7th November 2011

VCS Assembly News Update 7th November 2011 (Issue 74)

In this issue:
2. Dates for Your Diary
3. Funding News
4. Consultations / Help Required
5. Compact
6. Career Opportunities
7. Important Reminders
8. Contract Tender Opportunities

1. News

Shropshire Partnership Standing Conference - Healthy Lives, Healthy People
Date: Thursday 1st December 2011, 2pm - 4.30pm,
Location: The Lord Hill Hotel, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury
The focus of the conference will be to identify the health care priorities for Shropshire. Information from the event will make an important contribution to the Joint Strategic Needs Assessment which guides the provision of health, social care and wellbeing services in the county.

National Compact Week - Next Week
National Compact Week is on 7th November - 11th November and we want to thank you for your nominations for the Shropshire Compact Award 2011. We have had a good response with some tough competition. All nominations were truly welcomed and show the great work that is currently taking place within the VCS. The winner will be announced in next week's special edition of our newsletter and will be shown on both the Councils website and VCS Assembly website.

Please see the series of communications that is taking place in Shropshire during Compact Week 2011.
Monday 7th November
™ Promote compact week on Shropshire Council Website and internal Intranet
™ Promote compact through Twitter.
Wednesday 9th November
™ Volunteer Work Shadowing: Councillor Gwillym Butler is to shadow a Volunteer driver who volunteers for Shrewsbury Dial a Ride to see the excellent service they provide for the local community.
Friday 11th November
™ Shropshire Compact Award 2011 - The winner will be announced.
™ National Compact Award 2011 - The winners will be announced.
™ Newsletter - A special edition of the newsletter will be released with a special Compact section with news, views and information relating to both the National Compact and Shropshire's Compact. It will also have the 'Ride on Dial-a-ride' event. The winner of Shropshire Compact Award will have a dedicated section to their service and why they won the award.

For more information on the Shropshire Compact please visit our website.

Best Practice Guide for Local Authorities and the VCS released
This guide, published by NCVO in 2011, makes a series of recommendations for local authorities on the ways they can support the sector and alleviate strain by helping organisations adapt to any changes in funding. The guide also includes a number of good practice case studies from local councils that have been creative in the way that they have supported the sector at such an uncertain time. Please click Here for a free copy of the report

Calling Time on Alcohol-Related Harm
A new innovative programme points the way to big savings for the NHS. A programme set up by CPI in conjunction with the DH to reduce alcohol-related harm and hospital admissions has identified ways of tackling the problem that could save the NHS millions of pounds. To read the full report please click Here

Chairs & non-Executives of NHS Boards required
The Appointments Commission have written to the VCS Assembly concerning a recruitment campaign to appoint chairs and non-executives of NHS Boards. To fulfil the role knowledge of local communities is important and VCS leaders and managers are encouraged to consider the role.
More information is available from: www.appointments.org.uk  - reference WM0875
Completed applications must be returned by 17th November at 12 noon. If you are interested you can contact Miriam Walker at Miriam.Walker@appointments.org.uk

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Shine a Light: The chance to carry the London 2012 Paralympic Flame
In association with Lloyds TSB, The British Paralympic Association are looking for someone to carry the London 2012 Paralympic flame.
Nominations can be made online via www.lloydstsb.com/paralympicflame from 18 October 2011 until 22 November 2011. Successful Torchbearers will work in teams of five to carry the Flame on its journey to the Opening Ceremony of the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
If you require more information please visit the website Here

2. Dates for Your Diary

Visual Impairment Forum: Date of Next Meeting
Wednesday 14th December, 4.30 to 6.30pm, Shirehall, Ludlow Room
Please email: robindurham@talktalk.net for any further details.

Audiences Shropshire: Arts & Heritage site visit to RAF Cosford Museum
28 November, 10 - 12.30 - RAF Cosford Museum
Following the very successful visit to Tanat Valley Light Railway & Nantmawr Visitor Centre in September, we are planning further site visits. The next event is at RAF Cosford Museum. The museum is interested in commissioning an artist or artists as part of their wider audience development strategy. The morning will include a tour of the space, a presentation from Education Officer, Philip Clayton and a wider discussion around using artists in heritage and museum sites.

Audiences Shropshire: Social media, technology and marketing cafi
12 December, 10 - 12.30 - Shropshire Archives
Following popular demand we are introducing a hands-on cafi style event where you can bring your questions, projects and ideas to share with experts and colleagues. This event will begin with a recap of previous workshops and then it's over to you to get going on your project. Whether it's setting up a Facebook group, writing a marketing plan, or how to be more effective with your Twitter, there will be experts on hand to help and advise. The event is aimed at all abilities. There are a number of computers available at the Archives and there is a Wi-Fi connection for laptop users.

Audiences Shropshire: Network Meeting
18 January 2012, 10 - 12.30 - DASH, Shrewsbury
The next Audiences Shropshire Network meeting will include presentations on the Arts Council's updated audience segmentation toolkit: Arts Audiences: Insight, as well as the usual partnership and project development activities. There will be a full agenda available later in the year.
For more information on any of these events please contact Peter McLuskie, peter.mcluskie@audiencescentral.co.uk

Dyspraxia Foundation November Conference
Dr Madeleine Portwood, Specialist Senior Educational Psychologist, University of Durham will be attending the conference on Friday 11th November 2011 10.00am - 4.00pm at the Queens Hotel, City Road, Chester, CH1 3AH. Fees are £80 Professional/£40 Parent
For further information please contact: Dyspraxia Foundation via
Tel: 01462 455016. Email: admin@dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk
: www.dyspraxiafoundation.org.uk

'An Introduction to ASD' is designed to explain the basic characteristics of the condition, and explore some of the strategies that can be put in place to best support ASD pupils.  The course is split into six sessions, each consisting of an hour and a half.  This course is free of charge and held at Belvidere School, Shrewsbury.  This course is not open to parents - but may be worth letting your child's school know about it.
All session will run from 4.00 - 5.30pm
Monday 10th October 2011 Monday 7th November 2011
Monday 17th October 2011 Monday 14th November 2011
Monday 31st October 2011 Monday 21st November 2011
To book a place on this course, please e-mail Deborah Hardy, Specialism Manager at Belvidere School at deborah.hardy@belvidere.shropshire.sch.uk
For more information on Parent Partnership Shropshire & Telford and some please go to their website Here

Sustain & Survive: New Approaches to Funding
Time & Date: Tuesday 6th December 2011, 9.15am Registration,
Venue: Shrewsbury Town Football ClubGreenhous Meadow
Event: Central funding fair provided by Shropshire Infrastructure Partnership
For more details on this event please see the advert below or check out the website at http://shropshirevcs.org.uk/

pdfSustain & Survive A4 4pp (800.27KB)

Developing the Role of Volunteers in the UK: Profile, Infrastructure & Funding
Date & Venue: Wednesday 7th December 2011 in Westminster
Time: 10.40am - 3.15pm, Cost: £175 - £225 per place
Participants will engage with the panel looking at issues including:  

  • How can volunteering opportunities be better promoted and recognised?
  • How to improve volunteering infrastructure and increase innovation?
  • What funding is available for volunteer schemes at a national and local level?
  • To what extent is it acceptable or desirable to use volunteers to deliver public services?

For further information please contact Jonathan Fuller, Manager, Westminister Briefings
Email: Jonathan.Fuller@westminster-briefing.com or Tel: 020 7593 5742

Oswestry Youth Cafi Quiz Event
Charity quiz night and Indian banquet at The Simla, Beatrice Street Oswestry on  24th November 2011 at 7pm. Tickets are £15.00 per head and quiz is £2.00 per team.
80 tickets need to be sold and Oswestry Youth Cafi really need the support of the VCS to make the evening worthwhile. Barclays Bank are match funding the profit so it will be useful income for the cafe and help with running costs.
You can book tickets through me Ian Wilson (01691 656559), collect at the cafe at the Simla. Alternatively, The Simla can be contacted on 01691 659880. http://www.ozyouthcafe.co.uk/

Learning Disability Awareness Training
Back by popular request, Joint Training is offering a further opportunity to attend Learning Disability Awareness training. This is a half-day session aimed at providing an introductory awareness of learning disabilities, and enabling staff to make communication choices to support individuals who have a learning disability. It is suitable for all staff who work with, or who have contact with, adults with learning disabilities - either in a direct care setting or in front line community services.
The course:    Learning Disability Awareness
Date: Friday 9th December 2011
Time: 13.00 - 16.30
Venue:The Lantern, Shrewsbury
Cost: £25 per delegate (or free to staff employed within Assessment and Eligibility)
For further information, please refer to the attached flyer or visit the website Here

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No Second Night Out: Working in Partnership to Tackle Homelessness & Rough Sleeping
Central London, Thursday 15th December 2011
Event details Here or alternatively visit the Website

pdfTackling homelessness Flyer (560.9KB)

3. Funding News

Funding available for families, children and young people
There is an opportunity for VCS organisations and groups working with vulnerable families and young people to apply for a small amount of funding where they can demonstrate tangible benefits that meet the required criteria.  This money can be used in any way that meets the needs of the organisation but must demonstrate preventative work for this group.  Examples could be training to support their work or beneficiaries, conference costs, work shops, improving links with other agencies etc. 

There is a total sum of £10,000 which will be allocated in amounts up to £500.  This is one-off funding that must be invoiced and paid out by 31st March 2012; although there is a possibility it could be repeated in the following financial year, but this is not yet a certainty.

The process will be a simple one and will require applicants to -

Make a submission by letter identifying what the money will be used for, approximate costs, and how the activity meets the preventative criteria
On approval an invoice will be required and should be sent to the named contact identified below
Any award made can only be paid into the organisations bank account, not to any individual
When the project is complete a short summary of the activity and outcomes, with any evidence (where appropriate) should be sent to the named contact

The named contact for this funding is:
Elaine Griffiths, VCS Assembly Co-ordinator/VCS Champion CYP,
5th Floor, Shirehall, Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury, SY2 6ND
Or by email to VCSAssembly@shropshire.gov.uk

Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund - National Grants 2012 (England
The Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) National Grant Scheme has launched for 2012 with a bespoke partner search portal that will support interested organisations to find appropriate partners to meet the fund's requirements.

Projects that focus on volunteer involvement in key health, public health and social care areas such as personal budgets, cutting smoking and encouraging healthy eating will be targeted as part of this national fund that will run over the next three years.

Applicants can apply for up to £200,000 per annum for a maximum of three years to support four key priority areas including:

  • Personalisation and choice of care and support.
  • Delivering better health and care outcomes.
  • Improving public health.
  • Improving health and social care.

Expressions of Interest must be made by 21 December 2011.
For more information on the fund and how to apply please visit www.volunteeringfund.com
Or email volunteeringfund@uk.ecorys.com Tel 0845 172 8058

UnLtd Millennium Awards - Autumn 2011 Round Open
The autumn 2011 funding round of the UnLtd Millennium Awards (Level 2) for England is now open to applications. Social entrepreneurs in England who have ambition, drive, determination and a vision to bring about social change are invited to apply for practical and financial support through the UnLtd Millennium Awards. Awards are offered on two levels:

  • Level 1 - awards of between £500 and £5,000 for individuals who need help getting their project off the ground. Support is available for project running costs.
  • Level 2 - awards of up to £15,000 are available for individuals whose project can be scaled-up to create a sustained impact within their community.

Funding is intended to take projects to the next level and may be used, for example, for the living expenses of award winners so that their time may be devoted to the project.
In England, the deadline for receipt of applications for the autumn 2011 round is 21 November 2011. Applications for Level 1 Awards may be made at any time.
For more information on the award and how to apply please visit their website Here

Community grants fund from government set up
A new government fund will provide small grants to community groups and local social action projects up to March 2015. Community First consists of two parts, a thirty million pound Neighborhood Matched Fund programme for some of the most deprived areas in the country and a national fifty million pound Endowment Match Challenge.
Please read the Cabinet Office press release or see Community Development Foundation pages at http://www.cdf.org.uk/web/guest/community-first for fund details.

Skills for climate Change
Shropshire Council is leading on a project to provide free specialised training in renewable energy and environmental technologies, in conjunction with 5 other local authorities, as part of the wider 'Skills for Climate Change' programme supported by the European Social Fund.

The training is open to all small to medium sized businesses, sole traders and start up Businesses within the participating local authorities' area. There are a limited number of free places available in renewable energy technologies such as solar photovoltaic, solar thermal, heat pumps and biomass to plumbers, heating engineers and building services companies.

A business can apply for a member of staff to attend a non-accredited or related training course such as the Quality Management Systems training and a member of staff to attend one renewable technology training session per company.
This training is part of the wider 'Skills for Climate Change' programme supported by the
European Social Fund, and has been tailored to support the take up and attainment of the Micro-generation Certification Scheme (MCS), enabling local businesses to benefit from the growing renewable energy market. MCS is an independent scheme backed by the Department of Energy and Climate Change for the certification of micro-generation products and installers.

As the training will be delivered on a first come first served basis, anyone interested should contact the selected training provider directly at the Energy Training Hub on 0800 028 7420 or alternatively at info@energytrainghub.co.uk to discuss your training needs and to complete an application form.

Rural Challenge Fund - Deadline for expressions of interest www.shropshire.gov.uk/markettowns
deadline day for Round 2 Rural Challenge Fund expressions of interest is 30
November 2011.
This Shropshire Council fund supports capital economic projects in communities outside of the main market towns and key settlements. Grants of between £5,000 and £40,000 are available. There is no set intervention rate for community / voluntary organisations, but match funding may strengthen the case for investment. For businesses and similar commercial entities, there is an intervention rate of 45%.
Applications are welcome for projects:
™ That sustains sole pubs, shops, Post Offices and other businesses that support and provide essential services to a community
™ That directly encourage visitors / tourists to an area and can shows how spend is kept within the community
™ That creates or expands social / community enterprise, or support the expansion of a local businesses, when it leads to direct job creation
™ In community facilities that provide workspace, retail units or conferencing / meeting facilities
Advice on applying is available in the first instance from your local Community Action
Officer - contact the Community Action Team on 01743 253077 for details.

Poetry and Literature Initiatives for Children
This is a £1 million initiative aimed at funding poetry and literature initiatives for children and young people across the UK over a five-year period (2011 - 2015).
The objective of the programme is to provide young people under the age of nineteen with the opportunity to experience poetry, literature, and creative writing both inside and outside of school, in compelling and exciting forms. Eligible applicants include:
™ Professional literature, poetry and creative writing organisations, and libraries
™ Primary, middle, secondary, special schools, sixth form colleges, academies and
Further Education colleges
™ Other arts/cultural organisations (e.g. museums, galleries etc) are eligible to apply but must provide a clear rationale for their proposed literature/poetry projects and evidence of requisite specialist input™ Established community groups
™ Not-for-profit organisations
Grants range from £1,000 to £10,000. Submissions to the third round of funding should be received no later than 5pm on Friday 30 March 2012.

Community Business Loan Fund
Royal Bank of Scotland has launched the Community Business Loan Fund to help potential and existing social entrepreneurs who are unable to access finance through normal mainstream channels.
The £5 million Fund offers financial support for the purpose of starting or expanding a community-based business. RBS expects to support in the region of 1,000 businesses through the scheme.
Eligible businesses can apply for loans of between £30,000 and £500,000. Community
Development Finance Institutions, which allocate funds to other firms, may apply for loans of between £200,000 and £1 million.
The loans can be tailored to the applicant's individual requirements and are offered on flexible terms.
Charities, social enterprises, co-operatives and community interest companies operating in the United Kingdom may apply. To be eligible for funding, the organisation must have clear social or environmental objectives and reinvest profits for a social purpose.
Applications may be submitted at any time. Please visit the website above.

4. Consultations / Help Required

Shropshire Employment and Skills Strategy
One of the initial priorities for the Shropshire Employment and Skills Group has been to produce an Employment and Skills Strategy and Action Plan for Shropshire. This will ensure that Shropshire has an appropriately skilled population to meet the needs of our businesses and will help Shropshire to emerge earlier and in better shape from the recession.
This strategy is now out to public consultation, and they are particularly keen to hear what businesses in Shropshire have to say. The closing date for the consultation is 31 December 2011 and you can get in touch using the contact on this page.

West Mercia Police Priorities & Budget
West Mercia Police require your help with their consultation on priorities and budgets.
Their partner's views are important to them, particular when setting the priorities for policing across West Mercia. As part of the development of their final budget and Joint Policing Plan, partners have the opportunity to find out about and influence proposals for 2012-2015. If you wish to take part in any consultation with West Mercia Police please contact: police.authority@westmercia.pnn.police.uk
Or visit www.westmerciapoliceauthority.gov.uk for more information.

New policy directions for Big Lottery Fund
A government consultation has opened on proposed new policy directions for the Big Lottery Fund. One potential funding priority is "strengthening and increasing the capacity of the social investment market". There is some sector concern that the principle of "additionally", where lottery funding is distinct from government funds, is being weakened. Third Sector news item at http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/article/1086082/
Deadline 18th November
Consultation page:

5. Compact

National Audit Office reviewing government's implementation of the Compact
The National Audit Office (NAO) has commenced working on a review of central government's implementation of the Compact. NAO are intending on publishing the review at the end of 2011, and they would like to get the perspectives of voluntary and community organisations who have worked with central government departments by 18 November 2011.
Click here to find the questions for the review questions
Email your response or any queries to compact@nao.gsi.gov.uk.

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6. Career Opportunities

Self Employment Development Worker - 'Working4Me'
Part -time (16 hrs per week flexible) Self Employment Development Worker required for an exciting new project working with adults with a learning disability in a  co-operative consortium.  You will be helping members of the co-op to develop their ideas for small enterprises and to get their goods to market using the Working4Me website and the MeMarkets project which runs stalls at local venues/events throughout the calendar year.
The post is based in Shrewsbury and will be for a fixed term of 12 months.  The salary for the post is pro- rata £17,962.00 per annum.  Closing date is 14th November 2011.
For more information, and informal chat or an application pack ring Marian
Giles on 01743 255775

Involvement Officer - Carers Support Service
The Community Council of Shropshire have a job opportunity for a fixed term post within the Carers Support Service until 31st March 2012 as an Involvement Officer - 22.5hrs per week. Salary scp 22 £19,621 per annum (pro-rata)
This is a newly created job offering an exciting opportunity to help in the development of the new Family Carers Support Service following our award of the tender by Shropshire Council.  The Involvement Officer will 
™ recruit and train new volunteers  
™ ensure our staff and volunteer team have the skills and resources to effectively involve and support carers within our services
™ assist with seeking new opportunities for income generation
™ promote the service across the county.

The postholder will need to be able to work with a high level of initiative, minimal supervision and have experience of facilitating service user involvement, recruiting volunteers, devising and delivering training. You will also need strong interpersonal and communication skills.
For an application pack or more information please ring 01743 360641or email enquiries@shropshire-rcc.org.uk

Job at Reviive, Shrewsbury (Designer / Artist / Organisaer (trainee)
Closing date: 10th November 2011
The upcycle department requires someone who, initially under guidance, can bring
Design/creative/artistic abilities along with strong organisational skills to the ii development department. The role involves upcycling furniture via painting and decals, using spray paints and vinyl cutter, developing a unique style. The design of a piece of furniture using recycled wood (they have a specific design in mind) for production. Organising the department with input to sales of finished pieces.
For more information contact: Andi on 07850 866090 or apply with full supporting details to; ii-sales@reviive.co.uk

HomeLife Development Officer, Shropshire Housing Group
Please find attached details of a vacancy within the Group for a HomeLife Development Officer - initial 2 year contract based in Craven Arms.
If you are interested in applying for this post or know of someone else who might be interested please print off and complete the application form and equal opportunities form and return to HR, marked Private & Confidential as soon as possible - the closing date is 10.00 am Monday, 14th November 2011 - interviews will be held during the week commencing 28th November 2011. 
If you would like an informal discussion about this post please contact Hilary Paddock at Hilary.Paddock@sshropsha.co.uk
The post is also being advertised on the Jobcentre plus website Here 
docHomelife Development Officer Ad Nov 11 (518.77KB)
docHomeLife Development Officer Job Description Nov 11 (23.5KB)

For further vacancies please visit the Shropshire Infrastructure Website Here or the Shropshire Council website Here

7. Important Reminders

Shropshire VCS Assembly Updates & Timetable of meetings published
Compact working is still going well in Shropshire and the partnership groups established to tackle priority issues are meeting bi-monthly. To encourage influence from all VCS Assembly members, all meeting papers are published on the internet.  See the latest update:

The VCS Assembly coordinators have also published the timetable of forthcoming meetings. If there is anything we have missed or you would like including please get in contact. Visit Here for the schedule.

Free Council Furniture going spare....
Shropshire Council has some office desks that they can no longer use and would like to offer them free of charge to VCS groups and organisations operating in Shropshire. The furniture will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and needs to be distributed by mid November at the latest.
If you are interested in this opportunity please contact Shrewsbury Library via:
Kay Stefiuk on 01743 255325 or Claire Cartlidge on 01743 255023

8. Contract Tender Opportunities - New !      
Tender: Catering Equipment For Sale
Tender: Kitchen & Bathroom replacements CMN 306
Tender: Supply & installation of solar panels RMC 134
Expressions of interest: Residential Home, Crowmoor House
For current live tenders from Shropshire Council: Click Here

Tender: Continuing Healthcare Bed Tender Information
For current live tenders from Shropshire Care Trust: Click Here
For further live tenders please visit the following sites:
Business Link Contract Finder
Federation of Small businesses

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As usual please send details of any events, news items and other opportunities you would like to share with others. With National Compact Week just around the corner please send in any Compact Nominations for the Shropshire Compact Award 2011.

Best wishes
David Fairclough

VCS Assembly Officer (Shropshire Graduate)
Telephone 01743 252 295 
Email: VCSAssembly@shropshire.gov.uk or david.fairclough@shropshire.gov.uk
: www.2shrop.net/shropvcsassembly