Thriving & Surviving
INTERACT Interact is a framework of ideas, actions, tools and models for those supporting others to collaborate, work together and bid in partnership for tenders. This framework is aimed at individuals in a support role, who help charities, voluntary organisations, community groups and social enterprises to work together. The focus is on collaborating to bid for contracts from the public sector. The framework has been developed following the experiences of NAVCA members and a series of workshops for development workers exploring different ways of collaborating to bid for tenders (Posted 08/03/13).
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DISCLOSURE & BARRING SERVICE - NEW ONLINE UPDATE SERVICE AVAILABLE FROM 17/06/13
DBS will introduce their new Update Service on 17 June. This service will dramatically change the way individuals use their criminal record check and how employers check their suitability. For the first time, individuals will be able to apply to have their criminal record check kept up to date and employers will be able to go online to see if the information released is still current and valid. The Update Service will ultimately reduce the number of criminal record checks people need to have, saving everyone time and money.
DBS know that many of you have been looking forward to its introduction, and apologise that it comes later than hoped. From 17 June 2013, anyone who applies for their next criminal record check can choose to subscribe to the new Update Service for £13 per year*. This will allow them to keep their criminal record certificate up to date, so that they can take it with them from role to role, within the same workforce. More important information on this story can be found by clicking below (Posted 23/05/13).
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WHOSE OUTCOME IS IT ANYWAY? Click here to read the Evaluation Report of the YIZ in Wiltshire & Bath & NE Somerset, looking at troubled families. (Posted 22/05/13)
NOTICING THE CHANGE The Young Foundation has published a new report "Noticing the Change" (http://bit.ly/157DpG0) profiling the journey of three youth voluntary organisations as they develop a focus on outcomes in their work with young people. The report suggests 10 Top Tips for youth organisations to think about as they look at outcomes.
There is also a fun cartoon (http://bit.ly/12PPIGz) depicting the experiences and challenges of one organisation and the learning they experienced in trying to identify the outcomes for young people they were working towards and how to measure them (Posted 12/04/13).
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WORKSHOPS TO HELP VCSES WIN PUBLIC SERVICE CONTRACTS The Cabinet Office has announced that new workshops will help VCSEs to win and deliver public service contracts are now open for registration. Developed by the government with partners in the private and voluntary sectors, the masterclasses will use case studies, practical tools and the direct experiences of experts to guide organisations through what is required to win and deliver public service contracts. The first events will be held in London and Manchester with further classes taking place regionally from March 2013 - read more here (Posted 25/02/13).
LOANS FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS The Government has announced that Start-Up Loans, the £112 million government scheme created to help young people to start their own business, has now supported its 1,000th young entrepreneur. The programme is available to anyone between the age of 18 and 30 whose business is in England. In the first five weeks of 2013 500 businesses have been launched (Posted 18/02/13).
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SEXTING GUIDANCE First government-supported “sexting” guidance published - 19 March 2013
“Sexting” , the worrying practice of sending explicit pictures or video footage via mobile phones and the internet , is all too common among some teenagers. Academic research and staffroom anecdote both point to girls facing pressure to provide sexually explicit images of themselves for others to share online.
The document promises practical support, including how to respond, how to help children involved, how to prevent further incidents and advice on whether teachers can search phones and computers. Its publication was welcomed by Russell Hobby, general secretary of the NAHT, who said it would “help schools deal with this contemporary threat appropriately” (Posted 25/03/13).
THE PUBLIC HEALTH REFORMS: WHAT THEY MEAN FOR DRUG AND ALCOHOL SERVICES Here is a useful briefing from Drugscope that you may find interesting in relation to your work (Posted 14/02/13).
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