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).
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.”
With the AGM just round the corner (1.00pm, 16th February, if it's not already in your diary), members will have recently received a mailing from us. If you didn't get this, chances are you aren't a member.
Does it matter, you might ask? I didn't want to come to the AGM anyway. Well, the AGM is only one part of membership and there are already some perks to membership for full members. You can get a price reduction on meeting room bookings for instance. But from April new offers will be available on training courses for members and we will be able to offer other reductions on prices from our partner organisations KIVCA, SBVS, Volunteering Bradford and Cnet. SBVS will offer discounts on minibus hire, for example, to our members.
All you need to be eligible to apply for membership is to be a constituted voluntary or community sector organisation operating in Bradford. Best of all, full membership remains FREE.
So, beat the rush and make sure you are a BCVS member before the new deals come in so that you can make maximum use of them from April. You can request an application form by e-mailing us on email@example.com . If you are uncertain of your membership status, you can use the same address to contact us and we will check for you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01274 722772 with the details.
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
The Charity Commission now provide the option for a charity's accountant or other nominated agent to submit accounts on behalf of their client charity through a digital service. The charity must use the existing change your charity's details service to give authorisation, and then the accountant or agent can register to use the new service. You may wish to ask the person who prepares your accounts about this.
Following the publication of the two new SORPs, which take effect for financial years beginning 1 January 2015, the Charity Commission have issued two worked examples. All charities and charitable companies preparing their accounts on an accruals basis must choose which SORP to follow. Further information is available free from the micro-site.
The examples, which follow the new accounting standard FRS 102 and the Charities SORP (FRS 102) are available as free downloads from the micro-site. Both examples are fictional.
A new accruals pack (CC17) will be ready by the end of 2015 so that it can be completed by charities as they prepare their year-end accounts. The current pack is only suitable for charities reporting under SORP 2005.
The BLAST Project Update: The UK's leading male only sexual exploitation project providing face-to-face support for boys and young men in Leeds and Bradford THINK BOYS – THINK BLAST. When you refer a boy/young man directly to the BLAST Project, this will be shared with the CSE Hub and the BLAST Project will either: Support the boy/young man on a 1-2-1 basis and work in partnership with the Hub and other professionals involved or Provide preventative group work where the boy/young man will access specialist CSE/grooming sessions delivered by the BLAST Project.
This new approach, along with the appointment of a self-financing boys and young men’s worker means our capacity to work with and support boys and young men across Leeds and Bradford has increased. We currently have no waiting list and are able to respond to referrals quickly. We also have a secure email which is highlighted in the ‘make a referral section’ of the BLAST Project website.
Eric Pickles and Iain Duncan Smith have announced plans to do more to get some of England’s hardest to help families back to work. The communities and work and pensions secretaries are to more than double the number of specialist employment advisers in the government’s expanded Troubled Families programme. The number of welfare to work specialists seconded from Jobcentre Plus directly into councils’ troubled families teams will go from 150 to over 300 from April this year as part of efforts to turn around the lives of up to 400,000 tough to tackle households.
Source: AngelaBarnes, NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary & Community Action), Date: 20/1/15