Welcome to the September edition of Voluntary Voice...
You're invited to our AGM - 9 October
Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) provides an opportunity for us to get together with our members and interested parties for the formalities of an AGM but also to network, celebrate successes, discuss future plans and to hear from thought-provoking speakers. Of course, there'll be cake too!

Our guest speakers include:
  • Carrie Deacon, Nesta - ‘People Helping People’ – Power Participation and Being Bolder’
  • Steve Cinderby, Stockholm Environment Institute, University of York - 'Community resilience, urbanisation issues (including green infrastructure and mobility) and their links to wellbeing'
  • University of York Students - 'Volunteering Stories Project'
If you haven't already, please book online via our Eventbrite page below. Members and non-members are very welcome.
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There's still time to let us know your training needs! 
We’re reviewing our training offer and we’d like to know what you, the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector in York, needs in the way of training. Our training offer is something that we're seeking to build on for the future so your support in completing this (really short) survey is very much appreciated!
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Meet the York CVS Team - Healthwatch York
Over the next few issues of Voluntary Voice we'll be introducing our Team here at York CVS and highlighting some of the projects we manage. This month we'd like to introduce the Healthwatch York team. Pictured left-right Sian Balsom (Manager), Emily Abbott (Deputy Manager), Helen Patching (Project Support Officer), Abbie Myers (Engagement Officer), Elizabeth Belsey (Research Officer) and Catherine Scott (Systems Change Lead).
Our job here at Healthwatch York is simple. We’re here to help make health and social care work better for you. Our purpose is to find out what matters to York residents and to help make sure that residents’ views shape the support they need.

It’s our job to listen to people’s experiences and share their views with those who can do something about it. We have the power to make sure that those running health and social care services in York hear what you think and take action based on people’s needs. Another part of our mission is to point you in the direction of the right services. If you’re facing a difficult health decision, or just don’t know how to find out about what services or support are available, we are here for you!

We now have use of a market stall at the Shambles Market which we will be using on the last Tuesday of each month to talk to York residents. Here's Abbie (pictured right) on the stall!
The stall will be available, free of charge, to voluntary and community sector groups to share information and to talk to the public (not for fundraising) and is getting booked-up quickly so, if you want to book a slot, please contact Healthwatch York.
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 P.S. You can also meet the whole York CVS team over on our website.
Sector News
Cycling Without Age pedals into York
York Bike Bells are delighted to have received a Community Fund grant from the National Lottery to make their Cycling Without Age rides more inclusive, by developing a new programme of rides with at least three more ‘affordable’ housing schemes/care homes in York. Cycling Without Age is a simple but brilliant idea. With the help of a special electric-assist bike with a passenger cab for two out front, community Pedallers offer free, comfortable rides to older, less mobile folk who may not get out as often as they’d like.

There’s a new 6 month part-time paid Team Member opportunity too (more information is available online) and ongoing Volunteer Pedaller opportunities – find out how you can get involved
Help shape the future of York's transport
Age Friendly York has been working with York Civic Trust, who have produced a transport questionnaire which will complement and inform the refresh of the City of York Council's Local Transport Plan. More information is available online and you can complete the survey below. 
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Do you have any spare Storage space?
York CVS members, York Breast Friends, are in desperate need of some storage space for their craft materials which are used to make heart pillows for those having breast surgery. The storage has to be easily accessible and in York - can anyone help?

Help build a picture of the Voluntary Sector in the North
Voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises from across the North of England are being asked to contribute to a 10 year study of the sector. Whether your organisation or group is large or small, your views and responses are vital to building a picture of the sector. The results of the survey will help inform national and local government, health organisations and charitable foundations so that they can make good decisions on how to invest in the activity of the sector. 
Complete the survey
Tackling the housing crisis in York
York has an acute housing crisis with many people, especially younger families locked out of traditional home ownership. Step forward YorSpace who, with the support of the community, will create York’s first cooperatively owned, environmentally sustainable housing that stays affordable forever.
YorSpace is a community benefit society and community land trust born out of an urgent need to challenge the lack of affordable, environmentally sustainable housing in York, that is truly centred on the needs of the community. According to James Newton and Imelda Havers, Directors of YorSpace, the market is broken and YorSpace offers an opportunity to start fixing it through a radical approach to funding, community and environmental sustainability.

For the first time raising finance through a community share offer will be used to create homes that are not only kind to the environment and community focused, but crucially permanently affordable. This innovative method of raising capital for community homes is revolutionary and not just for York. Importantly it is a potential model for the future. Please read the full article by clicking the link below to see more images and to find out more about this fantastic project.
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Funding and development support
If your organisation needs support with guidance about legal structures, governance issues, identifying potential funding sources and developing bids, contact our Funding and Development Officer, Jane Granville. You can also search for local and national funding sources on our website.
Gannett Foundation grants available for York charities
Deadline: Applications must arrive by noon on Friday 18 October

The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, parent company of Newsquest Media Group, which owns The Press. It offers funding to registered charities with projects which take a creative approach to issues such as neighbourhood improvements, economic development, youth enterprise, sport and healthy living, assistance for disadvantaged or disabled people, care of the elderly, environmental conservation, and educational or cultural enrichment.

The foundation entertains applications of any size or ambition. Typically its grants are modest sums for practical projects, but it will consider awards to larger projects which deserve its backing. It favours projects that demonstrate good planning, oversight and financial responsibility.
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Up to £5,000 Available for Local Community Projects
Opens: 1 October

The Charities Aid Foundation (CAF) Tourle Foundation Fund seeks to award grants of up to £5,000 to local charitable organisations delivering services for local people within the UK. This 10-year programme is funded through the generosity of a £4.5m legacy left for CAF to distribute for this purpose. To be eligible to apply, organisations must be able to evidence that the project will be delivered to local people.
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Tampon Tax Community Fund
Deadline: 11 October

Charities and community groups can apply for grants of up to £10,000 to run projects and services directly benefiting women and girls facing issues such as period poverty, domestic and sexual abuse, mental health and long-term unemployment. The programme seeks to reduce the risk of crisis at different life stages. This may be by helping women and girls get into or back to work, raising awareness about health issues, or by creating and developing peer networks. Priority will be given to grassroots organisations offering localised support to women or girls. Please read the information document below and then apply online.
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Money Saving Expert Charity - Deadline approaching
The Money Saving Expert Chairty's (MSE) September grant-giving round is now open – if you'd like to apply for a grant of up to £7,500, go quick. The round closes once the charity accepts 40 applications, or on Friday 27 September, whichever's sooner.

Funded by Money Saving Expert, the MSE Charity gives grants to UK not-for-profit organisations that deliver activities which make a lasting impact on how people think, behave and manage their money. Each funding round has a different theme, this round's theme is 'Life Changing Transitions'.
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Voluntary Sector Forum - Supporting York's Armed Forces Community
Date and time: Wednesday 18 September, 10:00 - 12:00
Location: Priory Street Centre

We would like to invite voluntary sector groups and organisations from across York to discuss how we can challenge some of the issues faced by York's Armed Forces Community. This event is the direct result of a larger conference held in partnership with City of York Council (CYC) and will continue to support the CYC's action plan.

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York Small Good Stuff 
Date and time: 1 October, 11:00 - 14:00
Location: The John Cooper Studio, 41 Monkgate

A celebration of the great work being done by small community-based providers offering personalised care and support in York. The event is free and open to all.

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York CVS Annual General Meeting
Date and time: Wednesday 9 October, 17:30 - 19:00
Location: Main Hall, Priory Street Centre
Join us for our Annual General Meeting where we'll be welcoming a range of guest speakers and sharing what we've been up to as well as what we've got planned.
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Strategic and Business Planning Training Workshop
Date and time: Tuesday 8 October, 13:00 – 15:00 
Location: Priory Street Centre 
Together with John Harris, Third Sector Consultancy, and Rachel Walmsley SUCCEED Training and Development Ltd, York CVS will be delivering a free workshop at the Priory Street Centre to enable attendees to create an effective strategy and business plan for their group or organisation.
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Advocacy Hub Information Day
Date and time: Thursday 17 October, 10:00 – 15:00 
Location: York Advocacy Hub
The Advocacy Hub information day will allow you to learn more about different types of advocacy. There will be talks throughout the day and opportunities to communicate with other local organisations and advocates. This will allow you to discover how advocacy can help you and the people you work with. For more details of how the day will run and when the different talks will be held, please view the flyer below. Please also RSVP to
All Age Learning Disability Strategy Launch
Date and time: 21 October, 09:30 - 12:30
Location: Priory Street Centre

The Learning Disability Partnership is launching the All Age Learning Disability Strategy on the morning of 21 October in York. It is a free event particularly aimed at people from health and social care organisations, education, the police, charities, people with learning disabilities and their families and carers. The event will outline the local picture, our consultation and priority areas to make York a learning disability inclusive City.

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With the Yorkshire Marathon (and Christmas) fast approaching, here's a few 'seasonal' volunteering opportunities for you! 
Event Volunteer
Organisation: The Children's Air Ambulance
Closing date: 18 October
The Children’s Air ambulance is expanding rapidly, they are new to the Yorkshire area and need your help to raise awareness and increase income by supporting the fundraising team and participating in local events representing the Charity. The Yorkshire Marathon is taking place on Sunday 20 October and they are looking for enthusiastic event volunteers to help the day run smoothly.
More information
Cheerstation Volunteer
Organisation: The Jane Tomlinson Appeal
Closing date: 10 October
Be part of the action as a Cheerstation Volunteer cheering on runners at the Yorkshire Marathon (20 October), handing out balloons, bangsticks and sweets to the crowds and runners.
More information
Santa’s Grotto Helper
Organisation: Spirit of Christmas
Closing date: 1 December
Spirit of Christmas are looking for a Santa's grotto helper to help out at their charity Christmas parties in Selby, Doncaster and/or York. They would like someone to work alongside Father Christmas in his grotto, helping him to entertain and give presents to the children. They host these events to give disadvantaged children a place to celebrate Christmas, receive gifts and meet Father Christmas.
More information
Keep an eye on our volunteering page for more volunteering opportunities like the one below and don't forget to add your opportunities too.
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My Guide Sighted Guide
Organisation: The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
This role involves supporting a person with sight loss to safely navigate the environment, building self-confidence and increasing social interaction; whilst maintaining dignity and promoting independence.
More information
For a range of VCSE jobs, visit the jobs page on our website
Project Worker
Organisation: Changing Lives
Salary: £10,885 per annum (pro rata of £22,375)
Deadline: 15 September
The role will facilitate a twice-weekly ‘one-stop-shop’ health clinic, bringing together partners from, amongst others, sexual health services, sexual assault referral services, and GPs. At these sessions, the post holder will provide support on safety and harm reduction using our Theory of Change. They will work closely with women who drop-in to the service, ensuring that they are able to access the support they ask for. The post holder will also work closely with local police teams to ensure that women who sell or trade sex are offered safety and harm reduction advice.
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Partnership and Fundraising Officer 
Organisation: MySight York
Salary: £9,116 for 18 hours per week
Deadline: 20 September
MySight York require a Partnership and Fundraising Officer to generate funds and build partnerships with the Private Sector; developing a long-term strategy for corporate giving. The role will also recruit and support a team of volunteers, and plan and develop high quality community events to raise funds.
More information
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