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. 

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

Voscur would like to invite local VCSE colleagues to help us to shape an exciting new VCSE Strategy and new Compact for Bristol. This event  will allow local people to come together, share knowledge and experiences, participate in structured discussions and generally inform the development of this exciting new Strategy and Compact.

Owned by the sector, co-designed and facilitated by Voscur, the development of a new strategy and Compact for Bristol’s VCSE sector will help us all focus on what we want the sector to be and how we want to work together and with others.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 5 October, 2017 -
10:00 to 12:00

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

Regretfully, due to low numbers, the 28 September 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.

Click here to book your place.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 28 September, 2017 -
13:00 to 15:00
23 August, 2017
 
Submit your response to The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement by Friday, 8th September.
 
10 August, 2017
 
“The UK Civil Society Almanac, published annually by NCVO, is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in the voluntary sector, and its role in civil society. Widely cited by the media, it is used extensively by policy makers and sector leaders”.
 

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