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. 

 

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.

Blog: Charities are the lifeblood of our city

 

Blog written by Sandy Hore-Ruthven, former Chair of Trustees at Voscur

Meg and Adibah started Safe Space last year as a support group for refugees and asylum seekers who have suffered sexual violence. Their passion came from experience and a desire to make a difference – improving the lives of people in Bristol.

Voscur's popular AGM and Social Impact Awards are back for 2019-20, at the Great Eastern Hall of Brunel's SS Great Britain.

This event will offer the opportunity to network with key activists from across the VCSE sector, as well as with supporters from business, local politics, and the public sector. Following the formal AGM, speeches and drinks, we have the Voscurs - our social impact awards, celebrating the hard work of local organisations and individuals to support their community.

Date/Time: 
Thursday, 30 January, 2020 - 16:00 to 20:00
15 November, 2018

 

Voscurs awards nominations open until 20 December 2018
13 November, 2018

 

The nominations deadline for the next 'Voscurs', Bristol's social impact awards, has now been extended: you have until Thursday 20 December 2018 to nominate hard-working VCSE organisations. Whilst three of the six awards categories are decided by a panel of judges, the three remaining awards are decided by public vote. All six awards give important recognition from the rest of the local VCSE sector, and need your nominations to truly represent Bristol's voluntary, community and social enterprise groups. 

Categories for the Voscurs are:

24 September, 2018

 

Three big community-focused events are coming up in the next few weeks that you don’t want to miss out on.

 

Warning  -  this resource contains penguins!

This very accessible and easy-to-use resource from the Social Policy and Evaluation Research Unit in New Zealand is both a primer and a toolkit to help you plan and implement a top-quality evaluation of your impact. 

To download a copy, click here

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.

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