28 April, 2017

Thursday 4 May 2017 sees an historic election for the first Mayor for the new West of England Combined Authority (WECA), covering Bath & North East Somerset, Bristol and South Gloucestershire.

20 April, 2017
Chris Walker, a Senior External Relations Officer at NCVO, has published an interesting blog this week, following the announcement of a snap general election in June 2017.
 
The announcement, which came as a shock to many and will have ramifications across sectors - the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector is no exception. The blog encourages groups to begin thinking about what they should be doing now to make sure they are part of the debate and aware of the important issues that will affect them.
 
5 April, 2017
On 4th May 2017, the new West of England Combined Authority – alongside five other regions across the country – will be holding elections for metro mayors. 
 
Devolution will mean that more decisions will be made locally on issues including regional transport, housing, adult education and skills.  Central government has committed to channelling £30m a year towards this fund over a 30-year period.
 

 

What the sector would like to see: key priorities and actions for meeting the needs of children, young people and families.

You are invited to the next meeting of the network.  The Mayor, Marvin Rees, has said that he wants to understand the sector’s priorities and suggestions.  He will attend this meeting to participate in our discussion.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 17 May, 2017 -
10:00 to 12:00

Voscur's Boost! Project matches community organisations with skilled volunteers to complete a short term piece of work that builds capacity. The main activity of Bristol Drugs Project (BDP) is to reduce alcohol and drug related harm which they do through a variety services.

Following a community organising campaign, ACORN UK started in 2014 when a group of residents in Easton joined together to take action against unscrupulous landlords.  Through a network of volunteers trained and empowered to organise in their local communities, ACORN currently works to combat evictions, fight rip-off tenancy fees and insist on healthy housing.

The aim of this course is to support practitioners and managers working in (often non-clinical) children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing settings to understand outcomes focused practice and why it is important for their organisation. Participants will understand the benefits of implementing an outcomes approach and how this could be developed at their organisation. Part of the session will cover practical aspects of choosing and using outcome and feedback measures. Participants will also be aware of the types of CORC support available and how to access this support.

Date/Time: 
Wednesday, 24 May, 2017 -
13:00 to 15:00

This set of resources to help organisations collaborate provides support through the whole cycle of partnership development from research through planning to legal contracts:

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