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Skills for Engagement Programme

Enabling Health Sector Workers to Engage Effectively with Patients and the Public. The programme will be available to all health and social care providers in the public, voluntary and independent sectors as as organisations with a strategic planning, support or monitoring role in the...

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Free Training for VCSE Organisations

admin August 28, 2015 News Opportunities Training No Comments

Penwith Community Development Trust (PCDT) is being funded by The Learning Partnership to work with Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations over the next nine months. This will provide an opportunity for VCSE organisations to access a wide range of free training for...

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Hall committees get together in Mid-Cornwall

Last Wednesday (22nd July ’15) village hall and community centre volunteers met at Treverbyn Community Hall to discuss funding opportunities, how to attract volunteers, popular activities for community halls and much more. We would like to thank everyone who attended, we had 33...

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Centre for Sustainable Energy produces guide for low carbon communities

Centre for Sustainable Energy has produced a Low Carbon Neighbourhood Planning Guidebook, available here: https://www.cse.org.uk/news/view/2012. This guidebook explores what communities can do, through neighbourhood planning, to mitigate and adapt to climate change and tackle fuel...

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Increase in insurance premiums

Village Hall insurance brokers, Norris & Fisher, have estimated that because the rate of Insurance Premium Tax is due to rise to 9.5% in November 2015 (following the budget) the average rise in village hall premium will be £30! ACRE are seeking feedback from other insurers such as...

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Charity regulator launches updated essential guidance for trustees

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities, has published the new version of its guidance ‘The essential trustee’, the key guidance for all charity trustees in England and Wales. The guidance explains what the regulator expects of trustees and outlines their...

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Your hall can earn a little extra with ‘CornerDrop’

admin July 24, 2015 News Opportunities No Comments

CornerDrop makes it really easy for any location to accept parcels on behalf of customers and anywhere can do it!  Missed parcels is a big problem for everyone involved and our solution removes a lot of that pain. It is completely FREE to register and we make it a very simple process...

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Join the national campaign for Community Building support

Village Halls say VAT is a Tax on Voluntary Effort The National Village Halls Forum says volunteers should not have to fundraise to pay VAT bills on improvement work to charity run community facilities. The Forum, which campaigns on behalf of 10,000 community buildings in rural...

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Mid-Cornwall Community Halls Evening

Mid Cornwall Community Halls Evening Come along to Treverbyn Community Hall  Wednesday 22nd July 6.30pm – 8.30pm   A chance to meet with other people managing village halls, community centres and other community buildings in the mid-Cornwall area.   6.30pm Introduction and...

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New training workshops for hall committees

Following the success of our workshops earlier this year we are pleased to announce the next series of Business Planning and Trustee Induction sessions. Feedback from previous sessions: Thanks for advice, guidance, ideas and documents – well presented. Illogan Preschool We need...

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Technical Issues in Charity Law

On 20 March 2015 a consultation paper was published on technical issues in charity law. This project originated from our Eleventh Programme of Law Reform.  Part of the project is a review of the procedures by which charities governed by Royal Charter and by Act of Parliament amend...

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Survey to Uncover Rural Crime Impact

A National survey aims to uncover the impact of crime and anti-social behaviour on rural communities. The biggest ever rural survey into crime and anti-social behaviour seeks to find out how the police can better serve rural communities. It is being conducted by the National Rural...

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Changing Face of Rural Library Services

Community libraries have grown rapidly in number and are taking on a variety of roles in rural communities, finds Brian Wilson. Research commissioned by Defra and Arts Council England has been published in a report entitl ed  Rural Library Services in England: exploring recent changes...

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Managing a sustainable community building

On Thursday 14th May CRCC held a joint event with Big Lottery to support community organisations with a building related project. The aim was to demonstrate what types of projects can attract funding from the Reaching Communities, Buildings programme and how to make a strong...

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Cornwall’s Community Buildings Adviser off to national event

Speakers at the Holiday Inn will include representatives of the Big Lottery Fund, the Centre for Sustainable Energy, Revenue & Customs, Locality and the Yorkshire Association of Local Councils. Solicitor Jonathan Dawson will be holding advice surgeries and there will also be a...

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Entertainment In Village Halls

A raft of cuts in red tape will make it easier for village halls to be the social heart of their communities, says CRCC. The charity says major changes to Government regulations on entertainment licensing, which come fully into force from April 6, have reduced the burden on community...

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Cinema For All

Cinema for All SWG, previously known as the South West Group of the British Federation of Film Societies, represents and supports over 70 Film Societies and Community Cinemas in the region. It is organised by a small team of volunteers who have experience in running their own venues...

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Charity Commission guide: Charities and Trading

The Charity Commission have updated their very useful guide on charities and trading which forms part of their guidance for setting up and running a charity. Your charity is trading if it sells goods or services to customers. There are rules on what types of activities count as...

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Sita Cornwall Trust Flagship Fund deadline approaching

Nikki George April 22, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The cut off date for application to Sita Cornwall Trust’s flagship fund is 30th April 2015. SITA Cornwall Trust must be the sole funder for projects to the value of at least £150,000 up to a maximum of £250,000. Projects must be completed by June 2016. The Trust’s specific...

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Cornwall Community Foundation’s approaching grant deadline and panel dates

Nikki George April 15, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

Community Foundation Grants Including the following funds – Benefiting Older People / China Clay / Tuppenny Trust / Penwith & IOS / Albert Van Den Bergh & Jane Hartley Fund  ( Newquay Area Fund) Lord St Levan / Community Fund / Bolitho Trust for Organisations). Grants range...

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Heritage Lottery Fund information event

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are holding an HLF Information Event for equality groups and organisations. The HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3,000 upwards, that actively involve people in heritage. This can include, amongst other things: cultural traditions; histories of...

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Gain an advantage for Big Lottery funding

                    Taking place on Thusday 14th May, at the Exchange in Wadebridge, CRCC are inviting local groups, that are thinking about or are in the process of submitting an application to Big Lottery’s Reaching...

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Financial difficulties in charities

How to identify financial problems As trustees, you have a legal duty to look after your charity’s money and other assets. You need to understand and keep track of your charity’s income and spending to spot any issues as early as possible. To do this, you need trustees with the right...

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How to set a reserves policy for your charity

It is important to keep money aside as a reserve to protect your charity against drops in income or allow it to take advantage of new opportunities. Your charity’s reserves can be spent on any of its aims. However by law, your charity must spend income it receives within a reasonable...

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BBC Gareth Malone Series

admin March 27, 2015 Marketing News Opportunities No Comments

Twenty Twenty Television are producing a brand new series for the BBC with Gareth Malone, the choirmaster at the heart of award-winning series like Sing While You Work and The Choir: Military Wives. In Gareth’s new BBC 2 show, he is on a mission to find the best of Britain’s...

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License Fees to continue to be set nationally

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Government Licensing News Premises licence No Comments

A Home Office ruling on licensing fees is being hailed as a victory for CRCC’s Vital Venues members and wider network of village halls. Hall committees had feared that Government proposals to set fees locally would lead to an increase in charges. However, after listening to the views...

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The Prince’s Countryside Fund Opens for Spring 2015

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The Prince’s Countryside Fund opened to applications this week from organisations and charities that are helping rural communities across the UK. The budget for the Spring 2015 round is £800,000 with grants of up to £50,000 available to not-for-profit organisations, charities, social...

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Funding – Jewson Building Better Communities Competition Opens

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Funding News Opportunities No Comments

The vote-based competition is aimed at transforming spaces and places in need of a little love and attention across the UK. The awards are meant to be used to support building projects of all shapes and sizes, no matter how innovative or ambitious. The competition is open to any local...

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PRS/PPL Joint Music License for Community Buildings Update

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Advice and guidance News PPL PRS No Comments

PRS/PPL have been in touch with ACRE to advise of changes to the PRS/PPL joint tariff for 2015/2016. These include: 1. Income threshold The income threshold will be increased from £50,000 to £75,000 to reflect the rate of inflation since the PRS for Music tariff was agreed. 2. Income...

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Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund information event

Heritage Is for Everyone – Heritage Lottery Fund information event New County Hall, Truro Friday 17 April 2015   The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) are holding an HLF Information Event for equality groups and organisations. The HLF funds a wide range of projects from £3,000 upwards,...

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