Today marks the anniversary of the surrender of Argentine forces to British troops in the Falkland Islands, returning the islands to British control and freeing the islanders from Argentine military rule. The conflict lasted 74 days and ended with the Argentine surrender, in Port Stanley, on 14 June 1982. In total, 649 Argentine military personnel, 255 British military personnel, and three Falkland Islanders died during the hostilities, while many others were injured. Having served in the Falklands, and having a close friend who is a Falkland Islander (she’s the editor of their only newspaper ‘The Penguin News’), it’s quite humbling to know how proud they are of being British and the extremely high regard they have for the British armed forces and the sacrifices they made to ensure the islander’s freedom from tyranny. Today, as on every other 14 June, the islanders will take part in a remembrance service in Christ Church Cathedral, in Stanley, before laying wreaths at the Falklands War Memorial on Reservoir Road, on the Stanley seafront. This month (June) is also Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness month. The likes of the Royal British Legion, SSAFA, and Combat Stress continue to help, on a daily basis, significant numbers of veterans who are diagnosed, to a greater or lesser degree, with this debilitating affliction. Volunteering with these groups, and many others that aid veterans of conflict, is always a worthwhile thing to do, and helps to make significant differences to the lives of those men and women who have served Queen and country. Please bear it in mind when you’re looking to volunteer yourselves or are looking to signpost others to volunteering roles.
- New Forms – to be used with immediate effect.
This is a reminder that new forms are now available to download from the Guide to delivering European funding page of the funders’ website (please place a shortcut to this site on to your desktop).
The requirement to be compliant with the GDPR came into force on 25 May, and there are no exceptions. However, given the lead in time to roll the new documentation out to partnerships, funders expect that this should be completed by the end of June 2018. This ties into the release of a new version of Annex L, to be used from 1 July, which supports the new forms being used.
As mentioned in previous updates there is a transition period between the 25th May and 1 July where the new forms do not fully align with Annex L – please re-visit the guidance that funders issued to explain how to handle this period.
Annex H (Version 10) –Participant entry form summary of changes:
- Sexual orientation question removed
- Cornish question removed
- ‘other’ added as option to gender selection
- ‘Mx’ added as option to title field
- Ethnicity fields tidied up to align better with Annex L
- Alternative credible evidence section for right to live and work in the UK added
- Participant and project officer declaration amended in light of GDPR
- New privacy notice for participants added
Annex J – Participant exit form
- Requirement to provide hard evidence of results removed
- Participant and project officer declarations amended in light of GDPR
- New privacy notice for participants added
- Form re-structured so data collection aligns better with Annex L
- Length of time unemployed on leaving field added (MA requirement)
- Participant Files
We continue to find errors in participant files, e.g. different enrolment dates on different forms, sometimes on updated versions of the same forms. Today, we have had a request from the funders to correct a list of errors that they have found on participant’s files, something we attempting to do right now. Again, we ask partners to check historical files for accuracy, even if it’s slow time. This will stop the requests from our funders, and save our time for other project efforts.
- Updated Partner Privacy/GDPR Policies
While some partners have responded to the request for copies of the updated privacy policies to be sent to us, there are still a number of outstanding responses to the request. We are looking for all partners to have their up to date policies to be with us before the end of June. Thank you to those organisations who have complied with the request. We will forward our updated policy to partners as soon as it is written, hopefully within the next couple of weeks.
- VANL have a number of training courses coming up in the near future, which may be of interest to partners and their participants.
Emergency First Aid in the Workplace, Level 3. Thursday 12 July 9.30-4.00
Data Protection Training (including GDPR). Thursday 21 June 9.30-4.00
Paediatric First Aid Training Course – 2 Day Course. August 13 and 14 9.30–4.00
Welfare Benefits Update Including Immigration. Tuesday 24 July 2018 9.30-4.30
For bookings and enquiries, please email email@example.com or phone 01724 845155.
- Vacancies with Voluntary Centre Services (VCS)
VCS has four exciting opportunities for highly motivated individuals to join a small team as part of our Social Prescribing Service. The Social Prescribing Service, developed alongside the Integrated Neighbourhood Teams (INT’s) in West Lincolnshire provides a means of enabling primary care services to refer patients with social, emotional or practical needs to a range of local, non-clinical services. Our new team members will support the development of Social Prescribing in Lincoln North and Lincoln South, building on the success of the Gainsborough pilot project. All posts are initially funded for one year.
Social Prescribing Navigators will be responsible for delivering a person-centred service, supporting people to improve their health and wellbeing by connecting with services in their community. Navigators will be a vital community resource, responsible for patient engagement and developing effective working relationships with health care professionals and third sector providers.
Project Support Officers will provide dedicated support to the development of the Social Prescribing service, act as a point of contact for enquiries and referrals, support with marketing and communications and provide administrative support for the office.
Post 1- Social Prescribing Navigator (Part time – Sleaford based)
£15,763 per annum (£22,518 FTE) / 24.5 hours per week / Sleaford based
Post 2 – Social Prescribing Navigator (Part time – Lincoln based)
£15,763 per annum (£22,518 FTE) / 24.5 hours per week / Lincoln based
Post 3 – Project Support Officer (Part time – Sleaford based)
£7,999 per annum (£16,967 FTE) / 16.5 hours per week / Sleaford based
Post 4 – Project Support Officer (Part time – Lincoln based)
£7,999 per annum (£16,967 FTE) / 16.5 hours per week / Lincoln based
Completed Applications should be submitted to:
Voluntary Centre Services, City Hall, Beaumont Fee, Lincoln, LN1 1DF
Closing date: Monday 9th July 2018 (5pm)
Interview dates: Wednesday 18th & Friday 20th July 2018
- Mental Health Promotion Fund
Organisations and groups that support and help people manage their mental health and wellbeing are being invited to pitch for a share of £300,000 community funding.
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (LPFT) and Lincolnshire County Council have announced the latest round of their Mental Health Promotion Fund. The fund helps adults of all ages who have experienced mental health problems to participate in a wide range of activities that will help them to recover and maintain as good a quality of life as possible. It also helps local people to play an active role in promoting and maintaining good mental health for themselves and others.
Projects that are successful in receiving funding will join LPFT’s innovative Managed Care Network, a collection of community groups which offer support and various activities to help keep people living well in the community. Network members currently provide over 30 different types of activities for people to access.
For this round of funding the panel welcomes and encourages new projects to come forward with fresh and imaginative activities that support some of the key priorities for local neighbourhood teams, including training for carers, adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), anger management and activities along the East of Lincolnshire.
The deadline for applications is 5pm on 28 June 2018.
For more details about the Mental Health Promotion Fund and how to apply visit: www.lpft.nhs.uk/mental-health-promotion or contact the Community Partnerships Team on 01529 222 223 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org