Organisations funded to work with NEETs
The Government has announced the names of the organisations, including many NCVYS members, who will be working with 55,000 16- to 17-year-old NEETs with no GCSEs at A* to C, who are at the highest risk of long-term disengagement. The new programme, part of the Youth Contract, is the first to use payment by results to help get NEETs re-engaged. Funding worth up to £126 million will be made available to organisations across England. Organisations will receive an initial payment for taking young people on, but will only receive subsequent payments when they show progress. The contracts on offer are worth up to £2,200 for every young person helped, with the full amount payable only if a young person is still in full-time education, training or work with training six months after re-engaging. Find out more
Safer Future Communities and its partners have produced a Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Sector offer to the police and crime commissioners. The offer outlines the key features that make the VCSE Sector an essential partner for the PCCs in the development and delivery of community safety activity. Find out more
Youth unemployment statistics The Office for National Statistics has published the latest unemployment figures. There were 1.02 million unemployed 16 to 24 year olds, down 10,000 from the three months to February. The unemployment rate for 16 to 24 year olds was 21.9 per cent in the three months to April 2012, down 0.2 percentage points from the three months to February. Find out more
State of the City event
Have your say about the key issues affecting Sunderland now and in the future at this free public event. Everyone is welcome to attend or you can watch the event live on the internet.
Sharon Hodgson (Washington and Sunderland West, Labour) has asked about local authorities and their contribution from early intervention grant allocations towards supporting young people with special educational needs and disabilities to participate in education and training. Find out more
Sunderland Carers New Contact Details
Sunderland Carers centre
Tel 0191 5493768
New NEET scheme
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has unveiled a new scheme to help at least 55,000 young people - those 16- and 17-year-old NEETs with no GCSEs at A* - C at the highest risk of long term disengagement. The Government will, for the first time, target funding through tailored support on a payment-by-results system. The Government is making £126m of new money available to give teenagers opportunities to train, work and get their lives on track. Charities and businesses with expertise in supporting young people are being invited to bid for contracts worth up to £2,200 for every young person they help. Support will be tailored to suit individuals' needs, and may include support to help them access and remain in education, training or an apprenticeship. To read more about the scheme, click here
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New Documents have been added to the Members Only area part of the website, including complete set of Policies and Procedures, and examples of Job Descriptions
Criminal records checks
The Criminal Records Bureau has produced a briefing pack on the proposed continuous updating service. Please note these are not definitive statements of how it will work but give a good idea of how the system will work. Find the pack here
Voluntary sector’s experience of local authority commissioning Research is being carried out by Barnardo’s on behalf of the Department for Education’s Family Strategic Partnership (FSP). The aim is to gather views from a range of organisations providing family support services across England, to highlight promising practice and identify any issues they face. A final report will be disseminated widely and findings presented to the DfE, local authorities, and sector colleagues with the aim of improving local commissioning practice. Complete the survey
Poverty Maps Credit ratings company Experian has ranked 326 local authorities in England by key poverty indicators, from child poverty to the risk of long-term unemployment. See how each area compares by clicking on the drop-down menu to view different indicators.
National Youth Work Week
National Youth Work Week has been coordinated by the National Youth Agency since 1993, providing an opportunity for youth organisations, youth workers and young people engaged in youth work to celebrate the achievements and impact of youth work throughout the UK. Youth Work Week will run this year from 5-11 November 2012. In 2012 the theme is “Connected Communities".
Read more about it here
Community Right to Challenge grants programme The Social Investment Business has launched the Community Right to Challenge grants programme on 16 July 2012, these are worth over £10m and are available to organisations that can show they have the potential to compete for public service delivery contracts. Pre-feasibility grants are for amounts of up to £10,000 and are for organisations to build internal capacity to help them to compete to deliver public services and/or run assets. Feasibility grants will be available for organisations that are able to demonstrate that they have good potential to compete effectively to deliver public services. These grants are for up to £100,000 and can be used to support organisations in preparation for competing in procurement bids. There will also be a small number of service delivery grants. Find out more
Youth training for police officers gains sector support
A senior Metropolitan Police figure's call to equip officers working with young people with specialist “youth training” has received the backing of the National Youth Agency and youth justice campaigners.
Inspector Andy Briers, who leads the Metropolitan Police Safer Schools Team, said the way police deal with young people needs to improve and said tailored training for officers who regularly work with them could help address the problem.
UK Youth seals partnership with Microsoft
The multinational corporation Microsoft is to adopt 30 youth clubs across the UK, providing each with a mentor and a technology makeover, it has been announced.
The partnership between Microsoft and UK Youth will see the youth clubs given a technology upgrade, so that they can help provide “essential life skills” for young people using their services.
Summer Reading Challenge volunteers programme from the Reading Agency Young people aged 12 to 24 work alongside librarians helping to run the Summer Reading Challenge. Many libraries are recruiting for volunteers now, so do encourage young people to ask at their local library for details.
Introduction to Youth Work Course
An Introductory Course for volunteers working in youth work settings
Every Thursday from 2nd August until Thursday September 20th 2012
From 10.00 -12.00 At Bunny Hill Customer Service Centre
FInd out more
From 27th June more communities will be able to bid to take over local services they think they can run differently and better as the Community Right to Challenge provisions come into effect. The Community Right to Challenge hands more power back to communities, allowing voluntary and community groups, parish councils and local authority staff to express an interest in taking over the running of local authority services, making services more responsive to local needs and delivering better value for money.
Free IT Training with Microsoft's Digital Literacy Curriculum If you're looking for an online training programme which teaches basic computer skills and concepts, why not try Microsoft's Digital Literacy Curriculum.
The Digital Literacy Curriculum is available free-of-charge to everyone wanting to improve their digital literacy skills. Whether you are entirely new to computing or have some experience, this curriculum will help you develop a fundamental understanding of computers. From using the Internet, to sending email, to creating a CV, the Digital Literacy Curriculum helps you develop the essential skills you need to begin computing with confidence. The Digital Literacy Curriculum consists of five courses:
• Computer Basics
• The Internet and the World Wide Web
• Productivity Programmes (Word processing, Spreadsheets, Presentations, Databases)
• Computer Security and Privacy
• Digital Lifestyles
These courses are in e-learning format with online assessments but are also available for download in Microsoft Word Format. It's a great resource if you have staff or volunteers new to technology, or want to provide an additional service to your beneficiaries. For more information, including course details, check out the Microsoft Digital Literacy Curriculum website.
New Crown Representative to provide voice for voluntary sector 15 June 2012 CAB 046 – 12 A new Crown Representative role for the voluntary sector has been created, as part of the Government’s commitment to enable charities and social enterprises to do more. This new role will open up more public sector business opportunities for these types of organisations, and help improve the relationship between government and the sector. Michael O’Toole has been appointed to ensure the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) voice is heard at the highest levels.
Michael O’Toole has a strong background for this role, and was previously Chief Executive of 3SC, which manages bids and delivery consortia for large public sector contracts on behalf of civil society delivery organisations. His appointment will focus on improving government’s business relationship with the VCSE sector, and make it easier for these organisations to tender for public contracts. Michael O’Toole will also help Government to engage more widely on VCSE issues, and find ways to enable VCSEs to bring their innovative solutions to the public sector market.
Chris Foreman is working with the Sunderland Armed Forces Network setting up a small a-z online directory of "everything" which offers any level of service, welcomes the participation of, has experience of working with, actually looks to recruit new customers from, can signpost to specialist providers.... specifically targeted to ANY former military forces personal of ANY age from ANY service including the TA.
If you feel you would like to be listed in the directory please choose which category below.
• physical or mental health
• leisure activities
• general wellbeing
• setting up a business
• other (feel free to suggest)
If you do know of any other service provider, community group or any other person who you feel should be included can you please forward a contact.
All Together Consortium
Sunderland Children, Young People and Families consortium is an exciting new collaboration between a number of VCSE organisations in Sunderland.
The consortium was initially formed from the membership of Sunderland Voluntary Sector Youth Forum, following agreement that there needed to be a shift in emphasis away from the previous work to focus on the following:
• Strengthening the sector so that they could meet the challenges of Commissioners;
• To work in partnership and collaborate more effectively;
• Be seen as a strong and viable option to tender;
• Be able to use the skills, knowledge and experience of the sector.
For more details, visit the consortium page