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Guidance for the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

The ISA have just published the full guidance for the Vetting and Barring Scheme.

This document contains details on:

School of Everything and Village Halls

Informal adult learning is good for people. It builds confidence and skills. It brings people together and keeps them mentally and physically active. It reaches out to people who feel learning isn’t for them, especially people from disadvantaged groups. It builds vital bridges into formal learning, training and sustainable employment.

Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest

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The Community Chest for 2010 is a pool of £20,000 and a time bank of up to 200 hours for practical voluntary help from Hall & Woodhouse employees.  Applications are now being accepted.  The Hall & Woodhouse Community Chest was established in 2002 to provide local help for the community in and around Dorset.  Since then, over £100,000 has been donated to 148 local voluntary organisations, with Hall & Woodhouse's employees completing over 2,000 hours of voluntary work assisting with practical projects in the local community. 

ACRE launches £500,000 grants fund for communities affected by quarrying

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Action with Communities in Rural England (ACRE)1, and members of the Rural Community Action Network (RCAN)2, have announced the launch of this year's COMMA fund. 

COMMA, the Community Aggregates Fund, uses money from Defra’s Aggregates Levy Sustainability Fund (ALSF) to address the impacts of aggregate extraction on the environment and local communities.3 COMMA supports community-based projects in 23 qualifying areas in England.4

3rd March 2010: The Community Sustainable Energy Programme

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 The Community Sustainable Energy Programme (CSEP) is an open grants programme run by BRE Group as an award partner of the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). BRE Group carries out research, consultancy, training and testing to help create better buildings and communities.

17th February 2010: NCVO 'Don't Stop the Music' Campaign

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NCVO is campaigning against the Government's decision to make charities and other not for profits pay for a licence when they play recorded music in their own premises. To date, charitable organisations have been exempt from these charges and NCVO believes this should continue.

10th February 2010: Sample Fire Log Book now available in the Knowledge Base

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Halls should maintain a Fire Safety Log Book. If you want a sample one go the knowledge base.

9th February 2010: Grassroots Grants – Year 2 Opens

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The Community Foundation for Bournemouth, Dorset & Poole have announced that they are ready to receive applications for the second year of the Grassroots Grants scheme.  They have £164,000 to distribute to groups within the shire of Dorset and would like to start receiving bids as soon as possible.


9th February 2010: Electricity 'Feed In' Tariffs Update

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On Monday 1st February, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) announced the Feed-in Tariff scheme which is to be introduced from the 1st April.

This scheme is designed to encourage a proliferation of small-scale renewables in the UK, specifically


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