Our News

July 2017

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.

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