25 September, 2018

Bristol City Council has announced its next steps for reversing the £5 million in savings from its Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) budget for 2018–19.

The reversal follows a High Court challenge brought by two families in which the judge ruled that the council should have consulted on the decision before it was made and that it was therefore unlawful.

The next steps are as follows:

22 August, 2018

Avon and Somerset Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner (OPCC) has released tender documents for those providers wishing to provide it with victim support services from April 2019. Each new contract will last for four years.

Voscur and the Somerset VCSE Strategic Forum were commissioned by the OPCC to link with the wider voluntary and community sector and seek their views on the future of victim support services and how current services impact on their organisations.

31 July, 2018

The VCSE sector will play a key role in delivering adult care and support according to Bristol City Council’s new market provision statement.

Launched in early July, ‘Working with us for Better Lives’ sets out the council’s vision for radical changes that it intends to make to adult care and support over the coming years.

5 July, 2018

The European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme has announced a call for proposals to support young people (age 16-24) not in education, employment or training (NEETs). Summary details are as follows.

Aim: The ambition in the West of England area is to ensure that young people and adults are equipped with the skills, resilience and support they ultimately need to secure and sustain employment.

Applications open: 3/7/18

Deadline: 11/9/18

Funds: £2million, minimum bid £400,000

50% match-funding is required

Duration: up to 3 years

4 July, 2018

Voscur is reminding VCS organisations that provide Information, Advice and Guidance (IAG) services that it can support them with partnership and collaboration support.

This follows the launch of a Bristol City Council consultation on commissioning and funding models for IAG services, which include advice on benefits, employment and debt.

3 July, 2018

The Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has now published the commissioning plan for a range of victim services for the area. This follows a period of consultation in which feedback was invited from a wide range of stakeholders.
 
The PCC is responsible for the commissioning of local victim services such as emotional support for victims, independent sexual violence advisors and modern slavery support. New services will be put in place from April 2019 when the current contracts and grants conclude.
 

14 March, 2018
The Avon and Somerset Police Crime Commissioner (PCC) has published draft commissioning intentions for a range of victim services and is now inviting feedback from local stakeholders.  
 
6 February, 2018
Bristol’s re-commissioned Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service (ROADS) went live on 1 February.
 
18 December, 2017

 

To deliver on citizens’ high hopes during tough times, working more effectively with local voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations (VCSE) is a smart place to start. Voscur’s submission to Bristol City Council’s corporate strategy and budget consultation therefore sets out a number of ways the VCSE sector is able to play a full and meaningful role in shaping the future of our city and its citizens.

Blog: an update on Bristol's social value and the VCSE sector

Blog written by Mark Hubbard, Head of Commissioning at Voscur.

I gave evidence on behalf of Bristol VCSE sector at yesterday’s Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on Council Commissioning and Contracts (Bristol City Council scrutiny). Alongside Voscur, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) was also asked to present the perspectives of potential bidders for public service contracts – on commissioning and social value.

My presentation included these main points:

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