Social value is the difference that organisations can make in not just what kind of services they deliver, but how they deliver them. A commercial cafe, for example, may provide a great service, but relatively little social value. A community cafe, by contrast, that does all the things the commercial cafe does, and employs people with learning disabilities, may also provide a great service and create lots of social value via the impact of employing people who often have less opportunity to gain the benefits of a job. 

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. 

QuIP report sample - key insights for service development
15 November, 2018

 

Funding support doesn’t lead directly to new funding. Organisations tend to collaborate when they have to but it can have lots of positive spin-offs. Better planning drives the most far-reaching organisational change, even more than increased income. These are some of the more unexpected findings of the QuIP study we completed into Voscur’s impact this year.

Local organisations have embraced new ways of working to address adverse conditions. Political support is needed to sustain a healthy social economy. These are two less surprising results.

Voscurs awards nominations open until 20 December 2018
13 November, 2018

 

The nominations deadline for the next 'Voscurs', Bristol's social impact awards, has now been extended: you have until Thursday 20 December 2018 to nominate hard-working VCSE organisations. Whilst three of the six awards categories are decided by a panel of judges, the three remaining awards are decided by public vote. All six awards give important recognition from the rest of the local VCSE sector, and need your nominations to truly represent Bristol's voluntary, community and social enterprise groups. 

Categories for the Voscurs are:

24 September, 2018

 

Three big community-focused events are coming up in the next few weeks that you don’t want to miss out on.

 

Warning  -  this resource contains penguins!

This very accessible and easy-to-use resource from the Social Policy and Evaluation Research Unit in New Zealand is both a primer and a toolkit to help you plan and implement a top-quality evaluation of your impact. 

To download a copy, click here

31 July, 2018

The VCSE sector will play a key role in delivering adult care and support according to Bristol City Council’s new market provision statement.

Launched in early July, ‘Working with us for Better Lives’ sets out the council’s vision for radical changes that it intends to make to adult care and support over the coming years.

Blog: an update on Bristol's social value and the VCSE sector

Blog written by Mark Hubbard, Head of Commissioning at Voscur.

I gave evidence on behalf of Bristol VCSE sector at yesterday’s Scrutiny Task and Finish Group on Council Commissioning and Contracts (Bristol City Council scrutiny). Alongside Voscur, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) was also asked to present the perspectives of potential bidders for public service contracts – on commissioning and social value.

My presentation included these main points:

 

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.

20 September, 2017
 
The Government is looking to better support charities and young people to participate in ‘full-time social action’. It is consulting with young people and the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector to find out how the full-time volunteering experience can be improved, and common barriers could be overcome.
 
The review will gather evidence on the current opportunities available, the current status of full-time volunteers, the impact of full-time social action on young people and their communities.
 

Thank you for your interest in attending the VCSE Strategy and Compact revision event.

Regretfully, due to low numbers, the 11 October event has been cancelled. However we still have places available for our engagement event on Thursday 5 October 2017 and would love to see you there. This event is taking place from 10am - 12pm at St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd, Bristol, BS2 8XJ.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 11 October, 2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

Thank you for your interest in attending the VCSE Strategy and Compact revision event.

Regretfully, due to low numbers, the 10 October event has been cancelled. However we still have places available for our engagement event on Thursday 5 October 2017 and would love to see you there. This event is taking place from 10am - 12pm at St Pauls Learning Centre, 94 Grosvenor Rd, Bristol, BS2 8XJ.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 10 October, 2017 -
18:00 to 20:00

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