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Citizens Advice Here to Help

01/04/21

Citizens Advice Herefordshire - Here to Help Citizens Advice was founded during the second world war to help people with problems ranging from evacuation to rationing. Whilst the problems people face are now very different Citizens Advice has continued to adapt to the needs of the people living in the UK. Last year was the busiest in our 81 year history; our UK advisers provided personal, free and independent advice to 18 people every minute and our website was viewed 62.8 million times.…

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Campaign for restoration of biodiverse, traditionally managed floodplain meadow at Bartonsham Farm, Hereford

01/04/21

Friends of Bartonsham Meadows is a grassroots project campaigning for floodplain meadow restoration at Bartonsham Farm, Hereford. Our vision is to transform a small, suburban, riverside farm from intensive agriculture to outstanding natural habitat delivering a broad range of social and environmental public goods. Our focus centres on biodiversity and regenerative land-management practices to deliver benefits such as - Flood mitigation - Carbon sequestration - Biodiversity - Improved rive…

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Age UK - Come along to our Drybridge House Centre!

01/04/21

Age UK Herefordshire & Worcestershire are very pleased to say that their Drybridge House Centre in Hereford will be back open from 6th April 2021 for members and carers after the most recent lockdown. The Drybridge House Centre in Hereford provides a warm and friendly environment for older people living in and around Hereford. It is a safe place for you to meet new people, take part in a wide variety of activities and enjoy a hot cooked meal. A member at the centre said: “I really enjoy g…

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Spread some positivity with Covid Tales

01/04/21

The Covid Tales project is where you can share your story of a positive experience you have been through during the Coronavirus pandemic. Whether you are, older, younger, a volunteer, working or retired we want to hear your story. This experience could be a whole range of things from receiving a positive message in the post to something you've done in their community to help out their neighbours. We want to hear them all! We will be sharing your stories across our website and social media to s…

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Reconnecting to the Workplace – managing anxiety course in cooperation with Community First and the Worcestershire Community Foundation

01/04/21

Relate Worcestershire is delighted to be running its Reconnecting with the Workplace – managing anxiety course in cooperation with Community First and the Worcestershire Community Foundation. This 4-hr course is FREE OF CHARGE to all learners and available on a first come first served basis. The course is aimed at people who have been out of the physical workplace due to coronavirus, working from home, furloughed, lost their job or changed roles in the pandemic and are anxious about returning t…

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No Wrong Door - reflections on 2020 and hopes for 2021

01/04/21

No Wrong Door takes time for reflection at end of the financial year and with spring and Easter bringing new life, there feels a sense of positivity and new hope. With the COVID vaccination program doing so well and the government roadmap slowly but cautiously still on track, it is great to be back in No Wrong Door and being able to see the city slowly start coming back to life, young people now coming into booked appointments, and although all masked up, there feels a renewed sense of purpos…

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Herefordshire Young Carers Celebrate Young Carers Action Week - as super heroes!!

01/04/21

Herefordshire Young Carers Young Carers Action Day was on 16th March this year and to celebrate this we invited an artist – Sassy Steve – along to give a drawing workshop at our online club. We made sure every young person taking part had the right materials by sending them all an art kit in the post, with paper, pencils, pens, accessories and a clipboard. Steve gave a brilliant session on how to draw caricatures and at the end of the evening delighted us all by presenting us with a group portra…

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Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust celebrates funding award to deliver social prescribing in Herefordshire

01/04/21

Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust celebrates funding award to deliver social prescribing in Herefordshire. Amid fierce competition, local charity, Ross-on-Wye Community Development Trust (Ross CDT), is celebrating after being awarded £50k from the National Academy for Social Prescribing (NASP)’s Thriving Communities Fund to support its work. The project will increase social connectedness and help local communities to cope with the impact of COVID-19, as part of a national initiative to em…

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Free and confidential support available for alcohol and other drugs

23/03/21

The new Herefordshire Recovery Service launches on the 1st April 2021, providing free and confidential support around alcohol and other drugs. The new service is delivered by Turning Point in partnership with Healthwatch Herefordshire and replaces services provided by We Are With You (formerly known as Addaction). Visit - Hereforshire Recovery Service | Turning Point (turning-point.co.uk) SAVE THE DATE: For more details about the new service, you are invited to attend an online Partnership Meeti…

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Herefordshire Green Network are looking for an administrator...

23/03/21

Post: Herefordshire Green Network Administrator Organisation: Herefordshire Green Network (HGN) Final date for applications: 9am Thursday 1st April Location: Home working, plus regular meetings (including some evenings), currently remotely, previously mostly in Hereford city Salary: This self-employed position is paid at a rate of £120 per day, one day per week, initially for 3 months - with the view to extend to more days per week over the coming year, subject to pending funding applications. …

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Facebook Live Event - Community Spirit and Action in Herefordshire

23/03/21

LIVE FACEBOOK EVENT - COMMUNITY SPIRIT AND ACTION There have been tremendous examples of how communities have come together throughout the pandemic to support one another. Join us for our live Facebook event to understand how community action can be encouraged and sustained throughout Herefordshire.

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Census 2021 - Do you or someone you know need support to complete the 2021 Census?

23/03/21

How to Get Help to Fill In Your Census If you have received your census letter and you’re not sure what to do,  don’t worry there is lots of help available. You can visit the census website www.census.gov.uk or phone the Census Contact Centre on 0800 141 2021 to get answers to any questions you may have or request a paper form if you want one.  You can also get a new access code if you have lost the one that came in the post.  You can even make an appointment to fill in your census over the…

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Exciting management vacancy at hvoss. Join us!

18/03/21

HEAD OF PROJECTS AND DEVELOPMENT £27,730 per annum FTE 25 hours per week (£18,736 per annum for hours worked)   Inspired by the incredible community and voluntary support you have witnessed during these unprecedented times? hvoss is recruiting for an exciting new management role! Please visit our JOBS pages for details The deadline for applications is 12 Noon on Monday 12th April 2021. Interviews will take place on either 16th or 20th April 2021.

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Job Vacancy at ECHO - Deputy Chief Officer

16/03/21

ECHO for Extra Choices in Herefordshire Deputy Chief Officer, Life skills and Leisure ECHO is a charity working mainly with people with moderate or severe learning difficulties.  We also support people with mental health needs or who have physical or sensory impairments. ECHO runs 25 different activities each week in community settings across Herefordshire.   We are seeking an experienced and motivated person to join the Senior Management Team as Deputy Chief Officer for our Life skills and L…

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Job Opportunity at CarerLinks

16/03/21

CarerLinks are looking to recruit another Carer Advisor in Herefordshire!   JOB VACANCY: CarerLinks Carer Advisor Crossroads Together, Herefordshire • Remote Salary: £19,500 - £20,500 (Pro rata) depending on experience Contract length: 36 months Hours: 22.5 Hours (across 3 days) Closing date for applications: 1 April 2021 Interviews to be held on: 9 April 2021   More details and how to apply here -  https://www.crossroadstogether.org.uk/vacancy/%20herefordshire-carerlinks-advisor-copy%20/ or ht…

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Fit & Fed - Lots going on at Hinton Community Centre this Easter

16/03/21

Fit and Fed activities run by West Mercia Police over the 2nd week of the Easter holidays.  All activities are at the Hinton Community Centre.  Limited spaces available - book now! Contact - hayley.warne@westmercia.pnn.police.uk

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YSS Youth Support Services is looking for a Trustee Lead for Finance

16/03/21

Youth Support Services are searching far and wide for our next Trustee Lead for Finance. If you are interested or know someone who could fit the bill please share with your networks! More information is available on our website https://www.yss.org.uk/trustee-recruitment Please get in touch with Catherine.Kevis@yss.org.uk We welcome applications from people from all sections of society to enhance our diversity and enrich our internal discussions.

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Help HWGTA understand your training needs and be entered into a prize draw to win £200 worth of FREE training!

10/03/21

Take part here - Training Needs Assessment  Learn more about courses and training offered by Hereford and Worcester Group Training Association here https://www.hwgta.org/courses

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March issue of hvoice! All your community sector news, opportunities and resources in one place!

04/03/21

Updates from hvoss projects, funding news, sector resources and support, trustee opportunities...and more! Click here to read the March issue of hvoice     See previous issues here. Contribute to future issues here.

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Herefordshire's First Ever Virtual Volunteer Fair - Thanks for taking part!

03/03/21

On 26th February 2021 hvoss hosted Herefordshire’s first ever Virtual Volunteer Fair!  Over 150 people watched the event which was streamed live to YouTube via Zoom. One by one, 36 voluntary groups introduced themselves and described the volunteer roles they are looking to fill.  They had just 3 minutes each to provide an overview of their service and attract new volunteers.  The groups covered a diverse range of voluntary organisations across Herefordshire.  The number of groups meant that the…

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#StrongerHereford Towns Fund - Town Investment Plan endorsed by hvoss board

03/03/21

#StrongerHereford Towns Fund Town Investment Plan endorsed by the hvoss board   Back in August 2020 we reported that Hereford was one of 100 places invited to be part of the £3.6 billion Towns Fund, a scheme that seeks to support economic growth in towns and cities around the UK.  A lot has happened since then, culminating in the submission of a Town Investment Plan for Hereford at the end of January - a response to the governments invitation to bid for up to £25 million to invest in specif…

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Let's Get Digital: Herefordshire Mencap (HMencap) is working with Royal Mencap Society (RMS) to support 20 local people with a learning disability to get online

02/03/21

Let's Get Digital: Herefordshire Mencap (HMencap) is working with Royal Mencap Society (RMS) to support 20 local people with a learning disability to get online. All 20 will receive a tablet, 6 months free connectivity and support to use the tablet. RMS became concerned that people were experiencing loneliness during the pandemic, being unable to see friends and family; the Society is working with Good Things Foundation and Online Centres Network. Locally H mencap is working with Choices Found…

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Free work space for the first six months of your startup journey in Hereford...

02/03/21

The Inspiration Space is free for the first six months of your startup journey... It’s tough building your startup business from your kitchen table - we know because we’ve been there. Developing a new product or service is an exciting and creative process but it can also sometimes feel isolating and lonely. That’s why we’re providing a dedicated Inspiration Space for creative entrepreneurs just like you at WorkHere in Hereford. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, we can offer aspiring entreprene…

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Enjoy on demand exercise classes anytime, anywhere with Halo@Home

02/03/21

Say hello to Halo@HOME...now you can enjoy on demand exercise classes anytime, anywhere with Halo@Home. With over 600 hours of online workouts for all ages and abilities - just pick your workout style (strength, stretch, sweat), class type, duration… the choice is yours! A great way to keep active and motivated, when you can't make it to your local leisure centre. Activate your FREE 14 day trial now visit halo.webplayer.fit

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Red Spark Learning are helping people in lockdown access nationally accredited qualifications

02/03/21

At Red Spark Learning we are helping people in lockdown access nationally accredited qualifications and non-accredited well-being courses, free of charge. To qualify you simply need to be over 19, not already have the qualification and live in Herefordshire. Check out our website at www.redsparklearning.co.uk to discover what we can offer and what our students think about us. Anyone can self refer or be referred by simply calling Tricia on 07815 910320 or emailing tricia@redsparklearning.co.u…

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The Big Skill invites you to get outdoors at Saxon Hall this Spring,

02/03/21

Spring Shoots Join The Big Skill outdoors at Saxon Hall this Spring, to tend your own raised veg plot.   Take part in our Weed Patrol around the Community Gardens. Or nurture seeds and spaces for Wildlife around the site of the Remember and Rebuild Sculpture. We will be observing safe social distancing while enjoying working on the Community Gardens. Free Wildflower seeds and Veg plots are available now! To take part or find out more, send Trevor an email message. Craft and Chat Sessions The …

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Help Data Orchard to collect the best information we can get to support the county to recover

02/03/21

We need the best information we can get to support the county to recover Herefordshire based Data Orchard CIC supports charities and communities across the UK with data projects. We are working with them, the Bright Space Foundation and Herefordshire Council on a project to make sure local groups and organisations have the best and most up to date information about what is happening in the county’s economy and community. To support decisions as we recover from the effects of lockdown. Data Orc…

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Hereford Food Bank - looking for a new location..

02/03/21

The effects of the pandemic have brought unprecedented hardship to a lot of people and the use of foodbanks throughout the county have increased hugely. However, there are many people who really don’t like asking for help, or a sudden need for money overwhelms their finances and they find they just don’t have enough food. We have been working with another charitable organisation, Rapid Response Team, who specialise in providing immediate help in the form of food boxes which provides enough food…

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Active Herefordshire and Worcestershire are proud support Sport England's new strategy 'Uniting the Movement'

02/03/21

Uniting the Movement: A 10-year vision to transform lives and communities through sport and physical activity. We are proud support Sport England's new strategy 'Uniting the Movement'. As we adapt and rebuild from the huge disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic, we need to collectively reimagine how we keep movement, sport and activity central to the lives of everyone. Because if we harness its power, we'll be able to improve people'slives in so many ways. We would therefor welcome conv…

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Herefordshire's Vaccination Volunteers

02/03/21

The hvoss Talk Community team have been working with Taurus Healthcare to support the voluntary help with vaccination roll out..

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Talk Community Hubs - learn all about them here!

02/03/21

Talk Community Hubs Do you want to know about the Talk Community Hubs and what they are?  Then find out more with our questions and answers.    What is the Talk Community Hub Project? Talk Community Hubs is a project that has been introduced by Herefordshire Council it aims to support communities bringing residents together and connect them to services in the local community.  A Talk Community Hub is a place or scheme where local people can access information and activities to support their w…

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Diana Award Nominations

02/03/21

For over 20 years The Diana Award has been celebrating young people who are standing up to change the world around them. Now, in their search for a new generation of inspiring young people, they have brought back their nomination campaign, shining a spotlight on the young people around the world going above and beyond to make a difference. From tackling issues around mental health, education and gender equality, through to supporting migrant workers, cancer patients and refugees, the change_ma…

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Grants available from City of Hereford Rotary Club

25/02/21

The City of Hereford Rotary Club, in conjunction with hvoss are to award grants to community groups and charities who are working to support people during the pandemic. There are 10 awards of £250 and 5 of £500 to be distributed. These are either to support existing work or to enable work to recommence as the lockdown restrictions are eased. Applications can be made online at herefordrotary.org.uk or you can download the form and send it to Hereford City Rotary Club Secretary, Lower Burlton, Bur…

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Macmillan Support Grants. We want to reach people living with and affected by cancer who most need us at this time.

25/02/21

Macmillan Support Grants. We want to reach people living with and affected by cancer who most need us at this time. All applications are welcome to support people living with and affected by cancer in response to Covid-19, in particular those that are supporting all communities to help overcome the social effects during this time. Who can apply? Macmillan Professionals People Living with Cancer (e.g. Self-help and support groups but not individuals) Voluntary/third sector and Community Groups Pa…

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BBO Project - Supporting to stay connected

25/02/21

BBO Herefordshire works with people aged 19+ years, across Herefordshire, who are experiencing multiple barriers, resulting in social exclusion. The project helps  participants gain skills and develop confidence through intensive personalised support to equip them with the abilities needed to move towards and into employment. It also provides access to a wide and diverse range of volunteering opportunities, enabling more disadvantaged people to move into further education or training having acqu…

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Young Carers - Supporting each other online

25/02/21

Herefordshire Young and Young Adult Carers supports children and young adults aged 8-25 who are looking after a family member with an illness, disability, mental health issue or addiction. The past year has been a challenging time for everyone but particularly so for young carers who are already more likely to experience stress and anxiety due to their caring role. The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns meant our young carers being at home 24/7, unable to access their usual respite breaks, feel…

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Herefordshire Communities Safety Partnership - Opportunity to contribute

25/02/21

We have several exciting opportunities to contribute to both the child safeguarding and community safety agendas in Herefordshire. We are looking for several individuals to offer the voice of the voluntary sector into some of the Herefordshire Safeguarding Children Partnership groups responsible for delivering the following priorities with its strategic plan: Leadership: promoting a culture of collective responsibility, accountability and professional challenge Child exploitation: Reduce occurr…

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Abbeydore Deanery - Support Available from Community Group

24/02/21

Abbeydore DeaneryChurch & Community South West Herefordshire We are a large team of Christian people who are keen to reach out, be active and help in our community.Some of the things we can offer are: A telephone call (or a visit) from a member of our trained Pastoral Visiting Team. A welcome pack about church and community facilities in your village. Referrals to the food bank.Information about our Church@Home services and events.An information point, Talk Community Hub, library and much mo…

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Herefordshire Mind - Service Updates

24/02/21

Herefordshire Mind Service Updates Transformation Team We have introduced a new team of Link Workers to Herefordshire Mind! They will be working across the county to support people with mental health difficulties, and their carers. They offer: · Dedicated 1:1 appointment time · Care navigation including wider community support, information and advice · Preventative coping mechanisms for low level mental health conditions · Peer based support · Facilitating self-help support for people on…

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Citizens Advice Herefordshire is continuing to offer free, impartial and independent advice to clients during the pandemic.

24/02/21

Citizens Advice Herefordshire is continuing to offer free, impartial and independent advice to clients during the pandemic. We offer advice on a range of issues relating to employment, benefits, housing, debt, immigration, family, health, legal and consumer issues. Our advisers also have access to our local and national specialist teams and partners. Whilst we are having to work differently during the pandemic, our advisers and specialist teams are all working from home and available to help. Al…

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Support available from Dyspraxia Education, a charity with a big heart for children and young people

24/02/21

Dyspraxia Education is a charity with a big heart for children and young people affected by dyspraxia sometimes called Developmental Co-ordination Disorder. We support parents/carers and teachers through our helpline and we have really informative online workshops to help explain this complex condition and ensure these children and young people are properly supported both at home and school. If you are a parent/carer or teacher and would like to know more go to www.dyspraxia-ed.co.uk

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Herefordshire City of Sanctuary. Promoting the public good and reduce conflict by supporting Refugees, and Asylum seekers.

24/02/21

We aim to promote the public good and reduce conflict by supporting Refugees, and Asylum seekers through: English language practice The provision of a safe space Signposting to support on benefits, housing, and legal matters Promoting access to education   Volunteers normally run a drop-in facility in Hereford and provide individual support to vulnerable migrants. For more, please contact -  info@herefordshire.cityofsanctuary.org

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Yeleni - A lifeline to many who have felt isolated and lonely

24/02/21

‘Yeleni has been a lifeline to many who have felt isolated and lonely.  The team have gone above and beyond in its support of those living with cancer.  Continuing to provide physical, emotional and mental health support during 2020 and beyond.’   The kind words of a Social Prescriber who has been referring more people to Yeleni Therapy & Support since March 2020.  The Yeleni team has been delighted to be playing an important role in the fantastic community response to the pandemic, throu…

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C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC operates 'The Golden Valley Community Hub'...

24/02/21

C.A.R.E. (Herefordshire) CIC operates 'The Golden Valley Community Hub'. We are based on Pontrilas Business Park in rural South Herefordshire. Our services include: G.V. Community Cafe - a beautiful safe and warm Cafe that provides twice weekly 'Lunch Clubs' - Tuesdays and Sundays. We operate 7 days a week and host an array of arts & crafts activities. Our primary objective is to help redress 'rural social isolation & loneliness'. Our friendly and informal Cafe also forms part of Her…

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Growing Local’s City Market Garden has been taken forward to Government as part of Hereford’s £25m Stronger Hereford bid!

24/02/21

Great news from Growing Local!   Growing Local starts the year with some extraordinarily exciting news. Growing Local’s City Market Garden has been taken forward to Government as part of Hereford’s £25m Stronger Hereford bid! Our project is part of the joint ‘Skills Foundry’ bid with NMITE, the Art College, Rural Media and Belmont Wanderers. Our part of the project will develop a sixteen acre site in South Wye into a Community owned Market Garden (growing fruit and vegetables for the people o…

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Body Language School of Dance CIC awarded funds to keep dancing!

24/02/21

Body Language School of Dance cic are pleased to share their good news. They have received funding of £9,600 from The National Lottery which will help them to survive the pandemic and so continue the good work supporting their dance community. 'We are extremely grateful. Thank you National Lottery players.'

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Herefordshire Growing Point - Activity Packs for independence...

24/02/21

From the start of the pandemic Growing Point has been sending out activity packs to our residential homes and our clients who can live more independently. This allowed us to still hold our Autumn Show albeit virtually and help to keep our keen gardeners interested and motivated.  We will carry on providing activities every month at least for another six months. People have been able to make miniature gardens, paper flowers, collages, birdseed feeders and now with spring we will start seed sowing…

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Hands Up for the Planet delivers fun and challenging environmental workshops in schools ...

24/02/21

Hands Up for the Planet delivers fun and challenging environmental workshops in schools on the topics of climate change, food security, hygiene and water as a scarce resource. We have developed engaging and educational games and activities such as making a TV news flash about the impact of climate changes in different continents, to 'can you collect water' races and, making your own sustainable stove. Workshops are for Primary and Secondary classes and we would welcome more volunteers with the e…

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Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” ...

24/02/21

Marches Counselling Service art competition “A New Normal” has come to an end. Here was the challenge: represent creatively your experience of living with Covid-19 A good many artworks were submitted in answer to this challenge, asking of them to reflect more deeply on the hopes and fears they have faced over the months of the pandemic. The competition was open to people of all ages. It closed at the end of December 2020 and the winners and runners up were chosen by a panel of artists in January…

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Adults and Cadets of Hereford Worcester have risen to the pandemic challenge...

24/02/21

Press Release: Hereford & Worcester ACF NEWS: Still Together Despite the difficulties we have all faced due to the Pandemic, the Adults and Cadets of Hereford Worcester have risen to the challenge made by their Commandant at the outbreak of the first lock down, to work together as a community, helping each other through tough times for both themselves and their family.   Across the cadet community we have seen an extraordinary level of both imaginative and inspiring ways to occupy the cadets…

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Job Vacancy - Home-Start Family and Volunteer Coordinator

10/02/21

Home-Start Family and Volunteer Coordinator Salary: £22,183 - £25,991 (pro rata) 30 hours per week (required to be flexible) Home-Start Herefordshire is a voluntary organisation committed to promoting the welfare of families with children 0-18 years. Home-visiting volunteers provide regular support and practical help to families under stress, helping to prevent family crisis and breakdown. We are seeking to recruit a Family and Volunteer Coordinator who will deliver our volunteer befriending sup…

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Could you be a trustee? HOPE Support Services are looking for Fundraising and Clinical Trustees

03/02/21

HOPE Support Services are  looking for a talented, passionate individuals to become new Trustees. For both roles, people can find out more information and application form at www.hopesupport.org.uk/stories.  Clincial Trustee "The core of the Clinical Trustee’s responsibilities are to maintain an overview of the Charity’s clinical services and to offer advice and support to the CEO in the further development of the organisation’s clinical services. From time to time the Clinical Trustee will sup…

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2021 Census - briefing for Herefordshire voluntary and community groups

02/02/21

Welcome to a 2021 Census briefing event for the Herefordshire Voluntary and Community Sector. Book your place here - Census 2021 - Briefing for Herefordshire VCS groups Tickets, Wed 10 Feb 2021 at 14:00 | Eventbrite Join us to find out how you can help your community to take part. It's about all of us. Did you know? Local councils, charities and many other organisations use census information to decide how to spend billions of pounds on services every year. Support from trusted local leaders and…

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