5 May, 2017

The results of the Metro Mayor election are in, with Conservative Tim Bowles winning by a small margin - 4,377 votes ahead of Labour's Lesley Mansell.

The WoECSP is a self-organised partnership of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise sector (VCSE) infrastrucutre organisations across the West of England level. Established in 2011, it brings together Voscur, CVS South Gloucestershire, The Care Forum, Voluntary Action North Somerset, Wesport and West of England Rural Network.

The role of the Partnership is to:

28 April, 2017

Thursday 4 May 2017 sees an historic election for the first Mayor for the new West of England Combined Authority (WECA), covering Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

20 April, 2017
Chris Walker, a Senior External Relations Officer at NCVO, has published an interesting blog this week, following the announcement of a snap general election in June 2017.
 
The announcement, which came as a shock to many and will have ramifications across sectors - the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is no exception. The blog encourages groups to begin thinking about what they should be doing now to make sure they are part of the debate and aware of the important issues that will affect them.
 
5 April, 2017
On 4th May 2017, the new West of England Combined Authority – alongside five other regions across the country – will be holding elections for metro mayors. 
 
Devolution will mean that more decisions will be made locally on issues including regional transport, housing, adult education and skills.  Central government has committed to channelling £30m a year towards this fund over a 30-year period.
 

This interactive training course explains the radicalisation processes from an educational perspective. It supports professionals working with young people to equip them to better understand and answer questions and the social needs of young people who are engaging with extreme ideals. In the training we focus on the following questions:

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 10 May, 2017 -
09:30 to 13:30
How to book: 
Protecting and enhancing our region's environment and its sustainability is one of the greatest challenges we face, and potentially one of our greatest opportunities. In the future, regions that thrive are likely to be those that adapt to a low carbon, more efficient world.
 
Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 25 April, 2017 -
18:30 to 20:30
28 March, 2017

On 4 May 2017 elections will be held to elect a new Combined Authority Mayor for the West of England.  

The West of England Combined Authority will be made up of three of the local authorities in the region – Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

Combined Authority Mayors will:

28 March, 2017
Several changes to major roles on Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees’ Cabinet have been made following a planned reshuffle ahead of Bristol City Council’s new financial year.
 
Announced on Friday, the new nine-strong Cabinet responds to a number of changes inside and outside of the Council, whilst putting resource behind top priorities such as housing, tackling congestion, social care and creating a fairer city.
 
28 March, 2017
The House of Lords Select Committee on Charities has published its report, 'Stronger Charities for a Stronger Society', in which the Committee praises the important role that charities play in our society. 
 
The report stresses that if the sustainability of charities is to be maintained, it is essential that their contribution is recognised by the Government, by the regulator and by their beneficiaries. Charities too must be certain that their governance is strong enough to enable them to face a challenging future with confidence.
 

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