Posted: August 16, 2019

The latest VCS Forum took place on 30th July 2019.

Attended by a mix of VCS organisations, information was released regarding the funding arrangements for the Borough.

The new Making a Difference Fund has just been released for those wanting to apply for up to £3k per project, along with the further investment for the Community Volunteers Fund whereby volunteers may apply on behalf of the organisation they are involved in, for funding for up to £250. 

Both Councillor Keith Lynch and Councillor Martin Cartwright gave a speech outlining their ongoing support and commitment to the voluntary sector, praising the organisations and individuals across Hinckley and Bosworth, for their hard work, making a difference in their communities. 

On the day, Hardip Chohan (Voluntary Action LeicesterShire) gave a presentation regarding the WLL Project (Work.Live. Leicestershire), a project delivered in conjunction with Vista, VAL and the Rural Community Council.

The projects helps people overcome barriers to training and employment for those across rural Leicestershire.

Next on the agenda was a presentation delivered by Ken Short of the Leicestershire Lifeguards, focusing on his Save a Baby/Child's Life sessions. Ken is a founder and volunteer of Leicestershire Lifeguards delivering first aid for open water incidents and life saving courses.

If your group or organisation would like information on Ken's free Save A Baby/Child's Life course, please contact him:

Derek Windybank and Cliff Ward of the West Leicestershire Community First Responders are volunteers delivering life saving services across the Borough, assisting the East Midlands Ambulance Service. Their presentation was very inspiring and highlighted the invaluable support they give within the community.

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Finally, Hannah Campbell and her colleague, Niall Simpson, from the Resilience Partnership delivered a presentation regarding emergency planning within the community. Covering information and advice for individuals, organisations and communities in the event of responding to emergencies.

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If you or your organisation would like to know more about the Hinckley & Bosworth VCS Forum or would like to be added to the VCS Database to receive information regarding the Forum, activities, events and funding within the Borough, please email:

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