Issue 562 | 28 March 2019
Free trustee recruitment guidance from Getting on Board
Getting on Board is looking to professionalise trustee recruitment practices with support from Rathbones, in order to help charities navigate one of their most high impact decisions.

At an event this week hosted by The Guardian, Getting on Board launched its free guidance designed to help charities effectively recruit trustees to lead and govern their organisations.

Currently there are an estimated 90,000 vacancies for Trusteeships and 90% of organisations report to recruit their Trustees by word of mouth and existing networks. Men outnumber women on Trustee boards 2:1 , and the average age of a Trustee is 57.
Simultaneously only 41% of Trustee boards are representative of the communities they serve, and a meagre 14% of organisations feel well-equipped to meet compliance, strategic, and development needs.

From assessing skills gaps in an organisation’s Trustee Board, to effective advertisement, to developing meaningful inductions for a new Trustee, Getting on Board seeks to demystify the process and promote the practice of open recruitment for charity boards. You can download the free guidance here.
Sefton CVS Project Coordinator receives national commendation
Adam Connolly, Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project Co-ordinator is celebrating being presented with a prestigious Butler Trust commendation by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal at a ceremony in London this month.

The Merseyside Offender Project is managed by Sefton CVS and also won the NAVCA Award for Making a Difference earlier this month . The project provides one to one support to newly released offenders through volunteer befriending, supporting them with identified issues and guiding them in a positive way with an overall aim to instigate positive change and reduce the likelihood of re-offending.

Adam Connolly received the commendation from the Butler Trust , which has The Princess Royal as its patron; his commendation was one of just 20 granted from over 400 nominations across Britain. The Butler Trust annual awards recognise outstanding service by staff and volunteers working in UK prisons, probation, and youth justice settings.

Angela White OBE, Chief Executive of Sefton CVS added “I want to personally congratulate Adam, the team, and the project’s volunteers for their dedication to supporting people to turn their lives around. I am proud of the achievements of the Merseyside Offender Mentoring Project and I look forward to its continued success in the future under Adam’s excellent stewardship”.
News, views and opportunities
Social Security Advisory Committee launches consultations
The Social Security Advisory Committee (SSAC) has launched two consultations recently and is inviting members of the VCSE community to provide evidence or insight that will inform the Committee’s advice to the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.

The consultations are:

The Claimant Commitment – this research aims to build a better understanding of how effective the Claimant Commitment is in terms of supporting people into work or progressing in work. The SSAC is also interested in whether Claimant Commitments, by setting out clear expectations of what actions are needed in returns for benefit payments, help build trust in the welfare system. Read the call for evidence here .

Social Security and Separated Parents – this research seeks to better understand the living standards of parents who have separated. It will consider the living standards of both the resident (who lives with the children most of the time) and non-resident parent but will have a specific focus on non-resident parents given the relatively limited amount of existing research on this group. Read the call for evidence here .
Rebalancing relationships between large and small voluntary organisations in public services
A collaboration between NCVO, ACEVO and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales, will explore how voluntary organisations of different sizes can work better together in bidding for and delivering public services.

‘Rebalancing the Relationship’ comes following concerns that smaller organisations are being squeezed out of public service delivery. As a result, there is concern that many smaller organisations are being forced to close. The project will ‘ look under the bonnet’ of current bidding and commissioning practices. A call for evidence to be launched in coming weeks will seek views from the sector and this research will contribute to a research report expected in the autumn. You can read more about this here.
Digital roundup
How nonprofits of all sizes can develop digital services
Head of Product at CAST (the Centre for the Acceleration of Social Technology), Suraj Vadgama, has generously shared a presentation deck online about how nonprofits of all sizes can develop digital services. There are some handy links to case studies in here, take a look now.
Make it Social: Tips & Tricks for #SocialMedia Success
This blog from UK Fundraising looks at the recent guide it has produced with Lightful, Social Media Misfits and the Institute of Fundraising, which offers tips and tricks as to how you can make the most of your social media. #MakeItSocial uses three organisations as case studies and in this blog, the main recommendations are set out, based on their experiences.
Tweet of the week
Thank you to Voluntary Support for providing some #WednesdayWisdom about hashtags and how charities can make good use of them to target the right audience.

Take a look at the handy guide Voluntary Support links to in their tweet here.

The Voluntary Regulation Conference 2019 will provide leading updates and best practice insights to ensure all charities deliver high quality regulatory compliance which supports public confidence across the voluntary sector. Attendees will hear from key policy experts and practitioners on effective financial and fundraising compliance, supporting successful transparency and reporting and ensuring charity operations meet the regulatory standards expected of the Charity Commission. Find out more and book your ticket here.
This two-day collaborative conference will provide an exciting opportunity to hear the latest research and thinking on the implementation and practice of social prescribing around the world. You will hear how social prescribing is being implemented in Canada, the Netherlands, Singapore, and Finland as well as understanding progress in the home countries of the UK.

Keynote talks and breakouts include the latest strategic information and discussion from NHS England by James Sanderson, Director of Personalised Care and a comprehensive review of the evidence for lifestyle medicine by Dr Dean Ornish, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University College San Francisco.
Visit our  jobs page  for more details on current vacancies in the voluntary and community sector, or click on the links below:

Community Development Officer, Watmos Community Homes, Lambeth, London
Chief Executive Officer, South Derbyshire CVS

Also here's a   quick guide  to selling yourself when applying for a job in the voluntary sector.

Advertise jobs and contracts here, on our website and through our Twitter page! Just send details including a weblink to . This service is free to members.
Funding, contracts & awards
Our funding section is brought to you by  Community Matters Yorkshire .

The National Manuscripts Conservation Trust (NMCT), administered by The National Archives, provides financial assistance to help with the cost of conserving manuscripts that are historically or educationally valuable. Deadline 01 April.

The Woodward Charitable Trust makes small grants for summer playschemes taking place during the long summer holidays for children between the ages of 5-16 who come from disadvantaged backgrounds. The grants range from 500 to 1,000. Deadline 05 April.

The British & Foreign School Society (BFSS) is a grant giving organisation that offers charitable aid to educational projects in the UK and around the world. Deadline 15 April.

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity provides assistance for children in the UK living with specific haematological (blood) and neurological (brain) conditions.

This Trust seeks to work with people who have innovative, sustainable and replicable solutions that meet human needs in the UK and internationally. Whilst they operate from a Christian faith and values standpoint, they are keen to stress that they support work for and with all faiths and also those with none.
Laura Bell from National Voices discusses the new Peer Support Hub which was launched earlier this month, in this guest blog for SCIE.

The Guardian investigates a housing development in London which has been found to be excluding social housing residents from accessing communal play areas.
Health and social care
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Outcomes for mental health services
The Kings Fund has recently released a report which examines the pursuit of outcomes by mental health services, asking: What really matters ?

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of value-based health care and how resources are allocated to improve outcomes. However, measuring outcomes in mental health services is often complex and fraught with difficulty, with professionals and service users often having very different perspectives on the nature of mental illness and the role of services in addressing it.

Through a series of over 100 conversations with people actively involved in mental health services in England, the report highlights how frameworks for measuring outcomes are often too narrowly focused on clinical outcomes. The report challenges those in mental health to find a consensus on the outcomes that matter to people with mental health problems. You can read the report here.
Introduction to primary care networks
The Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee has published a briefing on primary care networks (PCNs) aimed at community pharmacy teams. This briefing provides an explanation for community pharmacy teams of what Primary Care Networks (PCNs) are and their role in the NHS. You can read the briefing here.
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