July 2012 No. 75
GMCVO NEWS, EVENTS and TRAINING
How does poverty affect your service users?
GMCVO is making an urgent appeal to you for information about how poverty affects your services users.
We urgently need your first-hand knowledge to pass on to the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission as
GMCVO believes that you will know more than anyone about the causes and effects of poverty on people
Please let us know:
● How poverty affects your services users ● Is their situation getting worse? ● What difference would it
make to your service users if their current financial situation, well being or life chances were improved?
● What changes do you think would have to happen to improve the situation of your service users?
Your responses can be brief, just a paragraph or two (although you can submit a more substantial response
if you wish). The key thing is that we get as many responses as quickly as possible.
Please e-mail your responses to email@example.com.
For further information about the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission click here.
Consultation on revised Greater Manchester Strategy
The Greater Manchester Strategy, Prosperity for All, is being refreshed this year to bring it up to date. Some
initial work has been done towards a first draft, and there will be wide consultation from the end of August.
There will be a specific consultation event for the voluntary sector organised in partnership with
GMCVO – date to be confirmed, but to REGISTER YOUR INTEREST please click on the link below.
The Greater Manchester vision, as set out in the original 2009 version of the Strategy, is: “By 2020, the
Manchester city region will have pioneered a new model for sustainable economic growth based around a
more connected, talented and greener city region where the prosperity secured is enjoyed by the many and
not the few”. The vision, and the emphasis on economic inclusion alongside growth, remains unchanged.
The refresh will re-organise eleven “priorities” into three themes focusing on place, people and business
and will identify the high-level transformative actions required to drive progress towards the vision.
The refresh of the Strategy gives the voluntary sector a real opportunity to probe into the finer detail of the
proposed transformative actions and challenge whether they really will help create “prosperity for all”; we
can also put forward suggestions of our own.
The current Greater Manchester Strategy can be seen via: www.gmcvo.org.uk/consultation-revised-greater-
Converge website launched – organisations can now apply online
Converge, the Greater Manchester wellbeing consortium hosted by GMCVO, has a new website which
contains a list of members, the consortium's business plan and membership prospectus along with other
There is a members’ area and non-members can submit their first-stage application through the website.
Converge website: http://gmconverge.org.uk/
GMCVO Training Programme – Autumn 2012
● Project Management
A 3-day workshop designed for those who manage or are about to be managing projects.
5th, 6th and 7th September
● ILM Level 4 Award in Management
This course will provide you with a full understanding of the management role, enabling you to develop your
13th and 27th September, 11th and 25th October, 8th and 22nd November 2012
● Managing Multiple Priorities
This course will help you establish your priorities and goals and deal effectively with your workload
● Strategic Planning
A two-day course to give a practical insight into how to plan strategically
20th and 27th September
● Customer Service for Managers
A course to help managers understand the importance of stakeholders and their relevance to community
and voluntary organisations
● Dealing with Conflict
A course for participants to explore the causes of conflict and learn techniques to manage it
● Emotional Intelligence
An insight into how to gain the tools to understand yourself and those around you
● Introduction to Counselling Skills
A two-day course to help front-line staff develop a greater awareness of the attributes and the boundaries of
helping service users through listening
2nd and 9th October
● Building Positive Partnerships
If you would like to able to build better relationships with your co-workers, funders and potential partner
organisations, then this course is for you
● Groups and Teambuilding
A two-day course to enable understanding of group dynamics and how to build effective teams
17th and 24th October
● Customer Service Course
The course will give you the skills to develop customer loyalty and will teach you how to feel confident in any
● Effectively Managing Change
This training looks at what our understanding of change is
● Stress Management
This training will provide you with the skills to recognise the symptoms of stress and will help you to manage
the impact of stress
● Project Management
A 3-day workshop designed for those who manage or are about to be managing projects
19th, 20th and 21st December
All courses to be held at the St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester M12 6FZ.
For further information, contact Tanya Coutts at GMCVO, 0161 277 1002, firstname.lastname@example.org, or
Room hire discount at the St Thomas Centre in August
The St Thomas Centre is offering a 10 per cent reduction on room hire charges for any new bookings made
for August 2012.
The Centre, which is managed by GMCVO, is within easy reach of Manchester city centre and Piccadilly
railway station. The main hall can accommodate 140 people, while smaller rooms can hold up to 30 people.
Please call 0161 277 1010 or e-mail email@example.com to check availability.
Generating Success launch
Generating Success is a new two-year project to encourage and support the take off of community
renewable projects in rural areas of Greater Manchester, everything from wind turbines and solar panels to
hydro projects and retrofit. Run by GMCVO, in partnership with Carbon Co-op and MERCi, the programme
will see a series of training events, social enterprise supply chain seminars and networking events as well
as the creation of three/four trailblazer community renewable projects. This launch event will consist of the
following three linked sessions:
Supply chain/community renewables seminar (2pm – 5pm)
Public launch (5.30pm – 6.30pm)
Fuelling Manchester social (7pm onwards)
You can attend one, two or all of the events.
Further details and booking forms for the seminar and launch will follow shortly.
Contact: Ian Taylor, GMCVO, 0161 277 1040, firstname.lastname@example.org.
NEWS and INFORMATION
Greater Manchester targeted in new BLF scheme to combat youth
Greater Manchester is one of 21 areas of England that will receive a share of a new five-year £100 million
fund to tackle youth unemployment.
The Big Lottery Fund is inviting organisations in the selected areas to develop partnerships that will submit
bids for funding from the scheme. The areas in the initiative, known as Talent Match, have been chosen
because they have high levels of unemployment among 18 to 24-year-olds.
Grants will range from £1 million to £10 million and there can be only one partnership per area.
The schemes will need to demonstrate that they will achieve outcomes such as improving access to better
quality local employment and training and developing confidence and optimism in young people who have
been unemployed for more than a year.
According to the BLF, the partnerships are likely to be led by voluntary and community sector organisations,
and are expected to include local stakeholders including councils, colleges and employers.
Up to £10,000 of development funding will be made available in each area, and final decisions on awards
are expected to be announced in June 2013.
□ The indicative amount of funding for Greater Manchester is £9.6 million over five years (but please
note BLF does not guarantee that all areas will be funded, or will receive the amount initially
allocated – final awards could be more as well as less).
GMCVO is co-ordinating the development of a delivery partnership which will undertake the
programme design for Greater Manchester – further details will be announced in due course.
If you want to be kept informed, please leave your details on the form attached to this webpage:
Sharing resources to reduce costs
Charities in Greater Manchester working with disabled children and adults are being invited to consider joint
working in order to reduce their costs.
In the current economic climate, it is proving increasingly difficult for the voluntary and community sector to
source funding to maintain and develop projects, and negotiate contracts which result in full cost recovery.
VCS organisations therefore need to think about doing things somewhat differently.
Stockport CP, which provides support to children and adults who have physical and learning disabilities (not
just cerebral palsy), is looking for potential partners with whom it might share resources, such as HR and
training. There may also be opportunities for partnership working to deliver similar projects operated by
different organisations and thereby share costs. Merger may be a possibility too.
As well as providing services in Stockport, the charity also operates in Manchester, Trafford, Derbyshire and
Organisations interested in discussing opportunities for joint working should contact Fergus Lomas, Chief
Executive, Stockport CP, 0161 432 1248, FLomas@stockportcp.co.uk.
Capital grants for places of worship
A one-off capital grant scheme worth £1.1 million has been made available for listed places of worship until
April 2013. The Church of England and the National Churches Trust will distribute the funds, which have
been provided by the Department of Culture, Media and Sport.
The Church of England has received £781,000 which it will allocate across its dioceses. The National
Churches Trust has received £319,000 and will run a grant scheme open to all listed places of worship that
are not in the Church of England’s care. The deadline for applications to this scheme is 30th August 2012.
Grants will allow listed places of worship across the country to create new extensions and facilities,
including toilets and kitchens, and to improve access and energy efficiency.
Further information about the two grants programmes can be seen via: www.gmcvo.org.uk/capital-grants-
Boost for sustainable transport in Greater Manchester
GMCVO is delighted with the announcement that Transport for Greater Manchester has secured £32.5
million from the Department for Transport’s Local Sustainable Transport Fund. GMCVO contributed to the
bid’s development and provided formal support for it.
Of particular relevance to the voluntary sector is that the money will support the delivery of:
● targeted community transport schemes connecting people to employment;
● a range of cycling and walking initiatives.
Other major priorities for the funding package are:
● improving the use of technology to provide better traffic management;
● reducing carbon and other emissions arising from transport;
● supporting the delivery of TfGM’s smart ticketing programme.
These build upon the transport priorities already being delivered (increasing commuter cycling, Metrolink
expansion, faster bus routes etc).
The funding will support a three-year programme of investment to 2014/15. GMCVO and local voluntary
sector infrastructure in the 10 districts will be working with TfGM to consult, engage and involve the
voluntary sector and local communities as the programme develops.
TfGM news release can be seen via: www.gmcvo.org.uk/boost-sustainable-transport-greater-manchester.
Voluntary sector workforce bigger than previously thought
Analysis by the Third Sector Research Centre of the data from the 2008 National Survey of Third Sector
Organisations has given a larger estimate of the sector workforce than previously thought.
TRSC has come up with a figure of over 1.1 million full-time equivalent employees in England, comprising
just over five per cent of the workforce. Estimates based on the Labour Force Survey for the same year
were around 750,000.
The research also looks at employment on a regional basis, with London having at least a 25 per cent
share, followed by the South East, with 17 per cent. Much of this can be explained by the number of head
offices based in those two regions. Further details via: www.tsrc.ac.uk
Funding for health and social care volunteering projects
The third round of local funding from the Health and Social Care Volunteering Fund (HSCVF) opened on
Support from the HSCVF ‘local grant and capacity building scheme’ is designed to build the capacity and
capabilities of voluntary sector organisations working in the health and social care field, as well as providing
them with grant funding to develop volunteer-led service delivery through a discrete project.
It is anticipated that between 40 and 45 organisations will receive funding up to a maximum of £50,000 for
multi-annual projects. Criteria for applying include: being locally constituted, having a track record in health
and social care activity, having an established volunteer base, and having policies on equality, health and
safety, and safeguarding of children and adults already in place.
Local volunteering charities, community organisations, social enterprises, co-operatives, mutuals and other
not-for profit organisations with social aims will be able to make an application and will be asked to apply
under one of the following themes:
● Individual Choice and Control: Care and Support
● Delivering Better Health and Care Outcomes
● Improving Public Health
● Improving Health and Social Care
● Building Capable Communities
Grants will be awarded for projects that demonstrate their potential to develop new, improved and/or
streamlined systems in health and social care volunteering rather than projects that aim to simply supply
core services. Ongoing funding for existing services will not be supported.
Successful projects will also participate in the support package which aims to build organisational capacity
that will assist with longer term sustainability. Organisations should be prepared to dedicate 6-10 days to
these activities per annum, and should include travel costs to activities within their project budget.
The deadline for applications is 14th September 2012.
Further details from: www.volunteeringfund.com.
A new publication on the strategic management of financial reserves aims to help charities make the most of
these resources (if they have any).
Managing charity reserves has traditionally been viewed as the preserve of the finance team; however, it
impacts on all parts of the organisation.
The guide challenges charity trustees and managers to consider whether they are using reserves effectively
– or if they could be made to work harder for the charity and its beneficiaries – and includes insights and
case studies from chief executives, finance and fundraising directors from a range of organisations.
Beyond Reserves: How charities can make their reserves work can be downloaded from:
Community Life survey will inform Government policy
A new nationwide survey of volunteering, charitable giving, local action, networks and wellbeing is to be
carried out in the autumn.
The contract for the Community Life survey work will be awarded by the Cabinet Office in July. Although the
questionnaire for the survey has yet to be finalised, it is likely to cover topics such as formal and informal
volunteering, giving to charity, levels of trust in communities and the extent of community action and
collaboration. It will involve face-to-face interviews with a representative sample of between 2,000 and 3,000
adults every three months.
A Cabinet Office spokeswoman said: "We are commissioning this new survey to track the latest trends and
developments in social action and social capital. The new data will be invaluable to Government as we
shape and drive policy in these areas, in addition to ensuring that people have access to full information to
support and develop action in local communities."
The results are expected to be reported on a quarterly basis, with the first ones expected late this year. The
Cabinet Office said it would explore cost-effective ways to carry out the survey again in 2013/14 and 14/15.
[from: Third Sector Online 15.6.12]
Right to Challenge comes into effect
The Community Right to Challenge came into force on 27th June, enabling more communities to bid to take
over local services they think they can run differently and better.
The Right to Challenge hands more power back to communities, allowing voluntary and community groups,
parish councils and local authority staff to express an interest in taking over the running of local authority
services, making services more responsive to local needs and delivering better value for money.
A range of specialist support is also being put in place to help community groups wanting to take greater
control of their community through every stage of the process – from setting up a group and developing a
proposal right through to the delivering services on the ground.
The Social Investment Business, in partnership with Locality and the Association of Chief Executives of
Voluntary Organisations will deliver a three-year support programme worth £11.5 million. This will include a
dedicated advice phone line where support and information will be available. It will also include grants to
help groups to use the new right and bid to run local public services, resources, and case studies.
GSK awards for innovative community health projects
The GlaxoSmithKline IMPACT Awards recognise and reward small to medium-sized charities in the UK that
are doing excellent work to improve people's health. Applicants must target community health needs in the
UK and have a track record of achievement in this area.
The Awards, administered by the King’s Fund, recognise excellence in existing work and do not seek to
fund new projects. Applications should meet the following assessment criteria, which focus on six areas of
● Innovation: leadership, creativity and initiative in addressing current challenges in healthcare access and
● Management: efficient use of resources; quality of management processes; equality of opportunity; clear
objectives and plans; strength and financial effectiveness of the organisation.
● Partnership: working effectively with others (members, users, private and public sector partners etc);
willingness to share best practice and to learn from others.
● Achievement: measurable results achieved; numbers of people benefited; impact on access to
healthcare; a reflective approach to evaluation of the work; measurement and monitoring of performance.
● Community focus: involving and responding to users and the community; openness and provision of
information; adaptability to changing circumstances and needs.
● Targeting needs: awareness of community issues and priorities and having a detailed understanding of
the target community; ensuring services are accessible to, and focus on, people in need.
Up to 10 winners will receive £30,000 unrestricted funding with one overall winner receiving an extra
£10,000. Winners will also receive free training valued at £4,000, a specially commissioned professional film
and photographs along with publicity and press support. Up to 10 runners-up will receive £3,000.
The deadline for applications is 21st September 2012.
Further details from: www.kingsfund.org.uk/current_projects/gsk_impact_awards/
Consultation on revised public benefit guidance
The Charity Commission has launched a consultation on its revised public benefit guidance.
The revised guidance sets out what the public benefit requirement means and sets out what all charity
trustees need to know to make sure that they are running their charity for the public benefit. It explains that
for an organisation to be a charity, its purposes have to be only those that the law recognises can be
charitable and which are for the public benefit. It says that demonstrating public benefit means showing who
benefits from the charity's purposes, and what the benefits are.
The guidance is presented in a new online format, which aims to make it easier for trustees to select the
parts relevant to their charities, and the Commission is keen to hear trustees' views on the format as a
possible model for other guidance in the future.
There is a special consultation website at http://publicbenefitconsultation.blogspot.co.uk,
The deadline for responses is 26th September 2012.
NCVO and Volunteering England to merge in 2013?
The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and Volunteering England have entered merger
talks and could be one organisation by early 2013.
Formal discussions are due to commence this summer following agreement by both boards of trustees after
a joint working party, which had been set up to review the options for working together, concluded that there
was “a very strong case for a full merger”.
The working party recommended the merged organisation be called the National Council for Voluntary
Organisations but retain the brands for Volunteering England and Institute for Volunteering Research.
Both organisations have been strategic partners of the Cabinet Office since April 2011 and are already
based in the same building at Regent’s Wharf, along with Acevo. NCVO has 102 staff with an income of
£10.1 million and Volunteering England has 21 employees with an income of £5.5 million.
NCVO formed in 1919 and is the largest voluntary sector umbrella body. Volunteering England is a charity
and membership organisation that was formed in 2004 through a merger of the National Centre for
Volunteering, Volunteer Development England, the Consortium on Opportunities for Volunteering and, in
2007, Student Volunteering England. It is currently responsible for a network of 263 volunteer centres in
[from: Civil Society Governance 21.6.12]
Esmée Foundation’s merger fund
A fund for not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are in the early phases of thinking about a merger has
been launched by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
Funding is intended for organisations that are uncertain about what the decision might involve or those who
need reassurance that a proposed merger makes sense.
Applications requesting funding for the following types of work will be considered:
● Consultancy on pre-merger issues including feasibility work.
● Consultation with staff, beneficiaries, members and other stakeholders.
● Facilitation of discussions with the potential merger partner(s).
● Governance, planning, financial, legal, HR or communications advice.
This is not an exhaustive list and consideration will be given to any reasonable request for work that helps to
make the decision of whether or not to merge easier.
The focus of the merging organisations must come under the Foundation's areas of interest: the arts;
education and learning; the environment; and social change.
The total value of the Merger Fund is £100,000 and the Foundation anticipates making between 10 and 15
grants from this amount.
There is no closing date for the Fund. However, applicants should be aware that the Foundation is
assessing applications as they are submitted and this means that once all the funds have been allocated no
new applications will be considered.
Further details from: http://esmeefairbairn.org.uk/what-we-fund/merger-fund/
Government plans 'decade of social action' for young people
The Government has commissioned a report to identify how the voluntary sector, Government and business
can create a ‘decade of social action’ for young people.
It wants to establish how it might link the National Citizen Service (NCS) programme more closely to existing
programmes, such as the Work Programme.
The Prime Minister has asked Dame Julia Cleverdon, vice president of Business in the Community, and
Amanda Jordan OBE, joint chair of Corporate Citizenship, to write a report outlining what a social action
journey would look like for young people aged between 10 and 20.
This summer up to 30,000 16 and 17-year-olds will take part in NCS. An independent evaluation published
recently found that most participants had a positive experience and would like the opportunity to continue to
take part in voluntary work.
□ The Government has also awarded £900,000 to the National Youth Agency, and O2 will provide £500,000
to the NYA to expand its Think Big programme. Think Big aims to give up to 5,000 young people the
opportunity to set up and run social action projects between August 2012 and September 2013.
Report on use of quality standards
A new report into the perceptions and use of quality standards in the voluntary and community sector (VCS)
was completed recently by NCVO.
VCS organisations are increasingly expected to demonstrate to funders and commissioners their approach
to quality assurance – and quality standards are one way of doing this.
The NCVO research, commissioned by the Big Lottery Fund, investigated how VCS organisations use
standards such as PQASSO, Investors in People, ISO 9001 and specific standards for sub-sectors and
areas of work (eg the Matrix Standard). It also looked at how funders and commissioners view quality
standards and how they influence funding and commissioning decisions.
The research found that over 130 quality standards are being used by the VCS covering a range of areas of
organisational life and work specialisms.
The report says that if they are done well and measure the right things, then quality standards can be
viewed very positively by voluntary organisations. However, there is concern that they may be fuelling an
attitude of ‘good enough’ rather than driving excellence, particularly in relation to the commissioning
Recommendations include increasing the knowledge and understanding amongst commissioners and
funders of the purpose, scope and difference between quality standards, and supporting VCS organisations
to make informed choices about their approach to quality assurance and use of quality standards.
The Big Lottery Fund will use the research to inform their use of quality standards in assessing funding bids.
The summary and full report, Scoping study –Quality Assurance in the Voluntary and Community Sector,
can be downloaded from: www.ncvo-vol.org.uk/policy-research/other-policy-research-projects.
Local media toolkit
A new toolkit gives guidance on engaging with the local media to highlight the community safety work of
local voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations.
It includes a template press release and mapping tool to find out how local VCSE organisations are
engaging with the local media.
Making the most of your local media: PR toolkit for Safer Future Communities Local Networks can be
downloaded via: www.gmcvo.org.uk/local-media-toolkit.
Local government commission urges councils to do more to support
An independent commission studying local government has said that local authorities must do more to
support "civic entrepreneurs", including charities, that are improving their communities.
The Commission on the Future of Local Government – a group of council leaders, academics, and
organisations that work closely with local authorities – has published a report that outlines "civic enterprise"
as one of five key propositions for local authorities.
The report says local authorities should do more to support third sector and private sector organisations that
are improving their communities, and should make sure that they do not prevent those organisations from
achieving their goals.
The report says councils needed to abandon a "managerialist, formulaic and hierarchical partnership
approach that too often produces meetings and policy papers rather than action that improves people’s
Several charities have committed to provide future support to the Commission, including NAVCA, which has
said it will help "identify and champion great examples of civic enterprise and civic entrepreneurs from the
Joe Irvin, chief executive of NAVCA, said charities and community groups provided many of the best
examples of civic entrepreneurs. "People set up and run local charities and community groups because they
are motivated to improve their communities," he said. "We want evidence of how local councils help these
people – and how they, sometimes inadvertently, stop them achieving more."
The Commission’s report can be seen at: http://civicenterpriseuk.org/commission-final-report/.
[from: Third Sector Online 4.7.12]
VCS contracts set to expand under new ‘social value’ law
The opening up of contracts to more voluntary and community organisations is expected as a result of new
Under the Social Value Act, which comes into force in January 2013, public authorities will have to consider
the social value of the services they commission. The new law requires such bodies – such as local
authorities and NHS trusts – to consider how the procurement of a service may improve the economic,
social and environmental well-being of an area. As many voluntary sector organisations already
demonstrate social value in the services they run (eg by employing people with disabilities), this should
mean that more voluntary organisations will win contracts and run public services.
In most cases, social value must be considered at the point when an authority proposes to enter into a
public service contract, ie at the ‘pre-procurement’ stage.
Voluntary organisations can also use this new legislation to hold local commissioners to account if social
value has not been considered.
The Government’s definition of social value is: “a concept which seeks to maximise the additional benefit
that can be created by procuring or commissioning goods and services, above and beyond the benefit of
merely the goods and services themselves”.
The legislation is an opportunity for the voluntary sector to engage in the commissioning process and
organisations should be proactively bringing the Social Value Act to the attention of local commissioners.
A guide to the Act, produced recently by Social Enterprise UK, can be seen via: www.gmcvo.org.uk/guide-
Engaging with the new local heath landscape
A guide which gives information about the local health reforms, how they will impact upon local Compact
partnerships and what local Compacts can do to influence and engage with the new landscape has been
published by Compact Voice.
It includes a one-page guide with key tips.
Informing and influencing the new local health landscape: a guide for local Compacts can be downloaded
Department of Health innovation fund opens
The Innovation Excellence and Strategic Development Fund for 2013-14 has been launched by the
Department of Health.
The Fund provides grants from one to three years to support proposals in the health and care field with the
potential for national impact in line with DoH objectives of better health and wellbeing and better care for all.
The available funding is very limited, and to be successful, organisations will need to have a clear focus on
how their proposals would support and drive forward new ideas, disseminate and replicate excellence or
undertake strategic developments in voluntary sector capacity and/or capability in the health and care field.
Further, to be eligible for investment, the activities of the project must have, or plan to have an effect
nationally. For example, a locally-based proposal can be said to have the potential for having an effect
nationally if it is trying out new solutions for services that have not been tried before and the learning or
good practice can be shared or copied in other areas of the country. Proposals with a purely local effect will
not be considered.
Registered charities and organisations that are not-for-profit and incorporated, and based and working in
England may apply. Organisations can apply individually or in partnership with others.
There are three strands under the 2013-14 funding round: Innovation; Excellence; and Strategic
There are no maximum or minimum amounts but bids should be realistic and incorporate full cost recovery
as funding is very limited. As a guide 74 projects received funding under the scheme in 2012-2013 with
awards ranging from around £16,000 to £240,000 (for the first-year allocations).
There are two deadlines for the 2013-14 application round:
7th September 2012 for registration and eligibility; 21st September 2012 for applications.
Further details from: www.dh.gov.uk/health/category/policy-areas/nhs/innovation/
New Lottery scheme will Assist capacity building
A new £6 million Lottery programme designed to help organisations providing support to frontline groups to
improve their services will be launched in October.
The Assist programme, which will run for three years, is a joint initiative between NCVO and the Big Lottery
Fund and is part of the first phase in BLF’s Building Capabilities for Impact and Legacy approach.
"The programme will help support development organisations to understand the areas where they can
improve the services they offer to the front line," a statement from the two organisations said.
It said the scheme was "a radical departure from previous capacity building investments as the majority of
funding will go directly to local support and development organisations. These organisations will then be
able to choose what support they need in order to adapt their services to the changing needs, funding and
expectations of frontline organisations”.
A BLF spokeswoman said funding might be awarded in the form of vouchers that could be redeemed with
certain support providers, rather than actual cash awards being handed out, but this had also not yet been
finalised. The amount of money that organisations could apply for under the scheme has also to be decided.
The programme will also ask frontline organisations that benefit from the scheme to publicly rate the support
they receive and take part in a peer-to-peer support programme designed to encourage mutual
improvement of their services.
[from: Third Sector Online 10.7.12]
EVENTS and TRAINING
Double Donations to your Group
A free Localgiving.com workshop, organised by Forever Manchester, for voluntary sector groups that would
like to find out more about how they can maximise their fundraising and the opportunity to double their
donations. Localgiving.com is a national website aimed at helping charities and community organisations
maximise their fundraising potential through having an online presence. Further workshops to be held in the
other districts of Greater Manchester over the coming months.
Details/Bookings: Fran or Helen, 0161 214 0940, email@example.com.
Your Health – Your NHS
Patients, organisations, patient groups, members of the public and NHS staff are invited to attend the
Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s drop-in event and annual public meeting, which will feature health
awareness stands and a variety of talks from guest speakers from the Trust. The drop-in event begins at
1pm; the public meeting starts at 6.30pm.
Details/Bookings: Lesley Holland, 0161 918 4283, Lesley.Holland@pat.nhs.uk.
Pay up? Living costs and the living wage in Manchester
A breakfast event at which the authors of a New Economy working paper on living costs and the living wage
in Manchester will discuss their findings. The report argues that whilst the living wage has potential benefit
for some of the area’s lowest paid residents, on its own it is not a sufficient response and that Manchester
needs to adopt a dual approach that seeks to both raise the income of the lowest paid whilst simultaneously
reducing the living costs faced by these individuals. The event, hosted by KPMG, will also feature a
response to the paper by Kate Green MP, shadow minister for equalities, together with a panel Q&A
session. Places are free but limited and will be allocated on a first-come first-served basis. 8am-9.30am.
Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0161 236 7222.
Let's Make Next Generation Services Safe and Sustainable for us All
The NHS in Greater Manchester is reviewing the way healthcare services are provided and wants anyone
interested in planning for the future to attend this event.
In recent years, employment law has expanded to protect people on grounds of age, disability, gender, race,
sexual orientation and religion. Employers should have fair policies and processes in order to avoid legal
challenges. This Acas briefing will provide an overview of discrimination legislation, definitions and
management responsibilities of equality and diversity at work. Aimed at all staff with people-management
responsibilities. £60 + VAT.
Details/Bookings: Acas, 08457 383736, email@example.com
A practical 1-day course, organised by CVS Rochdale, to help you compete successfully in the contracting
arena. You will develop a sound understanding of the commissioning/procurement process and an
understanding of the work needed to prepare successful bids. Lunch included. £50 for VCS groups in
Details/Bookings: Ros Hayes, CVSR, 01706 710769, or www.cvsr.org.uk/cvsr-training-bulletin-2011-2012.
Hyde Community Action
● Chief Officer
Salary: circa £30,000 per annum
The successful applicant will have experience of leadership and management in a small organisation, have
a proven track record of successful fundraising and are committed to working inclusively with communities
to bring about positive change and social justice.
● Youth Work Co-ordinator
Salary: £24,648 per annum
The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate experience of youth and community work with diverse
groups of young people, and be committed to working inclusively with communities to bring about positive
change and social justice. Knowledge of the local community would be an advantage.
Closing date for applications (both posts): 23rd July 2012.
Application packs for either role are available to download from: www.t3sc.org/jobs.
Alternatively, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone Shireen on 0161 368 3268.
Back on Track – Training Centre Co-ordinator
Back on Track, the Manchester-based charity providing education and support services to disadvantaged
adults, is seeking a Training Centre Co-ordinator to line-manage a team of sessional tutors and
volunteers, and work closely with the Services Manager to develop the curriculum and guidance support
within the centre.
£26,276-£28,636, 35 hours per week
Closing date for applications: 6th August 2012
Beacon Counselling – Young People’s Services Co-ordinator
Beacon Counselling is a registered charity based in Stockport which exists to improve the lives of adults,
young people, and children who are affected by mental and emotional distress.
A Co-ordinator is sought to ensure the quality and effectiveness of Beacon’s services in schools and
managing the team of schools counsellors.
30 hours per week during term times.
Salary: £18,000 per annum pro rata.
Closing date for applications: 19th July 2012.
Application packs from: 0161 440 0055, email@example.com.
Community Transport Association – Administration Co-ordinator
CTA is currently looking for an Administration Co-ordinator whose role will be: to ensure that the central
administration team provides high quality, professional support and is managed and led effectively; to
provide support as required in all aspects of the administrative tasks of the team; and to provide
administrative support to the Chief Executive and Directors. The post is based at CTA’s Hyde offices in
Salary: £21,000 – £23,000.
Closing date for applications: 18th July 2012.
Details from: www.ctauk.org/job-shop/cta-jobs.aspx
Immigration Aid Unit – trustees
The Greater Manchester Immigration Aid Unit is looking for three more trustees to help with the governance
of the organisation at a time of substantial change and development. In particular, the GMIAU is looking for
people with experience of human resource and financial management as well as management in the
Further details via: www.gmcvo.org.uk/immigration-aid-unit-seeks-trustees
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