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AXA Insurance Community Challenge

18 Jun 2010 - 09:30 by michelle.foster

AXA Home Insurance is on the hunt to find the UK’s best community and is calling on community groups to stand up, be proud and enter AXA’s Community Challenge competition and be in with a chance to win a state of the art digital camera just for entering but more importantly, turn a future local project into a reality.

At a time when there are reports of a lack of community spirit, AXA Home Insurance is on the hunt to prove otherwise and highlight the strong, supportive and active communities there are across the UK.

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New Customer Service Centre at Number One First Street

18 Jun 2010 - 09:22 by michelle.foster

Your new Customer Service Centre at Number One First Street is now open for business, giving you access to Council services in one state-of-the-art new facility. The Customer Service Centre will integrate Council services into one modern and accessible services hub, providing customers with a single point of access to customer-facing services currently available in the Town Hall Extension.

Council services will no longer be based at the Town Hall Extension, which is closing for a major programme of restoration and refurbishment.

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Free Urban Forum membership for all VCS groups

17 Jun 2010 - 14:50 by michelle.foster

Urban Forum realise that times are getting tougher for their members with public spending cuts and a greater demand for services from people in need.

That's why Urban Forum is offering a helping hand to all their VCS members - a 12-month ‘subscription holiday'.

Urban Forum want to work with members to develop their services to ensure they really do meet members needs. In return, they'd like your help to build a stronger network, by sharing what you're doing, spreading information to those who need it, and generally working more closely with them.

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Free IT support

17 Jun 2010 - 11:09 by michelle.foster

iT4Communities (iT4C) matches IT professionals who want to volunteer their time and technical skills to organisations that need IT help.

Organisations interested in being part of this network of advice and practical IT help can register with iT4Communities (there is an annual registration fee of £85).

Organisations can expect expert guidance from the iT4C staff, who will help to define IT needs and then put organisations projects onto the iT4C website so that volunteers can apply to help. Currently, iT4C has more IT volunteers than projects in the Manchester area.

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Community Wildlife Fund launched by the Big Lottery

17 Jun 2010 - 11:07 by michelle.foster

The Community Wildlife scheme celebrates the year of Biodiversity by allowing local groups and communities to get more involved in their local wildlife.

Community Wildlife will fund projects that bring local people together to discover, enjoy or protect the wildlife in their local area.

The programme will fund between £300 and £10,000 for projects that:
• improve rural or urban environments for people to enjoy, and
• get people more active and healthier

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Minister calls for a radical shift in the relationship between citizens and the state

10 Jun 2010 - 10:17 by michelle.foster

Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, has called for a radical shift in the relationship between citizens and the state, when delivering his first keynote speech to leaders of charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises.

At the ‘Leading your charity through a time of change conference’ in Central Hall Westminster, the Minister spoke of the need for a ‘Big Society’ approach to overcome today’s economic challenges, social breakdown and deprivation.

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Free WiFi access for community spaces and charities

8 Jun 2010 - 10:37 by michelle.foster

Freerunner is offering to install free WiFi wireless internet access in 50 public places for at least three years. The company will also install the Freerunner service for free in 500 charity buildings, provided that they have broadband access.

Let Freerunner know why your community needs WiFi and they will come and install a totally free service in a public place for 3 years (or possibly longer).

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The Think Big Fund launched by O2

8 Jun 2010 - 10:36 by michelle.foster

The Think Big Fund is for people to make a difference.

"Take a look around and if you see something you want to create or change, start a project to make it better. It can be anything from starting a dance club, to starting a revolution".

Tell O2 about your idea for a project. Help them understand why it’s needed, how it will help you and your community and how the money and training will make a difference.

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Personal Best North West – London 2012 Olympic Games Time Volunteer

8 Jun 2010 - 10:35 by michelle.foster

Personal Best North West is a free pre-employment programme targeting NEETs (16-19yr olds) and economically inactive individuals (20+yr olds). The course is 120 hours with 20 hours spent in a volunteer placement.

The course is utilising the inspiration of the opportunity to volunteer at the 2012 London Olympics, to engage and lift the aspirations of economically inactive people across the Region.

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