Developing Lead Body bids

Voluntary sector networks developing lead body bids/networking with specialist sectors (Warrington and Cheshire)

Transforming infrastructure funding - challenges

1. Lack of consultation re funding pot so youth participation marginalised

- open conference needed to discuss
- problems re competition
- young people being marginalised re projects e.g. unemployment

2. New infrastructure companies springing up with no background and no involvement of working or involving young people

- volunteers expected to meet JD's for 2 or 3 days per week
- need for tried and tested methods and outlining level of expectation for volunteers
- no centralised training or structure for volunteers

3. Retention and support improving re volunteers

- this difficult for stretched profession and paid workforce
- no progression to paid work for volunteers
- lack of safety and quality of work for volunteers who are under skilled for complex tasks
- lack of funding for training of volunteers
- no government definition of 'volunteers'
- benefits put as risk if people don't agree to be volunteers
- employers using volunteers instead of paying staff

Must be progresson and benefits for volunteers - government and Big Society don't understand

Is there a future for youth workers?

- Lack of local funding for volunteers in youth work for training
- Gap re value-based youth work
- Networks needed to deliver/protect value-based youth work training

How can we strategically move youth work provision and training?

- More PR needed to policy makers re lobbying through various strategic partnerships
- Evidence for payment by results
- Evidence needed at local & national level e.g. by trading our training and skills with youth people
- Young people need to be heard

Featured News

24 November 2014

Young, working and renting: Report reveals changing picture of UK poverty

Written by the New Policy Institute for the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, the latest annual Monitoring Poverty and Social Exclusion report reveals the changing picture of poverty in the UK

24 November 2014

Survey of VCS organisations - how you are surviving in the health landscape

The Health and Care Voluntary Sector Strategic Partnership (of which Regional Voices, and therefore VSNW, is part) has launched the biggest survey of voluntary and community organisations of the year

20 October 2014

VSNW Conference Presentations

Thanks to everyone who attended the VSNW Conference & AGM on 15th October. Some of the presentations are now available

1 October 2014

Volunteering Fund Success Stories in the North West

Two of the six case studies looking into how voluntary organisations can be sustainable are from Blackburn with Darwen. These provide valuable lessons for thinking about the future direction of the sector in public service delivery.

15 September 2014

Due North: Inquiry on Health Equity for the North

The independent inquiry panel, which included Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive and which was funded by Public Health England, has published its final report

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