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Newsletter and Update No. 85 – 1 September 2023

Sep 1, 2023

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Newsletter and Update No. 85 – 1 September 2023



Cath WitheringtonCath Witherington, CEO Introduction

This week’s edition is shorter than usual – this probably reflects people are busy focussing on enjoying what’s left of the holiday season before schools open next week! 

I’ve recently noticed that bird activity in my garden has been much quieter too – with bird food lasting longer, fewer garden birds and certainly a lot less chirping!  I did wonder if migration had started earlier than usual given that it already feels like autumn.  The mystery was answered on Tuesday evening when I saw a large sparrowhawk on the grass plucking the feathers off its prey …. No wonder the other birds are staying quiet and out of sight! 

Nature is amazing and often based on survival of the fittest.  Watching in real time this week made me think about the old adage about there being safety in numbers and how this might apply to communities and that is how I came across this report which I thought would be useful to share with you Safety in Numbers? A research agenda with communities, for communities 

Happy reading!



Reports and Information


VCSE Participation Opportunity: Digital, Research and Innovation System Delivery Group

Building on the commitments made in the VCSE and Integrated Care System Memorandum of Understanding, there is an opportunity for a VCSE participant to join the Digital, Research and Innovation System Delivery Group (DRI SDG). The role and function of the Digital, Research and Innovation SDG: The group brings together leaders from across South Yorkshire who are using research and innovation to drive transformation in health and care. This includes those leading on digital, data and technology, and those in senior oversight roles for driving improvement in health and care. The group is co-chaired by the Chief Medical Officer and the Executive Director for Strategy and Partnerships for NHS South Yorkshire Integrated Care Board (ICB).

Group responsibilities include developing strategic partnerships, shared priorities and strategies to assist the ICB deliver on its statutory responsibilities. These include the promotion of research and innovation, and being a digital, data and technology enabled system.

Please see the attached draft terms of reference for further information.

If you would like an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Sarah Dew 

The Role of VCSE Participant:

We wish to ensure the views of our communities are at the heart of health and care

research. This will inform priorities, how we deliver innovation, and our approach to making best use of data and digital tools.

Voluntary and community organisations use innovative approaches and research to support people to live happy and healthy lives. We want to ensure this expertise is reflected in our system delivery group.

We need a participant who:

  • Is passionate about, and has experience in, driving transformation
  • Has experience of collaboration with researchers, and a desire to help grow and develop closer research partnerships for the benefit of our communities
  • Values a collaborative approach to maximise shared data, insight and intelligence

Being part of the group would involve:

  • Attending bi-monthly meetings (duration 90 minutes)
  • Reading and preparatory work in advance of meetings
  • Sharing your expertise and knowledge to strengthen a collaborative approach
  • Outside of meetings, sharing key headlines of the discussion points with VCSE
  • alliance colleagues as appropriate
  • Seeking views and perspectives of VCSE colleagues to inform strategic development of the SDG’s activity
  • On occasion, taking part in smaller group work as required to drive forward areas of priority raised in wider group meetings

The role is eligible for the VCSE Participation Fund.

How to Apply:

Please complete the following expression of interest form: Digital Research & Innovation System Delivery Group – Expression of Interest

The closing date for this opportunity is: Wednesday 13th September 2023

The South Yorkshire VCSE Alliance Steering Group will review submissions by: 15 th

September 2023.

Please note, the next meeting date for this SDG is 29 th September 2023.

For further information regarding VCSE Participation, please contact Louise Perch,

Engagement and Partnership Officer: ; or Karen Smith, VCSE Programme Director NHS South Yorkshire ICB: .

Please visit our website: Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprises (VCSE) Alliance ::

South Yorkshire ICB


Homeless Survival Guide updated to help those affected across South Yorkshire

People experiencing homelessness across South Yorkshire can access the latest public and charitable services, thanks to an updated online Survival Guide, produced by South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF).

Originally launched in 2019, the South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide was a joint effort between the then High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Barry Eldred DL and SYCF. Through an initial print run, followed by an online version, the Guide provides valuable information to people who are homeless, about services available in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham, and Sheffield.

It includes contact details for nearly five hundred services ranging from support with accommodation, homelessness advice and help around health and wellbeing. In the wake of Prince William’s visit to Sheffield in June, during which he highlighted the pressing issue of homelessness, the significance of the updated online Homeless Survival Guide became even more pronounced. The revised version includes new services, including Welcome Spaces and community food banks, that have developed since the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Commenting on the importance of the updated guide, SYCF Chief Executive Ruth Willis said: “The update of the South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide reaffirms our commitment to providing timely and relevant information to those in need. It will help navigate the wide-ranging landscape of public and charitable services available to people experiencing homelessness.”

The visionary behind the South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide, Barry Eldred DL, praised the refinements made to the online site, adding: “I am grateful to the team at SYCF for their continuing support and commitment to this project, at a timely moment when homelessness – helped by Prince William’s new Homewards initiative – is in the headlines. The online guide takes into account new services across South Yorkshire which can only help people who are homeless.”

SYCF is encouraging people who wish to support this project by donating to a Just Giving page, generating funds for a new print run of the Homeless Survival Guide Just Giving

“We would encourage businesses interested in print sponsoring a prospective distribution of the Homeless Survival Guide, to get in touch which go towards providing physical copies to frontline services across South Yorkshire,” said Ruth.

Anyone wanting to discuss making a financial contribution to contact Ruth at  or 0114 242 9009.

The South Yorkshire Homeless Survival Guide can be accessed here


South Yorkshire Quarterly Economic Survey – Q3 2023

It’s that time again where we’re asking you to take a few minutes to complete the Q3 Economic Survey. Click here to be taken to the survey.

Don’t forget your voice matters… so have your say and feedback on how these things affect you, your business and your team members. The more you take part the more we can lobby the Government and be the voice of businesses in Doncaster.






Doncaster Chamber Networking Session

19th September. 9.30am – 11am.

We’re going to the farm! Boston Park Farm to be precise. Why not join us.

Meet us in the cafe, for a hot drink and breakfast pastries and network with like minded businesses. Before being taken on a short tour of the petting zoo, where you’ll get to feed the animals. 

Following the tour, you’ll head off in groups to the Maize Maze… who can find their way out first? 

Networking sessions offer guests the chance to build new connections, long-term business relationships and knowledge sharing.

Benefits of networking

  • Strengthen business connections.
  • Exchange & get new ideas.
  • Advance your career.
  • Get support from other business professionals.
  • Increase your confidence.
  • Build contacts across a range of
  • Gain a different perspective.
  • Develop long-lasting personal relationships.

Members: £25+VAT 

Non-Members: £35+VAT 

Gold Members get a 10% discount on ticket price, Charity Members get a 25% discount on ticket price.

Don’t miss out on this activity based networking opportunity and of course, petting the animals is going to be just the best thing that week! Book your place via the portal, or call Vicki​ Brooks on 01302 640100 and she can sort it over the phone and multitask and take your payment at the same time.


The Money Charity – Financial Wellbeing Workshops

For over 25 years, The Money Charity has been the UK’s Financial Wellbeing charity, helping people from all walks of life to take control of their finances, become Financially Capable and improve their Financial Wellbeing. As a charity ourselves, an essential part of what we do is working with and alongside other charities and community organisations like yours, bringing our high-quality training to those who benefit from what you do! 

Best of all, we are delighted to be able to offer you fully-funded (free of charge) sessions for your beneficiaries or volunteers, while charged-for sessions for your staff are also available.

Whether it’s groups of adults or groups of young people, we have an option to suit your needs. That might be our flagship Fundamentals of Financial Wellbeing session, a spotlight session such as Money Safety, or our dedicated Refugee Programme, designed for groups supporting those from a Refugee background or those seeking asylum. Whichever is of interest, we’re keen to get that vital Financial Wellbeing conversation going with you.

You can find out more about our range of options on our website and in our Workshops Guide. Or if you’ve got more questions, get in touch by filling out our quick enquiry form



Training Opportunities


Free Training – Level 1 Asthma Awareness

We have been asked to share the details of an NHS course about asthma:  eLearning for Health Level 1 Awareness Training. The training is available to all colleagues and will be particularly relevant to those who work with or may come into contact with children, particularly those with asthma. It is free training, and details on how to access the course including registration can be found here

Further details can also be found here.  

This is very timely as it is Asthma week from 11th-17th September and the theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Ask About Asthma’.

If you have any questions, please contact 


Trauma Informed Working and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Basic Awareness Training

This is a free 3-hour online training course looking at how you can incorporate a trauma informed approach to working by considering ACEs and trauma. It explores the benefits of becoming a trauma informed organisation / group and incorporating a trauma informed approach to your work.

The course will enable you to:

  • Understand that Adverse Childhood Experiences/Trauma are widespread
  • Recognise and understand the impact of trauma
  • When working with people affected by trauma or their dependents; be able to identify and meet immediate needs for safety and protect from further harm
  • Consider how to promote safe, sustaining and supportive relationships with clients that encourage trust and set the conditions for disclosure
  • Understand how to support people affected by trauma to access timely care, support and treatment
  • Recognise the importance of enabling clients who have been affected by trauma, to recognise their own strength, skills and resources, promoting natural recovery from trauma.
  • Recognise and consider how to address the needs of staff/colleagues exposed to traumatic events or to the details of trauma experienced by others

The course will be delivered over Zoom or MS Teams digital platform.

To book please use the following link: VRU Trauma Training Level 1 – 2023/24

The dates are as follows and all sessions are 10am – 1pm

  • 6th September 2023 
  • 20th September 2023 
  • 4th October 2023 
  • 25th October 2023 
  • 8th November 2023 
  • 22nd November 2023
  • 6th December 2023 
  • 10th January 2024 
  • 24th January 2024
  • 14th February 2024 
  • 28th February 2024 
  • 13th March 2024
  • 27th March 2024

For further information about the South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit

please visit South Yorkshire Violence Reduction Unit (SYVRU) 




Funding Opportunities


FREE Grant Funding Consultation This September!

As dedicated advocates for the invaluable work non-profits do, we at NPG (Non-Profit Growth) recognise the unique challenges faced by organisations like yours, especially when it comes to grant fundraising.

Did you know September is one of the pivotal months in the grant fundraising calendar?

With a new season approaching, many foundations and grant-making organisations renew their funding efforts, making it the perfect time for non-profits and charities to secure the resources they need to carry out their mission.

But Here’s the Challenge…

Navigating the intricate landscape of grant funding can be daunting. Identifying the right grants, understanding the nuances of each application, and positioning your organisation for success demands a strategic approach.

The Good News? We’re Here to Help!

To ensure your organisation doesn’t miss out on these critical opportunities, we’re offering a FREE consultation for a limited time.

Why Book a Consultation with NPG?

  • Expert Insights: Leverage our extensive experience and knowledge of the grant landscape.
  • Personalised Strategies: Every organisation is unique. We’ll tailor our advice to fit your specific needs and objectives.
  • Increased Chances: Boost your likelihood of accessing significant grant funding with our tried-and-tested techniques.

Secure Your Spot & Uplift Your Mission

This September, arm your non-profit with the tools and expertise to access essential grant funding. The impact you can make with the right resources is limitless, and we’d be honoured to support you on this journey.

Feel free to schedule an appointment using this link here 

Remember, the world needs the incredible work you do. Don’t let financial constraints hinder your vision. Let’s unlock the funding potential together!


Thomas Pocklington Trust

Grants of up to £10,000 for registered charities across the United Kingdom to deliver a broad range of projects and activities that achieve positive outcomes for blind and partially sighted people. 

They are supporting the following areas:

  • Collaboration and Sustainability
  • Infrastructure and impact
  • Insights and research
  • Innovation Seed Fund

There is a two-stage application process. Groups must first submit an online expression of interest form before being invited to submit a full application.

The deadline for expressions of interest is 30th September 2023. Full details here


Find A Grant Service

Find a grant is a service that allows you to search for government grants.

You can use this service to:

  • access government grant funding
  • search and filter to find a grant that matches your needs
  • find out if you are eligible to apply for a grant
  • find out how to apply for a grant

Don’t get too excited – there aren’t that many relevant grants available. Full details here


Volunteering Opportunities

Please see what current volunteering opportunities are available on our website.


Job Opportunities

Please see this week’s Advance Vacancy Bulletin  with a range of roles based within Doncaster.


Crossroads Care Rotherham – Carer Group Co-ordinator (Doncaster)

Salary: £21,500 -22,240 FTE dependant on experience plus excellent benefits!

Hours: 24 hours per week

Contract Type: Permanent

Based: Doncaster with travel across the borough expected

This is an exciting new role in our organisation, and truly at the heart of what Crossroads Care Rotherham stands for. We have a new opportunity to enter in Doncaster and provide what we excel at – Carers Groups and providing the right information and support at the right time.

This new partnership with Age UK has granted us the opportunity to work with the unpaid carers in Doncaster. The role involves creating and holding carers social groups each week across Doncaster, processing carers grants and providing information and support when it is most needed.

General Responsibilities:

  • Providing a personalised response to carers and professionals in the most appropriate format, tailored to their specific needs.
  • To identify appropriate venues to run social carer groups each week in each neighbourhood.
  • To assist in the management of budget on the Doncaster project in collaboration with the finance manager.
  • To manage and coordinate volunteers at each group ensuring appropriate cover.
  • To risk assess each venue and individual needs of each person attending the group.
  • Ensure appropriate equipment and materials are available.
  • To organise and secure bookings of activities for carers at each group and that meet the needs of carers offering alternatives and a variety of activities.

We offer:

  •  Full induction and training (paid)
  •  Pension contribution
  •  Westfield Health scheme
  •  Competitive rate of pay
  •  Good Annual leave entitlement
  •  Blue Light Card (access to discounts)

Who we are:

Crossroads Care is Britain’s leading provider of support for carers and the people they care for. We work with over 35,000 individuals and their families, helping carers to make a life of their own outside caring. We provide the special quality of care that gives them the peace of mind to let someone else step into their shoes.

We are an equal opportunities employer.

Please visit our website to complete the application form or call 01709 360272 for an application pack. For a full job description please click here.


Don Catchment River Trust – Volunteering Officer (Community)

Volunteers are in important part of Don Catchment Rivers Trust (DCRT) and our mission to allow rivers to thrive. Since our first National Lottery Heritage Fund project in 2016, volunteers have contributed thousands of hours to looking after their rivers – They are the eyes and ears of our brooks, streams and main rivers. People volunteer with the Trust for many reasons – to help their local natural heritage, to improve their health and wellbeing, or to gain new skills and meet people. Volunteering has tended to be for specific projects, but now the Trust is making the key step of integrating our volunteering programme into the core of what the Trust does.

For this, the Trust has received funding from the National Lottery Community Fund to support the Trust’s volunteering programme and a new ‘Volunteering Officer’ role, for an initial three years.

We are now looking for a person to fulfil our new Volunteering Officer role. This is a great opportunity for someone to step into a charity with a well-respected and resourced volunteer programme, an excellent track record of delivering quality volunteer opportunities, and a supportive team. The Trust has an ethos of supporting volunteers from communities to realise their own aspirations for their rivers and we are looking for a candidate that understands how to support and encourage volunteers and community groups to make positive change.

  • Job Title: Volunteering Officer
  • Accountable to: Operations Director
  • Working with: DCRT staff team and volunteers
  • Hours: 40 per week. Usually Monday – Friday with occasional weekend work. Job share applications will be considered.
  • Salary: £30,118 per year, with 3% annual increase.
  • Pension: Rivers Trust pension scheme employer contribution 9% (with 6% employee contribution required). Existing pensions paid at same rates (if eligible scheme).
  • Contract: Three years, fixed term
  • Location: Office in Doncaster, with some home working allowable. Travel to sites around the Don catchment.

For more information please click here.

Please return your application form to  – CVs and covering letters are not accepted. For more information or an informal chat about the role, please call Rachel Walker (Operations Director) on 01302 439081 or send an email to  to request a call back during officer hours. DCRT will shortlist applications and invite them to an interview at the DCRT office in Doncaster. From there, further shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet volunteers out on a volunteer session after which volunteers will then help to choose the successful candidate.

Application deadline: Please return your application by noon on Tuesday 5th September 2023

Interview: Wednesday 13th September 2023

Informal meeting with volunteers: to be arranged with shortlisted candidates.


Project Assistant – All Hands on the Don

Don Catchment Rivers Trust (DCRT) has received a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund to deliver our All Hands on the Don: Transforming our River Together Project.

  • Job Title: Project Assistant
  • Accountable to: Project officers
  • Hours: 32 hours per week
  • Salary: £18,304 (£22,880 pro-rata) with 3% calendar yearly increase
  • Pension: Rivers Trust pension scheme employer contribution 9% (with 6% employee contribution required). Existing pensions paid at same rates (if eligible scheme).
  • Contract: Fixed term, 3 years
  • Location: Offices based at Churchill Business Centre, Doncaster, with work primarily being undertaken within the Doncaster area. Occasional work within the wider Don Catchment.

Terms and Conditions:

  • The starting salary for this post is £18,304 with 3% yearly increase.
  • DCRT will make an employer’s contribution to your pension scheme of choice in line with the Rivers Trust pension scheme. New schemes can be set up through the Rivers Trust if desired.
  • The post receives an annual holiday entitlement of 25 days plus statutory bank holidays for a FTE post, calculated on a pro rata basis for part time hours.
  • Formal appointment to the role is subject to a three-month probationary period.

Key Dates and information:

Please return your application form to  – CVs and covering letters are not accepted. For more information or an informal chat about the role, please call Alex Liversidge on 01302 439081 or send an email to  to request a call back during officer hours.

Applications to be received by: Noon on Wednesday 13th September 2023

Interviews will be held on: Wednesday 20th September 2023

For more information please click here



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