Bradford CPA, a wholly owned trading arm of Bradford CVS, offers a comprehensive payroll service to meet the needs of voluntary/community groups and other organisations.
The service provides practical support, information and advice on any aspect of PAYE and other payroll related issues, taking on the administrative burden and freeing you to deliver your voluntary and community services.
Internships can be a great way for charities to attract the right sort of volunteer. But they can also be exploitative of those volunteers. In order to help charities avoid the pitfalls, NCVO has produced new good practice guidance on volunteer internships, which sets out a number of principles for organisations to follow.
Email marketing provides one of the highest returns of any direct marketing channel. This guide will equip you with advice on how to get started, developing a contact list and the design and testing your marketing email.
GOV.UK is a single site for government and therefore contains a vast amount of material. Since moving to GOV.UK the Charity Commission have looked at how people are finding information. Here are some tips to help you search for and find their guidance for charities and their advisers:
When using Google, Bing or other search engines, always include 'charity commission' in your search terms, eg 'report serious incident charity commission'.
Bookmark the list of topics - these list guidance for charities produced by the commission and others (eg HMRC).
Bookmark their homepage to use its quick links for common tasks like annual returns.
If you're using GOV.UK's site search, choose to only show commission guidance in search returns by clicking on the drop-down 'Organisations' filter and ticking 'The Charity Commission' (alternatively you can also include 'charity commission' in your search terms).
Click 'The Charity Commission' link at the top of each page of guidance to return to our homepage (or type 'charity commission' into GOV.UK's search box).
Many VCS orgs make use of Facebook and Twitter. But these are not the only things out there and applications like instagram and pinterest may be more appropriate to the audience you are trying to connect with. Here are some quick tips from marketing experts that may be of help in getting the most out of these.
Instagram is a great platform for capturing spontaneous moments and giving insight into what your charity gets up to behind the scenes. Check out these top tips on How to make the most of Instagram
Infographics can be useful to get you message over in a visual way. Here are some free downloadable templates created by Hubspot. The usual caveat that this is a resource provided by a commercial company, so beware what you sign up for.
Search Engine Optimisation is the art of making your website more attractive to search engines so it comes out near the top of everyone's search. In a narrow sense there are some technical tricks to this but here is an infographic which looks at it more widely, concluding that it is content that is the real driver. Even if you skip the techie bit, there are some interesting tips here. And anything which introduces something called Google Penguin into the argument must be worth a look.
There are many forms of social media to use to get your groups message out these days. Each has a different target audience and each has a different style. A message which is great on one platform falls flat on another. Here is another of those useful infographics on how best to design for a range of social media types from Twitter to Tumblr and many stops between.
Running a property can be a headache for VSC organisations. But there is help available. For example, Ethical Property Foundation provide independent, ethical advice and support to charities and community groups. Buying, letting, renting, disputes, finance are all topics covered. To access the information, you need to register then you can log into a range of free resources. To get started, click the link below :
The Department of Health, NHS England, Public Health England and the Voluntary Community and Social Enterprise sector are conducting joint review of health and care sector investment in VCSE provision.
For a chance to have your say, follow the links in the attached document
Bradford CVS Annual General Meeting will be held on Monday, 16th February 2015 at 1pm in the Mabel Booth Room, Bradford CVS 19 – 25 Sunbridge Road, Bradford BD1 2AY
Our speaker this year is Neil Cleeveley, the newly appointed Chief Executive of the National Association of Voluntary and Community Action. Neil has many year’s experience working on national policy matters and we have asked him to use his knowledge of the national scene to look forward to the VCS under the next government, whatever complexion that may have. Given that the main parties are all wedded to some degree to continuing austerity, is it just a question of least bad options or is there hope for a better future?
BCVS has vacancies again for people interested in serving on our Board of Trustees. We have a very engaged Board who would welcome keen new members interested in developing our services.
Nomination forms have been posted to our members – if the postal contact for your group isn’t you, we can tell you who it has been sent to. If your organisation is not a member, there may be co-option places after the AGM – please contact us if interested.
In order that we may cater for everyone, would you kindly let us know whether you will be attending the AGM no later than 11am on 13th February. You can email email@example.com or call 01274 722772 with the details.
Paul Stephens is the newly elected Chair of the Bradford District Assembly (BDA), Helen Speight will continue in here role of Vice Chair.
For the past four years Paul has been Chief Executive Officer of Shipley and Bingley Voluntary Services (SBVS). He is an active member of the Bradford District Assembly, regularly attending the Health and Wellbeing Forum and until recently actively involved in the Regeneration and Prosperity Forum.
Speaking of his appointment, Paul says
“I look forward to serving the sector through the role of Chair of the Assembly. At a time of great upheaval and increasing challenge, there has never been a more important time for the voice of the sector to be heard.”
Those who attended our AGM on 16th February will know that members voted to delegate authority to appoint new auditors to the Trustee Board because it had not proved possible to complete the tender process by the date of the meeting. The Trustees have now made their decision and have appointed local firm Andrew S. Parker. We look forward to a productive working relationship with the company in future years.
A new publication from NHS England is a great new tool to make the case to commissioners.
Bite-size Guide to Grants aims to support clinical commissioners to better understand grants and can be used in your work with CCGs. It outlines the benefits and principles of providing grant funding for the voluntary sector and suggests practical steps for commissioners about using grants to support priorities.
NHS England worked with some of the strategic partners, including NAVCA, to produce the guide. It has been published alongside a non-mandatory grant agreement which CCGs are able to use and adapt. NHS England has said that they are committed to working with voluntary sector partners to develop this agreement over the coming year and to publish other resources to support commissioners to work with the sector.
DOING BETTER TOGETHER: A Manifesto for the VCS in Yorkshire and Humber
The general election is fast approaching and Involve is ensuring that political parties know and understand the valuable work being done by voluntary and community organisations in Yorkshire and Humber, and the way government can work with us to make the region a better place for everyone.
At the end of March, Involve will be contacting the prospective parliamentary candidates from the major parties in our region. We will ask them to comment on the manifesto proposals, engage with their local voluntary sector and support the VCS to build thriving communities across Yorkshire and Humber.
We can’t do this without YOU
Before we do that, we demonstrate our strength in numbers. So we are asking all voluntary and community organisations to pledge their support for the manifesto by Friday 20th March.
The more supporters we have when we approach candidates, the more likely we are to secure their interest and support and achieve the requests in the manifesto. Pledging support is really straightforward: just click on the link below and fill in your organisation’s name - that’s it!
At a recent meeting of the Resource Management Group, which is the policy level meeting between Bradford Council and the VCS Assembly, it was agreed we would begin a "light refresh" of the VCS Compact. What that means in practice is that we will not review the provisions except to change clearly out-of-date terminology, but will instead concentrate on modernising the implementation provisions, promote the existence of the Compact and its provisions and work to engage signed-up partners on how they use the Compact within their organisations. This last point will see Council and VCS Partners attempt to work out exactly how the CCGs relate to the Compact, as the original was signed by their ancestor, the Bradford District PCT.
A copy of the current Compact is attached to this item.
The report summarises an independent evaluation of the Community Organisers programme.
Evaluation work began in October 2012 and will finish in June 2015 with a final report. The report summarises a near final assessment of the programme. The summary aims to provide lessons for similar interventions in future. The final full report will provide detailed findings in answer to evaluation questions, as well as providing the analytical background for this report.
This report summarises an independent evaluation of the Community First programme.
Evaluation work began in October 2012 and continues until the end of March 2015. It aims to explore how effective the programme is and what social impact has been achieved.
The summary aims to provide lessons for similar interventions in future. The final full report will provide detailed findings in answer to evaluation questions, as well as providing the analytical background for this report.
The review found that the Act is having a positive effect where it is taken up, and that it has clear potential to act as a tool for smarter procurement given the right application. The review also makes recommendations around how to further develop the social value agenda and to move the Act into its next phase of implementation.
Bradford Council has published a summary of feedback gathered at the public consultation sessions as part of the "New Deal for Bradford District" initiative. The document also outlines the next steps, which will include progression through partnership structures. Bradford CVS and the District Assembly will play key roles in contributing to these discussions. There will also be participatory workshops (details to be announced.) The council have also published a paper for the next Executive which makes recommendations for approval.