Gloshub Bulletin issue 245, 17 November 2010
All the information you need to work in partnership
Produced on behalf of the Gloucestershire Assembly for the Voluntary and
The Gloshub Bulletin is a weekly round-up of news and information about partnership
working for the voluntary and community
sector in Gloucestershire.
Your voice ASSEMBLY NEWS
and news www.gloshub.org.uk/news
strategic ‘The GLOscars’! Last few days to book your place – deadline 26th
Celebrating Partnership work - VCS Assembly and Compact annual event
Thursday 2 December 2010, 1.30pm – 4.30pm
City Works, Gloucester
The nominations for this year’s GlOscars have closed but remember to
book your place to attend the annual event.
The event will be a celebration of partnership working, along with the
launch of the refreshed Gloucestershire Compact. And of course, the
results and presentations of the GlOscar winners!
Please confirm you attendance with Hannah on
HannahG@glosassembly.org.uk or telephone 01452 522600 by 5pm on
the 26th of November.
VCS Mental Health meeting
Wednesday 15 December, 2pm – 4pm
Gloucestershire Deaf Association.
This meeting will be a chance for the VCS to discuss various initiatives
relating to mental health, including
Mental health commissioning
Suicide implementation plan
VCS view on 1 county Mental Health strategy
Any VCO with an interest is welcome to attend.
A full agenda will be available shortly. Please confirm your attendance at
this meeting with Hannah Gorf on firstname.lastname@example.org
VCS Assembly Team survey – deadline 8 December
The VCS Assembly Team has been contracted by Gloucestershire County
Council’s Children and Young People’s Directorate to ensure that the
county’s voluntary and community sector (VCS) plays a full part in
developing and implementing the county’s Children and Young People’s
Plan and Change Programme.
Bob Lewis, the VCS Assembly Team’s Children and Young People’s
Development Worker has been delivering this 3 year contract (‘the
Infrastructure Contract’). This contract comes to an end in March 2011.
The VCS Assembly Team now wants to take stock of what difference this
contract has made to the work of the county’s VCS, CYP Plan and public
To share your views, you can either download a survey to complete and
return from http://www.gloshub.org.uk/consultations/74-local-
complete an online version at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SG6QX2D
VCS Assembly Board meeting
The next meeting of the VCS Assembly Board is on Tuesday 7 of
December 2-4pm at GAVCA in Gloucester. This meeting will include a
discussion on next steps for the VCS Assembly in light of the review of the
Gloucestershire Conference (see below). Any VCO with an interest is
welcome to attend as an observer.
To express your interest in being an observer contact Hannah Gorf
HannahG@glosassembly.org.uk. 01452 522 600.
GLOUCESTERSHIRE CONFERENCE NEWS (including LAA News):
Gloucestershire Conference undergoing review
The Gloucestershire Conference is the collective name used to describe
the totality of the county’s strategic partnership arrangements. To date,
the Conference has included the Community Strategy Executive Board,
Accountable Bodies Group, county thematic partnerships and local LSPs
(for more info on this visit
However, in response to recent Coalition Government announcements
and policy direction (including the move to Localism, Big Society and an
end to Local Area Agreements) this partnership structure is now changing.
The review of the Gloucestershire Conference commenced in October
and Jess Mace has attended 2 review meetings on behalf of the VCS. An
emerging new draft structure for the county’s partnership structure
includes a new Executive Group (to include the Leaders of all Local
Authorities, NHS Gloucestershire and Police Authority (to be replaced by
Police Commissioner), supported by their Chief Executive Officers. VCS
and private sector representation are still being discussed. Beneath this
may sit some form of county strategic ‘Programme Board’ and a
combination of thematic and task and finish groups.
For more information contact Jess Mace Jessm@glosassembly.org.uk.
01452 522 600.
Gloucestershire Compact consultation
The consultation on the refreshed Gloucestershire Compact has now
closed. The Compact Group will be discussing the final format of the
refreshed Compact at its meeting on the 30 of November. Further
information will follow in future bulletins
For more information contact Jess Mace Jessm@glosassembly.org.uk.
Do you have a good idea on how to spend £500k in Gloucestershire?
Only 2 days to go to have your say!
£500,000 is due to be allocated to the county’s VCS as a result of the
sector’s involvement in the Gloucestershire Local Area Agreement (LAA).
The VCS allocation of this LAA ‘Performance Reward Grant’ will be
divided into 50% capital and 50% revenue expenditure and must be used
to invest in the strategic development, marketing and capacity building of
the county’s VCS.
VCOs are invited to give ideas on how the money should be spent within
these constraints. So now’s your chance!
Take part in the consultation at http://bit.ly/ajKvgn
Coffee, Cake, Consult!
‘Supporting a Stronger Civil Society: An Office for Civil Society
consultation on improving support for frontline civil society
Tuesday 7 December 2010, 9am – 12pm
This informal event is being held in partnership with GAVCA, PATA,
Gloucestershire Rural Community Council, Third Sector Services and
Cooperative Futures to ask local Voluntary and Community Organisations
(i.e. you!) what services local VCS support and development
organisations (also known as ‘infrastructure organisations’) can provide to
enable you to provide the most effective frontline services.
Come along to find out what support these local support organisations
offer you now and give your views on how this support can be improved.
Your ideas could include:
easier access to advice through better use of online support
encouraging better connections between small organisations and
skilled volunteers or mentors from business or larger charities
the rationalisation of local support organisations to become more
Your views will be fed into the national consultation being run by the Office
for Civil Society and locally into the consortium of local support
So pop in for a free coffee and cake and a chance to network, as well as a
chance to express your views. You do not need to stay for the whole 3
hours, it is being held as an informal ‘drop in’.
To confirm your attendance contact Hannah Gorf on 01452 522600 or
You can view the national consultation documents at
Tell us what you think using our new Forum, the Talking Shop: find it at
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Resources and Support for the VCS
The Gloshub Resources Briefing is a new regular newsletter which is
being sent electronically to all VCOs in the county. The Briefing
summarises the latest news, events, funding, training and resources that
are relevant to the sector and replaces the weekly Pulse bulletin.
The Resources Briefing is also available to download from the Gloshub
website at www.gloshub.org.uk/news
More useful information about training, funding and resources is also
available on the GAVCA website at www.gavca.org.uk, and don’t forget to
visit the Gloucestershire VCS Marketplace - our new site for your news,
events, things for sale, free items and a forum for you to share your views
with other members of the voluntary and community sector. Find the
Marketplace at http://www.glosvcsmarketplace.spruz.com/
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