Turning families’ lives around and changing how we work with Kirklees’ most vulnerable families

Please see the update below on the Stronger Families Programme


Stronger families qu3 update report


Kirklees Council Disabled Children’s Strategy Group

Kirklees Council have asked TSL Kirklees to help to find an additional voluntary sector representative for this group.

The Group has Terms of Reference (Disabled Children Strategy Group ToR) which set out its role / remit / membership etc. The Disabled Children’s Strategy is at an advanced draft stage, due to go to Children’s Trust in the next couple of meetings.

PCAN – parents of Children with Additional Needs – have been involved with the development of the strategy and associated programme throughout. Carol Thomas from PCAN (Parents of Children with Additional Needs) is already on the group, so the new representative would not be alone. PCAN have a focus on representing the viewpoint of the families of disabled children. We would like an additional VCS representative – preferably someone who has an experience and / or insight and interest in services for disabled children & their families, certainly someone who is interested in addressing and assessing issues from the perspective of the third sector. The time commitment would be a meeting a month, plus any follow up, although the frequency of the meetings is likely to drop back to one a quarter as the programme becomes established. As part of the role, the representative will get to influence and shape policy and service delivery, have access to senior managers in the health, learning and social care fields and, of course, our support and gratitude

If you are interested get in touch with Mary White (Mary.White@kirklees.gov.uk) tel: 07976 497 683 Mandy Cameron(mandy.cameron@kirklees.gov.uk) tel:07976 194490 if you are interested or would like to discuss it further.

Responses by Friday 28th February.

Consortia Seminar Series

We have two consortia events planned in March with Building Consortia for Public Procurement will be held on the 9th March at 12 and a Consortia Development Workshop on the 23rd March at 10am both at Brian Jackson House, Huddersfield.

The Building Consortia for Public Procurement Seminar will be delivered by Faisal Dhalla, a partner at Hempsons Solicitors, who has wide experience of working with the Third and Public Sector.

To book on the Building Consortia for Public Procurement Seminar click here

It is free for members (if you don’t have a code please email) and £10 for others.

The seminar will focus on how third sector organisations can develop consortia for bidding for contracts – different models that are available – pros / cons of each model – process involved.

The Consortia Development Workshop will be lead by Debbie Crellin and will be an interactive workshop looking at what Consortia we can pull together in Kirklees with case studies and covering some practical development aspects.

To book on the Consortia Development Workshop click here

If you have any interest in being part of a consortium or just to find out more these seminars are a must for you.

It is free for all Kirklees organisations.

LinkedIn Lunchtime Seminar

Date: Monday, 23 February 2015 from 12:00 to 13:30

Venue: Brian Jackson house, New North Parade, Huddersfield HD1 5JP

Tickets: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/linkedin-lunchtime-seminar-tickets-15435195084
Michelle Beckett of Talentledge http://www.talentpledge.org/ will deliver a 90 minute seminar on how to make the most of LinkedIn.

Michelle will give an overview of how LinkedIn can help your organisation and how best to use it.

Michelle has delivered hundreds of LinkedIn sessions  – here is just one feedback from a charity:

Charlotte Walton
Manager, St Vincent Support Centre.

‘Michelle delivered a fantastic LinkedIn training course today at St Vincent’s. We started the day slightly skeptical about the power of LinkedIn…and have finished the day completely addicted! The training was interesting, fun and tailored so that it was completely relevant to our organisation. And the cherry on the cake? It was done pro bono, which for a charity is fantastic. With Michelle’s expertise we will raise our profile, operate more professionally, network widely and ultimately generate more funds to enable our charitable activities to develop and reach out to more families needing our help. I very much look forward to working with Michelle again in the future and being part of Talentpledge’

Fair Chance Fund – Congratulations to Fusion Housing

Seven projects have been awarded a share of up to £15 million Fair Chance Funding over 3 years from January 2015.

Up to 7 new Social Impact Bonds to help turn around the lives of the most vulnerable young homeless people.

Funding comprises £10 million from Department for Communities and Local Government and £5 million from the Cabinet Office Social Outcomes Fund.

The winning Fair Chance Fund bids are led by:

  • DePaul UK – working in Greenwich, Manchester, Oldham and Rochdale
  • Fusion Housing – working in Kirklees, Calderdale and Wakefield
  • Home Group – working in Newcastle, Northumberland, South Tyneside, North Tyneside, Gateshead, Durham and Sunderland
  • Local Solutions – working in Liverpool and Knowsley
  • P3 – working in Gloucestershire, Tewkesbury, Forest of Dean, Stroud, Cheltenham, Gloucester City and Cotswold
  • St Basils – working in Birmingham, Coventry, Solihull, Walsall and Wyre Forest
  • The Y – working in Leicester, Leicestershire, Derby and Derbyshire

Outcomes payments will be made according to whether young homeless people with complex needs can:

  • sustain settled accommodation for 3 months, 6 months, 12 months and 18 months
  • achieve National Vocational Qualification equivalent qualifications
  • maintain volunteering
  • sustain full time or part time work for between 6 and 26 weeks

The detailed Fair Chance Fund eligibility criteria for young people are as follows:

Providers can only claim outcome payments for young people who meet all of the following criteria:

  • aged 18 to 24 (21 and over if they are care leavers)
  • not in employment, education or training
  • homeless as defined in the homelessness legislation but not in priority need under that legislation
  • a priority for local authority support but unable to be accommodated in a supported housing scheme due to eg:

o       previous difficulties in, or eviction from, supported accommodation indicating that available supported housing provision is unlikely to succeed

o       security issues eg for young people involved in gangs or those who have committed serious offences

o       their needs are deemed too high/complex to manage within a supported housing scheme because of eg substance misuse, significant mental health issues, low/medium learning disability or personality disorders but not reaching the threshold for adult social care services

o       lack of specialist supported accommodation

Involve’s ‘Action Trackers: One Year On’ survey

Kirklees is under-represented in Involve YHs ‘Action Trackers: One Year On’ survey


Involve need your help in ensuring your area is represented in this vital survey on the impact of welfare reforms on Yorkshire and Humber frontline organizations. This survey is a follow up from the original ‘Action Trackers’ report we published earlier this year, which attracted widespread media interest, including this front page lead story in the Yorkshire Post.


If you have already filled the survey in – thank you so much! We have had some interesting comments and responses, which will be very useful to all of us in our lobbying and campaigning work.

They are therefore extending the deadline to Friday 5 December 2014 and asking if you could please forward the survey on to other frontline organisations in your area, asking them to fill the survey in too.

The survey takes just 15 minutes to fill in.

It is vital Involve document the impacts of welfare reform in the region. They want to put pressure on policymakers to give you more support to deal with the increased demand that welfare reforms have created. But in order to do this, they need to document the situation and provide robust data to back up your case.


It’s time to step up and be counted!