Friday, 29 October 2010

Told off by Theo Paphitis & Twitter Ooops Sorry x


This week Ive been tweeting alot and found out that Theo Paphitis from dragons den supports small businesses by doing a Small Business Sunday,(#sbs) Theo re-tweets your details every Sunday by sending a message to Theo with #sbs in it, if you are lucky enough to be picked Theo will RE-TWEET tweeting starts at 5pm & ends at 7.30pm - good luck !!
When I found out this I did tweet alot and re tweeted, re tweeted not only mine but everyone else's !  I thought this would help everyone, not only did I get numb thumb but told off by twitter !!! and they stopped me tweeting with only 15mins to go I couldn't believe it, anyway bottom lip was out but I was pleased to see that louise from baby signing mummy getting a re-tweet from Theo, later that night I received a message from Theo this is what Theo said :-

SORRY THEO ! I really am, told off by Theo & twitter :-(

Maybe this will make up for it
Twitter link  also on facebook!/TheoPaphitisOfficial Cant wait to see Theo's  new and fabulous lingerie range which I cant wait to buy ! Have you bought his book ? here's the link


Theo’s life story, Enter the Dragon, is published by Orion Books in paperback. It gives an insight into the thoughts and aspirations of one of the UK’s most popular entrepreneurs.

In this revealing and controversial memoir, Theo not only takes the reader behind the scenes on Dragons' Den, he explains how he made his fortune. He also provides a master class in business methods that will enable anyone who reads this book to learn so much about how they too can improve their business acumen.

Theo recalls how his family moved to England from Cyprus and how as a poor immigrant, he took whatever jobs he could, starting as a tea boy for Lloyd's. There, despite the handicap of his dyslexia, he began to take the first steps on a career that would net him a fortune. He reveals the methods that took him to the top, and also provides some fascinating insight into the world of football from his spell as chairman of Millwall FC.

Above all, this is a book that will provide all readers with the opportunity to learn from one of the nation's most successful businessmen and put his ideas into practice.

So click on the links to follow Theo & buy the book

with love from shellybobbins

Saturday, 23 October 2010

Small Business Funding list given to me by my local MP's office for UK


Groups and individuals seeking finance for projects often approach the constituency office for guidance.  This is a list of potential sources of finance that are known to the constituency office.  It is a very brief outline of some of the funding.  For each potential source there are contact details.  There is no guarantee that the sources named will be able to help.  All details given are correct as sent to the constituency office at various times since June 2001.


The Association of Charity Officers

This organisation keeps details of possible sources of charitable funding for individuals.  You need to contact them to explain why you need funding.

The Association of Charity Officers
Beechwood, House of Commons, Wyllotts Close
Potters Bar
Tel: 01707 651 777
Fax: 01707 660 477


Improving play opportunities for 5-16 year olds.

Project Manager of the Better Play Programme
Children’s Services Department
Tanners Lane
Tel: 0208 550 8822
Tel: 0208 551 6870
The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT)

A major grant giving trust based in Kendal, Cumbria.  Our grants support charities addressing disadvantage in Cumbria and North Lancashire (the first priority) and the remainder of Lancashire (the second priority).

The Francis C Scott Charitable Trust (FCSCT)
3 Lambrigg Terrace
Tel: 01539 741610

In Kind Direct

Started by the Prince of Wales; the charity distributes surplus goods from industry to the voluntary sector.

In Kind Direct
PO Box 140
20 St Mary at Hill
Tel: 020 7204 5003
Fax: 020 7204 5551


First Aid for Rural Cumbria

This is the County Council’s initiative to get cash to community projects to help them recover from foot and mouth.
Workington: 01900 325011
Carlisle: 01228 606734


Vital Villages – the Countyside Agency

A grant based project run by the Countryside Agency in partnership with Rural Community Councils, which aims to implement the community aspects of the Rural White Paper and tackle rural problems.

Countryside Agency
Vital Villages Application Call Centre
Tel: 0870 333 0170

The Countryside Agency

Local Community Project Grants
Debbie Kerr
Tel: 01768 869523

Connexions Grants

Project funding to develop local responses to assist individuals aged 13-19 with multiple disadvantages who face exclusion, specifically with respect to the following 7 key priorities:

·        Areas of deprivation, teenage parents, young offenders, drug and solvent abuse, young people with learning difficulties and/or disabilities, travel to work and learning issues, young people in rural locations.

Enquiries about grant funding and the application form to: -

Workington Connexions Centre

213 Vulcans Lane
CA14 2BT
Tel: 01900 604674


New Opportunities Fund

This fund distributes National Lottery money to charities to voluntary and community groups and Grants for health, education and environment projects – focusing particularly on social inclusion.

Michelle McNamee – North West Regional Officer
New Opportunities Fund
North West Regional Office

Dallam Court

Dallam Lane
Tel: 01925 626800
Fax: 01925 234041
General Information 0845 0000 121

Community Fund – see under Charitable Trusts for local contact

Printed application forms available from 0845 791 9191

Sport England

Sports lottery money is spent on buildings, pitches and equipment, talented athletes of all ages, world class sporting events and a variety of other projects.

Sport England

16 Upper Woburn Place
Tel: 020 7273 1500
Fax: 020 7383 5740
Awards for All

A grants programme set up to help small groups – projects that are open and accessible to the community allowing people to enjoy a wide range of activities.

Awards for All North West
Ground Floor

Dallam Court

Dallam Lane
Tel: 01925 626800
Fax: 01925 234041

Arts Council of England

Arts lottery money is spent on a wide range of projects including the construction and refurbishment of arts venue, arts activity and public participation in the arts.

The Arts Council

14 Great Peter Street
Tel: 0207 312 0123
Fax: 0207 973 6590

North West Lottery Money

This is a central number for to get advice on all potential lottery funding for the area.

Tel: 0845 275 0000
Fax: 0845 275 0022



This business sponsorship incentive scheme for grass roots sport in England.

4th Floor
Warwick House of Commons

25-27 Buckingham Palace Road

HBOS – Community Relations

Community relations programme HBOS plc (the merger of the Bank of Scotland and the Halifax) – make occasional donations towards community groups.

Community Relations
The Mound
Tel: 0130 243 5533
Fax: 0131 243 5546


Community giving arm of British Nuclear Fuels Ltd.

Building 444 Sellafield
CA20 1PG
Tel: 01946 728333
Shell UK – Better Britain Campaign

Aims to enable effective action for community based sustainable development by providing community project grants, useful information, funding for partnership innovation and building a thriving network of community groups sharing good practice and experience.

Shell Better Britain Campaign
King Edward House
135a New Street
B2 4QJ

Hertel UK Services

Makes one-off donations depending on the type of application to groups such as: - scouts, guides, sea cadets, and playgroups.

David Turner
Site Manager
Hertel UK Services
Site 5
CA20 1PG

Lloyds TSB Bank plc

Give Grants to charities – especially for those who are disadvantaged or disabled – to enable people to play a fuller role in communities.

David Kay
Lloyds TSB Bank plc

26-32 Bank Street
Time Square
Tel: 01925 444652  Fax: 01925 413798

Cumbria Community Foundation

Charitable trust dedicated to supporting the work of voluntary and community organisations in Cumbria, particularly where there is the greatest disadvantage and which improve the quality of life in the community.

Cumbria Community Foundation
Unit 6B Lakeland Business Park
CA13 0QT
Tel: 01900 825760
Fax: 01900 826527


UGG270 (UK) B&Q – Better Neighbour Grants Scheme

The Better Neighbour Grants Scheme enables schools, community groups and charitable organisations to apply for funding to support a local community project.

The scheme provides between £50 and £500 worth of B&Q materials to help get a community project up and running.

Projects should have a long-lasting benefit to the community and the materials and methods used should not damage the environment in the short or long-term.

Applications may be made at any time and the application process is initiated by visiting a local store.

UGG390 (UK) Apex Trust

Offering a wide range of services to ex-offenders and employers, Apex Trust seeks to help people with criminal records obtain jobs and encourage and support organisations to employ them.

The Trust operates a UK-wide helpline named JobCheck which offers confidential advice and information to ex-offenders and employers on a range of issues including: -

·        When a conviction becomes spent.
·        Criminal records checks.
·        Best practice for employing ex-offenders.
·        Where to get training.
·        Where to get specific advice and guidance.

In addition, the Trust runs a variety of projects based around England which offer support to ex-offenders such as employability training, advocacy and ongoing support and help to employers, for example, through the Employee Volunteer Programme which enables employees to visit prisons to talk to inmates about employment-related matters.

UE6990 (England) Clerks’ Training Bursary Scheme

Support for clerks of parish councils in England with an annual turnover of less than £25,000 is available for skills or personal training that will aid them in their councils’ work.  It is hoped that the bursary will encourage more clerks to undertake the Certificate in Local Administration.

Up to £200 is available, up to 75% of the cost of the course.

This scheme was originally due to close in March 2005, however, it has been confirmed that it will continue for the 2005/2006 financial year.  Applications must, therefore, be received by 31st March 2006.

UGG280 (UK) Henry Moore Foundation

The Henry Moore Foundation is a registered charity, set up and endowed by Mr Moore “to advance the education of the public by the promotion of their appreciation of the fine arts and in particular the works of Henry Moore”.

The Foundation concentrates its support on sculpture.  It also supports a wide range of projects and activities in the visual arts through its donations programme.  Among areas covered are student bursaries, fellowships for artists and grants to art institutions, galleries and museums.  The Foundation provides additional financial resources to support the work of living artists and contemporary art practice.

Funding of £500 upwards is available for specific projects.  A small number of grants of up to £50,000 are awarded each year.

Applications are considered at quarterly meetings of the Foundation’s Grants Committee.

UGB790 (England) Community Recycling and Economic Development (CRED)

Support of between £50,000 and £300,000 is available for community-based organisations in England to: -

·        Establish new waste recycling, reuse or composting projects in areas where they do not currently exist.
·        Expand existing waste recycling, reuse or composting projects through, for example, collection of additional materials or expanding the geographical area covered.
·        Increase the weight of material recycled reused or composted through education or awareness-raising activities.

Applications may be submitted at any time as CRED is a rolling programme with no deadlines.  However, it is expected that the scheme will close to new applications at the end of 2005 or when all the money has been allocated.  In either case, projects must be completed by the end of 2007.


Don’t forget that your local Neighbourhood Forum is a good source of grants for any Community Group.  Contact your local office to find out when their next grant panel is and if your project is eligible

Carlisle: 01228 606315, Eden: 01434 382128, Barrow: 01229 894312
Allerdale: 01900 325011, South Lakeland: 01539 773180 or 01229 894103
and Copeland: 01946 855020

If you would like further information on any of these grants or to receive the monthly funding/information on a regular basis please telephone Sylvia on 01228 512513 or send your e-mail address to


NCVO works with and for the voluntary sector in England by providing information, advice and support and by representing the views of the sector to government and policy-makers.

National Council for Voluntary Organisations
Regent’s Wharf
8 All
Saints Street
N1 9RL
Switchboard: 0207 713 6161
Helpdesk: 0800 2798 798

Institute of Fundraising

The Institute of Fundraising is the professional body for the UK fundraisers, working to promote the highest standard in fundraising practice and management.

Institute of Fundraising

Park Place

12 Lawn Lane
Tel: 0207 840 1000
Fax: 0207 840 1001

 Feel free to leave any comments please, thought It would be nice to share information as its not easy trying to set up a business even harder when your disabled x

These are my links so come and say hello x

With love from Shellybobbins xxx

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

My story on World Arthritis Day x

What a brilliant day to share some ups and downs with you on World Arthritis Day, I got diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis when I was 2 & half, I really didn't know any different at that age......wrong I remember most things even from such an early age PAIN one of them and being taken to the hospital and cuddled by nurses while I broke my heart crying watching my parents leave, asking daddy to please put the orange light on, It was a breakdown truck and the light use to shine and light up the hole ward, while all the other children where asleep, Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis has been a challenge full stop, I just want people to know it can effect you at any age, and anytime of your life - Some of the pictures may shock you this is to make you think - theirs always someone, somewhere worse off than yourself and we should always think of others first before ourselves.
Family & friends raising money for people with Arthritis, borrowed a bed & the large teddy from Pendalbury Childrens Hospital where I did spend most of my childhood I'm the one behind the pram & that's my sister in it ! It wasn't till I was older and out of a wheelchair that mum & dad considered having another child as It would of been really difficult to manage one in a wheelchair and a baby in a pram so that's why theres a big gap I have a very special sister x 
My Family did many a flag day raising money, making things to sell always wanting to raise as much money for others with Arthritis as we could - I think in this picture I'm the shop keeper lol

As you can see from the picture my left knee was effected also my right arm too

Left leg in plaster but always laughing ! here with my lovely grandad

This is why I don't wear short skirts but I think after posting this for the hole world to see Mmmm I might ha

When you have had a knee done their is allot of bruising as they do use a hammer ! Oh and sometimes a cordless drill lol

If it wasn't for the Americans making this knee I wouldn't be able to walk ! and yes this is my picture of my leg with my new knee x you might not like this picture but it is real life !

Decorating walking frames, walking sticks, leg braces, hospital beds, sparkles on my plaster is just a thing a do as people will always look, so always give people something to look at no matter what your age x

These are my shoes my favourite LK Bennett shoes "I love them" I know it sounds mad but I did buy them when I had my knee removed ! I was my little goal to myself - one day I will wear them and use to sit in bed with them on lol It felt amazing

Me trying to climb stairs with a leg brace on !

This is my new elbow ! unfortunately it didn't work so I do struggle abit

It was very painful and we thought it was going to work but didn't - and if you don't try you will never know x

Now that's what I call sore !

Its just a small silver line now but Ive still got my bent arm - Oh well never mind x

Sorry but how nice are these lol, I cant wear them but love to just try shoes on in shops I just managed to stand in these x

Another thing I hate being disabled and people looking as I do have a limp, but Arthritis has made me the person I am today always up for a challenge & always positive ! (ps I was stood on one leg while rob took this I had no knee)

My wonderful soulmate, My rock through hell, Who I love very much and after five years I said yes I really wanted to get married to my rob x

I love my husband, I love my girls, I love my family and also Rheumatoid Arthritis x

 Let people help you, even when you know you can do it yourself

With love from shellybobbins xxx