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

9 February 2016

Two innovative Salford services selected for Realising the Value programme

Two Salford services dedicated to giving people the tools to make improvements to their health and wellbeing have been selected to take part in a national programme funded by NHS England

3 February 2016

North West organisations shortlisted for the Social Value Awards

Individuals and organisations in the North West have been shortlisted for the UK’s first Social Value Awards to be announced at the Social Value Summit on 11th February

1 February 2016

Greater Manchester PCC Funding Opportunities

Community groups and organisations across Greater Manchester are invited to bid for a share of £900,000 funding to reduce demand on police services by building strong neighbourhoods, boosting volunteering, and empowering our region’s young people.

26 January 2016

CQC seeks views on its vision for the future

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is seeking views on its plans for the next five years as it develops its approach to regulation

26 January 2016

VSNW are proud to launch the 2016 North West Adult Learners Week Awards

We are proud to once again be a partner of the North West Adult Learners’ Week Awards, in conjunction with Health Education England and North West Employers, and the nominations are now open

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