easyfundraising webinar: Free Funding for Voluntary Organisations

easyfundraising provides voluntary organisations with an easy, accessible, and permanent fundraising solution.  Come along to this online session to find out how!

easyfundraising partners with 7,000 brands including John Lewis, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Trainline, Booking.com, eBay and Amazon, who will donate to your organisation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them.  It is a completely free service and is already used by 180,000 good causes around the UK.

Becky from easyfundraising will talk through how it works, how to get started as well as answering any questions you may have. It will be an informal lunchtime session – feel free to invite your colleagues too.

When: Wednesday 21st September
Time: 12.30pm-1.15pm
Suitable for:  Voluntary groups, community buildings, churches, grassroots sport clubs, schools, self-help groups, community groups, charities, CICs and social enterprises.

Registration in advance for this session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rceiurz0pG9Bet-_IVDU6IgQkOSgUGgIn

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

 

 

 

easyfundraising – additional funding opportunity for your organisation

VSIAlliance are keen to support the VCSE Sector with funding ideas throughout 2022, so we have partnered with fundraising platform easyfundraising to give you the ability to earn free funding through online shopping

How does it work?Providing access to an easy, free, and low-effort way to fundraise, easyfundraising turns online purchases into free donations for your voluntary organisation, charity, CIC or third sector group. Free to sign-up and free to use, it’s an easy way to get additional funds from something everyone is already doing – shopping online.Through easyfundraising, over 6,000 online retailers including Amazon, eBay and M&S, Sainsbury’s, Booking.com, Aldi, Trainline and Argos will give your organisation a free donation when your volunteers, staff and supporters shop with them. Anything from a weekly grocery shop to a family holiday can generate a free donation for your organisation.Getting StartedTo get started, set up a free easyfundraising page for your organisation – this only takes a couple of minutes. easyfundraising will give you lots of support to help you get up and running and raising as much as possible. You can even have a free 1-2-1 call with one of the team for a demo of the site, advice and fundraising Don’t miss out on free funding; register your organisation today.Introduction to easyfundraising – free webinarCome along to a webinar where Becky from easyfundraising will explain how it works, help you get set up and answer any questions you have.

Tuesday 28th June10am – 11.30amVia Zoom

Over £1m for good causes through easyfundraising this month!

Community third-sector organisations are receiving over £1m in free funding this month. This is funding that their volunteers and supporters have raised for them simply by shopping online with leading online retailers, through the free to use easyfundraising platform.  Your organisation can also benefit from this unrestricted revenue stream that complements existing fundraising activities – find out more: http://efraising.org/FRigOUgnXA 

Northowram Scarecrow Event 2022. And the winners are…

The Northowram Scarecrow Event took place at its usual time, in the first bank holiday of May, back after two years of covid imposed lockdowns and the residents stepped up to impress!

     

 

The scarecrows featured traditional outfits, a few biblical characters, styles old and new with crucially, some beloved fairytale and cartoon characters, super heroes and even… political personas!


 

 

The winner of the event was, fittingly considering the upcoming Queen’s Jubilee, Princess Peppa Pig!

Congratulations to the makers and to all participants for making this event a huge success!

Councillor Roger Taylor commentedSo great to see so many people coming along after what has been a long three years.

Well done to the committee, supporters, volunteers, scarecrow designers and builders, backroom people organising extra bins and their subsequent emptying throughout the event. Thank you to those providing hospitality, refreshments and the entertainers. The brass band on Monday is always my favourite.

Looking forward to it all again in 2023!

 

For additional pictures, to view the winners of the raffle and information of upcoming events based around Northowram, visit

Northowram Scarecrow Event on Facebook

Northowram Scarecrow Event is an annual Scarecrow Festival, held on May Bank holiday weekend each year. The money it raises is used to enhance the village and benefit the community.
Any local community-based group, Church, or village improving project can apply to receive funding, provided certain criteria are met.

For help and more information, please refer to the facebook page:

Northowram Scarecrow Event on Facebook

You can contact the team at northowramscarecrows@hotmail.co.uk with your questions.

easyfundraising Free funding webinar – Tuesday May 3rd 

Funding website easyfundraising helps third sector organisations generate additional unrestricted income, simply by shopping online. It is free to use and is trusted by 170,000 community groups charities and voluntary organisations around the UK.

Come along to a free webinar on Tuesday 3rd May, 12.30 – 1.15 pm, with easyfundraising’s Community Fundraising Manager Becky Coleman, who will demonstrate the platform, share tips and advice on getting started and getting your wider community involved in your fundraising efforts, as well as answering any questions you have.

It will be a friendly session and is open to any member of your team. This is an easy and effective way to boost your funds so do come along to find out how!

You can register here.
(https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUkcemqrz0sHNGWu7DEXDfeOqA1OI_4Z3Wo)

 
You can find out more about how easyfundraising works here (https://www.easyfundraising.org.uk/community/)

If you would like to know more about easyfundraising, get in touch with Becky who would be happy to talk to you in more detail about what easyfundraising can do for your organisation and how it works.

Contact Becky at becky@easyfundraising.org.uk

Partnership invests £1million to help keep thousands of people warm

West Yorkshire Health and Care Partnership (WY HCP) is investing £1millon to help keep people warm this winter, so they can live a long, healthy life.

The funding will support affordable warmth by increasing low-income households’ energy efficiency rating, giving advice on reducing their energy bills, and helping people access additional support they are entitled to.

The  Partnership of NHS, local councils, housing associations and the voluntary community social enterprise sector is working across Bradford district and Craven, Calderdale, Kirklees, Leeds, and Wakefield. The funding aims to benefit people, through a boost to existing projects such as home insulation, boiler repairs, financial savings and benefits advice and heating grants, with the aim of reducing health risks associated with poor housing and cold homes.

Across West Yorkshire 169,000 households, 18% of the 2.4 million people (Source Gov.UK Sub-regional fuel poverty data 2021), are having a difficult choice to make on whether to spend money on fuel or food – all influenced by a household’s income, energy efficiency and costs.

The impact of cold homes is estimated to cost the NHS £2billion every year in England and Wales, with people needing extra care from their GP and hospitals for illnesses such as heart attacks and stroke, respiratory illness, falls, hypothermia and influenza during – for example, hospital admissions for COPD are four times more likely in winter months.

Whilst the greatest impact of winter deaths is in the elderly, it happens across all ages, with people living in poorer communities more likely to be affected. It impacts on their mental health and wellbeing, as well as their children’s health, for example asthma and bronchitis.

Rob Webster, CEO-Designate for WY HCP said: ‘Once again our partnership is investing in prevention, this time to support people who will experience fuel poverty, and struggle to keep warm. We have made a pledge that no one living across West Yorkshire should suffer due to fuel poverty. This funding will help our efforts, and benefit thousands of people who are eligible for support, as well as those at increased risk of hospitalisation during winter because of their fuel circumstances’.

Robin Tuddenham, CEO for Calderdale Council, Chief Officer for Calderdale Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of WY HCP Improving Population Health said: ‘We are seeing increasing challenges for people in being able to afford fuel costs at this time when lack of warmth has a hugely negative impact on health and wellbeing. This is even before the large increases in fuel prices expected next year. We are working with those most affected to enable keep their homes warm, and to manage the impact of these costs with practical support and access to financial assistance through our voluntary and community sector. I welcome this funding from the Health and Care Partnership as we play our part in mitigating the devastating impacts of fuel poverty on health’.

Dr James Thomas, WY HCP Chair of the Clinical Forum, Clinical Lead for Bradford District Clinical Commissioning Group and Co-Chair of WY HCP Improving Population Health said:’ This is all about identifying people who are most at risk so that we can support and avoid the need for urgent care services. Social prescribers working with GP practice are an important part of the work, as they work alongside people to look at their wider health and wellbeing needs.’

Dr Sohail Abbas, a Bradford GP and WY HCP Chair of the Health Inequalities Network said:

‘Many people in West Yorkshire are spending a disproportionate amount of their income on energy bills. The impact of winter and cold homes on people health is well known and the pandemic has seen many families who could previously afford fuel now struggling, with many not knowing about the different benefits and grants available to help. We need to go upstream and tackle the causes of ill health and do all we can together to support our population’.

The next steps are to distribute funding to the West Yorkshire local places to increase resource allocations for targeted winter warmth initiatives.

Funding Opportunities from the Postcode Lottery

 

A number of different grant opportunities have been made available from the Postcode Lottery.

Funding rounds in 2019 are;

Round 1 Stage 1: 6-20 February

Round 1 Stage 2: 27 March-10 April

Round 2 Stage 1: 31 July-14 August

Round 2 Stage 2: 11-25 September

The Postcode Local Trust is offering grants for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces
The Trust aims to provide financial support for charities and good causes which help communities enhance their natural environment in a way that benefits the wider community.
In 2018 Postcode Local Trust will provide short-term, designated funding for local projects which support improve biodiversity and outdoor spaces such as:
• Community gardens and play areas using sustainable materials
• Outdoor education and heritage
• Green energy projects and flood prevention.
Grants range from £500 to £20,000.
The following funding levels apply to specific applicants:
Applicants that are not formally registered as a charity with OSCR/Charity Commission can apply for between £500 and £2,000 in funding.
Applicants that are registered with OSCR/Charity Commission and can provide a charity number can apply for between £500 and £20,000 in funding.
http://www.postcodelocaltrust.org.uk/

Other grant opportunities

There are also grant opportunities from the Postcode Community Trust and the People’s Postcode Trust with the same dates for the funding rounds.