18 January, 2018

This week, the Government announced the appointment of Tracy Crouch as the UK's Minister for Loneliness, a project first started by the late MP Jo Cox. An issue affecting about nine million UK people, young and old, loneliness is a big challenge for our communities and the VCSE organisations that serve them.

13 December, 2017

 

The Government is planning to tighten regulation of the internet so that the UK is ‘the safest place in the world to be online’. This winter it put forward proposals that will, if implemented, require the cooperation of a broad range of stakeholders, spanning the public, private and third sectors. Read Voscur’s digest of the Government’s proposals here.

15 November, 2017
 
Voscur wants your views on how VCSE organisations can provide the best support to their service users (and their staff) around internet safety - and how the Government can change policy to support this. Take the survey now.
 
You can read Voscur's digest of the Government's Internet Safety Strategy here.

 

15 November, 2017
 
This week (13 – 17 November) is Anti-Bullying week. Coordinated by the Anti-Bullying Alliance and supported by SafeToNet, this week is designed to shine a spotlight on bullying and to encourage all children, teachers and parents to take action against bullying throughout the year. 
 
This year’s Anti-Bullying week theme is 'All Different, All Equal'. The aim is to:
 
7 November, 2017
After a consultation and commissioning process that started in 2016, Bristol City Council has announced a new programme of community-focused drug and alcohol treatment services. The new approach is designed to provide better, more coordinated services to help people get the support they need to recover – and make best use of reduced resources.
 
24 October, 2017
 
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) are currently working to commission an Integrated Urgent Care (IUC) service for the residents of Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire. 
 
As a key part of this process, they are looking for 2 or 3 people to join in the procurement decision making processes. 
 
29 September, 2017
 
4 October, 2017
 
Bristol Ageing Better (BAB) has committed £880,000 to commission exciting new initiatives that help older people in the city enjoy a fulfilling later life. 
 
The money will fund nine projects which focus on reducing social isolation by improving wellbeing, and empowering older people. These include therapy-based support and activities, food and nutrition projects and intergenerational work.
 
3 October, 2017

 

A new report by the LGBT Foundation has found that trans people face a range of barriers when accessing most mainstream health services and often avoid accessing services at all.

This report draws on evidence from across the UK and presents an assessment of the needs and experiences of trans people in relation to health and wellbeing. It also highlights valuable ways in which trans people have organised and advocated for and among themselves.

The report finds that:

 

The King's Fund has produced a handy guide to Commissioning, aimed at those working in health and social care. The guide starts at beginner level, and moves into more complex areas of commissioning.

The resource can be accessed here.

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