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Help bereaved people?

Cruse Bedfordshire is looking for volunteers in your local area. Our next training course starts in November 2016 at the Cruse Area Office, 10 Bedford Street, Ampthill, Beds MK45 2NB. If you would like to offer support to bereaved people either as a volunteer with Cruse Bedfordshire or in other areas of your life then … Continue reading “Help bereaved people?”

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Students urged to vaccinate

Students who are going to college or university in September are being urged to get vaccinated against meningitis. It follows a rapid rise in the number of cases of meningitis W in the past couple of years. Public Health England, which is leading the campaign, says that new students are most at risk as they’ll be … Continue reading “Students urged to vaccinate”

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Changes to Tesco Bags of Help grants scheme

The Tesco Bags of Help scheme awards grants to voluntary or community organisations, schools, Parish/Town Councils and local authorities, health bodies and social housing providers. In order to give Tesco customers a say much more frequently on where their money goes, the Bags of Help scheme is now permanently open for applications. There are also … Continue reading “Changes to Tesco Bags of Help grants scheme”

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Celebrate England with the Big Lottery Fund

What would you celebrate in your local area? Six out of ten people surveyed* say they cannot remember ever coming together to celebrate with their community. The Big Lottery Fund UK (BLFUK) wants to help change this with their Celebrate! programme. BLFUK are offering grants of between £300 and £10,000 for groups to hold one off events … Continue reading “Celebrate England with the Big Lottery Fund”

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TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Luton

The sun shone and the crowds came out as the Lord-Lieutenant of Bedfordshire, Helen Nellis, welcomed TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Luton on Wednesday, 24 August 2016. A VIP line-up included the High Sheriff of Bedfordshire, Charles Whitbread, the Mayor of Luton, Chief Executive and Leader of Luton Borough Council, and Bedfordshire’s Chief … Continue reading “TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visit Luton”

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Fancy getting some exercise and meeting new friends? 

We are always being told we should get more exercise; and walking is one of the best ways of getting more active. The Bogtrotters – also known as the Dunstable and District Walking and Hostelling Group – are a friendly Dunstable based group, but take members from anywhere. They have walks at least three times a week; mainly at weekends. … Continue reading “Fancy getting some exercise and meeting new friends? ”

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New Employability and Step Into courses

New Employability and Step Into courses started in September, and are being delivered by Voluntary and Community Action and funded by Bedfordshire Employment and Skills Service (BESS) There are two types of courses: Employability courses Returning to Work for Women – 4 day course that will enable women to overcome barriers; consider career options; and … Continue reading “New Employability and Step Into courses”

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Children First – free course

You may no longer be partners, but you will always be parents. Children First is a free six hour course run by Relate for separating parents, highlighting the practical aspects of  co-parenting, looking at your separation from your child’s perspective and how to help them cope, protecting your child from conflict and improving your parent/child relationship. … Continue reading “Children First – free course”

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Skills for Life courses

We all need English, Maths and IT skills for everyday life to do our jobs, help our children and communicate with others. If you’re an Adult learner (aged 19+), help is available to… Improve your *English, Maths and IT skills Learn in small, friendly classes Gain a qualification Develop your skills and confidence for work … Continue reading “Skills for Life courses”

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Youth Work and Positive Activities Grant

Central Bedfordshire Council’s Youth Support Service is pleased to announce the launch of the Youth Work and Positive Activity Grant. This has been set up to encourage and enable young people’s participation in positive activities across Central Bedfordshire. Grants of up to £2,000 are available and can be used to either fully fund or part … Continue reading “Youth Work and Positive Activities Grant”

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Futures community grants

Futures is one of the leading employment and skills organisations in the East Midlands. We make it possible for people of all ages to realise their career potential through the delivery of a range of high quality products and services. Futures have been awarded the Community Grants contract for SEMLEP and Northants and are keen … Continue reading “Futures community grants”

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M.OV.E for the Military

A new training programme for unemployed ex-Military personnel has just been launched. Two local organisations – Meaningful Education Ltd (a community interest company) and Arteria Mentoring Support have joined forces and are providing FREE training programmes for unemployed ex-Military personnel or their close family members living in the Bedfordshire area. With the first ‘M.O.V.E. for … Continue reading “M.OV.E for the Military”

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Interested in volunteering in Youth Justice?

Bedfordshire Youth Offending Service (BYOS) is seeking volunteers from our diverse communities to act as Referral Order Panel Members. This is a rewarding opportunity for anyone interested in learning more about why young people offend and being creative about what can be put in place to help them to stop in the future. Our Referral … Continue reading “Interested in volunteering in Youth Justice?”

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Considering adoption…?

Adopting a child or children is not a decision that anyone takes lightly, and we know that anyone who is thinking about adopting will have plenty of questions, as well as the odd worry. That’s why our adoption team hosts regular information events. They are an informal chance to hear the process of adoption, talk … Continue reading “Considering adoption…?”

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Make a difference to others – on your terms

Working with young people is really rewarding – it’s surprising, challenging and fun. Community charity Groundwork Luton & Bedfordshire is asking those interested in helping others on a basis that suits them to apply for flexible, part-time youth work positions on offer at several Bedfordshire youth clubs. If you or someone you know is interested … Continue reading “Make a difference to others – on your terms”

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