Voluntary Action North Somerset

 

VANS is an independent charity that has championed the voluntary sector and volunteering across North Somerset for over 22 years.  

We represent, develop and empower the voluntary community and social enterprise sector in North Somerset to be at the forefront of positive social change and development.

We’re funded in a number of ways; through projects that we manage on behalf of a number of organisations and through grant funding secured from national and regional philanthropic organisations.
Holocaust Memorial Group secure funding with the help of VANSWith support and advice from Voluntary Action North Somerset (VANS), the Holocaust Memorial Day Group North Somerset (HMDG) has been able to secure funding from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley as part of their Community Champions scheme. David Crossman, VANS Equalities Coordinator has been assisting HMDG to apply for and obtain funding to enable them to increase knowledge of the Holocaust, Nazi persecution and subsequent genocides across North Somerset. HMDG is also planning to hold an event in Clevedon this year, including speakers and songs and the £700 grant from Persimmon Homes Severn Valley will go towards the event.Rosie Thayer, convenor of the group, said: “We have already held Holocaust Memorial Day events, including artwork competitions, in Pill and Portishead and now we’re busy preparing for an event in Clevedon later this year and this money from Persimmon will help us to run a North Somerset youth event, including a photography competition and exhibition to raise awareness of the consequences of identity-based hostility.”David has also been successful in getting the support of North Somerset Council for HMDG, with the Council contributing more than £1,000 of ‘support in kind’ through the donation of trees for commemorative planting plus free labour. Weston Town Council are also supporting Holocaust Memorial Day by promoting the online ceremony which takes place on 27 January at 7pm. The ceremony will run until 8pm and then households are encouraged to ‘Light the Darkness’ by lighting a candle and placing it safely in a window. To register for the UK Ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day, click on the following link:www.hmd.org.uk ... See MoreSee Less
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITYThe Surviving Winter Fund will this year support projects run by voluntary and community groups with charitable aims whose work helps older and vulnerable people who are experiencing fuel poverty, isolation and acute financial pressures during winter.Grants can be applied for via Quartet's Express grant programme - for more information about eligibility criteria and how to apply click on the link below:quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/surviving-winter/ ... See MoreSee Less
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FUNDING OPPORTUNITYNorth Somerset charitable groups are invited to apply for grants up to £10,000 to help them survive and thrive. The new round of Resilience Grants from Quartet Community Foundation aim to help local charitable organisations to become more resilient.The focus of this grant programme is supporting organisations helping the people and communities living in the West of England that face the greatest inequalities and exclusion. North Somerset is a great place to live for many but there are also high levels of disadvantage across the area. To apply to the Resilience Grant Programme applicants must: · be a voluntary and community organisation with charitable aims, registered charity, or Community Interest Company· be based and working in Bristol, Bath & North-East Somerset, North Somerset or South Gloucestershire· have been in operation for at least three years.Deadline for grant applications is 27 January 2022 at 2pm. Interested in finding out more, click on the following link: quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/resilience-programme/North Somerset projects can email Julie.newman@quartetcf.org.uk with any queries. ... See MoreSee Less
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Free funding workshop from Easy FundraisingCome along to this informal session to find out how your voluntary group, CIC, social enterprise, church, school, sports club or charity can benefit from unrestricted funding in 2022.Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman will talk through how your volunteers, staff and supporters can use the FREE easyfundraising platform to raise donations for your organisation when they shop with thousands of leading retailers. Becky will demonstrate how it works, show you how to get started and answer any questions you might have. Please pass this information on to anyone else you know who might like to come along. When: Tuesday 1st February 2022 Time: 12.30 – 1.00pm Where: Online via ZoomRegister at: efraising.org/1vY4Fny7kh ... See MoreSee Less
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JOB OPPORTUNITY WITH VANS STEP FORWARDWe are looking to appoint someone to work on the STEP FORWARD project primarily to assist in developing a volunteer taster project and support the current community outreach and support we offer.Working in partnership with North Somerset Works Together based at VANS, the role will be vital in providing a programme of specialist support to enable those on the journey of recovery and wellbeing to receive tailored careers information, advice, and guidance to enable individuals to progress on their journey towards employment.If you are interested in the role, please forward your CV with a cover letter to marc.robinson@vansmail.org.uk If you would like an informal chat about the role, give Marc a call on 07949 486048To download the job pack go to: bit.ly/3v7xqQf ... See MoreSee Less
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