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. 

 

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:

Date/Time: 
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.

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

 

This is the third 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.

This event is specifically aimed at voluntary and community organisations that are led by equalities groups, or that serve equalities groups. 

Date/Time: 
Friday, 27 November, 2020 - 10:00 to 11:30

 

This is the second 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.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 24 November, 2020 - 11:00 to 12:30

 

This is the first 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.

Date/Time: 
Friday, 20 November, 2020 - 10:00 to 11:30
Bristol Impact Fund text with view over central Bristol
17 November, 2020

 

Bristol City Council has opened a public consultation on a proposed second round of the Bristol Impact Fund, for 2021-2025, which will continue to tackle inequalities in the city. The council is seeking responses from voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) organisations, equalities-led groups, and members of the public, and it will hold four online engagement events where you can discuss proposals and ask questions. 

22 October, 2020

 

For our next Learning from Lockdown, we’re going back to the start of the year to review which factors caused change in the VCSE sector before the pandemic hit.

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