31 July, 2019

 

A new toolkit encouraging local businesses to measure their social value in Bristol has been launched in a bid to help organisations establish the positive impact they are having in the city.

Mental health services in BNSSG
22 July, 2019

 

Anyone with experience of accessing mental health services in Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire is invited to take part in a survey which will help improve these services in the future.

19 June, 2019

 

Voscur Trustee and Sector Leader Suzanne Thompson is CEO of The Restore Trust. In this article she explains why the latest probation reforms need to go further to ensure voluntary sector involvement.

 

I was among the many who welcomed the proposed reforms of the probation service last month.

8 April, 2019

 

Bristol City Council is consulting on the future commissioning of ‘help when people need it’ services.

The council is looking to procure these services for two main groups; those aged 18-64 and those aged 55+, as well as other citizens who live in the community and are not supported by the working age adults provision.

 

A Quiet Crisis: Changes in local government spending on disadvantage is a report from Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales. It is about the services which English local authorities provide to support people facing disadvantage.

7 January, 2019

 

Bristol Community Health CIC and North Somerset Community Partnership CIC have announced their intention to merge. The merger will take place after August 2019, subject to a successful joint partnership bid for the Bristol North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Adults’ Community Healthcare Contract. This news follows the local CCG’s announcement today of its intention to commission a single provider to run the service from April 2020. 

The Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Clinical Commissioning Group (BNSSG CCG) is commissioning new adult community health services. This session will support smaller VCSE organisations to form sub-contracting relationships with larger organisation/s that will be bidding directly for the CCG contract.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 23 January, 2019 -
13:00 to 16:00

All for one and one for climate change?

 

“Charities shouldn’t help governments that won’t do anything about climate change,” according to futurologist Mark Stevenson speaking at this month’s Charity Futures event in London.

It’s a fair point. After all, why work to reduce homelessness, inequality, poverty etc. if all of these issues are going to be overshadowed by the impact on our doorstep of rendering an increasing proportion of the planet inhospitable to human life?

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.

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