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Voluntary and community sector (not for profit) organisations are invited to apply for grant funding to deliver free play provision across Sandwell.

The grant is worth £40,000 a year for each of Sandwell’s six towns and will fund independent projects between April 2017 and March 2020.

Schemes need to be delivered during term-time and holidays, targeting children and young people between six and 12 and up to 16 years with additional needs.
Play provision needs to be:
• Free (free to use, free to choose, open access)
• A minimum of three two-and-a-half hour after-school sessions in term-time per week
• A minimum of three five hour holiday sessions per week

 

Apply by filling in the application form. Details of where to return the form are in the document.

The closing date for applications is Monday 28 November 2016 at noon. Applications received after this date/time will not be processed.

For further information email mailto:karen_williams@sandwell.gov.uk or call 0121 569 3678.

 

NAVCA - Demonstrating impact essential for smaller charities

 New research by Think:Learn:Do commissioned by NAVCA highlights difficulties smaller charities have when using data to demonstrate their value. The research, titled In sickness and in health, also looked at how local infrastructure can best support them to overcome these difficulties.

This research shows that more needs to be done to support charities to demonstrate impact. Without this support commissioners may wrongly disinvest in smaller charities. The lack of evidence may mean that services providing value for money and producing the best outcomes are overlooked.

 

National Citizen Service bill: A first look

The government introduced the National Citizen Service bill yesterday for its first reading in the House of Lords, following its announcement in the Queen’s Speech earlier this year. The National Citizen Service (NCS) is already up and running – so what is it that the bill actually does? To read more click here.

 

Good Practice Guide: Recruitment, training and support of volunteers working in the Criminal Justice System

This document covers the full process of managing a volunteer programme in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The Guide has compared volunteer programmes in six EU countries, looking at volunteer management, recruitment, training and support practices in the justice system. This practical guide provides key insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate volunteer programmes in the CJS in Europe.

 

The House of Commons Justice Committee - Treatment of Young Adults in the Criminal Justice System

The House of Commons Justice Committee has published a report on the treatment of young adults in the Criminal Justice System. The report finds that there is overwhelming evidence that the Criminal Justice System does not adequately address the distinct needs of young adults and that there is a strong case for a distinct approach. The Transition to Adulthood Alliance, a coalition of 15 organisations including Clinks, welcomes the report and believes its recommendations should be implemented in full and without delay.

 

Charity Digital News - Charities making progress in digital maturity

The 2016 edition of Lloyds Business Digital Index, just released, has highlighted widespread progress in the charity sector’s digital performance. Although the sector still lags behind average overall, we should be encouraged that charitable organisations are increasingly embracing digital tools to fulfil their missions.

 

The document covers the full process of managing a volunteer programme in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The Guide has compared volunteer programmes in six EU countries, looking at volunteer management, recruitment, training and support practices in the justice system. This practical guide provides key insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate volunteer programmes in the CJS in Europe.

 

The document covers the full process of managing a volunteer programme in the Criminal Justice System (CJS). The Guide has compared volunteer programmes in six EU countries, looking at volunteer management, recruitment, training and support practices in the justice system. This practical guide provides key insights into how to develop, implement and evaluate volunteer programmes in the CJS in Europe.

 

Bright Ideas Community Fund

This new programme will help groups get their bright ideas for a community business up and running through tailored support and grants of up to £20,000. 

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund is a £1.85 million, two-year programme, open to community groups, associations and organisations across England which have a good idea for a community business but need help developing it, or which are just starting out. If you have a business idea that will benefit the local community such as running community transport, providing employment opportunities or tackling social isolation then this is the fund for you.

The first round of applications will be accepted until the end of November. There will be additional funding rounds in February and September 2017 and February 2018.

Be sure to read through the guidance before you apply which includes loads of information and detail on the fund and how to apply. To find out more click here.

 

Quality for Health Evaluation 

Quality For Health is a quality assurance system for Voluntary and Community organisations delivering health services in local communities. The system has been designed by Voluntary Action Calderdale and is endorsed and supported by Calderdale CCG.  Quality For Health supports VCS organisations to demonstrate the difference they make through service delivery. As well as operating in Calderdale the system is now being used under licence by other support agencies around the country to support their local voluntary and community sector.

The system was recently subject to an independent evaluation by Leeds Beckett University and the summary report can be downloaded here.

 

New Employment Reports from The Disability Partnership

National Autistic Society (NAS) research indicates that just 16% autistic people are in full time work, which has stagnated over the last decade. But, with understanding from their employer and colleagues, as well as reasonable adjustments to the interview process and workplace, many autistic people can be a real asset to organisations. The NAS’ new campaign highlights this important issue and that, with the Government pledging to halve the disability employment gap, that the Autism Employment Gap is even wider. They have published a report with all their findings, alongside information and tips about employing autistic people and how they can help champion their talent that all employers will find useful. You can also watch and share their film, Could you handle the rejection?

 

Sense is aware that many of them are keen to enter the workforce: yet only 4% of 18 to 24-year-olds who are deafblind are in employment – a rate almost ten times lower than the employment rate of non-disabled young people – and the employment rate of people who are deafblind over the age of 24 is just 20% - almost four times lower than the national average. 

Their report, Realising Aspirations For All, reveals the multitude of barriers faced by people who are deafblind, both to enter employment and to progress whilst in employment. We have a number of recommendations for Government, at both a national and local level, employment support providers and employers to improve the current situation and support people who are deafblind to find meaningful employment if they wish to.

 

Social Investment in Mental Health

MHPF are happy to announce the release of the Social Investment in Mental Health guide in partnership with Big Society Capital, an independent financial institution set up to help grow social investment in the UK. 

This guidance provides a basic introduction to social investment for mental health providers. It is aimed at readers with little or no knowledge of this topic, to help them think about whether their organisation or project might be suitable for social investment. It also provides examples of how others are using social investment, the types of products available and where to find out more.

For further information, please click here.

 

Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent

Please click here for more information about the forthcoming “Conversation Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent” events regarding possible changes to the way in which health services may be delivered in the future. 

Please note that the two events being held in Stoke-on-Trent are:

 

Thursday 10th November, 4 - 7.30pm, Jubilee Hall, Kingsway, Stoke-on-Trent, ST4 1JH

Thursday 8th December, 4 - 7.30pm, Bridge Centre, Birches Head Road, Stoke-on-Trent, ST2 8DD.

 To book a place, get more information or join the conversation please contact Stoke on Trent events: 01785 683080

 

Civil Society - Charity Technology Conference 2016

Now in its eleventh successful year, we’re delighted to announce, that for 2016, the Charity Technology Conference returns to The Mermaid Conference Centre in London on Thursday 17 November 2016. Places are priced from just £199 for charities booking by Friday 30 September.

 

Westminster Briefing - Supporting Young People into Employment: The Youth Obligation and Early Intervention in Schools.

Thursday 1st December 2016 11am - 3.30pm London

The Youth Obligation is scheduled to go live in April 2017. The 18-21 year old job seekers receiving Universal Credit are expected to take part in an intensive activity programme from day 1 of their claim. They will be referred to training and encouraged to take up an apprenticeship. Should they not be on either after 6 months, they will be referred to a mandatory work placement. Other planned interventions will come earlier in the form of greater Jobcentre Plus support in schools and a greater role for the National Careers Service in providing information, advice and guidance. To find out more click here.

 

Public Policy Exchange - The Future of Troubled Families 

The Next Steps for Supporting Households with Complex and Multiple Disadvantages 

Central London, Tuesday 31st January 2017 10.15am - 4.30pm

 

When launched in March 2012, The Troubled Families programme was the flagship social policy initiative of the last Government, and part of the administrations broader ambition to shift public expenditure away from reactive service provision towards targeted early interventions. After spectacular initial results, with 99% of families deemed ‘turned around’, the Government launched the second phase of the programme in 2015 with a bumper investment of £920m allocated to help another 400,000 families. However, a series of analyses and reports have since repudiated the trumpeted success of the initiative, this symposium will provide practitioners across local authorities, the police, social services, education, welfare and the housing sector with a timely and invaluable opportunity to learn from the first stage of this scheme and plan the next steps for effectively galvanising a range of local services around families in order to turn their lives around. To find out more click here.

 

Public Policy Exchange - Prevention, Protection, Prosecution

Implementing a Zero Tolerance Response to Female Genital Mutilation 

Central London, Tuesday 7th February 2017 10.15am - 4.30pm
 

With too many women and girls still living with and suffering the physical and emotional consequences of FGM, this timely symposium provides an invaluable opportunity for health practitioners, police, teachers, social services and other key stakeholders to examine the progress of the prevention programme to tackle FGM, understand the statutory multi-agency guidance and consider the next steps to eradicate FGM. To find out more click here.

 

Power to Change - The Big Lottery funded organisation which was set up in January to support community businesses - commissioned Social Finance in July 2016 to provide an updated assessment of the state of the community business market. This follows 'What if we ran it ourselves?' and 'The State of the Community Business Market'.  The report finds that the number of community businesses in England has grown by 5% in the last year, outstripping growth by both charities (1%) and small businesses (2.3%). To download the report click here.

 

Nehemiah Foundation - Know Yourself: Protect Yourself

An opportunity to pause, review and forward plan.  Know yourself/ Protect yourself is a practical workshop using principles used by the Nehemiah Foundation to support people who want to make the world a better place.

The workshop will allow participants to explore: -

  • what stresses they are exposed to;
  • how they are fairing;
  • strategies for staying well. 

To find out more and book click here. 

 

Equality and Human Rights Commission - Guidance on what to do if worried about racism

 Following the rise in race-related hate crime after the EU referendum we provide guidance on what to do if you're worried about racism, and how to report it.

Working in the UK

The joint campaign is supported by organisations including the TUC, FSB and CBI and provides advice on employees’ rights at, and outside, work and gives important information about where people can go for help, including how to report race hate incidents. To read more and download the guidance click here.

 

Participatory Budgeting Network

This briefing has been produced in response to Scotland’s Community Choices programme and aims to support public sector organisations wishing to develop ‘mainstream’ Participatory Budgeting(PB) initiatives. It complements the Guide to Participatory Budgeting Grant-making released in September 2016. It is relevant to any organisation working in the UK with an interest in furthering democratic participation at scale. To download a copy of the Guide click here.

 

Consultation on Planning in Dudley Borough

 People are being given the opportunity to have a greater say on plans and proposed developments across the Dudley borough with the launch of a new consultation on planning.

 

Dudley Carers Alliance 

A new partner organisation for carers is offering a wealth of information, advice and practical support to anyone caring for a family member, friend or neighbour. They are currently running a survey to find out how services for carers can be improved.

 

IVAR - Why consider social investment? When to say no?  Why do strong relationships matter? What do they look like?

For many small and medium sized charities, the social investment process can be daunting and tricky to navigate. Our recent research has helped to pin down some real insights into what makes the ‘journey’

work – leaving organisations in a stronger position financially and in delivering against their mission.

Free event on Tuesday 29th November 2016, 10.30-1.15 to address these questions and more. Please RSVP to genevieve@ivar.org.uk by Friday 18th November. 

Venue: 

Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), 66 Portland Place, London W1B 1AD