Youth Sector Support Fund
Bristol City Council has set up the Youth Sector Support Fund (SSF) to support Bristol-based organisations working with local children and young people. The fund, which launches on Monday 23 July, will support projects and collaborations that result in a diverse range of services for children and young people 8-19 years old and a stronger youth and play sector. This fund aims to complement Targeted Youth Services (TYS) contracts by filling gaps in services across the city.
Voscur is working in partnership with Quartet Community Foundation to facilitate the distribution of this funding to the Voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector. More specifically, Voscur will be offering a range of capacity building support to local groups to ensure that they meet baseline standards and have the correct policies in place to qualify for the fund. These policies include ‘equalities, ‘information sharing’ and ‘health, safety and wellbeing’.
In addition, there are also some Bristol City Council baseline standards that are not specifically required by SSF, but would be beneficial for organisations and would lead to increase sustainability in the sector . These include ‘service user involvement and participation’, ‘monitoring and evaluation’ and ‘complaints’ – support will be developed in response to organisations’ requirements.
Mark Hubbard, Voscur’s Head of Partnerships & Commissioning, says, “We are delighted to be working with Quartet to deliver this programme. We support the fund’s aims, particularly helping the CYP sector become more sustainable. We will support organisations to work together to do things differently and we believe that this fund will make a real difference and have a positive impact in the CYP sector.”