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Funding advice available to community groups in Herefordshire

14/06/17

Are you a community group in Herefordshire? Do you struggle to find funding? As part of Small Charities Week 2017, Herefordshire Council, are running a funding drop in advice session at Hereford Library on Tuesday 20 June  from 9.30am until 2.30pm. Small Charities week is a national initiative organised as a series of activities and events to support and raise awareness of the hundreds and thousands of small charities that, every day, make a huge difference to vulnerable communities right ac…

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Herefordshire Council wants your views on the future of Herefordshire’s children's centres

14/06/17

Have your say on their future use and management. Herefordshire Council has launched a consultation about the use of the county’s children’s centres, and is asking users for their views. The council is looking to reuse the buildings to address an increased need for nursery places and school use, although each centre has a different option relating to its locality.  There are ten children’s centre buildings across Herefordshire which support children under the age of five and their families. C…

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West Mercia Police and Crime Commissioner gives a funding boost to hvoss project

17/05/17

No Wrong Door, a hvoss project, has successfully bid for a second round of funding to provide a single access point and contact point for young people between the ages of 11 to 25 to access information support and guidance. Based in Blackfriars Street at the Robert Owen Academy the project brings together a range of specialist partner agencies and provides support on topics ranging from life skills, education, stress and anxiety, and sexual health and relationships, drug and alcohol cessation, …

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New Healthwatch provider for Herefordshire

25/04/17

The county’s Healthwatch service is changing A new Healthwatch Herefordshire social enterprise has been established. Healthwatch was established across the country as part of the Health and Social Care Act 2012.  The service is delivered by independent social enterprise organisations on behalf of local councils and aims to represent the views of residents on local health and social care issues. From 2013, the contract to deliver Healthwatch Herefordshire was held by us here at Herefordshi…

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Leominster nursery receives best rating from Ofsted

25/04/17

A combination of 'passionate staff, exceptional service and thriving children' proved to be a winning formula for one Leominster nursery which achieved the best possible result in its latest Ofsted inspection. The 'outstanding' rating was given to Honey Bees Day Nursey, based at the Coningsby Centre, which caters for children aged three months to five years. The regulator also said the nursery – which was created in 2009 and is part of the non-profit making organisation Oaks Children’s Group –…

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Leominster business steps in to house community transport after vandalism!

22/03/17

Community Wheels have thanked a Leominster business which has stepped in to house two minibuses after they were struck by vandals. The hvoss run service – which helps those unable to use public transport and without access to private transport of their own – discovered the damage to the two minibuses on two separate occasions after the were parked in an overflow car park at the town's leisure centre. Leominster Pest Control came to the rescue to allow Community Wheels to park the minibus…

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hvoss and Fownhope Medical Centre pioneer an innovative ‘social prescribing’ project for Herefordshire

15/03/17

hvoss is working in partnership with Fownhope Medical Centre to pilot a ‘social prescribing’ project. hvoss has recruited Sue Brazendale as a Community Link Officer for the project starting in March in the village of Fownhope offering a community referral service initially for an 18 month period. Frequently patients present at the GP practice looking for support for non-clinical needs for which medicine isn’t always the best or only answer with social solutions able to provide better outcomes. …

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Hereford City Community Group Achievement Awards

08/03/17

Hereford City Community Group Achievement Awards Nominate a community group within the City of Hereford that deserves recognition for a project they have delivered within your community. The aim of the awards is: To recognise community groups within the City of Hereford for a specific project they have delivered within their area. To show others within the community what can be achieved. To celebrate those who have made a real difference within the community where they live. To promote…

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Highly acclaimed author and trainer in the County

08/03/17

hvoss in partnership with Hereford City Council was extremely fortunate to arrange for Sandy Adirondack a freelance trainer and consultant in the voluntary sector since 1980 to come to Hereford to provide essential training for Trustees of local voluntary and community organisations. Sandy works primarily on governance issues with a wide range of charities, campaigns and voluntary and community-based organisations. She writes widely about voluntary sector governance and management. Her best kno…

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Huge success for one of our Talent Match participants in Telford

01/03/17

Reece was referred to Talent Match by his parents, Talent Match is a charity funded by the Big Lottery that works with young people aged 18-24 years. Reece was a young man who had become lost and was not leaving the house, after a few weeks Reece was placed into the PDSA Fulfilment Centre as a volunteer. He has now been there for nearly 12 months and was recently put forward for the PDSA Volunteer of the Year Award. The PDSA has over 4800 volunteers and they received approximately 800 nominat…

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Difficult times ahead for Herefordshire's Carers – HAVE YOUR SAY

01/02/17

Herefordshire Council put on their website on Thursday 18 January (with no prior warning to anyone affected) that they are making major cuts to services for Carers for the 2017/2018 year that begins on 1 April 2017. The effect of this for Herefordshire Carers Support is that the Council intends to cut their funding by half from £275,000 to £137,000 for the coming year. And worse, they say future years will see even more reductions, with the Council expecting Carers to replace this support w…

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TALKING POINT in the Hereford Times - hvoss on volunteering.......

31/01/17

Whatever your stage of life, whether you are moving into the world of work from the education system or after raising a family, taking a break or retiring from the daily commute, volunteering can provide you with an additional 'feel good' factor. Most of us enjoy and feel good when we are useful and so volunteering will support and reinforce that. It is also a way to acquire new skills and, importantly if you are looking for paid work too, experience in an area of life that you may wish to devel…

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Consultation on Supported Housing

20/12/16

The Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) and the Department for work and Pensions (DWP) have launched a consultation of the future funding of supported housing.  The consultation will run for 12 weeks from 21 November 2016 until 13 February 2017. Background On 15 September the Government announced a new approach to funding housing costs for supported housing from April 2019.  The Government confirmed that it will defer the application of the Local Housing Allowance (LHA) rate…

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£300,000 grant is huge boost to community life

06/12/16

Stretton Sugwas has lost two pubs, one shop and its Post Office over the years, yet a massive £300,000 Big Lottery award towards revamping the village hall shows that community spirit is most definitely alive and kicking. Part of a major £2.2 million payout to 89 projects across the West Midlands, this week’s announcement has been greeted with delight among the village’s 550-strong population, and the good news is certain to spread to others over a 20-mile radius who regularly meet at the 83-ye…

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Community steps in to fill bus service withdrawal

23/08/16

hvoss has stepped in to provide a much needed bus service following the withdrawal of subsidy for the 427 service from Bodenham to Leominster. Working in partnership with Leominster Town Council, Humber, Ford and Stoke Prior Group Parish Council and Bodenham Parish Council, hvoss, operating under its’ transport brand Community Wheels, will commence the service on 2nd September on Fridays only initially, but should demand increase then extra services may be introduced in the future. Passengers…

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Tesco calls out to charities in Hereford to register for free food donation scheme

23/08/16

Charities and community groups in Hereford are being urged to register for a new scheme which will see unsold food at a city supermarket become meals for vulnerable people across the area. As part of its ongoing pledge to cut food waste, Tesco’s Community Food Connection programme with FareShare FoodCloud recruits and supports charities and community groups. It links them to Tesco stores via an innovative app that allows store teams to alert them to surplus unsold food items available at the end…

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Alzheimer's Society are so proud to reveal video about Leominster Meeting Centre

17/08/16

Alzheimer's Society are so proud to finally reveal the video that they made with the Rural Media Company and students from the Hereford College of Arts about the Leominster Meeting Centre. The Meeting Centre is a collaborative effort from Alzheimer's Society with support from the University of Worcester and Hereford County Council. It offers support for people with dementia as well as carers. https://www.facebook.com/AlzheimersSocietyWestMidlands/videos/vb.217373208279266/1401502489866326/?type=…

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One Show LIVE from Weobley featuring some of our Community Wheels Volunteer Drivers

09/08/16

MILLIONS of viewers tuned in to an hour’s worth of prime time TV coming from the heart of Herefordshire. Cherry-picked from a long list of possible locations all over the UK, Weobley hosted the BBC’s programme The One Show. Also featured in the show was a couple of our Community Wheels volunteer drivers talking about the service we provide within the area. Click here for the link http://bbc.in/2a5dt31 to the One Show, our Community Wheels drivers feature at around 14 minutes into the show. Happy…

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New minibus for Community Wheels

04/05/16

hvoss was lucky enough to be one of the successful organisations awarded funding through the Department for Transport community transport minibus fund to purchase a minibus for our Community Wheels project based in Leominster. Over 300 local charities and community groups across the country have benefited from the £25m Government fund. Last week Nigel Povey, Business Development Manager from Minibus Options handed over the keys of a brand new 16 seater minibus to Linda Jones, our Community Whee…

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