BREXIT: WHAT DOES IT MEAN FOR VOLUNTEERING?

The National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) has created a guide to ‘no-deal Brexit and the voluntary sector, plus a blogpost answering questions such as:

  • Can EU volunteers continue to volunteer in the UK?
  • Are volunteer numbers going to go down?
  • What will organisations need to do in the future?
  • Can UK citizens volunteer in Europe?
  • What should I do next

New fund for frontline organisations tackling loneliness announced

  • Government launches £2 million grant fund for organisations tackling loneliness
  • New funding comes one year since publication of landmark Loneliness Strategy
  • Builds on existing £11.5 million Building Connections Fund and support for community space and tech projects

A new £2 million fund is being launched to help organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness across the country, Minister for Civil Society Baroness Barran has announced this week. 

The funding aims to support frontline, grassroots organisations that bring people together and help them build social connections. These could include community cafés, street parties, coffee mornings or local walking groups. 

The investment will help small organisations promote themselves more widely, help fund the use of suitable venues and accessible transport, and bring established groups together to best serve local people at risk of loneliness.

More details about the fund, eligibility and how to apply will be announced soon.

Free Leadership Programme for Third Sector Organisations Working in Health & Wellbeing

Cascading Leadership from The King’s Fund

Next course starts March 2020.

Cascading Leadership provides an invaluable free opportunity for leaders working in health and wellbeing organisations in the voluntary and community sector in the UK to develop their leadership skills and receive practical support. 

It is built on a peer-to-peer model where an experienced VCS leader (a consultant) supports another VCS leader who is seeking support (a partner). Consultants and partners are matched together in pairs. They meet at least five times over a period of nine months where the partner has an opportunity to work through organisational issues and receive support. The consultant also benefits from being stretched to develop their own leadership and skills, while being supported and supervised by senior staff at The King’s Fund. There is no charge for the programme, which is valued at £5,800 for each pair.

Comic Relief Community Fund (England)

Grants for grassroots community organisations with an income of less than £250,000

Up to £500 Capacity Building Grant or up to £4000 Project Delivery Grant

For work delivering on one of Comic Relief’s four strategic themes:

  • Children Survive & Thrive: projects that support children under the age of 5 to reach their potential and have the best start in life.
  • Fighting for Gender Justice: projects that improve equality for women, girls and the LBTQI+ community and initiatives that help people affected by domestic violence, abuse or exploitation due to their gender.
  • A Safe Place to Be: projects that support people who are rebuilding their lives because of homelessness or forced migration.
  • Mental Health Matters: projects that support good mental health in communities, improve access to support and tackle stigma and discrimination.

Volunteer Management Committee Members, Pavilion Youth Hub

Closing date: 25th October 2019

Pavilion Youth Hub is a charitable organisation, which formed following the collective experiences of a few home-educating families, Nick & Suzanne Wilson being the founder members. Following a difficult transition to High School, they felt they had no option but to withdraw their 11 yr old daughter from school in favour of home education. Although academically able, they feared she may become socially isolated and would benefit from working alongside her peers. The idea of PYH was born.

We have 2 vacancies to fill. We meet approximately 4 times a year to discuss various items, not limited to but including:

  • Governance: Organisation status, admissions & fees
  • Safeguarding: Recruitment, policies and management
  • Finance: Fundraising, banking and financial accounts
  • Premises: Rent, renewals, maintenance
  • Curriculum: Content, timetable, events & planning
  • Pastoral: Mental health needs, partnerships & networking. Hub events
  • Staff: Recruitment & roles
  • Any other business: Anything & everything!

Application process
Should you wish to apply to become a member of our management committee, please put together a brief account of why you are interested in the role, what you can bring to the role, and how the role can benefit you personally. It need not be more than 1 page.

If offered appointment you will need:
• An enhanced DBS certificate. (We can apply for one on your behalf if you don’t already hold).

• To complete safeguarding training. (We will arrange should you not already hold)

• To provide proof of address, and identification. (Utility bill & passport or driving licence)

• To provide 2 references.

Please email your application to pavilionyouthhub@gmail.com


Closing date 25th October 2019.

Head of Joint Commissioning – Children

Employer: NHS North Kirklees CCG

Location: West Yorkshire

Salary: £52,306 to £60,983 per annum

Closing Date: 4/11/19

Interview Date: 13/11/19

An exciting opportunity has arisen to lead and develop the integrated commissioning agenda for children and young people across Kirklees. Leading the development of a commissioning approach you will ensure the improvement of outcomes as identified in the Kirklees Children and Young Peoples Plan and the Integrated Commissioning Strategy. The role is a joint post across Kirklees CCGs and Kirklees Council, as such you will need to build and maintain relationships with all stakeholders whilst being able to work in a complex strategic environment.

The post will also have a number of specific functions including :

  • Being the lead commissioner for the CAMHS local transformation plan and manage a multi-agency commissioning team including clinical staff.
  • Being responsible for the joint commissioning arrangements between Kirklees Council and both CCGs in relation to the statutory duties required under the Children and Families Act.
  • Being lead commissioner for the looked after children health services

The post is initially a 12 month secondment opportunity so you will need the agreement of your current line manager prior to submitting an application.

Next Round of It’s Up To You Funding

Up to £100 for individuals & £500 for groups for community activity

Information events in November in Ashbrow, Greenhead and Crosland Moor

Find out more:

  • Greenhead Ward – Thursday 14th November, 1pm to 4pm at Holy Trinity Church, HD1 4DT
  • Crosland Moor Ward – Tuesday 26th November, 3pm to 5pm at Beaumont Primary, HD4 5JA
  • Crosland Moor Ward – Saturday 30th November, 12pm to 3pm at Thornton Lodge Community Centre, HD1 3JW
  • Ashbrow Ward – Thursday 28th November, 3pm to 6pm at Northfield Hall, HD2 1GS

For further information, please contact:
Jonathan.Williams@kirklees.gov.uk
Mohamed.saloo@kirklees.gov.uk
Mohammed.gaber@kirklees.gov.uk