CVS News

Keeping you informed about the local voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.


Cheering Volunteering Nominations - Urgent Request

Due to a technical hitch with the nomination process, Central Bedfordshire are calling for all who have made nominations to resubmit their entries.

18 April, 2018

Luton: Community Activity Network Meetings

Community Activity Network (CAN) is led by Luton Council and aims to support the town's communities to get active by connecting people iwth resources, information or signposting to providers who can assist them. Next meeting will be 25 April at Farley Community Centre.

17 April, 2018

Time to Plan your Summer Volunteering

It won't be long before the Summer is on its way and we thought you would like a heads up on all the lovely volunteering opportunities that await you.

03 April, 2018

Call for Community Projects for Prince's Trust Team Programme

Bedford College are launching a programme for young people on 8 May and looking for community projects that will involve students for 10 days on-site.

21 March, 2018

Preparing for GDPR changes in May

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018 with legislation covering how you store and use personal data. We have put together some useful resources to help you prepare.

12 March, 2018

New Restrictions on who can run charities

New restrictions on who can run a charity will come into force in August and will affect people with unspent criminal convictions

19 February, 2018

Bedford Borough Council Early Help Conference

Bedford Borough Council is holding its ‘Early Help Conference 2018’ on, Tuesday 13 March 2018, at Kings House, Ampthill Road, Bedford, The event runs from 9.30am - 4.30pm with keynote speakers and workshops.

14 February, 2018

An introduction to GDPR

Data Protection law is changing on 25 May. We are hosting an evening briefing on Thursday 8 March at 6.45pm in Bedford, which will provide voluntary and community sector organisations with a summary of what they need to know and do to be compliant.

12 February, 2018

Charity Property Matters Survey

The Ethical Property Foundation has launched its bi-annual Charity Property Matters Survey about charities' property issues.

29 January, 2018

Data Protection and Changes in Law

Data protection law is changing from May 2018. You may have heard of GDPR and you may be wondering how it will affect your organisation.

20 December, 2017

Changes to Registrars' Business Names Index

Update from our Support and Development Team on the incorporation of CIOs to the Registrars' Business Names Index.

18 December, 2017

Life, Money, Action on-line resource for 16-24yr olds

The National Skills Academy for Financial Services have developed some new, freely available, online resources to support 16-24 year olds with their money management. The resources have been developed with help from 16-24 year olds, as part of the Life, Money, Action! project.

06 December, 2017

The Essential Trustee Series Videos

Foundation for Social Improvement have a new series for trustees, aimed at promoting good governance for all charity trustees.

16 November, 2017

New directions through Volunteering

Matthew Aylen started volunteering two years ago, which inspired him to gain further experience, study and then establish a new business. It all started with a phone call to our Volunteering staff at CVS

05 October, 2017

Volunteering can change your life

Our Volunteering Advisor talked to Sue Hay from the Active Citizens Together Project earlier this year, about how volunteering changed his life. Read his story as published in Active Citizens Together, here.

28 June, 2017

Opportunities to engage with healthcare, psychology or speech and language therapy

If you are interested in working with people in a caring and supportive role, and have an afternoon or morning available during the week, there are lots of opportunities at Headway Bedford.

15 May, 2017

Break the Stigma - Let's Be Open about Mental Health

The Let's Be Open About Mental Health To Break The Stigma campaign was set up to help start conversations about mental health, raise awareness, and to help people across the county understand more about the subject dispelling common misconceptions.

11 May, 2017

Volunteer to Care with Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours schemes operate throughout Bedfordshire, with volunteers taking care of the needs of residents in their local community. Ampthill and District Good Neighbours are one example of a scheme from which you can learn more about how volunteering in this way might work for you. #volunteertocare

20 February, 2017

A4S values the work of Trustees

The vital role of Trustees in Bedfordshire (3) - With a theme of ‘Stronger Charities through Good Leadership’ for this year’s Trustees’ week, we take a look at the impact that a dedicated team of trustees have had on one local charity.

07 November, 2016

Inspired to become a Trustee

The vital role of Trustees in Bedfordshire (2) – With a theme of ‘Stronger Charities through Good Leadership’ for this year’s Trustees week, we take a look at what drives a Business Leader to volunteer their skills in a local charity .

06 November, 2016

Behind the scenes at Mind BLMK

The vital role of Trustees in Bedfordshire (1) – With a theme of ‘Stronger Charities through Good Leadership’ for this year’s Trustees' week, it seemed appropriate to take a look at the strengths of a few of our local charities and see what they might be able to teach other smaller organisations in regard to the role of trustees.

06 November, 2016

Trustee Launch

As we launch our new website, CVS joins with our partners BRCC and Voluntary Community Action in promoting Trustees’ Week from 7-13 November 2016.

27 October, 2016