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. 

14 June, 2017
 
Bristol City Council has launched a city-wide consultation on proposals to save £1.8m from its Supporting People budget. This equates to a reduction of 25 per cent of current funding.
 
Supporting People is a collection of free prevention services, which are designed to intervene early and prevent the need for more intensive support. Currently 43 different organisations provide services to help a wide range of people live independently.
 
18 May, 2017

 

Bristol City Council is now consulting on the Bristol Behaviour Change for healthier lifestyles programme, which is designed to meet the needs of people in the city who wish to change their lifestyle behaviour.

This programme represents a significant change to the current service provision for the lifestyle factors of diet, smoking, physical activity, alcohol and the NHS Health Check programme.

This is an opportunity to add the experience and expertise of the VCSE sector to the conversation.

How to take part

This briefing session is for Bristol community organisations and small businesses. It will include an update on the implementation of Bristol City Council’s Social Value Policy in its first year and what the policy has delivered to date. Participants will find out more about how the council asks bidders to offer social value in tenders and provide the opportunity to discuss their approaches to social value.

Date/Time: 
Tuesday, 31 October, 2017 -
10:00 to 12:00

Social value

Social value is the difference that organisations can make in not just what kind of services they deliver, but how they deliver them. 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. 

21 February, 2017
A report on Bristol City Council’s progress in instilling social value into its commissioning and procurement processes suggests that the City is on track to meeting its targets.  
 
These targets, as set out in the Social Value Policy which was adopted by the Council in April 2016, all contribute to the overarching commitment to ensuring that local economic, social and environmental well-being is taken into consideration when procuring local services. 
 

Social inclusion through positive action

Creating a more equal society requires taking proactive, targeted action - not just 'getting out of the way and letting the market decide.' Such positive action underpins all Voscur's work to support and develop the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector. We are also involved in a number of other initiatives addressing specific barriers to opportunity, and provide training and consultancy for organisations that want to improve their own inclusion and diversity practice.

Commissioning and the Compact

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Voscur has been working in the area of commissioning for many years, both supporting groups to engage directly with commissioning processes, and facilitating a productive dialogue between the sector and local commissioners in order to make these processes as accessible as possible for the widest selection of local groups.

Please note: the event venue has changed to Broadmead Baptist Church.
Please download and bring with you the attached documentation; Social Value Toolkit and Social Value Policy
  • Will Social Value give your organisation an advantage over the big fish?
  • Should most contracts go to small or local providers?
  • Is Social Value what your organisation does all the time?
Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 21 October, 2015 -
10:00 to 13:00

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