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. 

Colourful doors in apartment block to suggest community and diversity
19 May, 2021


The Month of Community is a new way of combining the many causes and awareness weeks in June, to make one month-long campaign that celebrates many people in our society who might otherwise be overlooked – for example, carers, refugees, and people facing loneliness.

You’ll recognise many of the awareness weeks and events taking place during the month, including Volunteers’ Week, Carers Week, Small Charity Week and Refugee Week, and this is a chance to amplify them all.

Religious texts in Islam laid on blue table
10 May, 2021


People who have a religion give to charity more often than those with no faith, and their most prioritised cause is also different, according to YouGov Profiles analysis.


The Joint Strategic Needs Assessment (JSNA) is an important resource for data on local people's health and wellbeing, telling us about their current situation and their future needs. Our JSNA is produced by Bristol City Council; each local government area in England will have its own JSNA, feeding into the local Health and Wellbeing Strategy. 

Designing a New Social Reality report by Black South West Network
18 March, 2021


Black South West Network (BSWN) has launched an important new report focusing on Bristol’s voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector and its recovery after COVID-19.

2 March, 2021


As we begin to think about emerging from the worst of the pandemic, economic recovery is high on the agenda - alongside tackling entrenched inequalities. According to ONS figures, the UK economy was hit by a record slump in 2020 with GDP shrinking 9.9%. However, the challenge is equally an opportunity—with such a dramatic shock to the system, can we think about rebuilding in a fairer and more equal way?


The Coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased digital exclusion in our communities, and as a result many people already experiencing inequalities are struggling to access important services and support, particularly through this lockdown period. Many VCSE organisations are working hard to help to address the issue, and many other groups are interested in providing support and/or resources. This Digital Exclusion Update will bring VCSE organisations together to:

Wednesday, 3 February, 2021 - 10:30 to 12:00
Peeling green paint on wooden panels with posters
6 January, 2021


Small grants of up to £5,000 are available to charities and not-for-profit organisations with projects related to repairing, maintaining, improving or building homes and community buildings.

The money is offered by The Screwfix Foundation, established in 2013, and applications are reviewed every quarter (February, May, August and November).

Examples of eligible projects, including some previously awarded funding:

5 January, 2021


Almost two-thirds of England’s youth organisations are at risk of closure, according to new research from the charity UK Youth.

Whilst the coronavirus pandemic has left 1.5 million vulnerable young people in need of vital help, many of the groups that support them are at risk themselves. What’s more, 31% of youth organisations surveyed with an income of less than £250,000 said they might have to shut in the next six months.

Life ring with COVID-19 support written on it
23 November, 2020


For our next Learning from Lockdown, we’re again going back to the start of the coronavirus pandemic in spring to review the initial impacts on Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) organisations, and the development needs that appeared as a result. This formed the basis for our latest briefing paper, available to download now.


This is the last of four online engagement events from Bristol City Council, covering the Bristol Impact Fund consultation. At the event, Bristol City Council will explain the new information about a second Bristol Impact Fund, which would run from 2021-2025.

You can discuss the proposal, ask questions and share your input at this online event, held over Zoom.

Wednesday, 2 December, 2020 - 14:30 to 16:00


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