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VYS Devon Youth News March 2011

  1. 1. THE NEWSLETTER FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN YOUTH WORK IN DEVON AND PRODUCED BY VOLUNTARY YOUTH SERVICES Issue 3 – MARCH 2011 POSITION REGARDING THE LOCAL AUTHORITY’S PROPOSED CUTS TO VYS CONTENTS Devon/Regional NewsLast month I reported that the Local Authority EventsYouth Service was proposing to withdraw all of Training Coursesits funding to VYS, with effect from 1st July 2011, Publications and Resourcesincluding the funding for the post of Manager. In Grants / Awards / Competitionseffect this is a 100% cut compared to an National News & Informationaverage of 15.9% cut to the rest of the localauthority youth service and an 11.7% cut to The Executive is meeting on April 6th toother voluntary organisations funded by the plan what services VYS can continue toCounty Council such as the Councils for provide post July 1st and what role VYS canVoluntary Service (CVS’s). play in the future. We do have reserve funds that will ensure that we can provideThe VYS Executive has sent a detailed some service for a limited time (about aresponse (if you would like a copy please apply year) but not necessarily on the same scaleto Anthea Parkyn at the VYS office) to these as before. VYS staff will be contacting allproposals to the County Council asking for a full member organisations over the next fewexplanation in terms of their fairness: why is weeks asking for the following in terms ofVYS being singled out for cuts that are totally our future priorities:disproportionate to cuts elsewhere in the youth 1. What services currently provided byservice and the voluntary sector generally? The VYS are important to you and you wantonly explanation that we have so far managed to to continue receivingget is that the local authority is trying to protect 2. What services are less important tofront line services and not support services you(managers, admin. support staff). However, the 3. What role should VYS play in thelocal authority proposals have preserved many future in relation to some of its currentof its own support services whilst cutting all key mission statements which are:funding to the support service that VYS provides • Providing Practical Help - tothe voluntary sector (without any consultation ensure that there is sufficientwith the voluntary sector). We expect a formal support to develop and maintain thewritten response from the County Council by voluntary youth sectorApril 6th and we intend to pursue the matterfurther if necessary. 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. • Providing a Voice - to enable the voluntary sector to have a voice and influence on policy and decision making regarding services to young people. This will be especially important in the future. • Facilitating Networking – to support, develop and promote collaboration, cooperation and networking in order to facilitate effective partnership working. Again, this will be especially important in the future4. What other roles might VYS play in the future in relation to, for example: • Holding policy makers accountable for services provided to young people • Developing and maintaining quality and best practice in services to young peopleWe plan to hold a series of briefings and seminars in May with member organisations toconsider questions such as these and any updates we have had regarding our positionregarding the cuts.In the meantime we are starting to receive messages of support from individuals and frommember organisations, who are also making representations to the County Council aboutthe potential impact of the proposed cuts to VYS and to other parts of the sector and Iwould urge you or your organisation to do the same as soon as possible. You should sendyour representations by post to Dillon Hughes - Strategic Lead Officer – Youth Services atCounty Hall, Exeter and send a copy for information to Cllr Christine Channon who is theLead Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services also at County Hall,Exeter. Please contact VYS staff if you need any advice or support in this regard.I will keep you updated next month and please do respond to VYS staff who will be incontact over the forthcoming weeks. This is a critical time for the future of VYS and thevoluntary youth sector. Paul Allan, VYS ChairDEVON NEWSJOB VACANCIES - Visit the VYS website which is updated with new vacancies on aregular basis – see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/jobsThe Bungalow Project Assistant Youth Support Worker at Buckfastleigh. Salary£6115 per annum. The Bungalow Youth Project requires a dynamic and flexible AssistantYouth Support Worker to work 16 hours per week during the evenings temporary for 12months in the first instance. The ideal applicant will need to be able to work with a varietyof young people in different settings from generic youth sessions to advice and guidancework. You will be working as part of a small team and will receive support from aprofessional youth worker. For details ring 01626 369283 or e-mailnewton.youth@devon.gov.uk Closing date 12th April.Dartmoor Arts Project: Bursary Awards for young artists - Dartmoor Arts Project islooking for young talented artists age 18+ to join it at its summer school 24th to 30th July.They have a bursary award scheme to support young and emerging artists who would liketo attend the summer school and the deadline is 18th April. Bursaries are available 2
  3. 3. across a range of courses. Young artists will have the opportunity to spend a weekworking with artists from all over the country and be mentored and taught by leading artpractitioners. If you would like to put forward a young artist for a bursary award or wouldlike more information ring 01647 281295 or email admin@dartmoorarts.com or visitwww.dartmoorarts.comMórvargh Sailing Project has been created to provide an adventure, leadership andyouth development programme for young people, to increase their self-esteem,confidence, motivation and other key soft skills they need to succeed today throughsailing on the sail training yacht Helen Mary R, a 57ft Bowman Ketch. The Focus Pointprogramme has been set up to work over three stages and allows young people to followup on progress made between each voyage. Young people leave the voyages withcompetence based qualifications in Key Skills which complement those gained in formaleducation. See www.morvargh-sailing.co.uk or phone 01752 264484.School Lettings - Exeter’s secondary schools are taking over the management of theirout of hours lettings from 1st April, with facility bookings being co-ordinated by St LukesScience and Sports College. Up to now, the hire of the schools sports and other facilitieshas been managed by Carillion Education under the PFI agreement. Devon CountyCouncil’s Cabinet Member for Schools and Skills, Christine Channon, said: "The five newsecondary schools in Exeter were built with superb facilities. They were built withtaxpayers money and it is extremely important that - when the schools dont need themfor their students - the facilities are available for the wider community to use." Seehttp://www.devon.gov.uk/index/newscentre/press-releases/press-release.htm?id=3674Sported. Mentors Required - With the sported. programme expanding rapidly in Devon,and more projects coming on board at a regular basis, they are looking to expand thementoring team. Current Mentors range from students to retired business people and as amentor you will gain excellent experience in working within sport development and will beable to make a difference to the lives of young people in your local area. They askmentors to commit to a minimum of 10 hours over a 3 - 6 month period and before youstart your first placement you must complete a 3-hour induction training course. For moredetails see the mentor recruitment fact sheet http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2438Volunteering in Devon - Consulting Inplace has published a paper analysing statisticalwork to identify which places in England have the highest and lowest rates ofvolunteering, and participation in local decision making. For example, the five localauthority areas with the highest volunteering rates are: West Devon, Derbyshire Dales,South Lakeland (Cumbria), South Hams and West Somerset. The paper suggests someplaces which may find it particularly easy or difficult to put the Big Society into practice.http://www.consultinginplace.com/EVENTS12th April Ethical Ventures: ‘A Different Way of Doing Business’ - Introduction toSocial Enterprise & Launch of Cascade’s Social Enterprise Start-up TrainingProgramme - The new ‘Ethical Ventures’ programme which will be launched at thisevent is designed to support those in emerging or fledgling social enterprises – and thoseconsidering starting one up – by offering workshops that provide new learningopportunities in affordable bite-sized chunks. Each workshop will provide an intensive 3
  4. 4. ‘flying visit’ to the basic components that Cascade (a social enterprise itself) believesstart-up social enterprises need to engage with. This workshop will run from 9.30 – 12.30and will be held in Taunton and costs £25 per person. Contactlauren@cascadetrainingplus.co.uk or see www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk11th May Creating Safety: child protection and youth arts - One-day accredited coursefrom Artswork being held in Plymouth. It is being delivered in partnership with TheatreRoyal in Plymouth. This one day course is essential training for anyone working withinyouth arts, but especially those using more physical art forms, such as dance and drama.The training will cover current child protection legislation in line with the requirements ofthe Criminal Records Bureau (CRB), within the context of delivering a youth arts projectand includes a “safe touch” section, exploring how child protection guidelines can bemaintained within more physical art forms. For details contact Rachel Hall atartsplan@artswork.org.uk or call 02380 682535.11th May Have you got what it takes to be a social entrepreneur? Is a session beingrun by the Devon School for Social Entrepreneurs at Dartington Hall 2.00 - 5.30 pm. It willinclude action learning, witness sessions, discussions and questions. The cost is £30 perperson. For details contact Rachel Williams on 01803 847066 or emailRachel.williams@dartington.org, or see www.sse.org.uk and click on Devon.11/12th May Mental Health First Aid Training - Mental Health First Aid is the help givento someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. Itdoes not teach people to be therapists. However, it does teach people how to recognisethe symptoms of mental health problems, how to provide initial help and how to guide aperson towards appropriate professional help. This two day course will run atWorkways and full details can be found at www.workways.org.uk/training.htm12th May A Practical Approach to Fundraising: maximise your success and explorenew income streams is a course from Cascade Training being held in Bristol. It is anideal introduction for those new to fundraising, but will also appeal to more experiencedfundraisers who are looking for fresh ideas. It will also be relevant for managers andtrustees who have an overall responsibility for maximising income and want an insight intofundraising frameworks. For details see www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk or emaillauren@cascadetrainingplus.co.ukTRAININGChild Protection Level 3 Training - The next inter-agency training courses start at thebeginning of May. See http://dscb.info/training-index/ All those booking on the new Group3 course need to complete the e learning module (or approved equivalent course). Thisshould be completed at least 4 weeks prior to the taught course date.De Montford University has developed a new course for 2011 – Foundation DegreeWork with Communities and Young People, which has been specially designed for thoseworking or volunteering in organisations which provide services for young people andcommunities. http://www.dmu.ac.uk/wcypLifecoaching – a new website has been set up to enable individuals to find a life coachclose to them and appropriate for their needs. This is a free, confidential service that will 4
  5. 5. help those seeking a new direction in their life to find the encouragement they need. Everylife coach on the site who has a full profile has either sent a copy of their qualifications andinsurance cover to the organisation behind the website, or is registered with a professionalbody with recognised codes of ethics and practice, so that you can be assured of theirprofessionalism. www.lifecoach-directory.org.ukMy Learning Pool offers a range of low cost online training, with a range of over 20online training courses covering a range of topics for both individuals and organisations.Costing £25 for a year’s subscription, My Learning Pool is designed for community andvoluntary groups, small charities, social enterprises and anyone involved in civil society.Some of the topics available include procurement, managing stress, finding a new job andhealth and safety at work. www.mylearningpool.com.Specialist Child Protection Training – there are a number of courses arranged for thecoming months: Child Sexual Abuse Emotional Abuse and Neglect Working with Resistant families who are difficult to engage Working with families with parental mental ill health Assessing, analysing and managing riskPlease go to www.devon.gov.uk/onlinebookings to view dates and book.Workways Training – courses coming up soon include: Being Mindful (3 hours) - Provides an introduction to mental health conditions and helping someone in distress; the impact on the workplace; and supporting staff in work and managing absence. Mental Health Awareness (3 hours) - A more in-depth look at common mental health conditions and more severe one such as schizophrenia and psychosis. Suitable for anyone with little or no knowledge of mental health conditions. Mental Health First Aid (2 days) - Mental Health First Aid is the help given to someone experiencing a mental health problem before professional help is obtained. This is a nationally accredited course.For more information see http://www.workways.org.uk/training.htm or telephone eitherLynn Aggett or Richard Frost on 01392 677050.PUBLICATIONS AND RESOURCESBoys2Men is a guide from UK Youth to working with young men and running afatherhood programme. It works through fatherhood issues; opens up broader subjectssuch as sexuality; sexual health; responsibility; relationships and masculinity. It alsoincludes an extensive range of activities including informative fun games; thoughtprovoking discussion ideas; entertaining quizzes and useful self evaluation activities.http://www.lulu.com/product/paperback/boys2men/4442695Circus Skills Workshops are offered by Bezerkaz Circus, with a wide range of jugglingactivities, diabolo, plate spinning, unicycle, balancing activities and twirling to morespecific and specialist activities such as stiltwalking, acrobatic balancing, giant bubblemaking, magic, cooperative team games etc. Workshops are both exciting andrewarding and learners may benefit in a range of ways; from improved coordination,concentration to groupwork. Workshops can be used in a range of ways, from one offs to 5
  6. 6. longer projects. Activities can be delivered as short taster sessions, half day, full day orweek long projects with an objective such as producing a show. For details ring 07866261346, email info@bezerkaz.co.uk or see www.bezerkaz.co.ukCommunity Newswire is a free news service to help charities and voluntaryorganisations gain valuable media coverage. Press releases can be sent by email tocommunitynewswire@mediatrust.org or uploaded at www.communitynewswire.org. Therelease is then written up into a news story by a Press Association journalist - improvingthe chances of a newspaper or news station picking it up. These stories are then sent outvia the Press Association newswire to thousands of journalists each day. As part of thisservice, they offer help with press release writing.Exchange - The latest issue of NCVYSs quarterly magazine Exchange is now online. Itbrings together a unique collection of news, policy analysis and practical advice forvoluntary and community organisations and networks working with and for young people.http://issuu.com/ncvys/docs/exchange11Exposed is a new resource from CEOP. It is a 10 minute drama designed to tackle theissue of young people taking indecent images which are then circulated to a wideraudience or ‘Sexting’. See http://www.thinkuknow.co.uk/Teachers/Fit and Proper Persons test - HM Revenue and Customs has revised this guidance,including the basic guide for charity managers. This applies at present only to charities(and Community Amateur Sports Clubs) claiming repayments of tax under Gift Aid.http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/charities/guidance-notes/chapter2/fp-persons-test.htm.Free Websites - Cambridge Open Systems can provide free websites to all communitygroups throughout the UK. Based on the successful VOICE service, any community, not-for-profit or voluntary group can apply to have a free website. With an easy-to-use websitebuilding package, users can set-up a website quickly and easily with no technicalexpertise required. Pre-built, interactive modules such as picture galleries, discussionboards, and surveys, can be added to websites with a single click. See:http://e-voice.org.uk/news/free-websitesGet Legal is a new online reference and decision making tool, giving clear guidance andinformation about legal structures for individuals, organisations and advisors who aresetting up or running charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisations. Created byNCVO, with a range of partners, the website demystifies legal and governance terms andhelps you to decide what structure will work best for your organisation’s mission andvision. See www.getlegal.org.ukGood Guide to Employment templates can be downloaded from the NCVO website.There are a wide range of templates available which are designed to be customisable toyour organisation and which you can adapt, edit and amend as you wish. The templatesare designed to help you with the development of policies, job descriptions and gooddiversity practice and more. See http://www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/gge-templates-downloadsHealth and Safety - HSE guidance on health & safety of young people at work and onwork experience. See www.hse.gov.uk/youngpeople/index.htm See alsohttp://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationdetail/page1/DCSF-00827-2009 which is guidance on the employment of young people. 6
  7. 7. Improve your media coverage - gaining media coverage remains the cheapest and mosteffective way of raising your charity’s profile, increasing donations, gaining volunteers andattracting service users. This FREE online seminar offers you five simple things you cando right now to gain more media coverage for your charity. Seewww.charitymediatraining.co.uk/uploads/dscvid.htm?dm_i=6S7,D102,N89OL,11LLO,1Information sharing – the Seven golden rules♦ Remember that the Data Protection Act is not a barrier to sharing information, but provides a framework to ensure that personal information about living persons is shared appropriately.♦ Be open and honest with the person from the outset about why, what, how and with whom information will, or could be shared, and seek their agreement, unless it is unsafe or inappropriate to do so.♦ Seek advice if you are in doubt, without disclosing the identity of the person where possible.♦ Share with consent where appropriate and, where possible, respect the wishes of those who do not want to share confidential information. You may still share information without consent if, in your judgement, that lack of consent can be overridden in the public interest. You will need to base your judgement on the facts of the case.♦ Consider safety and well-being: Base your information sharing decisions on considerations of the safety and well-being of the persons and others who may be affected by their actions.♦ Necessary, proportionate, relevant, accurate, timely and secure: Ensure that the information you share is necessary for the purpose for which you are sharing it, is shared only with the people who need to have it, is accurate and up-to-date, is shared in a timely fashion, and is shared securely.♦ Keep a record of your decision and the reasons for it - whether it is to share information or not.There is lots more useful information about information sharing on the web athttp://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/strategy/integratedworking/a0072915/information-sharingInternet safety materials - Materials from the Zip it, Block it, Flag it campaign areavailable free to all those who work with children.http://www.education.gov.uk/ukccis/news_detail.cfm?newsid=48&thisnews=2Managing charity assets and resources: an overview for trustees - The CharityCommission has produced a new guidance document (CC25). It is a general introductionto the management of a charitys assets and resources, with a summary of the key pointsto consider. See http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Publications/cc25.aspxSocial Enterprise Toolkit that covers everything you need to know about setting up andrunning a new business, specific to social enterprise.http://www.bllondon.com/SocialEnterprise/Businesstoolkit/SEBusinessToolkit.aspxTendering Advice - A cost effective way to improve live tenders and learn from failedpast tenders is available from Tendering for Care via a webinar. This unique service hasbeen developed to increase the competitiveness of your tenders and improve yourchances of winning. This powerful tender improvement and learning service features: Areview of your tender by experts; A webinar report back which uses telephoneconferencing and remote working to look at your draft, with TcF on your PC or laptop and 7
  8. 8. discuss options for improvement in real time and more. For details seehttp://tenderingforcare.com/tfc-webinar-tender-review-serviceWorking with young people - NCVYS has produced seven career information sheets forindividuals interested in paid or voluntary work connected to working with young people inthe voluntary and community youth sector. Each information sheet covers areas such aswhat it is like to be in the role, the work, routes in, qualifications and training.http://www.ncvys.org.uk/index.php?alias=carinfosheYoung peoples involvement in governance - The British Youth Council (BYC) hasrecently revised and updated four guide booklets as part of their Youth at the Tabletraining programme, which aims to support young peoples involvement in governance.The booklets are designed to help develop the skills of young people in order for them tobecome effective members of a committee or a charity trustee board.http://www.participationworks.org.uk/news/byc-launch-four-governance-guides-for-children-and-young-peopleGRANTS/AWARDS/COMPETITIONSAndy Fanshawe Memorial Trust supports projects that allow disadvantaged youngpeople the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors. The Trust usuallysupports programmes that are run by schools or youth groups, but welcomes applicationsfrom individuals, but these must have a referee. The Trust support a wide range ofprojects, but are unlikely to support foreign trips. http://www.andyfanshawe.org/index.phpBBC Children in Need are inviting not-for-profit organisations working withdisadvantaged children and young people 18 years and under to apply for grants of up to£10,000 through their grants schemes. BBC Children in Need run two grant schemes: • Small Grants of £10,000 or less per year for up to three years • Main Grants over £10,000 per year for up to three years.It can only fund projects that focus on the differences made (outcomes) to the lives ofdisadvantaged children and young people and grants can be used to cover both capitaland revenue costs. The next deadline is the 15th April.http://www.bbc.co.uk/pudsey/grants/general_grants.shtmlHappy Days Childrens Charity supports children and young people in the UK, aged 3-17, including those with learning difficulties, physical or mental disabilities, and with acute,chronic or life-limiting illnesses. It also helps young people who have been abused orneglected, witnessed domestic violence, been bereaved, or act as carers for a parent or asibling. The aim is to help as many people as possible by funding day trips, theatre tripsand family holidays for those who need them most. http://www.happydayscharity.orgImproving Futures is a new programme from the Big Lottery Fund that aims to improveoutcomes for children within families experiencing multiple and complex problems – forexample, to do with poor health, unemployment, debt, and housing problems – which canaffect their children’s wellbeing and life chances. The Big Lottery Fund will invest up to£20 million in the programme and expect to provide around 20 grants of up to £900,000each across the UK, with projects receiving funding for between 3 and 5 years. To beeligible, partnerships must be led by voluntary sector organisations, but will need to besupported by or include local. The focus of Improving Futures is on helping families where 8
  9. 9. their oldest child is between 5-10 years of age. No more than one expression of interestshould be made per local authority area. The deadline for submitting Expression ofInterest is the 12th May. Partnerships successful at this stage will have until the 30thSeptember 2011 to submit full applications. www.biglotteryfund.org.uk/improvingfuturesIronmongers Company supports projects that provide opportunities for disadvantagedchildren and young people to fulfil their potential. Grants range from a few hundredpounds up to around £10,000. The average grant awarded is £4,000. The next deadlinefor applications is 31st August. http://www.ironhall.co.uk/charities/organisations.htmPercy Bilton Charity has as one of its priority areas to support organisations assistingdisadvantaged youth (under 25), and offers grants of up to £500 through their small grantsscheme and £2,000 and over through their large grant scheme towards capitalexpenditure such as furniture and equipment; building/refurbishment projects. Seehttp://www.percybiltoncharity.org.uk/index.htmYouth Musics Open Programme, worth nearly £2m, is available for organisationswishing to apply for grants of £5,000 to £30,000. It funds projects that support its goals ofimproving the life chances of children and young people in the most challengingcircumstances, and realising the musical talent and potential of children and youngpeople. http://www.youthmusic.org.uk/musicispower/Grants.htmlNATIONAL NEWS AND VIEWSBarclays Money Skills programme will be run in partnership with Action for Children, theNational Youth Agency and the National Skills Academy for Financial Services. It aims toreach one million young people by 2012. Under the proposals, more than 120 Barclaysstaff will work alongside Action for Children project workers to provide intensive coachingon money management issues. Sessions will be held at 31 projects across the UK, withthe target of reaching 2,500 people from disadvantaged backgrounds.http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Youth-Work-Weekly/news/1057899/?DCMP=EMC-YouthWorkWeeklyBudget Proposals - A further 40,000 apprenticeships will be created for young people inEngland. George Osborne also said the government would be increasing the places on itsnew work experience scheme to 100,000 over the next two years to help tackle theproblem of rising youth unemployment. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1061492/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletinCommunity Futures: Policies on the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering - the LiberalDemocrat Spring Conference has endorsed this policy paper on the voluntary sector andvolunteering. Key proposals include modernisation, infrastructure development,encourage corporate social responsibility, environmental sustainability, localism, funding,social investment and volunteering.http://www.libdems.org.uk/siteFiles/resources/PDF/conference/Spr11%20Community%20Futures%20PP98%20CLEAR%20PRINT.pdfCommunity Organisers - The government has selected Locality, the mergedDevelopment Trusts Association and bassac organisation, to carry out its nationalcommunity organisers programme. This will work to help local people develop community 9
  10. 10. projects in deprived areas in England, with up to 500 senior Community Organisers beingtrained and given bursaries of £20,000 for their first year, plus a further 4500 part-time andvoluntary organisers. http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/News/DailyBulletin/1055870/. For moreinformation and to register an Expression of Interest to become a community organisersee www.dta.org.uk/whatsnew/hottopics/communityorganisers.Consultation on amateur sport - The Charity Commission has a new consultation onwhen it is appropriate for organisations to adopt the advancement of amateur sports orgames as a charitable aim and what can be done by charities to advance that aim for thepublic benefit. Deadline 31st May.www.charitycommission.gov.uk/RSS/News/pr_amateur_sport.aspxCRB checks - As a result of recent Government changes to the Vetting and BarringScheme, the cost of an Enhanced check will increase by £8 from 6th April 2011. All otherfees will remain unchanged. CRB Checks for volunteers will continue to be free of charge,which provided a saving to the voluntary sector of approximately £32 million in 2010/11.Dont raise our rents! Is a campaign launched by the Scout Association and supportedby Girlguiding UK. It calls on local authorities to ensure any rent increases are "fair andaffordable" and to continue to provide scouts with discretionary rate relief for scout-ownedproperties. The Scout Association has said that at least 2,000 groups had been warned ofrises that could lead them to cut activities, increase subscriptions or close down.http://www.scouts.org.uk/rent/Getting the measure of youth unemployment - The Chartered Institute of Personneland Development has published this Work Audit report on the labour market. It says thatyouth unemployment in the UK has been overstated by many labour marketcommentators, and argues that the commonly held perception that one in five 16-24 isunemployed is based on a misreading of the official statistics, and the actual figure iscloser to one in eight. It suggests that the current scale of youth unemployment should beunderstood in the context of greatly increased participation in post-16 education in recentdecades. http://www.cipd.co.uk/NR/rdonlyres/E4B1648C-6566-4E7F-81FE-48805E617861/0/5498WorkAudit.pdfHealth and Wellbeing Boards - Sector leaders have hailed health and wellbeing boardsas the next step for joined-up childrens services, after the removal of the duty to set upchildrens trusts sparked fears that integrated working could be undermined.http://www.cypnow.co.uk/inDepth/ByDiscipline/Health/1058544/Health-wellbeing-boards-offer-hope-joined-up-services/International Citizen Service - The government has launched an internationalvolunteering scheme to encourage young people from the UK to take part in projects indeveloping countries. The International Citizen Service is being co-ordinated by VSO UKon behalf of the government and is aimed at 18- to 22-year-olds. Projects will run forbetween 10 and 12 weeks. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1059479/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletinLocal Authority funding for VCS - Eric Pickles, the government minister forCommunities and Local Government, stated at NCVOs Annual Conference that heexpects local authorities to behave reasonably in the way they manage their relationshipwith voluntary and community groups. Three tests of reasonableness are: not passing on 10
  11. 11. disproportionate cuts, talk to sector groups at a very early stage about how services needto change, and at least three months notice of funding changes. He also used the speechto praise those councils that have recognised that voluntary and community groups couldhold the key to better value and better services when setting their budgets. But heaccused those councils that are failing to engage the sector of "short sightedness." Seehttp://www.communities.gov.uk/news/corporate/1855010and http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/mar/02/eric-pickles-block-unreasonable-cuts-voluntaryNCVYS Funding - The Department for Education has announced the voluntaryorganisations that have been successful in their bid for funding from the Department’sVoluntary and Community Sector (VCS) grant worth around £60 million each year.‘Strategic Partner’ grants have been established to ensure Government gets advice aboutissues affecting VCS organisations and to help capacity building of the sector throughtransition, in particular smaller organisations. NVCYS has been offered grants as astrategic partner of £1,490,000 in 2011-12 and £1,089,000 for 2012-13. For further detailssee http://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/pressnotices/a0074906/voluntary-and-community-organisations-awarded-60-million-grantNational Citizen Service 2012 Pilots – the DfE has launched a competitivecommissioning process for the delivery of NCS pilots in summer 2012. Furtherinformation on the competitive bidding process and specification documents is at:http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/nationalcitizenservicePlay England - the Department for Education will not be renewing its contracts withsector skills council Play England.http://www.playengland.org.uk/news/2011/02/government-to-discontinue-national-play-contractsPositive for Youth Summit - The Department for Education has created a dedicatedwebpage for the Positive for Youth Summit held 9th March. It contains the openingspeeches by Susanne Rauprich, Tim Loughton and Jack Rowley, and draft documentsrecording the key points that came out of each of the themed discussions will be availableon the page shortly. The Department welcomes further comments, suggestions orquestions, and would like organisations to let them know if they are planning any futureconnecting activity.http://www.education.gov.uk/childrenandyoungpeople/youngpeople/a0075495/positive-for-youthReview of vocational education - The Department for Education has publishedProfessor Alison Wolfs independent review which looked at how vocational education foryoung people aged 14-19 could be improved in order to promote successful progressioninto the labour market and higher-level education and training routes. It found that manyyoung people, around 300,000 to 400,000, are on courses that the league table systemsencouraged, but which led children into dead-ends. It said that they are not being told thetruth about the consequences of their choice of qualification. It also claimed that high-quality apprenticeships are too rare, and an increasing proportion are being offered toolder people rather than teenagers. Seehttp://www.education.gov.uk/inthenews/pressnotices/a0075181/wolf-review-proposes-major-reform-of-vocational-education 11
  12. 12. Sexual health - Minister for Public Health Anne Milton has told the charity Brooks annualconference that the government is to launch a strategy on young peoples sexual healththat will be backed by a youth policy document. Milton said the government would beworking with professionals in the sector to produce the plans, and that Brooks nationaldirector Simon Blake would be a member of the new sexual health forum set up in theDepartment of Health (DoH). Milton told delegates that the DoH is working closely with theDepartment for Education (DfE) on sexual health and young people, adding that the DfEsyouth policy document is likely to outline how sex and relationships education (SRE)should be delivered in schools later this year.www.cypnow.co.uk/news/1058245/Anne-Milton-reveals-plans-sexual-health-strategy/Specialist Drug and Alcohol Services for Young People: A Cost Benefit Analysis -The DfE has published this research report that aims to calculate the amount that wasspent in total and per person on specialist drug and alcohol services for young people in2008-09. It also estimates and values the benefits of young peoples drug and alcoholtreatment. It finds that every pound invested in specialist drug and alcohol services foryoung people saved the taxpayer between £5 and £8 over a lifetime.http://www.education.gov.uk/publications/eOrderingDownload/DFE-RR087.pdfTeenage Kicks is a new report from the think tank New Philanthropy Capital,commissioned by the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The report examines threeprojects which use sport to engage young people in a wider programme of education andsupport. It calls for the government to recognise and develop sports-based projects aspart of its youth crime policy as it finds that they are a low-cost way of reducingreoffending. http://www.philanthropycapital.org/download/default.aspx?id=1141Young People’s Views Sought - The Education Committee has launched an onlinediscussion with young people as part of its ongoing inquiry into Services for YoungPeople. The Committee has teamed up with online student community The Student Roomto consult its 500,000 young members about which services they use. It wants to hearfrom young people aged 13 to 25 on subjects including what out-of-school activities theydo, whether they volunteer, their views on a summer programme for 16-year olds and howthey would spend the budget for young people in their area.http://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/wiki/Parliament_wants_your_viewYouth Action Network - NCVYS has welcomed members of Youth Action Network (YAN)into its network following YANs formal announcement of closure. Youth Action Networksmembers voted unanimously to transfer the organisations assets and members over toNCVYS after a period of consultation between the two membership organisations on howbest to secure the long term future for the valuable intellectual property and memberrelationships built up over the years by YAN.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. 12

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