• Bratton Lunch Club
  • YAW-Canoe-Activity
  • Feathers opening
  • NCS-fencing
  • Stonehenge-and-Pewsey-Canoe
  • HRH-at-Handel

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  • Young-Carers-Arts-Project

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Insurance Training for Local Councils and Village Halls

Community First is working in partnership with Wiltshire Village Halls' Association (WVHA) and Wiltshire Association of Local Councils (WALC) to provide training for Local Councils and Village Halls about insurance.  The course will be delivered by a team from Zurich Municipal who have underwritten Community First's Insurance Scheme for Village Halls and Parish Councils for many years.

Covering important questions such as: What cover should be in place? What does the cover mean? What are considered to be "normal" activities? as well as looking at dealing with risk and understanding what can go wroing, this promises to be an interesting event.  It takes place on Tuesday 4th April at Market Lavington Community Hall.

Please see below for a flyer and booking form for this event.

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Community First’s Young Listeners - shortlisted for Children & Young People Now 2016 Awards

Congratulations to Community First Young Listeners who were nominated for the Children & Young People Now Awards 2016 in the Youth Volunteering & Social Action category.

The awards ceremony took place in London on 24th November with our Young Listeners who were shortlisted for their project ‘Listen Up Wiltshire’ a programme commissioned and delivered in partnership with Healthwatch Wiltshire.

Healthwatch Wiltshire (www.healthwatchwiltshire.co.uk) is an organisation that gives a voice to people in Wiltshire around the services that they receive in Health and Social Care.

Community First’s Young Listeners are a group of young people who have donated over 600 hours talking to 174 young people to understand how they feel about health & social care services.

The volunteers talked to young people about their experiences such as being a young carer, experiences surrounding specialist educational needs and disabilities, mental health and emotional wellbeing.

Alex Neale, Community Organiser from Community First, said “We are so proud of the work achieved by all of our Young Listeners. They made every day working on the project, exciting and gave so much energy, commitment, and empathy to everyone that shared their stories with them.”

Click here for shortlist information: http://www.cypnawards.com/shortlist

Click her to view the Young Listeners film: https://youtu.be/EQpdQUqRGWI

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‘Community First - Volunteers’ work has estimated value to Wiltshire of £2M per year’

Recognition for Wiltshire's volunteers and young people - via 2016 Awards

Winners at Community First 2016 Awards

Pictured L to R back: Ginnie Keen (Youth Action Wiltshire volunteer fundraiser), Andy Devey, Alex Flinders (Aldbourne Youth Council), James Ballard, David Wilson (The Brunel Shed), Rhys Stevens, Geoff Holstead (Selwyn Hall), Caspar Helmer, Chris Morgan, Linda Curtis and Ron Young of Ramsbury Community Transport.

L to R front: Doreen Drew, Rosie Grant-Wilson and Charlotte Wilson of Nexus Project, Alfie-Lee Hughes (Winner of Young Carer under 12 award), Katie Heather, Zoe Radford and Kerry McKenzie (Winner of Young Carer over 12 award). 

Community First has over fifty years’ experience in supporting communities in Wiltshire. The organisation is supported by the vital work of volunteers – and has this week recognised the amazing accomplishments of the community volunteers and young people that it works with - via annual awards.

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Project Inspire

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17 young people who were previously Not In Education Employment Or Training (NEET) have recently completed a challenging programme of practical activities, including embedded Maths and English, adventure sports, volunteering, work experience and class room based learning. Each young person has achieved a range of accredited awards from a menu of; BTEC Units Self-Assessment, Carer Progression, Introduction to Health and Safety, Working In a team, Taking Part in Sport,(each unit achieved is a stand- alone award, on the achievements of 14 Credits young people achieve a BTEC Certificate in Vocational Studies), HsE First Aid, SLUK Day Sports Leaders Award, ASDAN Environmental and Conservation Awards, Functional Skills qualifications Maths and English entry level 2-Level 2.