Important Reminders

Shropshire VCSA: Translating the Civil Society Strategy into local action

A facilitated workshop: 9.15am to 12.30pm Monday 11th February 2019
Council Chamber, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury
Find the invitation here: Shropshire VCSA – Civil Society Workshop
Please book your place here.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Email: vcsassembly@shropshire.gov.uk
Telephone: 01743 258519

Your News

As a member of Shropshire VCS Assembly, this is your newsletter. Please feel free to send information through for inclusion. We love to share your updates with other VCSA members and tell others about all the great work taking place in Shropshire. You can send articles for the news to: vcsassembly@shropshire.gov.uk

Please submit any articles in advance of deadlines. Newsletters go out around 4pm on a Monday afternoon so if you can provide any articles by Friday at 12 noon at the latest that is really helpful.

The Charity Awards

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The Charity Awards have opened for 2019. The Awards identify charities which have original and effective ideas that the rest of the sector can learn from, and is open to any type of project or initiative, from any charity in the UK. Ten individual awards are given for charities working in different sectors, and an overall winner and lifetime achievement winner are also celebrated.

The Awards provide a perfect opportunity for you to propel your charity’s work into the spotlight, to influence policy-makers and funders, and to showcase the quality of your interventions.

Application deadline: Friday 22 February 2019
Find out more here: https://charityawards.co.uk/

LGBT History Month

LGBT people can face barriers to full participation in public life, despite all the advances in equality. Some LGBT young people, experience mental health issues, self-harm and suicidal thoughts. Important work is taking place in and around Shrewsbury to overcome barriers and provide mutual support. One important event is Shrewsbury LGBT History Month. Work is taking place to raise £1,500 to celebrate LGBT History Month (February 2019).

The organisers hope to play a part in stripping away the barriers that hold LGBT people back. The group plans include: exhibitions, presentations, films, a young people’s showcase, an afternoon with Clare Summerskill, who will present a selection of character monologues from her play ‘Rights of Passage’ created from interviews with LGBT asylum seekers in the UK, and an evening with poet Dean Atta. To donate and find out more click here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/historymonth

Shropshire Community Fund
The High Sheriff of Shropshire has launched an initiative to support small community groups and charities in the county. The Shropshire Community Fund will help a variety of organisations across Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin. The fund is to be grown as an endowment so the interest from can be shared in small grants for years to come. It will be managed by Shropshire Rural Communities Charity (RCC) and builds on the work it currently does helping charities and voluntary groups access funding available.

For more information on the Shropshire Community Fund, visit:
http://www.shropshire-rcc.org.uk/SCF

Civil Society News

Civil society must up its game or risk irrelevance, Unwin inquiry finds – See more at: https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/civil-society-must-up-its-game-or-risk-irrelevace-unwin-inquiry-finds.html#sthash.1USoUJb4.dpuf

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