Tuesday, 10 December 2013 from 12:30 to 15:30 (GMT)
The Bradby Club
East Union Street
CV22 6AN Rugby
Warwickshire Children and Voluntary Youth Services
- the umbrella organisation that brings together all the major voluntary children and youth organisations in the Warwickshire.
- WCVYS supports county and district wide voluntary organisations that empower children and young people and give them somewhere to go, something to do and someone to listen.
- We work closely with Warwickshire County Council, in particular with the Early Intervention Service, localities and communities, commissioning services and multi-agency commissioning and Warwickshire Children's Trust to build and strengthen the voice of the voluntary children's and youth sector and improve outcomes for children and young people.
- WCVYS is based in Stratford-Upon-Avon, covering the whole of Warwickshire.
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Rugby Area Youth Strategy Board Networking Event
This networking event is for groups and organisations supporting young people in Rugby Borough continuing and building on the work of Rugby Youth Consortium.
Lunch: 12:30pm to 1pm
- Information Share about what is available for young people in Rugby Borough
- Update on multi-agency work supporting specific groups or individual young people and their families
- Exploring the opportunities for working together
- Work towards developing a training and support programme for volunteers and workers across Rugby Borough
The Government launched Small Business: GREAT Ambition on Saturday 7 December, a document that sets out an action plan to support small businesses. Although aimed at small businesses, it addresses areas, particularly public procurement, where small charities and social enterprises face similar barriers to businesses.
The report is linked to a recent consultation on SME procurement processes. The EU defines a small business as an organisation that employs less than 50 members of staff. The NCVO Almanac suggests that two-thirds of voluntary organisations fit this description.
Key actions in the report that will benefit charities are:
- Pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs) are to be abolished for low value contracts. To prevent wasting time on preparing inappropriate full bids, NAVCA has said that PQQs need to be replaced by a process of self-assessment. Standardised PQQs are to be introduced for larger contracts.
- Implementation in 2014 of plans to mandate prompt payment all the way down a public procurement supply chain.
- Extending the Mystery shopper service to spot-check public bodies to make sure that their procurement is small business, and therefore small charity/social enterprise, friendly.
- New requirements for contracting authorities to report SME spend. The Government’s response to the SME procurement consultation says this will be extended to include voluntary sector spend.
Commenting on the report Joe Irvin, Chief Executive of NAVCA, said;
“Although charities and small businesses are in many ways very different, there are shared areas of concern. Many around the way public bodies commission services. There is a mistaken belief that bigger contracts are the way to achieve the best value. We have worked with the Federation of Small Businesses to challenge this and promote the take up and understanding of Social Value.”
“Too many commissioning processes are so large that they completely cut out charities. Sub-contracting can also create problems for charities; most notably we have seen this with DWP’s Work Programme. We welcome these measures that will open up opportunities for smaller and local charities as well as small businesses”.
Download Small Business: GREAT Ambitions
Download the Government’s response to SME consultation