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. 

Fair Saturday 30 November 2019 Bristol
3 October, 2019

 

Fair Saturday, a celebration of community organisations and culture in 180 cities around the world, returns on Saturday 30 November 2019, and Bristol is taking part once again.

Falling the day after Black Friday, Fair Saturday serves as an antidote to pre-Christmas sales pushes from large corporations, by championing local causes instead. This can involve anything from community choirs and theatre companies to market stalls and social enterprises.

1 October, 2019

 

To celebrate British Science Week (6-15 March 2020), grants of up to £1,000 will be available for community groups that work directly with traditionally underrepresented people or communities who are not currently involved in science activities.

Funding has been made available from the British Science Association, which runs British Science Week, and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

Underrepresented people or communities include:

Interventions/2 exhibition by Yoko Ono and domestic abuse victims at Georgian House Bristol
26 September, 2019

 

A new exhibition at Bristol’s Georgian House Museum by world-famous artist Yoko Ono will also include statements from 115 service users of Next Link and Safe Link, to raise awareness of domestic violence and sexual abuse.

Arts organisations report
23 August, 2019

 

Arts Council England has released a report on the value of arts and culture in place-shaping, which has demonstrated that arts and culture can help build communities and increase wellbeing.

Come along to this briefing to update your knowledge of social value and how it's used in commissioning in Bristol. This briefing session will be followed by a practical session on measuring and evidencing social value in commissioning - this will be running early 2020 (details to be confirmed shortly).

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 12 November, 2019 -
12:00 to 14:00
31 July, 2019

 

A new toolkit encouraging local businesses to measure their social value in Bristol has been launched in a bid to help organisations establish the positive impact they are having in the city.

Engagement events VCSE Infrastructure Support
17 July, 2019

 

Bristol City Council's funding of the city's voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, known as VCSE Infrastructure Support, is being reviewed over an eight-week consultation period.

The review includes running several engagement events, where VCSE organisations are invited to share their views and describe their needs, to ensure funding is as appropriate as possible. VCSE Infrastructure Support is currently delivered by Voscur. 

 

A large part of your funding applications, business plan and communications will involve evidencing (or demonstrating) need: the demand for your organisation in the community, the services you can provide, and the outcomes you've had.

When you're new to writing funding bids or reports, it can be difficult to make sense of the key terms and buzzwords used by grant makers, local authorities, businesses and other VCSE organisations. 

4 July, 2019

 

The Institute of Fundraising (IoF) has launched a new strategy for equality, diversity and inclusion amongst fundraisers, making a business case for a more representative workforce.

It was developed by an expert panel (including Jenny Wildblood, Voscur's Development Officer and Funding Lead) and adopted by the IoF Board of Trustees.

West Women of the Year Awards 2019
20 May, 2019

 

The West Women of the Year Awards 2019 acknowledged the contribution of female leaders and pioneers in the VCSE sector at last week’s ceremony.

Voscur’s CEO and a number of female leaders from member groups made the shortlist of 100 most inspiring women in the West and some were among the award winners on the night.

Nominees came from many different fields, including charity, business, education and sport, and we are pleased that the contribution of the VCSE sector was recognised within several categories.

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