Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre

Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk

Tackling the recession

Tackling the Recession

VSNW is involved in a number of significant strategies to tackle the impact of the recession. We have three key aims:

  • to support VCS groups to help individuals, families and local communities
  • to minimise the impact of changes and reductions in funding on VCS groups
  • to enable VCS groups to develop and access new opportunities, particularly those linked to supporting communities to thrive and recover from the recession.

We have made an active decision at this stage to prioiritise work that supports the sector to support communities and families.

 

Context in the North West

The following sources of information provide a good summary of the current situation in the North West:

 

VSNW activity

  • Progress a 10 Point Plan (VSNW: December 2008) to support VCS work to tackle the effects of the economic downturn.

  • Work with regional public sector partners to mimimise the impact of recession and appropriately promote the VCS in the NW as a means to aid recovery through such bodies as the Joint Economic Commission for the North West (JEC) and the Regional Skills and Employment Board.

  • Promote VCS apprenticeships and the development of a sector-specific Group Training Association (GTA) to support VCS apprenticeships: Group Training Associations and VCS Apprenticeships (VSNW: July 2009)

  • Promote VCS engagement in the Future Jobs Fund through lead sub-regional bids. FAQ Briefing (VSNW: July 2009)

  • Lobby for increased VCS engagement in local and sub-regional economic agenda, for example through the Third Sector Action Plan response (VSNW: 31st December 2008).

  • Promote Train to Gain opportunities to voluntary and community sector groups.

  • Support the development and promotion of VCS service provider networks (eg learning providers, Promise).

  • Lobby for national initiatives aimed at supporting the voluntary and community sector to be implemented in a way that makes best use of resources and ties in effectively with current local, sub-regional and regional activities. See the submission to the North West Regional Committee (VSNW: 29th June 2009).

  • Lobby for national initiatives aimed at supporting communities and families suffering the consequences of the recession to be implemented effectively with minimal inadavertent effects, eg the Targeted Support Fund and through the NW Money and Debt Advice Group:  

  • Through the NW Money and Debt Advice Group campaign for increased support for local advice provision: Debt counselling in the North West 
    (VSNW: December 2008)

 

Real Help for Communities

Government initiatives

Practical advice and information from an official Government website to help manage debt and provide advice on keeping your home, getting training and skills, and with jobs and benefits is available here: DirectGov

The Government's programme of support for the voluntary and community sector is called  Real Help for Communities: Volunteers, Charities and Social Enterprises. It consists of a number of schemes providing £42.5m support package and includes: 

  • Volunteering Brokerage Scheme providing work focused volunteering placements for unemployed people (JSA claimants for more than 6 months). The scheme is being delivered in England by BTCV who can be contacted by email: dwp-volunteering@btcv.org.uk
    Scheme Flyer: The Volunteering Offer 

  • £0.5m investment in the School for Social Entrepreneurs to expand its action-learning programme. Liverpool School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE) is the latest addition to the SSE Network, and will be based at Blackburne House.

  • £1bn Future Jobs Fund, available to all employers, to create 150,000 new jobs. Now open.

  • £16.7m Hardship Fund available to organisations with a turnover of at least £200,000 that are in financial hardship which is impacting on their ability to deliver services in the areas below. Also read more here 

    • Health and Social Care
    • Housing Support
    • Education and Training
    • Information, Advice and Guidance

  • Targeted Support Fund (Closed 3rd July 2009): A £3.3m fund in the North West for small, local third sector service providers who have experienced increased demand as a result of the recession. 

  • £16.5 million Modernisation Fund (Phase one applications closed 17th July 2009)

 

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. 

Contact Us

Voluntary Sector North West
St. Thomas Centre
Ardwick Green North
Manchester
M12 6FZ
Tel: 0161 276 9300
Fax: 0161 276 9301
Email: info@vsnw.org.uk