Mothers for Mothers Award Winners at Mental Health Alliance Awards Ceremony 2018
18 September, 2018


Welcome to the first of our news reports, bringing you the latest developments from Voscur members. Our 600 members work tirelessly all year round to serve the community, and this is just a snapshot of what they’ve been up to recently.

Photo by City of Seattle Community Tech CC BY-NC 2.0
23 January, 2018
By now, most people will have heard about the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which is coming into force in May 2018, but do you understand what it means in practice for your group/organisation?

Video marketing is an increasingly vital part of the work that we do. However, for small to medium-sized companies, this can feel like a huge pressure to get involved in a field that is seemingly complex and expensive.

However, with the developments in technology, videos can now be made and edited on tablets and smartphones and shared instantly on social media.

Tuesday, 20 March, 2018 -
09:30 to 13:00
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.



The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is the new legal framework in the EU that replaces the current EU Data Protection Directive and Data Protection Act 1998.

Wednesday, 22 November, 2017 -
10:00 to 11:00


Getting ready for the GDPR - the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) checklist

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25 May 2018. Organisations are being urged to take action now, as it may take a considerable amount of time to implement the necessary changes. Failure to comply could have far reaching and disasterous consequences for VCSE organistaions' ability to fundraise and communicate with service-users, members, the general public and other stakeholders.


The “Can Do” guide to organising and running community events


Voluntary and community events are an important aspect of everyday life that help to encourage and enable people to participate, and play a more active part, in society. This guide from the Cabinet Office provides information on how to organise such events.


How to facilitate effective meetings


Good facilitation makes meetings more useful and more enjoyable for everyone there, which helps groups become more effective. The facilitator serves the group, helping them to keep to agreed meeting processes  and attempting to maximise the democracy and inclusivity of those processes.  This handout sets out some key facilitation roles and responsibilities, then lists a series of practical tools you and your group may find useful in fulfilling these roles. 


16 June, 2017
If your organisation is working to support children and young people with emotional health issues you can promote your services in a helpful, one-stop directory.
The Emotional Health Directory of Services for Children and Young people, developed by Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol City Council, aims to be the single 'go to' place for information about children and young people’s emotional health in Bristol.


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