Losing vital funding that leaves the survival of your group in doubt is a difficult and stressful situation for you, your Board or Committee, your Staff and volunteers, and the people you support. This information sheet can’t cover everything but will give you somewhere to start.

Social value

Social value is the difference that organisations can make in not just what kind of services they deliver, but how they deliver them. Voscur works with commissioners who design and buy services, and VCSE organisations that would like to deliver services, to help them work together to create the most impact and social value through the delivery of public services. 

This set of resources to help organisations collaborate provides support through the whole cycle of partnership development from research through planning to legal contracts:

What does social value mean? How do commissioners design services to create it? And how do organisations work to build it with their clients and communities?

This toolkit aims to bring commissioners and organisations together to agree what social value means and how to create more of it locally.

Social inclusion through positive action

Creating a more equal society requires taking proactive, targeted action - not just 'getting out of the way and letting the market decide.' Such positive action underpins all Voscur's work to support and develop the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. We are also involved in a number of other initiatives addressing specific barriers to opportunity, and provide training and consultancy for organisations that want to improve their own inclusion and diversity practice.

Round Table Meeting
2 February, 2017
Voscur’s Head of Commissioning and Collaboration, Mark Hubbard, has been invited to join a new government group to improve VCSE* sector experiences of commissioning. This Civil Society Implementation Group of VCSE representatives and commissioners has been convened as part of the government’s new Public Services Programme.
bristol city council city hall
31 January, 2017

Commissioners, researchers and people from voluntary organisations heard from Bristol Health Partners Health Integration Teams (HITs) at a lunchtime seminar held at the Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group offices on Monday 23 January. The theme of the seminar was 'Improving mental health care pathways across the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) footprint, and showcased the work of five HITs:

Thursday, 9 March, 2017 - 10:00 to 16:15
Please note: the event venue has changed to Broadmead Baptist Church.
Please download and bring with you the attached documentation; Social Value Toolkit and Social Value Policy
  • Will Social Value give your organisation an advantage over the big fish?
  • Should most contracts go to small or local providers?
  • Is Social Value what your organisation does all the time?
Wednesday, 21 October, 2015 - 10:00 to 13:00


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