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<< Welcome to the LOVE Devon newsletter >>
January 2020 
 
CORRECTION: please accept our apologies, the newsletter issued last week on 31st January was entitled 'December 2019', when it should have read 'January 2020'. 
 
Hello, and a belated happy new year! 
 
Welcome to the first LOVE Devon update of 2020 - a new decade in which people all over Devon continue to face serious challenges but one in which we're also excited about working with communities to help people overcome these challenges.  
 
Below you'll find stories on our winter fuel pverty project, supporting social enterprises, a brand new data dashboard for Devon and more. 
 
If you are inspired by what you read, please do consider making a donation to support us in the work we do. This can be done online, either as a one-off payment or as regular direct debit, and really could make a huge difference to people in your community and others who are facing challenges this year. Thank you. DONATE HERE. 
 
If you would like to see your project, event or enterprise featured in the next edition or are interested in advertising options, please contact marketing@devoncommunities.org.uk
 
Enjoy the read!
 
 
Elaine Cook, Chief Executive
 
Picture credit: Winter at Killerton © Copyright Alison Day and licensed for reuse under Creative Commons Licence.
 
Latest News
 
 
Help us reduce fuel poverty in Devon
 
Our Big Energy Saving Network programme continues apace, following a very busy Big Energy Saving Week last week during which we visited a number of communities to help people save money on their energy bills.
 
From village halls to supermarkets, our energy saving champions got out and about to support people with lots of advice from energy saving to switching suppliers and much more. 
 
With 1 in 10 Devon households classed as fuel poor there's so much more than can be done to help people save money. So if you or someone you know would like some 1-2-1 advice, or you would like our team to attend an event in your community please do get in touch. We're able to offer this service until the end of March and we'd love to help as many people as possible! 
 
To find out more contact: aggie@devoncommunities.org.uk or martin@devoncommunities.org.uk for advice or to book one of our sessions. 
 
 
 
New Start Devon Enterprise Coaching: Stacey's story
 
We were thrilled to learn of this fantastic success story from a client of our New Start Devon business coaching project, Stacey.

A keen interior design writer, Stacey already had a successful blog and with support from Matthew, our enterprise coach, has added another string to her bow by starting up a brand new coworking space, Tribe, for creative femal entrepreneurs.

You can read more about how Matthew helped Stacey overcome her self-doubt and establish a growing business on our website.
 
If you would like to chat to Matthew, our enterprise coach, about receiving free support for your business as part of this project, please email matthew.porter@devoncommunities.org.uk

New Start Devon is receiving funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
 
Stacey's story
 
New dashboard for Devon data
 
We are pleased to announce the publication of the new JSNA Headline Tool which has been created in collaboration with Devon Public Health Intelligence, Devon Communities Together and many other partners.
 
The tool provides summary level information across the life course for a range of different areas across Devon. The JSNA Headline Tool is part of a suite of tools which are currently in development. To provide feedback or for more information relating to the tool or future products please get in touch with the Public Health Intelligence team by emailing publichealthintelligence-mailbox@devon.gov.uk.
 
 
Claim your spot on our social enterprise map!
 
Do you own or run a social enterprise in Devon? Would you like to take advantage of a FREE online listing in a new online map of social enterprises across Devon and Somerset?

If the answer is yes, then visit the brand new www.enhancesocialenterprise.org.uk website where you will find details of how to join the network for free (if you're not already a member) and be able to claim your listing. There are also details of exclusive social enterprise events across the region and a host of other social enterprises you can make contact with and do business with.

Visit the website or contact info@devoncommunities.org.uk for more information.
Even if you're not a business owner, the website is a fantastic place to research your local social enterprises and keep your shopping local and social!

You can also follow us on Facebook (EnahnceSEN), Twitter (@EnhanceSEN), LinkedIn (Enhance Social Enterprise Network Devon & Somerset) and Instagram (EnhanceSocialEntDevSom).

The Heart of the South West Enhance Social Enterprise Programme is receiving funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural & Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
 
Stacey's story
 
Looking for volunteers this summer?
 
Petroc has worked with National Citizen Service (NCS) since 2012, delivering life-changing experiences to young people in North Devon, Mid Devon and Exeter. For the 2020 programme they are looking for volunteering opportunities as to excite the young people, so if you know of an orgainsation, project or group that could make good use of some enthusastic volunteers this summer, please contact info@devoncommunities.org.uk. They're particularly keen on hearing from projects with a sustainability/environental aspect. This could be a great opportunity to boost your volunteering numbers whilst helping to make a difference to young people!
Community Resilience
Don't forget about our community resilience grants
 
There are two schemes that communities may apply for, to support them with the community resilience activities. 
 
These grants could make a real difference to your community emergency plan - find out more below. 
 
Find out more and apply
Community Buildings
 
Photo competition update!
 
We're happy to share this update from Allied Westminster:
 
We’ve had a wonderful response so far, with villages obviously entering into the competitive spirit and submitting some lovely and often touching photos which really capture the idea of rural ‘community’. 

We want all villagers to appreciate that their hall is indispensable at a time when halls are under increasing financial strain, and hope that this will encourage some of villagers to become trustees.

The focus of the theme is ‘Village Life - a photo which characterises the value of community in your village’, so this isn’t about beautiful pictures of dazzling sunsets or picturesque buildings at dawn, but rather photos which display the value of ‘community’ within rural village life. So winning photos – whether snapped spontaneously on a phone or taken at leisure with a Leica - are likely to feature recognisable people doing recognisable things that distil the essence of that village’s community spirit.

Entry is simple and completely free. Entrants have only to submit a photo and nominate a hall as beneficiary. If they win first prize, the hall gets £1000 and the photographer gets £500. They can enter here: https://villagehallsurvey.com/survey/photo-competition until 15th March 2020. 

You can also use this page to vote for your favourite photos. It would be great to see as many Devon halls on there as possible. Good luck!
 
Catalyst 
 
 
Catalyst Consultancy - creating positive change
 
Catalyst is a professional consultancy service from Devon Communities Together which supports businesses, local councils, social enterprises and community groups to achieve their objectives and create positive change in Devon.
 
We're here to help you achieve something in your community by bringing our skills and experience to the table to help you reach your goals. 
 
Could our Catalyst Consultancy team support your community or commercial initiative? We provide a range of services including community engagement, funding applications and much more.
 
Contact info@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919 and find out how we can help. 
 
Devon Community Learning Academy
 
The Devon Community Learning Academy is expanding every month and we're delighted to be working with 30 external trainers as well as our own in-house experts to provide high quality, accessible training that will benefits Devon's communities.
 
We've previewed just a few of the upcoming courses below but we have lots more exciting learning opportunities in the pipeline. To see the full schedule and view prices and booking information, please visit our website
 
Training discounts available!
 
By becoming a member of Devon Communities Together you will receive a substantial discount on most of our training courses and membership starts from as little as £24 per year. Please contact us or visit our website to find out more about how you can start saving money today.
 
In addition, there is a 10% early bird discount available on many of our courses, which can be used on its own or in conjunction with the membership discount. What are you waiting for?
 
If you think you could benefit from some training that isn't currently covered in our schedule, please do get in touch. We're always looking at new, innovative courses and trainers, and would love to hear from you if you have a particular training need or an idea for a course that we may be able to run in the future. Please contact us on info@devoncommunities.org.uk or call 01392 248919. 
 
 
 
E - Learning courses 
 
We are offering a range of short and accessible online training courses. From only £20 these courses will allow you to learn about an array of subjects in your own time and in the comfort of your own home. Courses include the Care Act, Autism Awareness, Online Safety, GDPR, Workplace Wellbeing and lots more. Book online and receive a 15% discount, by using DCT15 at the checkout. 
 
Find out more about the courses here
 
Upcoming courses
 
 
Benefits system training
 
Citizens Advice Devon's excellent programme of benefits system training courses continues over the coming months, with a range of in-depth sessions designed to give people the skills and knowledge to navigate the new system confidently and successfully. The courses are aimed at people who support or advise others who are in need of benefit support. Each workshop will increase or refresh knowledge and will enable you to learn about any updates within the benefits system.
 
If you support or advise families, elderly people, people with disabilities and carers then these courses will be perfect for you and could really make a difference to people's lives!
 
Find out more
 
 
 
Level 2 (RQF) One Day Food Safety in Catering
4th February
09:15- 16:15
 
This qualification is ideal for anyone working in the catering and hospitality industry (or those about to start work in the industry). Learners gaining this qualification will know that food safety is the responsibility of everyone involved in the storage, preparation, cooking service and handling of food.
 
Book here
 
Level 3 (RQF) Three Day Food Safety in Catering
4th - 6th February
09:15 - 16:15
 
The objective of this qualification is to support a role in the workplace and give learners personal growth and engagement in learning. The qualification is designed for learners who wish to progress to higher or supervisory level within a food catering business.
 
Book here
 
Level 3 (RQF) Three Day First Aid at Work
24th - 26th February
09:15- 16:15
 
This course is excellent for anyone who wishes to learn emergency first aid life saving skills. All learners will have the skills and knowledge to provide their organisation with Emergency First Aider’s that can provide treatment to their casualties in a prompt, safe and effective manner.
 
Book here
 
Distance Learning Opportunities with Petroc
 
Petroc’s distance learning courses offer you the flexibility to study where and when you want, at a pace that suits you – enabling you to balance your studies with your work and family life. Whether you’re looking to improve your employability, further develop your professional knowledge through CPD or just fancy studying in your spare time, Petroc has a distance learning course to suit you.
 
Some level 2 courses are FREE, subject to eligibility requirements.
 
Find out more
 
 
Building The Foundations of A Marketing Strategy: A Beginner's Guide
28th February
09:30 - 12:30
 
With a particular focus on digital marketing, this course will look at the basics of creating a marketing plan, including: setting objectives; building your brand story, key messages and visual identity; key audiences; communication channels; planning your timeline; looking at competitors; and evaluating your activities.
It is aimed at those who are new to marketing or those in smaller organisations for whom marketing is an ‘add-on’ to your main job.

An Early Bird 10% discount is available for this course until the end of the 31st January!
 
Book here
 
Getting Free Publicity, Using PR
28th February
13:00 - 16:00
 
This is a fast-paced workshop that is highly experiential, with lots of discussions and learning points.
Bring with you your PR frustrations,
your questions and successes to share. It’s packed with tools and techniques, simple processes and a mind-change that will transform the way you look at PR (to get much better results!)
We will also be analysing your local media so that you understand who to send the releases to, and what makes a great PR.
Our aim is that everyone will be able to walk out of this course with a press release written and ready to send, and know who to send it to.
(Note: this does depend on the availability of appropriate news)
 
Book here
 
And finally ...
Become a friend of Love Devon!
 
Do you love Devon as much as we do? Then please spare what you can to help us to continue supporting those communites that are facing some really tough challenges. Fuel poverty, lack of affordable housing, disappearing local services, lack of job opportunities - these are just a few of the areas we work in, and we need your help! 
 
By setting up a small regular donation (as little as £3 per month) you can become a Friend of LOVE Devon and help us to support people of all ages in communities across Devon. You'll even receive a LOVE Devon welcome pack, including a reusable shopping bag! 
 
Become a Friend of LOVE Devon
Devon Oil Collective
 
There's no longer a membership fee for the Devon Oil Collective! Instead DCT earns a percentage per litre of oil ordered through the scheme, which helps to fund our work. So, with the temperatures dropping, what better time to join? Not only could you save money on your heating oil but you'll also be raising money for community projects throughout Devon. Find out more by clicking the link below.
 
Register now
Help us earn money from Amazon
 
Please remember that if you log into Amazon via smile.amazon.co.uk and make 'Community Council of Devon' your chosen charity (that's the registered name for Devon Communities Together) we could receive a donation from Amazon every time you shop with them, at no extra cost to you. There really is no catch other than remembering to login via Smile instead of the usual Amazon web address or app. Happy Christmas and happy shopping!
 
Register now
 
 
Devon Communities Together membership
 
Are you part of a village hall committee, town/parish council or community group?

Membership of Devon Communities Together is open to all of these organisations and more. We'd welcome any group, organisation or individual who wants to enjoy the benefits of:
  • discounted training courses through our Community Learning Academy 
  • access to our highly skilled and experienced staff for advice on planning community projects, funding and more
  • FREE promotional listing on our village halls website for any community building to promote its facilities and calendar
  • and much more ...
 
Become a member today
 
 
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