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Issue 219, 8 March 2012   


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Practical training for people who support voluntary organisations and community groups

Executive coaching, mentoring and training for chief officers and senior managers   

Tailored workshops on commissioning and procurement   

Workshops on using public law and the Compact to negotiate effectively with public bodies

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Trainers and Consultants Direct

Trainers and Consultants Direct is an easy to use service for voluntary organisations and community groups looking to contract a consultant or trainer.

Bringing in the outside expertise of a consultant can solve problems and help to improve processes, products and profitability. Trainers and Consultants Direct holds profiles of individuals and consultants who have experience of working with charities, voluntary organisations and community groups. 
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Concerned that a cut to your funding was made disproportionately, without consultation or unfairly? The Empowering the Voluntary Sector project offers free advice to organisations who feel that a decision to cut their funding was made in a non-Compact compliant way or has breached public law.

Contact us on 020 7520 3161 or for instant advice to your organisation, for direct support in challenging decisions or just to find out more about how we can help you.

Organisations in North Yorkshire and York recently called us for help and as a result got a much better outcome, See the NAVCA website for the full story.

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As a NAVCA member/affiliate you can subscribe to Peninsula's Employment Law Advice and Tribunal Protection Service at a special rate.

Zurich provides comprehensive insurance and risk management solutions designed for charities and the voluntary sector through a unique collaboration with Tennyson Insurance. Tel 0845 6003184 or email
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NAVCA local HealthWatch success

Department of HealthLocal HealthWatch (LHW) organisations are being established in every top tier authority. A budget of �27 million has been allocated for this work - on average �175,000 per local authority. NAVCA members should be engaging with their local authority, LINk and the local VCS to shape the plans for local HealthWatch.


NAVCA has sucessfully influenced the legislation and DH policy on LHW. Amendments are being discussed today that if passed as expected will mean LHW will be community led organisations, not statutory bodies and must be organisations that operate for the benefit of the community and are accountable principally to the local community. Guidance has also been issued telling local authorities they can use grant funding to commission local HealthWatch and do not have to go out to competitive tender.


NAVCA members will be well placed to play a part in delivering local HealthWatch. Please read the letter from David Behan and explanation of Government policy on local HealthWatch.



New techniques for working with voluntary and community groups


If you've been supporting groups for a while, but would like some fresh ideas and techniques, then this course could be for you.



The day introduces practical tools to support groups facing common challenges and creative techniques for working with them.  The topics covered include:

  • how to use tools with groups or organisations for analysis, planning, prioritising and decision making
  • the advantages and disadvantages of using tools with groups and organisations
  • working with groups over time

22 March, Manchester, from �76 per person. Only a limited number of places are available - book soon to avoid disappointment.


Focus on the impact of the cuts


The Cabinet Office has published a report by ACEVO that analysed applications to the Government's Transition Fund. The report featured in the media over the weekend and suggested cuts to the sector ranged from �1bn at best to �5.5bn in the worst case scenario. Questioned about the cuts by the Labour Shadow Charities Minister, Gareth Thomas MP, the Cabinet Office rejected the figures in the report saying that they do not 'consider these figures reliable.'


Joe Irvin responded by calling for a focus on the effects of charities cuts rather than get caught up in the argument over the size of the cuts.


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New volunteering blog

The policy landscape for volunteering is changing rapidly. As a result NAVCA is reviewing its policy positions and is inviting members to comment. For more information see Peter Horner's new blog: Volunteering in a changing landscape.


Ealing CVS wins funding for hate crime work

ECVS has put together a consortium which has won four-year funding from Hounslow Council to support hate crime victims in Hounslow. This will include hate crime work around race, faith, LGBT and disability.


Is anybody listening?

Interesting blog on the Third Sector website from Richard Caulfield from Voluntary Sector North West about FOI requests on the "modernising commissioning" and "supporting a stronger civil society" consultations (and the lack of feedback).


Help us evaluate our commissioning support

LCPUNAVCA's Local Commissioning and Procurement Unit (LCPU) has commissioned Sheffield Hallam University to undertake an independent evaluation of the Unit's work programme. We would really appreciate your help by taking part in a survey that will take 10-15 minutes to complete.


Police and Crime Commissioners

We have four briefings on our website including a guide for NAVCA members. These briefings are a good way to understand a policy that will have a big effect on local voluntary organisations and community groups involved in community safety work.


Cuts information

Local Councils are currently setting budgets. Keep sending cuts information in to Let us know what cuts your local sector is facing and cuts you are facing. This information helps us argue our case with the government. Also, don't forget our website has cuts resources to help you.

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Visited navcaboodle recently? This is the online place for NAVCA members to share, learn and ask. Kevin Curley's speech at our parliamentary reception can be downloaded from the VCAnet group.


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Francis MaudeNational Citizen Service

Cabinet Office minister Francis Maude has unveiled a team of celebrity ambassadors supporting the National Citizen Service scheme. The list is useful to use to assess how youthful your staff are by seeing how many they have heard of.


Sporting facilities
Sport England has published guidance to help schools open up their sporting facilities to the local community. At the moment, 76 per cent of sports halls, 73 per cent of artificial grass pitches, 29 per cent of swimming pools and 52 per cent of grass pitches in England are located within the education sector. This means that a lot of the country's sports facilities sit redundant in the evening and at weekends, whilst at the same time many sports clubs and teams are desperately crying out for somewhere to play.



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Merton Voluntary Service Council is looking for a pro-active and dynamic person to deliver the Merton Partnership Volunteering Strategy. This will involve raising the profile of volunteering, encouraging voluntary action and improving the delivery of, and access to, volunteering infrastructure services. For more details visit their website.


GROW - The Support Service for Voluntary and Community Groups in Wiltshire is currently recruiting for two posts, based in Chippenham, Wiltshire. They are looking for:

  • a person with a strong administrative background to work as part of their 'GROW' service. Further details and information on their website
  • an experienced person to develop and manage our newly accredited Volunteer Centre. Further details and information on their website.

Voluntary Action Barnsley are looking to recruit a Communications & Information Coordinator. The post-holder will be responsible for creating a web based single entry point for organisations seeking support services and act as a central point of contact for a range of external stakeholders. Applicants should understand the key issues affecting the successful marketing and promotion of services and have an understanding of the voluntary and community sector. For details and an application pack visit


North Yorkshire and York Forum is currently recruiting for two new full time positions who will work as part of a small team supporting implementation of the successful North Yorkshire Transforming Local Infrastructure Fund bid.

  • Creative Change Project Officer
  • Creative Change Development Officer

Deadline 26 March 2012. Further information and recruitment packs for both posts are available to download from their website.


Runnymede Association of Voluntary Services are looking to recruit a Corporate Engagement Manager to build relationships with businesses across Surrey. More information available on their website or by emailing


York CVS require the following four posts: 

  • Project Manager - Making Infrastructure Everyone's Business 18.5 hrs, �27,052 Pro rata   
  • Strategic Hub Coordinator - Making Infrastructure Everyone's Business 18.5 hrs, �24,646 Pro rata
  • Enterprise Accelerator - Making Infrastructure Everyone's Business 18.5 hrs, �24,646 Pro rata
  • Marketing and Communications Officer 22.5 hrs, �24,646 Pro rata

For more information ring York CVS 01904 621133 or visit their website.  


CVS WhirligigAdvertise your Job here!

The offer of free job adverts has proved popular with members, so we are intending to continue it. Just send details including a weblink to



fundingFunding and awards

Hilden Charitable Trust

The Hilden Charitable Trust has allocated a small budget to help community groups run summer play schemes for disadvantaged communities.  Some priority will be given to projects which show they are inclusive of children from refugee families, and show BME involvement.


Revive your neighbourhood

CLGCommunity and voluntary organisations have been invited by the government to apply for a share of �100 million that will help revitalise communities and bring empty homes blighting their areas back into use. Deadline: 17 April


The Wakeham Trust

The Wakeham Trust gives preference to organisations that do not employ staff. Grants are provided to help people rebuild their communities, in particular neighbourhood projects, community arts projects, projects involving community service by young people, projects set up by those who are socially excluded, and innovative projects to promote excellence in teaching.



If you know anyone who works for WHSmith, ask them about their grant scheme. They aim to support the local communities in which WHSmith staff and customers live and work. WHSmith employees must have direct involvement with projects. Maximum value is �1,000 and applications can be made any time.


Sanofi 2012 Patient Group Bursary

Sanofi has launched its 2012 Patient Group Bursary. Patient groups entering the 2012 bursary scheme will need to demonstrate that their programmes can deliver improvements in patient empowerment and information. Applications are welcomed from patient groups in the broadest sense, be they local groups, social enterprises or even professional associations, for which three successful applicants will receive a grant to the value of either �25,000, �15,000 or �10,000


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�22 million for children's mental health programme

Up to �22m will go into a programme to give children with mental health problems access to the best available services in a wider range of places. Members are advised to ask their local authorities or Primary Care Trusts how local voluntary or community organisations may be able to access this money. 


Rare diseases consultation

As local voluntary and community organisations often provide vital support to people with rare conditions they may like to know that the Department of Health is asking for views on the recently published first ever UK plan on rare diseases. If NAVCA members or any local organisations they support respond to this please would you share your views with NAVCA by contacting


Have your say on draft dignity report

The Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People is inviting feedback by 27 March, on its draft dignity report. Focused on the care of older people in hospitals and care homes, the draft report recommends changes to culture, leadership, management, staff development, clinical practice and service delivery. Read the report and tell the Commission your views 2012.  If you do respond to this please would you share your views with NAVCA by contacting


Free learning events for LINks members

Learning for LINks logoThe Department of Health has asked a consortium of its strategic partners to run a series of learning events for LINks members over the next few months. These events will focus on how people can develop their skills as leaders, carry out 'enter and view' visits, represent the views of local people, engage with diverse local communities and influence decision makers. They are free to attend, travel expenses will be paid and lunch is provided.



recentlypubRecently published 

Danger that crime will rise as vital services cut

New research from Clinks indicates that national and local government cuts have resulted in a decrease in the quantity and quality of the services on which the most vulnerable depend. 


Social Value

Social Enterprise UK has published A brief guide to the Public Services (Social Value) Bill. It makes a number of interesting points including that the Bill's provisions don't apply to public works contracts; so while these are potentially a major source of carbon emissions, they are excluded from the requirement for local authorities to give greater consideration to "social or environmental wellbeing" as well as economic growth.


Third sector leadership: the power of narrative

Third Sector Research Centre

This report from TSRC says that much of the sector's conversation appears to be focused on questions of organisational survival and resilience. There seems to be precious little discussion of the deeper question - of what the sector is becoming, or what role it should play through and beyond the contemporary politics of austerity.


Grants and Contracts - Outsourcing by Public Bodies: VAT Implications for Charities

Public bodies outsourcing services to charities do so either by making grants to charities or by paying fees to charities under contracts. In some cases the choice between a grant and a contract can, because of the VAT rules, make a real financial difference to a charity. The Charity Tax Group has published guidance explaining the VAT consequences of both grants and contracts.



learningLearning & development

Scales of justiceHelping you challenge unfair funding cuts

Over the past six years NAVCA's Empowering the Voluntary Sector project has delivered workshops and a free advice line that have helped local voluntary and community groups to not only to successfully challenge disproportionate cuts but also build relationships with local public bodies.


To find out more about how these workshops can help you negotiate effectively with public bodies on issues such as funding cuts, policy change consultations and local authority decisions concerning the provision of services, contact


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NCVYS logoOver the coming weeks and months, NCVYS, as part of the Department for Education's Overarching Strategic Partnership (which includes NAVCA) are offering a number of FREE events to support those working in the voluntary and community sector with children, young people and families.
  • The Eye of the Storm seminar (20 March, Reading) is a one-day, multi-sector health and wellbeing seminar for service planners and practitioners.
  • Policy classes (London) will look at prominent areas of policy development - education (8 March), safeguarding (15 March) and benefit reforms (22 March) and bring together VCSE organisations to learn from each other about the impact of policy initiatives.
  • Keep the faith: Inter-faith seminar (26 March, Birmingham) is a one-day, multi-sector, inter-faith seminar for facilitators, trainers and youth practitioners working with children, young people and families. 

See the NCVYS events page for more details of all these events.


Calling all young people! What's your view on services for young people?

Aged 11-25? Want to share your views on current services for young people? Do you feel there is enough information, advice and guidance for young people? Any ideas on how current services for young people can be improved? Join the NCVYS one-day free interactive workshop in either London (28 March) or Birmingham (19 March) to discuss current services aimed at young people and how these can be better.



Policy Policy, consultation and research 

NCVOUK Civil Society Alamanac website

NCVO has published the UK Civil Society Almanac 2012, the definitive overview of the voluntary sector. This year they have also set up a website allowing readers to access the analysis, charts and tables online.


The Big Society - what does it mean for equalities?

WRC and Voice4Change England have been commissioned by OCS to provide advice to Government on the barriers and opportunities for promoting equality in the Big Society. As part of their research they are trying to ensure organisations aware of key Big Society policies and programmes and help them explore potential opportunities and challenges. They have produced three key Big Society policy briefings:


Climate Week - one week to go

Climate week 2012 logoClimate week starts on 12 March. It aims to catalyse a new wave of action to help create a sustainable future. If you are running activities for Climate Week, register them on an online map. This takes just two minutes and will grow the movement for change, by inspiring many others in your area to run their own activities. It will also help you gain recognition for your work.


The Role of the Voluntary Sector

Free Department of Health event which will share knowledge and views on the different ways in which the VCS can contribute to integrated care.  Speakers include GP commissioners, local VCS and NHS providers; DH policy Leads and representatives from NHS Commissioning Board, local government, Future Forum and National Association of Primary Care. 19 March 2012, Coin Street Neighbourhood Centre, London SE1 9NH. To book email:


Navigating the Equality Delivery System (EDS): A learning event for voluntary and community organisations

The Men's Health Forum, the Race Equality Foundation and the Women's Health and Equality Consortium, are hosting a joint learning event to inform voluntary and community organisations about the new Equality Delivery System (EDS). This FREE event will be held 23 March. London.



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