CYPL News - July 2010
Preston's district forum for groups working with children and young people has produced its annual report. The Preston forum is one of 12 district based forums, supported by Young Lancashire, for local groups to engage in decision making processes about the work and funding for children and young people's services in their district. For more details...
Fishwick Millan Football Club, based in Samuel Street, Preston, are organising a summer football tournament to be held at St. Theresa's Astro, in Preston. For any further information regarding this event please contact Abdul Khan 07525 921053. Deadline date for team entry is 24 July.
As part of their summer programme, Youth Action is running a Summer Group for 10-13 year olds, this is a fun filled opportunity with a range of experiences and sports. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in a fun action packed residential! For details...
Key messages from the Blackburn with Darwen's local safeguarding children board (LSCB) recent meeting in July are available. For more details...
Take part in these three on-line consultations carried out out by the National Youth Agency, Lifelong Learning UK and Skills - Third Sector and make sure you and your organisation are represented on the issue that matter to you..
Getting fit for the future is something that faces all grassroots groups working across the voluntary, community and faith sector.
Councils across the country are announcing cuts to children and young people's services, as well as cuts to the voluntary sector. In Blackpool the Council has issued redundancy notices to more than one-third of its youth service team as part of plans to restructure in the wake of government cuts to local authority grants. Areas affected by the £1.3m cuts include all Connexions staff, teenage pregnancy, positive activities and targeted youth support. In Lancashire, whilst details are yet to be published, the Council has received notification of £6.2 million of reductions across its Area Based Grant funding streams for this year, and...
Nick Hurd MP, Minister for Civil Society has said the Big Society Bank , expected to be open by April 2011, will be a wholesaler which will work through and support organisations that are already providing finance to the voluntary sector.
The Criminal Records Bureau has published a briefing, Guidance on Safeguarding arrangements during the Scheme review period. Whilst final requirements on individuals to register with the Scheme will depend on the outcome of the review, it is important to note that the requirements introduced by the first phase of the Vetting and Barring Scheme in October 2009 will remain in place. In addition the Criminal Records Bureau has published guidance on the application process.
Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Children and Families has spoken to delegates at the Association of Directors of Children's Services' annual conference about youth provision. As reported by Children & Young People Now, Loughton said "I don't think the monopoly that local authorities have over the delivery and commissioning of youth services is necessarily the way to go."
A spokesman for the Office for Civil Society has said that ministers from departments whose remits affect the voluntary sector will meet later this month at the inaugural meeting of the new big society committee. The committee will be chaired by Francis Maude, Minister for the Cabinet Office, and will include ministers from the Treasury and Communities and Local Government.
A Bill to provide a system of national service for young persons; and for connected purposes. More information visit: Parliament UK
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced new Structural Reform Plans (SRPs) for making departments accountable for the implementation of the reforms set out in the Coalition agreement. The plans will hand power to the public and every department will publish a plan that sets clear priorities and measureable milestones. A number of departments have published their SRPs so far.
Tim Loughton MP, Minister for Children and Families has said that the Department for Education is "investigating" ways in which to use payment-by-results to improve cost-effectiveness in children and young people's services. Full story at CYP Now.
The Department of Education has produced a document regarding the Secretary of State's announcement concerning End Year Flexibility. The document covers how £1 billion in reductions will be made, why this is being done and what programmes are affected. Programmes affected include the Youth Capital Fund, which is being reduced by 50% to give £13m worth of savings. End of Year Flexibility FAQs available to download...
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education has asked General Secretary of the Association of School and College Leaders (ASCL) John Dunford to conduct an independent review of the office of the children's commissioner for England. The review will seek a broad spectrum of opinions, including the views of children and young people. A call for evidence to support the review. Visit: Children's Commissioner Review. Closing date 4 October 2010.
The Children's Workforce Development Council (CWDC) has agreed savings of £15m for 2010-11 with the Department for Education (DfE) and has confirmed a revised remit with a strong emphasis on cost-effective delivery to support front-line services. The savings mostly affect CWDC's communications spend and pilot programmes, which includes the confirmation that the pilot on Youth Professional Status will now not proceed. CWDC has confirmed that the third sector workforce capacity building training project with NCVYS and the YMCA George Williams College will continue.
The NCVYS Young Partners Award 2010 is now open for nominations from all voluntary and community youth organisations and projects. For more details...
Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education has announced that the Local Government Association (LGA) and the ADCS would be part of a new ministerial group to advise on the role of the local authority in education and children's services. Gove told the LGA's annual conference in Bournemouth he was keen to hear what they had to say about the role of local authorities "as the government's policies on education and children's services develop".
The Department of Education has announced it will no longer be proceeding with the planned Youth Sector Support Framework Agreements. Since 2008, the Labour government had been developing these plans which attempted to streamline the way in which youth sector programmes were commissioned out. The process involved youth organisations bidding to be included on a list of preferred providers for programmes delivering certain elements of the government's Aiming High for Young People agenda, including supporting hard-to-reach vulnerable groups, empowering young people and youth facilities.
Skills - Third Sector has published The voluntary sector skills landscape which contains information about the recent policy announcements and spending priorities that affect skills in the voluntary sector.
The Empowering the Voluntary Sector (EVS) project, run by NAVCA, Compact Advocacy, based at NCVO, and the Public Law Project, has produced a special edition of its newsletter to provide information about challenging cuts. The newsletter gives information about the processes and remedies, such as Compact, public law and equalities duties, that voluntary organisations and community groups can use when challenging cuts.
The High Court has ruled that plans for children leaving care must be reviewed by a social worker rather than a personal adviser. The judgment was made at the High Court in relation to a case of an 18-year-old care leaver whose "pathway plan" review was carried out by his personal adviser and not a social worker. Mr Justice Parker said that this was unlawful as personal advisers are employed as an intermediary between social workers and care leavers.
Skills - Third Sector is developing a National Skills Strategy to support a skilled workforce for the voluntary sector. There is an online consultation, and there will be regional roundtables and discussions online. For further information...
Children Matter East, the East of England's forum for voluntary and community sector organisations that work with children, young people and their families, has published a report, The VCS Contribution to the Delivery of Effective Outcomes for Children, Young People and Their Families in the East and South East Regions of England. It shows that youth work charities are successfully improving outcomes for young people but are hampered by commissioners' excessive demands for data.
The Capacity Builders National ICT Champions projects are undertaking an online survey to establish a base line in ICT provision. Its’ a relatively short survey so won’t take much time and it will provide the sector with some interesting information. Please take the survey today, visit: ICT base line survey.
The National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA) has published Mass Localism: A way to help small communities solve big social challenges. The report examines ways in which the government could stimulate and support more local responses to big social problems, at manageable cost to the public purse.
The Recruitment and Employment Confederation has published Avoiding a Lost Generation: Preparing young people for work now and in the future. The report says that the economic recession had had a disproportionate effect on young people getting jobs, and that a whole generation of young people (aged 16-24) risked being 'scarred' by unemployment.
The think tank New Philanthropy Capital and a coalition of children's charities will be launching a new wellbeing index for children that aims to improve charity impact measurement in October. The index is designed to allow charities to measure several aspects of children's wellbeing, such as self-esteem and family relationships, through a short survey.
The Royal Society of the Arts has published The Woolwich Model: how citizens can tackle antisocial behaviour. The report recommends that residents of high-crime housing estates, youth workers, teachers and housing managers should be trained to tackle anti-social behaviour as part of a "Big Society" drive.
Academics David N.F. Bell and David G. Blanchflower have published Young people and recession. A lost generation?. The report reviews the effects of the current recession on youth labour markets. and argues that young people aged 16-24 continue to suffer suffered disproportionately. It argue that there is convincing evidence that the young are particularly susceptible to the negative effects of spells of unemployment well after their initial experience of worklessness
The David Knightly 'Pride of Place' awards for sustainable community projects aimed at improving the environment and raising awareness. Write to: David Knightly Charitable Trust, c/o Rachel Butterworth, Middlewick House, St Mary Bourne, near Andover, Hants SP11 6AJ, tel: 01264 738268
The Young People's Learning Agency (YPLA) has published the National Commissioning Framework and its annexes, which scope out a new system to plan and manage around £10 billion of public funds and sets out in some detail the roles and responsibilities of all the participants in the process.
4Children have published Unlocking the potential of young people in Knowsley. The inquiry into the lives of young people in Knowsley has led a panel of national experts to devise a new blueprint for broadening the aspirations and horizons of young people in deprived areas. Among recommendations in the report is for councils in areas of high social deprivation to recruit a peer mentor to help every young person classified as Neet (not in education, employment or training).
The National Youth Agency has issued an update on progress and a second round of consultation on the work it is leading relating to the development of a new youth work sector draft qualification strategy and vocational qualifications. The deadline is the 26 July. Visit: NYA youth work consultation on strategy.
The Audit Commission has published Against the Odds: Re-engaging Young People in Education, Employment or Training. The study looks at the financial, personal and social cost of teenagers who are so-called NEET - not in education, employment or training. It has found that the problem may be worse than annual surveys show, but that a new approach can make scarce resources work harder for those at greatest risk.
Eric Pickles MP, the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Local Government Association Chair Baroness Eaton announced plans to urge all councils to publish details of all spending over £500 in full and online as part of wider action to bring about a revolution in town hall openness and accountability.
The Kerrygold Community Awards recognise and reward community projects in the UK, where groups of individuals have worked together to achieve something in their community. Visit: Kerrygold Community Awards
dirtWorks is a funding programme supported by Lancashire Environmental Fund (LEF) aimed at encouraging 16-25 year olds to volunteer on practical projects that will improve a green space for the benefit of themselves, the environment and others in the local community. Community and environmental groups can apply for awards from £3,000 to £30,000.
CHK Charities Limited has financial assistance available to organisations in the UK for general charitable activities. The trusts interests include youth issues.
Yapp Charitable Trust make grants to small registered charities to sustain their existing work, with one of its priorities being children and young people aged 5 - 25. Grants are normally for a maximum of £3,000 per year and most of their grants are for more than one year because they give priority to ongoing needs. For details visit: Yapp Charitable Trust.
The Co-operative's Community Fund is unique in that it is funded by generous Co-operative members donating some or all of their share of profits, which is then given away in the form of small grants in their local communities. If your community, voluntary or self-help group needs a grant of up between £100 and £2,000.
Lloyds TSB Foundation for England & Wales is pleased to announce its increased income for 2010 as £25.24m (£20.8m in 2009) and is delighted to confirm that this higher level of funding will be sustained for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
The Big Lottery Fund will launch a new £200m grant fund for neighbourhood-based community groups. The fund, called Big Local, will award grants to voluntary groups in 50 geographical areas that have traditionally not received much money from BIG in recognition. These areas will be announced later this month.
For a complete list of all funding opportunities published visit: Young Lancashire - Funding
Lancashire Workforce Development Team are funding 4 one day accredited courses and 2 one day non accredited courses to deliver solution focused Early Support Plans. For more details...
This workshop will cover an explanation of what PQASSO is, how it works, and how Young Lancashire can support organisations who wish to work through the framework to achieve the self assessed quality standard. Participating organisations are provided with a free PQASSO handbook and guidance on how to achieve this recognised quality mark.
They Eat Culture run playful arts events and quality cultural projects across spaces and places of Lancashire. We programme and manage a 100 seated theatre/performance/cinema space in Preston and provide outreach arts engagement projects across Lancashire.
Would you like your project to become part of the London 2012 Inspire Programme? The London 2012 Inspire Programme recognises any innovative and non commercial projects, programmes, and events genuinely inspired by the 2012 Games.
The New Insights programme is provided and administered by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. It is available to UK projects that tackle the problems caused by the current economic, environmental and social situation for people who are marginalised or disadvantaged. The New Insights fund is designed to insulate vulnerable communities at risk from the current economic climate and public spending reductions, and help them to overcome these obstacles. The application deadline for funding proposals is 12pm on 02 August 2010.
Young Lancashire member Youth Action has launched a summer programme of activities. Download a copy of the programme below.
Young Lancashire is running a level 1 introductory course in Youth Work for staff and volunteers this summer. Further details are provided below and to book a place please complete the expresion of interest form attached below.
Who is the training programme for?
For anyone who is 16 years of age or over and is working or volunteering in a youth work setting, within an organisation or group who is currently registered with Young Lancashire.
What is the training programme about?
How to work with young people, how to plan sessions and how to understand the role and contribution that you can make to youth work.
What will be the required commitment?
5 consecutive Wednesdays, 9.30am – 4pm
Attendance – min 80%
What will you be able to do at the end of the training programme?
By the end of the training programme you will: Be able to progress on to a higher level course e.g. Level 2 Certificate in Youth Work.
Where is the training programme taking place?
Young Lancashire, 10 Fishergate Hill, Preston, PR1 8JB
When is the training taking place?
Wednesdays (9.30am- 4.00pm) commencing on 25 August 2010, 1 September, 8 September, 15 September and 22 September.
In May 2010 eleven Youth Work trainees successfully completed a 10 week accredited entry level course in youth work covering topics such as understanding the keys issues in working with young people, acknowledging how own attitudes and values affect youth work, the framework and curriculum of youth work delivery and what contribution they make to local youth work.