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18 March 2011

VCS Assembly News Update 18 March (Issue 61)

In this issue:
1. News
2. Dates for Your Diary
3. Funding News
4. Consultations
5. Compact
6. Career Opportunities
7. Important Reminders

1. News

Shropshire Council and VCS Assembly issue Joint Communiqui
Shropshire Council and Shropshire voluntary organisations have agreed a new approach to working more closely together, to deliver the best value for money for local residents. This week's launch (16 March 2011) of the Government's Public Service Reform White Paper, coupled with the recent Localism Bill, signals the devolution of power, responsibility and resources to community level. These initiatives also encourage the transfer of local public assets and services to voluntary organisations and community groups, where this will provide better value-for-money and help local communities become more self-sufficient and resilient. By creating a new joint task group, Shropshire's Voluntary and Community (VCS) Assembly and Shropshire Council aim is to grow a stronger, more self-sustaining voluntary and community sector in Shropshire; promoting resilience, innovation and creativity, so that towns and villages are best placed to face the challenges ahead. The Joint Communiqui detailing shared commitments is attached.

pdfJoint Communique (22.47KB)

VCS Assembly - New Web Page
Papers for the newly established Joint Task Group (referred to above) and its sub groups are now available on the VCS Assembly website. Sub groups include the VCS Commissioning Group, Performance Group and Right to Buy and Challenge Group. Public access to the papers is important: primarily to allow all VCS Assembly members to access the papers and feed in any issues, as appropriate. This assists the VCS Assembly group members in their representative roles. Please get in touch if you have issues you would like to feed into these groups my contact details are at the end of the newsletter. The new web page is available at:http://shrop.net/2shropnet/AToZOfMini-sites/V/VoluntaryCommunitySectorAssembly/PartnershipWork2011

VCS Assembly Seeks Vice Chair
The VCS Assembly is in the process of appointing a Vice Chair. VCS Assembly Board Members are formed of Forum of Interest representatives nominated by their Forums to join the Board. The role of Vice Chair is then taken by one of the Board Members and their Forum asked to nominate another person to take up the role of a Board Member. The Vice Chair does not represent a Forum - this frees up their time to undertake the duties required of them). The process has been designed to be as open and inclusive as possible.

Existing VCS networks (these are groups formed of VCS groups and organisations not individuals representing themselves) are asked to consider joining the VCS Assembly. This is to ensure the Assembly is as representative as possible and to offer the opportunity for all parts of the sector to elect a representative to join the Board. If you would like more details about the Vice Chair election process or the process of Joining the Assembly as a Forum of Interest please get in touch with me using the details at the bottom of this newsletter.

VCS Engagement with the Local
Enterprise Partnership (LEP)
West Midlands Rural Community Action Network have secured resources through RAWM for work to be undertaken to explore how the voluntary and community sector in the Marches area may be able to engage and influence the work and priorities of the Marches Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). Details of this work are attached. This will also be explored in more detail at the VCS Annual Assembly on the 7th April (see diary dates below).
pdfRCAN MEP editorial revised (43.01KB)

Infrastructure Partnership - Latest Newsletter
Please find attached already the 10 Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership newsletter.
pdf10th_March_SIP_newsletter_issue_10 (772.49KB)

Overview on managing charity assets and resources
The Charity Commission has produced a new guidance document 'Managing charity assets and resources: an overview for trustees' (CC25).http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Publications/cc25.aspx

Sector impact statements proposed for future legislation (from VolResource)
The recent Liberal Democrats spring conference discussed a new policy paper, 'Community Futures: Policies on the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering'. Policies put forward include the idea that all legislative proposals should have a voluntary sector impact statement, and the paper claims that the Lib Dems would support advocacy and campaigning by charities more than other political parties. http://www.libdems.org.uk/siteFiles/resources/PDF/conference/Spr11%20Community%20Futures%20PP98%20CLEAR%20PRINT.pdf

More charity consortia to deliver service contracts (from VolResource)
The Social Investment Business plans to launch a series of consortia, involving up to 10,000 charities, to bid for local and national government contracts, Third Sector reports. SIB is expecting to announce up to three contracts shortly.http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/article/1060132/

Using a Theory of Change in planning and evaluation (from VolResource)
New from Charities Evaluation Services: 'Making Connections: Using a Theory of Change to Develop Planning and Evaluation'. A theory of change model can help you show the difference you make by connecting early, intermediate and long-term changes or outcomes, and can show others how your activities contribute to change within a wider context. The guide and two other resources are available via: http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/index.cfm?pg=766

Developing a micro-volunteering project
Help From Home has published 'How To Set Up a Microvolunteering Project', giving various views on what micro-volunteering is, a range of examples (almost all internet based and including the likes of click-to-donate websites). Download from:http://www.helpfromhome.org/microvolunteering-project.pdf

2. Dates for Your Diary

Shropshire VCS Annual Assembly - 7 April
An invitation to the 2011 Shropshire Voluntary and Community Sector Annual Assembly is attached. If you are able to attend please complete, detach and return the slip by Friday 1 April to:  Ruth Turner, Shropshire Partnership, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury SY2 6ND or alternatively email ruth.turner@shropshire.gov.uk. We have had a brilliant response so far so please get in early before seats run out!

New Workshops Now Offered
Funded by the Substance Misuse Service, the Community Council of Shropshire is hosting 3 one day workshops for families affected by drug or alcohol use. The training will be delivered by a trainer from Adfam, the national umbrella organisation working to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use. The first of these workshops- Understanding Family Dynamics, is on Friday 8 April 10-4pm at The Community Council. The workshops are free to family members. Places can be booked by calling Glenda Jordan on 01743 341995. Please see attached flyer.
pdfTraining flyer (107.81KB)

See and Hear Shropshire 2011
Wednesday 11th May, 10am till 4pm
Admission £1.00. The Sports Village, Sundorne Road, Shrewsbury, SY1 4RQ
Exhibitions, stalls, equipment, services & Information about Sight Loss, Hearing Impairment, Deafness, Deafblind. Services on display will range from: Sarabec, RNIB, RNID, Action for Blind People,  Optelec, Shropshire Council, Guide Dogs,  Low Vision Services, Hearing Therapists and many more. Please call Vicky on 01743 463517 (Voice) or email vtts@shropshire.gov.uk to book your place. See: http://www.bionicearshow.org/

Equality and Diversity still Matter
A Level 2 Award in Identity and Cultural Diversity, a professional development course for volunteers and practitioners working with children, young people and families. bayc is delivering this accredited equality and diversity course free. This two-day course covers three key themes:
7 Understanding the meanings of the terms social diversity and inclusion
7 Understanding  equality, discrimination and prejudice
7 Understanding the diversity of communities
The course (accredited by ASDAN) is open to anyone aged 16 and over, working with children and young people and employed as a volunteer or paid staff member in a voluntary and community sector organisation. This Level 2 course is equivalent to achieving a GCSE grade A*-C. Participants have the choice of two dates to complete DAY 1 of the course and two dates to complete DAY 2 of the course. Please note that there will be some additional work that will need to be completed and submitted to the course tutor as part of the course accreditation process.

Training dates options

Date & Time

Day 1 Option A:

Saturday, 26 March 2011 - 10:00 - 16:00

Day 1 Option B

Monday 28 March  2011 - 10:00 - 16:00



Day 2 Option A:

Saturday, 16 April 2011 - 10:00 - 16:00

Day 2 Option B

Tuesday, 19 April  2011 - 10:00 - 16:00

For more information or to register your place please contact bayc on 0121 460 5870 or email carmela.billingham@bayc.org

Diploma in Training and Development - May-September
Please find attached information on the Diploma in Training and Development an Accredited Professional Development Award for trainers. The programme is being offered for the first time in Stoke on Trent at an introductory discount price. There is a further discount for voluntary and community organisations and self paying individuals.  The course will be held in Hanley at a central venue - we will confirm the venue once final numbers are known. Places are however limited so, if you want a place, please use the booking form attached. If you have any queries please email angelaevans@talktalk.net or phone: 07903 237723.
docBooking Form stoke (91.5KB)  pdfDiploma Info Page Stoke (2) (43.16KB)

3. Funding News

March Funding Update Published
Please find attached this month's external funding update, featuring:
- Shropshire Council Rural Challenge Fund - a £500,000 pot available for capital schemes for the benefit of the county's rural communities.
- Nectar Small Business Awards.
- Joint Investment Programme - subsidised training for people in the food and drink sector.
- RBS Sport for You - supporting local sports clubs.
pdfEFU70 Mar 11 (48.52KB)

New £20 Million Lottery Fund Invests in Children's Futures
The Big Lottery Fund has launched a new scheme, Improving Futures, with an application deadline of 12 May 2011. The scheme will fund up to 20 voluntary and public sector partnerships with grants of up to £900,000 to offer targeted support to families with children aged five to ten years old. The scheme was created following consultation with organisations working in the field and is supported by the sector. Applications are welcomed from UK-based partnerships between voluntary and public sector organisations, and must be led by voluntary organisations. Partnerships must be locally based and can address needs including housing, health and employment.

With this new funding, the Big Lottery Fund wishes to make a difference for the children, families and communities supported through the programme, as well as demonstrate to others that there are better ways of organising support around families rather than specific services or individual causes.  Eligible applicants must submit an Expression of Interest by 12pm on 12 May 2011.

European Regional Development Fund
West Midlands European Network (WMEN) is funded to support the Third Sector to access European Funding and would like to hear from you about your experiences with ERDF.  Comments and views will be collectively presented to the funders so they get a picture of how accessing and managing funding really is for the third sector in the West Midlands. Please find attached a short questionnaire to enable you to comment and express your views.  Web: http://www.wmeuronet.co.uk/

Funding news provided by Gary Spence, External Funding Officer and Joe Bubb, Team Leader Funding & Programmes.

4. Consultations
Not this time.

5. Compact

Compact Champions Network - Meeting Cancelled
The Compact Champions Network Meeting due to take place on the 23 March has been cancelled. It is a difficult time for many at the moment with funding cuts causing uncertainty. We only had 4 bookings despite advertising the event widely and with plenty of notice. We will continue to include information in this newsletter and by email. If you have any thoughts on how you would most like to be involved with and hear about Compact work please get in touch.

Compact Representatives Needed - Reminder
Are you interested in the Shropshire Compact? Would you be willing to act as a VCS Assembly representative on the Compact Implementation Group? The Compact Implementation Group is seeking two new VCS representatives to join the group and help take Compact implementation forward in 2011. The group meets approximately 5-6 times a year, with meetings lasting up to 2 hours at a venue in Shrewsbury. Travel expenses can be paid for volunteers. If you are willing to get involved please contact me Sarah Dodds (01743 252740 or email sarah.dodds@shropshire.gov.uk).

If you would like to become a Compact Champion please email me, Sarah Dodds, sarah.dodds@shropshire.gov.uk or telephone 01743 252740.

Have you got a Compact story?
Email sarah.dodds@shropshire.gov.uk and share it with others.

6. Career Opportunities

Oswestry Youth Cafi - Job Vacancies
- Closing date31/3/11 Interviews7/4/11

CafiYouth Support Workers
19 /20 hours per week.12 month post. Min wage applies.
Duties include:
- Running a healthy choice food bar
- Supporting youth sessions and developing varied activities
- Supporting financial management

Cafi Saturday Youth Support Worker
5/6 hours per week. 12 month post. Min wage applies.
Duties Include:
- Running a healthy choice food bar
- Supporting youth sessions and developing varied activities
- Cleaning the cafi to a high standard
To request a full application pack email oyc@hotmail.co.uk or  contact 01691 656559

Age Concern - Multiple Vacancies
Age Concern Shropshire Telford & Wrekin have made multiple job adverts available to members of the VCS Assembly. All are attached to this email.
pdfNCO-SDO Support JD.Mar11 (22.79KB)pdfLiving Well Vol CoOrd JD March 11 (29.38KB)pdfLiving Well Vol Coord PS March 11 (22.35KB)pdfNCO-SDO Support - PS.Mar11 (35.35KB)pdfAdvert LWell VolRecruit NCDementia Telford Mar11 (23.52KB)

More career opportunities are advertised on the Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership website. Visit: www.ShropshireVCS.org.uk

7. Important Reminders

News Items

New Website Launched
A new website, designed to make a real difference to the retired community of Shropshire has just been launched. The website can be viewed here: http://www.silversurfersclub.org/

New Opportunities with the National Trust
The National Trust would like to reach out to Black and Minority Ethnic groups; Long Term unemployed and education under achievers in Shropshire.  If you can help or would like more information, please contact clairepoulton@nationaltrust.org.uk.

No reminders this time.


Placed Based Interventions - Workshops
VCS Assembly members and other local VCS groups and organisations are invited to partnership led Placed Based Intervention stakeholder workshops:

Oswestry workshop 2,  Monday 28th March, 1pm-4.30pm (focus: Substance Misuse) contact Arren Roberts for more details - 01743 252016

Market Drayton workshop 1, Monday 4th April, 1.45pm-4.30pm (focus: Worklessness and NEETS) contact Fiona Boak for more details - 01743 255151

A date for Ludlow workshop 1 has not yet been determined, but is likely to take place in May 2011 (focus: Health inequalities).  contact Fiona Boak for more details - 01743 255151

The Big Society Debate - 30 March
The Big Society Debate organised by Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership is being held on Thursday 30 March at the Shropshire Education and Conference Centre. A flyer detailing the issues that will be covered and how to book is attached. Alternatively visit: http://shropshirevcs.org.uk/site/home/events/

Sustaining Disability Organisations
Developing a Plan for the Future - Friday 8 April
For more details please see the attached poster and contact Sue on: 01691 774368 or   e-mail Rachael at:  admin@disabledholidayinfo.org.uk

ShropCamp - 19th April 2011 
Shropcamp is a conference bringing together people working to deliver public services at a local level across Shropshire, Staffordshire and the UK. To find out more visit:


Department for Communities and Local Government (CLG)
Proposals to introduce a Community Right to Challenge Closes 3 May 2011
to introduce a Community Right to Buy Closes 3 May 2011

Consultation on the advancement of amateur sport as a charitable aim
Deadline 31st May. See:

Please contact me if you have information you would like to share.

With best wishes

Sarah Dodds
VCS Assembly Coordinator
Telephone 01743 252740
Email: sarah.dodds@shropshire.gov.uk