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ValueYou - Volunteer Recognition Scheme
A resolution to the anti-lobbying clause
Free counter fraud guide launched for charities
Grant funding opportunities for the Wandsworth Voluntary Sector
Self Help Care & Support Event
New Free Service for People in Wandsworth Caring for a Person with Dementia
• learn what it is like to have dementia
To read more please click here.
Self Help Groups
What is a self help group?
Why join a self help group?
Why not start your own group?
Contact the Self Help Wandsworth Programme Advisors
Move More Wandsworth
Paul’s Cancer Support Centre has partnered with St. George’s University of London to launch a programme in Wandsworth called Move More Wandsworth aimed at helping people living with cancer to get and stay active. Cancer support and physical activity professionals from both parties really understand cancer and aim to create a physical activity programme tailored just for those taking part, as well as give them ongoing support.
Free, Portable Criminal Record Check for Volunteers
The Home Office has confirmed plans for a new system making it easier for volunteers to obtain free, portable criminal records checks. Read more in this article from Kensington & Chelsea Social Council. For information on the distiction between being eligible for checks and being required to carry them out see Sandy Adirondack's latest update on the subject here
Lifetimes are delighted to invite you to attend three exciting new courses this summer, part of Lifetimes’ Healthy Communities training programme in partnership with Wandsworth Borough Council.
Mental Health in the Community Training
Recognising Symptoms, Resilience and Signposting
After several sold-out sessions in 2016, Lifetimes' popular new training course for the Voluntary and Community Sector is back with course dates available until May 2017.
Care4me community directory
Care4me is the online community Directory developed by Lifetimes that allows community and voluntary organisations to promote and publicise their services and activities. The directory has recently been changed and has a new look with improved functionality, more categories of services and is multi lingual.
Homeless Rights Training delivered at Lifetimes Premises
2,500 local people benefit from a Lifetimes “Chance”
Using our in-depth knowledge of grant funding, Lifetimes set up their own scheme in 2008 to assist necessitous parents with children under 13 years of age living in the Borough of Wandsworth. Chances ( the grant giving arm of Lifetimes Charity) has donated over £120,000 of their own money to projects benefitting necessitous parents since 2008.
In many instances the funding has been given to small voluntary sector groups based in the borough, who although they provide much needed grassroots services are turned away by the main funding trusts.
Great Success of theVolunteer Brokerage Platform on Care4me
The volunteer brokerage platform on Lifetime’s community directory, www.care4me.org.uk has proved to be a great success for both volunteers and organisations.
Lifetimes’ Health & Wellbeing Event
Three hundred people joined Lifetimes to hold a community event day on 9th October 2014.
Lifetimes would like to extend their thanks to the hugely talented staff of Wheelhouse productions for the filming they carried out on the day and the post production they provided to Lifetimes. Wheelhouse productions have a wealth of experience and if you feel that they could assist your organisation please contact them on www.wheelhouse.org.uk
Community Project Volunteers
Do you have a project that you need help with? South Thames College have launched a campaign to give young people the opportunity to volunteer in the community. Previous and current voluntary projects include painting nurseries and relaying gardens at schools. The team supported our '5 Ways to Wellbeing' event in Balham on World Mental Health Day and did a brilliant job, so if you need help with anything, please get in touch on 020 8918 7069 or e-mail: email@example.com
Lifetimes in Wandsworth and South London Press
Wandsworth and South London Press featured the successful Strawberries and Cream Tea Party organized by Lifetimes Charity, Wandsworth’s council for voluntary services, to mark National Volunteering week.
To read more please click here.
Last year (2014-15) Lifetimes, the Council for Voluntary Services in Wandsworth “enabled people to achieve” by
South West London Recovery Cafes
Theaim of the cafe is to support people to reduce their immediate crisis and anxiety, and to safety plan, drawing on strengths, resilience and coping mechanisms to reduce the need to use crisis services in future. They are an alternative for people who may present at A&E because of their mental health and are an out of hours service to support people when other services are closed.
Small charities ‘pressured not to say anything too controversial’
A chief executive of a small service delivery charity has said that one of the things holding her organisation back from advocacy work is “pressure not to say anything too controversial”.
Sarah Mitchell, chief executive of Carers Network, a charity that supports voluntary carers in London, was speaking at the launch of Lloyds Bank Foundation report, Facing the Forward, yesterday.
In response to a question about the challenges small charities face when it comes to advocating on behalf of beneficiaries, she said that being heavily reliant on local authority contracts is a barrier.
To read more please click here.
Faith, Community and Mental Health
Venue: Mushkil Aasaan, 222 Upper Tooting Road, SW17 7EW
Councils’ spending hits new low
The figures, published by the Department for Communities and Local Government and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, show cultural services will see the biggest reduction with 5.8% cuts planned.
Education budgets will fall by 2.2% – mainly due to the number of schools converting to academies – with fire and rescue services seeing reduction of 1.3%.
The figures also show £17.3bn of the £21bn held in reserves by councils has been earmarked for specific purposes.
Companies House Register of People with Significant Control
Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group (WCCG) came into being on 1 April 2013, taking
The engagement programme consisted of a series of 6 highly successful and different events
Lifetimes provided valuable support to organise each event, both in the run-up and on the
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Charity Law Update
Charity Commission publishes revised trustee guidance.
To read the full summary, click here.
Visit our website - for past legal updates and details on our seminars.
It's not too late to volunteer abroad this summer!
If you want to volunteer abroad this summer it's not too late! There are still lots of projects available worldwide and some new projects are being announced in several countries like Iceland, Italy, France, Japan and a few more destinations.
Lifetimes to deliver accredited Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) throughout Wandsworth
Lifetimes is delighted to be commissioned by Wandsworth Borough Council and Public Health to deliver MHFA training to a large number of statutory and voluntary sector staff, volunteers, carers and members of the public throughout the borough.
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an educational course which teaches people how to identify, understand and help a person who may be developing a mental health problem. In the same way as we learn physical first aid, mental health first aid teaches you how to recognise those crucial warning signs of mental ill health.
Self Help Wandsworth
What is a self help group?
What support and services will the Self Help Wandsworth Programme offer?
To book an appointment or find out more, contact the Self Help Wandsworth Programme Advisors on firstname.lastname@example.org or 0208 875 2840, 0208 875 2841, or 0208 875 2846.
Lifetimes' Hearing Voices Group
Whilst there are over 180 groups nationwide, we know there are still many areas where people can’t access a Hearing Voices Group and Wandsworth is one of those areas, untill now. Please click here for more informaion and to register your interest
Queen's Speech - key points for the voluntary sector
Today’s Queen’s Speech brought us announcements on Charity Commission powers, liability for volunteers, and some also some big wins for a couple of charity campaigns.
To read more about The Queen's Speech — key points for the voluntary sector .
Volunteer’s week seemed a fitting time to present Share Community with a cheque for £500 as the winners of Lifetimes Best Practice in Volunteering Award.
Lifetimes Training and Events
Lifetimes runs a training and events program throughout the year for voluntary and community organisations. While some events are free to local organisations, from 2013 our full day courses cost £99.00 per person for voluntary organisations and £149.00 per person for statutory organisations and businesses. We use Eventbrite to manage our training bookings. If you have any questions about any of our courses please call 020 8875 2846 or e-mail email@example.com.