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Take a look at our new Simply Connect website!

20th November 2018

Our new Simply Connect website is now live, providing lots of information about our story, team, and the services we provide. Please visit our new website and find out more about our work – it contains the story of how we evolved from VC Connect to Simply Connect, the different services and software we provide,…

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Karen Chillman, Head of Volunteering at Volunteer Centre Croydon, with a local volunteer at a Connect Well Croydon event celebrating #NHS70

“Our Connect Well Guides are just ordinary people”

11th October 2018

Our latest case study highlights how a local Volunteer Centre quickly set up a community-asset based social prescribing project in response to a local need. Karen Chillman, Head of Volunteering at Volunteer Centre Croydon, shares her story on how we worked together to set up the Connect Well Croydon social prescribing service to support local people…

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FUNDING OPP: The Digital Fund

4th October 2018

The Digital Fund is a new £15 million Big Lottery funding programme to support charities and community organisations to use digital tools and approaches to support people and communities to thrive. There are two strands of funding available, depending upon the size and age of your organisations, with more rounds coming in 2019. This could…

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Welcome Kent Coast Volunteering to our Simply Connect Community

21st September 2018

We’re delighted to be working with Kent Coast Volunteering – a newly established organisation following the merger of Thanet Volunteer Bureau, Shepway Volunteer Centre and Dover District Volunteer Centre. Kent Coast Volunteering will be using Volunteer Connect as part of their ongoing support and service to organisations and volunteers via their local ‘Hubs’ in Thanet, Shepway and Dover.…

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Applications open for Building Connections Fund to tackle youth loneliness

15th August 2018

Applications open today (15 August 2018) for eligible charities and community organisations from across England for up to £80,000 from the Building Connections Fund Youth strand, to expand or enhance their work tackling youth loneliness. Funding is available for projects that support any groups of young people within the most deprived 30% areas of England that mainly benefit young…

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Welcoming HEY East Riding to our VC Connect community

6th August 2018

We’re delighted to welcome HEY Smile Foundation – the latest organisation to join our VC Connect community. The Hull-based charity will soon be launching their Volunteer Connect service across East Riding as part of their new Smile Community Hive service, supporting charities and volunteer groups to thrive. We worked with the Smile Foundation team to get Volunteer Connect set…

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Congratulations to Involve Kent on their new social prescribing project

3rd August 2018

We’re delighted that customers’ Involve Kent are one of the successful applicants to the Department of Health’s Health and Wellbeing Fund. Their project will work with five GP practices in West Kent, with specialist staff (supported by volunteers) will advise and support patients to get involved in community activities, volunteering, or access community services as a way of…

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Tackling the loneliness epidemic together

2nd August 2018

Following the Prime Minister’s wider endorsement of the Jo Cox Commission recommendations on Loneliness in January 2018, there has been an increased focus upon tackling the increasing problem of loneliness and isolation. In response to this an £11.5 million Building Connections Fund was announced last month aiming to increase support and prevent loneliness by supporting existing services and…

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VAS announce transfer of VC Connect to Simply Connect

6th July 2018

Voluntary Action Sheffield (VAS) has announced today the transfer of its popular software business – VC Connect – to a new company set up by the existing staff team, to enable the business to thrive in the software industry. Maddy Desforges, Chief Executive at VAS, says; “I am delighted that having successfully incubated and grown…

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BetKnowMore shortlisted for RSPH Health & Wellbeing Award

23rd June 2018

Congratulations to customers, BetKnowMore, on being shortlisted for a Royal Society for Public Health Health & Wellbeing Award. The team are shortlisted for a ‘Health on the High Street Award’ for their work to improve the understanding of gambling-related harm, and to provide support to customers at risk or impacted by this. Winners will be announced at a…

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