Social Value has been described as a way to ‘level the playing field’ for Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organisations in commissioning and procurement processes. The Act was due to be implemented from January 2013 – the reality is that it has been a bit patchy across the country.

During last year, discussions between Bristol Compact, Voscur, Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group and Bristol City Council led to a draft Bristol Social Value Policy. As a result of all the changes in the public sector, this work has been delayed and is now being taken forward.

Wednesday, 10 December, 2014 -
13:00 to 15:30

Asset transfer opportunity with St Pauls Learning & Family Centre

The council is looking at how the St Pauls Learning and Family Centre can be managed differently in the future.  It is exploring the possibility of Community Asset Transfer and has published a detailed Brief for how the Centre can be managed by a community-based organisation or social enterprise.
The Brief and all accompanying documents may be downloaded from their website at

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Lead Organisation appointed for Bristol’s bid for Ageing Better

Age UK Bristol has this morning (2/10/13) been confirmed as the Lead Organisation in Bristol's bid for £6million from the Big Lottery Fund's Fulfilling Lives: Ageing Better programme.

Voscur's Support Hub has facilitated the process of Bristol stakeholders (older people, voluntary and community organisations, public sector and private organisations) in defining what is required of the Lead and the appropriate selection process.



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