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e-bulletin                             August 2008

Voluntary and statutory sector colleagues are welcome to utilise this e-bulletin to
circulate information. Please contact Ian Milsom, Alliance Development Manager on
01962 857367 e-mail ian.milsom@action.hants.org.uk


Young Partners Award

The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) is seeking nominations
for the Young Partners Award 2008. The award recognises young people’s
involvement in decision-making within voluntary sector youth projects and
organisations. This stems from a recognition that young people are the experts in

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deciding which factors are critical to their engagement in decision-making.
Nominations are invited until 19 September.

Further information is available at www.ncvys.org.uk/index.php?page=272


Office of the Third Sector

The Office of the Third Sector has announced that Ipsos MORI will conduct a
National Survey of Third Sector Organisations in September. The survey will support
moves to measure local government performance in creating an environment for a
thriving third sector. Results from the survey will be available early in the new year
and will provide evidence on the performance of local partnerships, funding
relationships, opportunities to campaign and influence and other issues facing the
sector at a local level. The survey will be sent to 97,000 organisations.

Further information is available at

Sport England

Are consulting on potential changes to the way they distribute National Lottery funding.

This consultation is aimed at anyone who is interested in National Lottery funding for sport.
This includes interested members of the public, Lottery grant beneficiaries and professionals
and organisations working within sport. This is an opportunity to influence the way Sport
England distributes around £45 million a year of National Lottery funding which can make a
real difference to the future of sport in England.

Closing 12 September

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Consultation on the publication of children's homes inspection reports

Closing 16 September

Department for children, schools and families (DCSF)

Strengthening Children’s Trusts – legislative options


Closing 25 September

Department of Health Volunteer Strategy Consultation


Closing 30 September 2008

A consultation on the NHS Constitution

The proposed NHS Constitution is about safeguarding its core principles and values for the
next generation.


Closing 17 October

The Audit Commission

Comprehensive Area Assessments

The Audit Commission has launched a consultation on Comprehensive Area Assessments,
the new assessment framework for councils and their partners in England. For the first time
assessments will include the view of both statutory and non statutory partners, and local
public services will be held collectively to account for their impact on outcomes, rather than
assessed individually.

Further information is available at www.audit-commission.gov.uk/caa/consultation.asp

Closing 20 October

Events – local/regional

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                               Monday 6th October 2008

                Alliance information and training day
                             Marwell Hall, Nr Winchester

              Workshops and information stands
           Reserve your perch online @ http://www.hants-

Events – national

Participation Works

Participation: The Essential Tools and Resources

Thursday 18 September London EC1Y 1AX

This Participation Works one-day conference will explore the available tools and resources to
support children and young people’s participation in a range of settings.


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Westminster Briefing

Third Sector Conference 2008 - A Thriving and Independent Third Sector: New Opportunities
and New Challenges

Date: Thursday, 20th November 2008
Timing: 10:00am - 4:30pm
Venue: Westminster
Cost: £215

This Westminster Briefing Conference will give delegates the opportunity to be informed on
the Government’s vision for the future of the Third Sector.


The National Drug Strategy Symposium

Building on the Past, Solutions for the Future

Date: Tuesday 30th September 2008
Time: 10:00am – 3:40pm (followed by networking drinks)
Venue: One Whitehall Place, Westminster, London
Cost: £295




The Ministry of Justice has launched a new innovation fund, offering grants of up to £15,000
for projects that develop new ways to help people participate in public discussions and
influence government policy. This is the third funding round under this grant programme and
applications are invited until 26 September.

Further information – including examples of previous projects funded (e.g. a website designed
for 14-16 yrs olds) is available at www.buildingdemocracy.co.uk

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£10m a Year to train Special Educational Needs Leaders

Schools will be funded to train their Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO), the key
teaching leader responsible for the learning and support of all children with special
educational needs, under plans announced by Schools Minister Andrew Adonis.

The Government will provide an extra £10 million a year to enable all new SENCOs to
undertake high quality, nationally accredited training. The extra funding will underpin a new
requirement, from September 2009, for all new SENCOs to be both qualified teachers and to
receive additional training.

It is part of a package of measures set out by the Schools Minister to improve support for
children with special educational needs (SEN) and disabilities, outlined in his speech to the
Voice union conference.


Families may get help with winter fuel bills

The Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR) is apparently
considering further help with winter fuel bills, for those in receipt of child benefit, but insists
that no decisions have yet been taken.


Young people's mental health website goes live

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust, which provides mental health, social care and learning
disabilities services in Bexley, Bromley and Greenwich in London, launched the website,

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The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service

Established in 2002 in celebration of Her Majesty’s Golden Jubilee, the award recognises
groups of individuals who are giving their time freely for the benefit of others. It is the highest
honour which can be bestowed upon groups of this kind and is equivalent in status to the

Nominations will be considered at any point within 3 years of the nomination.

For nomination forms and further information visit:


Children and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS)

An interim report of the independent CAMHS review (a full report is due to be published in the
Autumn) claims that many are failing young people.

The report makes a number of recommendations including making mental health training
available to the whole children’s workforce.



Young people not in education, employment or training

Better work experience would help young people stay in education and fulfil their potential –
CBI Report ‘Time Well Spent’

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Multiple Sclerosis Society launches online Library

The first online library of information on multiple sclerosis (MS) in the UK has been launched
by the MS Society.

The charity, which supports people with the neurological condition, has created an online
library of the thousands of books, journals, papers and magazines that it has in its collection.

The database is open to anyone and people can search what is available, download
documents and request loans.

Hampshire Voluntary Sector Consortium – Community accountancy toolkit

Does your organisation need support to improve financial management, accounting and

The Hampshire Voluntary Sector Consortium Fitter Finance Project funded by
Capacitybuilders has launched an easy-to-use online 'community accountancy' toolkit for
front-line groups and Community Development Workers.

Based on the needs of front-line groups in Hampshire, the toolkit provides a simple and easily
understandable explanation of the basic principles needed to manage the financial aspects of
a voluntary and community organisation. It includes a glossary of specialist terms and an
appendix of blank spreadsheets that can be downloaded and used, including a simple Petty
Cash book and a tool that will enable you to measure funds against budgets. A hard copy of
the toolkit will also be available soon.

To find out more about the project undertaken by a partnership between Basingstoke
Voluntary Services, Winchester Area Community Action and Community Action Hampshire
and access the toolkit click here (http://action.hants.org.uk/index.php?id=65)

Defra - Sustainable development

Defra has published a new booklet detailing progress against a range of sustainable
development indicators covering a range of everyday concerns including health, housing,
jobs, crime, education and the environment. This edition includes information on child
wellbeing and childhood poverty. http://www.defra.gov.uk/news/2008/080731a.htm


To be updated.


Help to develop the Children’s Workforce

The alliance has received funding from the Children’s Workforce Development Council’s
(CWDC) to develop the infrastructure and capacity of the Private, Voluntary and Independent
(PVI) sectors.

As part of this programme the alliance will be working with voluntary and statutory partners to
look at opening up further training opportunities.

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This is an exciting area of work and the alliance needs PVI colleagues to join the Steering
Group to inform and guide the CWDC programme. If you are interested and would like further
information, please contact Ian Milsom.

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Want to feature your training here? Contact Ian Milsom, details on page 1


WACA Learning
Providing training and learning opportunities

     COURSE                          DATE/TIME                    COST            PROVIDER

                                    Thursday 2nd October 10am                  WACA Learning
 Introduction to Outcomes                                          £25
                                    - 1pm

 Outcomes for Funding               Monday 13th October
                                                                    £50        WACA Learning
 Applications - Day 1               10am - 1pm

 Outcomes for Funding               Wednesday 5th November           for
                                                                               WACA Learning
 Applications - Day 2               10am - 1pm                     both days

                                    Monday 29th September
 Access Basics                                                      £30        Learning4Counties*
                                    10am - 4.30pm

                                    Friday 16th                                VOLUNTEER
 Attracting Volunteers **                                         FREE
                                    October 9.30am - 3.30pm                    CENTRE **

                                    Wednesday 26th November
 Equality/Diversity                                                 £30        Learning4Counties*
                                    10am - 3pm

 Powerpoint Presentation            Monday 2nd February 10am
                                                                    £30        Learning4Counties*
 Skills                             - 4pm

 Managing and Supervising           Thursday 12th February
                                                                  £30          Learning4Counties*
 Volunteers                         10am - 4pm

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                                    March 2009 date tbc 10am
 Effective Team Working                                            £30           Learning4Counties
                                    - 4pm

For further details http://www.waca.org.uk/html/training.html

01962 848032 or Email: mfletcher@waca.org.uk

Winchester Area Community Action, The Winchester Centre, 68 St Georges St,
Winchester, Hants, SO23 8AH

Harbourside Training

Harbourside Training courses are tailored for Local voluntary organisations including small
clubs. We have obtained funding to reduce the cost to participants.

We are developing our training schedule for September onwards, if you would like a topic
included then please contact us: Training@farehamaction.org.uk

Community First East Hampshire
Community First Training runs a programme of training courses for local voluntary and
community groups. The programme offers affordable training and development opportunities
for paid staff, volunteers and trustees. All workshops are held at accessible community
venues across East Hampshire.

For further details contact: COMMUNITY FIRST EAST HAMPSHIRE, The Tilmore Centre 1
Tilmore Road PETERSFIELD GU32 2HG Tel: 01730 710017 Fax: 01730 710117
Email: training@communityfirst-easthampshire.org.uk
Look on line @ www.communityfirst-easthampshire.org.uk

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Training at The Rose Road Association

At the Rose Road Association we are committed to developing our staff and volunteers,
ensuring they are able to provide the best quality service to our users and customers.
Our trainers have completed programmes in order to deliver fully accredited and certified
courses ensuring that these can be delivered to a high standard
We are now at the stage where we want to share this expertise and knowledge and we have
developed a calendar of courses for 2008. These courses are open to all – those in the social
care sector, private companies and individuals e.g. parents and carers.

All the courses are delivered at our state of the art home, the Bradbury Centre, conveniently
located on the outskirts of Southampton. There are good rail and road links and all training
rooms are fully air conditioned and we have ample on-site parking.

We can also deliver bespoke training courses at other locations across Hampshire and
surrounding counties, please contact Emily Burke (HR Manager) on 02380 721234 for more

Through your participation in our training programme you will also be making a contribution to
the work of The Rose Road Association, helping our young people fulfil their potential in life

Training calendar 2008 – 2009

Training course                    Dates / prices                 Background
CRB Awareness                      31st July 2008                 At the end of the
                                                                  workshop, attendees will
9.00 – 12.30 pm                    £50 Voluntary Sector -         have a full awareness and
                                   £60 Private Sector             understanding of CRB
                                                                  processes, be confident of
                                                                  who requires which level
                                                                  of checks, be able to

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                                                                  identify fraudulent ID,
                                                                  what information can be
                                                                  kept and what to consider
                                                                  when making a recruitment
CRB Awareness (half-day) 21 October 2008                          At the end of the
                                                                  workshop, attendees will
                                   14 January 2009                have a full awareness and
                                                                  understanding of CRB
                                   £50 Voluntary Sector           processes, be confident of
                                                                  who requires which level
                                   £60 Private Sector             of checks, be able to
                                                                  identify fraudulent ID,
                                                                  what information can be
                                                                  kept and what to consider
                                                                  when making a recruitment
Save A Life (half a day)           28 July 2008                   By the end of the course
                                                                  candidates will be able to
                                   1 September 2008               demonstrate the essential
                                                                  knowledge and skills
                                   £30 Voluntary Sector           needed to deal with cardiac
                                   £50 Private Sector

First Aid at work (four            10-13 November 2008            By the end of this course
days)                                                             the candidates will have
                                   9-12 February 2009             covered a wide range of
                                                                  first aid emergencies,
                                   £175 Voluntary Sector          enabling them to deal with
                                                                  an emergency situation
                                   £200 Private Sector            with confidence in a
                                                                  prompt, safe and effective
                                                                  way. The course will give
                                                                  participants a qualification
                                                                  to the highest level of first
                                                                  aid, meeting statutory
                                                                  requirements of the health
                                                                  and safety (First Aid
                                                                  Regulations 1981) which
                                                                  will be valid for 3 years.

First Aid at Work                  9-10 October 2008              A refresher course for
Refresher (two days)                                              those that have previously
                                   £130 Voluntary Sector          attended a First Aid
                                                                  course. The learning
                                   £145 Private Sector            outcomes will be the same
                                                                  as the 4 day First Aid at
                                                                  Work but with updates on

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                                                                  changes in regulations and

All the above information can be found on our website at:


Bookings / contact details

Please complete and submit our booking form if you would like to make a booking.
Alternatively, please contact Emily Burke (HR Manager) on 02380 721234.

Working with VIP

We are currently working in partnership with the Southampton Voluntary
Independent & Private Sector Care Training Project (VIP) as a training provider. If
you are a social care provider then you may qualify to access the course through VIP
who in turn with subsidise part of the course costs.

To find out more information please contact Lesley Watts (VIP project administrator)
on 023 8074 1614 or by e-mailing info@thequinncentre.co.uk. You can also visit
the VIP website.

Future Training Courses

We are currently developing a range of training courses reflecting current issues
affecting the disability sector. If you would like to be informed of new courses or you
would like to work in partnership to develop bespoke training then please email your
enquiries using our online contact form

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