Apply Now: 3-Months Free Support for Local Social Enterprises

Accelerator Programme designed to support the growth of social enterprises (including charities).

“Social enterprise is said to offer possibilities for social engagement and economic inclusion to different social groups, providing novel solutions to a range of societal problems that the state and private sector have been unable to solve.”

In partnership with Global Enterprise Links (GEL), Kirklees Council have launched a three month programme to support and develop social enterprises, community groups and third sector organisations.

The project will include a flexible, blended, practical approach designed to help participants take their organisations forward.

The programme will include:     

  • Access to Finance         
  • Digital Transformation: Data Visualization
  • Developing Leadership: Culture        
  • Management Capability: Teams, workforce development  
  • Coaching and Mentoring : Business mentors      
  • Marketing, Customer Experiences, Social Media Marketing

For further information please contact Sharon@yaba.uk.com / 07807 474885

Start date September 2019

Please note: Entries will only accepted from social enterprises or charities. A social enterprise is any organisation, including charities, that is trading or wants to trade and earn profit for community benefit. It is defined by Social Enterprise Yorkshire and Humber as:

  1. having a clear social or environmental mission which is set out in its governing documents,
  2. an independent business which earns income through trading,
  3. controlled or owned in the interests of the social mission,
  4. either reinvesting or giving away its profits or surpluses to further its social purpose,
  5. and transparent about how it operates and the impact it has.
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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

Community Learning Works Supports Community Cake Event

TSL Member, Thornton Lodge Action Group Hosts Successful Mother and Daughter Bake-Off

In Partnership with Huddersfield Community First and supported by Community Learning Works, Thornton Lodge Action Group co-ordinated a Tea Party for mothers and daughters for the local community.    Over 200 people flowed through the doors, who all had an opportunity to vote for the 7 entrants competing in the community bake off competition.  All entrants’ cakes were tasty, rich, creative in design and worthy winners, however, the winner selected by the community and the judges was mother and daughter team of Nuhida Ali and Aneesa Ali who won  £50.  Lost for words on the afternoon, Nuhida offered a written quote:

I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who voted for our cake and the judges for choosing our cake as the winner. Everyone’s cakes were amazing, and I’m sure they all enjoyed making them with their daughters.  I would also like to thank the event organisers, for their efforts in putting everything together. It was a good turnout and i hope everyone enjoyed the lovely cakes.

Bridget Hughes from Community Learning Works said:

Well done to all the team at Thornton Lodge Action Group for organising such an enjoyable and successful community event and congratulations to the winners and all the entrants. These ladies are very talented and have further developed through attending courses at TAG. This event shows how community learning can help people develop skills for employment and self-employment.

Thornton Lodge Action Group would like to thank our partner Huddersfield Community First, our event sponsor Community Learning works and the volunteers for the support in running a successful event.

To view some of the photos and cake entrants click here.  If you would like to join our next cupcake and cake decorating course, contact us today.  View the poster here.

For more information about Community Learning Works and funding for community learning projects, please contact bridget@tslkirklees.org.uk

Locala Community Fund Opens on 1st September

Community, third sector and voluntary groups based in Kirklees, Calderdale or Bradford can apply for up to £1500 in funding

In March 2019, 12 groups from Kirklees, Calderdale and Bradford received a share of £10,000 of funding. From September, the fund will be open for applications again, with priority given to projects that fit with Locala’s strategic objectives. These are:

  • Supporting carers
  • Reducing social isolation
  • Opportunities for young people
  • The local environment

For details of who can apply, how the fund works and other FAQs, see the Locala website.

To join the mailing list for updates on the community fund, please email membership@locala.org.uk

THIRD SECTOR JOBS: Various Roles working to support Families and Young People

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust – Be part of our team!

  • Communications Officer
  • Specialist Practioners (Children’s Mental Health)
  • Well-Being Support Workers
  • Emotional Health Worker
  • Project Worker – RISE

All deadlines are 1st September 2019

Northorpe Hall Child & Family Trust continues to grow and around 75% of all charity funds are spent on salaries, so we are recruiting again.

In 2019, we’re a partner in Thriving Kirklees – joining up and transforming health services for families in Kirklees and we have additional funds to reduce waiting times.  We’re working more closely with schools and have been funded to pilot mental health support teams in schools, again in partnership.  We continue to successfully raise funds by working with local businesses and through weddings and events in our barn, as well as receiving funds from the Big Lottery and Children in Need.

There are a wide range of people working at Northorpe Hall in 2019 – over 70 employees, plus volunteers, self-employed workers including counsellors, trainee education mental health practitioners and CAMHS and Nursing staff employed by partner organisations, co-located with us to join up services and provide the best support to families and young people in Kirklees.

The team is diverse, talented, hard-working and friendly – with a wide range of experience and professional backgrounds.  Some joined us early in their career and have gained experience and qualifications with us over the years, others have brought significant experience from education, social care, clinical settings and family or youth work.  We provide high quality support, supervision and training to staff to ensure they can provide quality support to young people and families.  We work 8am to 8pm to respond to family’s needs, so we can offer flexible working and part-time hours too.

Now is a great time to join the Northorpe Hall team.  You’ll get great experience of innovative, responsive mental health support to children and families; get training and development opportunities to grow your skills and knowledge and you’ll feel supported and valued as part of a team.  You will also make a real difference to the lives of local young people who really need your support and care.

Check our job vacancies at https://www.northorpehall.co.uk/get-involved/job-vacancies

Or register at the same web address to receive all new vacancies directly by email.

Be Part of Shaping the Future of Adult Social Care in Kirklees

Give your views as the joint health and social care workshop, Friday 13th September in Dewsbury

Do you access health care and social care in Kirklees?

Many people need both health care and social care and we know that many people, including carers and family, have to contact both health and care services seperately, In Kirklees this often means contacting Locala through Single Point of Contact (SPoC) and Kirklees Council through Gateway to Care.

Kirklees Council are supporting a programme of research to understand and improve people’s experiences of contacting services about their individual care, support and health needs. We would like people who have had experience of contacting both health and care services, to join us at this workshop where we will explore:

  • What is it like to talk to both organisations separately about the same person?
  • Have you had questions about both your own or a loved one’s health care and social care needs?
  • How customer friendly is the current setup?
  • Could enquiries about health and social care be dealt with differently?

Please join us at the Walsh Building, Dewsbury on Friday 13th September 2019, from 1pm to 2.30pm, for a friendly, informal session to share your insight and experiences. Light refreshments will be provided and travel expenses can be reimbursed.

We can provide assistance to enable you to attend or particpate, if you need it. Please let us know when you book.

Any information you provide will be seen only by the Gateway to Care and Locala team working on this project. We won’t share your details with anyone else.

Thank your for reading and for your interest in shaping the future of social care in Kirklees.

Register now…

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…