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  1. 1. ! Supporting Voluntary & Community Action May and June 2009 Inside Voscur’s Magazine Project Respect: linking generations and cultures Commissioning Support Local Election Special Gypsy and Traveller Focus Refugee Week Listening Partnership to overcome bullying Funding Opportunites Summer Training Volunteering News Recession Support Image: Project Respect (page 22) And much more…
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  3. 3. Contents Welcome 4 Editorial 26-27 Children & Young People Listening Partnership Network Feedback 5-6 Voscur News MyPlace Commissioning Support Governance and Leadership Support Don’t Suffer in Silence 28-29 How To - Funding Pages E Forums Lottery Small Grants Programmes Website Toolkit Arts Council England Recession Support Heritage lottery Fund Sport England 7 Sector News Leadership and Management 30-31 How To - Green Pages Merger and Collaboration Funding Park Keepers – How voluntary and community groups help keep Bristol parks 8 New Voscur Members and green spaces green and lovely 9-10 Member Profile 32-33 Volunteering Bristol Friends of the Avon new Cut Volunteering Week Streets Alive Grant for new work 11 How To - ICT 34 Bristol Partnership Surviving the Big Byte Interview with Linda Prosser the new Director of the Local Strategic Partnership 12-15 Local Election Special 35 Have Your Say Bristol’s Councillor Leaders give their views Vox Pops on the role of the voluntary and community sector 36 Diary 16-19 Voscur Training & Learning Feedback on training Skills – Third Sector Voscur Summer Training 20-25 Equalities and Human Rights Gypsy and Traveller Focus Project Respect Equalities and Human Rights event report Why not advertise? Thrive! is available on disc. Please contact Special discounts for Voscur members. the office if you would like to Deadlines for July/August 2009 edition of Thrive!: receive your Thrive! this way. The 2 June 2009 for ads, 26 June 2009 for flyers newsletter is also available online as a pdf Details of prices at at or phone Polly Stewart, sub-editor, on 0117 909 9949 Disclaimer: some of the views expressed in this publication are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily represent those of Voscur. Publications, events and services mentioned in Thrive! are not necessarily endorsed by Voscur. 3
  4. 4. Editorial Diversity and Diversification Voscur is committed to together with service providers in supporting community discussion and dialogue. This event activism; we help had great support and many useful connections were made. organisations and individuals get involved in and influence We know that many people decision making in the city, support our Equalities work, but and we do this in many also that this work isn’t popular different ways. One of with everyone, (in that some the ways that we do this people don’t recognise that is to support Equalities there is a need for it and some communities. criticise us for doing it). But at Voscur, we recognise that we will We recently worked with Support all be members of a marginalised Against Racist Incidents (SARI), community at some point in our Wendy Stephenson Churches Council for Industrial and lives. Our work is about supporting Social Responsibility (ISR) and the our being commissioned to deliver those groups who have historically Women’s Forum to ensure that some training with Gypsy and been marginalised, to have a voice. under represented communities Traveller Communities and health We think that as we go into a are heard at the Bristol Partnership professionals outside Bristol. recession this work is even more in the future. This work will help to sustain our vital as minority groups are further Equalities staff team until we can marginalised and at risk of attack. We have supported community secure investment to keep this involvement in Neighbourhood valuable work going in Bristol. Our Equalities work has been Partnerships this past year, and funded by the Big Lottery since in March we started talking with kEy TO SyMbOLS 2003 and more recently by the the Neighbourhood Partnerships Equalities and Human Rights Residents’ Forum about the Equalities Article Commission. The work is difficult involvement of Equalities to fund and we are now at the Communities in the Partnerships. point where we have a funding ? Training gap for this work. However, we Voscur’s ‘Our Voices Count’ event won’t give up. Voscur’s Board is in February enabled Gypsy and committed to continuing our work Traveller communities, Somali Resources with Equalities groups. parents, Refugee Women of Bristol, single parents and lesbian, gay and Our reputation for working with Event bisexual communities to come Equalities communities has led to 4
  5. 5. Voscur News Governance and Support Don’t Suffer in Leadership Support Silence – Louise Clark will join the Voscur staff team as Compact Liaison get in touch Sophie Bayley, Voscur’s Workforce Officer this month.The work Development Co-ordinator delivers will link directly to public sector an excellent training course You are not alone! commissioning of services from on roles and responsibilities of voluntary, community and social trustees/governing bodies. This Many Voscur members have been enterprise organisations. training course has been enhanced asking us for help to get through by input from Avon and Bristol difficult times. Louise’s role will be to raise the Law Centre (For details of Voscur profile of the sector with public training see page 35). We have answered questions about sector commissioners; help employment issues, governance the sector to respond to the Sophie has now also worked and finance issues, funding crises, commissioning agenda and ensure with several groups to deliver relationships with funders, and that we are all working to agreed training in-house to management when we haven’t been able to standards of good practice. committees, so that all board offer direct support we have members are receiving the same signposted to other sources of This post came about as a result information at the same time. help. of Voscur’s work as a member Boards have found this very helpful of the Compact funding and and have emerged strengthened It may be that we know of another commissioning group. We from the experience! We have now organisation that has been through recognised that without a found out that we may be able to what you are experiencing and has dedicated worker raising awareness help you get funding to pay for in- found a solution. We will always of the Compact, it’s difficult to put house governance and leadership listen to what you have to say. So, Compact principles into practice. training. get in touch. A programme of activities will If you think your board ? be developed with the support needs a refresher course Wendy Stephenson of the Compact steering group; in its responsibilities, Chief Executive, Voscur, we will keep you posted in our please contact The CREATE centre e-bulletins, on the website and in Smeaton Road, Bristol, BS1 6XN. this magazine. 0117 909 9949, Clarification Commissioning our Equalities manager, Ruth Pitter, wrote about her trip to the USA where In our last issue of Thrive! she witnessed President Obama’s inauguration which marked a landmark occasion and a triumph for community activism. This trip was a personal holiday and not paid for by Voscur. 5
  6. 6. Voscur News Keeping ‘in the Recession Support redundancies fairly in the current climate, to free and cheap ways of loop’ is e-asy Funding from Capacitybuilders improving and maintaining your IT has enabled Voscur to work with with the Voscur systems. other infrastructure organisations Forums in Bristol and the West of England View these at Voscur has online E-Forums to ChangeUp consortia to develop a recessionsupport help you keep up-to-date with recession busting booklet, which issues affecting you and your will be available to download from organisation, and to enable our website, and in hard copy from Website Toolkit you to easily share information our office. The booklet will provide on particular topics with other Developing a website from scratch information on risk assessments, E-Forum users. can be quite daunting. governance, managing in a downturn, and closing an We’ve made improvements to the Voscur has set up a Website organisation. online forums so it’s easier for you Development Toolkit online, where to sign up and use them. you can sign up to learn about We have also gathered information all the issues that you need to from a range of sources on Now is a great time to register think about when creating a web everything from The Equalities on the Voscur online forums presence for your organisation. and Human Rights Commission – follow our easy step by step guide to managing in a downturn, guide at Visit which sets out how employers can ebulletin and follow the instructions. use flexible working and manage a new oven has meant new sights and smells for Laura help for individuals St Monica Trust Community Fund We are keen to receive applications for funding from individuals who satisfy our criteria, these being: 1.Have a physical disability or long term physical health problem helps people with one off gifts, 2.Live in Bristol, BANES, South Glos, Gloucestershire, North Somerset, Somerset or Wiltshire 3.Have a low income and limited savings 4.Be over the age of 16 We are such as cookers, washing machines happy to receive applications directly from clients or from referral organisations. and carpets, as well as short- term For more information please contact us on grants in crisis situations. 0117 949 4003 or visit: 6
  7. 7. Sector News Leadership and Management - £500 available for training If your organisation has a staff for example, to support your For more details ? team of between five to 250 management team in strategic on how to access employees then you could be direction, coaching or mentoring, this funding, please or tailor made training packages. contact the South eligible for £500 leadership West Region’s Third and management training Voscur offers tailor made Sector Skills Broker, through Train to Gain. There is training packages in Roles and Marisa McClelland on £1000 available in total. Responsibilities of Trustees and 01202 847607 can support you to apply for the The first £500 must benefit the one money if you are interested. Call person identified as the key leader/ Sophie Bayley on 0117 909 9949 To find out more about Train manager of the organisation. The to Gain and the third sector, next £500 must be matched by Train to Gain also offers support for download their document at your organisation but can be used other staff members through Skills (pdf) to support other managers or for Life which offers a variety of trustees in the organisation. training courses for staff who have You could use this money, few formal qualifications. Money to Support Merger and Collaboration Capacitybuilders is offering bursaries to organisations considering collaboration and merger. The bursaries are to pay for two days of advice/consultancy on the issues relating to collaboration and merger. If, following the advice, groups decide that this is the route that they want to take, they may be eligible for a further £10,000 to support their merger. For further details of this scheme visit 7
  8. 8. Voscur New Members Voscur New Members bedminster Tenant demise of the Bristol Community Impatient Vagrant Management Organisation Festival at Ashton Court. Impatient Vagrant began in Steering Group 2007 in order to bring accessible The group want to establish community theatre into the rural a TMO (a non profit making areas of South Gloucestershire. Coexist Community Interest company managed by tenants and The company passionately believes Company leaseholders with responsibility that theatre can bring a community Coexist is a mixed use building for some or all of the housing together to celebrate and engage on Stokes Croft, Bristol, which is management functions currently with its history and culture. undergoing major refurbishment undertaken by the local authority) so that it can become a centre of to tackle and improve the quality excellence in terms of sustainable of life for all Bedminster tenants communities. The New Room - John Wesley’s and leaseholders. Chapel (pdf) The New Room in Bristol is the oldest Methodist Chapel in the Four Towns & Vale Link brislington Enterprise College world (originally built in 1739) Community Transport Brislington Enterprise College and the cradle of the early A charity, based in South (BEC) is an 11-18 Local Education Methodist movement. Gloucestershire, formed by Authority mixed comprehensive the merger of two community college set in sixty acres of transport charities – Four Towns attractive grounds overlooking and Vale Link each served Patchway Bristol. and Thornbury respectively. The aim of the Four Towns and bristol Epilepsy Support Group Vale Link Community Transport is to increase opportunities and develop The Bristol Epilepsy Support Group a more inclusive community by offer people whose lives are improving access. affected by the condition a chance to get together and discuss the issues that matter to them. GAVCA - Gloucestershire Association for Voluntary & Community Action (Associate) The bristol Festival Community Group Supports and represents local voluntary action by working in The Bristol Festival Community partnership to promote equality. Group is a collection of volunteers, with a wide range of backgrounds, interests and ages, who have come together to plan a community- Statue in courtyard of The New Room based festival, following the sad 8
  9. 9. Member Profile Friends of the Avon new Cut 200th Anniversary of Avon New Cut This year marks the 200th anniversary of the completion of the Avon New Cut and Feeder Canal and the opening of Bristol’s Floating Harbour. Celebrations of this important event in our city’s history will go on throughout 2009, and games for children - or cut - leaving the docks as a starting with a special • Fascinating facts and images “floating harbour”. of the New Cut and Floating Fun Day on Monday 4 May Harbour. The Cut was dug by Irish and other 12.30 - 5pm by Brunel’s ss Great Britain travelling labourers - mainly using Drop in any time. picks, shovels and wheelbarrows, Free event! but also gunpowder to blast a way The original celebration in May through the rock. It took five years 1809 involved a party where a hog The Avon New Cut to complete. roast and a specially brewed beer and the Floating were enjoyed by the Irish builders Friends of the Avon and Bristol townsfolk alike. Harbour New Cut Bristol’s port was originally sited in Brunel’s ss Great Britain is running the centre of the city on the River a hog roast, the Bristol Beer The Friends of the Avon New Cut Avon. It was the second-busiest Factory has produced a special ‘Cut (FrANC) is a group of local people port in the country during the early Blaster’ beer, and the Friends of promoting a greater understanding 18th century, but the tidal nature the Avon New Cut have organised and appreciation of the Cut, of the river increasingly caused entertainment for the whole family including its history, wildlife, and problems for ships. Traders began including: essential role in the city. to use other ports instead, and a solution was needed if Bristol was • Tales of the Cut with an Irish FrANC runs guided walks, organises to maintain its wealth. actor and ‘Show of Strength’ riverbank clean-up sessions, theatre group produces regular newsletters, and William Jessop, a civil engineer, • Irish dancers and Morris dancers has published wildlife leaflets and developed a plan to divert the River • A jazz band a book about the Avon New Cut. Avon away from the docks area • Sea shanty singers Further information is available at through a new artificial channel • A treasure hunt - plus other fun 9
  10. 10. Member Profile Streets Alive - Lets do it in the street! Streets Alive is a charitable Streets Alive is a key partner in a not already on their street party group, based in Bristol new exciting campaign being led website: but working across the by the Eden Project called ‘The Big Lunch’ which is encouraging You can also view UK, which promotes the people to have street party-style details by visiting street as a social space, events. The focus of the big lunch developing culturally thriving is on food - growing, cooking and communities through traffic- sharing it. free street events. The campaign is a welcome Since 2001, Streets Alive have boost to Streets Alive’s efforts developed special ways of to promote street parties, and it engaging with the public and is hoped that across the country communities on social and thousands of people will join in travel issues in street events and ‘The Big Lunch’ on Sunday 19 July. other activities. Specialising in community-based events which If any residents, groups or Councils engage the public in creative and have any questions or practical meaningful ways on issues of social issues that need solving then cohesion, greener travel, arts, contact Streets Alive and they sports and children’s play. will try to help if the answer is 10
  11. 11. How To - ICT Surviving the Big Byte The IT industry, unlike cars 2) Plan and budget - you may org/ictrecessionbuster and clothing, appears to be and we’ll be highlighting and not be going to spend any money riding out the recession so far. comparing software services such this year, but how much did you Most people need access to IT as our new Surveys article - spend last year and how much the to do their jobs; even small year before? What would it cost organisations run from home. With reducing budgets and new fundraising opportunities growing scarcer, relying on equipment that is growing old and unstable can be a stressful experience. However, there are new ways of doing things on the web, and adopting new methods of working allows groups to hear of 4) know where to go for help to replace a computer? Could you opportunities and access help more - use the Voscur directory and use a refurbished one? Do your quickly, plus get their message out forums to know where to go for trustees understand the issues and to a new and larger audience. help and support. The Voscur ICT can you bring them on board? Directory lists companies, social Think of the costs implied by your How can you do that without enterprises and individuals from risk assessment and then make a spending large sums on PC specialists to website designers budget to cover the most likely equipment, support, training and that other Voscur members have elements. time on managing it all? recommended. Voscur 4 point plan 3) Get Value for Money - use the The forums are managed by Voscur Voscur website for top tips for for surviving the staff to answer all your queries (not free and “value for money” tools Big Byte just ICT) and they can be accessed and support. We are re-organising through the website the ICT pages to highlight new 1) Risk assessment - Think about (see the article on signing up for developments in how the Voluntary what could possibly go wrong - the forums on page 7). You can Sector is adapting to the free hardware failure, viruses and data also post your own tips that might software revolution and the rise loss are all organisational killers or benefit other Voscur members. of social networking as a tool for at least very inconvenient. List all Lets get talking! being more effective in your job. eventualities - don’t forget the member of staff who manages Sean Kenny, ICT Development Our ICT recession buster page has the database who might decide to Worker just been published -www.voscur. emigrate! 11 Photo:
  12. 12. Local Election Special Local Election Special In advance of the local elections we asked the lead councillors of the four political parties on Bristol City Council to write for Thrive! We asked for their views on the role of voluntary and community sector (VCS) in Bristol and what, if elected, councillors from their party would do to ensure the local VCS thrives? Councillor Charlie it also goes much further than that, seeking to lay the basis for Bolton - Green Party a cultural shift in relation to the concept of volunteering, and The Green Party should be the traditional economics’ blithe natural party of the voluntary discounting of the value of sector. We do not see the sector ‘community voluntary work’. as a pawn in the battle to roll back the frontiers of the state. We do In the end, what makes the sector not see it as a way of delivering unique is its ability to mobilise public services on the cheap. We volunteers, and the resulting also do not see it as a substitute independence from the political for the kind of social and economic agenda of the day. A voluntary reform governments are too timid important role: that of keeping sector that tries to expand without to introduce themselves. up the pressure on statutory expanding its volunteer base is authorities to abide by Compact ultimately unsustainable. What has finally been recognised guidelines. This means drawing in the new local government attention to those that do this well, What matters is not warm words performance framework National just as much as pointing out those around partnership and yet Indicator 7, is something the who do not. more rhetoric about the sector’s Green Party has always understood importance. What matters is the instinctively – that the voluntary The VCS in this city is well- bottom line: stable funding cycles, sector, like everything else, needs organised and well-represented, effective capacity building, full cost the right kind of environment to and will weather the storm better recovery. And once that is in place, thrive. than most. But tough times are an emphasis on proper consultation coming, and the culture that would and properly utilising the sector’s Nationally, a Green government ensure the sector thrives even in expertise in shaping services. would introduce a radical series bad times is not yet fully in place. of measures going back to the This is what the Green Party will be This is hardly revolutionary – largely very essence of the sector – working to achieve in the coming it’s just sticking to Compact. But volunteering. Our manifesto months and years. this is an area where even an unsurprisingly calls for the ‘proper individual councillor can play an sustainable funding’ of VCOs. But 12
  13. 13. Local Election Special Councillor Barbara additional support for Bristol Credit Union to help those struggling Janke - Liberal with debt, support for apprentices, Democrat Party and measures have been put A thriving voluntary community in place to make it easier for sector people to get advice and support As the leader of Bristol City Council, through a variety of networks. By I understand that the city council strengthening the relationship cannot tackle all of the issues that between the council and the small face our society alone and we voluntary community sector the need to work closely with other two sectors together can make a led third sector organisations, organisations and communities to difference and help us withstand but these are often in need of find the most effective ways of the impacts of the recession. refurbishment. We are working to delivering services. In Bristol, the find ways to transfer these assets voluntary, community and social Strengthening local communities to the third sector on a viable enterprise sector has an important The Liberal Democrats want to basis where possible, and to build part to play in understanding local bring decision-making closer to on successful projects that have need and is often best placed the people and the communities already taken place. to deliver activities, services and they affect. We want local people support that best meets the to have the chance to make real A good working relationship needs of often some of the most local choices and will build on between the council and the vulnerable groups in our city. the Neighbourhood Partnerships small voluntary and community now in place by establishing local sector is vital to the success of our Working together during the budgets. We would do this by communities. We are committed to recession delegating matters, currently the Bristol Compact to strengthen Much of Bristol’s voluntary sector centrally determined, for decision positive working relationships is working hard to help people who at local level. between the public and voluntary, have suffered as a result of the community and social enterprise recession. The Liberal Democrats Community Asset Transfer sectors to ensure the best recognise the importance of this We know that some of the outcomes for Bristol people. work and have backed plans to council’s buildings would provide offer additional support to help good bases for community deliver this work. This includes 13
  14. 14. Local Election Special Councillor Helen to work with you, understanding that without your work, the call on Holland - Labour statutory services would be even Party greater. Together We Can Make a Difference in our City You support communities, you innovate - with services grown Many Labour councillors, candidates from local people addressing local and Party members work with concerns. You bring additional voluntary and community capacity to communities, you give organisations locally, and have local people pathways to volunteer, learned much of our role from you. and personal development through Thank you! Many councillors sit on that volunteering, and we celebrate management committees of local that with you. organisations, and work closely with the Council where the working you. However, we need more than warm principles of the Compact have not words to back the sector. We need been taken on board, and Labour The role of councils and councillors, policies and action to make this councillors will make embedding is changing, and local members are happen. this, across all departments, a becoming ‘community champions’. priority. Labour expects our members Labour councillors will ensure that: to get to know organisations in We will also commit to making their wards, and work alongside • the Voluntary Community best use of Government policy them. This is a real priority for Sector is involved in designing to transfer assets to community newly-elected Labour members, specifications for commissioned organisations, as we have done at so that they can reflect an in- services St Werburgh’s Community Centre. depth understanding at every • that the Council agrees ‘full level from street to ward, from cost recovery’ as essential for We will meet our LAA (Local Area Neighbourhood Partnership to maintaining groups’ financial Agreement) commitment to Bristol-wide. viability ensuring a ‘thriving environment • that monitoring, evaluating and for the third sector’, not just within Labour councillors know the reporting are transparent, and the Council, but also with the value of your work with some of agreed with the sector. Bristol Partnership, strengthening the most vulnerable people in the role of the sector, so that the city. We know that times are This is why Labour champions the together we can build better changing for the sector and for Bristol Compact, the agreement neighbourhoods, and make a many organisations; with more call between public agencies and the difference in our city. for your services during the global voluntary sector, which defines the recession, and concerns about relationship we should have. sustainability of groups. We pledge Unfortunately, there are parts of 14
  15. 15. Local Election Special Councillor Richard its heart the vision of an expanded role for voluntary and community Eddy - Conservative work. Party The Role of the Voluntary and For Conservatives, a good and Community Sector strong society can only be built organically from the bottom-up; Philosophically, the Conservative relying first upon the individual, Party has always placed great value then through their private on the ability of individuals to help relationships with family and themselves rather than always friends. This myriad of associations rely, passively, on the intervention eventually become intermingled of the State to solve social ills. with more formal or organised Historically, we have acknowledged structures or public expressions the indispensable part played by of civic life - the realm of the the voluntary and community voluntary and community sector. sector in helping to build a better, This is the where we must look for interacts with it. In the future, more prosperous society. answers that neither the State nor funding will be channelled through the market can provide. grassroots organisations, not We recognise that the centralised merely dispensed by unelected State - particularly in Britain today The next Conservative Government bureaucrats or unaccountable - is unable to both identify and is committed to expanding what Whitehall appointed quangos. deliver the kind of social reforms some have called this ‘third sector’, so desperately needed. In our to enable the delivery of better, Successive post-war so-called “broken society”, family more effective and responsive Administrations have come to dislocation and crime has become public services via charities, realise that the State can never be rife and traditional values and social enterprises and voluntary a substitute for the community. loyalties no longer seem to apply. organisations. At best, it can seek to work in partnership with the voluntary Nationally, Conservatives have This sea-change envisages a future sector but must never try to conducted an extensive review where there are more direct replace or supplant it. into how we can best address contractual arrangements forged, these failings and promote increased use of grant funding greater voluntarism, altruism and and a greater emphasis placed on community action. The consultative charitable giving and volunteering. policy green paper ‘A Stronger Society: Voluntary Action in the Our approach is not to seek to 21st Century’ forms part of our change the voluntary sector but responsibility agenda and places at to alter the way that Government 15
  16. 16. Voscur Training and learning Trustee Training Review Poppy Stephenson from Bristol Festival take time to swap our ‘volunteer hats’ for ‘trustee Community Group talks about her organisation hats’ to focus on the bigger picture. I feel that and the Trustee training she attended at creating this distinction between our roles will help us Voscur to remain on track and will allow the whole team to recognise the value of their positions as trustees. The Bristol Festival Community Group was set up in Voscur is running Trustees series 1,2 and 3 ? 2007 to support and promote arts and culture in the this term. Please visit: South West region. This involves organising a publicly directed volunteer-led community festival in the city, which showcases local talent, supports local businesses “I found the sessions really and provides training, mentoring and a rewarding informative and enjoyable. It’s made experience to volunteers. Local community and youth groups are also involved in year-round projects to me feel more confident in my role and create décor, site furniture, artwork and train for I would definitely recommend them to performances at the event. anyone that’s new to trusteeship” Why did you come on the training? We recently gained charity status and being new to trusteeship we felt it was important to learn as much as we can about our responsibilities. What did you hope to gain from the sessions and what did you gain? I wanted to further my understanding of my official duties as well as pick up some ideas about how we could improve the running our organisation, to make sure we weren’t missing anything important. I gained a lot of really useful information to take back to our group, not just from the course but also from the other participants; it was really interesting to find out about other charities’ structures and how they do things. What will you do differently as a result of the sessions? We are a very small team with just one paid member and so we all muck in to get the day to day workload Poppy Stephenson done, however we will now make sure we regularly 16
  17. 17. Voscur Training & Learning New Independent Skills Body Created: Skills - Third Sector After several years of - incubated in the short term by practitioners from across Bristol lobbying, the sector has finally Skills for Justice. who want to support each other, persuaded government to share information, experience, skills create a new, independent The new body will be introduced and ways of working. Third Sector skills body, at a series of third sector national ‘Skills – Third Sector’ which learning alliance launch events The Network is open to public, will identify and address regional events. private, community and voluntary skills gaps and shortages for sector practitioners who use a charities, voluntary groups, The South West event, ‘Skills for community development approach social enterprises and other Solutions’ took place in April in to their work. third sector organisations. It Taunton, so look out for further will pull together the work of information on Voscur’s website: The Community Development the sector skills councils to Exchange (CDX) defines Community Development as, ‘the process of open up learning opportunities developing active and sustainable for third sector paid and Contact Tim Ward communities based on social justice voluntary staff. Learning Curve www. and mutual respect. It is about influencing power structures to It is well overdue but it is a remove the barriers that prevent positive step that someone will people from participating in the have the authority to ensure Support for issues that affect their lives’. that our sector’s needs are properly considered in the Community The Bristol network will meet bi- design development of National Development monthly and each meeting will be Occupational Standards, the design themed around issues agreed by Practitioners in of Apprenticeship Frameworks and its members. These themes will Sector Qualification Strategies. Bristol be agreed at the next meeting on Monday 11 May 10am – 12pm, This puts our sector on an Do you work in and with at Bristol Community Housing equal basis with other sectors communities? Do ever feel like you Foundation Office, 400 Filton in ensuring that our needs are would like support from people Avenue BS7 0LN. being considered in designing doing similar work to you? Are you qualifications and allocating in need of some new ideas? Contact Hannah Parker at Voscur if funding for training. you would like to attend, Voscur is launching a Community 0117 909 9949. Janet Fleming (Head of the Development Network which Workforce Hub) has been seconded aims to bring together often to act as Project Director in order isolated community development to set up this new organisation 17
  18. 18. Voscur Training & Learning ? Training Writing better funding bids New Course Tuesday 12 May (9.30am-3.30pm) at The Gatehouse Centre, Hareclive Road, Voscur is aware that training is one Bristol BS13 9JN of the first things to go when money This course will give you all the skills you need to make is tight in the sector. effective fundraising proposals for your organisation. It is aimed at those quite new to fundraising or those who This is why ALL of our courses are want to know more about writing successful applications designed to help the long-term to grants, trusts and the local government. It will cover sustainability of your organisation developing ideas about your project; filling in forms; and its staff. We also run low-cost writing and developing outcomes and action planning. and free training where we can. How to develop a business plan Wednesday 20 May (9.30am-3.30pm) To book onto any of our at CEED, Ujima House, Wilder Street, courses go online to www. Bristol BS2 8QU or call us This course is for anyone who is planning to write a on 0117 909 9949. business plan and doesn’t know where to start. It will give you lots of hints and tips to help you get started and will cover the business planning process and the planning cycle; audience, purpose and content of your plan; who needs to be involved and vision, mission, aims and objectives. Trustee Series 1- Why am I on the committee?* Tuesday 2 June (6.30pm-9.30pm) at City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Bristol BS5 9JH This course is for those people who are trustees who want to know more about their roles, responsibilbites and duties as trustees. It will cover your legal obligations as well as offer information on the different roles you have to take as a trustee. *(Previously known as Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees 1) 18
  19. 19. Voscur Training & Learning Trustee Series 2 - Good Governance you assess whether your legal structure meets your – How to be a better trustee * current needs and look at options for future change or development. Tuesday 9 June (6.30pm-9.30pm) at City Academy, Russell Town Avenue, Redfield, Speaking with Confidence Bristol BS5 9JH New Course Tuesday 14 July (9.30am - 3.30pm) at This course is for those people who have been The Greenway Centre, Doncaster Road, trustees for a while and want to know more about Southmead, Bristol, BS10 5PY how to be effective in their role. It will cover the This session is aimed at people who need more governance/management split as well as skills confidence, skills and practice of speaking in public. audits, effective meetings and risk and liability. This practical session will cover: exploring some of *(Previously known as Roles and Responsibilities your fears and barriers to public speaking; how to put of Trustees 2. We recommend that you attend together presentations and some of the skills needed Trustee Series 1 first). to speak in public. You will be asked to deliver a mini Making Outcomes Work for you presentation on the day. Wednesday 17 June & Wednesday 8 July Collaboration and Merger (9.30am - 4.00pm) at The Withywood New Course Wednesday 15 July (9.30am - 3.30pm) Centre, Queens Road, Withywood, at Windmill Hill City Farm, Philip Street, Bristol BS13 8QA Bedminster, BS3 4EA This 2-day course aimed at senior members This workshop, facilitated by NCVO’s (National Council of staff or project workers will help you to for Voluntary Organisations) collaborative working understand outcomes and give you all you need project, will look at collaboration and merger and to consider implementing an outcomes focus in how it can work for you. Among other things it your organisation. It will cover outcomes, outputs, will cover the benefits, obstacles and challenges indicators, collection methods and lots more. for collaboration and the legal implications of Please note we recommend that two people collaboration and merger. attend from each organisation. Trustee Series 3 - So you think Keep an eye out for our free courses in you’re a charity? – Understanding partnership with ProHelp on Data Protection, legal structures for organisations Confidentiality and Employment Law. Tuesday 30 June (10am-1pm) at Black Development Agency, Russell Town Avenue, To book and for more details go to Redfield, Bristol BS5 9LT or contact Anna Polanek at This session is for trustees or senior staff who Voscur on 0117 909 9949, want to know more about their legal structure and those you have dealings with. It will also help 19
  20. 20. Equalities & Human Rights Gypsy and Traveller Month – June 2009 Gypsies and Travellers arthritis and diabetes did not have are among the most a phone and making appointments disadvantaged groups in our with the doctor was difficult. society; they experience poorer health, higher infant Another said that when her mortality rates and the lowest husband felt ill he did not go for educational attainment of all tests, and found out he had cancer UK communities. when it was too late for treatment – for some GRT communities the custom is that people die at home, How many Gypsies and Travellers but he was not offered palliative are there in England? care because health workers would Gypsy, Roma, Traveller (GRT) not come out to the traveller site. communities in England are not distinguished by either the Census Housing or many ethnic record systems. Local Authorities were required Estimates are between 180,000 to find sites for GRT communities and 350,000, the majority living in until 1994 when the Criminal bricks and mortar housing. 2 – 5 times more health problems and Justice and Public Order Act than other UK residents. Their life was introduced and Travellers Who is covered under expectancy is on average 10 – 12 were encouraged to buy their legislation? years less than other UK residents; own land. However, over 90% of Race Relations legislation covers the average age of death among planning applications are refused Romany Gypsies and Irish Travellers. GRT men is 53. Infant mortality as opposed to 20% of non-traveller As Showpeople (fairground and rates are 3 times higher, children applications. circus), Bargees (water travelling are 1.5 – 2 times more likely to die communities), New Travellers in the first year of life than children The Gypsy and Traveller or New Age Travellers are not in non-GRT families. Accommodation Assessments recognised as ethnic groups (GTAAs) indicate that mobility and they are not covered, although Reasons such as lack of full access travelling have reduced over the they could meet the Housing Act to health services, suspicion about years for reasons such as access to and planning definitions. All are health services, being housed health and education, nowhere to covered under the Human Rights in substandard accommodation stop safely or fear of losing a site Act. and high levels of mental health place. Relative ‘settlement’ does issues contribute to this. One not, however, mean that many Health settled traveller who suffered from GRT want to lose their identity GRT communities have between 20 Image:
  21. 21. Equalities & Human Rights “Evidence shows that settled travellers or to move to bricks and mortar that do exist tend to be national or experience poorer accommodation. regional bodies. health than roadside When living in settled communities, Otherwise, there is a high communities.” retaining their culture and lifestyle reliance on statutory provision is still very important. yet discriminatory institutional and individual attitudes mean Evidence shows that settled GRT communities do not get the and support to develop their travellers experience poorer health same level of services as non-GRT potential. than roadside communities. There communities. Research shows is a sense of feeling trapped and that only 20% of PCT services Criminal justice imprisoned, there are imposed have any targeted provision for There is no evidence that offending regulations on traveller sites. For GRT communities (although this is among GRT communities is higher example some permanent sites currently changing with the PCT than among other groups, yet a prohibit residents from plumbing in Pacesetters pilot programme that disproportionate number of GRT water systems; the lack of running aims to raise awareness among men are incarcerated; hence prison water in caravans conflicts with health workers of GRT needs). sentences are more likely to be strict hygiene rules in some GRT Meanwhile, schools need to be the outcome of prosecutions for cultures. effectively managing the needs of this group. Some GRT communities GRT children whether travelling or also view the Criminal Justice and Education and Employment settled. Public Order Act as prejudicial to From assessments carried out from their housing needs. In terms of the School Census since 2003, victimisation, GRT communities OfSTED has stated that GRT children For more information face extremely high levels of and young people are ‘the most at on Gypsy and traveller discrimination and harassment yet risk in the education system.’ communities visit: do not benefit from the range of Voscur website: services provided for victims of They are the lowest attaining crime and hate crime. amongst all minority ethnic groups. Bristol City Council ‘Gypsy Poor education means most GRT and Traveller myth buster booklet’: Services communities are disadvantaged Work targeted at BME communities in the job market and although Friends, Families and Travellers: often neglects the needs of GRT communities have traditionally communities. There are few been self employed this is changing The Gypsy Council: voluntary sector groups established as families are more static; they to support specific needs; those therefore need sensitive training 21
  22. 22. Equalities & Human Rights Project Respect: linking generations and cultures National Refugee week is 15 cultural backgrounds from the and multi-cultural interaction. It – 21 June and in this edition DICE Project (Disablist Incidents took people out of their comfort of Thrive! we are featuring and Crime Education) at the City zone and got them to open up important work to combat Academy Bristol, supported by about issues of prejudice; showing prejudice. Young Bristol, with Elders mainly that such attitudes and beliefs are from Caribbean communities. The not necessary. participants shared experiences Recent government research and life stories in six exchange It also provided a safe place found that many refugees are well sessions over six weeks. The focus for the participants to explore educated and qualified, and could was on positive interaction of age aspects of their own and each contribute more if prejudice did groups and cultures. others life story, the process of not stand in their way. which underlined the value and Elders had the opportunity to preciousness of each one of those Targeted work to bring spend time with young people, lives. communities together to share some of whom had only been experiences and awareness is an in this country for a couple of ideal way of combating prejudice For more information months. They found the young and alienation. Victoria Appleton contact Emma at the people lively, kind and interested describes one such project that has Trinity Centre on in the exchange and felt honoured been taking place in Bristol: or Victoria on to be part of their lives during the sessions. Through funding from Quartet Community Foundation Fund for Refugee Action: Young People appreciated that the Older People, the Trinity Centre Elders had given up their time to extended ‘Project Respect’, Refugee Council: show interest and that they were reuniting some original participants willing to support them. In return, and welcoming new participants. United Nations High Commission they wanted to take care of them, The first phase of the project for Refugees: particularly those needing support involved workshops with young with physical mobility. They learnt people and international Elders, Bristol City Council Refugee and that older people are not boring, now living in Bristol, which resulted Asylum Seeker myth busting and that they don’t always order in the creation of a sculpture and booklet: you around! time capsule. Saltford Myth buster: The project has been effective in The second phase of ‘Project offering opportunities for talking Respect’ brought together young advice/refugee.htm together and inter-generational people from refugee and other 22
  23. 23. Equalities & Human Rights Voscur’s Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) project Somali parents from Hannah More School, celebrate completion of the ‘Confident to Present’ course How communities Development Frameworks or Local feel confident about expressing Area Agreements but purely with their thoughts without being benefited by finding people’s own stories. judged. and using their voices Many of the communities we It was crucial that the project The aim of Voscur’s EHRC worked with were not used enabled communities to challenge project was to encourage to speaking out about what the views they had of themselves good relations by improving concerned them. Some felt that - for example: tolerance of dialogue, integration and they wouldn’t be listened to discrimination and prejudice, cohesion between equalities because ‘their English wasn’t good gratitude for what the UK had groups. enough’ or they had low literacy offered them, or a perception that skills, or because they were just not they had nothing of any value The need for this project cannot important enough. to say. be underestimated. How often do we attend meetings and Refugee women not only enjoyed One participant from the Gypsy and hear reports about particular the training but found it helped Traveller community said that the communities rather than reports them to recognise their existing project had transformed his life. from communities? The project skills as well as improve them. He had previously not been aware needed to challenge this process; Teenage parents talked about how of the level of discrimination he it meant having to start at a place much they were enthused and able experienced until he had sat down that didn’t involve jargon such as to explore ideas and were able to and thought about it at the training. 23