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

2 April 2014

VSNW is part of NAVCA future of local infrastructure commission

NAVCA has launched an independent commission to look at the future of local infrastructure. Richard Caulfield, VSNW Chief Executive, is a member of the commission and looks forward to learning from the good practice already used across the country

20 March 2014

The Big Lottery Fund are seeking your views

How can the Big Lottery Fund best help communities and people in need? You have until July 2014 to add your voice to a UK wide discussion around key areas of Big Lottery Fund’s work

20 March 2014

Questions on the Lobbying Act

In view of the passing of the Lobbying Bill into law, many charities and organisations that fall within the scope of the Act will have questions about how it might affect them and when further details may be available

18 February 2014

NCVO call for evidence on welfare reform

NCVO has launched a national call for evidence around the impact of welfare reforms. The deadline for submitting evidence is 31st March 2014

5 February 2014

Launch of Thriving Places campaign

Together with the Centre for Local Economic Strategies, we are pleased to announce the launch of 'Thriving Places', our campaign to develop the VCS role in local economies and the life of local places. We have jointly set out five areas of action for this project and invite you to get involved in this important campaign at a crucial time for the sector. 

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