Training available with HWGTA: Online and Face to Face. 3rd Sector organisations get 20% off! See below for details.

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The Big Sleep In 2021 - Get some kip and support The Cart Shed

11/05/21

What is The Big Sleep In? We all know a good night's sleep is good for our mental health so throughout May The Cart Shed is asking you to get some kip and help us raise money to support young people and adults in Herefordshire suffering with their mental health. How to get involved: Find somewhere fun and exciting to sleep for a night this May Visit our Virgin Donate Fundraising page (https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/donation-web/charity?charityId=1016589&utm_source=extbtn&utm_campaig…

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This July: New outdoor chamber music festival in Herefordshire!

11/05/21

The new Vine Chamber Music Festival is an outdoor music festival held in the gardens of The Vine, Tarrington Village.   Our talented line-up includes performers from Herefordshire and around the UK, with music ranging from Bach to Bossa Nova. Families are welcome: discounted tickets for under 16’s are available. Bring your own picnic/drink for the full English country garden experience.   The beautiful location provides a perfect setting to enjoy some live music outdoors after such a long hiatus…

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Herefordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Courses for May 2021. Book now to secure a place.

11/05/21

Herefordshire Multi-Agency Safeguarding Children Courses for May 2021. Details below. Book now to secure a place.   Graded Care Profile 2 on Monday 10 May 2021 (9:00am - 3:30pm) This course will assist practitioners to understand, recognise and address child neglect. The course will refer to Herefordshire case studies and recent serious case reviews where neglect was a factor. The main course objective is to instruct delegates on the use of the Graded Care Profile 2 (GCP2) tool. At the close of …

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GREAT NEWS we have an UPDATE on the REOPENING of Hereford Leisure Pool

11/05/21

The builders are coming to the end of the repair works from the flood damage from February 2020… So we are delighted to be back in business soon. The building has been given a clean bill of HEALTH, now it's time for us to help you look after yours. Our reopening will be begin on Wednesday 19th May     What's opening when...   Wednesday 19th May 2021 - Gym - Swimming pool for public swimming   Week beginning Monday 24th May - Indoor group exercise classes - update on the exact date this week and …

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Local NFU Funding for Hay Dial-a-Ride

11/05/21

NFU staff at the local Hay on Wye agency recently nominated local charity Hay Dial-A-Ride to receive a donation of £6,451 from a national £2million ‘Agency Giving Fund’ launched by NFU Mutual. This donation has enabled Dial-a-Ride to continue providing invaluable support to Hay-on-Wye and the surrounding community by providing free transportation to vaccine appointments, essential shopping journeys, prescription deliveries and providing a vital lifeline service to the elderly and vulnerable with…

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Step Outdoors Campaign - join us in promoting the benefits outdoor physical activity.

11/05/21

Step Outdoors is a new, innovative campaign organised by Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire, which seeks to bring together a wide range of partners from various sectors to encourage safe self-directed and organised social physical activity opportunities within green, open and park spaces across the two counties. We are asking organisations to join us in promoting the benefits outdoor physical activity. We have developed a range of useful tools and resources to support you to amplify the St…

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Marches Counselling Service - Reaching out to 18-30's

11/05/21

Marches Counselling Service MCS provides affordable counselling and psychotherapy to adults (18+) living in Herefordshire. Recognising the needs of younger people and improving access to therapy for vulnerable groups is important to us. We are currently giving some attention to 18-30’s and are shaping our services in ways that reflect their views and needs. Key things we are doing: •  Workshops to support social confidence and wellbeing post-lockdown •   Setting up an art therapy group •   Circ…

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Calling for new members to join an award winning theatre company. A chance to have fun meet new friends and perform on stage

11/05/21

If you are looking for a chance to perform on stage then our Society might be just the thing for you. We are a friendly musical theatre/opera group recruiting now for 2021/22 season for all age groups from 12 to 70+. You will have the opportunity to learn from experienced singers and performers and to audition for leading roles in our annual spring show at The Courtyard, Hereford, plus concert performances throughout the year. Rehearsals on Tuesday evenings in Hereford. Visit our website her…

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Offa's Dyke Walk in support of Motor Neurone Disease Association

11/05/21

Please join our Offa's Dyke Walk on 26th Sept 2021 to celebrate the end of a dreadful 18 months, to walk in solidarity with people living with and affected by mnd or just for the joy of walking! We are hoping to cover the entire 184 miles in one day, with walkers joining the walk wherever they like and to walk however much they wish. More details from richard.shackelford@mndassociation.org

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Yarpole Parish Good Neighbour Scheme with Talk Community

11/05/21

As an introduction to Talk Community in Yarpole when we were still unbale to meet we produced a detailed questionnaire with questions about current facilities and asking for new ideas. Two forms went to every household. 186 forms were returned - read here. The main bodies - shop, PO, pub, Parish Hall, Parish Council, Parishioner Newsletter, St Leonard's Church were given the comments that specifically related to them. Also a number of respondents offered their services across a variety of activi…

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Dementia Action Week Events 17th-22nd May

11/05/21

Join us for our programme of events for Dementia Action Week - there will be something for everyone. There will be Dementia Friends Sessions across the week, information sessions, drop in and join our online meeting point or carers group, hear about the dementia provision in Herefordshire and all sorts of other sessions.   Or join us for our synchronised picnics across Herefordshire at 12.00 midday on Thursday 20th (we are hoping to achieve the largest synchronised picnic), take a picture and …

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Into The Woods - Promoting woodland wellbeing activities in a beautiful ancient woodland in Herefordshire

11/05/21

Into the Woods is a new initiative based in Callow in Herefordshire. We offer a mix of simple bush craft and well being focused sessions including Mindfulness for small groups in our private peaceful woodland. We are passionate about opening up our woodland so that as many people as possible can enjoy its quiet beauty. For more info contact Jane : janetaylor@well-being-development.co.uk

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Meeting and Counselling Rooms for Hire in Hereford City Centre

11/05/21

E F Bulmer Trust works with charities and the local community providing meeting and counselling rooms for hire starting from as little as £7 p/h, tenanted rooms also become available from time to time.  Fred Bulmer Centre, Wall Street, Hereford, HR4 9HP is central to High Town with access to nearby parking.  Included is a serviced reception and use of facilities within the centre.  For viewing and bookings of rooms call us on 01432 271293 alternatively you can email us at centremanagerefbulmer@g…

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Carers Week: 7 – 13 June 2021 - Making Carers Visible & Valued

11/05/21

Carers Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of caring, highlighting the challenges unpaid carers face and recognise the contribution they make to families and communities throughout the UK.  It also helps people who don’t think of themselves as having caring responsibilities to identify as carers and access much – needed support. To raise awareness of carers across Herefordshire, CarerLinks are hosting a number of online workshops and a Walk and Talk for unpaid carers to find highlight…

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Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Training Solutions Team are pleased to announce they are holding Covid-secure face-to-face training sessions from our Drybridge House Centre in Hereford

11/05/21

Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire’s Training Solutions Team are pleased to announce they are holding Covid-secure face-to-face training sessions from our Drybridge House Centre in Hereford (HR2 7SG). Throughout June, July and August we will be offering high quality health and social care training on Fridays including; Moving & Handling for Charities that provide Home Support; First Aid Basic Life Support for Charity and Voluntary Organisations; Essential Customer Care & Communic…

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Herefordshire Children's Centre Services Newsletter - Summer 2021

28/04/21

Herefordshire Children’s Centre Services are delighted to be able to share a new communication with you. It will be produced termly and circulated by email - Please email ChildrenCentreServices@herefordshire.gov.uk to receive this newsletter directly to your inbox. Please print or email the attached newsletter to families you work with as appropriate or print off and display prominently in your building for families to read. If you have any comments we would welcome feedback. Email ChildrenCentr…

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Horizon Centre, Ross on Wye - May 2021 Newsletter

28/04/21

Horizon Centre Ross on Wye would like to share their May 2021 newsletter with you. You can read the newsletter here To receive future newsletters directly, please email - maria@horizoncentre.co.uk clarissa@horizoncentre.co.uk

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EF Bulmer Trust Update

23/04/21

The EF Bulmer Trust supports former employees of HP Bulmer Holdings PLC and works to improve the lives of people in hardship, need, or distress across Herefordshire. Applications from local charities and organisations that support residents from Herefordshire are welcome. Applicants should check that their application fits with the Trust's criteria before applying. Funds are limited and applicants are encouraged to speak to the Chief Operating Officer Paddy Nugent before applying - efbulmer@gm…

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Energy Advocacy Service

23/04/21

Energy Advocacy Service Keep Herefordshire Warm is managed by Severn Wye Energy Agency on behalf of Herefordshire Council. Keep Herefordshire Warm offers energy efficiency advice and administers grant funding to help keep Herefordshire residents healthy and comfortable at home. By offering everything from simple home energy advice and tariff switching, to helping households access grants for insulation, heating, boilers and renewable energy – we help reduce bills, improve wellbeing and preve…

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UK Community Renewal Fund - Opportunity for Herefordshire Community Sector

22/04/21

Through the UK Community Renewal Fund the government is providing £220million across the UK for innovative projects that invest in skills development, communities and businesses and improve local employment opportunities.  There is up to £3million available for investment in Herefordshire for new and innovative projects that look to address the challenges faced at a local level to ensure local people have the skills they need to take advantage of the opportunities available.   Herefordshire Coun…

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Bridging the access gap - FREE BSL course for Herefordshire Residents

22/04/21

Bridging the Access Gap in Herefordshire   A NEW initiative to encourage more members of the public to take up sign language as an extra language and skill, is now available to residents of Herefordshire. The Signs4Life scheme is to help people to communicate and engage with children and adults who may be hard of hearing.    Tabassum, Signs4Life partnerships officer, explains “There are more than nine million hard of hearing people registered in the UK. We have already worked with social worker…

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Knife Angel coming to Hereford 14th June - 12th July

21/04/21

Exciting news - the Knife Angel is coming to Hereford from 14th June 2021 to 12th July 2021, hosted by Hereford Cathedral. The Knife Angel is a 27ft high sculpture using over 100,000 knives surrendered and collected in nationwide amnesties in 2015/2016. The angel began its tour around the UK in 2018 when it was housed outside Liverpool Cathedral to raise awareness of the impact of knife crime on society, the victims and their families and friends. To find out more visit www.knifeangelhereford.co…

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Funding Network Event 2021- April 29th 2pm

20/04/21

Thursday 29th April 2-4pm Register for your free place here https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/hvoss-talk-community-funding-network-series-2021-april-tickets-151627029527 We are delighted to announce the next hvoss Talk Community Funding Network of 2021 – a not to be missed FREE event for anyone looking at future sustainability within the local community. This FREE event will help to illustrate the importance of funding for projects as part of a wider menu of opportunities for not-for-profit organi…

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Volunteer Manager CHAT event - 28th April at 11am

20/04/21

Wednesday 28th April at 11am. Learn from others and share your experiences at this informal networking event. This event has been organised by hvoss to support the voluntary sector throughout Herefordshire. It aims to bring together volunteer managers and coordinators to share experiences, promote good practice and provide a forum for discussion. This is the first event of its kind and it is intended to take place quarterly. Three speakers will be taking part... 'THE HVOSS VOLUNTEER BUREAU – HE…

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Citizens Advice Here to Help

01/04/21

Citizens Advice Herefordshire - Here to Help Citizens Advice was founded during the second world war to help people with problems ranging from evacuation to rationing. Whilst the problems people face are now very different Citizens Advice has continued to adapt to the needs of the people living in the UK. Last year was the busiest in our 81 year history; our UK advisers provided personal, free and independent advice to 18 people every minute and our website was viewed 62.8 million times.…

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Campaign for restoration of biodiverse, traditionally managed floodplain meadow at Bartonsham Farm, Hereford

01/04/21

Friends of Bartonsham Meadows is a grassroots project campaigning for floodplain meadow restoration at Bartonsham Farm, Hereford. Our vision is to transform a small, suburban, riverside farm from intensive agriculture to outstanding natural habitat delivering a broad range of social and environmental public goods. Our focus centres on biodiversity and regenerative land-management practices to deliver benefits such as - Flood mitigation - Carbon sequestration - Biodiversity - Improved rive…

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Age UK - Come along to our Drybridge House Centre!

01/04/21

Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire are very pleased to say that their Drybridge House Centre in Hereford will be back open from 6th April 2021 for members and carers after the most recent lockdown. The Drybridge House Centre in Hereford provides a warm and friendly environment for older people living in and around Hereford. It is a safe place for you to meet new people, take part in a wide variety of activities and enjoy a hot cooked meal. A member at the centre said: “I really enjoy g…

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Spread some positivity with Covid Tales

01/04/21

The Covid Tales project is where you can share your story of a positive experience you have been through during the Coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are, older, younger, a volunteer, working or retired we want to hear your story. This experience could be a whole range of things from receiving a positive message in the post to something you've done in their community to help out their neighbours. We want to hear them all! We will be sharing your stories across our website and social media to s…

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Reconnecting to the Workplace – managing anxiety course in cooperation with Community First and the Worcestershire Community Foundation

01/04/21

Relate Worcestershire is delighted to be running its Reconnecting with the Workplace – managing anxiety course in cooperation with Community First and the Worcestershire Community Foundation. This 4-hr course is FREE OF CHARGE to all learners and available on a first come first served basis. The course is aimed at people who have been out of the physical workplace due to coronavirus, working from home, furloughed, lost their job or changed roles in the pandemic and are anxious about returning t…

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No Wrong Door - reflections on 2020 and hopes for 2021

01/04/21

No Wrong Door takes time for reflection at end of the financial year and with spring and Easter bringing new life, there feels a sense of positivity and new hope. With the COVID vaccination program doing so well and the government roadmap slowly but cautiously still on track, it is great to be back in No Wrong Door and being able to see the city slowly start coming back to life, young people now coming into booked appointments, and although all masked up, there feels a renewed sense of purpos…

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Herefordshire Young Carers Celebrate Young Carers Action Week - as super heroes!!

01/04/21

Herefordshire Young Carers Young Carers Action Day was on 16th March this year and to celebrate this we invited an artist – Sassy Steve – along to give a drawing workshop at our online club. We made sure every young person taking part had the right materials by sending them all an art kit in the post, with paper, pencils, pens, accessories and a clipboard. Steve gave a brilliant session on how to draw caricatures and at the end of the evening delighted us all by presenting us with a group portra…

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Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust celebrates funding award to deliver social prescribing in Herefordshire

01/04/21

Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust celebrates funding award to deliver social prescribing in Herefordshire. Amid fierce competition, local charity, Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust (Ross CDT), is celebrating after being awarded £50k from the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP)’s Thriving Communities Fund to support its work. The project will increase social connectedness and help local communities to cope with the impact of COVID-19, as part of a national initiative to em…

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Free and confidential support available for alcohol and other drugs

23/03/21

The new Herefordshire Recovery Service launches on the 1st April 2021, providing free and confidential support around alcohol and other drugs. The new service is delivered by Turning Point in partnership with Healthwatch Herefordshire and replaces services provided by We Are With You (formerly known as Addaction). Visit - Hereforshire Recovery Service | Turning Point (turning-point.co.uk) SAVE THE DATE: For more details about the new service, you are invited to attend an online Partnership Meeti…

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Herefordshire Green Network are looking for an administrator...

23/03/21

Post: Herefordshire Green Network Administrator Organisation: Herefordshire Green Network (HGN) Final date for applications: 9am Thursday 1st April Location: Home working, plus regular meetings (including some evenings), currently remotely, previously mostly in Hereford city Salary: This self-employed position is paid at a rate of £120 per day, one day per week, initially for 3 months - with the view to extend to more days per week over the coming year, subject to pending funding applications. …

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Facebook Live Event - Community Spirit and Action in Herefordshire

23/03/21

LIVE FACEBOOK EVENT - COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND ACTION There have been tremendous examples of how communities have come together throughout the pandemic to support one another. Join us for our live Facebook event to understand how community action can be encouraged and sustained throughout Herefordshire.

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Census 2021 - Do you or someone you know need support to complete the 2021 Census?

23/03/21

How to Get Help to Fill In Your Census If you have received your census letter and you’re not sure what to do,  don’t worry there is lots of help available. You can visit the census website www.census.gov.uk or phone the Census Contact Centre on 0800 141 2021 to get answers to any questions you may have or request a paper form if you want one.  You can also get a new access code if you have lost the one that came in the post.  You can even make an appointment to fill in your census over the…

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Exciting management vacancy at hvoss. Join us!

18/03/21

HEAD OF PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT £27,730 per annum FTE 25 hours per week (£18,736 per annum for hours worked)   Inspired by the incredible community and voluntary support you have witnessed during these unprecedented times? hvoss is recruiting for an exciting new management role! Please visit our JOBS pages for details The deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 12th April 2021. Interviews will take place on either 16th or 20th April 2021.

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Job Vacancy at ECHO - Deputy Chief Officer

16/03/21

ECHO for Extra Choices in Herefordshire Deputy Chief Officer, Life skills and Leisure ECHO is a charity working mainly with people with moderate or severe learning difficulties.  We also support people with mental health needs or who have physical or sensory impairments. ECHO runs 25 different activities each week in community settings across Herefordshire.   We are seeking an experienced and motivated person to join the Senior Management Team as Deputy Chief Officer for our Life skills and L…

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Job Opportunity at CarerLinks

16/03/21

CarerLinks are looking to recruit another Carer Advisor in Herefordshire!   JOB VACANCY: CarerLinks Carer Advisor Crossroads Together, Herefordshire • Remote Salary: £19,500 - £20,500 (Pro rata) depending on experience Contract length: 36 months Hours: 22.5 Hours (across 3 days) Closing date for applications: 1 April 2021 Interviews to be held on: 9 April 2021   More details and how to apply here -  https://www.crossroadstogether.org.uk/vacancy/%20herefordshire-carerlinks-advisor-copy%20/ or ht…

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Fit & Fed - Lots going on at Hinton Community Centre this Easter

16/03/21

Fit and Fed activities run by West Mercia Police over the 2nd week of the Easter holidays.  All activities are at the Hinton Community Centre.  Limited spaces available - book now! Contact - hayley.warne@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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YSS Youth Support Services is looking for a Trustee Lead for Finance

16/03/21

Youth Support Services are searching far and wide for our next Trustee Lead for Finance. If you are interested or know someone who could fit the bill please share with your networks! More information is available on our website https://www.yss.org.uk/trustee-recruitment Please get in touch with Catherine.Kevis@yss.org.uk We welcome applications from people from all sections of society to enhance our diversity and enrich our internal discussions.

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Help HWGTA understand your training needs and be entered into a prize draw to win £200 worth of FREE training!

10/03/21

Take part here - Training Needs Assessment  Learn more about courses and training offered by Hereford and Worcester Group Training Association here https://www.hwgta.org/courses

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March issue of hvoice! All your community sector news, opportunities and resources in one place!

04/03/21

Updates from hvoss projects, funding news, sector resources and support, trustee opportunities...and more! Click here to read the March issue of hvoice     See previous issues here. Contribute to future issues here.

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Herefordshire's First Ever Virtual Volunteer Fair - Thanks for taking part!

03/03/21

On 26th February 2021 hvoss hosted Herefordshire’s first ever Virtual Volunteer Fair!  Over 150 people watched the event which was streamed live to YouTube via Zoom. One by one, 36 voluntary groups introduced themselves and described the volunteer roles they are looking to fill.  They had just 3 minutes each to provide an overview of their service and attract new volunteers.  The groups covered a diverse range of voluntary organisations across Herefordshire.  The number of groups meant that the…

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#StrongerHereford Towns Fund - Town Investment Plan endorsed by hvoss board

03/03/21

#StrongerHereford Towns Fund Town Investment Plan endorsed by the hvoss board   Back in August 2020 we reported that Hereford was one of 100 places invited to be part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, a scheme that seeks to support economic growth in towns and cities around the UK.  A lot has happened since then, culminating in the submission of a Town Investment Plan for Hereford at the end of January - a response to the governments invitation to bid for up to £25 million to invest in specif…

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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

02/03/21

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. All 20 will receive a tablet, 6 months free connectivity and support to use the tablet. RMS became concerned that people were experiencing loneliness during the pandemic, being unable to see friends and family; the Society is working with Good Things Foundation and Online Centres Network. Locally H mencap is working with Choices Found…

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Free work space for the first six months of your startup journey in Hereford...

02/03/21

The Inspiration Space is free for the first six months of your startup journey... It’s tough building your startup business from your kitchen table - we know because we’ve been there. Developing a new product or service is an exciting and creative process but it can also sometimes feel isolating and lonely. That’s why we’re providing a dedicated Inspiration Space for creative entrepreneurs just like you at WorkHere in Hereford. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we can offer aspiring entreprene…

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Enjoy on demand exercise classes anytime, anywhere with Halo@Home

02/03/21

Say hello to Halo@HOME...now you can enjoy on demand exercise classes anytime, anywhere with Halo@Home. With over 600 hours of online workouts for all ages and abilities - just pick your workout style (strength, stretch, sweat), class type, duration… the choice is yours! A great way to keep active and motivated, when you can't make it to your local leisure centre. Activate your FREE 14 day trial now visit halo.webplayer.fit

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Red Spark Learning are helping people in lockdown access nationally accredited qualifications

02/03/21

At Red Spark Learning we are helping people in lockdown access nationally accredited qualifications and non-accredited well-being courses, free of charge. To qualify you simply need to be over 19, not already have the qualification and live in Herefordshire. Check out our website at www.redsparklearning.co.uk to discover what we can offer and what our students think about us. Anyone can self refer or be referred by simply calling Tricia on 07815 910320 or emailing tricia@redsparklearning.co.u…

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The Big Skill invites you to get outdoors at Saxon Hall this Spring,

02/03/21

Spring Shoots Join The Big Skill 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. We will be observing safe social distancing while enjoying working on the Community Gardens. Free Wildflower seeds and Veg plots are available now! To take part or find out more, send Trevor an email message. Craft and Chat Sessions The …

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Help Data Orchard to collect the best information we can get to support the county to recover

02/03/21

We need the best information we can get to support the county to recover Herefordshire based Data Orchard CIC supports charities and communities across the UK with data projects. We are working with them, the Bright Space Foundation and Herefordshire Council on a project to make sure local groups and organisations have the best and most up to date information about what is happening in the county’s economy and community. To support decisions as we recover from the effects of lockdown. Data Orc…

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Hereford Food Bank - looking for a new location..

02/03/21

The effects of the pandemic have brought unprecedented hardship to a lot of people and the use of foodbanks throughout the county have increased hugely. However, there are many people who really don’t like asking for help, or a sudden need for money overwhelms their finances and they find they just don’t have enough food. We have been working with another charitable organisation, Rapid Response Team, who specialise in providing immediate help in the form of food boxes which provides enough food…

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Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire are proud support Sport England's new strategy 'Uniting the Movement'

02/03/21

Uniting the Movement: A 10-year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. We are proud support Sport England's new strategy 'Uniting the Movement'. As we adapt and rebuild from the huge disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we need to collectively reimagine how we keep movement, sport and activity central to the lives of everyone. Because if we harness its power, we'll be able to improve people'slives in so many ways. We would therefor welcome conv…

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Herefordshire's Vaccination Volunteers

02/03/21

The hvoss Talk Community team have been working with Taurus Healthcare to support the voluntary help with vaccination roll out..

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Talk Community Hubs - learn all about them here!

02/03/21

Talk Community Hubs Do you want to know about the Talk Community Hubs and what they are?  Then find out more with our questions and answers.    What is the Talk Community Hub Project? Talk Community Hubs is a project that has been introduced by Herefordshire Council it aims to support communities bringing residents together and connect them to services in the local community.  A Talk Community Hub is a place or scheme where local people can access information and activities to support their w…

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Diana Award Nominations

02/03/21

For over 20 years The Diana Award has been celebrating young people who are standing up to change the world around them. Now, in their search for a new generation of inspiring young people, they have brought back their nomination campaign, shining a spotlight on the young people around the world going above and beyond to make a difference. From tackling issues around mental health, education and gender equality, through to supporting migrant workers, cancer patients and refugees, the change_ma…

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Grants available from City of Hereford Rotary Club

25/02/21

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. Applications can be made online at herefordrotary.org.uk or you can download the form and send it to Hereford City Rotary Club Secretary, Lower Burlton, Bur…

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Macmillan Support Grants. We want to reach people living with and affected by cancer who most need us at this time.

25/02/21

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. Who can apply? Macmillan Professionals People Living with Cancer (e.g. Self-help and support groups but not individuals) Voluntary/third sector and Community Groups Pa…

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BBO Project - Supporting to stay connected

25/02/21

BBO Herefordshire works with people aged 19+ years, across Herefordshire, who are experiencing multiple barriers, resulting in social exclusion. The project helps  participants gain skills and develop confidence through intensive personalised support to equip them with the abilities needed to move towards and into employment. It also provides access to a wide and diverse range of volunteering opportunities, enabling more disadvantaged people to move into further education or training having acqu…

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Young Carers - Supporting each other online

25/02/21

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 who are already more likely to experience stress and anxiety due to their caring role. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant our young carers being at home 24/7, unable to access their usual respite breaks, feel…

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Herefordshire Communities Safety Partnership - Opportunity to contribute

25/02/21

We have several exciting opportunities to contribute to both the child safeguarding and community safety agendas in Herefordshire. We are looking for several individuals to offer the voice of the voluntary sector into some of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership groups responsible for delivering the following priorities with its strategic plan: Leadership: promoting a culture of collective responsibility, accountability and professional challenge Child exploitation: Reduce occurr…

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Abbeydore Deanery - Support Available from Community Group

24/02/21

Abbeydore DeaneryChurch & Community South West Herefordshire We are a large team of Christian people who are keen to reach out, be active and help in our community.Some of the things we can offer are: A telephone call (or a visit) from a member of our trained Pastoral Visiting Team. A welcome pack about church and community facilities in your village. Referrals to the food bank.Information about our Church@Home services and events.An information point, Talk Community Hub, library and much mo…

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Herefordshire Mind - Service Updates

24/02/21

Herefordshire Mind Service Updates Transformation Team We have introduced a new team of Link Workers to Herefordshire Mind! They will be working across the county to support people with mental health difficulties, and their carers. They offer: · Dedicated 1:1 appointment time · Care navigation including wider community support, information and advice · Preventative coping mechanisms for low level mental health conditions · Peer based support · Facilitating self-help support for people on…

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Citizens Advice Herefordshire is continuing to offer free, impartial and independent advice to clients during the pandemic.

24/02/21

Citizens Advice Herefordshire is continuing to offer free, impartial and independent advice to clients during the pandemic. We offer advice on a range of issues relating to employment, benefits, housing, debt, immigration, family, health, legal and consumer issues. Our advisers also have access to our local and national specialist teams and partners. Whilst we are having to work differently during the pandemic, our advisers and specialist teams are all working from home and available to help. Al…

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Support available from Dyspraxia Education, a charity with a big heart for children and young people

24/02/21

Dyspraxia Education is a charity with a big heart for children and young people affected by dyspraxia sometimes called Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. We support parents/carers and teachers through our helpline and we have really informative online workshops to help explain this complex condition and ensure these children and young people are properly supported both at home and school. If you are a parent/carer or teacher and would like to know more go to www.dyspraxia-ed.co.uk

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Herefordshire City of Sanctuary. Promoting the public good and reduce conflict by supporting Refugees, and Asylum seekers.

24/02/21

We aim to promote the public good and reduce conflict by supporting Refugees, and Asylum seekers through: English language practice The provision of a safe space Signposting to support on benefits, housing, and legal matters Promoting access to education   Volunteers normally run a drop-in facility in Hereford and provide individual support to vulnerable migrants. For more, please contact -  info@herefordshire.cityofsanctuary.org

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Yeleni - A lifeline to many who have felt isolated and lonely

24/02/21

‘Yeleni has been 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.  Continuing to provide physical, emotional and mental health support during 2020 and beyond.’   The kind words of a Social Prescriber who has been referring more people to Yeleni Therapy & Support since March 2020.  The Yeleni team has been delighted to be playing an important role in the fantastic community response to the pandemic, throu…

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C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC operates 'The Golden Valley Community Hub'...

24/02/21

C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC operates 'The Golden Valley Community Hub'. We are based on Pontrilas Business Park in rural South Herefordshire. Our services include: G.V. Community Cafe - a beautiful safe and warm Cafe that provides twice weekly 'Lunch Clubs' - Tuesdays and Sundays. We operate 7 days a week and host an array of arts & crafts activities. Our primary objective is to help redress 'rural social isolation & loneliness'. Our friendly and informal Cafe also forms part of Her…

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Growing Local’s City Market Garden has been taken forward to Government as part of Hereford’s £25m Stronger Hereford bid!

24/02/21

Great news from Growing Local!   Growing Local starts the year with some extraordinarily exciting news. Growing Local’s City Market Garden has been taken forward to Government as part of Hereford’s £25m Stronger Hereford bid! Our project is part of the joint ‘Skills Foundry’ bid with NMITE, the Art College, Rural Media and Belmont Wanderers. Our part of the project will develop a sixteen acre site in South Wye into a Community owned Market Garden (growing fruit and vegetables for the people o…

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Body Language School of Dance CIC awarded funds to keep dancing!

24/02/21

Body Language School of Dance cic are pleased to share their good news. They have received 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. 'We are extremely grateful. Thank you National Lottery players.'

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Herefordshire Growing Point - Activity Packs for independence...

24/02/21

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. This allowed us to still hold our Autumn Show albeit virtually and help to keep our keen gardeners interested and motivated.  We will carry on providing activities every month at least for another six months. People have been able to make miniature gardens, paper flowers, collages, birdseed feeders and now with spring we will start seed sowing…

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Hands Up for the Planet delivers fun and challenging environmental workshops in schools ...

24/02/21

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. We have developed engaging and educational games and activities such as making a TV news flash about the impact of climate changes in different continents, to 'can you collect water' races and, making your own sustainable stove. Workshops are for Primary and Secondary classes and we would welcome more volunteers with the e…

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Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” ...

24/02/21

Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” has come to an end. Here was the challenge: represent creatively your experience of living with Covid-19 A good many artworks were submitted in answer to this challenge, asking of them to reflect more deeply on the hopes and fears they have faced over the months of the pandemic. The competition was open to people of all ages. It closed at the end of December 2020 and the winners and runners up were chosen by a panel of artists in January…

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Adults and Cadets of Hereford Worcester have risen to the pandemic challenge...

24/02/21

Press Release: Hereford & Worcester ACF NEWS: Still Together Despite the difficulties we have all faced due to the Pandemic, the Adults and Cadets of Hereford Worcester have risen to the challenge made by their Commandant at the outbreak of the first lock down, to work together as a community, helping each other through tough times for both themselves and their family.   Across the cadet community we have seen an extraordinary level of both imaginative and inspiring ways to occupy the cadets…

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Cash for Kids – grants to support disadvantaged children & young people in the Midlands

18/02/21

Cash for Kids – grants to support disadvantaged children & young people in the Midlands Cash for Kids in the Midlands, in partnership with Free Radio, Gem Radio, Signal 1 and Greatest Hits Radio, are making grants of up to £3,000 available to families, groups or local charities which support children & young people who are affected by poverty, illness, neglect or who have additional needs.  Cash for Kids believes that every child should be able to achieve their potential and live life t…

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BBO timetable of Workshops

17/02/21

Our BBO team are offering a fantastic timetable of workshops. These are open to all of our particpants. Please get in touch with Mandy on mandy.furniss@hvoss.org.uk if you'd like to get involved or to find out more about the project.

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Join Us! Virtual Volunteer Fair Herefordshire 2021

16/02/21

Join us on 26th February 2021 at 11am to hear from 36 voluntary organisations and groups across Herefordshire who are looking for volunteers to support their cause. Book here - hvoss Herefordshire Virtual Volunteer Fair 2021 Tickets, Fri 26 Feb 2021 at 11:00 | Eventbrite The Volunteer Fair will last just over 2 hours and speakers will be grouped by location. There will be plenty of coffee breaks and you can participate in the full event or drop-in to the sessions of most interest to you. Each s…

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hvoice Spring 2021 - Call for submissions

12/02/21

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS to March 2021 issue We are working on the next issue of hvoice, our newsletter for the voluntary and community sector of Herefordshire. hvoice aims to enable effective communication and information sharing across the local Community Sector and to promote co-operation between local organisations, hvoss members and public bodies. It has a growing) circulation of some 1500 contacts! If you would like to include information in this Spring issue due for publication on 1st March, …

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Opportunity to shadow Smallwood Board member

11/02/21

Opportunity to shadow Smallwood Board member The Smallwood Trust is committed to exploring new ways to help bring equality, diversity and inclusion into all of our work to support our goal of ending gendered poverty. Having recently increased the skills, perspective and diversity of the Board by appointing two new members (read more here), the Trust would now like to offer the opportunity for two individuals to shadow Ambreen Shah, one of our new recruits, as she embarks upon her first Board ro…

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Census 2021 - Help collect data that will have a positive impact on society

10/02/21

The census is a survey that happens every 10 years and gives us a picture of all the people and households in England and Wales. This helps to plan and fund public services in our area. ONS are looking for people who would like to get involved with the Census 2021. The data you help collect will have a positive impact on society. There are a range of paid roles, some are temporary and and some are temporary and part-time. Click here for more details - https://www.censusjobs.co.uk…

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Job Vacancy - Home-Start Family and Volunteer Coordinator

10/02/21

Home-Start Family and Volunteer Coordinator Salary: £22,183 - £25,991 (pro rata) 30 hours per week (required to be flexible) Home-Start Herefordshire is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with children 0-18 years. Home-visiting volunteers provide regular support and practical help to families under stress, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. We are seeking to recruit a Family and Volunteer Coordinator who will deliver our volunteer befriending sup…

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Volunteer with National Youth Advocacy Service - Could you befriend and support a child in care?

10/02/21

INDEPENDENT VISITOR SERVICE   Could you befriend and support a child in care? Would you like to make a difference to a young person’s life? We’re looking for volunteers of all ages and from all walks of like to be part of our Herefordshire Independent Visiting service. As a volunteer Independent Visitor (IV), you will become a reliable and consistent point of contact for a child in care who has limited or no family contact. IV's visit their matched child or young person either at home, or somew…

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BROMYARD FOOD BANK & MONEY ADVICE CENTRE are recruiting money mentors

09/02/21

BROMYARD FOOD BANK & MONEY ADVICE CENTRE –are recruiting money mentors  They have seen an increase in people needing the support of the Money Advice Centre and need to generate more volunteers specifically for this service.Full training will be given for the role. The role is usually between 15 and 20 hours each month. Please contact graham@fbandmac.org.uk for further information.

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National Apprenticeship Week

08/02/21

Follow links for on line jobs fair.

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Herefordshire Virtual Volunteer Fair

04/02/21

We are pleased to announce that we will be holding our first ever online Volunteer Fair on 26th February 2021. We are looking for charities, organisations and groups, who are currently in need of volunteers, to take part. It’s a chance for groups and organisations to promote their work and inspire new volunteers. Each group will be given a short (5 minute) slot to introduce themselves to prospective volunteers and tell them why and how they can get involved. If your organisation would lik…

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Alcohol Education Trust Competition

04/02/21

Alcohol Education Trust Competition! Are you 16-19? How would you like to win £150 by designing a poster OR by making a film? £150 1st prize for each category and four runner up prizes of £50 Category One: Design a poster campaign to inform and inspire other teenagers on one of the following: *Top tips for a safe night out *Festival safe *Tips to resist peer pressure *How to avoid drink spiking * Getting home safely         First prize £150 and two runner up prizes of £50 each   Category Two: Ma…

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Marches Family Network

04/02/21

All Interactive - 77 things to do in February Lockdown Marches Family Network are contributing to the Herefordshire Inclusion Network with ideas and contacts of activities that are accessible to all. Follow the link.. Interactive

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Could you be a trustee? HOPE Support Services are looking for Fundraising and Clinical Trustees

03/02/21

HOPE Support Services are  looking for a talented, passionate individuals to become new Trustees. For both roles, people can find out more information and application form at www.hopesupport.org.uk/stories.  Clincial Trustee "The core of the Clinical Trustee’s responsibilities are to maintain an overview of the Charity’s clinical services and to offer advice and support to the CEO in the further development of the organisation’s clinical services. From time to time the Clinical Trustee will sup…

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Help capture community lockdown memories with The Big Skill

03/02/21

Will you help us to craft 2020 Clay Mosiac Memory tiles? The Big Skill are capturing our community’s memories of lockdown, as part of the Remember and Rebuild Sculpture at Saxon Hall. Which will be surrounded by a 2 metre spiral of 2020 kiln-fired Clay Mosiac Memory Tiles, handcrafted by residents of Hereford. Bringing together hand-made messages of kindness and warmth from all around the city, that capture our community's memories of lockdown. Working with Clay is direct and easy, so anyone of …

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Children's Mental Health Week (1)

03/02/21

The theme of this year's Children’s Mental Health Week is Express Yourself.  Expressing yourself is about finding ways to share feelings, thoughts, or ideas, through creativity. This could be through art, music, writing and poetry, dance and drama, photography and film, and doing activities that make you feel good. Free resources will help children and young people to explore what it means to Express Yourself. All of the ideas can be adapted for use in school, for home-schooling, online lessons…

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Youth Covid Funding

02/02/21

Youth Covid-19 Support Fund open for applications The DCMS £16.5 million Youth Covid-19 Support Fund, which was announced in November 2020, is open to grassroots youth clubs, uniformed youth groups, and national youth and umbrella organisations, to help to mitigate the impact of lost income during the winter period due to the coronavirus pandemic, and ensure services providing vital support can remain open.  The funding has been allocated from the £750 million charities support package and £1…

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2021 Census - briefing for Herefordshire voluntary and community groups

02/02/21

Welcome to a 2021 Census briefing event for the Herefordshire Voluntary and Community Sector. Book your place here - Census 2021 - Briefing for Herefordshire VCS groups Tickets, Wed 10 Feb 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite Join us to find out how you can help your community to take part. It's about all of us. Did you know? Local councils, charities and many other organisations use census information to decide how to spend billions of pounds on services every year. Support from trusted local leaders and…

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hvoss Talk Community Funding Network Series 2021 - January

19/01/21

We are delighted to announce final details of the first hvoss Talk Community Funding Network of 2021 – a not to be missed FREE event for anyone looking at future sustainability within the local community.   Thursday 28th January - 2pm - Online Book your place HERE This FREE event will help to illustrate the importance of funding for projects as part of a wider menu of opportunities for not-for-profit organisations . hear from a range of prominent local and national funders. be inspired…

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Tricky decision to make? Opportunity for your organisation to talk it through

12/01/21

Tricky decisions coming up?  Perry Walker, co-founder of the Left Bank Discussion Evenings and member of democracy organisation Talk Shop, offers to support - for free - up to three organisations or groups with tricky decisions to take. This is to try out a new approach to decision-making called (appropriately for Herefordshire) the wYe method. Contact Perry on perryw@talkshopuk.org or 07858 750936. He's happy to send a description of how the wYe method works if you just want to know more.…

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Over the Christmas period...

21/12/20

*A reminder for the Christmas period* Coronavirus - Talk Community support There has and continues to be a fantastic community response to supporting vulnerable residents in the county to ensure that they have what they need to stay safe and well during these difficult times. If you are unable to call upon help from family, friends or the local community, please contact Herefordshire Council customer services team by telephone on 01432 260027. If you would like to register as a volunteer to su…

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New funding for projects that tackle social isolation

11/12/20

Book clubs, walking groups and other community projects will be able to apply for a £4 million fund designed to help reduce loneliness in the coming months. The Local Connections Fund – made up of £2 million from the Government and £2 million from The National Lottery Community Fund – will be used for hundreds of small grants worth between £300 and £2,500.   These investments are designed to help local organisations bring people and communities together as the country recovers from the coronavi…

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New way to register as an emergency response volunteer

10/12/20

hvoss continues working as part of the 'Talk Community Herefordshire COVID-19 Response' to help ensure all members of the community are supported, for as long as is needed. hvoss is working with Herefordshire Council and local community groups to coordinate the volunteer community response.       Register as an emergency response volunteer with hvoss To register as Covid-19 Response volunteer please click here - Covid Registration   Roles include - Vaccination Programme Support (non-medical) Sho…

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Are you part of a community group that needs more volunteers?

10/12/20

There are a few ways we can help you reach potential volunteers -  1. Register your group/organisation on the hvoss volunteer database, we call it 'Simply Connect'. Once regsitered you will be able to contact volunteers suited to your organisation. And vice versa! 2. Email/call us to talk in more detail about your volunteer recruitment needs. We can help you with ways to promote your opportunities. 3. If your group is working mainly on the pandemic response, and could use some extra volunteer-p…

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Christmas Closing

10/12/20

hvoss will close for Christmas from end of business 23rd December and will reopen Monday 4th January 2021. Project areas may have different availability over the Christmas period - please get in touch with your project contact. We wish you all a merry Christmas and happy new year!

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Fundraising Officer needed - ECHO. Closes soon!

08/10/20

ECHO is a charity working mainly with people with moderate or severe learning difficulties.  We also support people with mental health needs or who have physical or sensory impairments. ECHO runs 25 different activities each week in community settings across Herefordshire.   Like many voluntary organisations, ECHO faces funding pressure to maintain income levels to run our services. ECHO only raises a small percentage of its income from general fundraising and there is a need to improve this.…

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Leading remotely in a virtual world HWGTA opportunity for leaders and senior managers!

06/10/20

Leading remotely in a virtual world (5 sessions of on-line training). Our friends at HWGTA have organised what looks like an invaluable opportunity for leaders and senior managers! Facilitated 2-hour conversations to help with reflective practice through COVID-19 and its impacts. Sessions in groups of up to 10. Sessions will be very adaptive, keeping to a broad structure but allowing for topics to be discussed in more detail if the group wishes. All learning from each session will be collated …

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Update from KIdwells - Coronavirus Pandemic

01/10/20

This update from Kidwells includes some very useful guidance and current information regarding the pandemic.

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Postcode Recovery Fund now open!!!

01/10/20

Funding opportunity - Postcode Recover Fund  £3 million fund launched to support innovation by Britain’s charities  as they respond to Covid-19 Charities with innovative ideas to help communities across Britain recover from problems highlighted or exacerbated by the pandemic are being encouraged to apply for a share of a new £3 million fund - with the launch of the Postcode Recovery Fund.  https://www.postcodedreamtrust.org.uk/news/3-million-fund-launched-to-support-innovation-by-britain-s-c…

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All welcome to hvoss AGM - 21st October 2020, 2p.m

01/10/20

hvoss has pleasure in inviting all members, friends, colleagues, funders, and partner organisations to the 2020 hvoss AGM. Further information, including access to the Trustees's Annual Report and Financial Statements 2019/20 can be found in the invitation from our Chairman, Lynda Wilcox.  We hope you can join us!

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PA to Chief Executive - Aspire

28/09/20

Aspire has an exciting job vacancy!   Personal Assistant to the Chief Executive  Are you confident, motivated, organised and a great communicator? Can you easily build relationships with a wide range of people? Do you have: • Excellent IT, website and social media management skills • Effective diary and inbox management • Proven experience of assessing priorities and dealing with conflicting demands • Attention to detail Then Aspire needs you! We have an exciting opportunity to join Aspire’s Ex…

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Healthwatch Herefordshire - Latest newsletter

24/09/20

September Healthwatch update is here.

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Organisations needing volunteers - Registering and managing your opportunities with us

24/09/20

Hvoss Volunteer Database (Simply Connect) – Registering as an Organisation/Managing Roles   Visit www.hvoss.org.uk homepage, scrolling to the bottom look for the turquoise box labelled ‘We Involve Volunteers – Advertise Roles’ and follow the ‘more’ button. On the next screen click the red button ‘Register/Login to advertise your roles’   If you are using the database for the first time, click the ‘Register’ organisation button. If you have previously registered, fill out your email address a…

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COVID-19 'Camera on the Community' project- The Big Skill

21/09/20

The Big Skill 'Camera on the Community' Camera in the Community is your chance to participate in a new project. Putting together a journal of what effect COVID-19 has had on our lives and looking towards the future. Every Tuesday at Saxon Hall, from 10 am to 4 pm We aim to capture this moment in time for our community. Adding to the records of the social history of people and events in our area. Such as the Canary Girls of Rotherwas, photographer Derek Evans photographic archive of Hereford Life…

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West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC) Purple Leaf programme

11/09/20

Purple Leaf, through their parent organisation West Mercia Rape and Sexual Abuse Support Centre (WMRSASC), have over 30 years’ experience of delivering front line support to survivors of abuse and exploitation as well as providing education, training and awareness-raising for survivors and the professionals that support them. We have developed a free one-hour e-learning resource called ‘An introduction to Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation - Key Messages for Practitioners’ which focuses on t…

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E.F Bulmer Trust - New name and CIO status for prominent local Trust

02/09/20

The EF Bulmer Trust, now a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) supports former employees of HP Bulmer Holdings PLC and works to improve the lives of people in hardship, need, or distress across Herefordshire.   Formerly the EF Bulmer Beneveloent Fund, EF Bulmer Trust has now become a CIO and with that the new name -  EF Bulmer Trust. Their website is at the same address as before but the website is brand new and now includes new application forms, new standard grant conditions, new FAQ's…

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hvoice EXTRA - A special edition of our newsletter this Bank Holiday

28/08/20

As its a Bank Holiday we have produced hvoice August EXTRA. Enjoy your long weekend!

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Communities and Businesses in Hereford join forces to campaign for up to £25 million for regeneration projects

22/08/20

#StrongerHereford chair Mark Stevenson (centre) with board members Laura Hughes (left) and Lauren Rogers (right) at Victoria Bridge in Hereford.      Hereford is one of 100 places invited by the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government to be part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, a scheme that seeks to support economic growth in towns and cities around the UK.   An independent Towns Fund board, backed by Herefordshire Council, has now been established to lead this work locally.…

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Herefordshire Community Foundation - Opportunity to join our team as Grants Administrator

06/08/20

Herefordshire Community Foundation plays a vital role in supporting communities and individuals in needs across Herefordshire. They have an exciting opportunity for a Grants Administrator to join their team.  Details on their website. Closing date is 18th September.

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August hvoice newsletter - Packed with resources and local community information

05/08/20

Its here! - Our latest hvoice newsletter August 2020.

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Dedicated volunteer groups keeping Hereford looking the best it can!

23/07/20

As the Country cautiously emerges from lockdown, a number of voluntary groups dedicated to keeping Hereford looking its best can, once again, be found cleaning up litter and planting up the Hereford City flower beds. Volunteers from ‘Hereford Community Clean Up Group’ organised by Emma Jones, and ‘Hereford in Bloom’, organised by Paul Hodges, are again busy working to ensure Hereford is shown at its very best. To support these groups, Hereford Council provide each volunteer to Hereford Commu…

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BBO Baking Book!

17/07/20

BBO Baking Book  March 2020, we all found ourselves working from home and looking for new ways to engage and support the people we work with. After settling in and resolving IT issues, we decided to use ZOOM for individual and group work and baking was suggested. Many participants had never baked before. We started week 1 with a Madeira cake and discovered some people did not have weighing scales, tins, ingredients, poor internet connections and had ovens that performed very differently. The cha…

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Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire is recruiting!

16/07/20

Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire is recruiting! Project Officer (Children and Young People) Fixed Term Contract (Maternity Cover) Active Herefordshire & Worcestershire is seeking an enthusiastic individual to support their commitment to reducing inactivity amongst children and young people by 'inspiring a generation'. More details and how to apply here! https://www.activehw.co.uk/jobs/6909

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Hereford Waterworks Museum needs volunteers

14/07/20

Hereford Waterworks Museum is looking for Additional Volunteers   For those of you who’ve not yet had the chance to visit the Waterworks Museum, it's an industrial heritage attraction which tells the story of drinking water in the county. Run entirely by volunteers the museum appeals to engineering enthusiasts and families alike.    The commitment and enthusiasm of our volunteers (even in Covid-19 lockdown) is immense ... whether they restore and operate the engines and pumps, create new exhibit…

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NEW! Latest brochure - Herefordshire Activities Together

03/07/20

NEW! Latest brochure - Herefordshire Activities Together (HAT) Brochure (Edition 2020)   Herefordshire Activities Together -Something for everyone to do in our beautiful county!   The latest edition of our brochure is here. If you are interested in any of the activities please contact the provider. As you will appreciate, availability, opening times, and costs are subject to change due to COVID-19.   HAT is a partnership of charities, social enterprises, organisations and groups across Herefords…

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Summer activities in Herefordshire

03/07/20

Summer activities in Herefordshire   If you’re looking for ideas to help you and your family stay active and entertained during the summer holidays, there's lots of different activities taking place across Herefordshire, even during the ongoing coronavirus situation. https://www.wisherefordshire.org/summeractivities

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The Knife Angel is Coming to Hereford on 1st June 2021!

29/06/20

The Knife Angel is a stunning 27ft, 3.5 ton, sculpture of an angel made out of 100,000 confiscated knives received from 43 Police Forces across the UK.  Originating from The British Ironwork Centre in Oswestry and created by sculptor Alfie Bradley, it has been on tour of towns and cities around Britain raising awareness of the issues of knife crime and all forms of violence and aggression. It is a National Monument Against Violence and Aggression, and is coming to Hereford in June 2021.     …

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Latest Newsletter - Bumper edition of hvoice

20/06/20

The June 2020 issue of hvoice is here! It is full of resources, information and funding opportunities regarding COVID-19 including the important Community Group Survey giving you the opportunity to tell us about the impact of COVID-19.

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Macmillan Cancer Resources during COVID-19

19/06/20

We want to let you know how Macmillan can support if you are supporting people who are living with or affected by cancer during the Coronavirus (COVID 19) outbreak. These continue to be uncertain and quickly changing times at the moment, and we understand that people are affected in many ways, depending on their individual circumstances. We have developed a number of resources and services to help both you as supporters and also the people you are supporting. Coronavirus (Covid 19) Emergency Gra…

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Cancer Patients Support Directory

19/06/20

Current Services & Support for Herefordshire Cancer Patients We are very grateful to Nicky Heath, Yeleni Therapy and Support for leading and producing this Directory of services and support for Herefordshire Cancer Patients. Nicky kindly developed this resource following conversations as part of the Talk Community Leaders Meetings being facilitated by hvoss and Herefordshre Council.  Please note directory content and service description is subject to change as a result of the developing COVI…

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IMPORTANT Survey - Please tell us about the impact of COVID-19

17/06/20

IMPORTANT COVID-19 SURVEY COVID-19 and its the impact on the community and voluntary sector Your views are really important and will inform the Herefordshire COVID-19 recovery plan - including support provided by hvoss, Herefordshire Council, funders and other partners.   As you may be aware Talk Community has provided a county wide infrastructure to support vulnerable people, volunteers and community groups and parishes during covid-19 and there has been some fantastic community spirit and s…

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Public Health England Psychological First Aid Training

17/06/20

Dear Colleagues,   Public Health England has launched an updated Psychological First Aid (PFA) digital training module, aimed at all frontline and essential workers and volunteers.   The course aims to increase awareness and confidence to provide psychosocial support to people affected by COVID-19.  PFA is a globally recognised training in emergency situations and we have developed this new course as part of our national incident response, and in partnership with NHS England, Health Education En…

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Covid-19 - Latest

06/05/20

The spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) is a concern for all of us.        Resources for local Community Sector organisations Whilst there's a lot of information available, there's not a lot of advice tailored to the needs of small, local community sector organisations. hvoss has produced some initial information, signposting and guidance which aims to: - 1. Direct you to current information that is available 2. Fill some of the gaps 3. Look at the issues and potential impacts on local…

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We are taking the 2.6 Challenge! - From bees, to pilates, press ups, to running, laps of the garden, and even trying to score and save penalty shots from the children!

03/05/20

We are taking part in the 2.6 fundraising challenge. To donate to hvoss and see what we are doing visit https://www.justgiving.com/search?q=herefordshire%20voluntary%20organisations%20support%20service

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COVID-19 Fund - Hereford City Rotary Club launch fund To support the local response

26/03/20

City of Hereford Rotary Club - Covid-19 Fund Hereford City Rotary Club has today launched a fund to support the local response to the Covid-19 pandemic.   “Members of the club are delighted to be able to support the work of Herefordshire Council and Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service during these unprecedented times,” said club president Katie Farmer. “Unfortunately, the club has had to cancel some major fundraising events planned over the coming months and we recognise that t…

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Much enhanced hvoss membership offer 2020/21 announced

13/03/20

We have an exciting enhanced hvoss membership package offer for April 2020 – March 2021.   In additional to existing benefits of hvoss membership we are delighted to announce new value-added services and discounts that will bring considerable financial and wellbeing benefits for your staff, trustees, AND volunteers. Click here to see all the benefits, discounted services and how to apply!

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POSTPONED - Community Well-being Event - 18th March 2020

06/03/20

This event has been postponed. We will announce a new date in due course.     Final line up announced for follow up Community Wellbeing Event We are delighted to announce further details regarding the next Community Wellbeing Event being held by hvoss and Herefordshire Healthwatch on 18th March 2020. The agenda has been set based on discussions and topics raised at the last event in November 2019. You can read our briefing paper on that event here.  - Topics and speakers are centred around: - - …

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Cracked Slipper Company - The Big Get Together - 31st March 2020

06/03/20

The Cracked Slipper Company   Discover your talent at the 'Big Get Together!'

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Coronavirus and your organisation

06/03/20

YOUR ORGANISATION AND CORONAVIRUS NCVO has produced information intended to help decide what steps you and your organisation may need to take in light of the spread of the covid-19 virus.  They are keeping this information up to date.

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Job Vacancy - Early Years Practitioner

26/02/20

There's a new job vacancy on our website with HOPE Family Centre.  Details here

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Flood Appeal LATEST - Donate, or need help

22/02/20

Flood Appeal LATEST!! - Donate or apply for help in the immediate aftermath of recent flooding that has affected so many in recent weeks. Vital recent donation from Freemasons to support the campaign led by Herefordshire Community Foundation and supported by The Hereford Times now stands at c£40,000! Grants now being made to those eligible for assistance.  https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/18253746.freemasons-donated-10-000-hereford-times-flood-appeal/ Thank you to everyone that has contacted h…

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Factsheet about Access to Work to help those with a disability or health condition find work!

19/02/20

If you have a health condition or a disability and wish to move into employment, Access to Work (ATW) may be able to help. hvoss has produced this factsheet about Access to Work. Our Building Better Opportunities Team team here at hvoss is able to provide further information and assistance, and please do forward the leaflet onto others that may be able to benefit!

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Flood Appeal launched To support those affected by the recent flooding across Herefordshire

17/02/20

The Herefordshire Community Foundation and the Hereford Times have launched a flood appeal fund to support victims of the recent floods caused by Storm Dennis.     Our priority in the immediate aftermath of the floods will be to provide immediate straightforward financial support to people affected by the floods to help with urgent needs like the costs of living in temporary accommodation, or items to people so they could stay in their homes – e.g. costs of running dehumidifiers. This will be fo…

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Cyber Security Seminar - BOOK NOW!

07/02/20

Dear All,  We are delighted to invite you to this Cyber-Security Seminar "Halt the Hackers'. The event is for staff, volunteers, and trustees of community sector organisations including voluntary and community groups, registered charities and other not for profit organisations.  Being hacked is a very real problem for all of us involved in running a Community Sector organisation, be it large or small. The seminar aims to: - Identify the cyber attack a charity could fall victim to - Help you take…

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Childrens Safeguarding Summit - National speaker! February 2020

06/02/20

Vital Summit regarding Children's Safeguarding this month. Places limited. High demand expected so book early to avoid disappointment.

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More activities for disabled and non-disabled children and young people, their families and friends.

05/02/20

Marches Family Network has produced its latest Allinteractive activity and event listings for FEBRUARY 2020. THere is also a martial arts taster session in February. Details here! The Allinteractive Inclusion project aims to widen the choice and opportunities for disabled and non disabled children and young people form 0 to 25 years and their families throughout Herefordshire. If you would like more information about the project please contact me.Please share this information. best regardsAngela…

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'A League of Our Own' Football Tournament to celebrate International Women's Day

02/02/20

‘A League of Our Own’ hvoss is pleased to support a Women’s Football Tournament to commemorate International Women’s Day 8th March 2020 Hereford FC, Edgar Street, Hereford, 10am – 4pm ‘A League of Our Own’ has been organised to celebrate and commemorate the efforts of all women on International Women’s Day and especially the munitions factory workers of Rotherwas during WW1 and WW2. On Christmas Day 1917, two women’s teams from Munitions factories took to the Hereford football pitch in front of …

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Macmillan’s Support Grant available for activities and equipment for groups of people living with cancer

31/01/20

Macmillan’s Support Grant available for activities and equipment for groups of people living with cancer. In Shropshire,Telford & Wrekin, Herefordshire and Worcestershire, Macmillan’s has a Support Grant which is intended as a quick and easy way of distributing smaller, one-off grants. That can be funds for new groups setting up, and running costs, items of equipment or activities for existing services. Voluntary groups and charities can apply but the costs must be solely for those living wi…

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Community Transformation Event - 6th February 2020

29/01/20

6th February 2020 VCS Event Herefordshire Community Transformation Project Community Sector views are being sought on improving wellbeing and mental health and supporting people with a mental health condition.  We are looking to understand the continuum of service in Herefordshire and consider how we can ensure what we offer makes sense for people who might use them and identify any possible gaps.   SENT ON BEHALF OF LES TREWIN, OPERATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTOR Dear Colleague, You may be aware tha…

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Marches Family Network - Family Day to celebrate 25th anniversary - All welcome!

27/01/20

Marches Family Network will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of our incorporation as a company this year.  We are planning a ‘birthday’ event/family fun day on Monday 6th April to celebrate! We have booked Withington Village Hall & the event will be running from 10:00am – 2:00pm.   We would like to invite other charities, organisations, funders, service providers, entertainers, staff, volunteers – and most importantly, our families & friends. Please spread the word & share on …

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First Funding Network of 2020 with Eveson Charitable Trust huge success

24/01/20

The Eveson Charitable Trust offer invaluable guidance to hvoss members     We held our first Funding Network Event of 2020 on Wednesday 22nd January. We were delighted to welcome Claire Bowry, Chief Executive of The Eveson Charitable Trust as our guest speaker.  Claire, supported by Richard Mainwaring, Eveson Trustee gave a brilliant and informative presentation to 40 local charities and voluntary organisations about how to apply to the Eveson Charitable Trust, and how charities can improve the…

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hvoice January 2020

15/01/20

We are delighted to bring you our first edition of hvoice for 2020.  There are lots of plans for events this year and we are starting off with some really interesting ones, especially for those seeking funding.  Read more here

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Latest hvoice is here - Book on January Eveson Trust Event Now!

20/12/19

Our latest hvoice is here! It includes news and updates including a not to be missed opportunity to attend our next Funding Network in Januar.y You can get some brilliant fundraising hints and tips on how to apply to Eveson Charitable Trust and other grant making bodies. Our speaker will be Claire Bowry, Chief Executive of Eveson Charitable Trust.

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Fun filled Crafternoon for staff, volunteers and participants to celebrate the festivities!

20/12/19

Highlights from a fun filled and creative 'crafternoon' at Broad Street today. A wonderful way for staff, volunteers, and participants to share time, skills at the end of a busy, productive and celebratory year for all involved in hvoss.   Thank you all to everyone that has helped us during the year. Thank you BBO for your hard work and efforts to make today happen! What fun, creativity and hidden talents on display! <erry Christmas from all at hvoss.    The Chief Executive was particular…

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Community Resilience & Wellbeing Event November 2019 - Briefing Paper

18/12/19

hvoss and Healthwatch held a very successful Community Sector event to discuss local community resilience and wellbeing. 70 people, representing a cross section of organisations attended. Many welcomed the opportunity to hear about local plans and development in the health and social care sector from Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Talk Communities, and Primary Care Networks. The event provided an invaluable opportunity to share information, network, and influence thinking about futu…

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Christmas thank you for our wonderful Community Wheels volunteers

05/12/19

Community Wheels held a Christmas get together at The Rankin Club, Leominster on Wednesday 4th December to thank all our wonderful volunteers drivers for all they do throughout the year.  Linda, Katie and Tracey together with Will Lindesay joined our volunteers to say thank you for all they do for so many customers of the services. Throughout the afternoon, drivers popped in for some light lunch, and to chat and catch up with other drivers.   A lovely buffet was provided by The Rankin Club, and …

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Successful Community Resilience and Wellbeing Event - In pictures

20/11/19

hvoss and Healthwatch Herefordshire co-hosted a very successful event on 20th November 2019. The event brought together 70 representatives of the community sector and health leaders in the County. Key developments and strategies were discussed. A full briefing will be shared in due course. Thank you to everyone for attending. We look forward to working with Healthwatch Herefordshire to develop actions from the meeting.  "I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting yesterday and it was very informative" Par…

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hvoice newsletter November 2019 - Packed with updates

11/11/19

Download our latest newsletter - hvoice November 2019 here. It is packed with useful information and resources to support your group and social action.

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Growing Local’s plans to set up a Community Market Garden.

08/11/19

Growing Local has plans to set up a Community Market Garden. The attached information leaflet sets out the proposal, the reasons and planned approach. Growing Local has a range of upcoming opportunities. Our next Community Events    Saturday 9th November Community Big Eat Wednesday 11th December; Garden Volunteer Day Every Wednesday- Adult Wednesday Cook Club @ The Kindle Centre Growing Local is Going Local Community Interest Company Pat Gordon, Louisa Foti, Rachel Moffitt and Heather Percy We …

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National Star - Jobs and learning opportunities available now!

06/11/19

We are delighted to welcome National Star into hvoss membership! They have a number of exciting job and learning opportunities immediately available. Regional Fundraiser (Home or office-based)   National Star, the charity that helps young people with complex disabilities achieve their aspirations, is looking for a proactive regional fundraiser to join its growing team. To be as flexible as possible the role can be home-based or based at National Star, Ullenwood. As Regional Fundraiser you’ll be…

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NEW MEMBER - Cracked Slipper Company Exciting drama opportunities now available

06/11/19

We are delighted to promote the activities of a new member of hvoss!   “The Cracked Slipper Company” is a new not for profit community group. We are just finding our feet and hoping our local community will support us on our journey. We decided we needed to give our community more based on the success of our performance of “Cinderella” earlier this year and the impact it had on everyone involved.             The Cracked Slipper Company is more than a Community Theatre Company, we are all about…

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MoneyBox Credit Union - NEW additional outreach opening times

06/11/19

MoneyBox Credit Union launches new outreach service MoneyBox Credit Union now has a new outreach session open to customers and potential customers to come and see us (or simply to find out what credit unions are all about) running every Wednesday 10 to 12 mid-day, running at the Kindle Centre until Christmas.  This new session is on top of the usual Friday 10 to 12 session. We have produced a new Christmas leaflet that informs people about the new opening times as well encouraging people to join…

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Safeguarding Board - Adult Position of Trust framework

25/10/19

Summary - About this document This document provides a high-level, overarching framework for the West Midlands region on the approach and process to follow when responding to allegations and concerns relating to people who work in a Position of Trust (PoT) with adults who have care and support needs.   The Care Act 2014 introduced a single new statute to replace most existing adult social care law. The care and support statutory guidance formalised the expectations on local Safeguarding Adults B…

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Over 100 attend 2019 hvoss AGM in celebration of community sector contribution to so many

18/10/19

Celebration of hvoss contribution towards an active and vibrant Community! Over 100 people attended the hvoss AGM on 16th October 2019. It was a fabulous celebration of voluntary and community action in the county.  The meeting approved the appointment of two new member representaives onto the board of trustees, Euan McPherson of SIL and Rich Matthews of Rural Media Company. The annual report 2018/19 was adopted following presentation of the activities and achiements by Will Lindesay DL Chief Ex…

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Friends of Castle Green

16/10/19

The Friends of Castle Green are looking to recruit dynamic individuals to extend the skills base of the board of directors of this active Community Interest Company in the heart of Hereford City.  The role of Board Director is voluntary and would suit people with the skills to help take Friends of Castle Green into the future, a strong interest in developing community led services and some time to commit to a worthy cause. It is an exciting time to join the FOCG Team. We have recently been the b…

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Herefordshire Churches Tourism Group seeks Development Worker for innovative new project

12/10/19

Herefordshire Churches Together Group seeks to apppoint Development Worker for innovative new project! Vowchurch & Turnastone PCC, in partnership with the Diocese of Hereford, is seeking to appoint a self-employed development worker for the Virtuous Circles Project. We have secured a fund from the National Lottery Heritage Inspiring Ideas Programme to carry out some preparatory work to allow the project to move forward. The Concept Virtuous Circles is an innovative new model f…

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Taurus publishes e-book annual report!

11/10/19

Taurus Healthcare Ltd held its 2019 AGM on Thursday 10th October.  Taurus has published an annual report e-book which goes into more detail about Taurus - who is involved and what they do, as well as the changing world of general practice.  The e-book gives an insight into the wider Taurus team, and how it looks to support Herefordshire general practice.  You can read the annual report by visiting the Taurus website www.taurushealthcare.co.uk or by clicking here

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hvoice Autumn 2019

03/10/19

The Autumn edition of hvoice is here, including your invitation to our AGM on 16 October at the Courtyard Centre for the Arts, details of forthcoming workshops, follow up from our Legal Responsibilities for Voluntary Organisations workshop with Sandy Adirondack, Renewable Energy Projects and lots more besides.

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Silver Sunday 6 October 2019

29/09/19

Just one week to go until this year's annual Silver Sunday event.  There's lots of information on the website about events that are taking place throughout the country to celebrate older people: https://silversunday.org.uk/

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All welcome to hvoss AGM - 16th October 2019, 2p.m @ The Courtyard Theatre, HFD

29/09/19

hvoss has pleasure in inviting all members, friends, colleagues, funders, and partner organistions to the 2019 hvoss AGM. The AGM will be held on Wednesday 16th October at The Courtyard Theatre, Edgar St, Hereford, HR4 9JR. Following the formal business of the meeting, there will be an opportunity to hear from people involved in hvoss about our key project achievements during the year, and to network with many other involved in community life across the county. The relevant documents are availab…

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Aspire - calling all Crafters

26/09/19

I know it's still only September .......... but next month Aspire are holding an early Christmas Fair - and invite all crafters and charities to participate, especially if you have created anything to sell. Lovely opportunity to connect with the community.

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Volunteering Award for Herefordshire Museum

17/09/19

Congratulations to Alex Rowe, a Youth Trustee at the Hereford based Waterworks Museum.  https://www.herefordtimes.com/news/17905739.museum-volunteers-scoops-regional-award/

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Megan Bennett MBE officially opens new premises at 52 Broad Street

14/09/19

Megan Bennett MBE declares new hvoss offices at 52 Broad Street open! Over 100 friends, funders, supporters, volunteers joined hvoss staff and trustees on Wednesday 4th September to watch Megan Bennett MBE officially open the new hvoss HQ at 52 Broad Street, Hereford.  Above: Megan Bennett MBE cutting the ribbon.  It was fitting that Megan was asked to open the new premises. For over 70 years Megan has been a champion of volunteering, health and social care, community transport, and youth initi…

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Collection on Saturday 14th September raises vital funds and awareness

14/09/19

Rosie our mascot and a special guest appearance from Micky Mouse attracted great interest in High Town Hereford on Saturday 14th September for a street collection to raise vital funds for, and awareness of, hvoss.  The day did so much to raise awareness of the charity's work and our new offices in Broad Street. We would like to thank everyone that donated. In line with our remit to support local charitable causes we are going to produce a hints and tips guide for local charities on undertaking s…

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Legal Responsibilities of Voluntary Organisations

01/09/19

Introduction to Legal Responsibilities of Voluntary Organisations - Wednesday 25th September 2019 We are pleased to announce a not to be missed training opportunity for anyone involved with charity governance. Sandy Adirondack returns to Herefordshire to run this vital training day! This introductory-level seminar is intended for *board members (trustees/ management committee members) of voluntary organisations, *people who are considering joining a board and *relevant staff. *It may also be o…

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Lupus get together in Hereford - 18th September

24/08/19

LUPUS GET TOGETHER Do you, a family member or friend have Lupus? Join us for a coffee & chat, share experiences and see how we can support each other locally.     WEDNESDAY 18th SEPTEMBER 2019 10.30am to 12.30pm Stretton Sugwas Village Hall Stretton Sugwas Hereford           HR4 7PT   For more info visit: www.westmidlandslupus.co.uk West Midlands Lupus Group Tel: 07967145346

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Update on new Herefordshire safeguarding arrangements

24/08/19

Safeguarding Children & Young People in Herefordshire Transitions Arrangements Update The new Safeguarding Children & Young People in Herefordshire arrangements were published at the end of June 2019.    You can read the full document here: New arrangements As you will probably know, these arrangements replace the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board and sub groups. Final meetings have taken place for the previous board and its subgroups and the new arrangements will be formally in …

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About us....

19/08/19

We were asked by a prospective volunteer the other day.....  "If I was asked what hvoss is and does what would I say?" It led onto a conversation about how much people actually know about particular projects and service hvoss run? In our new office we want to involve more volunteers in the office and our services. But what would a front of house volunteer in our new offices in Broad Street say to one of the many people that are already coming through the door for assistance? To help with this, w…

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Email Marketing Essentials: Free Workshop from Fasterbusiness Project

13/08/19

Email Marketing Essentials In this FREE training session, Faster Business advisors, Mandy Sims and Catherine Banks, will help you understand the benefits of email marketing and how to incorporate it into your marketing strategy. Email Marketing Essentials (Hereford) Date: Friday 30th August 2019 Time: 12:00-14:00 Location: Hereford Business Solutions Centre, Skylon Court, Coldnose Road, HR2 6JS Register to attend                                                  For more information and to regist…

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Marches Family Network is recruiting

05/08/19

hvoss member Marches Family Network Is looking for Youth Support Workers, Volunteers and Trustees!   Marches Family Network (Charity number 1047075)  We are a unique, well-established, registered charity providing valued support and opportunities for children and young people with a disability or additional needs.  Due to increasing demand for our services, we are recruiting for support workers and volunteers to help at our Saturday term time activity days in Herefordshire and/or South Shropsh…

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Not to be missed!! 25th September - Legal Responsibilities Training with Sandy Adirondack

04/08/19

NOT TO BE MISSED!! Legal Responsibilities of Voluntary Organisations Training Day - Wednesday 25th September 2019 We are pleased to announce a not to be missed training opportunity for anyone responsible for charity governance. Sandy Adirondack returns to Herefordshire to run this vital training day! Sandy Adirondack (www.sandy-a.co.uk) has been a freelance management trainer and consultant in the voluntary sector since 1980, working primarily on governance and legal issues with small and medium…

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New hvoss headquarters open at 52 Broad Street

02/08/19

After a great deal of hard work and with grateful thanks to volunteers, staff, local businesses, tradespeople, funders and a generous and charitable landlord we are delighted to unveil our new, accessible, high quality offices right in the heart of our beautiful city at 52 BROAD STREET, HEREFORD, HR4 9AB.     Over the coming months we look forward to welcoming you to our new home, which we fully intend to establish as a community resource for local social action, including our Volunteer Bureau…

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Responses sought for future provision of drug and alcohol services

02/08/19

View are being sought regarding the future provision of drug and alcohol service for Herefordshire.  Please see below link to the drug and alcohol service survey, results of which will be used to inform our drugs needs assessment (due for publication in November 2019) and also for the recommissioning of the county’s integrated Young People’s and Adult’s drug and alcohol services.  W would be grateful if you could share the following link with your professional networks, the closing date is 30 Se…

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Golf Day & Wellbeing Opportunities

24/07/19

Would you like to swop the heat of your office for an afternoon on a golf course? Would you also like to raise awareness of your business and offer your staff some wellbeing benefits at the same time? Read on .......

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hvoice Summer 2019

17/07/19

We are delighted to announce that Hereford City Council and hvoss will be hosting another training workshop on the Legal Responsibilities of Voluntary Organisations with Sandy Adirondack in September.  Once again, we anticipate places to sell out so please ensure you book early. There will also be a workshop on Social Media Strategy Essentials with Fastershire at the end of July. And, of course, details on our new address and much more inside

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Volunteer Expo 2020 - A chance to showcase your Charitable Organisation

11/07/19

Volunteer Expo: 1 - 3 May 2020 The UK's newest, National Volunteering Event comes to the NEC Birmingham in May 2020. It is the first and only event of its kind in the UK. Volunteer Expo is aimed at the third sector and will be hosted by Rotary. It will be the biggest exhibition of its kind and we expect hundreds of Voluntary organisations to target this event to increase brand awareness and highlight their cause. The event will give organisations and charities the opportunity to showcase their p…

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hvoice - June 2019

13/06/19

Welcome to our hvoice June 2019

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Hereford Food Bank new address from 3 June 2019

31/05/19

HEREFORD FOOD BANK is moving to NEW PREMISES From Monday June 3rd 2019 we will operate from 41, Monkmoor Street, Hereford, HR1 2DX Larger premises will enable us to sustain and improve our service both to those who need our support and to those who enable us to function by staffing the foodbank, by collecting and delivering food and other items to us and by assisting us in so many other ways. Contact/referral arrangements will continue as at present, but our telephone number is changing too – …

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Job Opportunities - HOPE Family Centre

09/05/19

There are new job opportunities happening at Oscars cafe with the HOPE Family Centre.

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Silver Sunday 2019 - Herefordshire Events

08/05/19

Silver Sunday occurs each year in October.  This year it will be on Sunday 6 October.  The aim is to create fun events for older people to reduce the impact of isolation & loneliness.  Here's the website. As we know, Herefordshire has a high percentage of older people  and isolation is a growing issue. However, Herefordshire currently hasnt any events listed on the Silver Sunday website. Could you help change that?  Would your organisation be willing to arrange an event?  Could there be an e…

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Save the date: hvoss AGM 2019

08/04/19

We are delighted to announce that the hvoss AGM 2019 will be held on Wednesday 16 October at the Courtyard in Hereford from 1pm.

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Community Wheels booking line

26/03/19

We are delighted to annouce the extension of the opening hours of  the Community Wheels booking line You can now make a booking for Community Wheels transport until 2.30pm each afternoon. Thats an extra 2.5hours per week for people who want to be able to get out and about to ring up and make a booking and we think that's important. A one off registration with Community Wheels is needed before the booking can be made and journeys need to be booked 48 hours in advance. /categories/community-transp…

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Are You Living With Cancer?

30/01/19

Support for those living with cancer

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17 Percent of Men

22/01/19

Support for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse The 17 Percent of Men support groups meet in Room 1 at the Kindle Centre, Belmont Road, Hereford between 7 - 8pm.   The next meetings will be on 23 January, 6 & 20 February and 13 & 27 March 2019. The support group is a dedicated group for men in Herefordshire who were sexually abused when they were boys ‘The 17 Percent of Men’ has been set up for men who have experienced child sexual abuse and are living with the effects. Men bottle t…

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hvoss AGM 2018 "huge success" and showcase of "local social action"

07/12/18

The hvoss AGM took place on Wednesday 14 November 2018 at the Kindle Centre, Hereford. hvoss continues to play 'vital' support role in support of charities, community and social action across Herefordshire! hvoss (Herefordshire Voluntary Organisations Support Service), the local support services for voluntary organisations in Herefordshire held a highly successful AGM on 14th November.  Over 90 members, volunteers and local dignitaries heard about a range of vital support services the charity…

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All invited to hvoss AGM 2018

25/10/18

We are delighted to invite you to our AGM 2018, where we will be celebrating our achievements duirng the year April 2017 to March 2018, including showcasing the work of our members.   Come along and meet Rosie our remarkable Guide Dog.   Click here for more details.

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Hereford Area Plan: Housing and Employment Site Options - your views

19/09/18

Hereford Area Plan – Housing and Employment Site Options Consultation The Hereford Area Plan (HAP) will set out detailed proposals to ensure the delivery of the targets for the city in the adopted Core Strategy. It will include policies and proposals for growth in the city of Hereford including specific proposals for housing, employment and urban regeneration. In doing so, the plan must also protect and enhance its attractive built and natural environment, providing for its current and future co…

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Funding Network September success - Herefordshire Community Foundation and Helen Mapp, Headway Herefordshire

19/09/18

There were a number of great speakers at our September Funding Network event. First up were Sheenagh Davies and Philippa Spens of Herefordshire Community Foundation (HCF). HCF is a grant maker seeking to develop local philanthropy across Herefordshire. It has numeous donor funds that is distributes to good causes in line with the wishes of funders. Sheengah and Philippa spoke passionately about their support, the types of groups being funded by HCF, and how to apply. You can view their presentat…

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multi agency practitioner forum events

04/09/18

multi-agency practitioner forum events Did you know that there are regular joint multi-agency practitioner forum events which provide practitioners with regular updates from Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board and Herefordshire Safeguarding Adults Board and provide the opportunity to share good practice and update knowledge on safeguarding children and adults at risk?  Any professional working with adults or children is welcome to attend.   As an example of what the forums cover, the main …

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hvoice latest e-bulletin -September 2018

30/08/18

Our latest hvoice e-bulletin for September 2018 is here, it includes some exciting, must attend workshops!

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Reach Charity Market and the launch of Reach Radio

22/08/18

For details on how to book at stall at next months REACH Community Market in High Town please click here.  Booking deadline is 1st September 2018

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Going the extra mile for MentorLink

21/08/18

hvoss member MentorLink provide a one-to-one mentoring service throughout Herefordshire for children and young people who are facing difficulties and to support them to create a more positive attitude towards themselves. The charity is currently seeking additional male role models to mentor and support young boys.  To raise awareness of the need for more men to volunteer and to highlight the charity, one of their existing male mentors has decided to put in some legwork of a different kind

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NEW Civil Society Strategy publication

09/08/18

The new Civil Society strategy has been published today and there is much that will interest us in Herefordshire.  Civil Society Strategy: building a future that works for everyone This Strategy sets out how government will work with and for civil society in the long-term to create a country that works for everyone. You can find the exec summary and the full document here

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Home Office Domestic Violence Fund

09/08/18

Public Health England have made us aware of a Home Office £8m fund to target domestic violence.  This is open to both local statutory and voluntary sector providers to bid into (bids need to be at least £500k and any awards will need to be spent in total by 31 March 2020). You can see the prospectus here and there’s more on bidding here.

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CADeP Section 64 Grant -open for funding applications (1)

07/08/18

New in today from Public Health West Midlands: "I am pleased to inform you that the Children of Alcohol Dependent Parents Section 64 grant scheme is now open for applications from non-governmental organisations. You will find the relevant documents on the link below:  https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/support-for-children-of-alcohol-dependent-parents-guidance-and-application-forms On 23rd April 2018 the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) and the Department of Work and Pensions …

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hvoice - August 2018 including great training opportunities

03/08/18

Welcome to our latest ebulletin containing details of forthcoming events and training opportunities.

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Interactive governance workshop opportunity!

02/08/18

A must attend workshop for anyone involved in running a charity, voluntary or community group! When: 27th September (10.00 - 4.30p.m - Lunch and refreshments provided) An interactive Workshop which considers Governance in the Non-for-Profit Sector through reference to the New Charity Governance Code (smaller charities). A digest of the provisions in the Code will brief delegates regarding the standards to which the Charities Commission expects charities to be overseen by their Boards and set out…

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Mental Capacity Act Self-Assessment

01/08/18

Mental Capacity Act Self-Assessment Herefordshire Safeguarding Adult Board brings together individuals and representatives from various agencies to work in partnership and develop best practice to keep adults at risk of harm and abuse safe. It aims to make sure that adults receive a person-centred approach to care and that in all cases, their best interests are met.  This self-assessment carried out in conjunction with Herefordshire Council and Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group seeks to…

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Hereford Make invitation to Community groups event

21/06/18

Hereford make CIC - Community Groups Event 27th July 2018 Invite you to join us to discuss how we can improve our community and work together to make things happen! Further information and a programme of how to get involved is available here

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hvoice latest e-bulletin - June 2018

21/06/18

Our latest hvoice update for June 2018 is avaialable here!

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Herefordshire Mind are looking for trustees! Further details here!

12/06/18

We are looking for new trustees!    Herefordshire Mind is the largest specialist voluntary sector mental health organisation in Herefordshire, with a turnover of £1 million and 50 staff working across three locations. We have 40 years’ experience of working to improve people’s mental health and wellbeing and we won’t give up until everyone experiencing a mental health problem gets both support and respect. Our mission is to provide quality support, whilst raising awareness and promoting under…

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New look WISH!

07/06/18

A new look WISH! Have you seen the new and improved WISH website for Herefordshire?  WISH is run by Herefordshire Council and is designed to enable residents to live safe, healthy and independent lives.   The website covers information, services, events and activities for residents of all ages across the county, which helps people take control of their own wellbeing needs and better connects them to their local communities.  It also enables providers to promote their services to Herefordshire…

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Finance Officer and Community Transport Administrator vacancies available at hvoss!

10/05/18

We have two vacancies here at hvoss. We are looking to recruit a Finance Officer and Community Transport Administrator to join our busy, supportive team. For further information and to apply visit the jobs page on our website. For further information about our current services take a look at our Annual Report 2016/17. It provides a useful summary showcasing the variety of support we provide for public benefit across Herefordshire.

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HDU mental health awareness seminar - all welcome

08/05/18

HDU invite you to join their  Mental Health Seminar Wednesday 6th June 10.30—1.00 pm at Hinton Community Centre, Hereford

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Male Role Models Needed

08/05/18

Children's charity is seeking male role models.  For further information, please click here

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Heffernan House garden tidy 12 May 2018

08/05/18

The gardens of Heffernan House have battled through winter and are now seeking some help from the community to help them shine brightly.  If you are able and willing to give some time to tidying these gardens please click  here

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NEW! Charity Commission publishes Trustee Welcome Pack

03/05/18

The Charity Commission For England and Wales has launched a new Charity Trustee Welcome Pack - A  must read for those new to charity governance and an excellent refresher guide for all trustees and directors.

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Marches Family Inclusive Network activity programme - Available now!

01/05/18

All Interactive Inclusion Network Herefordshire  News April 2018   Marches Family Network has are some great inclusive activities and workshops for children and young people, inclusive and some specialist workshops such as the OMHI music workshop, for  May in Herefordshire. To book or for more information contact the provider or contact given. If you have any difficulties, then please get in touch with me. If you know of events that you would like included please send the details to me. Good …

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3 exciting Social Prescriber vacancies here at hvoss!

26/04/18

We have 3 exciting full time community roles around Social Prescribing immediately available. Click on our jobs page for more details and how to apply.

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Big Lottery Fund Funding Surgeries in Leominster

26/04/18

There is a Funding Surgery Day with Big Lottery Fund at Leominster Community Centre HR6 8NJ on Weds May 23rd,  between 10am – 4pm. Sessions will be 45 minutes – 1 hour depending on proposal, and a limited number of places are available. Please contact dtristram@herefordshire.gov.uk to book an appointment.

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Jobs with Hope Family Centre

18/04/18

Hope Familiy Centre in Bromyard are seeking experienced Early Years Practitioners, closing date 27 April and a full-time Early Years Manager (maternity cover), closing date 24 April.  For more details and an application pack, please contact the HR department on 01885 488495 or email anna.beddows@hopefamilycentre.org

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Exciting opportunities at Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire

17/04/18

hvoss member Sports Partnership Herefordshire and Worcestershire has some exciting opportunities and initiatives available including Active Workplace and Foot Golf! For further information about their work visit their website.

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2 exciting jobs immediately available at hvoss

05/04/18

We are looking to recruit a supporting Volunteering Co-ordinator and Youth Involvement Worker here at hvoss. Click here for further details and how to apply. Good luck!

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Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund programme has relauched!

04/04/18

The Reaching Communities Big Lottery Fund programme has relauched! Reaching Communities make grants of over £10,000 in England, supporting organisations with great ideas that enable communities to thrive. The grants are awarded to voluntary and community organisations or social enterprises for up to five years. We can fund project activities, operating costs, organisational development and capital costs. We’re really interested in hearing your ideas. Whether they’re big or small, tell us what …

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Latest hvoice e-bulletin

30/03/18

The Spring hvoice e-bulletin can be viewed here! Full of useful information and networking opportunities for you and your organisation. Have a good Easter everyone!

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Future resilience of museum services in Herefordshire

29/03/18

Click here to download an important update on future resilience of musuems, libraries, and archive services across Herefordshire including soft market testing.

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Invitation -Leominster Integrated Primary and Community Health and Care Project Board - Update and Briefing.

28/03/18

Invitation by the Herefordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (HCCG) to the Leominster Integrated Primary and Community Health and Care Project  Board - Update and Briefing.   The Marches and Westfield GP surgeries deliver services to over 10% of the population of Herefordshire from their current base in Leominster. They are the only GP surgeries in the largest market town in the county. Their current premises in Westfield Walk are approximately 40% undersized with no option to extend or adapt. T…

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SIL are looking for new trustees

22/03/18

Services for Independent Living currently have vacancies for trustees who have a passion for creating a society that treats people equally, providing high-quality services that enable disabled to play an active role in society and ensuring the organisation provides an excellent working environment for its staff. We are particularly interested in hearing from people who have experience of social care, healthcare, business or disability issues. We welcome application and interest from dis…

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Hereford River Carnival - Get involved this week!

19/03/18

Hereford River Carnival - 4th and 5th May 2018 Wondering how you can get yourself (or your community group/ school/ workplace) involved with Hereford's biggest community-led event? Well, here's your chance to meet the award winning team behind Hereford River Carnival and ask those burning questions you've been holding back for all this time! On Thursday 22nd March we're throwing open the doors of Cranfields Cafe Hereford and inviting you to come and meet members of the Steering Grou…

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Hereford Make CIC - Free rental available!

18/03/18

Hereford Make CIC wont be charging rental fees to use their facilities during April, May, June 2018. Why not get in touch to see what's available? (conditions apply- see description below including contact details).  This opportunity has been made available thanks to the support and assistance of Herefordshire Community Foundation.

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Herefordshire Community Champions Awards Finalists announced

16/03/18

A measure of the strong sense of community and caring, found in a wide variety of ways and in a whole range of situations across the county, comes into focus this month when Herefordshire’s Community Champions stand up to take a bow. Here in Herefordshire, we have more than our fair share of men, women and young people making life that bit better for others. This week, hvoss was very pleased to see the efforts of so many acknowledged in the the five award categories of: community, volunteerin…

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Nationwide Building Society funding available to support homelessness and housing

12/03/18

New Nationwide Building Society funding programme now open   A new funding programme from Nationwide Building Society around Housing and Homelessness.  Charities are encouraged to apply for grants to help make a change in their local areas. Grants of up to £25,000 will be available to single organisations and up to £50,000 will be available for partnership bids. With funding, successful projects will be able to provide housing services to people in need, support people off the streets, and more.…

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Herefordshire Sports Awards 2017 acknowledges sporting contribution of young people across the county

12/03/18

Herefordshire Sport holds successful Sports Awards 2017 to acknowledge the achievements of young sporting stars   The annual Herefordshire Sports Awards 2017, held at Hereford Rowing Club in February 2018 provided an opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding sporting success and significant contributions of young people to the community through sport. Will Lindesay, hvoss Chief Executive who presented the awards said "It was a honour to present the awards to the winners and highly commended. H…

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Hereford City Council seeking community nominations

08/03/18

HEREFORD CITY COMMUNITY GROUP ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2018   Hereford City benefits from many groups delivering amazing work across the City. Hereford City Council annually recognises and celebrates the work of our City’s great heroes. So, it’s time to nominate your community heroes, or nominate your own group, in one of the Hereford City Community Group Achievement Awards three categories.  The Community Projects Awards......improving the look and feel of our City…. A total of 3 awards present…

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Data Orchard invites leaders to discuss unlocking the power of data.

07/03/18

Help build a more data-savvy social sector  ·         Why is data such a big deal in the non-profit sector these days? What can we, as a sector, be doing to improve? What help is out there to support organisations on their journey? Data Orchard is inviting leaders of organisations within the social sector in and around the West Midlands to come along to a lunchtime event aimed at answering these questions and unlocking some of the power of data. They'll be formally launching an ambitious new …

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Government launches Civil Society Strategy - Have your say

03/03/18

Civil Society Strategy 2018 - CONSULTATION OPEN NOW! Have your say on how government can work with and for civil society to tackle challenges and unlock opportunities to build a stronger society now and in the future. Click here for further information and to respond. This consultation closes at 9am on 22 May 2018. Go to our Policy, Research, Consultations, Campaigns page to find out about other developments affecting our sector that impact on local communities and local people we support.      …

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Refugee Action launches 'Stand Up For Asylum' campaign

02/03/18

Refugee Action has recently launched their new asylum system campaign. hvoss supports the campaign and hopes its members, local community groups, organisations and volunteers and partner organisations across Herefordshire will positively and proactively support it.   Stand Up For Asylum Today, Refugee Action launches the Stand Up For Asylum campaign. Over the next three years, we will be campaigning to reform the current asylum system that, as you know, too often fails those it is meant to pr…

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FREE elearning training opportunities!

01/03/18

Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Board has arranged for the following FREE ELearning courses to be available to all staff / organisations for a limited period: Understanding Pathways to Extremism and the Prevent Programme Self-harm and Suicidal Thought in Children and Young People An introduction to FGM, Forced Marriage, Spirit Possession and Honour Based Violence (Cultural Awareness) E-Safety – Guidance for Practitioners and Support for Parents Hidden Harm Parental Mental Health A New appro…

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Funding Network success - Over 40 members and volunteers benefit from expert advice on applying for grants

28/02/18

Eveson Charitable Trust and E.F Bulmer Benevolent Fund provide invaluable hints and tips to charitable organisations on the do's and don't when applying for grants and funding from charitable trusts and funders. Alex Gay and James Greenfield, Trust Administrators for Eveson Charitable Trust and E.F Bulmer Benevolent Fund respectively, kicked off the first in a series of hvoss Funding Networks taking place throughout 2018. Over 40 representatives of local charitable organisations attended, gainin…

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Putson Community Association - AGM celebrates a successful year at Saxon Hall

14/02/18

Putson Community Association (PCA), based at Saxon Hall, South Wye continues to grow from strength to strength as showcased at its well attended AGM on 12th February.  Willl Lindesay, hvoss Chief Executive was amongst many that went along to hear about the successes of the last year and some exciting plans for the future. Will said "It was a pleasure to attend the AGM and to join so many local residents and other members of the community in coming together to acknowledge the excellent work of PC…

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Social Care Reviews or Assessments - Healthwatch Herefordshire seeking your views

14/02/18

Healthwatch Herefordshire is seeking the views about the experience of service users, customers and hvoss members who have had/are having a social care review or assessment. Introduction Healthwatch Herefordshire is an independent not for profit company and our role is to gather patient/customer experiences and share them to improve health and social care services. We are carrying out a project to the end of March to find out customer experiences of having a social care assessment or review now …

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New member HGN and great job opportunity available now!

09/02/18

We are delighted to welcome Herefordshire Green Network (HGN) to hvoss membership. HGN has attended a number of events, including our briefing on GDPR. Further information about HGN and its work can be found at http://www.hgnetwork.org HGN has an exciting job opportunity for an Events Coordinator About the role if you have a passion for sustainable living & carbon reduction; a broad & enthusiastic desire to support communities through event management, activism & social media; a year…

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NWD - Latest programmes for 11 - 25 year olds

09/02/18

The NWD partnership collaboration goes from strength to strength in providing young people with access and help to a range of information, support and guidance services. There are now over 30 partner agencies all working together to provide information and specialist support to children and young people across the county! For all the latest updates go to our Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/nowrongdoorherefordshire/ The latest pogrammes are also available here: - February half term pr…

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hvoss members start journey to GDPR compliance

24/01/18

30 hvoss members attended a GDPR legislation session on Tuesday 23rd January. This was a vital update on changing legislation and data protection law changes from May 2018. The workshop, a partnership effort between Kidwells Law and HEXAD Information Security Services offered a route map for our members towards ensuring compliance with the new legislation. Will Lindesay, hvoss Chief Executive said "This was an invaluable introduction on important legislative changes affecting all charities, volu…

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HSCB targeted training for Practitioners involved in Child Protection Conference

22/01/18

This course has been developed by HSCB to ensure practitioners involved in child protection conferences (ICPCs and RCPC's) understand how these work and are confident to input to child protection decisions.

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hvoice January 2018

11/01/18

Our latest e-bulletin including training opportunities, events and networking opportunities of interest to our members, volunteers, community and voluntary groups is now available!   hvoice - January 2018

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Exciting job opportunity in our Talent Match Programme!

09/01/18

Fulfilling lives – supporting young people into work, making their lives successful and useful. Marches Talent Match Telford is looking to employ part –time maternity cover for a support worker, for 18 – 25 year olds moving towards employability. - To recruit young people and support their involvement through the programme. - To provide Participants with support and guidance promoting wellbeing, personal development and progress towards employment. - To deliver employability skills workshops and…

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hvoice e-bulletin

21/12/17

Our latest E-bulletin is here, including a number of invaluable New Year networking and briefing sessions on funding and data protection law to benefit your group and organisation

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AGM highlights massive contribution of members to community life in the county

02/11/17

The 2017 hvoss AGM was brilliantly hosted by The Courtyard Theatre, hvoss member. It was an uplifting and inspiring event attended by 60 representatives of local voluntary and community organisations. Will Lindesay, Chief Executive hghlighted key achievements during 2016/17 in the face of some significant financial pressures facing hvoss, our members and the local voluntary and community sector more widely. Will also outlined our new strategic plan 2017 - 2022. Our Guest speaker, Lady Lisvane…

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The Cart Shed celebrates after receiving QAVS, the MBE for Voluntary Groups from Lord Lieutenant for County of Herefordshire

23/10/17

The Cart Shed is celebrating after a receiving the Queens Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS). Trustees, volunteers and users of the services were presented with the award by Lady Darnley, The Lord Lieutenant for Herefordshire. Huge congratulations to everyone involved for achieving such a special award! The presentation event was held at Newport House which is also hosting an Out of Nature Exhibition thoughout October in support of The Cart Shed During October 2017 the third Out Of Nature sculpt…

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Latest hvoice Newsletter - Including AGM invitation

19/10/17

Download our latest hvoice Newsletter October 2017 here. It includes an invitation to our AGM on 1st November,  along with updates regarding safeguarding, local CAB services and a focus on hvoss member, Services for Independent Living (SIL). This years AGM...... As well as a review of the year 2016/17, future hvoss plans and priorities will be outlined by Will Lindesay, hvoss CEO. We are also very much looking forward to showcasing and celebrating the breadth of activities being undertaken by lo…

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High Sheriff of Herefordshire highlights loneliness

17/10/17

The High Sheriff for the County of Herefordshire, The Reverend Lady Lisvane organised a successful conference on Saturday 14th October 2017 highlighting loneliness, a significant issue affecting so many across Herefordshire. The event was co-organised by Lynda Wilcox of Herefordshire Association of Local Councils (HALC) and chaired by The Bishop of Hereford. Many representatives of local parish councils attended. Speakers from a range of local and national perspectives shared challenges and …

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All welcome to our AGM - 1st November " Showcasing success"

17/10/17

We warmly invite you to attend our: -   ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Wednesday 1 November 2017 at The Courtyard, Edgar Street, Hereford Arrival & Registration from 1.30pm onwards AGM starts at 2pm followed by    "Showcasing the success of hvoss members and partners"  -----------------------------------------  Including Guest Speaker High Sheriff for the County of Herefordshire,  The Reverend Lady Lisvane Followed by tea/coffee/delicious cake and an opportunity to network. All welcome. Call 01432 3…

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Last Night of the Proms, Ledbury Market Theatre Saturday 23 September 2017

06/09/17

Ledbury Community Brass Band is proud to present its first Last Night of the Proms concert on Saturday 23 September 23 at 7.30pm in Ledbury’s Market Theatre. A couple of weeks after the end of this year’s BBC Proms we’re planning on giving Ledbury its own version of the traditional flag-waving repertoire, combined with brass band favourites – and this is an evening you CAN still get tickets for ! The band will be joined by soprano soloist Donna Porter as Britannia, and the evening will include H…

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Our youth project "No Wrong Door" offers activities and workshops this summer

15/08/17

SEX, drugs and rock and roll will be some of the subjects up for discussion at a summer programme for the county's youth this summer. No Wrong Door, a youth project led by us (hvoss) is providing activities and workshops which range from music jamming with DJ Hip Hop to learning about the impact that drugs have on the brain. There will also be yoga, coping strategies for anxiety, talking about healthy relationships, a chance to access the new sport of drift trikes, job interview techniques, unde…

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Herefordshire Council wants your views on the future of Herefordshire’s children's centres

14/06/17

Have your say on their future use and management. Herefordshire Council has launched a consultation about the use of the county’s children’s centres, and is asking users for their views. The council is looking to reuse the buildings to address an increased need for nursery places and school use, although each centre has a different option relating to its locality.  There are ten children’s centre buildings across Herefordshire which support children under the age of five and their families. Chil…

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West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner gives a funding boost to hvoss project

17/05/17

No Wrong Door, a hvoss project, has successfully bid for a second round of funding to provide a single access point and contact point for young people between the ages of 11 to 25 to access information support and guidance. Based in Blackfriars Street at the Robert Owen Academy the project brings together a range of specialist partner agencies and provides support on topics ranging from life skills, education, stress and anxiety, and sexual health and relationships, drug and alcohol cessation, h…

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New Healthwatch provider for Herefordshire

25/04/17

The county’s Healthwatch service is changing A new Healthwatch Herefordshire social enterprise has been established. Healthwatch was established across the country as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  The service is delivered by independent social enterprise organisations on behalf of local councils and aims to represent the views of residents on local health and social care issues. From 2013, the contract to deliver Healthwatch Herefordshire was held by us here at Herefordshire Vo…

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Leominster nursery receives best rating from Ofsted

25/04/17

A combination of 'passionate staff, exceptional service and thriving children' proved to be a winning formula for one Leominster nursery which achieved the best possible result in its latest Ofsted inspection. The 'outstanding' rating was given to Honey Bees Day Nursey, based at the Coningsby Centre, which caters for children aged three months to five years. The regulator also said the nursery – which was created in 2009 and is part of the non-profit making organisation Oaks Children’s Group – h…

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Leominster business steps in to house community transport after vandalism!

22/03/17

Community Wheels have thanked a Leominster business which has stepped in to house two minibuses after they were struck by vandals. The hvoss run service – which helps those unable to use public transport and without access to private transport of their own – discovered the damage to the two minibuses on two separate occasions after the were parked in an overflow car park at the town's leisure centre. Leominster Pest Control came to the rescue to allow Community Wheels to park the minibuses in…

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hvoss and Fownhope Medical Centre pioneer an innovative ‘social prescribing’ project for Herefordshire

15/03/17

hvoss is working in partnership with Fownhope Medical Centre to pilot a ‘social prescribing’ project. hvoss has recruited Sue Brazendale as a Community Link Officer for the project starting in March in the village of Fownhope offering a community referral service initially for an 18 month period. Frequently patients present at the GP practice looking for support for non-clinical needs for which medicine isn’t always the best or only answer with social solutions able to provide better outcomes. T…

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Highly acclaimed author and trainer in the County

08/03/17

hvoss in partnership with Hereford City Council was extremely fortunate to arrange for Sandy Adirondack a freelance trainer and consultant in the voluntary sector since 1980 to come to Hereford to provide essential training for Trustees of local voluntary and community organisations. Sandy works primarily on governance issues with a wide range of charities, campaigns and voluntary and community-based organisations. She writes widely about voluntary sector governance and management. Her best know…

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Huge success for one of our Talent Match participants in Telford

01/03/17

Reece was referred to Talent Match by his parents, Talent Match is a charity funded by the Big Lottery that works with young people aged 18-24 years. Reece was a young man who had become lost and was not leaving the house, after a few weeks Reece was placed into the PDSA Fulfilment Centre as a volunteer. He has now been there for nearly 12 months and was recently put forward for the PDSA Volunteer of the Year Award. The PDSA has over 4800 volunteers and they received approximately 800 nomination…

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Difficult times ahead for Herefordshire's Carers – HAVE YOUR SAY

01/02/17

Herefordshire Council put on their website on Thursday 18 January (with no prior warning to anyone affected) that they are making major cuts to services for Carers for the 2017/2018 year that begins on 1 April 2017. The effect of this for Herefordshire Carers Support is that the Council intends to cut their funding by half from £275,000 to £137,000 for the coming year. And worse, they say future years will see even more reductions, with the Council expecting Carers to replace this support with…

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TALKING POINT in the Hereford Times - hvoss on volunteering.......

31/01/17

Whatever your stage of life, whether you are moving into the world of work from the education system or after raising a family, taking a break or retiring from the daily commute, volunteering can provide you with an additional 'feel good' factor. Most of us enjoy and feel good when we are useful and so volunteering will support and reinforce that. It is also a way to acquire new skills and, importantly if you are looking for paid work too, experience in an area of life that you may wish to devel…

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Consultation on Supported Housing

20/12/16

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for work and Pensions (DWP) have launched a consultation of the future funding of supported housing.  The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 21 November 2016 until 13 February 2017. Background On 15 September the Government announced a new approach to funding housing costs for supported housing from April 2019.  The Government confirmed that it will defer the application of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rates …

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£300,000 grant is huge boost to community life

06/12/16

Stretton Sugwas has lost two pubs, one shop and its Post Office over the years, yet a massive £300,000 Big Lottery award towards revamping the village hall shows that community spirit is most definitely alive and kicking. Part of a major £2.2 million payout to 89 projects across the West Midlands, this week’s announcement has been greeted with delight among the village’s 550-strong population, and the good news is certain to spread to others over a 20-mile radius who regularly meet at the 83-yea…

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Community steps in to fill bus service withdrawal

23/08/16

hvoss has stepped in to provide a much needed bus service following the withdrawal of subsidy for the 427 service from Bodenham to Leominster. Working in partnership with Leominster Town Council, Humber, Ford and Stoke Prior Group Parish Council and Bodenham Parish Council, hvoss, operating under its’ transport brand Community Wheels, will commence the service on 2nd September on Fridays only initially, but should demand increase then extra services may be introduced in the future. Passengers w…

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Tesco calls out to charities in Hereford to register for free food donation scheme

23/08/16

Charities and community groups in Hereford are being urged to register for a new scheme which will see unsold food at a city supermarket become meals for vulnerable people across the area. As part of its ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud recruits and supports charities and community groups. It links them to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end…

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Alzheimer's Society are so proud to reveal video about Leominster Meeting Centre

17/08/16

Alzheimer's Society are so proud to finally reveal the video that they made with the Rural Media Company and students from the Hereford College of Arts about the Leominster Meeting Centre. The Meeting Centre is a collaborative effort from Alzheimer's Society with support from the University of Worcester and Hereford County Council. It offers support for people with dementia as well as carers. https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersSocietyWestMidlands/videos/vb.217373208279266/1401502489866326/?type=…

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One Show LIVE from Weobley featuring some of our Community Wheels Volunteer Drivers

09/08/16

MILLIONS of viewers tuned in to an hour’s worth of prime time TV coming from the heart of Herefordshire. Cherry-picked from a long list of possible locations all over the UK, Weobley hosted the BBC’s programme The One Show. Also featured in the show was a couple of our Community Wheels volunteer drivers talking about the service we provide within the area. Click here for the link http://bbc.in/2a5dt31 to the One Show, our Community Wheels drivers feature at around 14 minutes into the show. Happy…

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All bus travel FREE at weekends

Hereford Council has taken very positive action in making all bus travel FREE at weekends, and introducing new routes on Sundays.  Everyone is urged to support this initiative by using the new routes and the free weekend services, to show the council that the demand for better bus services is there, and that if they provide even more public transport, people will use it. The project, which started at the beginning of September, is funded by money from the Covid-19…

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