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Issue 224, 12 April 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   

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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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Empowering the Voluntary Sector advice line

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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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BIG lottery publishes new aims and priorities

Big LotteryNAVCA has expressed our support for the strategic framework refresh published this week by the Big Lottery Fund (BIG). This sets out the principles that will inform BIG's work and the funding priorities that will guide them up to 2015. 


The refresh document includes BIG's fundamental principles, their key priorities for funding and new and emerging issues. We believe that NAVCA members will welcome building stronger organisations being made a new key priority. It is a recognition that NAVCA members' work is vital to the achievement of all BIG's aims and objectives. 


CORE 2012

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CORE 2012, NAVCA's residential event for chief officers and senior managers from local support and development organisations, promises to be a brilliant mix of high quality workshops, policy updates and networking opportunities. 


There'll be sessions focusing on the future of infrastructure, marketing, engaging with stakeholders and the opportunity to "grow your own workshop".  

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Help NAVCA by telling us about the cuts


NAVCA cuts webpages logoAll NAVCA members are asked to take part on our cuts survey. This survey asks about local cuts and how they have affected you and the local sector. We need this information for our campaigning work so we have evidence when lobbying government on members' behalf. The deadline is Friday 20 April.


Also, NAVCA is about to start running a very short quarterly survey that will allow us to see trends emerging in local voluntary action and help us make sure that we are working on the right issues. We need a panel of NAVCA members to volunteer to help us with this. Each survey will take 5 minutes and is made up of 11 questions (see a draft here). If you can help by being part of the panel, please email 


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Response to Charities Act 2006

NAVCA has published our response to the consultation on the review of the Charities Act 2006, being led by Lord Hodgson.


London Mayor visits Ealing Community Action

Ealing Community Action's 'Good for Greenford' project went out with a bang when they received a visit from Boris Johnson, hot on the campaign trail. Organisers and volunteers also greeted Mayor of Ealing, John Gallagher and Mayoress Pauline Melson.  


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There are now over  2,275 supporters signed up to the campaign - please publicise it. Charities are putting more pressure on the Government and the Mail and Telegraph, normally supportive of this Government, have criticised the policy. Dame Stephanie Shirley, Co-Founder, Ambassadors for Philanthropy has also written to David Cameron urging him to re-think this policy.
Funding infrastructure

Voluntary Sector North West has published a short paper that highlights the need for coherent investment in local infrastructure and summarises their submission to the Lottery's recent consultation on support for frontline groups. Well worth the five minutes it will take to read it.


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Community rights website

The Government has launched a new community rights websiteIt aims to offer a range of support to 'help local communities achieve their ambitions'.


Volunteering England Membership report

Volunteering EnglandVolunteer centres lost an average of 12 per cent of their local authority funding in 2010/11 but gained new funds from grant-making bodies, according to the new Volunteering England Annual Membership Return report.  


Could you or someone that you know be a Big Local 'rep'?

Renasi are looking to recruit a pool of up to 100 Big Local 'reps' to guide and coach the 150 Big Local areas across England. Each Big Local area has been awarded �1m to spend over 10 years, with local people playing a key role in deciding how to spend or invest their money to improve their areas and create lasting change. In addition to the �1m, each area also receives on-going support from a Big Local rep. This is someone who has experience and skills in working with local communities to improve where they live.  


European Fund consultation


BIS has launched a consultation on the Partnership Agreement for Structural and Cohesion Funds. Please send Robert Beard any experiences of or insights you can offer into how these programmes have worked to support local voluntary action in the past.




Chester Voluntary Action are recruiting a project manager to co-ordinate and drive their Transforming local infrastructure work.�27k pro rata, 30 hrs a week. To apply for this position please download an application pack from their website. Deadline 18 April.


Sutton Connected is an exciting new project which will enable Sutton Centre for the Voluntary Sector (SCVS) and Volunteer Centre Sutton (VCS) to increase the support offered to voluntary organisations (VCOs) in Sutton. To deliver this project they are seeking 5 experienced and enthusiastic new members of staff to work with them until September 2013.  For more information please go to their website. Deadline 4 May.


West Yorkshire Community Accounting Service is seeking to recruit a Community Accountant �24,646 + pension, full time
12 month fixed term contract. 
For an application pack or further details ring 0113 270 6291 or email Alternatively, an application pack can be downloaded from their website. Deadline 23 April.


Voluntary Action Leeds is advertising for a Transform Leeds Programme Manager. Deadline 30 April.


Warwickshire Association of Youth Clubs is looking for an experienced grants and trusts fundraiser (6 Months temporary post). Deadline 30 April.


South West Forum needs an experienced and effective Project Manager with experience in helping voluntary groups to influence and engage with public bodies and decision making to manage their successful BIG funded Stronger Voice project through to June 2013. Deadline 23 April.


Voluntary Action North Somerset is advertising for a Chief Executive Officer. They are seeking a proven leader with a broad range of experience to take them through the next stage of their development. Deadline 30 April.


Community Links Bromley is recruiting to two posts:

  • Head of Community Investment �38,961 - �41,610. 1 year fixed term contract. Reporting to the Director, this is a senior manager post responsible for leading on marketing, members' services, business development and fundraising.  The post holder will also be responsible for a team of staff and volunteers.
  • Capacity Building Officer �28,807-�30,391  pro rata - 28 hours per week 6 month fixed term contract (with potential to extend). This post is responsible for developing and delivering effective capacity building services in Bromley.

 Closing date for both posts 27 April.


South Derbyshire CVS requires a Business Development Manager to develop CreatiVenesS - a trading company set up to generate income to support organisations within the voluntary and community sector in Derbyshire. Download an application pack from the blog and see the job ad on main SDCVS website.Closing Date 18 April.


Tameside4Good is recruiting for two new posts.

  • Tameside 4 Good Development WorkerThey are looking for someone with previous professional fundraising experience, particularly in relation to community fundraising events and initiatives and experience of running projects/project management to help develop this exciting initiative.
  • Corporate Fundraising Development Worker. They are looking for someone with previous professional fundraising experience to include: fundraising/sponsorship from corporates/businesses, and experience of building relationships with large and small businesses. Sales or marketing experience would be an advantage. Application pack for this role can be found here: 

Deadline for both posts 16 April. For an informal discussion please contact Catherine Stuart-Jervis, Chief Executive at The Charity Service on 0773 0217 952


Community Network is looking to recruit a Project Officer on a fixed term Part-time (3 days a week) basis for one. The role is to promote telephone friendship groups to charities, community organisations and individuals in Bedfordshire. For further information please contact or ring 0845 619 9992.  Closing date 16 April.


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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

Help the Homeless

Charities that work to help homeless people return to mainstream society, rather than simply offer shelter or other forms of sustenance, can apply to Help the Homeless for a grant of up to �3,000 towards capital costs. The overall project budget must be less than �1,000,000. The next application deadline is 30 June.


The North of England Horticultural Society (NEHS)

NEHS has launched a new grants scheme, offering grants from �100 - �2,000, to community groups and organisations within the North of England (Yorkshire and The Humber, Lancashire, County Durham, Tyne and Wear, Cumbria, Northumberland, Greater Manchester and the North Midlands) to fund gardening projects and activities.


All Our Stories

Heritage Lottery FundThe Heritage Lottery Fund has launched a new �1million small grants programme called All Our Stories. The programme provides grants of �3,000 - �10,000 to support charities, community groups and heritage organisations running local history projects. Deadline 31 July.



healthHealth & social care

Delivering good commissioning and reducing health inequalities

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A Department of Health Strategic Partner learning event from Disability Rights UK, NAVCA, NCB and Shaping our Lives.

Join us on 25 April, London, to meet with national and local VCS provider organisations and national and local commissioners to share learning, insights and best practice in order to influence good commissioning and to reduce health inequalities.


Themes of the event:

  • NHS Commissioning Board & Clinical Commissioning Groups
  • What good commissioning looks like
  • Citizen, community and voluntary sector engagement
  • Tackling health inequalities.

More information and booking.

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NAVCA's commissioning publicationsNeed help with commissioning?

NAVCA has a range of publications to help you with commissioning, including our beginners guide, a guide for trustees and the recently published guide to 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 successfully challenge disproportionate cuts but also to 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


What do you think of school meals?

The British Youth Council (BYC) want to know what you think about school meals, in particular free school meals. Currently, some young people get free school meals, generally if their parents are out of work. However, who is able to get free school meals is about to change. BYC is working with the Child Poverty Action Group to find out your thoughts and opinions about this change, and school meals in general.


Asylum-seeking Children Report

The Children's Society has released a new analysis of the poverty experienced by asylum-seeking children. It reveals asylum support levels for children and families fall alarmingly below mainstream benefit levels, leaving around 10,000 children in severe poverty for long periods of time.

Policy Policy, consultation and research 

Meaningful engagement when consulting

Compact Voice has published a briefing document which provides a benchmark of the minimum expected in order for engagement on consultations to be considered meaningful. This is particularly relevant when the public body is unavoidably restricted to a less than 12 week consultation plan.




Delivering good commissioning and reducing health inequalities

A Department of Health Strategic Partner learning event from Disability Rights UK, NAVCA, NCB and Shaping our Lives. More information and booking.



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