Our News archive

August 2017

Mimi Harker joins the board of Community Impact Bucks
Councillor Mimi Harker OBE has been announced as the chair designate of Community Impact Bucks (CIB), and will formally take up the new role in September.

£5-10,000 funding available from The Gannett Foundation
The Gannett Foundation is the charitable arm of Gannett Co Inc, the parent company of Newsquest Media Group, one of the UK’s largest publishers and owners of the Bucks Free Press. They provide funding to registered charities in the areas where they operate local newspapers and websites.

GDPR: what you need to know
Many people and organisations in the charity sector and elsewhere are hearing this acronym – GDPR. But what is it and what do you need to do about it?

July 2017

CIB delivering support to Bucks charities for the future!
Community Impact Bucks’ positive impact on the charity, voluntary and community sector in Buckinghamshire has been recognised by Bucks County Council in the renewal of our contract until 2019.

New! Grants available up to £5000
New funding opportunity available from Heart of Bucks for voluntary and community groups.

Photo Competition – Social Action in Bucks
Enter our 2017 photo competition by midnight 12 September and you could be in with the chance of winning a tablet/laptop computer, cash donation or free marketing support for your organisation.

Free 30 minute webinars!
On 18th & 20th July the FSI are running a number of free 30 minute webinars for their members on various fundraising and governance topics.

NEW! Aylesbury Vale District Council micro grant funding scheme
New Homes Bonus Micro Grants of up to £1,000 are now available for voluntary and community sector organisations as well as parish and town councils!

Fundraising Preference Service now live
The Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) was launched on 6 July and aims to help individuals manage and control the level of communication they receive from charities, to help rebuild public trust in the sector.

Van for sale
Following the end of our very successful iVan project, the vehicle that was used for this work is now for sale.

Meaningful Engagement Begins with Recruitment.
Our Lead for Volunteering, Hazel Finney, will be one of the speakers at the Association of Volunteer Managers’ (AVM) learning and development day on 27 July in London. Special delegate rates for charities and groups in Bucks.

June 2017

Handy Helpers for Aylesbury Vale
Community Impact Bucks has launched Handy Helpers, a new pilot project to help elderly, vulnerable and isolated residents in Aylesbury Vale.

HS2 funding information events
Find out how to access the funding available from the HS2 Community and Business funds.

Call to Action - It’s the little things that count
Community Impact Bucks and Buckinghamshire County Council (Prevention Matters) will be holding an information evening on 13 July 2017 between 6:30 pm - 8pm at Prestwood village hall, to explore whether the Parish of Great Missenden would benefit and could facilitate a Good Neighbours Scheme. We would like to invite members of the community and groups along to find out more.

CIB works with Healthwatch Bucks on a study to look at Hospital Volunteer Parking Permits for Buckinghamshire (Home to Health)
Following on from a 2015 report to find out more about Buckinghamshire resident’s experiences of travel and transport to medical appointments, Healthwatch Bucks asked CIB to undertake a research project on the subject.

Launch of Wycombe Lotto
Wycombe Lotto has been launched by Wycombe District Council. Set up to support community projects in the local area, the Wycombe Lotto operates on the principle of raising money within the community for the community.

Calling all community projects!
If you volunteer or work with a local cause that’s looking for a much needed funding boost for a specific project or scheme, then you’re in luck - the OneFamily Foundation Community Awards return on the 21st June!

Online streaming of skilled volunteering and trustee roles now live!
We can provide you with the opportunity to access thousands of skilled volunteers via Volunteering Bucks.

May 2017

Charity Digital Skills Report & Digital Toolkit
Last month Skills Platform released their Charity Digital Skills Report and Charity Digital Toolkit giving much needed advice and inspiration to the voluntary, community and charity sector.

Advice on protecting your IT
Following the cyber attacks of Friday 12 May, the FSI has forwarded this useful message for charities from the National Cyber Security Centre.

Building Futures for the people of Buckinghamshire
Community Impact Bucks (CIB) is delighted to announce that it is one of the leading partners of Building Futures, a local project focussed on changing the lives of disadvantaged adults and young people.

Make the most of Small Charity Week 19-24 June
Small Charity Week aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charities. Run by the FSI since 2010, the week has different activities and initiatives every day to support the multitude of hard-working small charities we have in the UK.

April 2017

Your Forces Need You!
The Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes Armed Forces Day is an exciting family fun day out, highlighting the county’s support for our Armed Forces family: veterans, present serving personnel, cadets and reservists too!

Volunteers Week 1-7 June: You make the difference
Have you got 1-7 June in your diary? The annual Volunteers Week is a great opportunity for you to be part of the national campaign to thank your volunteers and celebrate the massive difference they make.

CPD accreditation for CIB!
We are delighted to say that two of our courses have achieved continuing professional development (CPD) accreditation.

March 2017

A success for Burnham’s first charity networking event
On Thursday 23 March Community Impact Bucks (CIB) chief executive, Nick Phillips, facilitated a successful networking event for charities in Burnham, giving them the opportunity to find out more about each other and where they could share resources to have the biggest impact for their beneficiaries.

New partnership to promote trustee and specialist skilled volunteering vacancies
Community Impact Bucks announces an exciting new partnership with Reach Volunteering.

Community buildings can save money with new membership scheme
From 1st April 2017 Community Impact Bucks (CIB) are offering an exciting new membership package for community buildings for just £55 per year.

Small Charity Week: 19-24 June 2017
Small Charity Week aims to celebrate and raise awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charities. Run by the FSI since 2010, the week has different activities and initiatives every day to support the multitude of hard-working small charities we have in the UK.

Find out more about funding
So you came along to the Bucks Funding Fair on 1st March and want to know more about how to find and apply for funds. We can help...

What do you think of CIB? We want you to tell us...
We are looking for a handful of charities, social enterprises, voluntary or community groups to tell us what you think of us, what we do for you, how we communicate with you and what we could do better.

Fundraising Regulator's new guidance on data and consent
The Fundraising Regulator has released new guidance aimed at helping charities better understand their responsibilities in relation to donor content, data protection and legitimate interests.

February 2017

£000’s of funding for Bucks charities and community groups
On Wednesday 1 March over 20 different funding organisations will be at the Buckinghamshire Community Funding Fair at the Gateway Conference Centre in Aylesbury.

Ray Challinor - Community Impact Bucks Board Member
It is with a great deal of sadness we announce the passing of Ray Challinor who died last week. Ray gave his time generously to many charitable organisations and community groups. I have worked with Ray for the last 8 years and have been aware of his outstanding and tireless support for so many organisations that share one common aim – improving the lives of other people.

New pub lunch club set up to tackle social isolation in Bucks
Community Impact Bucks launched a new pub lunch club in Little Chalfont this week with thirty-one local residents attending. New clubs are also planned for Burnham and Aylesbury Old Town in the next few weeks bringing the total number of clubs to thirty-four across Buckinghamshire.

Making smart decisions: it’s about people and leadership
Tuesday 24th January saw over 60 trustees and leaders from Buckinghamshire charities and not-for-profit groups get together to discuss the challenges and benefits of being a trustee.

January 2017

New year resolution to do more to help others? Let us make it easy…
If you want to spend 2017 helping others and are looking for a unique and rewarding experience that really makes a difference to the lives of local people you should consider becoming a charity trustee. It’s a role which provides vision and drive to lead an organisation into the future and a great way to be involved in a cause which matters to you.

December 2016

RAF High Wycombe – Community Lunch
RAF High Wycombe has partnered with Community Impact Bucks (CIB), the nationally accredited Volunteer Centre for Buckinghamshire, to provide local elderly residents with lunch at the Officers Mess at RAF High Wycombe.

Buckinghamshire small charities represented at 10 Downing Street
On 14 December 2016, Community Impact Bucks CEO Nick Phillips visited 10 Downing Street following an invitation by Secretary of State for Culture, Media & Sport, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP, and the Minister for Civil Society, Rob Wilson, to discuss the successes and challenges facing small charities. Alongside a number of leaders from other small charities and support organisations Nick was able to represent the growing small charity sector in Buckinghamshire.

Funding for churches
New grants are available to churches from the National Churches Trust and ChurchCare.

Tesco urgently seeking projects to support!
Funding for community projects is available from Bags of Help - Tesco’s local community grant scheme using the money raised from the 5p bag levy in Tesco stores. Tesco are urgently looking for community projects which they can support.

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas...
Christmas is always a busy time, but there are opportunities for you to get your message out to people through the charity Community Christmas and local radio station Radio Christmas.

Public to have greater control over info they receive from charities
The Fundraising Regulator has announced plans for the Fundraising Preference Service (FPS) set to be launched in spring/early summer 2017.

Local council grants available for local projects
Many of our local town or district councils provide grants to charities, community groups and voluntary groups whose work makes a difference to local communities. Find out what they could do for you...

November 2016

Localgiving are running their next #GiveMe5 campaigns on 29 November and 16 December 2016. The campaign encourages everyone to support a local charity and give something back to their communities.

Local Charities Day 16 December 2016
The first ever Local Charities Day is taking place on 16 December this year. The initiative, from the Office of Civil Society within the Department of Media, Culture and Sport, aims to raise awareness of small, local charities to make sure they get the recognition they deserve.

Council grants for Wycombe charities and groups
Charities, community and voluntary groups in Wycombe could benefit from grants from Wycombe District Council.

Rural communities warm to community buildings and DIY community transport schemes
Generally, the rural villages in Buckinghamshire are thriving communities but even so, with an aging population and limited transport, some people can become isolated. The village hall and local transport schemes can be a lifeline and Community Impact Bucks helps to support both vital aspects of village life.

Need DBS checks for volunteers?
Don't forget that the HR Service Desk at Bucks County Council can conduct DBS checks for volunteers on behalf of organisations.

October 2016

Volunteer Hub project a great success – but what next?
The Volunteer Hub was a project which ran from January 2014 to September 2016 to support voluntary organisations and volunteers to make the most of the volunteer potential throughout Bucks in order to deliver Prevention Matters services. As planned, the service has now come to an end having supported over 300 groups whose beneficiaries are older and vulnerable adults.

Opportunities for Wycombe organisations to get on the airwaves
Wycombe Sound, a new community radio station based in High Wycombe has launched today. Filling the airwaves on 106.6 FM for those in the Wycombe area and streaming online for those further afield the station aims to keep people up to date with everything going on in and around Wycombe.

We can make you famous! (And we’ll help you recruit more trustees too.)
Well, perhaps not quite famous, but if you’re a trustee or member of a management committee of a charity, voluntary or community group or social enterprise we’d love to be able to tell your story.

Trustees Week, 7-13 November 2016: Stronger charities through good leadership
The 7th annual Trustees Week runs from 7-13 November 2016 to celebrate the role of trustees and champion best practice in governance throughout the UK. The work of trustees is vital – they are the people in charge of a charity, volunteering their time and working alongside board members to make important decisions about the charity’s future.

Building the bridge – succeeding together
On Wednesday 28 September 2016 we welcomed over 150 people to our annual conference, ‘Building the bridge – succeeding together’ which aimed to show how charity and voluntary sector groups and businesses can work together profitably.

September 2016

Bucks Charity and Business Conference 2016
Join us at the Community Impact Bucks annual conference to meet local businesses and charities and explore together how to create win:win partnerships.

August 2016

Bucks Local Authorities respond to questions from Small Charities
On Policy day in small charities week, the FSI has called upon local authorities across the country to engage with small charities and answer their questions.

Why Does Impact Matter?
The world is changing at a very rapid rate, competition for funding and resources increases as well as the need for services. If we improve how we measure and communicate impact it will allow us to become more effective at creating real and lasting change

July 2016

Our latest e-bulletin...
Read all our latest news and see our upcoming events.

June 2016

Community Impact Bucks held two recruitment fairs during Volunteers’ Week
Two volunteer fairs were held in Buckinghamshire to promote volunteering to the public and act as a platform for over 20 local charities to promote their volunteering opportunities.

Charities working together have a greater impact than working alone
A paper from the Foundation for Social Improvement, for Small Charity Week, says a lack of collaboration stifles the likelihood of a more sustainable small charity sector.

May 2016

Small Charity Week: 13 - 18 June 2016
Small Charity Week, brought to you by the Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI), celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of The UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes across the UK and the rest of the world.

Volunteers' Week 1 - 12 June 2016: The Big Celebration
“Volunteers are vital to the continuation of our services” – when Mary-Ann Leader, Community Engagement Co-ordinator at South Bucks Hospice said this to us last year, she summed up perfectly the fantastic role played by volunteers – and there are 23 million of them in the UK – contributing an estimated £23.9 billion to the economy!

Winners Announced - Photo Competition – Social Action in Bucks 2016
Huge congratulations to the winners of our social action photo competition.

April 2016

Photo Competition – Social Action in Bucks 2016
Our photo competition has been created to highlight the great social action taking place across Buckinghamshire.

February 2016

Upcoming Workshops, Events & Information Sessions
Community Impact Bucks offer a range of workshops, events and information sessions to organisations within the voluntary and community sector.

Trustee Forum 2016
We welcomed more than 100 charities for our recent event which was designed to help trustees and staff from community organisations to get the advice and tools they need to future-proof.

Community Impact Bucks E-Bulletin
News, events and more in our latest e-Bulletin

January 2016

What are your Training Needs?
Take our short survey

November 2015

Trustees' Week 2015
This year, Trustees’ Week runs from 2 – 8 November, and is the 6th annual celebration of trusteeship.

October 2015

New Futures
New Futures programme funding extended to March 17! Read about the FREE specialist help you can get...

September 2015

Bucks to Lead the Way in Sector 'Rethink'
Trust in charities is at an all-time low and we MUST work together to restore the sector’s reputation.

August 2015

Press Release: The Voices of Volunteering
Where has Volunteering taken you? That’s the question being asked for the launch of Buckinghamshire’s Volunteer Voices appeal.

July 2015

Press release: Appeal for ‘Good Neighbours’
Appeal for ‘Good Neighbours’ Reignite your community spirit. That’s the message to Bucks residents for the launch of the Good Neighbours Project, which kicks off this Thursday, 30th July.

Men in Sheds is Coming to Amersham!
Men in Sheds is a place where men of all ages can come along and take part in activities similar to what they would do at home or in their own garden shed but with the bonus of other like-minded men providing good company.

June 2015

Community Impact Bucks....Volunteer's Picnic
Community Impact Bucks volunteers met for their annual afternoon tea in the fabulous surroundings of the West Wycombe Estate thanks to the generosity of Sir Edward Dashwood.

May 2015

Revolutionary Funding Opportunity for Bucks launched
Community Impact Bucks, working with partners The Clare Foundation, Action4Youth, and Bucks New University, are excited to announce that we have secured a Bucks-specific portal through Crowdfunder UK.

Press Release: Volunteers’ Week 1-7 June 2015: Celebrating volunteering in Bucks
Volunteers’ Week provides the opportunity to celebrate the fantastic role played by all the volunteers who dedicate their time, skills, energy and enthusiasm to the 2,500 registered charities in Buckinghamshire, and more unregistered “groups” carrying out charity work, plus the hundreds of Community Interest Companies.

Don’t Forget About Us; Young Voices of Buckinghamshire Speak Up About Health and Social Care
Little is known about the numbers of young people that use Health and Social Care services in Buckinghamshire, and young people do not often get the chance to share their views or talk about their experiences. At the beginning of 2015 Healthwatch Bucks commissioned Community Impact Bucks to give young people a voice by filming young people’s opinions on health and social care services in Buckinghamshire.

April 2015

xchangeBucks website
The portal for volunteering, resources and opportunities for Bucks business and charities is being redeveloped.

February 2015

Volunteer Hub Campaign - Volunteer to Reduce Loneliness
5 million vulnerable adults state that TV is their main form of company…with your help, we can change this.

Training Needs’ Survey – Your Help Needed!
We are in the process of planning our future training programme for Voluntary and Community Organisations in Buckinghamshire - and would be grateful if you could complete the survey below (see link), consulting with others in your organisation if necessary.

January 2015

Buckinghamshire Trustee Forum 2015 - Powerpoint Presentations
We enjoyed meeting with you and we hope that your time at the Buckinghamshire Trustee Forum was stimulating and rewarding. All of the presentations and the notes from the facilitated group discussions are available to download.

Next Government is urged to reverse GP funding cuts
Cuts in health funding that could see scores of GP surgeries close across England must be reversed, says Michael Hunt, Head of Resources at Community Impact Bucks.

ACRE Funding update - Good News!
Defra has confirmed that it will maintain its £2.3m investment in the ACRE Network for 2015/16.

New Group CEO for Community Impact Bucks
Community Impact Bucks welcomes Nick Phillips as our new Group Chief Executive, following Cora Carvey's retirement in December

ACRE Manifesto 2015 and Funding Petition
Community Impact Bucks is supporting the 2015 ACRE Network's Manifesto, launched in preparation for the General Election later this year. We are also supporting and urging colleagues to sign the ACRE e-Petition, calling on the Government to continue to deliver essential funding for rural communities.

December 2014

Why do Funding Applications Fail?
Survey of funding providers provides invaluable feedback and insight into why funding applications fail and how they can be improved. Read the key findings for the Idox Funding survey 2014

November 2014

AVDC Design Awards 2014
Rural housing developments win Community Design Award - AVDC Design Awards 2014

World War 1 Centenary
The Community Impact Bucks community development team has been working on a World War 1 centenary video and magazine with Aylesbury Vale District Council.

Trustees Week 10 – 16 November 2014
This year, Trustees’ Week ran from 10 – 16 November , and was the 5th annual celebration of trusteeship. Although Trustees week has now passed, here is another chance to see how we can help you - whether you’re thinking about being a trustee, require trustees, or a trustee who would like more support.

October 2014

Community Impact Bucks Annual Conference 2014
News from our annual conference for the Buckinghamshire Voluntary and Community Sector

September 2014

European Funding is coming to Aylesbury Vale!
European Funding Update For some time now planning has been going on behind the scenes about how the new cycle of European Funding will be distributed for the 2014-20 programme, and work on this is still ongoing...

Change your life – become a volunteer befriender!
Did you know that around 1 million older and vulnerable people in the UK regularly go an entire month without speaking to anyone? In recognition of this, Community Impact Bucks’ Volunteer Hub is running a major campaign in September to recruit volunteer befrienders for organisations in Buckinghamshire...

August 2014

Health Profile Data
Are you interested in the health of the local population? Are you looking for data to support a funding application?

July 2014

Supporting influence through collaboration: local Healthwatch working with the Voluntary & Community sector
Briefing paper about the VCS and local Healthwatch working together

Save the Date – October 7th 2014 – 9.00 – 4.00pm
Community Impact Bucks Voluntary and Community Sector 2014 Conference - ‘Bucks for Bucks’

June 2014

A new scheme of affordable housing for local people has been completed by Hastoe Housing Association and Great & Little Kimble cum Marsh Parish Council with support from Jean Fox, Wycombe District Council and the Homes & Communities Agency

May 2014

Volunteers Week 30th Anniversary
Volunteers Week is visiting us once again and to mark the occasion, Community Impact Bucks is launching a major recruitment drive in Buckinghamshire to get more people into the volunteering habit.

£700,000 loan fund to help rural communities in Buckinghamshire
Volunteers in Buckinghamshire are being encouraged to apply to a £700,000 Defra loan fund to improve rural community buildings – or even build new ones.

March 2014

Are you a good listener? Do you want to make a difference in your community? Become a Trainee Community Organiser
Community Impact Bucks, in partnership with Locality, is looking to recruit 4 Trainee Community Organisers to work in various communities within Buckinghamshire. This is a one year experiential accredited learning programme to develop skills and experience in Community Organising.

January 2014

XchangeBucks - the perfect place for volunteers and groups alike
XchangeBucks - the ideal one stop shop for filling volunteer roles

Volunteer Recruitment Driver Campaign
Community Impact Bucks is launching its first major campaign of the year, with the aim to recruit more volunteer drivers for charities in Buckinghamshire.

Big Energy Saving Week gears up to help consumers save money
National initiative rolls out as cold weather begins to bite

Getting ship-shape for 2014
Making sure your community group is ready for the new year

December 2013

Buckinghamshire Volunteer Hub
Register now and get with the Volunteer Hub, a new service from Community Impact Bucks and commissioned by Buckinghamshire County Council as part of the Prevention Matters programme.

Look after your health - and your group's health too
Free organisational healthcheck available from Community Impact Bucks

Helping Santa grant Christmas wishes - by becoming a volunteer (Chilterns)
Delving into Santa's postbag!

Helping Santa grant Christmas wishes - by becoming a volunteer (Aylesbury)
Delving into Santa's postbag!

November 2013

The ideal place to promote paid-for job opportunities
xchangeBucks the ideal portal for filling those vacancies

Do you need volunteers this Christmas?
In the volunteer centre we get a lot of people contacting us enquiring about volunteering or helping local charities at Christmas.

Fire Warden Training
Today staff and volunteers at CIB completed their Fire Warden Training gaining essential knowledge and skills for the workplace and home

October 2013

Trustees' Week 4 - 10th November 2013
The 4th annual celebration of trusteeship , Trustees’ Week will this year run from 4th to the 10th November.

Caring for Your Surroundings – In More Ways Than One
Are you passionate about the environment? Do you want to do something more than simply recycling your bottles and paper? If the answer is yes, we have a host of green volunteer opportunities to help you turn your good intentions to action!

Give a Lift week 2013
Next week sees the launch of the 1st Give a Lift Week promoting local community transport schemes available to residents across Buckinghamshire.

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