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  1. 1. Supporting Voluntary & Community Action December 2009 & January 2010 Inside Voscur’s Magazine Bumper Recession Support Edition Protection for your Organisation Freebies and Resources New Advice Services Available 10 New Year Resolutions for a Thriving Third Sector Green Pages Cycling City Changing Face of 14-19 Education Training and Learning Image: Creative Kids International
  2. 2. Shape a life. Be a foster carer. TACT is a well respected fostering and adoption agency. TACT will offer you excellent training with 24hr support and a break from caring when you need it. TACT pay between £322 & £574 per week per child as well as additional allowances for birthdays, festivals and holidays. Although fostering can be challenging it can also be very rewarding. If you believe you have the capacity and commitment to support vulnerable children and young people between 10-16 years old, then we would like to hear from you. To make a difference give us a ring now on: 0117 927 7725 or email Charity no. 1018963
  3. 3. Welcome Contents 4 Editorial 24-25 Place Survey 5 Voscur Assembly 26–27 Comprehensive Area Assessment Update 6-7 Voscur Winners 28 The Compact 8 New Voscur Members Working in a Compact Way 9 Voscur News 29 The Queen’s Award for Voscur staff changes Voluntary Service New Voscur board members Help for Volunteer Managers 30-34 Green Pages Catch up on the Funders’ Fair Green ICT Cycling City 10-11 Member profiles Peak Oil Creative Kids Fareshare 35 Volunteering Bristol Support for Volunteers and their Managers 12–13 Sector News Advice services merger 36–37 Children and Young People CAB/Macmillan joint work The Changing Face of 14–19 Education Community at Heart services on offer 1625 Independent People Planning Watch 39 Voscur Training and Learning 14–15 10 New Year Resolutions for a 40 Diary Thriving Third Sector 16 Thriving Third Sector Strategy 17-23 Safeguarding the Sector Voscur’s Recession Support Freebies Protection for your organisation Resources Cover photo: Banner made with ‘chitenge’ (Zambian fabric) at Lusaka International Community School, Zambia. See page 10 - Creative Kids, Voscur Member profile. Why not advertise? Thrive! is available on disc. Please contact the Special discounts for Voscur members. office if you would like to receive your Thrive! Deadlines for February/March edition of Thrive!: Monday 4 January for ads and Monday 25 January for this way. The newsletter is also available online flyers. Details of prices at or as a pdf at phone Polly Stewart 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. Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 3
  4. 4. Editorial Dear Voscur Members and Friends A huge amount of planning Rachel Robinson from The Care went into our Annual Event, Forum, Ayannah Griffith from held on 21 October, which the Black Development Agency attracted lots of people and and I had met with the Leader was a great success. Thanks to of the Council in different everyone who made the effort circumstances. We met Councillor to come and support us and to Janke, Jan Ormondroyd (the Chief everyone who put so much into Executive of the Council) and Will making it work. Godfrey (the Strategic Director of Resources) to talk about Our keynote speaker, Debra ‘Voluntary Sector Funding’. Allcock-Tyler from the Directory Cllr Barbara Janke and Wendy of Social Change was inspiring and This meeting was a warning shot Stephenson controversial. To see what Debra that cuts are anticipated, belts said visit: will be tightened and ‘smarter’ else that you think we can help user/voscur working is required. We voiced with, please get in touch. concerns from our member More controversy followed during Wendy Stephenson groups about the lack of clarity of the questioning of the media commissioning processes, stressed panel – we were beginning to get the importance of investing in into a meaty discussion with the local voluntary and community deputy editor of the Evening Post sector organisations, and the when we ran out of time... value of the sector to the city. The Voscur awards gave us all a One commissioning process that warm glow; Councillor Barbara has been clear so far has been the Janke, the Leader of the Council commissioning of infrastructure presented our winners with their support services. By the time certificates and great prizes you read this, you will have including a balloon ride and a been invited to comment on Key to symbols year’s subscription to the Venue the Council’s ‘Voluntary Sector magazine. Support Services strategy’. Equalities Article Sally Pickering, CEO of Gloucester The strategy proposes radical CVS and board member of the changes to the way support Training National Association of Voluntary services are delivered. We will be and Community Action (NAVCA) discussing these at our meeting presented Voscur with our very Resources on 15 December (see page own NAVCA quality award. opposite). If you can’t get to the Unfortunately, it’s not all meeting, but would like to talk to Event good news, earlier in October, me about this issue, or anything 4 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  5. 5. Open invitation to Bristol’s Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise organisations Join us at the Voscur Assembly on Tuesday 15 December, 1:00 – 4:30pm (including lunch) Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol BS4 1NL Tell us what you think about the Council’s Commissioning Infrastructure Strategy. Find out how council proposals will affect you and tell us your views on the proposals. Voscur staff will be offering one to one advice sessions – drop in and get advice on: • Help during the recession – Ruth Pitter • Funding Advice – Eva Pollard • Workforce development and training – Sophie Bayley • Representation – what matters to you? – Matthew Symonds • ICT advice – Sean Kenny • Governance and managing finance – Rebecca McDougall Alan Eaton from Peninsula will provide information and answer questions on Voscur and Peninsula’s employment protection offer (see page 17). Plus network with others over a FREE festive lunch. To book please visit: or email or tel: 0117 909 9949 A date for the New Year: Voscur Assembly – Criminal Justice The push for local partnerships in criminal justice How can the local partnership between voluntary and community sector and statutory partners working within the criminal justice system in Greater Bristol be improved? 20 January 2010, 9.30am to 1.00 pm at The Southville Centre, Beauley Road, Bristol BS3 1QG For details and to book please visit: Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 5
  6. 6. Voscur Winners The 2009 Voscur Award Winners Announced Voscur was pleased to announce the winners of the second annual Voscur awards, ‘The Voscurs’ at our Annual Event on 21 October at St Pauls Sports Academy. The winners of the six categories: The Most Active The Community anything from filling in forms to Community Activist Venue of the Year solving quite complex problems, and provide an individual service Prize provided by GWE Business Prize provide by Voscur – £100 for each client.” West with particular thanks to voucher for Voscur training James Durie the Deputy Chief Runners up Executive – a flight in a hot air Winner: Redcatch Community Coexist (Hamilton House) balloon. Centre (Knowle) People’s Republic of Stokes Croft “By the hard work and unflagging Somali Development Group This year’s award is dedicated to enthusiasm of volunteers but Somali Resource Centre the memory of Sue Njie, former with no paid staff, the community community development worker, centre which started as a derelict 15 July 1951 – 15 July 2009 unloved building, is now a thriving, The ‘I Will Survive’ Winner: Musnilya Babatunji attractive and well maintained Award venue for community use.” (St Pauls) Prize provided by Tobacco “Musnilya’s door is open to her Factory Theatre – tickets to a Runners up community day and night, all kinds production at the theatre Easton Community Centre of people turn to her and she Jubilee Hall (Wedmore Vale) does her best to help, whoever Winner: Studio Upstairs Southville Centre they are. She is one of the “The campaign was extremely Wellspring Healthy Living Centre ‘community mothers’ in St Pauls.” successful not only in securing the future of Studio Upstairs but Runners up The Most Innovative / also as an empowering experience Denise Britt Engaging Project for vulnerable members who Mohammed Elsharif were able to contribute directly Tony Hicks Prize provided by Venue to the campaign with their artistic Simon Nelson Magazine – a year’s subscription talents.” to Venue Magazine Runners up Winner: Neighbourhood Shop Bristol Disability Equality Forum (Barton Hill) CEED “The Shop is a lifeline to the many Coexist (Hamilton House) residents living in the area who are Trinity Community Arts struggling to manage day-to-day. Wellspring Healthy Living Centre Staff are on hand to help with 6 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  7. 7. Voscur Winners Left to right: Maxine Powell (presented Most Active Community Activist Award), Mubarig Bodleh and Mandy Wachon (Neighbourhood Shop), Cllr Barbara Janke, Oli Roberts and Julian Thomas (Parks Department), Lisa Blackwood (on behalf of Musnilya Babatunji and St Pauls Unlimited), Peggie Jennings (Redcatch Community Centre). The ‘Thanks for The Partnership Thank you Supporting The Award – New for 2009 Voscur would like to thank Sector’ Award everyone who took the time to Prize provided by The Bristol Prize provided by Fairbridge Partnership – £100 book token nominate local voluntary and South West – a meal prepared community groups and partners by young people. Winner: St Pauls Unlimited for this year’s awards. We Community Partnership received over 50 nominations Winners: Oli Roberts and “The relationship between local making it very difficult to choose Julian Thomas, Bristol City people and service providers – city the winners. Voscur would like to Council Parks Department council and police in particular, thank those who supported the has improved beyond measure. awards and donated some great “Julian goes far beyond the call There’s still work to be done but prizes for the winners. of duty in his role as park keeper for Local Nature Reserves we’ve got off to a great start.” Troopers Hill, Eastwood Farm and Callington Road” Runners up Amana / Barnardos “Oli has worked with the St Pauls Avon Fire and Rescue Service Parks Sub Group to make sure Greater Bedminster Older People’s plans are developed and agreed Partnership with local people. It hasn’t always been an easy process and at times we have disagreed but despite this Oli continues to come to our meetings and seeks our opinion for which we are very grateful.” For more details about Runner up the Voscurs visit: Graham Partridge, node/5695 Avon and Bristol Law Centre Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 7
  8. 8. New Voscur members Who’s joined Voscur recently? Bristol Golden on Church Road, Redfield, BS5. help children, adults with learning Agers Club They are not-for-profit and receive difficulties and older people learn no wages. They aim to become an about safety in a fun and practical A luncheon Club with 90 official co op soon. way, specifically in the home, on members. They meet twice weekly the road or during leisure time. – Tuesday and Thursdays. They To find out more phone: run a variety of classes, organise 07726 164827 To find out more visit: day trips, open days and lots of general fundraising. Positive Action Consortium (PAC) Ltd People’s Republic of Details from the Voscur office: Provides a range of learning Stokes Croft (PRSC) 0117 909 9949 opportunities for people aged 16 A social enterprise seeking to pull St John Ambulance and over, particularly those who together the skills of the local have suffered deprivation and community to build upon the The key provider of an effective disadvantage. Participants are culture and heritage of Stokes and efficient charitable first aid better equipped to compete for Croft. PRSC seeks to realise a service to local communities. jobs in the labour market where Cultural Quarter where creativity Encourages personal development they are under represented. in all its forms can flourish and for people of all ages, through to facilitate a sustainable local training and by voluntary To find out more email: economy. membership of the organisation. To find out more visit: To find out more visit: Cerebral Palsy Plus A charity for those with cerebral ZAC (Zigoudam Arts & Unchosen palsy, their families and carers. Culture) Committed to providing Raises awareness of the tragic high quality information and ZAC develops arts and cultural and ongoing situation of 21st confidential support to the opportunities and provides Century Human Trafficking, cerebral palsy community of information, training and primarily through film. This year, Bristol, South Gloucestershire and education services. It aims to Unchosen has worked with a North Somerset. create an international platform range of statutory and voluntary of cultural cooperation and organisations. To find out more visit: exchange. They promote Africa’s To find out more visit: culture and are building an educational resource for African Lifeskills – Learning Arts and entertainment through for Living The Little Co-op news, books films and music. A safety education and training A second hand bookshop which To find out more email: centre built as a realistic ‘village’ also sells organic food and eco on the 4th floor of The CREATE friendly cleaning products based Centre. Lifeskills is designed to 8 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  9. 9. Voscur News Voscur News Staff changes – hellos New Voscur board Catch up on the and goodbyes members elected Funders’ Fair We’re very pleased to welcome If you missed the Funders’ Fair Lucy Fletcher to Voscur. Lucy will organised by Voscur and the be supporting Voscur training Black Development Agency in sessions and events. In November Heather November you can still catch up we said farewell to Voscur’s Malcolm with resources from the event Compact Liaison Worker, Louise and lots of other useful funding Clark, who has decided to move advice on the funding page of on to new challenges. We’re the Voscur website. pleased to announce that Ariaf Hussain has joined Voscur on Marvin Rees For more details visit: secondment from Bristol City Council for three months to continue the Compact work Planning ahead until a replacement for Louise We’ve already started to plan has been appointed. Ian Steele Voscur Assembly and Network meetings that will be taking place To contact Ariaf call Heather Malcolm, Marvin Rees throughout 2010. We want to (0117) 909 9949 or and Ian Steele were elected to make sure that these meetings email the Voscur board at the Annual are helpful and relevant for our General Meeting in October. members and include issues that Help for Volunteer Voscur would like to thank Clare matter to you. If you have any Managers coming soon Hall (Eco-Adventure Sports) and suggestions for our meetings in From February 2010 Voscur will be Fran Harrison (Fairbridge West) 2010 please let us know. working with Volunteering Bristol who retired from the Voscur Contact Matthew Symonds to provide Action Learning for board at the AGM and who have on (0117) 909 9949 or email Volunteer managers in voluntary both contributed a great deal to community and social enterprise the work of the Board. organisations in Bristol. To see the full list of who is on the To find out more contact Sophie Voscur Board visit: Bayley on: (0117) 909 9949 or email or visit Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 9
  10. 10. Member profile Creative Kids International Creative Kids International (CKI) is a Bristol based organisation working with children in Zambia and in the U.K. through an exciting visual arts exchange. To find out more, see photos, make a donation, become a CKI member, or book workshops please visit creativekidsinternational. Contact Mia and Sian at / 07791 319 614. To see a short film about the project visit watch?v=NivJDnX49MQ Children at Fountain of Hope Children’s Centre, Lusaka, Zambia with suns they had made from recycled material for a carnival In Zambia, CKI works in partnership dangers that come with street African Arts Week at Knowle Park with Barefeet Theatre, who work life at such a young age (some Primary School, and also run with vulnerable street children children are as young as six). It interactive hands-on workshops at through performance and music. also encourages children to learn community events and festivals. CKI spent 5 months working with new skills and gain confidence in CKI is looking to develop its work Barefeet, providing regular visual their own abilities. They can then with schools and organisations art workshops at children’s centres be linked with other services such in Bristol so please contact them in the capital, Lusaka, as well as as education, health care and if you are interested in their on large scale events such as the housing. workshops. Barefeet Annual Carnival with CKI also works with two schools in over 1000 children, and last year a CKI has run various fundraising Lusaka, and Knowle Park Primary Christmas adaptation of ‘Edward events in Bristol and are now School in Bristol. Through their art Scissorhands: The Story of Snow’ fundraising to return to Zambia, work, accompanying workshops at The Lusaka Playhouse. and also hoping to build links with and exhibitions, children in two projects in Kenya. Engaging the children in exciting both countries are able to learn activities helps to keep them about each other’s countries away from the streets, and the and cultures. In April, CKI ran an 10 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  11. 11. Member profile FareShare FareShare works with the food industry to redistribute quality, fit for purpose, surplus food to a network of organisations working with vulnerable and disadvantaged people. “We get food before it goes Programme), each year anywhere near a shop” explains retailers produce 1.6 million Jacqui, Project Manager “This tonnes of waste. food would be thrown in a landfill In addition to the food for all sorts of reasons, from deliveries, the project also offers labels not printed straight to supported volunteering and change in packaging and out training opportunities to the of date promotions. Some food local community. Many of the is short life but usually it still has volunteers are people who are a few days”. most in need of a second chance, Through food deliveries, such as individuals who are or For further information community organisations such as have had life controlling addiction, about FareShare South hostels, day centres and luncheon ex-offenders, people with West, please contact clubs are able to make significant mental health issues and long- Jacqui Reeves, Project Manager, savings on their food budgets term unemployed people. Nine tel: 0117 971 1005, which can then be redirected of our volunteers have recently into improving services for their successfully completed NVQ’s in email: Jacqui@ clients, such as drug rehab, warehouse distribution and plant medical services, housing advice machinery. and training. You too can get involved today by Fareshare South West works volunteering, making a donation, in partnership with over 40 organising an event to raise funds food companies and 35 local or offering professional expertise community groups, and since such as help with training or public opening in late 2007, has relations. Or if you are a socially redistributed over 390 tonnes of responsible food supplier you can in-life surplus food to charities in contribute good quality, fit for Would you like your organisation and around Bristol. Organisations purpose uncooked food. to appear in Thrive? If you are based further afield such as a member of Voscur then we Somerset and Gloucester also pick would like to hear from you. up food from their warehouse. Please contact Polly Stewart, FareShare is only touching the email: or surface, according to WRAP tel: 0117 909 9949. (Waste and Resources Action Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 11
  12. 12. Sector News £594,000 funding for Advice Network in Bristol The advice sector in Bristol, current economic situation, which Having recognised that smaller South Gloucestershire and is going to continue to have a agencies often struggle to North Somerset has had a negative impact for many people participate in development work welcome boost as they have for a long time to come, access to such as the Advice Network received funding from The free, professional advice remains project, The Baring Foundation Big Lottery Fund and The of crucial importance.“ has made £40,000 available to Baring Foundation. help these groups participate The Advice Network team; Ben in strategic and organisational Sally Gapper from North Bristol Sansum, Jane Emanuel and Ellen development activities. Advice Centre said “The Advice Cheshire, will be tackling issues Network Project is the result of that affect the whole sector such For more information about a lot of hard work by the Advice as referral systems, social policy The Advice Network project Sector in Bristol and surrounding and workforce development. They please get in touch with Ben, areas and is going to have a major will also be working one to one Jane or Ellen on 0117 929 2153, positive impact on advice services with agencies to help with a range, enabling them to provide a better, of issues including advice funding more co-ordinated service to applications, Quality Mark audits people most in need. Given the and recruitment of advisers. Knowledge is Power – Planning Watch in Shirehampton Ash Bearman at Shirehampton the neighbourhood, rather than Bristol Neighbourhood Planning Community Action Forum reacting to done deals” Network (a network of groups) (SCAF) keeps residents up has worked to get local groups Ash also checks the Bristol City to date with local planning involved in community level Council website each week and applications. pre-application consultations provides information about in planning applications. SCAF By subscribing to Planningfinder. Planning & Development related attends these Planning Briefing, Ash receives details public consultations, briefings or Sessions, for Avonmouth & of Shirehampton planning exhibitions. Kingsweston wards which are applications. Those with a local Visit: held at the Council House and commercial or community impact content/Environment-Planning focus on major development are sent as a ‘Planning Watch’ for information on lists of proposals. To find out more visit weekly email to over 250 local registered applications, decided subscribers. The service is free and applications and applications popular with local people. Ash is happy to talk to groups affecting listed buildings or about this service. Contact her “We have a chance of supporting conservation areas. on 0117 982 9963 or or opposing anything new in 12 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  13. 13. Sector News Partnership Working – Easing the Cost of Cancer their families, have the stress of financial worries in addition to a cancer diagnosis is unacceptable and we believe that cancer patients urgently need a better deal.” Ken Pickering, Director of Bristol CAB said, “This project really demonstrates the value of working in partnership. Working with MacMillan has enabled us to bring Left to right: Caroline Blake, Ellen Cronin, Judy Porter and Chris Marks, four of the five Welfare Benefits their expertise and CAB’s specialist caseworkers for this project. advice knowledge together. We Bristol Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) cancer each year in Bristol. are confident the project will be and Macmillan Cancer Support have a success and look forward to Katie Morrison, Macmillan working with MacMillan for many introduced a new welfare benefits Fundraising Manager for Bristol years to come”. advice project, specifically for says “We are delighted to be people affected by cancer. This is For more information, please able to launch this service, in the first dedicated welfare benefits contact the Bristol Citizens Advice partnership with the CAB. The advice service available to the 1,100 Bureau on: 0117 9462563 or email: fact that cancer patients, and people who are diagnosed with Strengthening and Supporting Stacy Yelland outlines what’s on offer in Easton and Lawrence Hill A lot is changing in Easton and Neighbourhood Renewal and will to do this then we would be happy Lawrence Hill at the moment. complement the Neighbourhood to hear them. Community at Heart and Easton Partnership. Also I have been offering my Community Partnership are As Communications Officer for services to help support small working together to look at ways this new Board, my role has organisations in Easton and of continuing and strengthening changed quite a bit over the last Lawrence Hill. This could be resident involvement in improving 12 months. As well as producing advice or help with press releases, the area. our regular newsletter, Up Our putting together leaflets or similar In September the two partnership Street, I am looking at other ways things. If you would like to discuss Boards agreed to form the Easton we can communicate better with either of these things with me and Lawrence Hill Neighbourhood residents and organisations in the then please get in touch on Management Board. The new area. If any Voscur members who 0117 377 3638 or stacy.yelland@ Board is building on the legacy of work in Easton and Lawrence Hill New Deal for Communities and have any suggestions about how Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 13
  14. 14. 10 New Year Resolutions A thriving new year As 2010 approaches here are ten New Year resolutions that can help support a Thriving voluntary and community sector in 2010. 1. Become a Trustee To find your nearest charity shop 5. Support a Social Many voluntary and community visit: Enterprise locator.php organisations in Bristol are in The recession has made people search of volunteer trustees to 3. Join the Credit much more cautious with their join their boards. Becoming a Union spending. You can help make trustee can be a very rewarding sure your money has more local experience and give you the The Bristol Credit Union was impact by supporting a local opportunity to gain skills and developed in 2005 / 2006 through social enterprise. Bristol has a knowledge that will help you in a partnership of community credit wealth of social enterprises from other areas of your life. Many unions in the city and aims to be community art shops and farm trustee positions are advertised a community anchor for the city, shops to cinemas and cooperative in the voluntary jobs section of providing fair financial services garden centres where all profits the Voscur website and through for all the people of Bristol. Credit are reinvested back into the Volunteering Bristol. Unions offer competitive and local economy. alternative financial provision To find out more visit the Voscur to benefit their members and To find a social enterprise in Bristol website: they are not for private profit. In visit: www.socialenterpriseworks. jobs and the Volunteering Bristol addition to loan facilities you can org/category/social-business- website: www.bristolvolunteers. also save with the credit union. directory To find out more visit: 6. Spread the Good 2. Clear Out Your or News Wardrobe call 0117 924 7309 Bristol has a fantastically diverse According to Third Sector 4. Learn Something voluntary and community sector, magazine, donations to charity New working in every part of Bristol. shops have fallen by up to 20% in Make sure you tell people about the past year due to the recession, The New Year is a good time to try the good work you do by including at the same time demand has something new. Voscur provides a your news in the weekly Voscur increased. Why not take the range of training that will help you e-bulletin and bi-monthly Thrive! New Year as an opportunity to and your organisation thrive in the magazine. If you put your news sort through your wardrobe and coming year. and events in the Voscur Online donate any good clothes that To find out more about Voscur Diary or Community Notice board you’re not wearing any more to training visit: we’ll check them regularly and your local charity shop? training 14 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  15. 15. 10 New Year Resolutions Hartcliffe Health and Environmental Action group organises walks for the The Watershed is a Social Enterprise community. include items in our magazine 8. Volunteer on the voluntary and community and e-bulletin. sector to someone else. Volunteers can do almost To find out more about the Voscur anything! From helping a To find out more visit: Online Diary visit: neighbour with their shopping, to providing legal advice for a To find out more about the Online local charity, volunteers make a 10. Phone a Friend Noticeboard visit: www.voscur. vital contribution to all aspects Why not persuade a friend or org/view/classified-ads of community life. According to family member to get involved Volunteering Bristol there are in supporting the voluntary and 7. Use your Local over 600 volunteering community sector in Bristol? Tell Community Buildings opportunities in around 400 them about an organisation, event voluntary and community or activity that you think they Bristol is home to many different organisations across Bristol. might be interested in. Voscur community centres and venues can help keep you up to date run and managed by local To find out more visit: with what’s going on in Bristol’s community groups. By holding voluntary and community sector: your meetings and events in these buildings you’ll be 9. Vote supporting these groups and Some time before June 2010 You can also follow Voscur on helping them maintain their there will be a general election these social media channels: buildings which in turn are used in the UK. There will also be local Twitter: by the local community. elections in 23 wards in Bristol. Facebook: Make sure your name is on the To find out more visit: book electoral register so that you can vote in these elections. If you YouTube: communitycentres or download don’t vote someone else will and voscur a list of accessible community their views may not be the same venues in Bristol from as yours, so don’t leave important policy decisions that will impact AccessibleVenuesList.pdf Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 15
  16. 16. Thriving Third Sector A Third Sector Strategy for Bristol Voscur has been pushing for a Bristol Partnership Third Sector Strategy for some time and Wendy Stephenson, Voscur’s Chief Executive, has recently been involved in developing a draft strategy which will go out for consultation in the new year. Why do we need a strategy? as the winning bid is not always public services rooted in the local Bristol’s third sector is made the best bid. community, has high quality local of up of hundreds of not-for- infrastructure organisations, and In order to thrive, the third sector profit organisations, from the can access a mix of funding/ also needs a range of support smallest self-help or campaigning contracting arrangements. from infrastructure organisations group to city-wide service (such as understanding local delivery organisations, working government structures, charity A Bristol Partnership ‘owned’ across diverse areas including law, writing constitutions, making third sector strategy will mean health and well being, arts, funding bids, and possibly that partners: sports, community safety, the even European procurement environment, equalities, learning regulations); and good • publicly recognise the role and skills – all for the benefit of relationships with public sector and value of the third sector, the people of Bristol. partners. • demonstrate support for Compact principles, Evidence shows that the areas The Bristol Partnership has chosen • identify the actions that with the healthiest local charity to include National Indicator Partnership members and voluntary sector have a good 7 (NI7), an environment for a will take individually and mix of funding available including thriving third sector in the Local collectively to support grants, contracts, donations, Area Agreement, but it is not clear the sector, earned income and loan finance. how partners are putting their • have clarity and consistency In recent years this balance has commitment into practice. of approach in enabling the changed as grant funding has Providing an environment for third sector to participate been replaced by contracts. a thriving third sector requires in policy and decision- Bristol Partnership members to making and commissioning The commissioning agenda acknowledge and understand processes. presents the third sector with a significant change to the way in the issues facing the third sector, which it can access investment. and to be able to demonstrate their commitment to supporting We believe that fully supported However, too often procurement the sector. third sector involvement will practices favour large companies lead to public services that fully and big charities. Not only do This means: ensuring the sector address local need. smaller charities miss out, but has a voice in public decision local people and taxpayers suffer making, is able to contribute to the design and delivery of 16 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  17. 17. Safeguarding the Sector Free Support in the Recession Are you supporting groups during the recession, or experiencing change within your organisation due to the recession? group, per term, for more information see: www.voscur. org/recessionsupport For details of training opportunities see page 39. Free HR Support If you are having to consider making changes to staff contracts, or staff redundancies there is HR support available to ensure you are acting legally. An individual one to one session can be arranged with an advisor to Are you considering the four unitary authorities. discuss contracts of employment partnerships or joint Deadline for applications and other staffing issues you working with other groups 31 January 2010. For more may have. For more information or projects? information visit: www.voscur. see: We know that partnership working org/partnershipworking recessionsupport takes planning and resources. If you are thinking of joint working Bursaries for Voscur with another organisation or training courses agency from a different sector Encourage your staff, board we can assist by offering you members, or volunteers to attend a bursary of £1,000 to pay a the range of training sessions we consultant who can work with you have on offer every term such as to explore your ideas, and help to roles and responsibilities of board plan actions. members, supporting volunteer If you would like to managers, fundraising, equalities discuss any of the The scheme is available to groups – everything to help you improve above then please call with a turnover of under £150,000 skills, knowledge and performance Ruth Pitter at Voscur on per year, and who have been within your organisation. Up 0117 909 9949 or email operational for at least 2 years. to two bursaries available per Available to organisations across Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 17
  18. 18. Safeguarding the Sector Freebies It’s not just money that can help community and voluntary groups to deliver their services! Here is a selection of other free or low cost resources. Children’s not-for-profit groups working IT4 Communities Scrapstore for the social and economic Over 6000 IT volunteers can offer regeneration of their local area Bristol’s Children’s Scrapstore support with IT issues such as may apply to receive professional collects safe waste from website development, databases support. Community organisations businesses which can be re-used and email systems. Interested receive the same level of service as a low cost creative resource by groups must register online and as a fee-paying client – the only its member groups. Membership pay a one-off administration difference is that the community is open to groups working in fee of £85 which covers them client is not charged for the work creative play, care, educational for a year. Staff will discuss the undertaken. and therapeutic settings. There is feasibility of their ideas with them a suggested donation for scrap. over the phone before advertising The Scrapstore also operate 0117 972 2111 the project among the volunteer Artrageous, an art and craft shop, network. At present, there are which is open to the public as Giving World Online more volunteers than projects well as members. All profits from Links businesses with unwanted so groups will get a choice of Artrageous go back to the charity surplus to not-for-profit groups volunteers to work with them. side of the Scrapstore’s work, and in need of supplies. Unwanted member groups receive a 20% surplus includes stationery and Tel: 020 7796 2144 discount when they shop there. IT equipment, medical supplies, The Scrapstore is located in the clothing, toys and educational The Cranfield Trust St. Werburghs area of Bristol. materials. Community groups can register online, search for Provides free management consultancy to voluntary sector surplus and select what they 0117 908 5644 groups working with issues need. Donated goods must not of poverty, disability or social ProHelp be offered for resale or used in exclusion. Their register of fundraising activities (including A national network of over 600 raffles). Further information is volunteers is made up of skilled professional firms committed to provided on the website regarding business people who wish to use making a difference in their local arranging collection of surplus their management experience community by providing free goods. to work as mentors or advisors advice and professional support. to support the voluntary sector. Members include solicitors, Volunteers can offer support with accountants, surveyors, architects, 0845 833 3783 strategic or business planning, public relations and management marketing, human resources, consultants who undertake one- financial advice or performance off projects. Community-based, management. Time input from 18 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  19. 19. Safeguarding the Sector volunteers is usually between six and twelve days over the course of a 3-6 month project. 0844 800 3390 In Kind Direct Redistributes new goods donated by companies, manufacturers and retailers to not-for-profit organisations working in the UK and abroad. Goods available include toiletries, clothing and shoes, cleaning supplies, household appliances, toys, and educational items, tools, office and computer supplies. Goods In Kind Direct redistributes a wide range of goods received through In Kind Direct must be either used to meet the a Press Association journalist disappointed to know that there operational needs of the receiving and then sent out via the Press does not appear to be anything organisation, or distributed free Association newswire to thousands from City or Rovers… of charge in accordance with of journalists each day. the organisation’s charitable objectives. Not-for-profit www.communitynewswire. Tel: 0870 777 5001 organisations must register as an In Kind Direct Charity Partner. Tel: 08701 240866 COSMIC It is free to join, but there is a A website design and IT handling charge. Our Price consultancy social enterprise Has a range of exclusive and which offers a range of IT 020 7398 5510 unique personally signed items services to organisations in the from the worlds of music, sport, South West. Although some of Community film and television for charities their services need to be paid Newswire to use as auction prizes at for, others are offered for free. fundraising events. There are also This includes the Switched On A free news service to help some activities that can be used Communities programme, which voluntary organisations gain as prizes including a champagne offers free training, assistive valuable media coverage. balloon ride or the chance to drive equipment and support to Voluntary groups can email or a Formula 1 racing car. All items voluntary sector organisations to upload press releases to the are supplied free of charge and support disabled IT users. website, which is managed by signed items come complete with the Media Trust. A selection of a full certificate of authenticity. uploaded press releases are Tel: 01404 813226 Local football enthusiasts will be written up into news stories by Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 19
  20. 20. Safeguarding the Sector Recession Hits Voluntary Sector Employers The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service’s (Acas) annual report reflects on the effects of the recession on employment. The report tells us that the recession stimulated a 22% rise in unfair dismissal conciliation cases, an increase in other forms of employment tribunal cases, the demand for redundancy advice soared by almost three quarters. Figures show that Acas received 78,000 (net) conciliation cases from the Employment Tribunal Service – almost a fifth (18%) more than last year. There was also a significant Protect your trustees – employment increase in unfair dismissal insurance at a discounted rate conciliation cases received over the last year, compared We believe it’s important to protect your organisation, and your to a decrease in the number volunteer management committee when they come to make of these cases over the last decisions about restructuring and/or staff redundancies. two years. Voscur has subscribed to employment law and health and annualreport2008-09 safety specialists Peninsula to ensure that we have up to date Bristol’s Voluntary, Community employment policies and procedures in place and so that we have and Social Enterprise sector is a somewhere to go for employment advice should we need it. significant employer. The most We have joined with Peninsula to offer our members this same recent survey of the sector protection. If Voscur can get enough organisations interested estimated that 15,000 people are in this offer we will be able to bulk buy this protection at a employed in the sector in Bristol. discounted rate. Management Commitees, as If you are interested in this offer please contact Rebecca employers, need support as we McDougall: or come along to an informal begin to see the recession hit discussion on 15 December 2009 at the next Voscur Assembly. the sector. The effects will surely multiply as public spending cuts For details visit: are announced next year. 20 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  21. 21. Safeguarding the Sector Free on-line Human Resources and Health and Safety legislation help for Voscur members Voscur has taken up a new • CBUK is written and kept up to service offered through NAVCA date by lawyers so users are partners, Tennyson Insurance. always aware of changes in Voscur is delighted to announce legislation. the launch in December of • 100,000 small businesses Charity Builder UK (CBUK). currently use the business version of this service; they pay CBUK is an interactive web-based an annual subscription – Voscur service that Voscur can provide members will be offered this free of charge to our members. service free of charge. Chief Executive, Cornwall Recognising that small and • CBUK will help funding Voluntary Sector Forum. medium-sized groups often applications by helping groups The service is now in its final find it difficult to comply with provide key policies when asked stages of completion before its human resources and health to as part of the application. launch in December. If you would & safety legislation, CBUK has This will help in today’s like to register for CBUK please been developed to help local competitive market. complete the registration form charities and community groups Kevin Curley, Chief Executive from the following link. You will carry out key administrative NAVCA, said “NAVCA believes this is be contacted after validation with tasks quickly and easily. It is an a service which will add real value Voscur of your membership status online innovation so no additional to the sector. CBUK is a new and and given a unique User ID and software is required: unique service.” password: www.charitybuilderuk. • CBUK does not just signpost com/register.php Three local infrastructure advice but interacts with the organisations around the country In the meantime if you have any user to create tailor-made have already trialled the service questions about CBUK please documents such as staff and incorporated it as a tool used contact Rebecca McDougall at contracts, health & safety by Development Officers, with Voscur, email: rebecca@voscur. policies and staff handbooks. very positive feedback: org or tel: 0117 909 9949. • CBUK helps to avoid the risk of complicated employment “One of the best pieces of tribunals by driving compliance corporate social responsibility by prompting the user with work that I’ve seen in many years, checklists in human resources with real benefits for grassroots and health and safety. organisations.” Mark Richardson, Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 21
  22. 22. Safeguarding the Sector Recession support resources Links to a range of together with constrained or Northern Ireland Council for support tools: reduced resources, it is often Voluntary Action (NIVCA) ACEVO’s recession support page difficult to find the time to Support Tools with links to books, magazines, effectively support and engage Voluntary and community surveys, reports. good skilled volunteers. However, organisations face not only the skilled volunteers can make a real same risks as others, but also Visit: www.recessionsupport. difference to your organisation, a set of risks more specific to providing you with a resource the sector. Therefore some resources which could improve your ability organisations are already planning to survive. The following link will for reduced income and some Determine what stage your take you to an article which offers are making decisions to cut staff organisation is in: advice to guide you and provide and services. Planning for what The Non-profit Life Stage you with some contact points for might lie ahead is vital if your Assessment is a tool for finding out more. organisation is to come through a determining what stage your Visit: recession and still be able to do its organisation is in. It helps you to reach-article-sarah-king job effectively. understand your organisation’s strengths and weaknesses and will Risk Management help you plan for future needs. It In the current financial climate is particularly relevant: it is more important than ever • during times of high stress or SKiLD tools for for organisations to develop challenge for the organisation. Development workers risk management procedures. • when engaging an organisation Supporting voluntary and Managing risk is a way of development consultant. community groups can be hard safeguarding the organisation’s • prior to an executive search. work. These tried and tested assets and ensuring that the • as pre-work, discussion topics, practical tools offer a new set of organisation is effectively fulfilling or action learning tool at a bite-sized exercises to support its objectives. Risk is not confined board or staff retreat. work with groups. Current list of simply to the financial affairs of tools includes Agreeing a Mission, an organisation, or health and Visit: Attracting New people, Getting safety, it applies to all areas of fieldstone/lifestages ready for Paid Staff, Improving the charity’s operations. Risk Making the most of Governance, Recruiting a Worker identification should be built into volunteers in a recession and many more. everything that the organisation Volunteers are the lifeblood of does. To ensure that the Visit: many charities. When there is an organisation gets the most out learningopps/skild/tools/Home increased demand for services of the process it should have a 22 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  23. 23. Safeguarding the Sector It is important to have positive local leadership in times of recession Image by NotFromUtrecht participative approach. Staff website for valuable Positive Local Leadership in and volunteers should be recession advice: a Recession – Support for involved in the process and all Councils and Councillors the organisation’s activities support/recession-resources/ These are challenging times should be assessed. recession-proof nationally and internationally. Look out for Voscur’s Managing Download their publication Yet there is an extremely Risk training in the new year. Support in Uncertain Times: important local dimension to Details yet to be confirmed. Visit the recession, both in terms of its impact, shaping a response to that impact and preparing Download a copy of the uploadedFiles/NCVO/Press/ for the post-recession world. Managing in a Downturn report Press_Releases/Support_in_ If there has ever been a time by PricewaterhouseCoopers Uncertain_Times_June%2709.pdf when effective local community LLP (PwC), the Charity Finance leadership is required, this is it. Directors’ Group (CFDG) and the Its time has come. The primary Institute of Fundraising (IOF). task of this guide is to help local Visit: councils to fulfil their community section/General/key/260309- leadership responsibilities in these Recession-Toolkit challenging circumstances. Visit the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) aio/9560735 Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 23
  24. 24. Place Survey A quick guide to the Place Survey 2008 The results of the first ever Place Survey have been released, summarising the headline findings for England and the individual Government Office regions. The Place Survey is a new Methodology The survey collected information consultation that all local on 18 National Indicators (NI) The Place Survey is a statutory authorities are required to carry for local government, used requirement of all local authorities out on a two-yearly basis. The to measure local government in England and will be undertaken Place Survey was devised by performance for 152 county every two years as a postal survey. central government and replaces councils, metropolitan district the Best Value Performance Its main purposes are: councils, London boroughs and Indicator Survey (BVPI). The Place unitary authorities. The England • To help councils and their Survey has been developed as indicators covered by the survey partners to better understand part of a new focus on improving include the following: local views and needs. outcomes for local people and • To enable local councils and NI 1: % of people who agree places – rather than on processes, their partners to improve areas that their local area is a place institutions and inputs. where residents are dissatisfied. where people from different The survey provides information • To form part of the Audit backgrounds get on well together. on people’s perceptions of their Commission’s monitoring NI 2: % of people who feel local area and the local services of the performance of local that they belong to their they receive. public services as part of neighbourhood. the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA). See page 26. NI 3: % who have been involved in decisions that affect the local area Questions asked included: in the past twelve months. • What are the most important NI 4: % of people who agree they things that make your area a can influence decisions in their good place to live? local area. • Which of these things most need improving? NI 5: % of people who are • How satisfied are you with your satisfied with their local area as a area and the services provided place to live. by local public organisations? NI 6: % of people who have • How involved are you, or would participated in regular you like to be, in decisions that volunteering. affect your local area? 24 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  25. 25. Place Survey Bristol Picture NI 4: % of people who agree Jargon buster: they can influence decisions NI 1: % of people who agree in their local area. Core Cities that their local area is a place The England average is 29%, The Core Cities group is a network where people from different London has the highest score of England’s major regional backgrounds get on well with 35%, but Bristol is low with cities: Birmingham, Bristol, Leeds, together. only 25%. Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Respondents in Bristol gave the Nottingham and Sheffield. They city a score of 76%, the same NI 5: % of people who are form the economic and urban as the national average, but 4% satisfied with their local area cores of wider surrounding below the South West average as a place to live territories, the city regions and of 80%. Bristol is high at 78.6% compared are the economic drivers of their with the other core cities, but the regions. The umbrella theme for NI 2: % of people who England average is 80% and the the joint activity of the Core Cities feel they belong to their South West is 85%. Group is economic development. immediate neighbourhood. This article is adapted from Bristol is a high scorer at 63% NI 6: % of people who have the briefing produced by compared to the other core cities, participated in regular South West Forum. Visit and higher than the England volunteering average of 59%. Bristol is higher than the other core cities at 24%, but lower than NI 3: % of people who have the South West average of 28%. been involved in decisions The England average is 23%. that affect the local area in the past twelve months. Bristol is higher than the England average of 14% and all of the core cities with a score of 18%. Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 25