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  • 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
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  • 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 View slide
  • 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 View slide
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Comprehensive Area Assessment A Quick Guide to the Comprehensive Area Assessment (Oneplace)* In April 2009, the Comprehensive Area Assessment (CAA) replaced the Comprehensive Performance Assessment as the way local authorities will be measured on their work. This quick guide outlines some of the differences. What is the purpose CAA examines a whole area and There are two different of the Comprehensive how well local bodies are working elements that make up the CAA: in partnership to deliver agreed Area Assessment (CAA) priorities such as those set out in 1. Organisational It aims to give people a snapshot Sustainable Community Strategies Assessment of life in their local area each and Local Area Agreements. The Local public services are assessed year; help local service providers CAA will contribute to knowing by different inspectorates improve the quality of life in their whether an environment for a depending on the context. The area and help people understand thriving third sector is being built; Audit Commission assesses value if they are getting value for whether third sector expertise for money through a Use of money from their local services. feeds into decision-making and Resources Judgement; this then The Comprehensive Area whether the third sector is able contributes to the organisational Assessment (CAA) process looks at to play its full role in delivering assessment for local authorities, how well local services are working services for the whole community. PCT’s, Police and Fire and Rescue together to improve the quality It provides a real opportunity for authorities. The Use of Resources of life for local people. It will make the third sector in holding local Judgement covers how well the information available to people government to account. organisation manages under three about local services, helping different themes: finance, the them make informed choices and business and resources. These influence decisions. three themes are then supported by detailed questions called key For the first time, local public lines of enquiry based on three services will be held collectively main questions: to account for the way they work. This means that the CAA will look 1. How effectively does the across councils, health bodies, organisation manage its finances police forces, fire and rescue and deliver value for money? services and others responsible 2. How well does the for local public services. These organisation govern itself and bodies are increasingly expected commission services that provide to work in partnership to tackle value for money and deliver the challenges facing their outcomes for local people? communities. 26 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  • Comprehensive Area Assessment *It has recently been announced that Comprehensive Area Assessments will be rebranded and sold to the public as Oneplace. 3. How well does the Question one is very much Voscur’s view organisation manage its natural voluntary, community and social Voscur wasn’t contacted as part resources, physical assets and enterprise sector territory and of the stakeholder engagement in people to meet current and inspectors will be looking for April and May 2009 and has been future needs and deliver value evidence of robust decision trying to meet with the local Audit for money? making across local partners. Commission lead to feed in a third They will explore how well local sector perspective before the 2. Area Assessment partnerships engage with, involve ‘joint assessments’ are published This will be a narrative report and empower local people in December. looking at prospects for future including through the third sector. improvement against local What evidence will be priorities. Two initial questions will gathered? be used to provide underlying evidence and support the A ‘shared evidence file’ will be judgement on a third question: kept locally and will include data from the National Indicator Set, Question 1 information from local people, How well do local priorities third sector organisations express local needs and and local businesses. The aspirations? National Survey of Third Sector Organisations which measures Question 2 performance against NI7 – a Find out: Thriving Third Sector – and the This guide to CAA is How well are the outcomes Place Survey which measure based on the CAA and improvements needed performance against NI6 – briefing produced by South West being delivered? regular volunteering – (and other Forum – for more details visit: Question 3 indicators) will both provide data which will be included in the What are the prospects for Find out more about CAA at: evidence file. further improvement? uk/localgov/audit/caa/Pages/ default.aspx Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 27
  • The Compact Working in a Compact Way Compact compliance can be seen as quite daunting, but starting from including the Compact in staff induction, through to moving towards three year funding arrangements, public agencies can build up action plans that can help bring their work in line with the Bristol Compact. Ian Popperwell, a Planning and authority being seen to have ties Finally, as joint commissioners of Commissioning Manager, told over whole organisations. mental health services with NHS Thrive! about improving practice Bristol, we are moving towards Services will be commissioned in Bristol City Council adult lead funder-commissioner for outcomes. Why? Well social care: arrangements across other most importantly we want to services/organisations that have “We’re working to shift and commission high quality services multiple funding. improve our relationship with and expect there to be something the voluntary sector in line with positive that happens to people as With many new developments the Compact. The Compact a result of using them. We want in health and social care service gives a lead and framework for services to be able to demonstrate direction on the horizon, there are developing clearer appropriate their value by measuring results, great opportunities ahead for the relationships. Like most statutory where they are most effective and third sector.” authorities, we’ve had a long- areas they need to work on. standing and somewhat traditional We’re moving towards issuing relationship with the sector three (rather than one) year and now we are moving from service agreements wherever yearly grants to rolling service possible and appropriate. We agreements we need to be are also committed to moving clear about the nature of the towards full cost recovery. relationship. Organisations have often costed The most important shift has been services on the basis of the the move towards commissioning amount of money that is available, of services. This brings a more rather than on a full cost recovery strategic approach to identifying basis. In the short term, it’s not the level and type of local need, possible to correct this; there how it might best be met, who isn’t the money and it might by and how services can be cause internal difficulties for constantly improved. Voluntary organisations to reduce services. Get compliance sector organisations are now seen However all new services should checklists at www. as service providers, preventing be funded that way. the old relationship of the local 28 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  • Queen’s Award The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service Image by WeI-chieh Chiu The Queen’s Award for relationship with the group, must not be made for a particular Voluntary Service is the highest be given on the nomination form. year’s Award. If you would like award given to volunteer If supporting letters are not to nominate a voluntary sector groups across the UK for received, the nomination will be organisation or community outstanding work done in their deemed ineligible. group and want to find out more local communities. about the award, who decides In common with the UK National on the nominations, and when Groups doing all kinds of voluntary Honours, there are no deadlines the announcement of winners sector work are invited to make for the receipt of nomination is made, please contact Gunnar nominations for the Queen’s forms. Award nominations will Moran at Government Office for Award. In contrast to other be considered at any point the South West on: National Honours, we do not within 3 years of the nomination. 0117 900 3517. expect nominations to be treated Therefore, nominations should in confidence. This is because County Assessment Panels usually wish to visit groups in order to gain better understanding of their work, and that groups must have indicated that they are willing to accept an Award if the nomination is successful. However, it is important that groups Charity specialist accountants and auditors based in Bristol. Passionate about the not- understand that an Award will not for-profit sector and experienced in delivering practical and professional accounting services to charities. automatically follow a submission  Audit  Management Accounts of a nomination form. We also  Independent Examination  Payroll require two letters of support  Accounts Preparation  Training  Tax  Accounting Software from others who have firsthand knowledge of and can endorse the nominated group’s contribution. Unit 5.11 Paintworks These must be attached to the Bath Road Bristol nomination form and the names BS4 3EH of the two supporters, and their 0117 971 3445 Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 29
  • Green Pages Greening our IT Voscur will be working with opportunity for users to add their “We have the ability to Connecting Bristol to assist in comments and discuss additional make a very real difference reducing the carbon footprint efforts or difficulties they may and have a duty to future of ICT usage in the city. We’ve have encountered. Voscur will be generations to implement been given a preview of a using the database to help groups simple solutions to increase great database that will enable who want to take advantage of energy efficiency and anyone to take significant steps this service with additional expert maximise the opportunities to increase the efficiency of advice and support. Using this presented by new their computer usage, reduce service will not only help you to technology.” utility bills and still contribute reduce your environmental to effective efforts against impact but will work to making Quote from Richard climate change. your IT use more efficient and Barrington – Head of Public more sustainable. Policy at Sun Microsystems The database contains hundreds of practical steps that any Of course, a lot of the most organisation can take that effective steps and greatest will have a measurable effect efficiency savings can be in reducing their ICT carbon technically challenging. Most footprint. Each step is classified organisations don’t have the according to cost, difficulty resources to undertake them in implementation and overall (such as green hosting for effectiveness currently with a 3 applications and data, or using low star rating for each element. For impact open source software), example, turning all monitors so we’ll be creating opportunities off when not being used would for Voscur member organisations have 3 stars for cost, 1 star to get together with green for difficulty, and 2 stars for technology companies and social the contribution to emissions enterprises sympathetic to the reduction efforts. voluntary sector and with a track record of delivering improvements When the database is finally live, it in operations and service delivery. will include case studies, and the 30 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  • Green Pages Voscur Green ICT webpage: greencomputing Connecting Bristol: Bristol’s daily carbon dioxide emissions are shown above represented to scale with the Clifton Suspension Bridge. It’s all very well saying we’re We’ll be keeping groups informed going to make big cuts in the of progress, latest news, tips and voluntary sector’s carbon ICT offers over the coming year on footprint but we will also have our Green ICT web pages on our to show that this is possible. Facebook page and through the To do that we have to measure pages of Thrive! the current carbon footprint in Sean Kenny the same way that Connecting Voscur ICT Worker Bristol has for the wider Bristol Commercial and Statutory sector Tel: 0117 909 9949 Jargon buster – we need members to fill out the survey at Carbon Footprint – A measure carbonfootprintsurvey of the amount of carbon dioxide produced by a person, so that we can calculate a baseline organisation or community in a level of emissions with which to given time. measure progress against. Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 31
  • Green Pages Bristol Pedalling Forward to the Future Ben Hillsdon of the Cycling City team outlines recent developments: Pedal Power This year we held over 50 city-wide triple the numbers of children and community events to get cycling to nursery and primary “The place of cycling in our our neighbourhoods back in the schools through Bikeability training society is set to grow, and saddle and Bristol’s Biggest Bike in our Bike-It schools. I am committed to doing Ride brought out an extra 2000 everything possible to riders this year. What will we see in the encourage that.” next year? During 2009 we knocked on over Our plans for 2010 are to get more UK Prime Minister 8000 doors in neighbourhoods to people interested in cycling. Many Gordon Brown, raise awareness of the project and of our new bike paths will be ready June 26th 2008 offer several hundred personal by April. travel planning sessions. And we’re offering Life Cycle bike training We’ll also be launching a project to It’s been 18 months since sessions to give people in our offer very cheap but reliable bikes Bristol won the title of communities the confidence they through a project with Horfield Britain’s first Cycling City, need to get back on the road. Prison, and developing facilities to what’s been happening get more people into riding their since then? Through our Gear Up programme bikes in their spare time. The area of Greater Bristol won we’re working with businesses the award in June 2008. Following to get them providing the bike We’re building towards making the announcement, Bristol and parking and changing facilities 2010 Bristol’s year of the bike - South Gloucestershire councils their employees need to cycle to visit the website and keep your set up a dedicated team to work more often. eyes peeled for lots of fun events work on this project, alongside that will encourage you to use Our promotional campaigns hit the council’s regular cycling your bike more often. the ground during October and promotion teams, infrastructure November to get people visiting development teams, and the key How can voluntary and our new website and riding safely cycling organisations in the city. community groups play a at night time. To date we’ve given part in promoting cycling? A great deal has been happening away over 2000 lights and high- Groups can apply for funding over the last 18 months. It’s hard visibility items on the streets to for cycling projects via the to make cycling an overnight make sure bike riders are well lit. Cycling City Community Fund success so we’ve put in a lot Our work with schools has seen which is administered by of groundwork to create a some dramatic changes in cycling Quartet Community Foundation. momentum for change that will rates where we’ve managed to Applications will be assessed on make Bristol a great cycling city. 32 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  • Green Pages Image courtesy of Bristol City Council how well they can get new or meetings to represent the views of the shed, or even pick up a returning cyclists on their bikes, of all voluntary and community second-hand bike, and find out rather than supporting current or groups. We would like the how much a bike could bring to regular cyclists. organisations involved with Voscur your life. to help us promote the availability Groups can think about their role It takes some planning to make of cheap bikes through this as employers and become more your first regular journey – finding scheme when it comes on line. cycling friendly. We are offering out the best clothes to wear, the grants for employers and through We’re trying to build something in route to take and where to park Life Cycle we are providing bike Bristol that meets the needs of all your bike – but once you’ve made stands for parking. Any employer groups, and we need the advice of a few journeys, you’ll become very can offer staff up to 40% off new voluntary and community groups attached to your bike. You’ll want bikes by providing the Cycle To to make sure we can do that. to use it all the time. It’s more fun Work tax free bike scheme. that sitting in a car or a bus, and What would you say to it’s a lot quicker than walking. Voluntary and community groups people who are not currently are at the heart of Cycling City cycling to encourage them to through their seats on the Visit our website get on a bike? stakeholder advisory panel. You are helping to reduce Several specific cycling groups are to keep up to date congestion in your city and you represented including Sustrans, with the latest cycling city are saving money, but most of all, Life Cycle UK, CTC Right to Ride developments. It also offers useful you’re doing it because it gives and Bristol Cycling Campaign. help and advice. you a good feeling. And that’s Voscur also attends Cycling City why you should dig your bike out Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 33
  • Peak Oil Imagine Bristol without Oil A new report by the Bristol creating opportunities to save be opportunities in the coming Partnership has recently been energy and therefore money. It months to comment on the published looking at how to will mean reshaping our city so report and help shape the prepare Bristol for a future less jobs and services are easier to decision and actions that need reliant on oil. get to without always having to to be taken. If you are not a web drive. It would be an opportunity user, but are keen to get involved The Peak Oil report describes how to strengthen community ties contact Mark Leach, the Bristol today’s economy and lifestyles are leading to a healthier city with a City Council Green Capital based on the use of energy and better quality of life. Co-ordinator, tel: 0117 922 4379. products that rely heavily on oil for their production. Almost To find out more about the How can I find out more? every part of our life is connected report and the significance of How can I get involved? with oil in some way: energy, Peak Oil for Bristol visit: A formal consultation is due to heating, transport, food be launched on the Ask Bristol production and medicine. green-capital/energy/peak-oil website shortly and there will or visit your local library. The global price of oil sets the price of many other forms of energy. Worldwide production of oil is expected to decline in the near future whilst demand for energy and oil is rising, especially from industrialising countries like China and India. As the gap between demand and supply grows, prices increase. The point where an energy source starts to decline is called the “peak” (hence the phrase Peak Oil). From this point onwards, oil will still be produced but at an ever decreasing rate. How will this affect Bristol? If nothing is done, reduction in energy supply and increasing energy costs will make the way we live today very difficult to maintain. Planning and acting now will give time to bring about changes in our energy system, 34 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  • Volunteering Bristol More Support for Volunteers and their Managers Volunteering Bristol has been experience, and make it easier planned that the programme will awarded a grant through for organisations to recruit and be operational by mid December. Capacitybuilders to offer direct, retain people from more In the meantime email us on practical support to people who diverse groups.“ manage volunteers. Volunteering or telephone 0117 989 7733. A particular feature of this Bristol will be offering this new programme will be to Volunteering Bristol’s Volunteer additional support particularly to develop guidance for volunteer Recruitment Fair held in volunteer managers of small and managers to use as part of the September was deemed a great newly-established community support needs assessment of success by exhibitors and public groups in Bristol. “This is a new new volunteers, helping to fill alike. More than 80 potential opportunity to give specific help a particular gap identified by volunteers visited, ensuring that to volunteer managers and their many volunteer managers during the 17 local organisations were volunteers” says Paul Madine, the research and consultation kept busy dealing with enquires. Chief Executive at Volunteering Volunteering Bristol undertook as Several organisations were pleased Bristol. “We are already providing part of the planning of the project to be able to turn those enquiries training and support to managers in the summer. into actual volunteer placements on best practice in applying while others successfully raised policies and procedures that help Volunteering Bristol is pleased to awareness of their organisations them in their roles, but this new have been awarded this grant, as and the work they do in their programme will go beyond that only one of the two successful communities as well as sowing the by helping organisations and applicants in the south west (the seeds for future volunteering. volunteers overcome some of other being Torridge Voluntary the barriers to them taking up Services in Devon). Following on desired roles. from the BIG Lottery funded work the organisation gained earlier “This programme will be funded this year, it confirms Volunteering until March 2011 and will allow us Bristol’s position as a leading Contact to recruit a full time advisor who volunteering support organisation. Tel: 0117 989 7733 will provide one-to-one advice and guidance on identifying suitable Organisations and community Email: info@bristolvolunteers. roles for volunteers. Volunteer groups that have or are managers and their volunteers will thinking of developing roles for Address: Royal Oak House, be able to undertake coaching volunteers in Bristol can contact Royal Oak Avenue, sessions to develop their skills and Volunteering Bristol to talk about Bristol BS1 4GB thus improve their volunteering their volunteering needs. It is Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 35
  • Children and Young People The Changing Face of 14-19 Education Voscur’s October Children the Key Stage 4 Engagement The next Children and Young and Young People’s Network Programme and Entry to People’s Network meeting meeting welcomed Marius Frank, Employment. will be a joint meeting with Headteacher at Bedminster The Care Forum and Black Foundation Learning is supported Down Technology School. Development Agency on 19 by credit based qualifications in January 2010. Marius provided an overview the new qualification and credit of the many changes that are framework and offers a flexible If you have any comments or happening within 14-19 learning. structure so that learners can top would like further information This included the fact that by up their programmes. please contact Asma Ahmad at 2015, every young person will Voscur on 0117 909 9949 or Marius also talked about the be in some form of education or email: changes in the Learning and Skills training until the age of 18. Council (LSC) which will be split Marius also highlighted the new into three main areas: learning pathways that will be • Young People’s Learning Agency available, such as Diplomas. (16-19) Diplomas offer a new way of • Skills Funding Agency (19+) learning that is built around the • National Apprenticeship Agency employment sector rather than academic subjects. They promote More information about the the development of transferable changes can be found at: skills and provide an opportunity or to engage 14-19 year olds in a way that a conventional curriculum expectations.html might not. Foundation Learning is Further details about Voscur’s one of the four national suites of Children and Young People’s learning which offers personalised Network meetings can be found programmes that engage and at: motivate learners, accepting Entry children#net and Level 1; it also incorporates 36 December 2009 / January 2010 Issue 8
  • Children and Young People 1625 Independent People is Launched In Bristol, 300 young people present for homelessness advice to the city council each year and this is increasing. Of these, 100 are owed a duty to be housed as homeless. In 2003/04, 16 and 17 year olds represented 2% of those seeking help as homeless, in 2008/09 it had increased to 22%. So what is happening to support these young vulnerable people? 1625 Independent People is the new youth homelessness agency covering Bristol and South Gloucestershire. The voluntary agency is a merger • provide greater scope for Communities; Business and the of Priority Youth Housing and broadening services Third Sector: Innovation in tough Wayahead Housing & Support • offer greater opportunity to times’, where the merger is a for Young People, between influence the external agenda/ case study. them having over 45 years environment experience of supporting young Independent People now • avoid duplication homeless people. supports over 400 young people • improve opportunities for staff at any one time and is expanding Both organisations have worked to specialise/develop, therefore its services to provide a peer in partnership with Bristol City improving staff retention education service for schools and Council and Priority Youth Housing • raise the profile of the other settings, a high support with South Gloucestershire Council organisation house and an additional prison in housing and supporting young With the support of funding to resettlement worker. people across their areas. provide a consultant from the London Housing Foundation and For more information The decision to merge was pro bono support from members contact Dom Wood, prompted by the wish to: of Business in The Community, Chief Executive Officer • improve quality of services to the process was finalised on 31 at Independent People on young people August. More can be found in the 0117 317 8800 • facilitate growth Cabinet Office of the Third Sector or publication ‘Building Stronger visit Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 37
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  • Voscur Training and Learning Welcome to Voscur Training and Learning We are developing our Spring Training Programme which, as always, aims to support voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations. A programme will be sent out to Members in January 2010. Visit our website for details. To register your interest for any of the courses listed below which are now full, but will be repeated, please email: If you want to find out more about our tailor made courses please contact Sophie Bayley on 0117 909 9949 or email: Volunteers and the Law (Full) By the end of the course, candidates will be able to demonstrate the essential knowledge Tuesday 1 December 2009, 9:30am – 1pm and skills needed when dealing with First Aid The Federation of City Farms, emergencies in the workplace. The GreenHouse, Hereford Street, Bristol, BS3 4NA The course tutor will carry out an on-going assessment of the practical elements of the This new course will be run by Voscur and course. Successful students will receive a Volunteering Bristol as part of the Volunteer certificate valid for a period of three years. Management project. This session will cover: Who’s it for? This course is for anyone who • The law and considerations for volunteers needs to deal with first aid in the workplace. • Best practice • The difference between volunteers, How to deal with difficult issues in employees & workers volunteer management (Full) • Action planning for your organisation Thursday 10 December 2009, Who’s it for? This course is for anyone who 9:30am – 1pm manages volunteers and would like to know The Park Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, more about legal implications. Bristol, BS4 1QD First Aid in the Workplace (Full) This new course will be run by Voscur and Volunteering Bristol as part of the Volunteer Wednesday 9 December 2009, Management project. 9:30am – 4pm Withywood Centre, Queens Road, This session will cover: Withywood, Bristol BS13 8QA • Defining the problem and problem solving This accredited one day course will give you all • Effective communication you need to know about First Aid. It will cover • How to avoid problems among other things: • Setting boundaries • Saying goodbye and exit interviews • What is first aid and aims of first aid • Legal requirements Who’s it for? This course is for anyone who • Responsibilities of the appointed person manages volunteers. • Primary and Secondary Assessment • Principles of resuscitation Issue 8 December 2009 / January 2010 39
  • Voscur Ltd. Tel: 0117 909 9949 The CREATE Centre Fax: 0117 933 0501 Smeaton Road Email: Bristol BS1 6XN Web: Voscur Diary — December 2009 / January 2010 December Tuesday 1 December Volunteers and the Law (Full) The Federation of City Farms, The GreenHouse, Hereford Street, Bristol, BS3 4NA (9:30am-1pm) Wednesday 9 December HSE Approved Emergency First Aid At Work (EFAW) (Full) Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Withywood, Bristol, BS13 8QA (9:30am-4pm) Thursday 10 December How to deal with difficult issues in volunteer management (Full) The Park Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1QD (9:30am-1pm) Tuesday 15 December Voscur Assembly Knowle West Media Centre, Leinster Avenue, Knowle West, Bristol, BS4 1NL (1pm-4pm) January Thursday 14 January Introduction to Fundraising Withywood Centre, Queens Road, Withywood, Bristol, BS13 8QA (9:30am-3:30pm) Tuesday 19 January Joint CYP Network Meeting The Vassall Centre, Gill Avenue, Fishponds, Bristol, BS16 2QQ (10am-1pm) Wednesday 20 January Voscur Assembly Southville Centre, Beauley Road Bristol, BS3 1QG (9:30am-1pm) Thursday 28 January Neighbourhood Partnership Residents’ Forum The Council House, College Green, Bristol, BS1 5TR (6pm-8pm) Company limited by Guarantee registered in England no. 3918210 Produced by Printed on 100% recycled paper using vegetable based inks