FUNDING: Platinum Jubilee Fund – apply by 15 December 2021

The National Lottery Community Fund has launched a new £3.5million fund for activity to celebrate Her Majesty The Queen’s 70 years of public service.

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FUNDING: National Churches Trust – development, repair and maintenance grants

The National Churches Trust supports a wide variety of projects at churches, chapels and meeting houses and are available to Christian places of worship in the UK that are open for regular worship.

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FUNDING: Wooden Spoon – no deadline

Wooden Spoon is the children’s charity of rugby and funds projects that enhance and support the lives of children and young people (under 25) that are disadvantaged physically, mentally or socially.

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JOB OPPORTUNITY: Supported Living Manager (Adults with Learning Disability), Absolute Support

Salary £30,034 per annum / 36 hours per week

Absolute Support Leading Light are looking for a house manager to manage their service for adults with learning disabilities in Teddington.

The main responsibilities of the role include:

  • responsibility for the day to day running of the house
  • planning rotas and supporting staff
  • supporting the residents to live as independently as possible
  • assisting them to implement and achieve their support plans
  • ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all residents and staff.

For full details, please email Maggie Toner.

Young Carers Support Worker, Richmond Carers Centre

35 hours per week / £24,000-£26,400 gross per annum

Fixed-term contract until end March 2020 (extension subject to funding to end March 2021).

Find out more from the Richmond Carers Centre website.

Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

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The following information is intended to signpost anyone seeking information on  carrying out DBS checks on staff or volunteers.

The Protection of Freedoms Act 2012 came into effect in September 2012 and made a number of changes to the previous Criminal Records and Barring (CRB) system. The changes were designed to make it more proportionate whilst also ensuring effective protection for those that that may need it.

In brief, DBS checks are required for staff and volunteers who work directly with children and vulnerable adults. For a full list of those roles that are required to have a DBS check read the Home Office DBS Eligibility Guidance on the website.

DBS checks are chargeable for paid staff and free for volunteers, although an admin fee is charged for processing the check.

A step by step guide to the DBS can be found at the website.

There are a number of online providers that offer an efficient and effective checking service. You can see the full list of umbrella organisations who can process checks on the Home Office website at