Happy 150th Anniversary to the British Red Cross

Inspired by Swiss businessman, Henry Dunant and originally called the British National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded in War in 1870, it would be renamed the British Red Cross in 1905 becoming part of an international movement of humanitarian organisations offering aid in disasters and health crises.

Granted its first Royal Charter in 1908 by HM King Edward VII, Queen Alexandra then became its president. Our Queen has been a patron of the organisation for 65 years and Prince Charles has been president of the Red Cross since 2003.

All Red Cross programs and activities are guided by their 7 Fundamental Principles:

  1. Humanity
  2. Impartiality
  3. Neutrality
  4. Independence
  5. Voluntary Service
  6. Unity 
  7. Universality

The British Red Cross refuse to ignore people in crisis. They help people cope with disasters, conflicts and personal crises.
To donate to their UK Coronavirus Response Appeal, by card or PayPal – Click HERE.
To learn more of the history and work of the British Red Cross, visit their website – HERE.

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The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 – Apply Now

The Dorset Council Community Impact Fund (DCIF) Round 5 (Coronavirus Support) has launched to support local charities, and voluntary organisations that are providing support and assistance to help Dorset’s most vulnerable people and their communities to recover after the recent Coronavirus outbreak.

New applications are now being accepted and the fund closes at midnight on Sunday, 20th September 2020. Award decisions will be confirmed from the end of August through to the end of September 2020.

Organisations and community groups can apply for up to £5,000. New and emerging groups (those with less than 6 months delivery experience and who may not have the normal governance in place) can apply for up to £1,000 provided they have a referee who will endorse their application and manage the funds on their behalf.
Organisations awarded a grant will need to be able to commence delivery of their project/activities within six weeks of being awarded funding. Groups will need to use their funding by end of March 2021.

Who can apply? Who is eligible?

  • registered charities including charitable incorporated organisations
  • constituted community croups
  • community benefit societies
  • social enterprises (companies limited by guarantee with a not-for-profit clause)
  • CICs (must be limited by guarantee and have community benefit objectives)
  • parish councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • town councils (if funded activities are not deemed part of their statutory duties and must also have a voluntary and community sector partner to support delivery)
  • places of worship and religious organisations (if funded activities are not promoting religion)
  • new and emerging groups – please see information below
  • school PTA’s
  • all of the above must be local or regional organisations; local branches of national charities are eligible if they are financially independent and separately managed
  • CIC’s will also need to provide an ‘Asset Lock’ statement and copy of their Memorandum or Articles of Association

All organisations applying (apart from new and emerging groups) must have:

  • a management committee, trustees or board of directors with at least three unrelated members
  • a written constitution or set of rules that sets out the purpose and management of the organisation
  • a bank account in the name of the organisation with at least two unrelated cheque signatories

Please read through the full guidelines HERE (a new window will open) before applying.

If you have read the guidelines and are ready to apply, click HERE.

If you want to chat through your project before applying or have a specific question you can contact any of the following:

  1. Policy and Performance Officer (Grants) – Ian Wells
    Tel: 01305 224307

  2. External funding and grants manager – Laura Cornette
    Tel: 01305 224306

Good Luck!

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Chairman on BBC Radio Solent

Apologies for not giving fair warning – but you can listen to what the Chairman of Broadwindsor Community Stores, Andrew Hookings, had to say in a seven minute interview on BBC Radio Solent’s Breakfast Show this morning.
Please click on the link below, fast forward it to 47mins, 15 seconds and you’ll hear Andrew being introduced by Steve Harris discussing the affect of Covid-19 has had on our community stores and how the shop was successful in securing a grant from the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund.

Listen to Andrew’s interview HERE (at 47m 15s).

Dorset Community Foundation

To find out more about the Dorset Community Foundation Coronavirus Fund click HERE.


Click and Collect from Broadwindsor Community Stores


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