Our News

April 2017

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.

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