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Plymouth VCSE, your own robust, collaborative VCSE organisation is now running POP and POP ideas.
This means that you, as the sector, own them and can have a say in how they work, as long as you are officially a member. If you haven't joined yet, you can join here

We updated the sector on PVCSE at our recent POP Thursday meeting, you can see the report of that here.

Weds December 7th, 5-7.30, Mayor’s Parlour, Devonport Guildhall, PL1 4EL.
There is still time to book for this workshop run by Kevin Curley (ex-NAVCA ceo and Third Sector columnist). This is for the sector to work on the priorities they would like to see for the organisation in its first year. . Book your place here.

Inaugural General Meeting:
This day will be another of our lively conferences, with National and Local speakers, funding workshops leading into our ‘Pitch your Project’ event in the spring and Trustee elections and name/brand choosing as part of the day.
17th January, Plymouth Guildhall and Lower Guildhall. 
More detail on the day here, book your place via this link.

Trustee Elections:
Plymouth VCSE is owned by the sector, and all full members join here can nominate trustees. All the documents you need to do that are included in this link.
In this month on your behalf POP has achieved:
  • We met with Police, Youth Service and a VCS organisation to plan an audit of resources and funding for youth work in the city, and a workshop early next year for all groups involved in youth work
  • Attended the National NAVCA Impact conference in London. We met people from VCS organisations all over the country, and some from Manchester and London will come down and join us on January 17th
  • We have met with lots of great people connected to postive events and developments in Plymouth – including the Big Screen management company, Colebrook South West’s community centres, Food conference at Hamoaze, tea with the Bishops of Exeter and Plymouth, community activists in St Judes, MIND and Plymouth Energy Community, Chair of Trevi House and more
  • We attended the Thrive Plymouth and One You launch.
  • Met with various agencies preparing for a Joint Targetted Inspection of children’s services, and put out a call to all VCS groups that have contact with neglect or domestic abuse in their work to contribute. More info here
We are currently working on:
  • Mapping Youth Services. We are starting with the PCC Youth Service audit, which already exists and plans are to extend that database by asking for any group that is involved with young people to add themselves to the list. Then there will be a workshop with everyone involved.
  • Planning the IGM/Conference for 17th January, to make sure the local sector hears what is going on nationwide, and hence what is possible here. Also that influential local planners are in the room and taking part, and that we prepare for a ‘Pitch your Project’ Multi-funder panel event on 15th March. More in the POP ideas newsletter later this month.
  • We're meeting with groups from specific areas of the city to look at how people can get involved with creating and expanding community connections and activities. If you would like to speak about your area please get in touch.
  • We are meeting with and encouraging local organisations to submit their nominations for the PVCSE trustee board.
  • Continuing to meet and become involved in current events in Plymouth, We know there is a wealth of activity but please let us know anything you think we are missing, and tell us what you would like us to publicise for you.
What difference have we made?
Plymouth Octopus Project aims to create a stronger voluntary and community sector. In order to ensure we do this, we would like to understand more about the difference we have made for your organization to date.
Please take 2 minutes to answer just four short questions in
this survey

They had a really good evening at the Athenaeum, which featured a great set from one of Plymouth’s brilliant buskers. Lots of activity in organising events at the moment, The next CAN meeting is 5.30 on January 18th - venue tbc. Find out more about CAN here

As this newsletter is sent we are meeting - with our usual information sharing round and items covering the Controlling Migration Fund, Third Party Reporting update, Enactus and the latest from PCC Refugee Integrated Support Service (RISS) procurement
On 5th Dec, 10 different groups - from Homestart to Intercom and Red Cross to BCHA attended our briefing to the VCS with regards to The Plymouth Assessment Framework and Early Help. Keep up to date with the Gateway (all enquries), the Plymouth on Line Directory (listing all services and community provision - MAKE SURE YOU ARE ON THERE) and the Multi Agency Hub - Child Protection referrals. 
Further information
There will be more information to follow, so look out for dates.
Also as a follow on from POP Thursday the NSPCC will launch their Helpline and campaign around neglect on 31st January.
Currently meeting monthly to firm up its role and function, the next meeting will be on 9th January, 10-12 at the Mayor’s Parlour in Devonport Guildhall. Anyone with an interest in the Environment is very welcome.
We had a really interesting network meeting at POP Thurs on 24th November, along with the Children and Young People’s network, and the visiting Mental Health Network. It was about creating a community aspect to primary care and you can see the report of the meeting here More info here VCSE webpage
Community Yoga Practice

Plymouths first donation based Yoga Therapy Course has shown very positive results.  It started as a pilot study to provide accessible health care for the local community.  Now participants have expressed interest to continue the programme, with those on a waiting list eager to attend the next course.
During October and November [skinnibuddha] yoga therapy teamed up with Devonport Live to provide Plymouth residents with an 8 week beginner friendly yoga therapy course. The aims were to alleviate lower back pain, reduce low mood,  relieve asthma and headaches, some of the common issues which many people exhibit.  However after initial consultations the remit of health complaints included arthritis and shoulder pain, lower back and lumbar pain, depression, Fibromyalgia, Asthma, Sciatica.  In fact these are just a few of the conditions treatable through yoga therapy.
Over the 8 sessions attendees learnt to practice a variety of yoga techniques to help promote health and wellbeing related to current medical condition. This included postures, breathing techniques and relaxation techniques. The classes have been beginner friendly, gentle and motivational, with a variety of options available for those with differing ailments. 

Skinnibuddha aka Jason Searing originally helped to set up London’s first donation based yoga studio, in Oxford Street in 2013.  Having been based in Plymouth for 16 years he decided it was time to provide a service to his community and because there has been so much interest, there will be a new course running from January 2017 at Devonport Live. Because of some great opportunities occurring through the Plymouth Health and Wellbeing Network, [skinnibuddha] yoga therapy has begun developing plans to deliver similar courses elsewhere. Hopefully this will be the start of yoga therapy being made more available throughout the city.  So if you or anyone you know may benefit from a reduction in lower back pain, headaches and could do with managing sciatica, asthma, diabetes,  low moods or any of the ailments manageable by yoga therapy then get in contact with [skinnibuddha] or Devonport Live. Go to or call 07828768053 to find out more.
Building Financially Healthy Communities event: 19th January, 2017.
This event will bring together thought leaders from the financial health sector to discuss how we can help tackle financial health issues in our communities and deliver meaningful change, see here for more info

Routeways: have started up a new Parent Participation group, supported by Plymouth Parent Carer Voice reporting to CAMHS. Children’s Minds ~ Families Matter. The new group is aimed at people with a family member aged up to 18 years with an experience of CAMHS. For more information contact Rose Taylor the Participation Worker at;
07920558543 (Mobile),
01752 856723 (North Prospect Office),
01752 500496( Devonport Park Activity Centre)

Dementia Awareness: Plymouth City Council and Plymouth Dementia Action Alliance are working together towards making Plymouth a Dementia Friendly City where people with Dementia and their carers are included in all areas of community life and are supported to live as well as possible.  Read more here

Making change Happen: Would you like some help with a project. We have a local group offering 10 to 12 people for half a days work to make something happen for your charitable organisation. They list their skills as; problem-solving, engineering design, general IT, general business and practical everyday maintenance such as clearing, tidying and so on. Email with your ideas and we'll put you in touch.

Toolkits and fact sheets: Now available on our website are a huge range of useful fact sheets. Everything from Accessibility to Press releases and Work shadowing. Have a look by following this link
Dementia Friendly City Awards: Plymouth won the Dementia Friendly (City of The Year Award) at the Alzheimer’s Society National Awards in London last week.
This award  recognises all the effort and amazing work that everyone in the PDAA and Plymouth City Council does together to support people with dementia and their carers across the city and Ian  and I would both like to say thank you very much for everything that you do and well done to all of you!! It was also a great day for Devon overall yesterday as not only did Plymouth receive an award, there was also Gina Awad from Exeter Dementia Action Alliance who won the Dementia Friends Champion of the Year award and Honiton Dementia Action Alliance who won Dementia Friendly Rural Community of The Year!

Office Space to Let: The Oasis Project in Stonehouse (Oasis Cafe and Foodbank) has two small offices to let. More info here

Plymouth Morris Dancers: The Plymouth Morris Men are looking for a new practice venue .
This group is self funded from public donations so funds are limited. They need a fairly central location, every Wednesday from 8 till 10, till the end of April.  If you think you can help please email the group via this link

Circles South West are looking for volunteers to help prevent sexual abuse in Plymouth and Exeter. A Circle of Support and Accountability is a small group of carefully trained and selected community volunteers who meet regularly with a 'Core Member' to help them safely reintegrate into the community and hold them to account for their behaviour. Circles work closely with police, probation and prisons to reduce the risk of further sexual harm. If this appeals to you and you can commit a couple of hours per week for 12 months, find out more here

Plymouth Drake Foundation and Imagine: As part of their Imagine fundraising campaign we have a Volkswagen 'Up!' to raffle. Imagine will be raising funds to help young people in Plymouth by supporting local voluntary and community groups who work with young people to raise aspirations and self-esteem, improve life chances and grow stronger families. More info here

Do you want to be on the Big Screen in the City Centre? There are opportunities for community groups to showcase their work on the Piaza TV. They are looking for short  clips that are eyecatching and interesting. If you have an idea, or would like a regular slot contact

British Red Cross: The British Red Cross have issued a statement of services they offer in the city. Please do read and share with anyone who may be interested. Click here
Do you have a free event you would like to promote- contact us here
Have you been to a POP/POPideas event/training - let us know your thoughts here

PCC Social Inclusion reshape: Over the next couple of weeks Plymouth City Councils’ Social Inclusion Unit duties will be incorporated into two newly restructured departments.

From this week, their Community Connections service are taking over the operational aspects of dealing with incidents of discrimination/hate crime under our ‘Report It’ system. They will also be responsible for all operational asylum and refugee work. Matt Garrett is the Head of Community Connections  and his two Strategic Managers are Jackie Kings and Malisa Collier.
By the first week in January, they will also be handing over strategic work relating to: wider social and financial inclusion; equality; equality impact assessments; diversity; asylum seekers and refugees; Gypsies and Travellers; Prevent and Channel; community cohesion/tensions; Welcoming City; small grants and also the community and voluntary sector. This will move to our Chief Executive’s Office Policy and Intelligence Team - to be managed by Candice Sainsbury, Policy and Intelligence Manager and Darin Halifax, Senior Policy Advisor.

LINX newsletter from NAVCA is out now,  see it here

Plymouth Drake Foundation newsletter is out now see it here here

Memory Matters want to share with you what they do. Click here

Plymouth Mental Health Network Newsletter is out now, Click here

NAVCA Health and Social Care news is out now. Click here

Developing and Managing a Project: Come to our training session to learn essential skills around project development and management. Working with our experienced trainer you will learn skills that will help you and your organisation

Dementia Awareness Training: This short session will give you an understanding of what Dementia is, how it can affect daily life and how you and your organisation can become more Dementia Friendly. This is is a free course provided in association with PCC.

Writing a Funding Application: In this 3 hour course our experienced trainer will help you learn the skills you need to make sure your application ticks all the right boxes and stands out for the right reasons

Legal Structures Workshop: Come along and let us clear up the differences between a CIO, CIC, PLC, and many more of your options when registering your charitable organisation. With case studies and advice we can help you make a confident choice on how to take your project forward.

Community Events workshop: Come along to this 2 hours session and learn some key skills to host your own successful community event. With case studies, practical advice and more.

First Steps to Volunteering Programme: a 2 day certificated course from WEA and Volunteer Plymouth in Key volunteering skills. More info here

DAPAT: Mon 12 December 2016 9:30am – 16:30pm with Ahimsa and Twelves Company. Empower staff to work confidently with victims and perpetrators of domestic abuse. To make enquires into abusive instances, identify, engage and risk assess perpetrators of domestic abuse. Identify referral pathways for perpetrators and victims and appropriate advice and information.

Oncourse Southwest run a full spectrum of training. Their aim is to develop education and training opportunities for the community in Plymouth with a primary focus on the most deprived wards and to support the whole community while working closely in partnership with other community and voluntary groups in the area, they are eager to foster good relations throughout the sector so please do get in touch. Please check their website for more information

Broadreach House:  2016/17 programme titles as follow, Click here for more information on dates and costs
Level 1 Award in Information and Computer Technology (ICT) User Skills
Level 1 Award in Progression (Personal Development)Level 2 Award in Introduction to Counselling Skills Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 Award in Understanding Substance Misuse Access to HE Diploma: Practitioner in Substance misuse

WEA Personal development Programme: 2016/17 programme titles as follow, courses are charged but subsidies are available for means tested benefits, Click here for more information.
Get to know yourself from a Behaviourist persepective
Get to know yourself from a Psychodynamic perspective
Introduction to Peer Mentoring (level 1 and 2)
Introduction to Stress management techniques
Communication through body language
Understanding assertiveness

Teignbridge courses for the VCSE:  Please click on the course title to see more information, costs, venue and times.
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