Supporting People Harmed by Crime:

Launch of the West Yorkshire Victims Strategy and PCC’s Annual Third Sector Conference.

Monday 11 November 2019, 1pm to 5pm & 5.30pm to 8.30pm

Central Leeds

You are invited to attend the launch the West Yorkshire Victims’ Strategy. The event will also be the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Annual Third Sector conference, recognising the pivotal role that voluntary, community, and faith organisations play in supporting victims, survivors and communities harmed by crime.

The event will take place on Monday 11 November at a venue in central Leeds – a short walk from the train station – with the first session starting at 1pm and ending at 5pm and the second session, starting at 5:30pm and ending at 8.30pm.

Keynote speakers will include:

  • Mark Burns-Williamson, West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner
  • Vera Baird, Victims Commissioner for England and Wales and formerly Northumbria PCC.
  • John Robins QPM, Chief Constable of West Yorkshire
  • The third sector and victims themselves will also speak at the event and contribute to the discussions.

You will be able to opt into a choice of group sessions to brief you on the wide range of statutory and voluntary sector services available to support victims and survivors and there will be an opportunity for organisations supporting victims and survivors to publicise their services in a “market place” style event.   The programme for the afternoon session will be mirrored by the evening session.  The ‘market place’ will remain into the evening and those who can attend both sessions will have a greater opportunity to network and benefit from the group information sessions. 

The PCC is especially concerned that victims, survivors, other service users and the many individuals who support them as volunteers have the opportunity to attend, and this is why the event will be repeated in the evening. Refreshments will be provided throughout the day and a light buffet will be available for those attending both sessions. 

To register your interest for one or both sessions either an attendee or an organisation wishing to include a stall in the market place please email – consultation@westyorkshire.pcc.pnn.gov.uk.  You can also call on 01924 294021 or 01924 294023 by Friday 25 October 2019.  

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The Good Childhood Report 2019

Read the latest report from the Children’s Society collating the views of young people aged 11-18 from across the UK.

Since 2009 children and young people have become increasingly unhappy. Based on the latest figures we estimate a quarter of a million children are unhappy with their lives, with factors like friends, school and appearance all playing a role.

We are calling on the Government to introduce national measurement of well-being for all children aged 11-18 to be undertaken through schools and colleges once a year. This would enable the experiences of young people to be recorded and issues acted upon for future generations.

The Good Childhood Report 2019 is the eighth in our annual series and alongside the latest trends in children’s well-being, also looks at family, financial circumstance, multiple disadvantage and what children and young people think about the future.

Read our interactive summary.

Find out more and access the full report…

Take Part in our Survey & Help Us Get a Snapshot of the Third Sector in Kirklees

Third Sector Trends in the North 2019

Kirklees Council and Third Sector Leaders are working together to encourage as many Kirklees groups and organisations to take part in ta major study of third sector trends.  This will help us to ensure that we provide the best support and services that we can for your work now and in the future.  It is part of a bigger study across the North of England, being run by Durham University, however if enough people from Kirklees take part, we’ll be able to get a useful data and a snapshot of the sector in our area.

The survey takes just 20 minutes to complete and you shouldn’t need to check up any facts and figures to fill it in. You can complete the survey online on you PC, tablet or phone via this link:

Take Part Now…

Please share the link with as many people as possible & use #ThirdSectorTrends if you’re sharing it on social media. Hard copies are also available from Jo Bolland Jo.Bolland@kirklees.gov.uk 07971 541014 or Billy Tindle Billy.Tindle@kirklees.gov.uk 07814 173077.

More About the Study

Whether your organisation or group is big or small, flourishing or struggling financially – or just carrying on more or less as normal – we need to hear from you.

Using the findings, Durham University will build a picture of how organisations and groups work, how they get their resources and how they are planning to work in future.

The research helps to inform national and local government, health organisations and charitable foundations so that they make good decisions on how to invest in the activity of the third sector.

The research also helps the third sector itself to show the extent and value of the work it does. 

The project has generously been supported by Community Foundation serving Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and Power to Change.

Headline findings will be published in December 2019 and the full results will be freely available from spring 2020. A report focusing specifically on Kirklees will also be available at this time.

Recent reports from the study so far can be found at:

https://www.communityfoundation.org.uk/knowledge-and-leadership/third-sector-trends-research/

If you have any questions about the research and/or the questionnaire, please contact Professor Tony Chapman, St Chad’s College, Durham University, 18 North Bailey, DURHAM DH1 3RH, or by email: tony.chapman@durham.ac.uk.

ACEVO – The Charity Leaders Network Annual Report

Read the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations Trustee Report and Financial Statement for 2018/2019

As well as being of interest if you want to know more about ACEVO and what they do, this is also a good example of how to structure your annual report and make sure that it’s clear, relevant and interesting.

Download the report:

Visit the ACEVO website

The Civil Society Strategy: One Year On

A View from the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO)

Last August the government published its civil society strategy. One year on Elizabeth Chamberlain, Head of Policy and Public Services at NCVO, looks at what’s happened, whether any progress has been made, and what effect Brexit and changes in ministers have had.

Since its publication last summer, we’ve seen changes in the ministers in charge of civil society policy, as well as a necessary focus on all the departments’ resources and capacity on preparing for Brexit, most urgently for the event of no deal. And politically, as of last month we have a new government in charge.

All this has inevitably meant that the impetus that was initially behind the strategy, as well as its ambitions of setting a roadmap for the future of civil society, has somewhat been lost along the way.

But has this really been noticed? Are charities up and down the country asking themselves ‘what is happening with the civil society strategy?’.

Read the full article…

New Funding for Community Spaces

Grants and loans of up to £50k available from The Co-op Foundation and Department of Culture, Media and Sport

Space to Connect Fund – England only

This is a joint DCMS – Co-op Funding opportunity for community organisations across England looking to improve spaces where people can connect and co-operate. Organisations can apply for grants of up to £50,000.

Please note, there are two strands of funding. The ‘Enhance’ strand for existing projects to scale or secure financial sustainability, closes on 31 July; the ‘Explore’ strand for conception stage projects is open for application till 12 August.

For more information and to apply see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/space-to-connect/

Community Space Interest Free Loans – Wales only

Interest-free loans of up to £50,000 are available to help organisations that own or manage a community space in Wales for the benefit of local people and the environment to grow their trading activities and become more sustainable. Funding should help organisations boost their income through viable business ideas so they can benefit the whole community, particularly those facing greater challenges.

For more information, see: https://www.coopfoundation.org.uk/funding_support/cs-funding-uk-2/ 

Endangered Spaces

The Co-op Foundation is inviting community organisations to apply for funding from its new £1.6m partnership with government to help save, improve and protect 2,000 spaces by 2022. Organisations can register interest and will be contacted by Co-op to discuss opportunities.

For more information, see: https://www.coop.co.uk/communities/endangered-spaces 

West Yorkshire based sexual violence charity to host official launch of VictimFocus Academy on 8th July

Survivors West Yorkshire, the Yorkshire region’s ONLY online specialist support service for male survivors of child sexual abuse (Ben’s Place) hosts launch of VictimFocus Academy with the generous support of the Digital Health Enterprise Zone (DHEZ)

This exciting event is taking place on Monday 8 July 2019 at The Digital Exchange in Little Germany, Bradford. It will celebrate the launch of the VictimFocus Academy and Resources Collection, an innovative new international service providing evidenced, critical and ethical resources, tools, books and products. The new collection of resources and education aim to support the field to improve our responses to people who have experienced sexual violence, abuse and trauma. 

With a focus on developing professionals and students towards anti-victim blaming, anti-stigma, trauma-informed and strengths-based approaches, Dr Jessica Eaton will present discussion, debate and findings from her work and from her new resources and services.

The VictimFocus business model is an ethical approach to provision of resources and education, with much of the new products being completely free and with all products being priced to be very affordable.

Dr Eaton (FRSA) is the founder and owner of VictimFocus, the VictimFocus Blog and The Eaton Foundation. The VictimFocus Blog has 1.2 million readers per year and provides a lively, funny and critical perspective on CSE, victim blaming, feminism and sexual violence against females and males. In 2018, Dr Eaton developed and launched the VictimFocus Charter to encourage all professionals to challenge and reduce victim blaming in their practice.

Bob Balfour, CEO and founder of Survivors West Yorkshire, said “we are delighted to be hosting such an important event. It is particularly poignant at a time when funding is increasingly difficult to get, despite organisations reporting big increases in demand for their services. Victim blaming undermines the safeguarding of children and the well-being needs of the adults they become.”

Survivors West Yorkshire is the home of Ben’s Place, a pioneering and secure specialist digital cloud based counselling service. It currently provides professional counselling, emotional support and advice during its operating hours. Its counsellors are BACP registered and have undergone specialist training to work online. During 2019 – 2020 it hopes to offer increasing counselling and support services offline across West Yorkshire.

The free counselling service is available to all males (aged 16 years plus) throughout the whole of West Yorkshire. 

Ben’s Place is named after a West Yorkshire male survivor who experienced childhood sexual abuse between the ages of 10 and 13. Ben took his own life shortly after his 23rd birthday. 

Researchers have found that 1 in 6 men have experienced abusive sexual experiences before the age of 18. This is probably a low estimate, since it doesn’t include non-contact experiences, which can also have lasting negative effects. West Yorkshire has some of the highest rates of sexual crime in the UK.

The mission of Ben’s Place is to deliver a professionally qualified and informed specialist support, counselling and advice service to adult male survivors (currently aged 16 plus) who are ready to look for help with their experiences of sexual crimes committed against them. 

Simply knowing they’re not alone is powerful and healing for many male survivors, especially given society’s denial of sexual violence-abuse, as evidenced by the latest reports from the Inquiry into Childhood Sexual Abuse (IICSA) led by Prof, Alex Jay. 

Survivors West Yorkshire has, for 20 years, proactively lobbied to improve services. It believes that when society listens to the stories of recovery and growth that survivors experience when they are able to access good practice specialist services, it will want to support the amazing courage males show by breaking their silence to recover from the sexual crimes – done to them – as children or adults.

For tickets to the VictimFocus launch visit: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/victimfocus-academy-launch-conference-bradford-tickets-52264396216

VictimFocus: https://www.victimfocus.org.uk