Community Impact Bucks is changing

In the past 12 months the world we live and work in has changed extensively and, to reflect this and…

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FREE ADVICE PLUS SESSIONS: VOLUNTEER RECRUITMENT & MANAGEMENT – ONLINE/PHONE

Do you need new ideas how to recruit volunteers and trustees? Or maybe you would like advice about refreshing your…

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Delivering Buckinghamshire’s Health and Wellbeing Strategy: the role of the county’s voluntary sector, by Katie Higginson, Chief Executive of Community Impact Bucks

This week I was delighted to join the Buckinghamshire Health and Wellbeing Board along with my co-representative, Martin Gallagher from…

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Volunteering in the ‘New Normal’ by Hazel Finney, Lead – Volunteering, Community Impact Bucks

Last updated 18 August 2020 As lockdown restrictions continue to ease and our sector begins to resume the delivery of…

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State of the Sector 2019 – a snapshot of the voluntary sector in Buckinghamshire, giving an insight into the county’s not-for-profit groups, including key trends and the challenges they face

Read the full State of the Sector Report 2019.

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Two new data-driven reports from Heart of Bucks and Community Impact Bucks provide a comprehensive picture of the areas of Buckinghamshire that are thriving and where help is needed most

Two local organisations have both published significant reports that offer a detailed, data-driven picture of Buckinghamshire, from where local communities…

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10 things to shout out about as a small charity by Katie Higginson, Chief Executive of Community Impact Bucks

This week marks Small Charity Week (15th to 20th June 2020), a national campaign to raise awareness of the essential work done…

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Top ten tips for funding applications

Most charities and voluntary groups apply for funding as part of their efforts to raise money. To help you secure…

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Small Charity Week: raising awareness of small charities in Buckinghamshire

Small Charity Week (15th to 20th June 2020) celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work carried out by the…

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Buckinghamshire says ‘thank you’ to volunteers during Volunteers’ Week

Bucks charities and community groups take part in national awareness week Organisations throughout Buckinghamshire are saying ‘thank you’ to their…

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Volunteers’ Week 2020: say thank you to your volunteers

This year, perhaps more so than ever before, we have seen the huge difference volunteers make to the lives of…

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BEYOND THE CRISIS: How VCSE organisations can plan for recovery

The current crisis has affected charities and other voluntary sector organisations in many different ways but for most the pace…

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Diversity and inclusion in a time of crisis by Nicola Hannam

The last few weeks have been a learning curve for us all. The ramifications of a pandemic and its impact…

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We’re taking on the 2.6 Challenge to save Bucks charities – will you?

With so many fundraising events cancelled due to the pandemic, charities of all sizes across the UK are struggling financially….

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Risk to crucial services being lost in Buckinghamshire as charities under immense pressure during pandemic

Fears that people in need will be unable to find support in Buckinghamshire are mounting as more charity and voluntary…

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Thinking about organising your local community to support people who are self-isolating?

Please note: we are in regular contact with colleagues around the country and will update this guidance in line with…

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Supporting volunteers in a COVID-19 crisis

Please note: we are in regular contact with colleagues around the country and will update this guidance in line with…

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Covid-19: signposting and guidance

Due to further announcements made by the Government since publishing, this information is now no longer up-to-date. Visit our dedicated…

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BUCKINGHAMSHIRE’S VILLAGE & COMMUNITY HALLS ENCOURAGED TO TAKE PART IN NATIONAL SURVEY

ACRE has launched a national survey of village and community halls to collect data which will help to secure essential…

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NHS England’s VCSE Leadership Programme in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West

The VSCE sector plays an important and integral part in delivering health and social care services within our communities. Recognising…

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HELP US HELP YOU – State of the Sector Survey 2019

Community Impact Bucks wants to find out more about the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector (VCSE) here in Buckinghamshire….

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BIG ENERGY SAVING WEEK – helping households in Bucks to save money on their energy bills Supported by Community Impact Bucks, Citizens Advice Bureau and partners

Community Impact Bucks will be helping people in Buckinghamshire reduce their energy bills and save money as part of Big…

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Big Energy Saving Week: Check – Switch – Save By Samantha Hardy, Energy Champion

Awareness of our environment is at a record high. The Greta Thunberg effect, the rise of Extinction Rebellion and the…

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Big Energy Saving Week: How to switch

Many people stay on the same tariff or with the same energy supplier for years, without realising they could be…

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Big Energy Saving Week: How to check

Energy bills are a significant concern for households, but you could save money on your fuel bill by simply checking…

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Big Energy Saving Week: How to save

The best way to pay less for your fuel is simply to save energy around your home. This doesn’t mean…

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Energy savings tips

Rising energy bills are one of the biggest concerns this winter – but what can you do to save money?…

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Village Halls Week 2020

Village Halls Week 20 – 26 January 2020 – Join the Celebration! Village Halls Week is a national celebration of…

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NHS Long-Term Plan: reorganisation of health and social care

Published in January 2019, the NHS Long-Term Plan sets out how the NHS would transform over the next decade, including…

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Board/Committee recruitment needing a boost? We’re here to help By Hazel Finney, Lead – Volunteering, Community Impact Bucks

“We’re desperate for more Board/Committee members” is something that I hear from voluntary and community organisations and social enterprises in…

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Call for volunteer drivers for Community Transport schemes across Bucks: Community Transport scheme tackling loneliness and supporting independent living

Community Impact Bucks is looking for volunteer drivers to support the county’s network of Community Transport schemes by joining an…

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COMMUNITY IMPACT BUCKS SIGNS PLEDGE TO CHANGE HOW WE THINK AND ACT ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH IN THE WORKPLACE

Community Impact Bucks signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge at a signing ceremony held at place at the Charity’s…

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Wycombe District Council 2020/2021 Annual Revenue Grant Programme

Applications for the 2020/2021 Annual Revenue Grants are now open. Applications for these larger grants are accepted once a year…

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Good Governance – by Rosie Brass, IBB LAW

A particularly hot topic for the charity sector is good governance which is fundamental to the wellbeing and success of any…

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Free household maintenance and befriending scheme launched across Buck

Handy Helper project to give support to vulnerable and isolated in their homes. Community Impact Bucks has launched its free…

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Cyber security essentials

Cyber-crime is becoming an increasingly prevalent threat and reality for charities:  in 2018 over two thirds of high income charities…

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Six steps to take in the aftermath of the Oxfam inquiry

By Katie Higginson, CEO of Community Impact Bucks While the Oxfam scandal shocked and appalled the general public and those…

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Fighting loneliness through media technology

WaveLength is a charity that fights loneliness across the UK by gifting media technology (radio, television or tablet) to those…

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Small Charity Week: putting small charities in the spotlight (17th-22nd June 2019)

June sees the start of Small Charity Week (17th-22nd June 2019), a national awareness week aimed to publicise the invaluable work…

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Volunteering benefits mental health – Leila’s story

This year marks 35 years since Volunteers’ Week (1-7 June) was first celebrated in the UK. With mental health awareness…

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Preparing for volunteers: Getting your house in order

Hazel Finney, Lead – Volunteering Over the past few years I’ve spoken to representatives from hundreds of voluntary sector organisations…

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Volunteer Recruitment Survey 2018: You Answered – We Listened

Hazel Finney, Lead – Volunteering We really appreciated the time that so many of you took to complete our Volunteer…

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Top Tips for a Compelling Volunteer Role Description

By Hazel Finney, Lead – Volunteering, Community Impact Bucks So, you’ve identified that you need more volunteers, you know the…

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Feeling Connected

We spoke to Victoria Leedham – Volunteering Manager at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People – who tells us why Volunteers’…

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Volunteers’ Week: Time to Celebrate

Volunteers’ Week is a chance to celebrate and say thank you for the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across…

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Village Hall Improvement Grant Fund

Information about the fund was announced on 5th April 2019 at an initial launch by Robert Jenrick MP and Lord…

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BBC Children-in-Need Ex-Regional Head appointed as CEO at Community Impact Bucks

Katie Higginson, who was Head of BBC Children-in Need’s London & South East region, has been appointed as CEO at…

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Meet our new CEO

I’m delighted to have joined Community Impact Bucks as CEO. It’s an exciting time to join, building on nearly a…

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Micro-volunteering: for when there just aren’t enough hours in the day…

Time – the great leveller.  Irrespective of gender, age, race or economic status, we all only have 24 hours in…

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How to make funding work for you by Helen Cracknell, Lead Support for Groups, CIB

It is a well known fact that the demand for voluntary sector services in the UK is on the rise;…

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Insight into Buckinghamshire’s voluntary sector: challenges and opportunities for 2019

Community Impact Bucks has published its annual State of the Sector Report which provides a snapshot of the voluntary sector…

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Stronger leadership creates stronger charities and ultimately a stronger society – by Diane Rutter, Acting CEO of Community Impact Bucks

In recent years we have seen several organisations, both from the corporate world and voluntary sector, struggle in the current…

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Village Halls – the Beating Heart of the Community

Village Halls are an integral part of rural communities. Key moments in many lives – weddings, birthday parties, christenings and…

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Community Impact Bucks new Group CEO is appointed

Mimi Harker makes the following announcement: “As Chair of Community Impact Bucks I am delighted to announce the appointment of…

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Home Office launches grant funding of up to £9 million for VCS organisations

The Home Office is pleased to announce the launch of up to £9 million of grant funding, available to voluntary…

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#AdventVolunteering over Christmas and into 2019

We’re feeling festive at Community Impact Bucks. The Christmas season has us whipped up into a frenzy of festive cheer…

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CIB’s Community Services and Project Team – Our Team on the Ground

Recently we asked – and detailed – what Community Impact Bucks had ever done for local charities in Buckinghamshire. But…

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Buckinghamshire charities need your help to tackle loneliness

The recent announcement that GPs in England are being given permission to prescribe patients ‘social’ activities, such as dance classes…

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To Be a Trustee: Trustees’ Week (12 – 16 November)

With over 1 million Trustees in the UK, Trustees’ Week is a national celebration of the valuable work carried out…

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Sector Needs Survey Findings: Greatest Challenges Faced by Bucks Charities

Funding, recruitment and retention of volunteers, and raising awareness of your organisations have been identified as the three greatest hurdles…

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Institute of Fundraising Chilterns Group are excited to announce their next event!

    What: Santa’s Secret Digital Workshop, with Dawn Newton. When: Friday 14 December 2018, 1pm-4pm Where: Adams Park Stadium, High…

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The Jump from Sport into Managing Volunteers

By Sarah Simmons, Workforce Development Officer, Bucks County Museum An average day… My role is a dual role which includes…

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Commemorating World War One centenary: Chiltern District Council small grants scheme

Classification: OFFICIAL Chiltern: Commemorating World War One centenary: Chiltern District Council small grants scheme Many legacies were born out of…

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What has CIB Membership ever done for you?

So, you’re a Community Impact Bucks Member. It’s free, so you may well have signed up without taking too much…

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Applications for 2018 Gannett Foundation Grants Open

The Gannett Foundation provides funding to support local projects and organisations in areas where Newsquest Media Group operates. Grants are…

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The Power of the Story

With over 165,000 currently registered charities in the UK* – more than 2,500 in Buckinghamshire alone – vying to be…

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Crowdfunding to enhance Aylesbury Vale

Aylesbury Vale District County, partnered with Spacehive, are coordinating support from the crowd to connect and empower local communities to…

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How to tap into Corporate Social Responsibility in Bucks by Nick Phillips, CEO, Community Impact Bucks

Here at Community Impact Bucks we receive requests from companies or other organisations who would like to offer their time…

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Free, 1:1 coaching for Bucks voluntary groups with Henley Business School

Free coaching from Henley Business School is available for people who are leading charities or community groups in Buckinghamshire and…

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Small Charity Week – 18th-23rd June 2018

June sees the return of the annual Small Charity Week – a national awareness week aimed to publicise the invaluable…

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Volunteering made easier as national volunteering organisation partners with Community Impact Bucks

Last year over 175,000 people volunteered in Buckinghamshire alone, helping to deliver an estimated unpaid contribution of £225m per year…

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Local Charities and Councillors Come Together to Act on Homelessness across Bucks

“Getting Back Home” Community Impact Bucks was asked by the charities operating at the sharp end of homelessness – Wycombe…

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Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund reopened

The Big Lottery Reaching Communities fund has reopened and £190m is now available to organisations who want to take action…

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#iwill fund totalling £40,000 available for youth projects

Heart of Bucks has opened its #iwill fund, which focuses on increasing youth volunteering and social action, with a particular…

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Volunteers’ Week 2018

Volunteers’ Week is a great opportunity for you to be part of the national campaign to thank your volunteers and…

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Age matters when it comes to volunteering

A significant new report by Community Impact Bucks has found that levels of volunteering in Buckinghamshire are affected by age…

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Funding opportunities and help still available

There was a great turnout at our annual Bucks Funding Fair last month giving around 200 Bucks voluntary organisations the…

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Last calls for Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Start-Up programme

The closing date for applications for the Lloyds Bank’s scheme to help social enterprises in their early stages of development…

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Grants of up to £5000 available for Bucks groups from Police Property Act Fund

The Police Property Act Fund has grants of up to £5000 available for voluntary and community groups working for the…

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CIB leads voluntary sector delegation on health transformation

The voluntary sector is vital in delivering healthcare and, as transformations in the way care is planned and delivered take…

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Deadline looming for Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up programme

The deadline to apply for Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Trade Up Programme 2018 is fast approaching. Applications for the scheme,…

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Priority for £5000 grants given to voluntary and community groups helping Aylesbury Vale residents

Grants up to £5000 are available to voluntary and community groups based in Bucks, and working for the benefit of…

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Civil Society from DMS

Take part to help shape the future of Government policy. The Department for Digital, Culture Media and Sport has launched…

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Voluntary and community sector strategic partnership group launched with Buckinghamshire County Council
Voluntary and community sector strategic partnership group launched with Buckinghamshire County Council

A new strategic working partnership has been formed with senior leads across the voluntary & community sector (VCS) in partnership…

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Funding for off-grid rural communities
Funding for off-grid rural communities

Rural communities throughout the UK could be eligible for funding from the Calor Rural Community Fund. FundingEstablished in 2017, the…

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Postcode Community Trust – 2018 Grants Programme

Charities and other not-for-profit organisations with projects in Great Britain that improve health and wellbeing have until the end of…

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Become a CIB member to keep in touch
Become a CIB member to keep in touch

Community Impact Bucks is delighted to announce the launch of a new membership scheme as part of our plan to…

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#VillageHallsWeek
#VillageHallsWeek

Congratulations to everyone who took part in #VillageHallsWeek in January! It was the first one of its kind, and what…

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Community car schemes going from strength to strength
Community car schemes going from strength to strength

Community car schemes can be a vital link for some older and vulnerable people to get to their appointments. At…

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Presidents Club – advice from NCVO

NCVO have issued advice for charities following the Presidents Club scandal. Email from Karl Wilding, Director of Public Policy and…

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Government Minister to launch #VillageHallsWeek in Buckinghamshire
Government Minister to launch #VillageHallsWeek in Buckinghamshire

Lord Gardiner of Kimble, Rural Affairs Minister will launch the first ever #VillageHallsWeek in his home county of Buckinghamshire on…

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Cllr Mimi Harker OBE calls for more support for local charities

Mimi Harker OBE has used her first 100 days as chairman of Community Impact Bucks (CIB) to highlight the huge…

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Update on £150 training vouchers from Adviza
Update on £150 training vouchers from Adviza

Adviza and Buckinghamshire Business First (BBF) are working in partnership with European Social Funding to offer £150 of training vouchers…

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Free of charge leadership coaching with Henley Business School

Community Impact Bucks (CIB) has announced an exciting new partnership with Henley Business School to offer free of charge coaching…

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Grants of £30k - £150k for capital projects
Grants of £30k – £150k for capital projects

In celebration of their 60th anniversary, The Garfield Weston Foundation has launched a new one-off fund of £5million to support…

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A time to reflect...
A time to reflect…

Throughout 2017 we have been privileged to work with over 500 outstanding, inspirational groups who are really making a difference;…

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Drop in volunteering hours could affect local charities
Drop in volunteering hours could affect local charities

Despite the number of volunteers staying the same, the number of hours being given to volunteering has dropped says a…

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Helping us to help you
Helping us to help you

Earlier this year we asked you what support you needed from us so that we can deliver services relevant to…

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Looking Positively at Rural Change
Looking Positively at Rural Change

Speaking at the packed annual Bucks Rural Affairs Group conference on 24 November, the Rt Hon David Lidington MP spoke…

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Local funding sources
Local funding sources

From local lotteries to supermarket schemes, there are a huge number of opportunities to raise money in your own community….

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A Day in the Life of a Volunteer Co-ordinator

By Georgia Bowers, Community Engagement & Volunteer Co-ordinator, Spurgeons Children’s Charity “I needed to get my confidence back… Volunteering opened…

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IVM Day 2017 Blog – Victoria Leedham, Volunteering Manager at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People

On International Volunteer Managers Day 2017, we meet Victoria Leedham – Volunteering Manager at Hearing Dogs for Deaf People –…

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Could your governance win you a national award?
Could your governance win you a national award?

At Community Impact Bucks we are so proud of all the fantastic achievements of Buckinghamshire charities and community groups that…

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Big Lottery Fund offers £4.5m funding to support local social action
Big Lottery Fund offers £4.5m funding to support local social action

Under the Place Based Social Action programme, organisations can apply for an initial £5,000, which could become as much as…

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Benefits of joining the FSI
Benefits of joining the FSI

The FSI (Foundation for Social Improvement) provides high quality and low cost or free training and advice to small charities….

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