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SEPTEMBER CELEBRATION 2011 The HERE FOR the CITY project plans to support a major event over the weekend 10th/11th September 2011. Ideas put forward so far are to revive and adapt the BIG EVENT to include all that is best from cultural, craft and performance groups from both sides of the river and across wider Herefordshire, and also to bring back the Hereford Carnival. The team urgently need to hear from youth groups, schools, bands, dancers and performers, clubs and societies, rural and ethnic craftsmen and women, local food and beverage makers, in fact everyone who would have an idea to put forward or would like to be involved. We would be especially pleased to hear from people who would be interested in forming a Steering Group as the first meeting is scheduled for the end of January.

Having launched on the 1st October 2010 this brand new project has used the first three months to get established, make contacts and receive feedback from individuals and community groups. The HERE FOR the CITY team, and all at HVA wish the supporters and members of Herefordshire Voluntary Action a happy and successful 2011

Please get in touch at HVA or email Don’t forget about our website for all our news and events “Herefordshire Voluntary Action works with people, groups and communities to make a positive difference to quality of life in the county” Berrows Business Centre, Bath Street, Hereford, HR1 2HE Charity No. 1096451 Company No. 4625595

December 2010

SOCIAL NETWORKING SURGERIES Would you like to promote your voluntary group or charity on the web but are confused by words like Twitter, Facebook, You Tube, and Blog? Are you a regular user of social networking sites who would like to share your knowledge with other people? A Social Media Surgery provides an informal setting where voluntary groups or charities can learn from people who have experience of blogging and social network sites. If you would be interested in attending a session either to learn or to mentor, please contact Jo Pewsey at the HERE FOR the CITY team on 01432 343932 or by email to

John described the funding styles of the Big Lottery and described how applications are considered. He also took questions from the floor explaining that grants are considered in support of ‘green’ issues in reply to a question on funding for renewable energy. That value for money and the difference to people lives the grants can make are of paramount importance and that it will continue to be part of the process that schemes are properly evaluated.

The Meeting was attended by Air Vice Marshal Mike Smart, Deputy Lieutenant for Herefordshire, who made presentations of certificates in recognition of a total of 179 years of voluntary service to 12 volunteers. Special mention was made of Neil Mitchell who has recently retired having given over 25 years voluntary service to the people of Herefordshire.

Neil Mitchell receives his award from Air Vice Marshall Mike Smart

Anne Jones receives her flowers from Will Lindesay

In addition the Chief Executive presented flowers to Mrs. Anne Jones in thanks and recognition for over ten years voluntary service to the Herefordshire Voluntary Action office in her role of Volunteer Co-ordinator.

Annual General Meeting th

On the 6 October the 2010 AGM was held at The POINT4 at the Blind College. An attendance of 84 was an increase from 2009 and the delegates heard Will Lindesay, Chief Executive give a summary of past highlights and the priorities going forward. Will reported the achievements of the REACH project and the launch of HERE FOR the CITY team. There are at present 510 different volunteering opportunities and around 50,000 volunteers in Herefordshire. HVA hosts the post of Voluntary Sector Assembly co-ordinator and has been awarded Sustainable Funding beacon status by NCVO. The changing financial climate poses serious challenges to the third sector with the results of a fundamental review undertaken by Herefordshire Council and the PCT available early in the New Year which will clarify funding and the availability of other forms of support. A full set of accounts and the annual report for Herefordshire Voluntary Action for 2009/10 is available on our website Bobbie Heavens MBE was unanimously appointed to the HVA board and grateful thanks were extended to Sue Carter and Terry Preece who were not standing for reelection. The guest speaker was John Taylor, Head of the West Midlands Region of the Big Lottery Fund. He gave a fascinating insight into the hidden workings of the Fund reporting that £25bn pounds had been raised since 1994 and

NEWS FROM ELSEWHERE National Association for Voluntary and Community Action The NAVCA website holds a huge amount of very useful information and links including a reminder for members to make their voices heard by completing the annual survey that has a deadline of 14th January 2011. There is also a link to advice to help local support and development organisations navigate the cuts landscape and continue to provide the best service possible. Visit for more information Community Matters has transformed its website to an online resource – the Online Guidance and Advice series. Their ‘introduction to…’ information sheets are available individually and for free: just sign in/register to download. Visit for more information

REACH STOP PRESS! Hereford Council is inviting applications for Grants from a fund of

The REACH Project - One Year On.

£100,000 Supplied by ABG Capital funding

The REACH project has now been running for one year and in that time has started to build and develop excellent links within the communities with which it is working. REACH, which was established to support voluntary and community groups in the more rural parts of Herefordshire including north-east Herefordshire, north-west Herefordshire, Ledbury and District and the Golden Valley, has grown considerably in its first year and is now working with and supporting at least 100 groups in these more rural areas. The kinds of projects that it has been involved with have been very interesting and varied and have ranged from working with a group who are looking to find funding to restore a section of canal between Yarkhill and Watery Lane, near Tarrington to working with a man who wants to set up a local internet television company. Other work

Voluntary, Social Enterprise and Community Initiative organisations working to support unemployed people find work can apply for between £5,000 and £20,000 to fund their projects. The closing date for applications is 14th January 2011 For further details or an application pack please contact HVA 01432 343932 or contact Peter Ding at Herford Council

Herefordshire vinvolved Team Partnerships continue to flourish promoting youth volunteering among young people. We have established a partnership between our vinvolved team and the Tall Ships Youth Trust. In January 2011 we shall be “Launching” our new partnership project entitled “Young citizens - Sailing in the Right Direction”. Vinvolved will be recruiting and working with two chosen communities in Herefordshire who are prepared to work with their local young people, allowing them to become active citizens; celebrating the Big Society with practical benefits for all involved. Two groups of between 6 – 12 young people will agree their community challenge. This group will qualify for a week’s Tall Ships Sailing Experience, crewing an ocean going schooner navigating our coastal waters, under expert supervision. This experience will prepare and inspire these young people to complete their volunteering challenge, supported by their own community and vinvolved youth work team. For more information contact

has included helping a number of different village hall committees to refurbish and insulate their village halls, work with tenants from a rurally isolated estate to ensure that there are activities that young people can access and get involved with and helping a group to find funding to turn a derelict building into a local museum. The Project has also run Funding Lunches and Food Hygiene training and hopes to be able to offer more training courses in the New Year including a course to help groups to create their own websites. REACH has also developed links with a number of different organisations throughout Herefordshire with which it hopes to be able to work more closely in the future. One example of this is the work that has been done with the Community Led Planning team to develop a partnership whereby REACH can assist communities wishing to achieve some of the goals as outlined in their Parish Plans. The Project is very much looking forward to developing in its second year and continuing the work it has started to support voluntary and community groups in the more rural areas of Herefordshire. If you would like further details about the work of the REACH Project or are interested in volunteering please contact Vicky Hamilton on 07827 775700 or email her at

1st October 2010 – the Project Launch on Hunderton Bridge

Despite the wettest morning for ages the team (l-r below Laura Toomer, Michael Hancock, Nicky Jacques, Jo Pewsey and Dee White) set up a gazebo on Hunderton Bridge where people cycling or walking to school and work that morning were made aware of this new initiative by the team handing our balloons, applies and drinks and in return people were asked to complete a questionnaire. The location was chosen to highlight one of the main purposes of the HERE FOR the CITY project: that of bringing the north and south sides of the city together. The ideas and information gathered gave the team ideas and information that has helped them plan the year ahead. Since then the team has been very busy working in conjunction with Community First taking the Planning for Real campaign to the community with ten consultation events and five public meetings.

Managing charity resources and researching funding in difficult financial circumstances The Charity Commission’s new website has sections giving advice and guidance to help trustees understand and navigate around the difficult issues of researching funding, good practice and duties and responsibilities. Visit

ROYAL WEDDING 2011 Thinking of a street party to celebrate? The government’s Communities Department has published “your guide to organising a street party or fete” For more details go to:

The REACH Project - Training for Voluntary and Community Groups

T he REACH project is looking to further develop local training for community and voluntary groups in the Golden Valley, North East Herefordshire and North West Herefordshire. The kind of training that we are able to offer includes the following:

Role of the Chairperson, Secretary or Treasurer


Minute Taking

Certificated Food Hygiene

Information Technology

Certificated Health and Safety

Effective Meetings

Running Events


Recruiting Volunteers The courses are designed to help build the capacity of the small community and voluntary groups that we work with. We welcome expressions of interest from anyone who may be interested in any of the above courses and are hoping to be able to start providing training for local groups in the New Year. For more information please contact Vicky Hamilton on 07827 775700 or email her at

In November the HERE FOR the CITY team began to make connections towards specific projects. Work is underway in Newton Farm working with the Here 4 Women Group with the first Access to Interviews Workshop scheduled for the 27th January. Contact has been made with NTAG (North Tupsley Action Group), the Aylestone Canal Regeneration Project and with ethnic and minority communities across the city. Possible sites for community venues are being researched in the north of the city.

Contributing to the central activity of HVA the data captured by the Planning for Real exercises was input and analysed as were the city plan questionnaires. In December, through consultation events and advertising, a solid start was made initiating a community led regeneration of the BIG EVENT and the reinstatement of the Hereford Carnival planned for September 2011. To develop the projects support for young people the team contains two workers available to offer support and assistance to community or voluntary groups wishing to develop work with the younger members of the community. HCVYS (Herefordshire Council for Voluntary Youth Services) in its role funded by the HFtC project will be launching a network in the New Year for those already working with young people in Hereford. For further details please call Michael Hancock on 01432 343932 or e-mail

HVA News December 2010  

News, information and events fro voluntary and community groups across Herefordshire.

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