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).
It is now time again to plan for this year’s Safeguarding Week which will take place from Monday, 19th October to Friday, 23rd October across various venues across the district. The focus of the week is to provide a range of learning and development opportunities for staff and volunteers working in the sectors of safeguarding children, young people, adults and domestic abuse.
There will be a series of drop-in events, workshops, films, lectures and training opportunities to promote Safeguarding Awareness across the Bradford District. We are looking for a broad range of events and would like to encourage service user involvement. Running an event will be a great opportunity for organisations working with children, young people, adults and families to host events to raise awareness of their own services.
Deadline for applications to run an event isFriday 22nd May.This allows time to prepare the programme and circulate to partners before the school summer term break.
If you would like to get involved and run an event click here: Guidance Notes
Can you offer a venue? We would also like to hear from anyone who could offer a venue to host some of the activities during the week. This could also be an opportunity to promote your own organisation’s services even if you decide not to run an event yourself.
We look forward to hearing from any interested organisations.
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.
The Bradford Safeguarding Adults board are undertaking a scoping activity about in-house safeguarding training. If your organisation provides its own training for staff and volunteers please complete and return the questionnaire. This will help inform the future training strategy. Responses by 30th April 2015
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.
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.
Social prescribing is the term used by healthcare providers and the voluntary sector to define community based services to help improve health and well being. This Summit, hosted by Voluntary Action Sheffield, shared information about best practice at a national and local level and raised awareness of the vital role the voluntary, community and faith sector can play. VAS is sharing the presentations from the speakers to help keep the conversation going. Follow the link to an agenda for the day and click to download documents that may be of interest.
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!
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.
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.
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.”