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Welcome to Watford & Three Rivers Trust newsletter
August 2018


Please find enclosed an update on events and funding opportunities which may be useful to your networks and community groups in and around Watford.

New Lead for CVS

W3RT is pleased to announce that our new lead for CVS services will be Amanda Williams, W3RT’s Director of Development. Amanda has been working for W3RT for the past eight months supporting Michal and the team and therefore has a good understanding of the CVS work as well as formerly serving as a W3RT Trustee.  She has a strong background in the Corporate sector, is a long-term Watford resident, and has worked with many local charities and community groups.

Amanda will be supported by Gill Crowson, who has served Watford charities her entire life, and who will lead for us on particular local projects. You can learn more about Amanda and Gill at:

Amanda works Tuesday - Thursday each week and can be contacted on

Training and Development Programme

Herts Community Foundation have confirmed details of their Training and Development Programme 2018-19. Please find details below of the Watford based courses:


3 October       

Marketing your Group via Facebook & Twitter

23 October     

The Price is Right! Costing Your Services

13 November 

Safeguarding Adults at Risk L1

4 December   

Challenging/Aggressive Behaviour

29 January     

Trustee Roles and Responsibilities

13 February     

Creating Fundable Projects

26 February     

PR/Raise your profile

12 March         

Emergency First Aid in the Workplace

27 March         

Bidding for Contracts

Please find the link below of a full list of courses this year and details of how to book.

Watford CVS July 2018 Highlights:

W3RT helped organise a very positive meeting of the Herts Charity CEO Network.  For more information visit:

All CVS members received invitations to attend a skills sharing conference on Monday 23rd July where experts from each Hilton HQ department presented top tips for strategic and tactical success

Amanda attended for Watford CVS.  Here are her 3 favourite tips she picked up on the day:

  1. The new algorithm on Facebook pushes & prioritises video and key date posts to the top of readers newsfeeds - dramatically increasing the reach to get your key messages across

  2. Free and heavily reduced software is available to charities from W3RT have just purchased Norton antivirus for 20 devices for £31. Which would normally cost £144 + VAT to buy elsewhere

  3. Google offers $10,000 of free advertising a month for non-profit organisations. Further details here

Excellent information, tips and advice was shared by their finance, HR, IT, social marketing and HR teams with the offer of one to one personal consultations.

New Quality Standard

In collaboration with partners accross the country, W3RT is piloting a new quality standard for voluntary organisations. 

The University of Hertfordshire are evaluating the pilot and those taking part will receive a free accreditation - it's not too late to take part! Email or call: 01923 216966.

Love Watford Radio

We are offering CVS members a chance to visit The Barn to make recordings to help promote their work or their message.  These can be posted on your website and also on our new site

We plan to spend the rest of the summer developing an archive of basic recordings and then to start "live" broadcasting in the autumn. 

If you would like to book a slot, please email - Tracy will get back in touch asap to confirm the booking or offer an alternative.  During your session, someone will be on hand to introduce you to the equipment and help with any queries.  You will also need to sign a volunteer contributors’ agreement. If you would like to use music, please bring CDs or similar along with you on the day! 

Funding and Fundraising

We are supporting Hertfordshire's 2018 funding conference.  Details to follow.  Meanwhile, please reserve the date: 14 September

We offer a free fundraising website for Watford Groups: visit for news and information on all the major locl and national funds.

Grants - Hertfordshire Community Foundation

HCF have a number of new funds become available to support local community and voluntary groups. 

For more information, visit the HCF website:

Small Grants Fund 2018-19 Programme

Watford Borough Council are offering grants of up to £2000 to help fund a project, community initiative or purchase a piece of equipment.
For more information visit:

Heritage Lottery Fund - Building Connections Fund

A new £11.5 million Building Connections Fund has been set up to support projects that are able to prevent or reduce loneliness by funding projects that: 

  • increase social connections, helping people form strong and meaningful relationships and creating a sense of community and belonging, and helping people feel more connected

  • support organisations to build on their existing work, eg by reaching more people, or working in a new area or with a different method or group of people

  • encourage organisations to join up with others locally

  • improve the evidence base and use learning to inform longer term policy and funding decisions

For more details visit:

Connecting Hertfordshire Survey

#TeamHerts are exploring ways in which they ‘connect’ with our Hertfordshire communities.

If you are a voluntary or community group, a registered charity, a self help group, CIC or social enterprise, they would like to hear from you. Please can you take 5 minutes to complete this survey?

The closing date for the survey is 31st August 2018. Please share this link with your networks and anyone else who may be interested.

Vacancy for Finance Trustee

Playskill are looking for a new Finance Trustee.  For more information visit or call 07572 465504.

My Local Hero 2019

Nominations are open for the next Local Hero awards - recognising the unsung heroes within our communities.  The nomination form can be downloaded here.

Free Phones

We have got about 15 of old MITEL 5312 IP phones we no longer need. If anyone is interested, please email

Support from Professional Charity Consultants

We have some great new consultants that have been recruited to the W3RT team.  We can match you with the right consultant to help with your business plan, constitution, fundraising, board development and anything else you might need! And we can often contribute toward the costs. 

To learn more, please email:

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