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Village halls face bleak future as ageing volunteers dwindle

admin January 13, 2017 Uncategorized No Comments

Village halls are facing a bleak future because a new generation of young volunteers are failing to step forward to help run them. Once the cornerstone of local communities, Britain’s 10,000 halls are under threat as an ageing group of 80,000 volunteers continues to dwindle. Action...

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Commission reminds charities that they must identify and comply with data protection laws and regulations.

admin December 14, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, and the Fundraising Regulator, are issuing an alert to all charities. It reminds trustees that they must, in addition to following charity law requirements, ensure that there are systems in place at...

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Two weeks for charity with financial deadlines ending on December to submit their paperwork

admin October 19, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

1,579 charities with an income over £250,000 and financial year ending 31 December 2015 still need to file their documents before 31 October 2016. The Charity Commission is today reminding charities with a financial year ending 31 December that they haveshort amount of time to file...

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Upcoming events for organisations working with Children and Young People

admin September 10, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

IVO Learning and Development Network is arranging two Voluntary Community Social Enterprise (VCSE) sector update events, one in the East and one in the West of the County. High tea will be provided at each event and you will have the opportunity to network. These events will update the...

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CRCC and PCDT Communications Statment

admin September 9, 2016 Uncategorized No Comments

CRCC and PCDT are pleased to be able to tell you that they are in detailed discussions to develop and enhance the delivery of support to communities and organisations in Cornwall. The proposal is that from the end of October this year they will be merging to form a single operating...

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Topps Tiles Is Transforming The Spaces At The Heart Of Your Community

At the heart of every community is a place where people get together – village halls, community centres, public libraries, and exhibition spaces. According to ACRE, since 1988 village hall use has trebled and each hall hosts an average of nine life events, such as weddings, birthdays,...

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National Village Halls Forum AGM 2015

admin December 16, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

The AGM will be held at the National Association of Local Councils (NALC) offices, which are located at 109 Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3LD on Thursday 14 January 2016 starting at 11am. All are welcome but please let Mary Mathers (the National Village Halls Forum Secretariat on...

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A Call To Help A Village Hall In Desperate Crisis

admin November 25, 2015 News Uncategorized No Comments

In this edition we are taking the unprecedented action of calling all Cornwall’s community buildings to help support a fellow village hall in crisis. Over the last few months Wheldrake Village Hall have been fundraising for a new roof. They were doing well but suffered a huge...

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Level 3 and Level 4 Awards in Volunteer Management

admin October 30, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Volunteer Cornwall provide quality, up to date and flexible training for those working with volunteers, to help support and enhance the volunteer effort which will benefit both your services and organisation. There are November starts available for the Level 3 and Level 4 Awards in...

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Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System

The Cornwall Rural Community Charity has been approached by Devon & Cornwall Liaison & Diversion Service, who want to hear from anyone in Cornwall who has been through the criminal justice system and who has mental ill-health. Interested individuals would be asked to take part...

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Bring Back The Old Charity Commission Website!

Legal firm Withers launched on 25 July 2015 a 38 Degrees campaign, calling on the Charity Commission and the Government Digital Service (responsible for Gov.uk) to reinstate the old Charity Commission website. PLEASE SIGN IT, at tinyurl.com/0j7853v! In a previous article on governance...

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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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Funding for community building projects

Nikki George March 18, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Two grants schemes to help community groups and other bodies with the development of their community building projects have been established by the Department for Communities and Local Government. The Community Buildings Pre-Feasibility Grants Scheme aims to help local groups decide...

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Free flagship events kick off Village SOS campaign

Nikki George February 11, 2015 Uncategorized No Comments

Village SOS, a £1.4m nationwide campaign to inspire people who want to make a real difference in their rural communities will be launched with flagship events in February. The free events in Bristol and Darlington kick off the latest phase of Village SOS, a Big Lottery funded campaign...

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Get Connected – free superfast broadband

Nikki George December 16, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

Superfast Cornwall are again offering community buildings across Cornwall the opportunity to get connected with a years free superfast broadband connection. Superfast Cornwall will cover a year’s connection costs in exchange for a volunteer setting up some digital inclusion sessions...

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More spaces available for the next Be your Own Boss programme in the New Year

Nikki George November 25, 2014 Opportunities Training Uncategorized No Comments

The Cornwall School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) are recruiting for their next Be your Own Boss Programme starting in January 2015. Be Your Own Boss is aimed at helping people who are not currently in employment, over 19 years old and who have a seed of an idea for creating a...

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Eliminating Poor Mobile Coverage – New Government Consulatation

Nikki George November 11, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

As part of its long-term economic plan, the government has set out plans to eliminate the poor mobile coverage that blights a fifth of the UK. Culture Secretary Sajid Javid today said mobile users in many parts of the UK regularly suffer from a poor signal leaving them unable to make...

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Generate your own energy for free

Nikki George October 22, 2014 Uncategorized No Comments

CRCC is teaming up with Communities for Renewables CIC  – a social enterprise that helps proactive communities to generate their own energy.  We hope to develop a project which would increase the number of communities in Cornwall generating, owning and saving energy. By...

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Local architects join Vital Venues to support community buildings

admin July 19, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Two new partnerships with Vital Venues will help members to get building projects off the ground. Arco 2 based in Bodmin and D3 Architects from Truro have both put together a package of services at heavily reduced rates to develop feasibility studies for Vital Venues members. The...

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Safeguarding children and vunerable adults in charities: Trustee duties explained

admin June 22, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published its Strategy for dealing with safeguarding children and vulnerable adults’ issues in charities....

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Charities Act 2011

admin June 18, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

The Charities Act 2011 came into effect on 14 March 2012. It is the Act of Parliament which sets out how all charities in England and Wales are registered and regulated. It replaces: most of the Charities Acts 1992, 1993 and 2006 all of the Recreational Charities Act 1958 It...

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Trustees Indemnity Insurance

admin June 18, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Trustees have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of a charity, and ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it has been set up. They are also bound by the trust deeds, as well as statutory charity and in certain cases,...

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Withdrawal of VAT relief on approved alterations to Listed Buildings: briefing

admin June 18, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

The Heritage Alliance calls for a complete reversal of the Budget measure removing the zero VAT rating on approved alterations to listed buildings. The Heritage Alliance will be briefing MPs fully when the secondary legislation introducing these changes to VAT is laid before the House...

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Charity commission consults on information review

admin June 18, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has today launched a public consultation about the information the Commission collects from charities, most of which is published on its online Register of Charities. The information on the Register is...

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Building in the Community- Event

admin May 2, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Need FREE labour to repair your community building? Come to the Building in the Community event on Friday 18th May to find how to access free labour while supporting your community. Cornwall College and Vital Venues are working together to provide supervised work placements to repair...

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Community and Parish profile reports published

admin March 1, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Vital Venues can now provide members with reports at local area level for key issues of deprivation, the economy and services in rural areas. The reports cover a wide range of different geographies from small rural places to a range of larger geographies such as local authority,...

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Setting sums insured on Village Hall insurance policies

admin February 29, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Setting the sums to be insured on a Village Hall insurance policy is one of the most important tasks to be undertaken by a hall committee.  It is essential that buildings and contents are not under-insured or there could be a problem in the event of a claim. The reason for this is that...

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Community Buildings grants for heating, lighting and insulation

In partnership with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE), Western Power Distribution is running a £50,000 grant scheme for communities in the Midlands, South West and South Wales to help reduce their energy use. The grant scheme is aimed at helping community groups carry out simple...

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Vital Venues wins Local Business Accelerator Competition

admin February 1, 2012 Uncategorized No Comments

Vital Venues celebrates the beginning of its second year in style by winning £10,000 worth of advertising in the local press.  The Local Business Accelerator competition organised by Cornwall and Devon Media attracted hundreds of businesses, and the finalists had to pitch their...

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Vital Venues reaches business competition final

admin December 19, 2011 Uncategorized No Comments

Vital Venues has been shortlisted to the finals of the Local Business Accelerator competition organised by Cornwall and Devon Media. The competition is part of a nationwide campaign, which was launched in October by regional and local newspapers across the country, backed by David...

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