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  • 1. THE NEWSLETTER FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN YOUTH WORK IN DEVON AND PRODUCED BY VOLUNTARY YOUTH SERVICES Issue 1 – JANUARY 2011 THERE ARE BIG CHANGES AHEAD FOR CONTENTS THE DELIVERY OF SERVICES FOR YOUNG Devon/Regional News PEOPLE IN DEVON. WHAT ARE THE Events IMPLICATIONS FOR THE VOLUNTARY Training Courses SECTOR? Publications and Resources Grants / Awards / CompetitionsIn my last piece for Youth News at the end of National News & InformationDecember, I referred to the fact that the LocalAuthority is reviewing how services to young 2. recognises the coalitionpeople in Devon will be organised in the light of governments commitment toimpending reductions in public sector funding; localism and local involvementand this government’s commitment to the notion through the Big Society in fillingof the ‘Big Society’, in which the voluntary sector the gaps to support a universalwill be encouraged to develop and expand its offerrole and its services. 3. endorses Devon County CouncilA paper on the future delivery of services to moving to a commissioningyoung people was considered at the Council’s role in respect of the YouthCabinet Committee on 12 January and the Service.following recommendations (in italics) wereapproved: With regard to the third recommendation above, the Committee considered threeThat Cabinet: possible future delivery model options, 1. notes the national policy direction these being: and role of the Local Authority in Option A. Retain current In-House mixed ensuring that youth services are economy arrangements, i.e. the current targeting the needs of vulnerable status quo arrangements regarding the young people Devon Youth Services VYS, YFC Centre, Retail Park Close, Marsh Barton Road, Exeter EX2 8LG Tel / Fax: 01392 250976 E-mail: admin@vysdevon.org.uk Registered Charity No. 1054442 www.vysdevon.org.uk
  • 2. Option B. Merge with an existing Local Authority Controlled Company, such as, forexample, Careers South WestOption C. Outsource to a newly formed Social Enterprise or MutualThe committee has rejected option A, which is ‘against the national direction of travel’ andis less conducive to the Council’s commitment expressed in 3 above to move towards a‘commissioning role’.This, in effect, means that the current arrangements for delivery of services through theLocal Authority’s Youth Service will cease with effect from April 2012 and be replacedeither by options B or C. The cabinet committee has agreed that further investigations willbe made regarding these two options before deciding which one it will approve to replacethe existing arrangements from April 2012.What are the implications of this for the voluntary sector? VYS is seeking to determine thetime scale for the next stage of this decision making process and the extent to which thevoluntary sector can input its views on which of the above two options would be bestsuited to supporting its needs and its aspirations for development.Clearly, it is also very important that the Cabinet makes a decision about a future deliverymodel that is also consistent with its second recommendation above that it ‘recognisesthe coalition governments commitment to localism and local involvement throughthe Big Society in filling the gaps to support a universal offer’. In other words, theLocal Authority needs to make a decision that recognises and supports the future role ofthe voluntary sector. Neither should it be overlooked that very many voluntary sectororganisations make big contributions in meeting the needs of vulnerable young people(recommendation 1 above)VYS, as an independent charitable organisation, with an important role in representing theviews of the sector, is determined to do this before the Council makes these crucialdecisions; and we aim to start this process at our Annual Conference on 5 February at theBelmont Chapel in Exeter.We also hope that the three VYS Vice presidents, Councillors Christine Channon, SaxonSpence and Vanessa Newcombe, who may also be involved in this decision makingprocess, will be at the Conference to take part in the debate about the implications for thesector and to hear your views about the future delivery of services to young people. It willalso be important to hear their views regarding the Council’s commitment of support to thevoluntary sector and our role in the development of the ‘Big Society’ in Devon.Therefore, I very much hope that you can attend the VYS Annual Conference, whichincludes a number of other important topics and information, details of which have beencirculated. Please contact either Juliet White or Anthea Parkyn at the VYS office if youwish to book a place.Both I and a considerably expanded VYS Executive Committee (six new members) lookforward to meeting you at the VYS Conference shortly. Paul Allan, Chair 2
  • 3. DEVON NEWSJOB VACANCIES - Visit the VYS website which is updated with new vacancies on aregular basis – see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/jobsThe Hollow Lane Club - Finance Officer. Part-time, home-based, 16 hours per month at£13.50 per hour. Offered initially as a one year fixed-term contract. We require anexperienced person to be responsible for the financial management of The Hollow LaneClub – an Exeter-based charity providing out of school hours activities for children andyoung people with special needs and their siblings. You will be responsible for the monthlypayroll, operating the PAYE system, keeping accurate financial records and providingtimely management reports to the charity’s Trustees. You must have good communicationskills, be flexible and able to work on your own initiative. For a job description, pleasecontact the Administrator, C/o Ellen Tinkham School, Hollow Lane, Exeter EX1 3RW oremail contact@hollowlane.org.uk. The closing date for applications is 10th February andinterviews will take place the following week.Bungalow Youth Project Assistant Youth Support Worker for 16 hours per week. TheBungalow Youth Project require a dynamic and flexible Assistant Youth Support Workerto work 16 hours per week during the evenings temporary for 12 months in the firstinstance. Salary £6115 per annum. The ideal applicant will be need to be able to workwith a variety of young people in different settings from generic youth sessions to adviceand guidance work. You will be working as part of a small team and will receive supportfrom a professional youth worker. For an application pack and further information ring01626 369283.Breakthrough Music Project - Sound Gallerys group of volunteers have beensuccessful in securing funding from VCashpoint and YOF to run a music talentcompetition where 15 acts will be chosen to audition in front of a panel of judges out ofwhich 3 will win a free days recording worth £200 at Sound Gallery Studios plus theopportunity to perform live at Exeter Phoenix. If you know of any young musicians (band,solo or duet) who play original material, that are under 19 and live in the Southwest thenlet them know of this opportunity. For details contact Marc Langdonbreakthroughmusicproject@gmail.com or call 01392-495 301. Deadline 28th January.Devon Children’s Trust Bulletin – the latest issue is now available at:http://www.devonchildrenstrust.org.uk/meetingsnews/bulletin.htmlDevon Children’s Trust - A useful resource to help you find your way around the Trust isthe "Family service maps for professionals". The maps list all services around children andyoung people and potential routes for consultation with both parents and their children.There will be a further map showing other services that support parents and carers acrossthe county but this has not been completed yet. Seehttp://www.devonchildrenstrust.org.uk/toolkit/fsd.htmlDevon Consortium Voluntary and Community Sector Baseline Study for Devon Thisis an important and comprehensive research report. It maps the current position of thevoluntary and community sector organisations (VCOs) in Devon and identifies theirsupport needs. Both the summary document and the full report are available on the DevonConsortium website http://www.devonconsortium.net/ 3
  • 4. Devon Wheels 2 Work have managed to keep over 70 bikes on the road during thewinter months and now have several bikes available for loan - 50cc and 125 motorcycles.All young people need is a provisional license and a CBT to get on the road. Publictransport is not always a viable option if you work out of hours or irregular shift patternsand with the cost of fuel rising all the time a tank of fuel on a bike costs around fivepounds and you will get around 58 mpg. Wheels 2 Work have also got the workshopavailable should your own bike need a service in preparation for the motorcycle season,and have fully qualified technicians and the facility to do motorcycle MOTs. Their shop inHalwill Junction has clothing and equipment or there is a link to its ebay shop from theweb site www.devonwheels2work.co.uk For details contact Aprille on 01409 220357.Free YHA Membership - The Youth Hostel Association is currently offering freeMembership to schools and youth groups. http://www.devon.gov.uk/sc-jan1050002.pdfLearning South West Quality Toolkit - see the briefing from VYON SW on this newtoolkit for quality assurance for youth work.http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/workforce_developmentLocal Involvement Network for Devon (LINk Devon) has made a series ofrecommendations to Devon’s Health and Social Care services, following a recentlypublished report that follows a consultation of nearly 500 young people across the countyover six months, in schools, events and youth organisations. The results highlight certainareas where respondents felt that information could be easier to find, especially in theareas of contraception advice and information on healthy eating, which could also beavailable on-line, through a dedicated website.http://www.linkdevon.org.uk/uploads/documents/Governance/reports/YP%20Survey%20report%20Final.pdfSir Francis Chichester Trust is offering young people (16-24 yrs) from Devon, includingPlymouth and Torbay, free places on Outward Bound courses (mainly 3 weeks) over thesummer holidays. Candidates are normally selected from those who have had fewopportunities for challenges of this nature in the past and the Trustees will look for someindication that the young people concerned will really benefit and enjoy the experienceand learn from it! Outward Bound cannot take young people who will at the time of theircourse be subject to any youth offending order. The closing date for applications is 4thMarch. For more details and to download an application form go towww.chichestertrust.org.uk and there are also links from there to the Outward Boundwebsite which gives much more information on the courses themselves. Alternativelycontact Anthea Parkyn on 01392 250976 or info@chichestertrust.org.ukSports Unlimited Funding Success - Horrabridge Youth Club recently received fundingfrom Sports Unlimited through West Devon Borough Council to run a Break Dance projectthrough the autumn term. Participants aged from 11yrs -18yrs received six break dancesessions including two hour intensive workshops. Feedback has been fantastic with manyof the young people learning to dance for the very first time. In addition West Devon SK8Club has set up a new roller skating and roller hockey club, based at Plymstock School onTuesday evenings as a result of a very successful Sport Unlimited activity programme. Onany night up to 19 young people took part and the decision to continue the sessions byforming a new branch to the Tavistock based club was unanimous. 4
  • 5. Youth Music is looking for young people (14-19 years) to join its national singing teamand be part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and you are invited to bring a group ofyoung people to a free singing event at Plymouth Music Zone on 13th February. Thisexciting one day singing workshop for young people, led by Richard Frostick, is thebeginning of a selection process to find 150 young singers from all over the UK to join anew national vocal group, Youth Music Voices Ensemble, which will have the fantasticopportunity to perform in high profile events celebrating the London 2012 Olympic andParalympic Games. For details see www.youthmusic.org.uk/voices.EVENTS3rd February Migrant Communities Cultural Awareness Seminar - The Devon MigrantWorker Task Group is leading a second FREE seminar for frontline agencies who haveface to face contact with Migrant Communities in Devon. Feedback was very positive fromour first cultural seminar in Jan 2010. There will be a Migrant Community panel of 5 whoare from diverse communities and who will talk about the differences in cultures, andanswer your questions regarding working with diverse Migrant Communities. This will beheld at Newton Abbot and the key aim is to try and ensure that migrant communities inDevon receive accessible, inclusive and positive services from statutory and voluntaryagencies in Devon. For more details contact Louis Collins, Community Council of Devon,on 01392 383443 or e-mail Louis@devonrcc.org.uk5th February VYS (Devon) Conference – last chance to book your place for what shouldprove to be an interesting and informative event with Susanne Rauprich, Chief Executiveof NCVYS, as the key speaker bringing everyone up-to-date with the national picture. Lotsmore besides – the programme and booking form can be downloaded from the VYSwebsite www.vysdevon.org.uk9th February Corporate and Community Fundraising courses – Two courses to beheld in Exeter. Essentials of Corporate Fundraising course runs in the morning and willgive valuable techniques to raise money from business. Essentials of Community AndEvents Fundraising follows in the afternoon. For details seehttp://www.companysolutions.biz/Course/584/Essentials+of+Corporate+Fundraising/15th February Introduction to Facilitation Skills – this training from Cascade Training isto be held at Sparkford, Yeovil. It is a practical one day course aimed at staff at all levels,who would like to improve their skills at leading and facilitating group meetings andplanning processes. For details contact Cascade Training on 07854208369, emailLauren@cascadetrainingplus.co.uk or see www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk16/17th February FREE 2-day Train the Trainers Programme is being offered by theRegional Youth Work Unit as part of the Progress Programme. It is aimed at experiencedyouth workers and other youth professionals and will be held at Bishops Hull House,Taunton. The training is open to trainers who are already registered providers on theProgress project and for individuals who would like to expand their training skills in workwith young people. See http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/workforce_development fordetails and to book a place contact jane_shipton@learning-southwest.org.uk 5
  • 6. 17th February Emergency First Aid at Work - A practical course leading to the HSErecognised qualification which is valid for three years. It is being held at Tavistock – fordetails contact West Devon CVS on 01837 53392 or email info@westdevoncvs.org.uk21st February Making a Difference: Involving children and young people in decisionmaking – a training event being run by Rachel Henderson at the Knight Club in Exeter.The aim of the training is to promote the participation of children and young people in thedecision- making, commissioning and evaluation of the services they receive. If you wouldlike further information please contact Rachel Henderson on 07815 862075 or emailrachel.henderson@devon.gov.uk24/25th February Effective Supervision Skills - This 2 day training from IDT is being runin Exeter. It is a practical, process-focused course which builds confidence, incorporatesexisting skills, and provides a flexible structure for managing supervision meetings.Essential training for newly or recently appointed Supervisors/Managers, but alsoinvaluable for skills updating and affirming practice for those with more experience. Fordetails ring 01803 299049, email mail@idttraining.com or visit www.idttraining.com3rd March Charity law, practice and governance update - This is an all embracingcourse, being held in Bristol, that will be useful for charity trustees and managers,accountants (and their staff) who carry out Independent Examinations or audits ofCharities, advisors who advise charities on governance matters and communityaccountants. The cost is £50. See http://www.branchword.co.uk/course1.htm8th March Small Charities Coalition is holding a ‘link up and learn’ day which willprovide you the opportunity to link up with other small charities and gain new contacts forbetter access to advice and support in the future. Learn from the workshop leaders andone another and get practical knowledge and understanding, leaving you better equippedand more confident when you return to your charity. The event is being held in Tauntonand the cost is £10, which includes your lunch and refreshments throughout the day. It’llbe a packed day of practical sessions covering a range of subjects such as onlinefundraising, communications on a shoe-string, successful bid writing and charity legalitieswith a host other interesting ways for you to gain new skills, new insights and newcontacts. See http://www.smallcharities.org.uk/taunton/?dm_i=7FK,CH3L,QUIEL,ZE4R,18th March Data Protection: how to manage sensitive data – a workshop being held inExeter and run by Cascade Training. It will explore both the legal framework and the keyimplications of the Data Protection Act. This is a significant concern for all organisationswhich collect and store sensitive or personal data. Illustrated with current examples of howthe Act works in practice, this workshop will offer plenty of opportunity for you to shareworkplace experiences and to discuss some of the practical problems affecting yourorganisation. Ring Lauren on 07854208369 or see www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk10th March Budgeting and Fundraising for Youth Arts Projects is a training event fromArtsplan to be held in Bristol. The course is aimed at organisations and individuals whoalready have an idea for a youth arts project but are unsure on how to finance it. It willtake participants through a step by step guide for planning and drafting their own budget,advise on the best way to fill in funding applications and suggest where to go to find thefunds needed. Cost is £75 and for details contact Artsplan on 02380 682535 orartsplan@artswork.org.uk 6
  • 7. 12th March Principles of Play Workshop - This free training is aimed at practitionerswho do not already have a formal playwork qualification. It will introduce participants to theplay principles; enable you to apply the play principles in your practice; help you tounderstand the role of the playworker; and explore play cues and the differences betweenadult and child led agendas. The event takes place 9.30 – 2.30 in Exeter. For detailscontact Nicole Rich on 01392 385425 or nicole.rich@devon.gov.uk21st March Workshops on commissioning childrens services The Department forEducation, in partnership with others , is holding a series of FREE training workshops onmodernising the commissioning of childrens services, with this one being held in Bristol.The workshops will bring together voluntary and community sector professionals, smalland medium size enterprise (SME) professionals, local childrens commissioners and localprocurement professionals to look at the practicalities of modernising commissioning.http://www.thesocialinvestmentbusiness.org/category/events/modernising-the-commissioning-of-childrens-services/22nd March New! Leadership: how to harness talent! This workshop from CascadeTraining is being held in Bristol. It is an ideal introduction to the leadership role for newteam leaders and managers - but also a useful refresher for more experienced teamleaders who want to improve their skills. The main focus of the course will be on thecrucial importance of good leadership in achieving results. Seewww.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk or contact Lauren on 07854208369 or e-mail her atlauren@cascadetrainingplus.co.uk24th March An Introduction to Project Management Thursday 24th March - Thiscourse from Cascade Training is being run in Plymouth and is an introduction to theprinciples and practice of project management. It is suitable for all managers or projectteam members who need to know the practical basics of initiating, managing andevaluating the performance of small to medium sized projects. To successfully plan,manage and close a project is something that all managers, regardless of position or role,should be skilled in and feel confident about. See www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk orcontact Lauren on 07854208369 or e-mail her at lauren@cascadetrainingplus.co.uk24th March Financing Your Community Enterprise -This course from the CommunityCouncil of Devon includes: Introduction to Social Enterprise model; Legal structures andtrading; and Business planning & funding strategies. It is being held at Spreyton and isfree with £10 deposit. For details ring 01392 383443.30th March Benefits Overview - This half-day session from Workways is suitable foranyone with limited or no knowledge of the UK benefits and tax credit systems. It willprovides a basic overview of the benefits and tax credit systems, giving information onwhat can be claimed, in which situation, and how and where to claim them.http://www.workways.org.uk/training.htm or ring 01392 677050.19th April Improving Funding Applications - Make sure your organisation doesnt missout on the funding it deserves - learn to talk the talk and ensure your applications arerelevant and compelling. This training is organised by Torridge CVS and for detailscontact Kate Shanahan on 01237 420130 or e-mail administrator@torridgecvs.org.uk 7
  • 8. TRAININGADVA Training – to clarify, the courses are FREE for voluntary organisations in Devon(excluding Plymouth and Torbay) with a limit of three free spaces on each course, exceptfor Level 1 where there is no limit. For information about the training see www.adva.org.ukor contact Claire Birch on 01392 382567 or e-mail claire.birch@devon.gov.ukDevon Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB) - Self-enrolment for the Safeguarding e-learning modules is now available. Please do make the most of this excellent, currentlyfree resource. You may access one of five courses - the correct course will be determinedby answering the questions correctly in the Training Allocation Quiz. You can workthrough the training material and then take the quiz at the end of the module. This willenable you to print off a certificate as evidence of your achievement. Each module takesapproximately 2 hours to complete and you can work through the interactive modules atyour own pace and dip in and out of them at your own convenience. Seehttp://devoncc.safeguardingchildrenea.co.uk/Eddystone Trust has a range of FREE training courses coming up at various venuesacross Devon in the coming months. For details see www.eddystone.org.uk or emailtraining@eddystone.org.ukFund it, Build it is a course from the Community Council of Devon that is being run inBroadclyst on 8th February and Kenn on 10th March. It is a course for communitiesinvolved in capital works projects that will:♦ Introduce the New BLF Community Building Grant♦ Help you to explore external funding opportunities♦ Enable you to develop a capital investment plan♦ Check whether your project is investment ready and financially sustainable.♦ Develop your skills for writing successful funding bids♦ Enable you to meet other funders and support agencies; see logosCourses cost £20 per person for DACB members and £30 for non-members(subsidisedby Devon County Council). Lunch and refreshments are provided. Contact Eleanor Rutleyon 01392 382533 or email eleanor@devonrcc.org.ukIntroduction to Youth Work – a course will run at Braunton Youth Centre in March/Aprilon 6 Wednesdays and 2 Saturdays. For further details contact Bruce Freeman on 01647440526 or 07980 792298.Money Mastery and Money Mastery Meets the Benefits Trap courses - The NationalYouth Agency is offering youth organisations and local authorities the chance to host freein-house training courses, to help youth professionals gain vital skills in supporting youngpeople to overcome money issues or get out of the ‘benefits trap’. Contact Holly-MarieDraper on 07921 867847 for details.On-line Child Protection Training - Safe Network has partnered with EduCare toprovide FREE child protection training for not-for-profit organisations. There are fourdifferent online learning programmes available in concise, bite-size modules. Seehttp://www.safenetwork.org.uk/training_and_awareness/Pages/default.aspxOpenLearn - The Open University (OU) is making available its free OpenLearn webresources for people who are active on management committees and boards of charities 8
  • 9. and voluntary and community organisations. Specifically in OU’s sights are: smallvoluntary and community organisations in rural areas/small towns; User LedOrganisations in the social care arena; organisations working with young people; andrecent graduates interested in paid or voluntary roles in the Sector. OpenLearn alreadycontains many free OU course materials relevant to trustees, and plans to set up eTrustee(provisional name), a dedicated Trustee Development space on the site. It will bringtogether and classify free-to-access educational material about governance from OU andelsewhere. Users will be guided to the material likely to best suit their requirements.www.open.ac.uk/openlearnSafer Recruitment – CWDC has launched an online training package that covers whatconstitutes abuse, recruitment processes that should be followed, the currentarrangements for vetting and checking and how to manage allegations. They are alsorunning face-to-face Safer Recruitment Training, across England through a consortium ledby Action for Children. These will run in Taunton on 18th February and Plymouth on 24thMarch. There are a limited number of free places for small organisations.http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/safeguarding/safer-recruitmentSubsidised Training with the Progress project which provides a subsidy for accreditedtraining for staff and volunteers in the VCS working with young people. Available only untilMarch, all training offered is on the Qualifications and Credits Framework (QCF) andbuilds towards full qualifications. Learners are able to access multiple units, with many ofthe training providers offering tailored and unique packages of training. Its really easy toget started with Progress. If youre interested in finding what training might benefit youtake the self-assessment exercise and if you are a voluntary organisation consideringtraining for your staff and/or volunteers, remember accredited training not only sends astrong signal about the quality of your workforce to funders and commissioners, it alsodemonstrates your commitment to the professional development of your staff andvolunteers. http://www.ncvys.org.uk/blogs.php?act=view_topic&id=205PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCESBarrier Busting is a new website from Government where charities and communitygroups can ask for help in overcoming bureaucratic obstacles to their work. Questionslogged on the site will be answered by civil servants. It will let people setting up or runninglocal community projects submit queries about regulations, such as by-laws or health andsafety rules, that hinder them in their work. A team of civil servants at the department willbe responsible for helping the groups overcome the problems. Those who log problemson the site will be given an ID number so that they can track the progress of their caseonline. They will also be given the contact details of a civil servant responsible for helpingthem. A CLG spokeswoman said common bureaucratic obstacles to community actionalso included planning regulations and Criminal Records Bureau checks.http://barrierbusting.communities.gov.uk/Challenge and Lead is a new publication that offers young people a five stage plan tosupport leadership and challenge. Developed by the National Youth Agency, theresource’s five-stage plan provides activities on forming a working relationship within thegroup; identifying issues to explore; formulating an action plan; developing and deliveringa campaign; and reviewing what’s changed. It has been developed in conjunction with agroup of young people making up The Youth of Today’s Youth Leadership Team who 9
  • 10. continue to use, review and develop the Challenge and Lead resource moving forward. Itis available as a free download http://www.nya.org.uk/challenge-and-leadGenerating Local Media Coverage - The media always want good local stories, or alocal angle on a national story, especially with a human interest. This briefing from MediaTrust is full of useful information (they have a range of resources on their website). Seehttp://resources.mediatrust.org/guides/public-relations/generating-local-media-coverage/?dm_i=46N,BR4H,RMOTU,X9KV,1Good Governance: a Code for the Voluntary and Community Sector – the secondedition of this NCVO guide sets out best practice for governing a voluntary or communityorganisation and builds on the original version from 2005, and should be clearer with lessjargon. It is based on six key principles describing how an effective board provides goodgovernance and leadership: ♦ understanding their role; ♦ ensuring delivery of organisational purpose; ♦ working effectively both as individuals and a team; ♦ exercising effective control; ♦ behaving with integrity; ♦ being open and accountable.The Code explains why each principle is important, and gives examples of how to applythem in practice. There is a summary version as well as the full document athttp://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/codeofgovernanceNational Youth Homelessness Scheme – this is a knowledge base for local authoritiesand their partners to help prevent and tackle youth homelessness.http://www.communities.gov.uk/youthhomelessness/So you want to work with young people? This is a new resource handbook from theNYA for training and supporting volunteers. It is a compilation of over 50 activities that hasbeen devised as an introduction for volunteers who want to work with young people. Emailsales@nya.org.uk or go to www.nya.org.ukSparked is a new micro-volunteering website where non-profit organisations can registerto receive help with design, media, marketing and more and those with professional skillscan sign up to turn their spare time into social good. For more details visit:https://www.sparked.com/The Little Activity Book is a collection of practical group challenges from UK Youth. Itguides leaders through 22 practical and physical activities and will increase youngpeoples ability to function within a group and build their sense of well-being.http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/the-little-activity-book/11775735The Technology Handbook has been produced by LASA to be a central repository of allinformation relevant to the configuration and management of the technology serviceswithin an organisation - from your ISP login details to where licence keys are stored.Aimed at whoever it is in the organisation who has responsibility for supporting,developing, managing and securing ICT systems, there are 8 sections: the organisation,compliance, inventory, configuration, contracts, policies, procedures, and appendices.See http://www.lasa.org.uk/publications/computanews-guides/ 10
  • 11. Youth Active Toolkit - UK Youth and Youth Active have worked together to produce thisresource to help encourage young people to take up sport and physical activity. Thistoolkit can either be used in its own right or can be used to recognise the learning andparticipation skills through the Youth Achievement Awards (YAA). This toolkit setsappropriate challenges and targets through sports, in game and activities, cycling,swimming, basketball, football, athletics, cricket, racquet sports, dance, action sports,circuit training and fitness. It also goes through the benefits of sport; how to introducesports and physical activities to young people; 14 sample worksheets, ideas for workers,peer leaders and volunteers and progression in sports and fitness.http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/youth-active-toolkit/11775702Volunteering whilst getting benefits - This guide from the Department for Work andPensions explains how benefits work in a range of situations where an individual is alsovolunteering http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/dwp1023.pdfGRANTS/AWARDS/COMPETITIONSAmendment – incorrect contact details for the David Knightly Charitable Trust in the lastissue. The correct details are: David Knightly Charitable Trust, c/o Rachel Butterworth,Middlewick House, St Mary Bourne, near Andover, Hants SP11 6AJ, Tel: 01264 73826.Breaks 4 Kids is a charitable fund, run by YHA (Youth Hostel Association) that supportsunder-privileged young people under the age of 18, travelling as part of an organisedgroup such as; youth club, church group, or a group organised by a body such as theYouth Offending Group or Connexions. They offer grants for up to 50% of the cost ofaccommodation and food. Applications for funding can be made at any time but must bemade at least 8 weeks before the trip commences. http://www.breaks4kids.co.uk/schools-and-groups/index.aspxBTs Big Voice is a national competition to support the 2012 London Olympic andParalympic Games. It is open to young people 11 - 19 years old, working in teams ofbetween 5 and 8 members under the supervision of a responsible adult.http://www.btplc.com/Responsiblebusiness/Supportingourcommunities/Learningandskills/London2012/BigVoice/default.aspxDevon Community Foundation provides grants to voluntary grass roots communitygroups working to relieve the effects of poverty and disadvantage in the county of Devon.The highest priority is given to small-budget, community-based organisations and can befor capital and revenue expenditure. A range of Funds are available offering grants of upto £5,000. Applicants must be registered charities or voluntary organisations which areconstituted for charitable purposes. Applications for small grants can usually be made atany time and are assessed at quarterly meetings. See http://www.devoncf.comGarfield Weston Foundation provides funding for projects in the UK with no specificpriorities for funding and a wide range of charitable activity being supported. There is nostrict limit on the size of the grant given as every application is considered on its ownmerits. In general, the Trust looks for organisations to have raised the majority of fundingthrough local or statutory sources before an application is made. It is highly unlikely thatthe Foundation will consider making a grant to organisations that cannot demonstrate 11
  • 12. significant progress with fundraising. For more information ring 020 7399 6565 or seehttp://www.garfieldweston.orgLawrence Atwells Charity provides grants or loans for young people based in the UKand aged between 16 and 26 towards the cost of vocational training or equipment that isessential for work. The charitys aim is to assist young people who come from a low-income background to become qualified or equipped to work in their chosen career.Funding can cover tuition, enrolment, examination or registration fees, general livingexpenses during study/training and other specific items.http://www.skinnershall.co.uk/charities/lawrence-atwell-charity.htmLloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales supports registered charities that helpdisadvantaged people to play a fuller role in communities across England and Wales. TheFoundation’s approach to good grant making is designed to work with charities from initialenquiry through the lifetime of a grant. It is a consistent and transparent approach thatensures the Foundation gives the best support and advice to charities irrespective of theoutcome of their application. It will fund core costs such as salaries and other overheads.See www.lloydstsbfoundations.org.ukRayne Foundation provides grants to a range of projects, mainly around disadvantage,so see the website for more details. http://www.raynefoundation.org.uksported. is a charitable organisation which provides funding and capacity buildingservices to the community and voluntary sports sector and is now working in Devon. If youprovide sporting activity for young people aged 11-25 then have a look at the sported.leaflet http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2334 and find out more. The regional manager isJulian Wills - 07901 339335, 01822 850454 or email j.wills@sported.org.ukSwimathon Foundation is offering grants of between £300 and £2,500 to swimmingpools, community organisations and charities who can demonstrate how funding will allowthem to help more people participate in and enjoy swimming and to make swimming moreaccessible. Whether you’re a scout leader that would like to take your troop for a day at anopen air pool, a healthy living group wanting to try our Aquaerobics for the first time or ascuba diving club desperate for new equipment, a grant could be the helping hand youneed! For more information see www.swimathon.org/foundation or ring 0845 459 9016 ore-mail info@swimathonfoundation.org The next deadline for applications is 21st March.Wakeham Trust provides grants to registered charities, community and voluntary groupsin the UK to help re-build communities through community participation and can coverstart-up costs, equipment and publicity. Grants of between £75 and £750 are providedand the Trust favours small charities - often, but not always, start-ups.http://www.wakehamtrust.orgWoodward Charitable Trust awards grant funding to small-scale, locally-basedcharitable initiatives in the UK. There are one-off small grants of between £100 and£5,000 and large grants of over £5,000 over a maximum of three years available. TheTrust is particularly interested in helping smaller organisations which offer direct services.Potential applicants are encouraged to contact the Trust to discuss their work beforemaking an application and applications for large grants will be rejected unless applicationsare discussed with the Trusts administrator prior to submission. See:http://www.woodwardcharitabletrust.org.uk 12
  • 13. Young Carers – UK Youth have been awarded a grant by Children in Need to providerespite weekends for young carers from across the UK and is offering 10 weekends over aperiod of one year for up to 10 young carers per weekend at Avon Tyrrell Activity Centre,Hampshire, UK Youths Headquarters in the New Forest. The weekend will give youngcarers aged 13 - 18 the opportunity to explore new surroundings and take part in excitingadventure and environmental activities. The weekend will be FREE to young carers withactivities, accommodation, full board catering and money towards travelling expensesprovided for the successful applicants applying for a grant.www.ukyouth.org/whatwedo/Opportunities+for+Young+Carers+at+Avon+TyrrellGetting Funding and Planning Successful Projects – the Big Lottery Fund has recentlyrevised its approach to outcomes and has produced this guidance for organisationsapplying for a Big Lottery Fund grant from 1st November 2010. It is a simple step-by-stepintroduction to the fundamental concepts and principles that you will need to know about ifyou are going to apply for funding from BLF. See http://www.biglearningzone.org.uk/NATIONAL NEWS AND VIEWSChild Exploitation and Online Protection (CEOP) - ClickCEOP is an advice and helpcentre where you can access guidance on a broad range of topics to help protect children,or alternatively report a concern directly to CEOP. It’s children and young people’sprogramme Thinkuknow is used in schools nationwide to educate young people abouthow to stay safe online. CEOP has been working with social networking sites such asFacebook, BEBO, MSN and other major service providers to put internet safety advice atthe fingertips of children through the ClickCEOP application. Facebook users should visitwww.facebook.com/clickceop to add the ClickCEOP app to their profile. The app is freeand easy to use, and gives immediate access to internet safety advice as well as beingable to report any suspicions. If you become a friend of the page, CEOP will invite you tofree online safety surgeries and send you updates. For more on CEOP go tohttp://www.ceop.police.uk/Commercialisation of Childhood - The Office of the Childrens Commissioner forEngland has launched a survey, developed by children and young people, to examine thisissue. The children and young peoples advisory group, which is made up of 19 youngpeople aged 8 to 18 is looking at the topic and is aiming to gather the views of childrenand young people across England. A questionnaire was devised by the group to attemptto find out the sorts of things children and young people want to own and why. Thegroup will report the findings to Reg Bailey’s review of commercialisation andsexualisation of childhood. The deadline for completing the survey is 28th January. Seehttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/commercialworldComprehensive Cuts - part two This second paper from NCVYS (seehttp://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2332 ) builds on its initial report Comprehensive Cutspublished in 2010. The report provides an up to date look at the impact of changes topolicy and funding as well as spending cuts affecting young people across England.NCVYS is extremely concerned about the cumulative impact of these changes: the overallpicture is one of less financial support for young people, receding support for thoseworking with young people to develop them and reduced investment in the charitablesector which could be a source for training, skills development and employment 13
  • 14. opportunities for young people. NCVYS strongly believe that a more cohesive approach toserving young people is needed. To this end, they are working with officials at theDepartment for Education to bring together key ministers at a youth summit to ensure thatdecisions from the centre are serving young people in a coordinated and coherentfashion. If you would like to discuss the findings of this report or for more informationabout the youth summit, please don’t hesitate to contact Susanne Rauprich onsusanne@ncvys.org.ukConsultation: Green Paper on Giving - Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maudelaunched the paper that sets out the Governments initial ideas for building a strongerculture of giving time and money. The aim is to start a national debate on our societysattitudes to giving. The paper proposes a new role for government as a facilitator of giving,making it easier for philanthropists, volunteers and charities to form partnerships. Itproposes that the Government will provide:♦ At least £50 million of match funding over the next four years to encourage the building up of local endowments as part of the Community First programme.♦ Additional funding to neighbourhood groups to help them implement their projects and plans.♦ A Volunteer Match Fund, worth up to £10 million per year, to double the benefit of private donations to voluntary projects.♦ An England-wide Volunteering Infrastructure programme worth £42.5 million over the next four years that will provide brokerage as well as frontline support to volunteers and the organisations that manage them.The paper also sets out wide-ranging ideas, including the use of online and social media,for making giving and voluntary action in the UK "as easy and attractive as possible". Seehttp://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/giving-green-paper.Deadline for comments 9th March.Consultation on Tackling Child Poverty and Improving Life Chances - Thegovernment is calling on voluntary groups, charities and local communities to give theirviews on its latest strategy to tackle child poverty. This is a cross-department consultationon the governments approach to ending child poverty and improving life chances. Thestrategy looks to address poverty through placing a greater emphasis on social mobilityand opportunity to help combat cycles of educational underachievement, worklessnessand family breakdown. Consultation deadline is 15th February.http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/pressnotices/a0071184/government-sets-out-new-vision-for-ending-child-povertyThere is also a series of short films to launch at the same time as the consultation.http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/families/childpoverty/a0069978/tackling-child-poverty-filmsDrinking to Belong: Understanding young adults alcohol use within socialnetworks is a new report from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation that examines therelationship of young people with alcohol, and identifies the factors behind their drinkinghabits. It suggests that excessive alcohol consumption is the norm in young adulthoodand highlights the influence of friends behaviour, and of alcohol pricing.http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/alcohol-young-adults-full.pdfEarly Intervention Grant and Pupil Premium - Education Secretary Michael Gove hasset out the two-year funding allocations for local authorities and one-year fundingallocations for maintained schools. This includes details of the new Early Intervention 14
  • 15. Grant (EIG), which provides local authorities with funding for key preventative services,and the pupil premium. The amount to be allocated through EIG will be 10.9% lower thanthe aggregated 2010-11 funding through the predecessor grants. The EIG is not ring-fenced, giving local authorities the flexibility to respond to local needs and drive reform.Those centrally-directed grants to support services for children, young people and familieswhich will be replaced by the EIG include the Connexions, Childrens Fund, YouthOpportunity Fund, Youth Crime Action Plan, Positive Activities for Young PeopleProgramme, Youth Taskforce, Young People Substance Misuse, Teenage Pregnancy.The pupil premium, which will provide additional funding for deprived pupils, will be £430per deprived pupil in 2011-12 and allocated to pupils currently eligible for free schoolmeals. In 2011 the total spending on the premium will be £625m, but this figure will riseeach year until 2014. As funding for the premium increases, the government will boost theamount of money each child receives and by 2013, the premium will be extended to allchildren who have previously been eligible for free school meals.http://media.education.gov.uk/assets/files/pdf/m/michael%20goves%20letter%20to%20local%20authorities%20%20%2013%20december%202010.pdfEarly Intervention: Next Steps - The interim findings of the early intervention review, ledby Labour MP Graham Allen, recommends that nineteen of the most effective earlyintervention programmes should be supported and expanded, with a new body created topromote effective practice. It also recommends the creation of 15 "local early interventionplaces" to spearhead the development of practices. These areas would be supported by anewly created Early Intervention Foundation. Allen makes a total of 34 recommendationsin the report, stating there is no need for new legislation or immediate additional publicexpenditure for them to be implemented. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1050038/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletinEnergy: How fair is it anyway? The Department of Energy and Climate Change haspublished this report from its Youth Advisory Panel, which finds that there is huge supportfor renewable energy among young people. It calls for greater youth consultation onenergy and climate change policy and for young people to get involved. The report callsfor: a fair deal for young people in the decision-making process; work to ensure thatGovernment does not lock young and future generations into ecological debt; andcontinued engagement in dialogue with the youth constituency and stakeholdership toensure that the youth perspective is heard, and responded to, by Government.http://www.decc.gov.uk/assets/decc/About%20us/youth-panel/961-energy-how-fair-youth-panel.pdfEuropean Year of Volunteering - 2011 has been designated as the European Year ofVolunteering within the European Union. The purpose of the Year is to support the effortsof member states and civil society organisations to create conditions which are conduciveto the development of volunteering across Europe. The Year provides an excellentopportunity to support the development of social action, a key pillar of the Big Society andthe Cabinet Office is making available small scale contracts and grants for organisationsto develop and implement activity within England, as part of the national work programmefor European Year of Volunteering. See http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/news/grants-available-european-year-volunteeringLocalism Bill - The Department for Communities and Local Government has publishedthis bill, that intends to: devolve significant new powers to councils; establish new rightsfor local people and communities to take over services (for example through employee- 15
  • 16. run mutuals, co-operatives, or social enterprises) or to buy community assets; givecitizens a right to have referendums on local issues and to veto council tax rises; givegreater financial autonomy to local government, and return decision-making powers onhousing to local councils and communities through a new Community Right to Build.DCLG has also published an “Essential Guide” to the Bill, which sets out six actionscentral government will need to take to achieve and maintain the radical shift in power, - inbehaviour, expectation, and culture - which must go alongside the changes in lawproposed in the Bill. http://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1794946NCVO has also produced a briefing paper on the Bill which is at:www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/sites/default/files/Decentralisation_and_Localism_Bill_briefing.pdfRenewed Compact – this has now been launched by the Cabinet Office. It is shorter andmore focused than the previous agreement and aims to create the right environment forpartnership working. In addition, the National Audit Office will carry out a one-off study intothe operation of the Compact across government which will be reported to parliament. TheCompact recognises the need for national and local support and developmentorganisations to be resourced in order to assist civil society organisations with theircapacity and capability to deliver positive outcomes. Alongside the renewed Compact, thenew Accountability Guide details various avenues to pursue complaints or concerns aboutCompact non-compliance, as well as details of major programmes to ensure Compactreporting takes place regularly. http://www.compactvoice.org.uk/resources/using-compactThe Cost of Exclusion: Counting the cost of youth disadvantage in the UK is a newreport from the Princes Trust that estimates that the number of young people agedbetween 16 and 24 claiming unemployment benefit for more than 12 months hasquadrupled since the start of the recession to 232,000, and therefore that youthunemployment currently costs the country up to £155m a week. It also finds that the costof youth crime in Britain has risen to £1.2bn a year due to more young people beingimprisoned. http://www.princes-trust.org.uk/pdf/COE_full_report.pdfYoung People in Governance is a report from research consultancy nfpSynergy thatconsiders organisational experiences of overcoming the barriers to involving young peoplein governance. A key recommendation of the report is that there is no ‘one-size fits all’model when it comes to engaging young people in governance - each organisation mustconsider which mechanisms will work best for their needs. Research has found that youngpeople’s civic involvement doesn’t just improve their own outcomes. There are ten keyfindings in the summary. Seehttp://www.nfpsynergy.net/includes/documents/cm_docs/2010/y/young_people_in_governance.pdfYoung Voices ‘Stronger Together’ is a research report from the British Youth Councilwhich found that the involvement of youth councillors in public decision making not onlyincreased young peoples participation in decision making by 89%, but also improved thequality of youth services (62%) and saved the council money (22%). Seehttp://www.byc.org.uk/asset_store/documents/young_voices_stronger_together_web.pdfDISCLAIMER – VYS (Devon) accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure details are correct, VYS (Devon)cannot endorse events or items mentioned in this newsletter. 16

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