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. 

23 August, 2017
 
Submit your response to The Select Committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement by Friday, 8th September.
 
10 August, 2017
 
“The UK Civil Society Almanac, published annually by NCVO, is the definitive reference publication for anybody interested in the voluntary sector, and its role in civil society. Widely cited by the media, it is used extensively by policy makers and sector leaders”.
 
 
 
The Almanac is NCVO's report on the state of civil society and the voluntary sector in the UK, looking at:
  • Finances – Charity accounts
  • Volunteering – Community Life Survey
  • Workforce – Labour Force Survey
 
The two main products are:
 

 

What's the right impact measurement tool for you?

 

Measuring the impact of our work is not always easy but it can help us make an even bigger difference to the communities we work for, and put us in a stronger position when applying for future funding or promoting our services to new clients and partners.

 

A guide to planning the targets you will achieve through your project and how you will monitor and evaluate. Particularly useful when you are planning an application.

 

Monitoring and evaluation process assessment

This self assessment exercise can be used to identify what your group is doing well and any areas for improvement in relation to monitoring and evaluation processes.

 

 

 

Understanding Baseline Standards

A tool that offers an explanation and checkist to understand whether your organisation meets Bristol City Council's 12 baseline standards.

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

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