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VYS Devon News February 2011

  1. 1. THE NEWSLETTER FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN YOUTH WORK IN DEVON AND PRODUCED BY VOLUNTARY YOUTH SERVICES Issue 2 – FEBRUARY 2011 BIG SOCIETY OR SMALL SOCIETY? CONTENTS Devon/Regional NewsSince the VYS conference a few weeks ago Eventsthere has been much debate in the media about Training Courses‘The Big Society’, especially with regard to the Publications and Resourceschances of the idea developing further in the Grants / Awards / Competitionslight of the public sector cutbacks. Of course, National News & Informationmany people say, quite rightly, that ‘The BigSociety’ is not a new idea in that voluntary workand the active involvement by local people in The voluntary youth sector in Devontackling issues that lead to an improved society provides a huge return on the investmenthas been going on for many years - and has made on it: the return is that the sectorbeen a rich and important part of British Culture engages with approximately 31,000 youngfor a long time. people. This initial investment of public funds also enables many organisations toThe VYS conference was very well attended access huge amounts of additionaland the general feeling seemed to be very resource, running into millions of pounds,positive towards the idea of the voluntary and more importantly, the hard work andsector being given more opportunities to play goodwill of approximately 5,000 volunteers.an even bigger part in the development of thebig society idea (see the Conference Report on It is also an investment to encourage morethe VYS website). Conference recognised that and more people (which is a fundamentalto do this, the sector may well have to accept theme of Mr. Cameron’s Big Society) tothat public funding may be harder to come by contribute to a sector that is underpinnedand that we will have to be more by the values and characteristics of:entrepreneurial and innovative about where we selflessness; generosity; integrity; care andaccess funds in the future. However, the compassion and commitment andmessage from conference was very clear: dedication - to name but a few.some form of public funding will still be neededand that this should be seen as an investmentin the services that the sector provides. VYS, YFC Centre, Retail Park Close, Marsh Barton Road, Exeter EX2 8LG Tel / Fax: 01392 250976 E-mail: admin@vysdevon.org.uk Registered Charity No. 1054442 www.vysdevon.org.uk
  2. 2. This is in stark contrast to other parts of our society (the banking sector, for example),which has been prominently displayed in the media as being founded upon values andcharacteristics such as greed, recklessness, duplicity and personal financial gain at allcosts – it is also an industry that has had to be extensively supported (or ‘bailed out’ assome might put it) by public funding (which is considerably greater than the levels ofpublic funding that is invested in the voluntary sector) over the past few years as a resultof such greed and recklessness.It was clear at the VYS conference and in the debate in the media afterwards, that the BigSociety idea will not materialize or develop if voluntary organisations have publicinvestment withdrawn or reduced significantly. Already, there are reported cases of manyorganisations saying that they will have to reduce or withdraw (and not expand as thegovernment hopes) services as a result of reduced or withdrawn funding. Therefore, if thiscontinues, there is the very real danger that the Big Society will become the Small Societyas the voluntary (and the public sector) contracts. VYS UNDER THREAT OF 100% CUTBACK IN LOCAL AUTHORITY FUNDINGAt the time of writing this, I have learned that the Local Authority Youth Service isproposing to cut the full time manager post, which it has seconded to VYS for many yearsas part of its responsibility to support the voluntary youth sector, as part of the publicsector budget reductions required by the Government. VYS have not been involved in anyconsultation regarding this proposal. Neither have we been informed of its justification orbeen given the opportunity to have any discussions with the Local Authority about thefuture implications with regard to our work supporting and expanding the voluntary sector -and our relationship with the Local Authority. Neither have we been given any clearinformation to date about the future of our Service Level Agreement with the LocalAuthority, and the funding that goes with it, despite repeated requests over the past fewweeks.Therefore, VYS is potentially facing a 100% cut in its funding from the Local Authority,which if this turns out to be the case will be in stark contrast to the Council’s decision tohalve its proposed initial cut of 23% to other voluntary sector organisations (outside of theyouth sector) in Devon. In making this decision Councillor Andrew Leadbetter, DevonCounty Council Cabinet Member for Workforce, Performance and Communications, said:“With reductions in national funding we face making savings of £54.6 million in the comingfinancial year, and no area of the Council’s expenditure can be immune from cuts.However, we recognise the importance of the valuable work the voluntary and communitysector carries out across Devon, and have listened to their concerns about the impact offunding cuts on our communities, particularly during this challenging economic climate. Inrecognition of this we have agreed plans to increase the draft budget by £80,000 and willcontinue to work with our partners to develop a more sustainable approach to maintainingthese services in the future. The sector will need to make efficiencies like everyone else,and we will work hard with these organisations over the coming year to help them achievesustainable, workable and measured savings that will stand the test of time.”This approach seems to be fair and reasonable at a difficult time for all and it shows thatthe Council is prepared to work in a supportive, collaborative and consultative way withvoluntary organisations not directly involved with working with young people. We verymuch hope that VYS, the young people of Devon and those who work with and for themvoluntarily will be treated, at the very least, in a similar way to this. If not, and if a budget 2
  3. 3. reduction of 100% goes ahead, VYS will face great difficulties in offering the support andthe services it has provided the voluntary youth sector in Devon for many years. The VYSexecutive will consider the situation shortly when, hopefully, we will have received moreup to date information from the Local Authority, which we have been asking for over pastfew weeks. I will keep you updated of the position in the next edition of Youth News. Paul Allan, ChairDEVON NEWSJOB VACANCIES - Visit the VYS website which is updated with new vacancies on aregular basis – see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/jobsDCC Funding for the Voluntary Sector - Devon County Council’s Cabinet has agreed tohalve its proposed spending cuts to the Citizens Advice Bureau and other voluntaryservices. Original proposals for next year outlined an average 23% reduction in funding,which would have seen the budget reduced by approximately £160,000. Now councillorshave agreed to increase the draft budget by £80,000. The Citizens Advice Bureau and theCouncil for Voluntary Services will each receive £40,000 of this additional funding. (SeePaul Allan’s article above)Heatree Activity Centre - A fantastic Dartmoor location for a youth residential or activitydays. Heatree offers a wide variety of adventurous activities both on the 80 acre site andthe surrounding area. These include kayaking, climbing, high ropes, archery and manymore. All are run by skilled and experienced staff. The site also has a large playing field,indoor sports barn and camp fire sites. Accommodation is in modern, en-suite bedroomsand sleeps up to 150 people in three wings. Each wing can be separated and usedindependently providing for small groups from 20 people upwards. Facilities include indoorgames such as pool, table tennis and table football. Catering can be provided by itsresident chef or you can just use the well appointed kitchen facilities. All this from a safeand secure location on the edge of the Dartmoor National Park. Prices from £36 per headfor 2 nights. Youth leaders go free. Activity day visits from £10 are also available forgroups. For more information contact Jon Evans, Centre Manager, on 01647 221307email j.evans@heatree.com or see www.heatree.comMapping the Cuts - it is absolutely vital that the impact of public sector funding cuts ispublicised and understood. If your statutory funding is going to be cut or reduced pleaseadd your organisation to the new website that is tracking cuts across the country.There is a very simple form to complete -you will be asked for your organisation name, theamount of the cut, what the impact of the cut will be, the source of the funding, yourcharity number (if applicable) and whether you would be willing to be contacted again.You stick a pin on the map to show where you are. Visit www.voluntarysectorcuts.org.uknow and tell your story.North Devon Voluntary Services (NDVS) is offering free support to Voluntary andCommunity groups in North Devon through the Facing the Future project, funded byLeader 4. No voluntary or community group is too large or small to benefit from thisservice. NDVS can go through an organisational checklist with you to highlight your areasof expertise and identify possible training opportunities. They can then help with funding 3
  4. 4. to meet some of those training needs either by helping with the cost of a local training, abursary or maybe bespoke training. For details contact Lyn Winter CVS Developmentand Volunteer Support Worker 01271 866300 or lyn@ndvs.org.ukSafeguarding article from Devon County Councillor Andrea Davis on the LGA website:http://www.lga.gov.uk/lga/core/page.do?pageId=16492513Somewhere to Talk - Someone to Listen - Clubs for Young People and Young Devonhave published this report which shows that youth clubs can help reduce young peopleschances of developing mental problems. The literature review found that youth clubs are"well positioned to support young peoples emotional wellbeing by offering a wide range ofactivities and facilities".http://www.clubsforyoungpeople.org.uk/core/core_picker/download.asp?id=55The Ivy Project has been working in Exeter for 11 years, supporting young people, aged12 to 25 years old, from disadvantaged backgrounds to develop the skills they need totake more control over their lives, find jobs and contribute to their communities throughvolunteering. Dan Smith, General Manager, says that “It is with great regret that we areannouncing that The Ivy Project is now planning to close following a series of cuts toyouth programmes and contracts that we deliver. Although the charity raised much of itsincome privately we depend on some income from central government and local councilsto offer financial stability to our organisation. In practical terms this means we are nolonger accepting referrals and are actively seeking other agencies that can offer servicesto young people with additional support needs. The young people we work with are activevolunteers in a range of settings but many require additional support to be able tocontribute to their communities. The Ivy Project believes that by offering a helping handbefore a young persons life is in crisis the individual and our communities benefit in thelong term. Many of the young people we support are from disadvantaged backgroundsand are facing real challenges in an already difficult time. Now that our services are beingwithdrawn from Exeter we believe that the net effect will be more young people remainingunemployed for long periods, more young people becoming dependant on mental healthservices, fewer young people remaining in school or taking up further education, moreyoung people involved in anti-social behaviour and crime, more young people developingissues with drugs and alcohol. The saying prevention is better than cure is particularlytrue of young people, who are our future. While staff and trustees are planning the closureof the charity, every effort is being made to secure a future for this important work”.Transition Fund - The first payments from the government’s £100m Transition Fund thatwill provide vital support to charities have been announced with a total of £1.7million beingawarded to 18 organisations including in Devon Living Options (£89,454)and Headway(£50,000) in Devon.University of Exeter - Invitation to participate in a survey about a new MA AppliedChildhood and Youth Studies Programme. People are being asked to complete aquestionnaire about a new Masters programme that they are intending to develop at theUniversity of Exeter. This programme would be an MA in Applied Childhood and YouthStudies. The course would be for professionals and practitioners who are currentlyemployed, or work in areas related to, childrens or young peoples services with thedistinct purpose of enhancing professional development and work-based research andreflection. They are seeking views on how they could best develop this programme to suitemployer needs and demands. The questionnaire asks a series of fixed-response style 4
  5. 5. questions and will take no longer than ten minutes to complete. All of the information thatyou provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. Access to this data will berestricted to the course development team and it will only be used for the purposes ofdeveloping this programme. If you have any questions contact the course developmentteam: A.J.Allan@exeter.ac.uk (01392 722881). Deadline for completing the questionnaireis 28th February. http://elac.exeter.ac.uk/limesurvey/index.php?sid=87113&lang=enEVENTS3rd March HIV and Sexual Health – A free one-day course in Buckfastleigh from theEddystone Trust introducing workers to sexual health issues, including examining theholistic model, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections, preventing STI’s andlegislation around working with sex and relationships issues. A good introduction orrefresher for all workers. Seehttp://www.eddystone.org.uk/pages/hiv/eddystonetraining2010.php3rd and 17th March Understanding and Evidencing your Impact - The two workshopswill be hosted in Exeter and cost £40 for the two with £20 being returned on attendance atboth. The aim will be to ensure a clear understanding of the process and for eachorganisation to set up their own plan of action to begin to measure their impact. There willbe work prior to the workshops and between sessions as well as optional follow upsupport. Contact Julia Dinsdale 01392 202055 email julia.dinsdale@exetercvs.org.uk orhttp://www.devonconsortium.net/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=65&cntnt01returnid=564th March Communities ...in the South West Event - A consultation and engagementevent from South West Forum for South West voluntary and community organisationslooking at the implications of the changes proposed in Healthy Lives, Healthy People, thePublic Health White Paper. How will the Public Health White Paper affect your work?What opportunities does it present? It is in Bristol so if distance is a problem there is asmall fund to help with eg cost of overnight accommodation. They are looking to attract awide range of organisations so not just ‘health’ ones – public health is a very broad areaand may provide a useful new funding opportunity if the proposals in the white paper gothrough. http://www.southwestforum.org.uk/healthy-communities-south-west-event-bristol9th March Roles and Responsibilities of Trustees - No charity or voluntary organisationcan operate without its Trustees. Learn how to develop clear relationships with yourgoverning body at this workshop being held in Exeter. For details seehttp://www.dacvs.org.uk/trustees.html or ring 01392 20205710th March Drugs, Alcohol and Sexual Health – A one-day course in Buckfastleighfrom the Eddystone Trust to provide skills, knowledge and understanding of the linkbetween drug and alcohol use and their impact on sexual health and relationships.Participants on this course need to have attended a basic Sexual Health course. Fordetails contact training@eddystone.org.uk or www.eddystone.org.uk10th March Health and Safety in the Workplace for those working in a youth worksetting Level 2 training to be held at Bishops Hull House, Taunton. Places on thiscourse, subsidised by Progress, are limited to ensure that the training day is an effectiveone. Cost is £20. For groups of ten or more staff, it can run as in-house training. The 5
  6. 6. funding expires on 31 March 2011 so contact Jane soon to arrange your training. Formore information and to book your place contact jane_shipton@learning-southwest.org.ukor see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/uploads/documents/hs_training_march2011.pdf10th March Governance & Creative Intelligence Masterclass from Cascade Training isfor trustees and senior managers, who are responsible for creative business thinking atBoard level. In the current economic climate, many organisations are re-assessingopportunities and threats and this workshop will help delegates to understand howimportant it is for survival to be flexible and creative. It will focus on how to harness anduse ‘creative intelligence’ at board level and explore how to deal with change processes,including how to overcome the potential barriers to change. It is being held in Yeovil. Seewww.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk15th March Making Sense: A Practical Discussion to Improve the WaysGovernment and the Voluntary Sector Work Together – a FREE event from CompactVoice being held in Bristol that will provide an opportunity to hear government ministers,representatives from the Local Government Ombudsman and voluntary and communitysector leaders present their perspectives on key policies including: Commissioning;Procurement; Localism; and Big Society. You can also participate in discussions aboutissues directly relevant to you and engage with a panel of experts from across the sector.For details and booking go to http://compactvoicebristolevent.eventbrite.com19th March Analogue to Digital Music Expo hosted by Sound Gallery Studios inExeter. This event is the show where musicians, DJ’s and recording enthusiasts can tryout the latest technology in music production and recording, talk to music industry experts,attend a music industry panel with John Leckie (producer: Radiohead, MUSE, The Coral,Stone Roses) and win software and hardware worth £5,000 in the legendary prize drawcompetition! With over 800 attendees and 20 major music technology companies, thisevent is dedicated to a whole day of workshops, hands-on demos, new product releasesand live performances focusing on digital recording and production, guitar and basstechnology, drums and soft synths, Q&A’s with Sound on Sound and masterclasses.Entry: £6/£5 (students/adv). See www.analogue-to-digital.com or ring 01392 495 301.25/27th March Dance Fever is a dance training weekend being run by SWYM (SouthWest Youth Ministries) for groups of girls together with a leader. Call 01392 273560 or e-mail camps@swym.org.uk For details of other camps see http://swym.org.uk/swymcamps/28th March (5.30-9.30pm) Faith in the Future - Devon Faith and Belief Forum has beeninvolved in an exciting project for the past year which has involved working with 21 youngpeople from 8 faiths and beliefs. These young people have met together to do funactivities, to learn about each other and to practise giving presentations about their livesand beliefs. For the past few weeks they have been individually filmed and a DVD is nowbeing produced that will be sent to every school in Devon. The launch of this DVD istaking place at this event hosted by Torbay Inter Faith Forum being held in Paignton thatwill showcase inspirational youth projects. There is a free supper so you need to book aplace. For details contact Clare Mortimore on clarmort@hotmail.com or 01364 643209.5th April Full Cost Recovery: from theory to practice – a training event from CascadeTraining to be held in Exeter. This course is designed principally for non-accountants inthe Voluntary & Community Sector with limited, if any, knowledge of FCR. It should enableparticipants to grasp the underlying theory of the FCR process and apply it to their 6
  7. 7. organisations in a practical way, with particular reference to the preparation of fundingbids. For details contact Lauren on 07854208369 or see www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk7th April Get Into Social Networking: An easy way to maximise your online PR forfree! Is a training event from Cascade Training that is being held in Yeovil. The lastcouple of years have seen an explosion in social networking sites like Twitter andLinkedin. If you’re not sure how to use them or how they could benefit your organisation,this workshop is for you! It will be covering which sites are the best ones to use, how toget support for your cause from them, and how to update your profile and otherinformation, without spending too much time doing it! This workshop is a beginner’s guideto social networking so if you’ve been putting off investigating this increasingly popularmethod of increasing your online presence, come along and find out more! . For detailscontact Lauren on 07854 208369 or see www.cascadetrainingplus.co.ukTRAININGAccredited Youth Work Training from FMP as part of the Progress Project. Yourorganisation can apply for this FREE training for your employees and volunteers in thefollowing areas:♦ Level 2 award in youth work practice♦ Level 2 award in mentoring for Young People♦ Level 3 award in working with vulnerable young people (specialising in NEET or ASB) Delivery can take place at any point through 2011 with up to 15 volunteers or staff beingeligible for each course, but this is a time-limited offer and all registrations and traininginduction must be completed by the end of March to receive this training at no cost.Flexibility is guaranteed and FMP can accommodate training over days, evenings orweekends. For more information contact FPM on 0116 2495000 emailinfo@fpmonline.co.uk or see http://www.fpmonline.co.uk/SERVICES/Specialist-training-and-development/Progress.aspxBenefits Update and 21st Century Welfare Reform - Devon Welfare Rights Unit areproviding a half-day benefit update course followed by a half-day discussion forum on 21stCentury Welfare Reform/ Universal Credit, designed to ensure you are aware of thealready confirmed benefit changes and to give you the opportunity to consider thegovernment white paper ‘Universal Credit’. For further information contact Judy Francis:01392 223827 or see http://www.dwru.org/benefitsupdate.htmlEquality Act 2010 - Half Day seminars across the South West - In preparation for theintroduction of the new Single Public Equality Duty this April, Equality South West is organisingeight half-day seminars across the South West on implementing the 2010 Equality Act. Eachseminar run from 10.00 to 13.00 when there will be a networking lunch. For dates and venuescontact Moira Anderson on 01823 250834 or email Moira.anderson@equalitysouthwest.org.uk orhttp://www.devonconsortium.net/index.php?mact=News,cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=66&cntnt01returnid=56Facing the Future -TTVS, in partnership with North Devon Voluntary Services (NDVS),has secured a grant from Leader 4 to provide a programme of low cost training andsupport to local voluntary and community organisations. Funded until April 2012, theproject aims to help the local sector manage issues emerging from a challenging strategicand economic climate and to develop the skills of local volunteers, trustees and charityemployees. http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/uploads/documents/facing_the_future_feb11.doc 7
  8. 8. Free accredited training under the "Progress" workforce development programme for thevoluntary and community sector. Peninsula Training intend to offer a package of unitsrelated to the youth sector and linked to a workshop programme to ensure learners gainthe maximum benefit from the provision. Learners can either select one unit, two units ormore or the whole package of units, the more units learners take the more units theywill be able to use against national qualifications in youth support work and supportingchildren and young people. The units are:♦ Contribute to the development of Children and Young People♦ Understand partnership working in services for Children and Young People♦ Contribute to Children and Young People’s Health and Safety♦ Support the provision of Information, Advice and Guidance♦ Development of positive relationships with Children and Young People and others involved in their care♦ Provide information and advice to Young People♦ Portfolio BuildingLearners will be supported to achieve the unit/units through attendance at 1/2 dayworkshops related to the unit/units and have access to an experienced qualified assessorto help them achieve their selected units. There will be induction sessions on 23rd Marchin Exeter, Torbay and Plymouth for any interested learners to come along and find outmore and provide an opportunity to sign up for the programme. The workshops willbe delivered in Torbay and Exeter or Plymouth depending on the location of the majorityof learners and will take place from the end of March through April and May. Assessmentsupport will take place in the learners workplace setting. The deadline for initial enquiriesis the 4th March so if you are interested contact John Walker on 01803 522174 / 07966423490 or email peninsulatdc@aol.comHow can your organisation improve its skills? The Progress project is helping tochange that … Progress is a project delivered by NCVYS to help enhance the skills ofthose working with young people in the voluntary and community sector. The project,funded by the CWDC and run through a network of regional and national partners, offersaccredited training at a subsidised rate until 30th March. Volunteers and paid staff inthe voluntary and community sector can choose from a range of units at Level 2 and Level3 which have been accredited by the QCF. Volunteers and paid staff can get started byusing the self assessment tool to identify areas of their learning which need to bedeveloped. They can then consult the training directory to find full details of trainers intheir local area as well as information provided by a network of training delivery agents.http://www.ncvys.org.uk/blogs.php?act=view_topic&id=205Sharing Open University Resources to develop young people’s skills - The OpenUniversity in the South West is collaborating with the regional voluntary sector network todevelop vocational Open Educational Resources (OERs) for the voluntary sector. Theproject particularly wants to support people to develop skill for leading and managing inthe voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, for which they use the shorthandTrustee development. One of the sectors they want to work with is organisations workingwith young people. Volunteer co-ordinators, participation workers, trainers and advisersare key to engaging, motivating and supporting young people to become the trustees oftomorrow. They are especially welcome to use the free OpenLearn web-based materialsfor their own development and to complement the training resources they already use withyoung people. See http://www.open.ac.uk/openlearn/ and for more information seehttp://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/training_overview 8
  9. 9. Subsidised Fairbridge Training – they are delivering three accredited trainingprogrammes to enhance and develop the skills of practitioners at a subsidised rate of £10+VAT per participant (for groups of over 15), they are:♦ Difficult behaviour: understanding and developing young people’s behaviour♦ Facilitation, participation and group dynamics♦ Relationship building with young peopleThis programme is part of the Progress project in partnership with NCVYS. For furtherdetails contact: Pippa Adamson on 0117 9657603 pippaadamson@red‐kite.net or seehttp://www.fairbridgetraining.co.uk/PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCESAcronyms - Are you unsure what a certain acronym or term means? If so have a look atthis glossary relevant to the voluntary sector www.ladder4learning.org.uk/glossary/BT Community Web Kit – BT has relaunched this scheme for charities and not-for-profitcommunity groups. It provides free website hosting, a free address, a choice of layoutsand designs and a step-by-step guide. See http://www.btck.co.uk/Equality Act Starter Kit is an online resource that has been created by the Equality andHuman Rights Commission, with nine "bite-size" learning modules that set out theessential points of the legislation. Each downloadable module should take less than 10minutes to complete. http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/advice-and-guidance/new-equality-act-guidance/equality-act-starter-kit/Getting on Brilliantly: Recipes for Successful Meetings – this guide can bedownloaded free http://www.gettingonbrilliantly.co.uk/Publication.htmlIT4Communities is a registered charity that offers FREE IT consultants and IT help tocharities, community groups and social enterprises. They will help define your IT needsand put your projects onto their website for volunteers to apply for. On averageorganisations get £3,000 worth of support from volunteers. Volunteers can help withdatabases, websites, networking computers, strategic advice, training and maintainingcomputers. See www.it4communities.org.ukNext steps: Monitoring and evaluation on a shoestring is a new guide from CharitiesEvaluation Services "for third sector organisations that need to be able to show thedifference they make, and improve their performance". This practical guide is fororganisations who want to develop their monitoring and evaluation without breaking thebudget. Offering a simple but systematic approach, the guide is designed to be used bycharities with limited budgets who want to improve their effectiveness and demonstratethe difference they make to people’s lives. http://www.ces-vol.org.uk/index.cfm?pg=763.Recruiting Volunteers - Updated in 2006 and 2010, this guide is for anyone who has tofind volunteers for their organisation. Drawing on their extensive experience of workingand training in this area, the authors underline the importance of starting from a clearstrategy and recruiting regularly. The book includes practical advice and creative ideas.See http://www.dsc.org.uk/Publications/ 9
  10. 10. Safe Network Standards: Core standards and guidance for the voluntary andcommunity sector for keeping children and young people safe are a set of nationalcore standards, designed to help non-statutory organisations put in place clearsafeguarding arrangements for children and young people. They will cover four essentialsafeguarding areas: • safer staff and volunteers – recruitment, induction and supervision • child protection • preventing and responding to bullying • avoiding accidents and running safe activities and events.By registering on the Safe Network website, you will also be able to access an interactiveself-assessment tool that will cover all the elements of each standard and help youdetermine where your organisation is strong and where it needs to improve itssafeguarding practice.http://www.safenetwork.org.uk/resources/safe_network_standards/Pages/safe_network_standards.aspxSmall Charities Coalition (SCC) exists to help small charities access the skills,experience and resources they need to achieve their aims. This is done by matching smallcharities to individuals and/or organisations that can meet those needs. A popular waythey do this is through their skills sharing / mentoring scheme whereby small charities canget matched to a fellow small charity or individual from a larger organisation to help themaround a certain need. The SCC is about helping small charities to help themselves, andenable them to have access to the considerable expertise of their larger counterparts inthe charitable sector or those from other sectors. Its free to join if you are a charitableorganisation with an income of less than £1m and you are prepared to share your charitysskills, experience and knowledge with other fellow small charities and engage with theCoalition on issues important to the small charity sector. See www.smallcharities.org.uk.Snippets – the February edition of NCVYS’s workforce development e-bulletin isavailable to download from http://www.ncvys.org.uk/Workforce.htmlVolunteering Impact Assessment Toolkit - A practical guide for assessing thedifference that volunteering makes, it is designed for any size of volunteer involvingorganisation, in any sector, and will enable you to measure the impact of volunteering onyour volunteers, your organisation, your direct beneficiaries and the wider community. Seehttp://www.volunteering.org.uk/resources/VIAT/Volunteering+Impact+Assessment+ToolkitWriting a Health and Safety Policy - Did you know that it is a legal requirement to haveand operate a Health and Safety Policy if you employ more than five people?Ladder4learning have put together a useful briefing sheet which includes links to usefulpolicies to download to get you started. See: http://tinyurl.com/4gezpxjGRANTS/AWARDS/COMPETITIONSB&Q - Waste Donation Scheme – this scheme is operated through all UK stores. Itdonates unsaleable products and waste materials for re-use such as: slightly damagedtins of paint, off-cuts of timber, odd rolls of wallpaper, and end of range materials.Charities and community groups may apply for donated products that will benefit the localcommunity and the environment. See http://www.diy.com/wastedonation 10
  11. 11. BBC Children in Need are inviting not-for-profit organisations working withdisadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under to apply for grants. It willonly fund projects that focus on the differences made (outcomes) to the lives ofdisadvantaged children and young people. Grants can be used to cover both, capital andrevenue costs and you can see examples of who has been funded in Devon recently onthe website. The deadline for applications is the 15th April.http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants/general_grants.shtmlDevon Community Fund - A new £2.4 fund has been announced so that councillors canchampion their local communities and provide start-up money for projects across thecounty. The fund will be controlled by individual councillors who will each have £25,000 forbuilding projects and £15,000 to support revenue costs and councillors in neighbouringareas will be able to combine their money for larger-scale projects. The best advice toanyone interested is to approach their County Councillor directly with a case for theirproject including evidence of strategic and local need, outline costings, key benefits, andhow it could meet objectives of community/voluntary provision of local services.Ernest Cook Trust (UK) - Registered charities, schools and not-for-profit wishing toencourage young peoples interest either in the countryside and the environment, the artsor aiming to raise levels of literacy and numeracy can apply for funding to the Ernest CookTrust (ECT). The Trust operates two grant making programmes: ♦ The small grants programme (under £4,000) supports small charities which would like to undertake projects which meet the Trusts objectives and require a small amount of pump-priming in order for such projects to take place. ♦ The large grants programme (over £4,000) is aimed at more comprehensive education programmes.Grants awarded range from supporting children’s literacy and numeracy to helping to keepthe ancient craft of coppicing alive by supporting. Grants are normally awarded for oneyear only. http://www.ernestcooktrust.org.uk/grants/index.htmlHeritage Lottery Fund Young Roots - this grants programme designed to engageyoung people aged 13-25 with their heritage is currently undersubscribed. Young Rootsprojects stem directly from the interest and ideas of young people, who are supported byyouth and heritage organisations to develop skills, build confidence, and connect with theirlocal communities. Programme budget is £3000 to £25,000. To find out more seewww.hlf.org.uk/HowToApply/programmes/Pages/youngroots.aspxSportsmatch - Sport England’s Chair, Richard Lewis, is urging grassroots sports clubs toexamine how they could benefit from the Sportsmatch programme, which has been re-launched for 2011-12. Sportsmatch brings additional funding to not-for-profit organisationsthat have secured sponsorship to deliver new projects to get people playing and enjoyingsport. Grants from £1,000 up to £100,000 are available to match sponsorship from thecommercial sector, private individuals or charitable trusts.http://www.sportengland.org/funding/sportsmatch.aspxWest Devon Borough Council Sports Grants - The aim of these grants is to improveopportunities for participation in sport and physical activity for all communities acrossWest Devon. Funding can go towards equipment, training etc. The application form issimple and the Sports Development Officer will help you complete it and offer assistancein accessing wider funding programmes that are available nationally. Contact HannahColston on 01822 813628 for details or see www.westdevon.gov.uk/sports 11
  12. 12. NATIONAL NEWS AND VIEWSA way ahead for the Big Society Bank and young people - NCVYS has published thispaper which has been written by the ‘Unclaimed Assets group. It sets out how the BigSociety Bank, and social investment, can benefit young people.http://ncvys.org.uk/UserFiles/A%20way%20ahead%20for%20the%20Big%20Society%20Bank%20and%20young%20people%20-%20February%202011.pdfBig Society - David Cameron has set out the Governments vision and commitment to theBig Society. He described the Governments deficit-reduction programme as his "duty"whereas the Big Society was his "absolute passion" and his mission in politics. He saidBritain needed people to take more responsibility and that government action could onlyever be part of the answer to solving societys problems - and he wanted to make it easierfor people to volunteer. Cameron paid tribute to the important work of the UK YouthParliament in engaging young people in their communities.http://www.number10.gov.uk/news/topstorynews/2011/02/pm-sets-out-commitment-to-big-society-60525Big Society Deregulation Taskforce - The final report of the Big Society DeregulationTaskforce, chaired by Lord Hodgson, will be delayed because it has been inundated withexamples of regulation that makes life difficult for charities. The report had originally beendue to be published in April.Call for Evidence on Commercialisation and Sexualisation of Childhood -Reg Bailey, Chief Executive of the Mothers Union, is carrying out an independent reviewto address parents concerns about the pressures on children to grow up too quickly. He iskeen to hear the views of parents, industry, and anyone who works with children andyoung people or has an interest in this area. Deadline for submissions is 18th March.http://www.education.gov.uk/consultations/Childhood Abuse - Almost one-fifth of 11 to 17-year-olds across the UK have beenseverely abused or neglected in childhood, findings released by the NSPCC reveal.According to the NSPCCs chief executive, Andrew Flanagan, the survey raises concernsthat the "vast majority" of abused children are not getting enough help from statutoryservices or community support networks. He said earlier intervention in child protectionwas needed and that social workers, teachers and other relevant professionals must worktogether to identify possible signs of abuse and neglect and help prevent long-term harm.http://www.communitycare.co.uk/Articles/2011/02/15/116275/nspcc-finds-one-in-five-11-to-17-year-olds-have-been-abused.htmCivic Commons: a model for social action is a study by the Royal Society of Arts(RSA) which has revealed that people are willing to contribute to their communities butneed the right opportunities. It found that people were not given the chance to use theirskills, knowledge and ideas to participate in social action, and that creating theseopportunities could save public spending, encourage innovative approaches to socialproblems and promote participation in the Big Society.http://www.thersa.org/projects/citizen-power/civic-commonsCommission for Rural Communities has published a State of the countryside updatefocusing on Market towns. http://www.wired-gov.net/wg/wg-news-1.nsf/lfi/DNWA-8DQKYZ 12
  13. 13. Consultation on anti-social behaviour responses - A public consultation proposes anumber of new measures to better protect communities from the serious harm caused bycriminal and antisocial behaviour. Deadline is 3rd May.http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/media-centre/press-releases/asb-approachConsultation on the Heritage Lottery Fund - a consultation has been launched on howit should spend its money between 2013 and 2019 after it was given an increase infunding, its share of lottery funding will rise to 18% from 16.66% from April this year andrising to 20% in 2012. A statement from the HLF said it wanted people to use theconsultation to consider what its priorities should be, what it should continue doing andwhat it should do differently. The consultation runs until 26th April.http://www.hlf.org.uk/aboutus/whatwedo/Pages/Consultationonourstrategicframeworkfor20132019.aspxConsultation on the Localism Bill - The Department for Communities and LocalGovernment has launched consultations for two areas of the Localism Bill that will be veryrelevant to the community and voluntary sector: the Community Right to Buy and theCommunity Right to Challenge. Deadline for both consultations is 3rd May. Seehttp://www.communities.gov.uk/newsstories/localgovernment/1836551Drivers of Change - In partnership with NCVO Third Sector Foresight, NCVYS has beenconducting research into the drivers (trends and forces) that could impact on the voluntaryand community youth sector over the next 5-10 years. Drivers on marginalised youngpeople, the relationship between youth organisations and government, the role of youngpeople in society, young peoples health and well-being and youth unemployment havebeen published. See http://www.3s4.org.uk/drivers/categories/youth-organisationsFairbridge and The Prince’s Trust are to merge from 1st April. The combinedorganisation will be called The Prince’s Trust and the two charities say that the merger willcut costs and help provide more funding to support disadvantaged and unemployed youngpeople.Inquiry in Big Society - The Public Administration Select Committee will carry out aninquiry into the big society to find out what it means and asses its potential effects onsociety and the voluntary sector. The inquiry was announced by its chair, Bernard JenkinMP. He said that "Everyone seems to agree that empowering communities, opening uppublic services and encouraging social action are good things, but what does this meangovernment and local government should be doing? This is a huge challenge against thebackground of sharp reductions in state spending and state support for the voluntarysector." A spokesman for the PASC said it was hoping to receive evidence from charitiesand people who felt they would be affected by the big society. He said the committeewanted to hear evidence on a definition of the big society; governance and accountabilityissues arising from the voluntary sector delivering more public services; and the role oflocal authorities in the transfer of power from Whitehall to communities. Responses to theinquiry have to be submitted by 18th March.http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-administration-select-committee/news/big-society-iq/Inquiry into Services for Young People -The second evidence session of the EducationSelect Committee inquiry into Services for Young People took place on 9th February 13
  14. 14. when the committee heard oral evidence from Susanne Rauprich, Chief Executive ofNCVYS, Fiona Blacke, Chief Executive of the National Youth Agency, Charlotte Hill, ChiefExecutive of UK Youth and Liam Preston, Young Chair of the British Youth Council.http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmeduc/uc744-i/uc74401.htmThe Committee has published the written evidence submitted to the inquiry. This includesevidence from Devon Youth Service and Simon Gillard, an area youth worker with DYS.www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201011/cmselect/cmeduc/writev/744/contents.htmIntervening to improve outcomes for vulnerable young people: a review of theevidence is a review document from the Department for Education. The review sought toidentify the common barriers to the effective implementation of new initiatives andelements of effective practice in the delivery of multi-agency services for vulnerable youngpeople and their families. It also looked at the costs associated with integrated servicedelivery, the outcomes that can be achieved and whether fewer and more targetedinitiatives might offer better value for money.http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-RR078.pdfMunro Review of Child Protection: Interim report - The childs journey This reportrefers to the child’s journey from needing to receiving effective protection from abuse andneglect. Professor Munro signals a new approach in this report on child protection whichfocuses on helping children, rather than on the regulations, inspections and proceduresthat have thrown the system out of balance. The report highlights the importance ofhaving multi-agency services based in the community to help keep children safe andsupport their wellbeing, identify the children and families most in need and give them helpas early as possible.http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/pressnotices/a0074007/professor-munro-child-protection-must-focus-on-the-child-not-on-rules-and-targetsNo Health Without Mental Health Strategy – this new government strategy includes aninvestment of £400m to expand access to evidence-based psychological therapies. Therewill be a new emphasis on early intervention and prevention which will help tackle theunderlying causes of mental ill-health, statistics that show half of those with mental healthproblems first experience symptoms before the age of 14.http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1052782/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletinPrince’s Trust to work in partnership with Jobcentre Plus to signpost jobseekers tovolunteering as part of a new government partnership. This will see the charity and otherlocal voluntary organisations signpost jobseekers to volunteering and trainingopportunities in their area. Princes Trust advisers and local volunteering centres will startto appear in Jobcentres in the next few weeks, with a national rollout from April wherepossible. The new initiative will particularly benefit young people as they will be able to getmore support to help them into jobs, education and training.http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/feb-2011/dwp016-11.shtmlRed Tape - Lord Hodgson, the chair of a government taskforce set up to cut red tape inthe voluntary sector, believes the charity tribunal should operate a ‘reasonableness test’that would make charity volunteers less likely to be held liable for accidents or damagethey cause while volunteering. He said that he thought the fear of legal action for mistakeswas a significant barrier that prevented people from getting involved with charities and 14
  15. 15. community groups and that "Volunteers should be able to use their common sensewithout fear of getting into trouble.”Reduce youth crime through early intervention - Justice minister Crispin Blunt hasadvocated a firm shift in focus in dealing with youth offending towards spotting and actingon warning signs in a childs early years. He hopes that by making local authoritiesresponsible for the cost of youth custody will encourage them to fund more earlyintervention projects. http://www.justice.gov.uk/news/announcement080211a.htmThe Influence of Family and Friends on Young Peoples Drinking is a report from theJoseph Rowntree Foundation that investigated the influence of friendship groups onteenagers drinking. The report discusses drinking etiquette; investigates how teenagersmanage their intoxication within the group; considers the importance of relationships bothwithin the group and outside it; presents findings about underage experiences of alcohol-related harm; and discusses the implications of these findings, including restricting accessto alcohol, teaching harm reduction skills and the role of parents.http://www.jrf.org.uk/sites/files/jrf/influencing-young-peoples-drinking-summary.pdfThe way forward? We live in challenging times for charities and sadly some excellentorganisations will doubtless become victims of the difficult economic climate. Those thatmove forward and prosper will do so by finding innovative ways of funding. Rather thanrelying on philanthropy or state support, accessing private sector cash could proveessential for maintaining healthy balance sheets in the future. Read the article by JanetFord from BTCV.http://www.guardian.co.uk/voluntary-sector-network/2011/feb/01/voluntary-sector-network-blog?&Tom Wylie, former National Youth Agency chief executive, is acting as a specialistadviser to the education select committee inquiry into services for young people. Heretired from the NYA in 2007 but has retained strong links with the sector as a trustee fora number of youth organisations and funders, including Rathbone and the Paul HamlynFoundation. During his time at the NYA between 1996 and 2007, the agency was creditedwith helping to convince the Labour government to create the youth opportunity fund andyouth capital fund and invest in the Myplace youth centre programme.Travel for young people - The British Youth Council (BYC) is urging local authoritiesacross the UK to follow Staffordshire County Councils example and bring in discountedbus travel for young people. Following a campaign by Staffordshire Youth Action Kouncilthe county council is to introduce a Your Staffordshire travel card, entitling all those under20 to a flat rate £1 bus fare on any journey that starts in the county. Councillor MikeMaryon, Staffordshire’s cabinet member for highways and transport, says the discounthas been brought in to boost the local economy, saying "It is good for businesses, cutscongestion and gives people social and leisure opportunities they would not otherwisehave. Other councils are scrapping bus services. That may help balance the books in theshort-term, but it damages local economies. We are taking the long-term view thatbacking public transport benefits everyone."Vetting and Barring Scheme - The government has unveiled plans, in the Protection ofFreedoms Bill, to scale back the vetting and barring scheme (VBS) and criminal recordsregime while ensuring vulnerable groups are appropriately protected. The proposalsinclude: 15
  16. 16. ♦ merging the Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) and Independent Safeguarding Authority to form a streamlined new body providing a proportionate barring and criminal records checking service ♦ a large reduction in the number of positions requiring checks. Only those working closely and regularly with children and vulnerable adults will need them ♦ portability of criminal records checks between jobs to cut down on needless bureaucracy ♦ an end to a requirement for those working or volunteering with vulnerable groups to register with the VBS and then be continuously monitored ♦ stopping employers who knowingly request criminal records checks on individuals who are not entitled to themThe Home Office has published the findings from the review of the Vetting and BarringScheme and also the findings of the first phase of a parallel review of the criminal recordsregime led by Mrs Sunita Mason, the Governments independent advisor on criminalityinformation management. Main points from and a summary of the recommendations canbe found at http://www.safeguardingmatters.co.uk/the-new-disclosure-and-vetting-service/crr-vbs-reviews-finally-published/Voluntary Sector Spending - Decentralisation Minister Greg Clark has said that councilsshould publish their spending on the voluntary and community sector as part of increasingtransparency, opening up services locally and dispersing power more widely. Clark haswritten to all council leaders saying the Government will expect them to publish all grantsand payments, as well as copies of contracts and tenders, they make to the voluntary,community and social enterprise sector. The letter is also encouraging councils to shareexamples of good practice in protecting voluntary sector budgets, utilising volunteers andlocal communities and acknowledges that some councils have already implementedinnovative approaches to working with their local sectors.http://www.communities.gov.uk/documents/localgovernment/pdf/1836305.pdfYoung unemployed will get much more help to access extended work experienceopportunities to get the best possible start in life under a new scheme which will allowthem to do work experience for up to eight weeks so they can get a proper stint in abusiness, gaining valuable experience, getting a decent entry on their CV and providingreal value to the employer. Under the old system people were only allowed to do twoweeks experience. If they tried to do more they could face a loss of benefits. Under thenew initiative young people between 18 and 21 will be matched by Jobcentre Plus withemployers looking for people to do work experience.http://www.dwp.gov.uk/newsroom/press-releases/2011/jan-2011/dwp007-11.shtmlYouth Action Network (YAN) – the youth volunteering charity is set to close after failingto secure additional funding. The Birmingham-based charity supports organisations thatprovide youth-led volunteering opportunities across England, but relies on the Office forCivil Society (OCS) for about 90 per cent of its funding and this is due to end in March.DISCLAIMER – VYS (Devon) accepts no responsibility for any errors or omissions.Whilst every effort has been made to ensure details are correct, VYS (Devon)cannot endorse events or items mentioned in this newsletter. 16

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