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Hythe Sight Loss Support Centre
Free legal advice
Dementia Friendly Information Sessions
30 Hours Free Childcare Parental Demand Survey
Celebrating the work of Community First New Forest Volunteer Drivers
Mental Health Matters Guide

Hythe Sight Loss Support Centre
For advice and information concerning local and national sight loss organisations and how to access their help, visit Hythe Community Centre, Brinton Lane, Hythe. Every Monday 10am-1pm (excluding Bank Holidays).
Free legal advice

30 Hours Free Childcare Parental Demand Survey
Hampshire County Council is undertaking a parental survey to understand the future demand for 30 hours free childcare. It wants to hear the views and experiences of parents/carers to help shape the delivery of the extended childcare offer for September 2017. It welcomes understanding, particularly, the views from parents/carers of children with additional needs (including special educational needs or disability). Please could you help raise awareness amongst families you work with and ask them to complete the short on-line survey. The 30 hours free childcare Parental Demand Survey can be found here: The consultation closes on Thursday 30 June 2016

Dementia Friendly Information Sessions

New Milton Dementia Action Group is continuing its programme of Dementia Friendly Information Sessions, announcing the following dates to take place at New Milton Town Hall.
Wednesday 15 June 11.30 am–12.30 pm
Wednesday 17 August 4–5 pm
Wednesday 14 September 11.30 am–12.30 pm
Wednesday 19 October 2016 4–5 pm
Wednesday 16 November 2016 4–5 pm
It wants New Milton to be the most Dementia Friendly town in the area, and that will need your support.  If you run a business, you may want to consider participating in a Dementia Friendly Information Session – these sessions are free of charge. Please contact 01425 619120 for further information. You can download the introduction letter and booking form here at Dementia Awareness booking form, dementia intro and invite letter.

Celebrating the work of Community First New Forest Volunteer Drivers
Community First’s Call & Go Volunteer drivers met in Ringwood for a social gathering and to get to know new staff at Community First. Call & Go is a minibus service for anyone with a mobility or sensory impairment which means they are unable to, or experience difficulty or discomfort in using buses or to anyone who lives more than 400 metres from an available bus service/stop. A hot lunch with tea and coffee were provided by Community First for our 14 drivers as a thank you for their commitment to the Call & Go service and its passengers. During the morning drivers had the opportunity to meet with Nigel Parrish, Transport Co-ordinator and Pam Brook, Call & Go Administrator, who have both recently joined the organisation. For many of the drivers who are usually busy out ‘on the road’, this was an opportunity to meet each other and to swap information and good ideas. For more information on the service, Tel. 01425 482773.
Mental Health Matters Guide
The New Forest Local Children’s Partnership has produced a practitioners guide to low level support in mental health matters for children and young people.  The booklet provides guidance on;
  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Behaviour Problems
  • Eating disorders
  • Mood disorders
  • OCD – Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Psychosis
  • Self-harm
  • Separation and divorce
  • Substance Misuse/Addictions
  • Trauma and Post Traumatic Stress (PTSD)
  • Specialist
  • Other
Please click here to view it. If you require any further information please contact Community First New Forest, Tel. 01425 482773.


Welfare Reform in the New Forest
A forum for local organisations working in the New Forest to update on the latest changes in welfare reform and share information and intelligence on the effect of these changes at a local level.
Tuesday, 28 June, 10am – 12noon at theBradbury Room, Appletree Court, New Forest District Council offices, Lyndhurst.
The event is aimed at people managing staff and volunteers who deal regularly with New Forest residents wanting help and advice about benefits and the welfare system.
  • Welcome and Introductions: 10am – 10.15am   Alison Talbot NFDC
  • Representatives from different organisations will be asked introduce themselves, and their organisations (please feel free to bring information and leaflets to hand out)
  • Welfare Reform: 10.15am – 11am   Update from Ryan Stevens, Community Services Manager NFDC
  • An update on the latest reforms including Universal Credit, Tax Credits, Bedroom Tax, PIPs, Pension Credits ,New State Pension,  Housing Benefit, Council Tax Reduction and Discretionary Housing Payments . Presentation with Q & A session.
  • Refreshment break 11am
  • Discussion Groups   / Feedback session 11am – 12noon
  • Participants will be invited to join a discussion group focussed on different client groups to talk in more detail about the effect of welfare reforms on that client group. Groups might include young people, clients with disabilities, working aged claimants, retired.
To book a place email
Lymington Arts Festival

Rotary Charity Walk
Hythe & Waterside Rotary is again offering individuals, families and groups the opportunity to raise funds for their favourite charities whilst enjoying a pleasant walk. On Sunday 26 June, the sixth Rotary Charity Walk takes place on the Beaulieu Estate. Family dogs are welcome to accompany walkers. There are a number of different walks, from a challenging eight kilometres to a short junior treasure trail; all will be fully marshalled and there will be welcome refreshments at the Tree House finish. For full details and to register go to
The Festival of Learning 2016 

Saturday 25 June – Wednesday 29 June
5 days of FREE events and activities
Bournemouth University invites you to join the celebration as it opens its annual Festival of Learning, now in its fourth year. There is a jam-packed five-day programme of free events, activities and opportunities to learn something new.
This year, one of National Geographic’s Adventurers of the Year, Alastair Humphreys, will open the festival by sharing stories from his worldwide expeditions and adventures. Visit the website to find out more and book your place
Bringing history to life  
Rockbourne Roman Villa, Fordingbridge, is inviting local charity and volunteer run community groups to the museum on Sunday 10 July, 11am-4pm. It is holding a special event for the Festival of Archaeology called Celts v Roman and will be holding accessible tours of the site for all ages throughout the day. If groups are interested in coming along and taking part for free email Laura Bullivan


‘Prevent Duty’ CPD training for the voluntary sector
HM Government's Prevent Duty requirement for addressing Radicalisation and Extremism
Legislation states that Prevent Duty is a multi-agency responsibility and all staff within the voluntary sector have a role to play. Critical to fulfilling this expectation is a clear understanding of Prevent Duty responsibilities and the impact on everyday practice. Using this secure CPD accredited online training module, in just an hour you can ensure you and all your staff comply with Prevent Duty responsibilities. The module provides certificated CPD accredited evidence of successful completion of the course. To find out more please click here.

Domestic Abuse Awareness Courses
Thursday 16 June, 9am for a 9.30am start until 3pm, Hampshire Constabulary, Southern Support & Training HQ, Victoria House, Hamble Lane, Hamble, Southampton SO31 4TS 
  • Honour Based Violence 
  • Female Genital Mutilation 
  • Forced Marriage 
  • Witchcraft Abuse
 Aims of the course:
  • To raise awareness of the issues of Honour Based Violence, Forced Marriage, Female Genital Mutilation and Witchcraft Abuse.
  • To give you an understanding of the background and nature of HBV
  • To give you information about what to do with cases or suspected cases of HBV, FM, FGM.
Who should attend?
Teachers, education staff, support staff who work in schools, school nurses, education welfare, nursery staff, IYSS, YOT, safeguarding nurses, midwives, health visitors, GPs, and all other professionals who have responsibility for safeguarding adults and/or children.
To book a place, please email Fiona Honeyman
Presenters - Sergeant Mel Golding and Dr Parvin Damani, MBE and
Representatives of Forced Marriage Unit. Training provided as part of DAMG.  

Free taster sessions to help you get the most out of being online

To find out a more please click HERE

Community First New Forest Training Courses


Essentials Workshop (Click here for online booking form)
Led by Michael Clowes (Chief Executive) and Debbie Grace (Community Development Worker) Community First New Forest. Running a local voluntary or community group can be a real challenge. How do you know if you are meeting needs? Have you got a funding plan? Are you meeting your legal obligations? Is your group sustainable? These and many similar issues are covered in this workshop using ‘The Essentials Toolkit’ developed by Community First New Forest.
This workshop will help organisations to:
  •  Be more effective and efficient
  •  Plan for your funding needs
  •  Support your employees and volunteers
  •  Meet your legal obligations
  •  Support your group/organisation with its ongoing sustainability
Take a step towards greater confidence in running your organisation by booking a place on this practical hands-on workshop.
Venue: Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY
Date: Thursday 30 June, 9.30am-12.30pm
Cost: Members £45 Non-members £65
If you would like to book or find out more information then please contact Debbie Grace, Tel. 01425 482773, email

Funding Workshop (Click here for online booking form)
Led by Debbie Grace, Community Development Worker, Community First New Forest. Funding is a recurring challenge for many organisations and groups. This interactive and informative workshop will help you address some of the key challenges for funding, including:
  • Being aware of the different sources of funding
  • Knowing what makes a good application
  • Sources of help
Date: Tuesday 12 July 2016 9.30am-12.30
Venue :Lyndhurst Community Centre, SO43 7NY
Cost: £45.00 members £65.00 non-members

MiDAS Training

Both new driver and refresher training is available.
Contact Transport on Tel. 01425 482773 or see the Midas Training Page


Volunteer to restore waterways

It’s nearly time for the start of Waterway Recovery Group’s Summer Canal Camps. There are still a few spaces left so now’s your chance to book your summer holiday with a difference ... spend a week restoring a lock chamber, rebuilding a bridge or learning new heritage skills for only £63.
The latest Action Hampshire Jobs & Volunteering Bulletin 
Available to view either directly here or via the website.


Coastal Communities Fund

The Coastal Communities Fund (CCF) aims to encourage the economic development of UK coastal communities by awarding funding to create sustainable economic growth and jobs. Since the start of the CCF in 2012 it has awarded grants to 218 organisations across the UK to the value of £125 million, over three funding rounds. This funding is forecast to deliver over 12,000 jobs and help attract over £240 million of additional funds to coastal areas. The Big Lottery Fund is delivering the CCF on behalf of UK Government and the Devolved Administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Round 4 of the CCF opened to applications in England on 22 May 2016. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will follow in July 2016. At least £90m of new funding will be available across the UK from 2017/18 to 2020/21. See below for details on applying to Round 4. For more information visit

Community Challenge Fund 2016 - Hampshire
Rural communities in Hampshire may apply for one-off grants to help with projects that improve local life in rural areas. Community organisations and parish councils working in rural Hampshire may apply for grants of up to £2,500. Match funding is required; some of which can be in-kind. Projects must take place within rural Hampshire and meet at least one of the following priorities:
  • Supporting sustainable rural communities (including affordable housing, rural broadband, access to services, supporting volunteering and community engagement).
  • Providing effective rural transport.
  • Farming, food and access to the countryside.
  • Economic prosperity.
  • Climate change, including renewable energy, and making better use of the county's wood-fuel resource.
Apply via an online form on the website or available to download. Applications can be submitted at any time until funds are exhausted. Contact: CCBS Grants, Hampshire County Council, Room 0.15 Castle Avenue, Winchester, SO23 8ZF, Tel. 01962 845390, email or visit

The OneFamily Foundation has launched its first round of Community Funds
The Foundation is making £200,000 available for OneFamily customers to nominate local projects close to their heart. This is for community groups & projects based in the UK, covering the following categories:
  • Health, Disability & Social Care
  • Schools & Centres of Education
  • Sports & Social Groups
  • Youth & Affiliated Organisations
Terms and conditions apply.
Nominations close 29 June, with all approved projects being entered into a public vote to determine the winners. Voting runs from 4 – 20 July, with the winner announcement on Wednesday 27 July 2016. Previous winners near you include the K6 Gallery - you can learn more about their project on our Award Winners page. More information about the Community Awards can be found on our website


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