SCVS is committed to work alongside local organisations, utilising its expertise and knowledge in areas such as funding, training, staffing and financial support systems to enable local projects to achieve a lasting and positive difference within their community.
"We have absolutely loved the community events that Swale CVS has helped to facilitate and we are looking forward to discovering the views of everyone involved in the Big Local project."
Big Local Eastern Sheppey unveils new seating in Eastchurch, Warden Bay and Leysdown
Eastchurch, Warden Bay and Leysdown will each be getting three new benches – all for free.
The wooden seats were unveiled this week following an initiative launched by Big Local Eastern Sheppey, a group set up to oversee £1m of funding for community projects for the east end of the Island.
Members got in touch with HMP Standford Hill to inquire about purchasing benches made by its inmates but instead the prison offered to make them for free.
Sarah Williams of Swale CVS, who is on the Big Local Eastern Sheppey committee, said: “We held consultations in the local area and the community had asked for additional seating and it was the parish councils that decided where the benches will go.”
Other initiatives being planned by the group include street games, such as hopscotch, and a project coordinator is being recruited for the area.
Another scheme still in its infancy is a cycle for hire service.
The third and final round of bids for a community chest, which organisations are able to apply for up to £500 from, ends on May 11.
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Big Local Eastern Sheppey
SCVS were contracted by the Big Local Eastern Sheppey Working Group to undertake a community engagement project starting in December 2012 that sought local residents' opinions on how they would improve the area that they live in over the next ten years and asking how they would like to see the £1million lottery funding spent.
For nine month a community outreach team visited local groups, local events and delivered consultation material to every house within the three areas of Eastchurch, Leysdown and Warden encouraging local people to get involved and inform us of their opinions. In addition three large community events were held (one in each area), where lots of free fun activities were provided and several engagement tools were utilised.
Over the engagement period almost 21% of the local population got involved with Big Local and a formal partnership was formed to take the process forward.
Currently SCVS are working with the Big Local Eastern Sheppey Working Group to produce a Local Plan with a budget for the year one projects that needs to be agreed by the Local Trust before the funding can be released to begin project delivery.
Swale Community and Voluntary Services are also the Local Trusted Organisation for the Big Local project of Eastern Sheppey.
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STRONGER KENT COMMUNITIES
Stronger Kent Communities (SKC) is a new consortium funded by KCC to deliver capacity building, volunteering support and improving communication and networking in Kent’s Voluntary and Community Sector. The contract awarded replaces the historic grants from KCC given to Kent infrastructure organisations.
Communication – SKC is currently developing a new website to provide the information and support the sector requires. At present breaking news will be provided by social media, the Kent CAN website, www.kentcan.org.uk and the funders section on the Funding for All website, www.fundingforall.org.uk. There will also be a project to market community assets, which will include community halls, community mini buses, equipment and other community assets.
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Volunteering – SKC is delivering a number of projects covering creating a quality mark to recognise excellent volunteer management (REVAMP), volunteer fairs, sessions to provide prospective volunteer with support, Timebanks, volunteer champions, volunteer workshops to help organisations develop opportunities, volunteer fairs and support for young people to become trustees.
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Capacity Building – SKC is delivering 15 training courses each year around funding and successful bid writing. Funding for All are offering a free mentoring service to community groups and small charities on bid writing, tendering, approaching businesses and philanthropists, fundraising and advice on types of organisations. This is delivered through 25 mentors who specialise in different areas from Health and Social Care to sport. There will also be a Young Fundraisers project, a Skills Exchange programme and a Coffee Caravan which will be visiting remote rural areas to offer advice, support and guidance.
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Partners of Stronger Kent Communities
Action for Communities in Rural Kent, Ashford Volunteer Centre, Canterbury & Herne B ay Volunteer Centre, Funding For All, North West Kent Volunteer Centre, Swale Community & Voluntary Services, Shepway Volunteer Centre, Thanet Volunteer Bureau and West Kent Extra.