Tuesday, 7 October 2014 from 09:30 to 12:30 (BST)
St. Andrew's Parish Centre
CV37 9HQ Stratford-upon-Avon
Voluntary Action Stratford-on-Avon District
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09.30 - 10.00 Arrival, registration, coffee and biscuits
10.00 - 10.10 Welcome and housekeeping
10.10 - 10.40 First speaker. Roger Matthews and Barbara Cooper, Directors, Stratford
10.40 - 11.10 Second speaker. Peter Bazeley, Project Manager, Inclusive Leisure
Education Activities Project (ILEAP)
11.10 - 11.30 Coffee and biscuits
11.30 - 12.00 Third speaker. Kate Newman, Warwickshire Volunteer Coordinator,
12.00 - 12.30 Information exchange
Attendees are invited to bring along a small quantity of printed material - leaflets etc. etc. - to make up an information table.
For further information call Charles on 01789 262889 or email email@example.com
Charities involved in mergers transferred over £225m to form new organisations last year. Together, the 189 organisations undertaking mergers turned over almost £1bn, or some 2.4% of total voluntary sector income; according to The Good Merger Index, the first overview of charity sector mergers, produced by Eastside Primetimers.
Children England, the body for organisations working with children, young people and families, along with the TUC, has produced a a document that aims
to reunite public sector services, charities and voluntary groups in our shared vision and commitment to children, young people and families.
The Scottish Government has produced a major report on workplace relations and productivity which includes the recommendation that workers in the third sector workers should receive a living wage.
Third Force News has coverage at http://thirdforcenews.org.uk/management/news/government-welcomes-living-wage-for-charity-workers, or see recommendation 21, amongst others, in the ‘Working Together Review’ summary page http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Publications/2014/08/4647
The Commission on Voluntary Sector and Ageing has issued a new discussion paper on the future of volunteering in an ageing society. The Guardian has an article from the chief executive of New Philanthropy Capital, at http://www.theguardian.com/voluntary-sector-network/2014/aug/15/can-charities-keep-attracting-ageing-population, which starts:
The findings from NAVCA’s latest quarterly survey of members suggests that whilst the outlook may not be improving for many it has at least stabilised. The survey, the 9th in the series, illustrates that NAVCA members are less pessimistic about their prospects, with a sharp increase in those looking to extend their range of services. For the first time since the survey began more are planning to take on staff rather than reduce numbers. The survey uses a representative sample panel of NAVCA members to track trends in local voluntary action. The latest survey took place in July. Surveys have been run every three months since July 2012.
For the first time more respondents said that staffing levels will rise (17%) rather than fall (4%) over the next three months, although 80% expect staffing numbers will remain the same. Collaboration remains key for NAVCA members. A regular finding of this survey series is that NAVCA members are looking to increase collaboration with other local support organisations. This trend continues with over half (54%) anticipating more collaboration. Other charities are also seen as key to future success by 57% of respondents.
Yet again a majority of NAVCA members (58%) see the NHS as key to success and a similar number (54%) say their relations with local NHS bodies are improving. This quarter shows more respondents saying relationships with local authorities have got worse (21%) rather than improved (17%).
Neil Cleeveley, acting Chief Executive of NAVCA, said;
“It’s too early to tell if this marks a turning point. We need to dig a bit further to understand how things are changing. We know, for example, that there are significant cuts in public spending on the horizon whatever the outcome of the General Election.”
“What the survey tells me is that NAVCA members are expert at making the most out of the resources available. They are working hard to build partnerships to make sure local charities and community groups are well supported and are responding with new services to meet new needs.”
The Pioneering Care Partnership (PCP) is an award-winning North East charity whose mission is ‘Health, well-being and Learning for all’. We are currently recruiting staff to support delivery of our Tees Valley Healthwatch (TVHW) contracts which are Healthwatch Stockton-on-Tees, Healthwatch Middlesbrough and Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland.