Digital Derbyshire - Business Support Programme
DLDC July 2014 Newsletter
In Focus with One EM - June 2014
InTouch with One EM - 25 June 2014
is little doubt that today’s technology can bring about significant
improvements in the way in which we work and thus facilitate business
growth. A barrier for many Derbyshire based businesses though is the
lack of fast reliable internet connectivity. The Digital Derbyshire
project has been developed to remove this barrier and by working with
the eBusiness Club businesses will be provided with the knowledge and
skills to exploit the opportunities superfast broadband brings.
Derbyshire is delivering the county's biggest ever broadband
transformation. The first green fibre cabinet has now gone live at
Markham Vale Enterprise Zone as part of a £27.67m contract with BT to
make fibre broadband available to 95% of homes and businesses by 2016.
Beginning in Buxton in May the eBusiness Club will deliver a range of
FREE seminars, and workshops across Derbyshire which have been developed
to help businesses understand, implement and manage Information and
Communication technologies (ICT).
The following services are available to all businesses based in Derbyshire will be delivered across across the whole County.
Reserve your place or find out more here Digital Derbyshire - Events & Workshops
Please find attached DLDC's July Newsletter.
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the office.
Here is the first wave of training information from South Derbyshire CVS in what promises to be a lively Autumn term!
Still to come confirmed dates for new Level 3 Education & Training Awards and Domestic Abuse Awareness... so watch this space!
Alongside this our highly successful ALICE project is continuing - this has proved a great way to engage individuals in a programme of Personal Wellbeing - leading to Volunteering and potential employment?
For more details contact Chris Wain:
Chrisw@sdcvs.org.uk / 01283 219761
We look forward to working with you as part of our exciting AIM Accreditation centre!
Click here for dates and information on L2 Understanding Emotional resilience.
Click here for dates and information on L2 Safeguarding Procedures for life and work.
Click here for Volunteer Passport Autumn programme aimed at volunteers who support children and young people held at Weston on Trent.
Click here for Volunteer Passport Autumn programme aimed at volunteers who support vulnerable adults held at SDCVS.
Following the success of our first three annual MP guides, we have now published our One East Midlands Guide to MPs 2014, which contains updated information on all 46 MPs covering the East Midlands.
One East Midlands has set up a mailing list to keep the VCS in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire updated on the work of the D2N2 LEP and opportunities for relationships with the VCS.
The Cabinet Office has opened a consultation on its proposed £40million sustainability fund for charities and social enterprises, which are working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and are in danger of closure.
A new £60million grant fund to support charities to get ready for social investment has been launched by the Office for Civil Society using money repaid from the Futurebuilders loan fund.
A draft bill to give more powers to the Charity Commission was among the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech on Wednesday 4 June.
Charities will no longer be able to automatically include a donation as part of a purchase when consumers buy from them online, according to new regulations which will take affect from Friday 13 June.
Employees on zero hours contracts will have the freedom to find work with more than one employer after Business Secretary Vince Cable announced plans to ban exclusivity clauses.
The Labour party has started a consultation with the VCS, which seeks views on whether the current definition of a charity is fit for purpose and what can be done to support and protect frontline charity workers facing worsened conditions.
The Charity Commission, the independent regulator of charities in England and Wales, has launched a consultation on a number of proposals for changes to the Annual Return for 2015.
The Charity Commission has published revised guidance on setting up and registering a charity.
The Charity Commission, the regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published two new audio podcasts, designed to help trustees understand their duties under charity law.
A review of charity sector finances has been jointly launched by the NCVO and a coalition of sector bodies including the Charity Finance Group, the Institute of Fundraising, Navca and the Small Charities Coalition.
The Compact Awards 2014, which are designed to celebrate and showcase the most outstanding Compact working across England, are open for nominations until 5pm on Wednesday 1 October.
Date:3 July 2014Venue: Derby Enterprise Centre, Bridge Street, Derby DE1 3LD
The purpose of this event is to analyse the current state of play in relation to youth employment and unemployment, the direction of travel in policy and interventions and the role that the VCS can play in achieving positive outcomes.
One East Midlands would like to congratulate to all those individuals in the East Midlands who were honoured in the Queens' Birthday Honours List 2014 for their services to their communities and the voluntary sector.
Two new impact measurement tools, Measuring Up! and the Inspiring Impact Hub, have been launched by the Charities Evaluation Service at an event attended by Minister for Civil Society, Nick Hurd.
The number of people saying they trust charities has fallen from 66 percent to 56 percent in 2014, according to research published by nfpSynergy.
The Charities Aid Foundation has launched a new service to help small and medium-sized charities process donations by card and direct debit.
Big Society Capital has invested £1million in a project to underwrite community share issues, in a bid to encourage more communities to buy local assets.
The Guardian Charity Awards 2014 are now open for entries. The awards are aimed at small medium sized organisations that do great work on tight budgets and should get recognised and rewarded.
The National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards 2014, which showcase excellence, recognise achievement and dedication, and celebrate the successes in Payroll Giving over the past year, have been launched.
The National Citizens Service (NCS) programme will shortly be commencing in July 2014.
Derby College are inviting local organisations to attend a ‘speed chatting’ session during skills week to meet the young people on the programme and to talk about careers and life choices etc. If you would be interested to take part, please see below for further information or contact Rachel Hayward on firstname.lastname@example.org
Background to NCS
National Citizen Service (NCS) is a UK wide Government supported programme for 16-17 year olds to become more involved and inspired by working with the local community during their summer holiday. Delivered in Derby City by Derby College, in partnership with Derby County in the Community Trust, participants spend 4 weeks experiencing activities which take them out of the comfort zone, enable them to meet new people, learn new skills and ultimately raise funds and awareness of local issues that are important to them. Last year 488 young people raised nearly £20,000 for local groups and spent 27,000 volunteering in the community.
It’s an amazing programme that transforms lives, and raises young people’s awareness of their local area, opportunities, develops life skills and supports the transition into adulthood.
As part of our programme we have developed a skills week (this is week 2, out of a 4 week programme; the first week is spent team building at local outward bound centres), whereby our young people learn about Derby, the issues that voluntary organisations deal with on a regular basis, meet local community champions and visit charitable causes, as well as learn skills such as fundraising, body image and confidence, health & safety, project management etc.
They are building up to choosing a cause that means something to them, designing and delivering fundraising activities for this cause and volunteering with that organisation to create a longer lasting impact and legacy.
As part of this week, we invite local business people, MP’s, Councillors, Community Champions, and so on, to meet the young people on the programme, to talk about careers, work in the community, life choices etc. The purpose of this session is to raise awareness of opportunities in life and how to overcome perceived or real barriers, aiming to develop knowledge and resilience skills. Our young people are often at a critical pint in their lives, where their immediate choices can impact significantly on their future….they may not have considered self-employment, or university, or that there are employment opportunities within certain organisations… and these sessions go some way to change these views.
I am looking for a varied range of people who can answer questions set by the young people in a “speed chatting” type environment. Each VIP will have 15 minutes per group, and they will be meeting at least 5 groups during this session, so be prepared for some similar questions, and some random ones too! It’s a great opportunity, particularly for CPD, and it really gets you thinking about how you arrived at your current location, and also future plans!
Dates & times – all at Broomfield Hall site
Tuesday 15 July 2.00pm – 3.30pm 10 people required
Tuesday 22 July 2.00 pm – 3.30pm 10 people required
Tuesday 29 July 2.00pm – 3.30pm 5 people required
Tuesday 5 August 2.00pm – 3.30pm 5 people required
Tuesday 19 August 2.00pm – 3.30pm 5 people required
In 2013, 488 young people designed 39 projects & worked with 40 voluntary & community organisations to raise £19,524 for local causes, giving 27,000 voluntary hours – total programme value to Derby £117,744 –
it all starts with a YES!
Please enjoy the latest edition of View From the Peak, newsletter of the Small Group Project, High Peak CVS.
Click here to view newsletter.
Bolsover District Council has commissioned an independent evaluation of Community and Voluntary Partners (CVP). The evaluation will tell the Council what impact CVP has had, and will also provide CVP with information that will help us in our work.
It would be a very great help to CVP if you would complete an online survey for the evaluation. It will only take 5 minutes. I do apologise in advance if you get this email more than once.
Your responses will be anonymous - the evaluators will not tell CVP or the Council who made what comments.
There are two versions of the survey, one for our voluntary and community sector colleagues, and one for our statutory and private sector colleagues.
To complete the Voluntary and Community Sector survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/C9V53LX
To complete the Statutory and Private Sector survey, please click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SMYMPL8
I am delighted to send you an additional Update this week to introduce you to our new look. Our stakeholder survey from last autumn set out clearly that many people thought we needed to update our communications and our image. The changes we are making go deeper than the logo, but I wanted the logo and the new strap-line to portray the confident and ambitious organisation that we are. I think they do that.More importantly, we have also launched our manifesto for the general election in 2015, which you can find out about here. I would urge you to have a look at it, comment on it, respond to it, and use it to help us make the case for lifelong learning at local and national levels.
I am also pleased that we have the chance to hear the reaction from the main political parties to our manifesto at our conference on 19 June 2014. There are just a small number of places left, including complimentary VIP places on a ‘first come, first served’ basis for NIACE members who reply to email@example.com 5pm on Tuesday 17 June 2014. Please come along and join in what looks set to be a year-long election campaign at a pivotal time for the economy and the country.
I look forward to hearing from you,
Artcore is a visual arts charity based in Derby,
employing the medium of visual art to help strengthen community cohesion, raise
awareness of important issues, educate and help to provide a foundation for
local and international development.
These goals are achieved through a variety of projects and techniques
undertaken by the charity to support learners to develop transferrable
employment related skills such as timekeeping and organisation as well as
promoting the personal development of all project learners.
Artcore’s community project “Creative Journeys for Learning and Living” celebrated it’s success
on the 10th June 2014. The project, funded by Derbyshire Learning
& Development Consortium through Skills Funding Agency funding was
initially set up in order to provide support for unemployed adults aged 19 and
above, using art as a vehicle to build and develop skill sets that can be
transferred into the work place. “Creative Journeys for Learning and Living” also
provided a base for the further development of these skills, through
professionally led workshops focusing on a range of topics in regards to
employment and community, such as confidence building, effective communication
and cultural awareness. Alongside these
workshops, learners also engaged in visual art activities, such as mosaic work,
pottery and jewellery craft as a device to help broaden the experiences of
As a direct outcome of this project, 22 learners were
enrolled onto the programme and to date two people have moved into paid employment,
five have moved into further education, all learners have been volunteering involved with Artcore directly and five have
volunteered within other separate organisations.
The celebration event invited all the learners to join
the tutors and volunteers at Artcore to celebrate their achievements, collect a
certificate, enjoy some refreshments and express their thoughts and views
regarding the process and the progress they have personally made.
Kalvin Johal from Derbyshire Learning & Development
Consortium presented certificates of achievements and said ‘It was fantastic to
see the positive impact the Community Learning Fund has had on the learners and
hopes this stimulates them to continue their learning journey into further
development and employment’
One of the successful learners, Mrs El-Saiyed personally
highlighted her own journey within the project and how the help and support of
the charity has allowed her some respite from her duties as a full time carer
to her husband. Mrs El Saiyed also noted
how this project has ignited her creative side and fuelled her to pursue
further education and training in Hair and Beauty at a local college, with a
view to a potential career path outside of her role as a carer.
am a care, for my husband, so it is very useful for me, it helps me a lot, to
go out and meet some people…I met some people here who are my neighbours, but I
didn’t know them before.’ - Entesar El-Saiyed
For further programme information, please contact Ruchita
Shaikh at Artcore on 01332 384561.
Welcome to One East Midlands fortnightly news e-bulletin,
which includes updates from One East Midlands and other news, which we hope
will be of interest to VCS organisations from across the East Midlands.
If you are a member of One East Midlands and
have any news that will be of interest to the VCS from across the East
Midlands, which you would like including in a future news e-bulletin,
email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on what we are happy to promote on our website and in our
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If you are interested in becoming a member of
One East Midlands and the benefits you would receive click here.
Following the success of our first three
annual MP guides, we have now published our One East Midlands Guide to MPs
2014, which contains updated information on all 46 MPs covering the East
Charity Bank in partnership with One East
Midlands is running this free half-day seminar on Wednesday 25 June in
Nottingham to help organisations prepare for investment and growth.
One East Midlands has set up a mailing list
to keep the VCS in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire updated on
the work of the D2N2 LEP and opportunities for relationships with the VCS.
One East Midlands has launched a new weekly
jobs bulletin to help you advertise sector job vacancies across the region.
One East Midlands is looking to produce more
case studies on our member organisations and their projects that are doing
something different that you want to tell the rest of the region’s VCS about.
There are now over 6,600 works on the sector
catalogued and classified with helpful keywords in the Third Sector Knowledge
Portal, a free to use e-library of research, evidence and analysis.
Local government think tank LGiU has
published the first of two summaries of the Third Sector Resource Centre’s
report Understanding the third sector: the work of the Third Sector Research
On 22 May, the Financial Reporting Council
approved the new Charities Statements of Recommended Practice (SORP) for
Big Assist, the programme for infrastructure
organisations in the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector, was
updated in May 2014.
A draft bill to give more powers to the
Charity Commission was among the measures announced in the Queen’s Speech on
Wednesday 4 June.
The Charity Commission has published revised
guidance on setting up and registering a charity.
Charity and social enterprise managers in
Derbyshire, Leicestershire, South Yorkshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire,
Warwickshire can study for a specialist university qualification at Anglia
Ruskin University and save 50 percent on fees.
Charities reported 48,432 complaints to the
Fundraising Standards Board in 2013, a 44 percent increase on the previous
Charities will no longer be able to
automatically include a donation as part of a purchase when consumers buy from
them online, according to new regulations which will take affect from Friday 13
Now in its sixth year, NCVO’s work shadow
scheme for charities and the civil service ‘A Day in the Life…’ is now open for
The Charity Commission, the regulator of
charities in England and Wales, has published two new audio podcasts, designed
to help trustees understand their duties under charity law.
Please find attached a copy of our June 2014 Newsletter. Please feel free to contact me regarding any of the articles included within the newsletter.
Please click here for the dates for the Sound Advice Scheme Training Programme.
All sessions are for approximately 3 hours long. No prior knowledge, qualifications, or experience is necessary. All relevant materials will be supplied.
Booking is required as soon as possible as places may be limited. Attendance must be confirmed through the DIAP Training & Development Officer. Please note that attendance on all sessions is preferable, but may not be a requirement for you or your organisation.
For further information regarding any of the training modules, training delivery, attendance, or any other relevant queries please contact the Project Training & Development Officer, Ian Thomas on 01332 295713, email: email@example.com
Charity Bank in partnership with One East
Midlands is running this free half-day seminar to help organisations
prepare for investment and growth.
The Cabinet Office has opened a consultation
on its proposed £40million sustainability fund for charities and social
enterprises, which are working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and are
in danger of closure.
Big Society Capital has pledged to improve
access to finance for small and medium-sized charities and other social sector
organisations as part of its three-year strategy.
The Charity Commission is reminding charities
that they should use their Trustees' Annual Report to explain how they are
tackling the potentially serious risk of a pension scheme deficit.
The Cabinet Office has published new guidance
to help VCS organisations in preparing for, responding to and recovering from
The Charity Commission, the independent
regulator of charities in England and Wales, has published revised public
guidance on conflicts of interest for charity trustees.
Compact Voice has published a new guide
providing an easy-to-understand overview of social value and the Public
Services (Social Value) Act.
NCVO is coordinating a response on behalf of
the sector to the Cabinet Office consultation on new fund to support the
sustainability of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.
NCVO has launched its general election
manifesto, which warns that not all charities will be able to pay their staff a
living wage until public sector commissioners take this into consideration when
NCVO has published a report suggesting that
Payment by Results, the government mechanism to boost innovation in public
services could be preventing rather than promoting new ways of working.
NCVO, the Institute of Fundraising and the
Charity Finance Group have launched a review of the effectiveness of the Gift
Aid Small Donations Scheme, including a survey of voluntary organisations, open
until Friday 27 June.
Chief executives' body Acevo has launched a
commission to advise charities and social enterprises on ethical and
This year, Inspiring Derby week will take place Saturday 21st June 2014 - Sunday 29th June 2014
With over 100 events, the Inspiring Derby 2014 programme is packed full of interesting, exciting and fun activities. Events range from the arts and culture, history and heritage, conservation and the environment, sport and leisure, enterprise and business, health and well being. So there really is something for everyone this year.
The 2014 Inspiring Derby Week programme tries to reflect something of this ambition and to inspire you in thinking about your future and what you might achieve for yourself and your community.
To find out more, see the Inspiring Derby 2014 programme and get booking now!
Or for more information, email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call: 01332 640824.
Please click here for a copy of this week's latest Countdown edition 671.
issue, AELP have reported on the CBI response to the consultation on Apprenticeship
funding reforms, which also advocates employer choice, and on the need to
continue lobbying local MPs and business groups.
also articles on the new standards developed by the Digital Industries
Trailblazer, a meeting arranged with NAO to discuss how participation in 16-18
education and training can be increased, the Leadership Conversation, and much
fit4funding is offering their innovative online course 'Advising Groups on Funding Issues'
Starting on 6th May 2014 (ends 27th June 2014)
This course is aimed at individuals whose work involves advising community and voluntary groups on funding and funding related issues, including specialist funding advisors, community or umbrella agency workers.
This Certa Level 3 accredited course will be delivered completely on-line with very experienced and fully qualified f4f funding advice e-learning tutors, who will offer individual support and guidance throughout.
For more details of what the course covers and the course cost please click here.
If you would like to book on this course please complete the booking form and return it to fit4funding as soon as possible.
If you have any queries please contact: email@example.com or Tel: 01924 239063
Welcome to InFocus, our monthly policy
e-bulletin, which includes regional and national policy developments. If you
have any comments, please get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
One East Midlands has published a policy
briefing on the principles of transformation in the health and social care
sector, summarising the reforms taking place and how the VCS might respond to
The voluntary sector’s income fell by
£700million in real terms to £39.2billion in the year to March 2012, according
to data in the 2014 UK Civil Society Almanac, published by NCVO and the Third
Sector Research Centre.
On 31 March NAVCA launched an independent
commission to look at the future of local infrastructure, which until October
will examine existing local VCS infrastructure and the challenges and
opportunities it is likely to face in the coming years.
NCVO has published the report of its inquiry
into senior executive pay, which they established in 2013.
The Third Sector Research Centre has
published a new working paper entitled A brave new world for voluntary sector
infrastructure? Vouchers, markets and demand-led capacity building
The analysis of the consultation on the draft
new Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) has been published by the Charity
Commission and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator as the joint
charities SORP-making body.
The government has rejected calls to
introduce a central database of gift aid declarations, which many in the sector
believe would simplify the system and increase take-up of the tax-free giving
The government has launched a public
consultation on the European Social Fund Operational Programme for England
The Law Commission has opened a consultation
and published a paper outlining how existing law could be discouraging
charities from taking up social investment because it is not clear what the
precise powers and duties of trustees are.
Cabinet Office has published two reports on
the new opportunities the government is providing for the civil society as
public services are opened up.
Locality, an umbrella body for community
organisations, states in its new report that English local authorities could
save £16billion per year, and improve services, by commissioning services on a
Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
announced his 2014 budget on Wednesday 19 March, including several items of
interest to the voluntary and community sector.
The government has approved a rise in the
National Minimum Wage to £6.50 per hour from October this year, with more than
a million people set to see their pay rise by as much as £355 a year.
Compact Voice has published a new guide,
aimed at the VCS, which provides an easy-to-understand overview of social value
and the Public Services (Social Value) Act.