Category Archives: Grants

Anything relating to grants being provided or sought by or through an organisation

Planning Ahead for Winter

Affordable Warmth service may bring you in from the cold

More people living in Chiltern and South Bucks districts will qualify for help in keeping their homes warm this winter,  thanks to changes in setting the criteria for Energy Company Obligation grants.

Both Councils support the Affordable Warmth Network which provides help and advice to anyone struggling to keep their home warm and pay their energy bills.  The Affordable Warmth Network is affiliated to the National Energy Foundation, aimed at improving use of energy in the homes.  Continue reading Planning Ahead for Winter

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Safer walking route to Infant School

Provision of a safer walking route to the Infant School – Your chance to help

Saturday & Sunday, 11 & 12 March w/end (and Sat 25 March additionally if needed) between 10am – 4pm.

Help is needed to clear and gather up the over-growth and rubbish along the public footpath leading from Chequers Lane (opposite the allotments) round the back of the Infant school to Kiln Road (near Cats Croft access path – oldest house in the village).

Meet-up at the Infant School where on-site parking and loos available, together with a refreshing cuppa afterwards.   The main task of clearing the footpath will have previously been done by a professional lopping team.

After the route has been cleared, Bucks County Council’s workforce will prepare and lay hoggings, making the footpath accessible for walking to school, even for double buggies, due to be carried out in the Easter school holidays.

Dress appropriately including sturdy boots or wellies, gloves, together with high vis waistcoat and loppers/secateurs if you have them.

Please do drop-in for a couple of hours and help tidy up the site in order to prepare for the provision of a much safer walking route to the Infant School in Moat Lane for our children.

For further information and to leave your details please contact Ivan Lovegrove, School Governor and Parish Councillor  ivanlovegrove@gmail.com  so that your offer of help can be registered.  Many thanks.  www.prestwoodinfants.org/ 

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Prestwood Society donations

3888986When the Prestwood Society wound-up last year, it was resolved that the £4k+ remaining in its account would be distributed among local organisations.  This has now been completed and Bill Davis, the retired-Secretary of PS, has given PVA the details.  The following have all benefited:

Baptist Church Great Missenden, Chiltern Society, Citizens Advice Prestwood, CPRE Bucks, Forget-Me-Not Club,  Prestwood Area Community Transport (PACT),  Prestwood First Responders, Great Missenden Age Concern, Great Missenden Guides, Holy Trinity Church, Iain Rennie Hospice, Kings Church Prestwood, Lighthouse, Macmillan Nurses, Prestwood Events Group, Prestwood Gardening Society, Prestwood Methodist Church, Prestwood Scouts, Prestwood Theatre Club, Prestwood Village Association, Prestwood Youth & Community Group (PYCAG),  Roman Catholic Church Great Missenden, Samaritans, South Bucks Hospice, Thomas Ball Cancer,  Prestwood Evening and Prestwood Afternoon WIs.

PVA would like to thank the Prestwood Society on behalf of all the local organisations that have received a contribution and hopes that you’re finding that PVA is bridging the gap that’s been left, after over 40 years of the Prestwood Society having being Prestwood’s “eyes and ears”, on behalf of the local community.

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Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week

Update from Marilyn Humphreys:

Following an idea of a small group of local people, Sweet Charity opened its doors at the end of October 2010. It is registered with the Charities Commission and is now also registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd trading as Sweet Charity.

The team is comprised of three directors, a board of eleven trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who run the shop on a day-to-day basis Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities within the parish of Great Missenden.

In addition to the volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of local people for all their shop donations and purchases. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone – the volunteers and our community.  Continue reading Sweet Charity’s 5th Anniversary this week

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Inspiring volunteers

Chair needed for Prestwood Nature; Treasurer required for PYCAG – Prestwood Youth & Community Action Group – the youth club; help out in Sweet Charity; more deliverers needed for The Source; Age Concern Lunch club help needed………

Have you noticed that it’s getting harder to attract volunteers?
Gone are the days of sticking a card in the newsagent’s window and being inundated with willing workers. Volunteer recruitment has become a full-time slog, presenting almost as much pain as the dreaded funding search.

So, what’s going on?
Do people have less free time now? Is there too much competition for volunteers (there are 2500 registered charities in Bucks alone)?  Or is the world just getting more selfish?

In reality, the answer is probably ‘yes’ to all of these questions.  According to researchers, we are now in the age of self-interest, where altruism takes a backseat and experience-seeking is king.

We might be a Not-for-Profit and we might be changing the world, but that will only take us so far. No matter how worthy our cause, at some point we need to accept that not everybody cares as much as we do and what people actually want to know is what volunteering will do for them.  People really don’t want to be seen as do-gooders, anymore.  In fact, this is now the number 1 turn-off for those considering volunteering.

So, how DO you attract volunteers?
For the latest insights into inspiring the next generation of volunteers, go along to Community Impact Bucks Recruiting & Retaining Volunteers’ workshop on 24 September in High Wycombe.  As the Volunteer Centre for Bucks, this is the most comprehensive hands-on training you’ll find, and is designed specifically for those managing or co-ordinating volunteers. It’s also a great opportunity to network and share experiences with your peers.

Comparable pricing in the private sector would be in excess of £250 – but CIB can provide it for just £35 (full day including materials and refreshments)! If you’d like to inject some magic into your volunteer team, book your place here.

FREE one-to-one support!:
For additional help with one of their experts, book a 45 minute session to discuss your volunteering needs in more depth – a few spaces are still available on 14 September Volunteering Advice Surgery in High Wycombe – book today!   Sessions run on a monthly basis so check the Events’ section on www.communityimpactbucks.org.uk on a regular basis for further dates.

For any further information please call 0300 111 1250 or email: info@communityimpactbucks.org.uk

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Group of the Month: Sweet Charity

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Nestled in the heart of the village is Prestwood’s very own charity shop, Sweet Charity. Step inside and you will be greeted by friendly smiles, local chatter and all manner of reasonably priced second hand items and things you never thought you needed!

P1050690-001Sweet Charity opened its doors in November 2010. It is registered as a business under the name S C Chiltern Ltd and trades as Sweet Charity. The team is comprised of three directors, a board of ten trustees and approximately 25 volunteers who help to run the shop. Each member of the team gives their time freely and all profits are donated to local groups, societies and other charities in and around Prestwood and Great Missenden. In addition to the regular volunteers, Sweet Charity also relies heavily on the generosity of the local community in the form of shop donations and purchases.

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The large window is a focal point of the shop and is regularly updated according to the season/current events.  Themes have included VE Day, gardening, weddings, new baby, Halloween, Christmas, etc. The Christmas window even included a mantelpiece and fireplace.  There seems to be no limit to the creative talents of the volunteers! Continue reading Group of the Month: Sweet Charity

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