Welcome to the news section of the website. Here you will find a searchable archive of news items as well as archives of recent issues of our regular publications Briefing Bradford and the Young Lives Bradford Ebulletin (with Centre Forward news to follow).
The new senior management line up of CAB&D has now been finalised. To join Dr Soo Nevison as CAB&D’s CEO, Paul has been appointed Head of Operations, both with effect from the 5th April. Anthony Clipsom, who has been with BCVS for thirty years, will be moving on. The meeting will thus give you a chance to say goodbye to Anthony but also to welcome Soo. Soo is new to the district, so this is a chance for a great Bradford welcome.
The EGM is at 12.00 pm. 5th April in the Mabel Booth Room at 19-25 Sunbridge Rd. If your organisation is a member, you will be able to vote in our new constitution. If you are a member but can’t attend, we’re sorry to hear that, but please fill out a proxy form to help us get the quorum we need.
Young Lives Bradford are seeking to appoint a VCS Representative for the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board and a Chair for the VCS Safeguarding Steering group.
The VCS has played a central role in the business of Bradford Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) since it was launched in 2006 (and is included as a signatory of the ‘Statement of Intent’). Representatives for the Board are appointed through Young Lives Bradford and the VCS are well represented at all levels of the Board.
At the BCVS AGM on 13th December, members were asked whether BCVS should seek to merge with the two other CVSs in the district, KIVCA and SBVS. Approval was given at that time to proceed with a merger.
Now we are holding an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to finalise that process. This will agree a special resolution to merge and adopt a new constitution and name, Community Action Bradford and District.
The meeting will also give you a chance to meet Dr. Soo Nevison, the incoming new Chief Officer of Community Action Bradford and District.
The meeting will be held at 12.30pm, 5th April, 2017 in the Mabel Booth Room, 19-25 Sunbridge Rd, Bradford. A light lunch will be available from 12.00 noon.
BCVS trustees are pleased to announce that Dr Soo Nevison has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the newly formed Community Action Bradford & District Charity (CAB&D) from April 2017. CAB&D is formed from the combination of 3 local Charities: Bradford Community and Voluntary Service (BCVS); Keighley & Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action (KIVCA) and Shipley and Bingley Voluntary Services (SBVS). Formerly Chief Officer of Voluntary Action Calderdale, Soo is a Trustee and Treasurer of the National Association for Voluntary & Community Action (NAVCA) and has significant experience in health and social care.
Improving Attainment in Bradford is the topic of the next Public Forum for Education (PFE) which takes place Wednesday, 15th March, 4.30 – 6.30 (buffet available from 4pm) in the Hockney Conference Room, Margaret McMillan Tower, BD1 1NN.
Sir Nick, chief executive of Bradford-based Dixons Academies Trust, was commissioned by the Government to produce a report into how school standards in the North of England can be improved. His report, published late last year, made a series of recommendations including the suggestion that a scheme to attract and retain talented teachers is piloted in the North.
The forum will be the first time he has publicly discussed his plans in Bradford. Judith Kirk, Bradford Council’s Deputy Director for Education, Employment and Skills will also present the council’s response to Sir Nick’s report and will talk about the local authority’s role in raising standards.
Speakers will also include Sara Rawnsley, Bradford Council’s Recruitment and Retention Manager who will update on work the authority has done to attract and keep teachers in the district.
This includes running the Bradford bus tours, in which teaching students are taken around schools in the district to see what life is like in Bradford schools and the creation of a talent bank in which candidates apply to join a pool of newly qualified teachers who are then matched with schools with vacancies they can apply for. This approach has led to 90 teachers starting new jobs in the district this academic year.
The Public Forum for Education holds “big conversations” throughout the year on topical issues in education. With an independent chair Michael Latham - former Bradford Headteacher, the Forum enables everyone with an interest to contribute their views.
Most importantly we want to hear your views. Anyone with an interest is welcome so please publicise through your networks and bring friends and colleagues. We would particularly like parents, governors and young people to attend.
Bradford Council and partners are undertaking a mapping exercise of all services available within the District in order to understand what services are delivered to children age 0 - 19 (and children age 0 - 25 with special educational needs and disabilities). The aim is to support the development of an integrated early years and early help approach for children and young people across the Bradford District.
Young Lives Bradford would like to encourage organisations to take part to help ensure we have a good VCS response. They are asking partners to complete this survey and return by Monday, 13th February.
At the BCVS AGM on 13th December, members gave the go ahead to merge with KIVCA and SBVS. At the same time, they empowered the trustees to see the work through to the first AGM of the new merged organisation.
Our next steps will be to work with our solicitors to prepare the new governing document. By March, we will call together the members to approve this new document and make arrangements for the new district membership process. This will form a fitting point to say goodbye to BCVS as a separate entity and celebrate our new joint future.
In March, the last AGM discussed the possibility of a merger with Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary and Community Action and Shipley and Bingley Voluntary Services. It was agreed the trustees should investigate this proposal and report back a recommendation. The trustees are now returning with a proposal to pursue this merger.
This is the biggest potential change for BCVS since it rose from the ashes of Bradford Metropolitan CVS in 1991. We hope therefore that lots of you will come along to discuss this momentous change and help shape the direction for the future.
There is also still the routine work to do and we will be running an election for a Board either to continue BCVS or manage transition to our new body and approving our accounts.
To sweeten the pill, we will be offering a light lunch from 1.00pm, with the AGM kicking off at 1.30pm
To see a copy of the merger report executive summary, see below. Merger Summary
Readers will remember a few weeks ago we told you about a major new survey of the voluntary sector in Bradford, Yorkshire and the Humber and the rest of Northern England. Latest figures show we are about 1/3 the way to our target of responses. Bradford District lies third in the table for most responsive districts, behind Doncaster and Leeds.
This survey is a great opportunity to look at the health of our sector. It only takes 15 minutes to complete, you won't need to look up any facts and figures and, hopefully, you'll also find it quite interesting to answer the questions. Your answers are completely confidential, and it does not ask for your organisation's name or address, nor record IP addresses.
If you click this link, it will take you straight to the survey questionnaire :
A major new survey of the voluntary sector in Yorkshire and the Humber and the rest of Northern England is now underway. This survey, carried out by Durham University and, in our region, funded by Joseph Rowntree Foundation, looks to answer a number of questions about our sector, particularly about support, impact and targeting funding.
This survey is a great opportunity to look at the health of our sector. We all have stories about how good or bad things are but this survey gives us the chance to build a comprehensive picture of how the voluntary sector is faring in the North and in our district in particular. When the results are all in, we’ll have a much better picture of the situation in the local area. The more groups, and the more sorts of groups, that take part the better our picture will be. So whether you are thriving, struggling or going along as normal; large or small, your input will be valuable.
It only takes 15 minutes to complete, you won't need to look up any facts and figures and, hopefully, you'll also find it quite interesting to answer the questions. If you click this link, it will take you straight to the survey questionnaire – where you can find more detail on who is doing the work and why:
The Children’s Commissioner’s Takeover Challenge is the England-wide event where children get to take over in the work place. Bradford District is a flagship hub/area for the Takeover Challenge as up and down the country, organisations hand over the reins of power to children giving organisations access to great ideas and forward thinking initiatives. This provides children with a unique opportunity to learn how the world works and inspire them to think how their future careers. This year’s Challenge is launching on Friday 18th November. This is being supported by a number of Partners including Bradford Council, Young Lives Bradford and NHS Employers.
There are three ways that voluntary sector organisations can support this.
Promote the takeover opportunity to young people Please tell young people that you work with about this opportunity. There are seven posters that you can use to publicise this:
Run an “in house” takeover You may want to plan for the young people you work with to “takeover” your organisation or some of the roles. If you are thinking of doing this drop an email email@example.com with the details of who to contact in your organisation to develop your offer. If this doesn't work for you on 18th November (a schoolday) you can, of course, run this on another date.