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  1. 1. THE NEWSLETTER FOR ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN YOUTH WORK IN DEVON AND PRODUCED BY VOLUNTARY YOUTH SERVICES Issue 8 – SEPTEMBER 2010 Summary of the Service Delivery Agreement CONTENTS between Devon Youth Service and Devon News and Job Vacancies VYS (Devon) Events Training Courses The agreement for 2010-11 aims to “secure Publications and Resources support, information, monitoring and data Grants / Awards / Competitions capture for voluntary and community youth work National News & Information organisations in Devon” and sets out the requirements on VYS in terms of required outcomes in return for its financial grant and the VYS also has a role in promoting model secondment of a 0.5 FTE worker. Although this policies, particularly with regard to year’s agreement follows similar lines to that of safeguarding, equality and diversity, risk previous years, there are several more specific assessment/safety issues, financial requirements that will impact on VYS’s work management and programming. There is priorities, one in particular being to increase the also a requirement for VYS, as part of the number of member organisations by 20% during monitoring process, to report on the the year. The main focus remains on the13-19 effectiveness of the local partnership work age range and VYS is required to collate data and utilisation of resources within concerning numbers of young people in this communities. Also to report on the nature target age range and accreditations achieved, of the support given by county, regional or so be warned that there will be a request for national organisations to their local units. information coming out from VYS to its members All in all VYS is in for a busy few months in due course! There is also mention made in ahead and staff and trustees will need the the ‘Aims and Objectives’ of monitoring both the support of member organisations to deliver training and qualifications of volunteers and staff the agreement. in member organisations and of the venues used by member organisations in terms being safe, good quality environments that are SENDA compliant. 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. JOB VACANCIES - Visit the VYS website which is updated with new vacancies on a regular basis – see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/page/jobs Teenbridge Project (Youth for Christ) - Full-time youth worker to lead the delivery of youth work in its drop in youth venue in Dawlish and street based youth work, after school clubs & schools work in Kingsteignton. Closing date 8th October. For details see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/uploads/documents/teen_pro_ad_sep10.doc Childline Volunteers needed – Childline South West is looking to recruit young people aged 16 to 25 to become online or voice counsellors at its Exeter base. They are looking for young people that dedicate 4 hours a week to Childline – the rewards are enormous for those young people that get involved. If you know any young people that might be interested, they need to contact Alison Gordon on 0844.892.0205. Collaboration Event – South West Forum (SWF) is organising an event in early November for all those development workers and others who may be supporting organisations wanting or planning to collaborate or merge. They know a lot of organisations in the south west are involved in this type of work at the moment and would like to offer the opportunity to share thinking and practice, learn from each other and identify any gaps in knowledge or support that SWF could meet. If you would be interested in attending a meeting contact Georgie@southwestforum.org.uk. Count Me In is a groundbreaking project involving young people working with Redfront Ltd and Devon Museums to develop exciting new ideas and joint projects to inspire a new generation of young volunteers. Devon Museums is seeking to recruit Youth Ambassadors who will be able to make their ideas happen through developing real projects with museums. The young people will be: ♦ Working with the museum to find new ways to make them more youth friendly ♦ Joining a panel of other youth ambassadors to oversee creative projects with four museums ♦ Learning what's involved in running a museum ♦ Supporting the museum with new skills like using social media to promote themselves ♦ Working closely with one specific museum to develop and help manage one new project involving young people ♦ Going out into your local community, spreading the word and inspiring other young people to take part in projects/events. Appropriate support and training is provided plus they will get access to a dedicated Youth Ambassadors online network. The youth ambassadors will get practical hands on experience of running a cultural venue, business skills, working as a part of a team, learning about the history and heritage of their local area. For more details see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2123 Devon Consortium represents the interests of the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) at Devon Strategic Partnerships and in order to realise its stated outcomes has identified several programmes of work which it believes will realise its objectives. These programmes are: Total Support; Volunteer Activity Management Programme; and Stronger Communities Programmes. In the summer of 2009 the Devon Consortium was 2
  3. 3. asked to assign funding which DCC received from Central Government. It was agreed by members of the Consortium and DCC that this funding would be allocated to the following areas of work: ♦ Volunteering Support Services, ♦ Voluntary and Community Sector Representation, ♦ Service User Engagement, ♦ Community Hubs and ♦ Development of the 3rd Sector. Under the banner of the Stronger Communities Programme, organisations have been awarded funding to carry out these areas of work. For more information on all these programmes see http://www.devonconsortium.net/index.php?page=basis-2 Devon Safeguarding Children Board – the new website is now up and running and provides a wealth of information, all set out in a very clear and easy to navigate way. See http://dscb.info/ GoSW Staff Placement/Volunteering Opportunities - With the planned closure of GoSW there are now opportunities for GoSW staff to work on temporary placement in or for social purpose organisations in the region. The following is an outline GoSW briefing on this potentially really valuable opportunity. "Staff would be available from both GOSW office's in Bristol and Plymouth, but locations of host organisations could be wider across the region depending on where staff live and their travel flexibility. Likewise, work could be undertaken in GO offices or on site with the host organisations or a mix. There would be no financial requirement for the host organisation and salary and travel and subsistence will be covered by GOSW. Opportunities should be of a professional nature and should be up to 2-3 days per week or could be provided to a range of individuals if a range of skills are needed to deliver the required activity. GoSW is keen to secure opportunities across a range of experience and skill levels - GoSW has staff in all Civil Service grades who may be available, from Admin / Executive Officer to Senior Management. GoSW are not just looking for hosts for senior staff. Some volunteers may wish to utilise this as a development opportunity, not only to enhance their skills, but also to gain experience of working with the voluntary, community and social enterprise sectors. There will need to be flexibility around any placements, and the understanding that for individuals involved circumstances may change and that they may need to return to GOSW or take up alternative jobs. GoSW are keen to receive details of possible volunteering opportunities; it would be helpful if these could include: • Details of the host organisation • An outline of the piece of work/project to be undertaken - list of tasks / outputs etc. • Skills / experience required • Where / when and for how long? Contact Huw Lloyd Jones at GoSW (0117 900 1735, huw.lloyd-jones@gosw.gsi.gov.uk) with your proposal or to discuss arrangements.” Involving Young Volunteers: Guidelines to help is a booklet produced by vinvolveddevon & torbay that provides lots of useful information for organisations looking to take on a young volunteer, including example forms and policies. Contact Cassie Leicester on 01392.686688 for details. Local Youth Network Training Fund - The form and guidance is available at http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2122 or contact Claire McMahon 07967178598 claire.mcmahon@devon.gov.uk if you need a hard copy. The key is the benefit to young 3
  4. 4. people and applications need to come from a group that is a member of its Local Youth Network. Applications need to be received by 31st Jan 2011 and have to be for training that is occurring in this financial year. Minibus driving courses / tests are considered as operational costs and normally cannot be met by this fund. The pot of money is still mostly available so do make use of it while you can. MASH (Multi-Agency Safeguarding Hub) Roadshow – Devon Safeguarding Children Board is running these events so that people can find out what these are. Have you heard about the MASH? Do you want to know more? Do you have 1/2 hour to spare? If so, visit anytime between 10am—4.15 pm on 23rd September at Oaklands Court, Tiverton. There will be representatives from all of the agencies involved on hand to discuss all things MASH. Meditation for young people – Alarik Greenland, who is a youth volunteer in Exeter with the Ivy project and the Mosaic project is planning to create volunteer camps on the Dartmoor National Park for young adults (16-25). These camps are going to be courses in meditation, focused on giving the participants the opportunity to experience what meditation is about for themselves. Since it is a worldwide recognised form of healthy activity he believes it is important to offer it to young people. He is looking for 15 or more young adults to be part of an introductory course in meditation. This course is FREE, focused on giving participants the opportunity to see what all this meditation stuff is about for themselves. To find out more contact Alarik at alarikgreenland@hotmail.com Progress Workforce Capacity Building Project – The Youth Work Unit at Learning South West has been appointed as the official ‘Regional Delivery Agency’ for the Progress project. This is part of the Youth Workforce Strategy, co-ordinated through the Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC). The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) is the lead partner in developing Progress. The overall purpose of Progress is to build the capacity of the voluntary youth sector by offering 25,000 accredited training opportunities for volunteers and paid staff who work with young people aged 11-25, covering five priority training areas. The project aims to improve capacity of staff and volunteers to meet the needs of young people, and also the capacity of organisations to develop their workforce. They are currently seeking voluntary sector training providers and matching them to the training needs of the voluntary youth sector workforce in the region, therefore, if you are interested in receiving accredited training or being a provider of accredited training, please contact Shipton on 01823 365441 or email jane_shipton@learning-southwest.org.uk or Gill Millar gill_millar@learning- southwest.org.uk by 8th October at the latest. Special Offers from PGL Barton Hall, near Torquay, Devon – Autumn Residential Activity Weekends for £50+VAT per person and Spring Residential Activity weekends from £75+VAT (including full board accommodation, evening entertainment and 2 days of activities). This offer is subject to availability. For more information see www.pgl.co.uk/youthbartonhall and or call 0844 3711220. Wren Music roots bands and choirs new term starts in the week commencing 20th September. You don’t need to read music, there are no auditions, and it’s not a competition! Young people in the Don’t Stop Me Now! scheme (and of relevant age) can take part in all Wren Music groups free of charge. Full details of all Wren Music workshops and ensembles at www.wrenmusic.co.uk or call 01837 53754. 4
  5. 5. YESS (Young Entrepreneurs’ Support Solution) is a new programme for 14-19 year olds in Exeter and Heart of Devon. If offers FREE business courses and workshops aimed at introducing young people to the world of business, helping them to find and develop business ideas and offering them practical advice on how to get started. In addition local business people are offering one-to-one mentoring sessions. To find out more see www.exe-coll.ac.uk/yess or ring the project coordinator, Charlotte Hayes on 01392.205604 or email yess@exe-coll.ac.uk EVENTS 23rd September Big Society Workshop – this FREE event is being held in Exeter 10.00 through to lunch and organized by South West Forum and Devon Consortium. It will look at what the Big Society will mean for Devon’s communities and its Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS). Speakers to include Phil Norrey (Chief Executive, Devon County Council) on the emerging concept of the Big Society and how he sees it fitting with the changing role of Local Government. Speakers from South West Forum and Devon Consortium and there will be an opportunity to discuss the opportunities and risks for the VCS. For details ring Sarah Prior on 01392 202055 or email info@devonconsortium.net 23rd September “Future Now”- Social Investment Event - The current economic and political climate will forever change the way the Third Sector funds its operations. BSWN is hosting this event in Bristol that is aimed at increasing the awareness of alternative sources of finance available to the Third Sector. It will consider alternative income generation models that are available for Community and Voluntary organisations, with aspirations to play a bigger role in the delivery of public service. This event will also review the expectations expressed in current Government policy and its call on civil society to offer material support for the delivery of public services, as part of a response to their policy proposal to radically cut public spending. There are a range of speakers together with workshop sessions. See http://www.bswn.org.uk/training/regional-capacity-building- future-now-social-investment 28th September Tiverton and 29th September in Newton Abbot - Empowering the Voluntary Sector “How to use public law to protect your project” - NAVCA is to deliver this full day workshop in conjunction with Total Support, Devon Consortium. This is open to all Voluntary and Community Sector groups and will help them: ♦ Negotiate more effectively with public sector bodies ♦ Build confidence to negotiate using new knowledge about Public Law ♦ Access to the tools and knowledge to challenge, and operate from a stronger position The cost per person is only £10.00 (subsidised by Total Support) and this includes a light lunch. For more details see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2114 and to book your place contact Carole Chesterton on 01626 215907 or email office@teigncvs.org.uk 30th September Hear By Right ‘Bite Sized and Badgable’ - This is a half-day training from the NYA being held in Bristol that will introduce youth workers and others working with young people to: the Hear By Right Framework, used widely across the young people’s sector to map current work and plan for improvement with young people themselves; and the new Hear By Right Award Scheme, which provides an opportunity for an organisation to achieve the national recognition for its work. For details ring the 5
  6. 6. Communications Team on 0116 242 7350 or events@nya.org.uk or see http://www.nya.org.uk/events/hear-by-right-bite-sized-and-badgable-half-day-training 6th October Benefits Options for Studying & Training 16-21 years – there are spaces on this training course being run in Exeter. This course covers the benefits that may be available to people in education or training between the ages of 16 and 20. It will equip advisers with the knowledge and skills to advise young people and their families of the effect on benefit and tax credits entitlement of opting for particular forms of training or education. Participants need to have attended a Benefits Signposting course or have a good grounding in the benefits system. For details see www.dwru.org 7th October Tendering for Services: preparing & presenting your bid – a training course to be held near Yeovil by Cascade Training. Winning contracts has never been easy – especially when you have to produce a first class, compelling tender document that will make your organisation stand out from its competitors. A good proposal may not necessarily win a contract – but a poor one will lose it in an instant. This course equips managers with the skills and knowledge they need to address issues vital to the process of responding to tenders and Local & Regional Public Organisation procedures for new and existing services. Ring 01278 455830 or see http://www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk/?Autumn_Programme 8th October Two Workshops on Collaboration will take place at Exeter CVS and you are welcome to attend one or both but it is important that you book a place as space is limited. Why collaborate runs from 10 am to 12 noon and Collaborate for Commissioning from 1 pm to 3 pm. Contact Julia Dinsdale for details on 01392 202055 or e-mail Julia.Dinsdale@exetercvs.org.uk 12th October Survival of the Fittest: creating a simple income strategy that works is an introductory course from Cascade Training, being run in Taunton, that is aimed at frontline organisations new to the ideas and concepts of sustainable funding (for example by relying primarily on donations and grants). With changes in the political landscape and the present financial downturn, the need to diversify your income streams to strengthen your organisation has never been higher! The course will help you identify and develop creative opportunities for future financial sustainability and includes an easy-to-use template for you to set personal goals at the end of each topic session to develop and take back to your workplace. www.cascadetrainingplus.co.uk/?Autumn_Programme 12th October Health & Safety in the Workplace – This Level 2 Award one-day course is being held in Ottery St Mary and run by EDVSA. Health & Safety training can help reduce lost working days, improve staff morale and improve employee retention. Legislation, good practice and learning standards in health and safety are continually evolving. This one day course is concluded with a multiple-choice assessment, and successful participants will be awarded a Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH) Level 2 Award in Health & Safety in the Workplace. For details contact Angie Garner on 01404 549045 or email angie.garner@edvsa.org.uk 19th October Measuring Impacts and Outcomes is a conference from Children & Young People Now being held in London. It aims to dig deeper into the practical tools for measuring impacts and outcomes with real-life case studies and in depth Q and A sessions. Discounts available for voluntary groups. For details see www.measuringoutcomes.co.uk 6
  7. 7. 20th October Making a Difference Training - This training promotes the participation of children and young people in the decision-making and evaluation of the services they receive. It is open to all colleagues who involve children and young people in their work. It is a practical course that will help you develop a 'tool box' of activities and skills and will be held in Exeter. For details see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2125 21st October Become a local Funding Central champion is a FREE practical workshop being held in Exeter for funding advisors and development workers in the South West, demonstrating the many features of Funding Central including interactive tools. Funding Central is a dynamic website enabling charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises to search for funding from thousands of funding and finance opportunities, covering grants, contracts and loan finance from national, regional and local sources; it is free to register and there is no charge to access its tools and resources. This session is designed to ensure that you get the most out of Funding Central, regardless of your level of experience using the site. To book a place email fundingcentral@ncvo-vol.org.uk with South West Infrastructure Training in the subject line, including your name and organisation details (name, address and contact number). 1st/7th November Celebrating Great Youth Work – this is the theme for Youth Work Week, which will aim to promote the value of youth work and raise its profile with politicians and the public. NYA chief executive Fiona Blacke said: "We need to be far more vocal in showcasing the amazing achievements of youth work in transforming young lives, particularly for the most vulnerable young people. We need people to understand that youth work interventions made now often save the public purse in the future. Youth Work Week can help achieve this." The NYA has produced a series of new materials to help youth workers showcase the difference they make to young people’s lives for use during Youth Work Week - www.nya.org.uk/youthworkweek 4th November The Big Society Conference This FREE conference is organised by Exeter CVS. Local people and practitioners from across the South West will present their experiences of community involvement, to illustrate best practice and identify actions and activities necessary to empower people to participate in their communities. It is being held in Taunton and for details contact Gemma Salt on 01392 202055 or e-mail gemma.salt@exetercvs.org.uk 9th November Fundraising on a shoestring is a half-day training course from Company Solutions to be held in Exeter. As well as being useful for causes without the resource to invest in growing fundraising, it will also be valuable to other fundraisers in revealing some new techniques and ideas. It includes a full course handbook, certificate of attendance and free first year membership to the Practical Fundraising Association and the cost is £59 plus VAT. There are other courses available as well. See http://www.companysolutions.biz/Course/506/Fundraising+on+a+Shoestring/ 9th/10th November The health and social care landscape is changing – this is the South West Forum’s Annual Conference and AGM. Find out what’s happening now and what lies ahead for voluntary and community groups involved in health, social care and welfare. A full, interactive programme will include workshops and project visits. There will also be plenty of exhibition space so you can promote your own organisation’s achievements and services. Richard Wilkinson, co-author of The Spirit Level, is confirmed as a keynote speaker. More information at www.southwestforum.org.uk 7
  8. 8. met by this fund. The pot of money is still TRAINING mostly available so do make use of it. ASDAN Awards – ASDAN provides a Money Mastery and Money Mastery range of accreditation awards for young Meets the Benefits Trap - these are people. The Youth Achievement Awards FREE training courses from the NYA. are run in conjunction with UK Youth, but Money Mastery isn’t finance training for there are others around personal and young people, it is training that equips social development, volunteering and young people’s workers to motivate positive activities. See young people to think about their income, http://www.asdan.org.uk/awards.php?con wealth and their personal goals. A t=nonformal second course, The Benefits Trap, addresses the need to go beyond an Devon Learning and Development entitlement approach to benefits and Partnership Leadership Courses – the provide young people’s workers with programme of courses for the coming techniques to open up exploration of months is now available. Courses include aspirations and improved motivation. walking group leader, mountain bike http://www.nya.org.uk/events/money- training, moorland camping, first aid for mastery-training the outdoors and more. For details see http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2113 NSPCC EduCare child protection or Devon Discovery on 01822890761. awareness programmes - a range of interactive, distance learning Effective Voluntary Sector programmes designed to teach Management is an online course from everybody about their role in protecting Working For A Charity that is an excellent children and enable those who have way to develop your skills and knowledge contact with children through their work of the voluntary sector and receive a or leisure activities to gain the confidence qualification. The course is accredited by to act upon concerns about children and Roehampton University and covers a play a role in preventing abuse. variety of topics including governance www.educare.co.uk/products/catalogue and financial management. The next course starts in October and online Tackling Domestic Violence and enrolment is open now. See Abuse (one-day) course - ADVA is http://www.wfac.org.uk/training/online- running this Level 1 foundation training at learning-course.html venues across Devon in October. The training is FREE for most voluntary Local Youth Network Training Fund - organisations in Devon. For details The form and guidance is available at contact Claire Heaver on 01392 383479 http://www.vysdevon.org.uk/news/2122 http://www.devon.gov.uk/index/childrenfa or contact Claire McMahon 07967178598 milies/domestic_violence/adva- claire.mcmahon@devon.gov.uk if you professionals/adva-training.htm need a hard copy. The key is the benefit to young people and applications need to ViSTA has launched its autumn training come from a group that is a member of programme with a wide range of courses its Local Youth Network. Applications available that are relevant to the need to be received by 31st Jan 2011 voluntary sector. www.vistaproject.og.uk/ and have to be for training that is occurring in this financial year. Minibus Young People in Focus (formerly The driving courses / tests are considered as Trust or the Study of Adolescence) runs operational costs and normally cannot be short open courses on topics related to
  9. 9. promoting emotional wellbeing in young Equality Act 2010: What do I need to people and supporting parents of know? The Equality Act brings together teenagers at venues in different parts of nine separate pieces of legislation into England and Scotland. The courses are one single Act simplifying the law and aimed at professionals working in a wide strengthening it in important ways to help range of settings. Topics covered include tackle discrimination and inequality. It working with troubled teenagers, comes into effect in October 2010 and developing positive self-esteem, building you can download some simple ‘what I resilience in young people, living with need to know Guides’ , including ones teenagers in foster care, young people specifically for the voluntary and and self-harm and much more. For community sector. details ring 01273 693 311 or see www.equalities.gov.uk/equality_act_2010 http://www.youngpeopleinfocus.org.uk/co /equality_act_2010_what_do_i_n.aspx urses/open_courses/index.html Finding New Trustees is a ‘start to Young Peoples Mental Health and finish’ guide from the Charity Commission Wellbeing Awareness - is a new one to help charities to recruit new trustees day Train the Trainer Course from effectively and increase the range of NIACE. To register your interest please skills and experience on their board. Also send an e-mail to: events@niace.org.uk includes useful information on vetting or ring 0116 285 9661 trustees and the Criminal Records Bureau which may be useful to existing trustees. PUBLICATIONS http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Libr ary/guidance/cc30text.pdf AND RESOURCES Go Girls: Supporting girls’ emotional Commissioning and the community development and building self-esteem sector: Challenges, changes and is a training pack of practical resources opportunities for children and young for supporting work on these issues. It is people's services – the presentations packed with ideas for activities, from the joint NAVCA/Community Matters exercises, group-work, games and event are available for download. There helpful hints on supporting girls and is information, resources and advice on a young women. For details on this and range of topics. many other useful resources and training http://www.navca.org.uk/events/pasteven for working with young people see: ts/commcsector.htm http://www.sexualhealthsheffield.nhs.uk/r esources/autumnwinter2010national.pdf Employment Law Organiser – the Department for Business, Innovation and Young People and Citizenship is a Skills has produced this FREE easy-to- resource handbook for youth workers and use tool that you can download onto your others that introduces key themes that desktop so you will always have up-to- will enable them to develop creative date, legally accurate employment law at programmes for young people (11-16) to your fingertips. All the information comes help them become active members of straight from the Government, so by their communities. It contains some 70 following the advice laid out in your activities divided into 7 sections, with Employment Law Organiser you'll ideas suitable for individuals and groups. normally be doing enough for your It is one of a series from Vanessa Rogers business to meet its legal obligations. and is available from the NYA – http://www.employmentlaworganiser.org/ www.nya.org.uk 9
  10. 10. GRANTS/AWARDS/COMPETITIONS Allen Lane Foundation makes grants for up to three years, with a value of £500-£15,000 in total. It funds groups working with asylum-seekers and refugees; gay, lesbian, bi-sexual or transgender people; gypsies and travellers; migrant workers; offenders and ex- offenders; older people; people experiencing mental health problems; and people experiencing violence or abuse. For details see http://www.allenlane.org.uk/ Cash 4 Clubs offers all sports clubs in the UK the chance to win grants ranging from £250 to £1000. It is a simple scheme aimed at giving community clubs a helping hand and provide the opportunity to raise the money they need to invest in their club. http://www.cash-4-clubs.com/ C Charitable Trust is a grant‐making charity and has wide‐ranging charitable objectives. There are no application deadlines as trustees make grant decisions on a monthly basis. Please note that less than 10% of all applications are successful. www.ccharitabletrust.org Equitable Charitable Trust makes grants of around £1 million each year towards projects for children and young people under the age of 25 who are from disadvantaged backgrounds or disabled. http://www.equitablecharitabletrust.org.uk/ Football Foundation sports facilities grant scheme - groups are able to apply for funding to build and/or refurbish facilities in order to sustain and/or increase participation in football and other sporting activities and help children and adults to develop their physical, mental, social and moral capacities through regular participation in sport. The types of facilities that can be developed / refurbished include, grass pitches drainage/improvements, changing rooms, floodlights, artificial turf pitches, pavilions and clubhouses. Funding is also available for revenue purposes e.g. training associated with the new facilities. The Foundation will usually fund up to 50% of eligible costs project costs. There is also a Junior Kit Scheme which can provide up to £400 towards kit. http://www.footballfoundation.org.uk/our-schemes/facilities-scheme/ Henry Smith Charity is a large grant making charity that supports organisations and charities for initiatives and projects that address social inequality and economic disadvantage. The small grants programme is for grants of £500 to £20,000 and your income must be less than £150,000. Its Young People category covers projects maximising the potential of young people who experience educational, social and economic disadvantage; including young people in, or leaving, care. There is also support for homelessness projects, carers, drug and alcohol work etc. There is also a main grants programme for larger applications/organisations. http://www.henrysmithcharity.org.uk If I could make one law…. Is a new film competition from Parliament’s Education Service is to promote young people’s voices. It challenges young people across the UK to make a short film about a law they would like to make. Young people whose films are selected as finalists will be invited to the Houses of Parliament and their films will be screened to a panel of MPs, Lords and film professionals. Free competition training days are being held in venues across the country in late October to help young people to make the most of this opportunity. For more information contact Alice Dyke at dykea@parliment.uk
  11. 11. LankellyChase Foundation Arts Programme - The Foundation values the contribution made by the arts to people's mental, physical and economic health. For this Arts Programme the Trustees are focussing on three specific areas including encouraging vulnerable young people to participate in arts activities. Grants are generally in the region of £10,000 - £15,000 a year for up to three years. See http://www.lankellychase.org.uk/ Maurice Wohl Charitable Foundation - The aims of this foundation are broad, although the care, welfare and support of children (including education) is one of the priority areas. For further details contact Diane Morgan on 020 7383 5111 or diane.morgan@wohl.co.uk New Look Group Foundation supports local projects and preference is given to local schools, community groups, and registered charities in the following areas: ♦ Educational activities aimed at helping people to help themselves; ♦ Regenerating local communities and promoting a positive 'community spirit'; ♦ Activities which help people to feel included in local community life who might otherwise feel excluded; and ♦ Activities which promote positive self-esteem and confidence. See http://www.newlookgroup.com/index.cfm?page=1016 Peter Cruddas Foundation aims to benefit disadvantaged and disengaged young people by ensuring funding reaches those most in need. It gives priority to programmes designed to help disadvantaged young people to pursue their education (including vocational) and more generally develop their potential whether through sport or recreation, voluntary programmes or otherwise. http://www.thepetercruddasfoundation.org/index.htm Rank Foundation Small Appeals Programme – is open to registered charities or recognised churches and gives grants of up to £7,500. It concentrates exclusively on: encouraging and developing leadership amongst young people; supporting disadvantaged young people and those frail or lonely through old age or disability; and the promotion of Christian principles through film and other media. http://www.rankfoundation.com/ V National Awards - Do you work with a young volunteer (16-25) that deserves a little bit of recognition for what they do? If you know a great volunteer why not nominate them – see http://vinspired.com/rewards/nationalawards or contact Faye Gould on 07525 225557 or faye.gould@vinvolvedteam.co.uk. Deadline for nominations is 30th September. Wells Sports Foundation provides grants to sports clubs and schools to help fund projects that will increase participation in sport by young people (5 – 18) both now and in the future. You can apply for equipment that is specifically focused on increasing participation, coaching qualifications and refereeing/umpiring courses. Your club will need to be Clubmark accredited and must have at least one partnership agreement with a local state school. Grants can be for up to £2,000. For details ring 01524 590 600 or see http://www.wellssportsfoundation.org/grassroots-sport/applying-for-support.aspx Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Travelling Fellowships are available to (18+) British citizens who are resident in the UK. The Fellowships are designed to support them to carry out projects that will bring real benefit to individuals and enable them to bring positive benefit to their community or field of interest. They should also involve travel overseas for between 4 and 12 weeks. Applications for travel in 2011 are now being invited and applications close on 5th October. http://www.wcmt.org.uk/ 11
  12. 12. NATIONAL NEWS AND VIEWS A Breath of Fresh Air: young people as charity trustees is a new report from the Charity Commission that looks at young people’s attitudes towards and experiences of trusteeship to the experiences of young trustees, as well as young volunteers’ attitudes to and awareness of trusteeship. The research suggests that few young people know about charity trusteeship, and that charities are not doing enough to think creatively about how to attract them to the role. As a result the vast majority of charities are missing out on the energy, enthusiasm and fresh perspective that young people can bring to charity trustee boards. It also means that many young people do not have the chance to experience a role that, as one young trustee interviewed pointed out, can lead to a sense of achievement, new friendships and enhanced job applications. Young people are hugely under-represented on charity boards in England and Wales. Although 18-24 year olds represent 12% of the total adult population, this age group makes up just a fraction (0.5%) of the trustee population across the two countries. The report also examines the barriers that stand in the way of young people becoming trustees and explores potential solutions to this problem. http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/Publications/rs23.aspx and http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/RSS/News/pr_rs23.aspx?utm_source=feedburner& utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+CharityCommissionUpdates+%28Charity +Commission+updates%29 Achieving Equity and Excellence for Children - The Government has set out a new vision for the health of children and young people in this engagement document which forms a detailed supplement to the ongoing consultation for the White Paper, Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS. The child and the young person must be at the centre of the services provided by the NHS and other agencies. ♦ Funding for the health and healthcare of children and young people and for ‘transition’ to adulthood must be identified, separated from the funding dedicated to the care of adults, and transferred to the responsible government department for further distribution to organisations at local level ♦ There should be a dedicated Local Partnership in every Local Authority or similar area which is responsible for the planning and delivery of children and young people’s health and healthcare at the local level and for integrating these services into all of the services provided. See http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/MediaCentre/Pressreleases/DH_119464 Against the odds: re-engaging young people in education, employment or training is a report from the Audit Commission that presents an analysis of 24,000 young people across England. It found that national figures which suggest that around nine per cent of young people are not in education, employment or training (NEET) may be misleading. It suggests that as many as one in four young people could be out of school or work. The report makes a series of recommendations for local councils and government including that local councils need to better understand the needs of young people in their area and target funding to effective schemes that encourage young people into training or employment. The government should ensure its proposed National Citizen Service programme builds on good practice in existing 16 to 18 education and skills programmes. http://www.audit- commission.gov.uk/nationalstudies/localgov/againsttheodds/Pages/default.aspx 12
  13. 13. Bag4Sport Limited (B4S) are a social enterprise based in Devizes, Wiltshire that supports organisations including sports clubs, youth projects, communities and charities across the UK by turning unwanted and useless clothing into useful cash, at zero cost to the organisation. B4S can deliver a short presentation about the scheme and about waste awareness and recycling in general. Tel: 01380 728880 for more information and to arrange your free fundraiser today. Website: http://www.bag4sport.co.uk Big Society Deregulation Taskforce has been launched by the Office for Civil Society to examine how red tape and bureaucracy can be reduced for charities and community organisations. It will be run jointly with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, which also wants to cut the administrative burden on small enterprises. Nick Hurd, the Minister for Civil Society, said that the move was part of a wider attempt to rethink the state's attitude towards risk, which was generating too much regulation. Changing the NEET mindset: achieving more effective transitions between education and work is a report that seeks to determine why the number of young people not in education, employment or training (NEETs) is so high, and what can be done to tackle this problem. https://crm.lsnlearning.org.uk/user/order.aspx?code=100133 Connexions Advice - The majority of young people do not find careers advice from Connexions staff useful, according to latest research commissioned by the Local Government Association (LGA). The research reveals that four out of five young people found formal careers advice offered by organisations such as Connexions only "a little bit" or "not at all" helpful. Instead the majority of young people seek careers advice from parents, teachers and youth workers. Consultation on Drug strategy 2010 - This targeted consultation on the upcoming drug strategy sets out the coalition government's vision for drugs policy. It aims to provide an early opportunity for drugs sector organisations and other key partners to influence the development of the new drug strategy. The public’s views are also welcome. This vision develops the key themes and objectives of: ♦ preventing drug use ♦ strengthening enforcement, criminal justice and the legal framework ♦ rebalancing treatment to support drug-free outcomes ♦ supporting recovery to break the cycle of drug addiction. The consultation ends on 30th September. http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/consultations/cons-drug-strategy-2010/ Consultation on an Apprenticeship Framework for Integrated Youth Support is now open. CWDC has commissioned LLUK to design and develop an Apprenticeship Framework for Integrated Youth Support for the Young People's Workforce and to consult with all parts of the young people's workforce on the proposals. Following a research exercise, which included market analysis and a review of the policy context, a draft apprenticeship framework has now been developed at levels 2 and 3. Consultation is open until 22nd October. http://www.lluk.org/4735.htm Consultation on Skills Development Framework CWDC (Young People’s Workforce Reform Programme) is reviewing the phase one framework document, which is intended to inform the workforce about the skills and competences required for effective integrated working. It complements the specialist skills used by the workforce. To see how you can 13
  14. 14. get involved - including review meetings (21st September in Bristol), an online review and a discussion forum. http://www.cwdcouncil.org.uk/young-peoples-workforce/common-platform-of-skills-and- competences/sdf/autumnreview Every Child Matters terminology - The Department for Education (DfE) has announced some changes to the terminology put in place by the previous DCSF. Key changes to phrases in the children's sector include the replacement of safeguarding with “child protection”, children's trusts with "local areas, better, fairer, services'" and using the term "help children achieve more" in place of Every Child Matters or the five outcomes. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1021116/?DCMP=EMC- DailyBulletin Hear by Right Award Scheme – organisations that put young people’s participation at the heart of service delivery and development are being given the change to apply for this new award. The NYA’s Hear by Right Award has been developed to help organisations that take the voice of young people seriously showcase their achievements and the contribution of the young people they work with. The scheme has been designed to be flexible and there are three levels of award – bronze, silver and gold. With increasing pressure on organisations to continuously improve and demonstrate their value, this award scheme highlights good practice and provides recommendations on areas for future development. To find out more see www.nya.org.uk/quality/hear-by-right Integrated Youth Support Services - Four out of five local authorities said IYSS had improved access to information, advice and guidance and positive activities for young people – resulting in overall improvements in the youth service outcomes. Over two-thirds of local authority Heads of IYSS (69 per cent) responded to an online survey conducted by the National Youth Agency and funded by CfBT Education Trust in April 2010, which is part of ongoing research into the delivery of IYSS in England. http://www.nya.org.uk/news/integrated-youth-support-services-reap-better-rewards-for- young-people Listen Up! A survey conducted by youth charity the Jack Petchey Foundation, has revealed that three-quarters make a positive contribution to society by regularly volunteering. The survey shows that the majority of young people are engaged in politics, have a strong sense of social responsibility and are not interested in fame and fortune. The report, based on a poll of more than 6,000 11- to 25-year-olds and the result of focus groups in schools and youth projects, found that just 2% of young people say becoming famous is very important and only 12% admire wealth. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1021528/?DCMP=EMC- DailyBulletin Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards - The former Department for Children, Schools and Families had commissioned research into Local Safeguarding Children’s Boards (LSCB) and found that communications between GPs and independent health advisors were poor. A survey of 85 LSCBs showed that only 11 had "well developed" communications with doctors, while 34 had "some extent" of dialogue and 40 were found to have either communication to a "limited extent" or not at all. A similar picture emerged when a further survey of 49 LSCBs revealed that 29 lacked any contact with independent health providers. www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1024491/?DCMP=EMC-DailyBulletin 14
  15. 15. Managing the cuts - NAVCA's Empowering the Voluntary Sector project has produced this briefing see - http://www.navca.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/6D15CC9E-1701-41D6-B6F4- 0D9C39CB9DB3/0/managingthecutsAug2010.pdf. This short paper aims to update on recent casework carried out by its advocacy and legal teams and to provide you with an action plan you can use when faced with cuts. It should be read in conjunction with the briefing paper Cuts: to challenge or not to challenge that was published in July 2010. http://www.navca.org.uk/NR/rdonlyres/499BABE5-9AA8-4085-8CE3- B87EBF94E8DD/0/Cutsbriefing.pdf Measuring Social Value: the gap between policy and practice - The think tank Demos has produced this report which argues that third sector organisations must be able to demonstrate their social value in the face of pending cuts, but they have some way to go and need support to implement a standardised method. The report looked at the preparedness of a sample of charities and social enterprises ability to adopt Social Return on Investment. See the Third Sector news item at: http://www.thirdsector.co.uk/news/1013995/, or the report and/or summary: http://www.demos.co.uk/files/Measuring_social_value_-_web.pdf. Minimum Wage – the qualifying age for receiving the adult rate drops to 21yrs from 1st October, previously it was 22yrs. Office for Civil Society will launch a consultation on plans to reform voluntary sector infrastructure bodies, civil society minister Nick Hurd has announced. He also said the Labour government had spent a lot of money on infrastructure and that this was likely to be cut, regardless of the outcome of the comprehensive spending review this autumn. The consultation will be published in the autumn. Hurd also said the government would publish a white paper on reforms to public service commissioning this autumn. He said the proposals would include longer-term, outcome-based contracts and allow charities and social enterprises that bid for government contracts to earn a return on their investment. Opportunity for young people - NCVYS are looking for 20 young people to run a consultation session with on Thursday 30th September from 5pm-6.30pm at the NCVYS Offices in London. The consultation session is being led by the Department for Communities and Local Government and Department of Education. This is young people’s chance to feed in their views about the great stuff they’re involved in and the media’s negative portrayal of young people. Light refreshments will be provided on the day and the young people receive either a £10 high street or cinema voucher for attending. This is a great opportunity for young people from your organisations to get involved and have their voices heard. Please contact Sarah Hadley at sarah@ncvys.org.uk for details. There is a maximum of 2 young people from an organisation, the deadline for confirming attendance is Wednesday 22nd September. Pageturners is a creative project that uses a book group type setting to work creatively with young people and raise lots of issues/themes using a variety of arts, discussion and drama methods etc. The projects normally take place as a series of sessions held over a number of weeks or months. For Local Democracy Week (October), Pageturners has developed an event which uses a book to raise young peoples awareness of democracy and human rights and provide a thoughtful way of provoking discussion. For more details see www.pageturnersproject.co.uk or contact Lesley@pageturnersproject.co.uk or ring 07941 594120 15
  16. 16. Safeguarding - The Criminal Records Bureau has published a briefing on interim arrangements during the Vetting and Barring Scheme review. http://www.crb.homeoffice.gov.uk/pdf/VBS%20Interim%20guidance.pdf Valuing Volunteer Management Skills - More than four out of 10 people who manage volunteers have not received any training, according to a report from the Institute for Volunteering Research. Despite identifying much good practice in volunteer management, the study concluded it is undervalued and underfunded in many charities. The report draws on responses from more than 1,000 volunteer managers at third sector organisations in England. The report also found 86% of respondents would welcome extra training or skills development. However, volunteer managers were often unaware of how to access the training, advice and support available. It also calls for further research on the trend towards using volunteers to manage other volunteers and on the differing skills sets required for managing volunteers in different sizes of organisations. The full report and a summary are both available at http://www.ivr.org.uk/aboutus/News Vocational Education for 14 – 19 year olds - A review has been announced by Education Secretary Michael Gove. Prof Wolf will look at the organisation of vocational education and its responsiveness to a changing labour market, and will consider ways to increase incentives for young people to participate. http://www.education.gov.uk/news/press-notices-new/review14-19vocationaleducation Voluntary Sector Training Scheme – The Progress scheme, funded by the Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC), was scheduled to launch in May but was delayed because of the election but will now launch this month and be managed by NCVYS, in partnership with further education body George Williams College and the YMCA. The scheme is offering 25,000 training places for staff and volunteers and will help organisations continue with training and development beyond March 2011, when the project will end. The five areas of training available are: young people's learning and development, safeguarding, health and safety, promoting access to information, advice and guidance and promoting equality and diversity. http://www.cypnow.co.uk/bulletins/Daily-Bulletin/news/1023533/?DCMP=EMC- DailyBulletin Voluntary sector contribution to reducing the deficit – recently the Cabinet Office wrote to the sector asking it to contribute ideas reducing the deficit and Children England and NCVYS have produced a joint response. http://www.childrenengland.org.uk/upload/soscr.pdf Who am I? Research conducted for the Philip Lawrence Awards Network for this campaign revealed that 42% of young people wanted to work more closely with the police. Commissioned by charity Catch22, the online poll of young people aged 16 to 25 also found that more than a third of respondents wanted more local or community activities. 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