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South West Forum Newsletter February 2014  (Issue 132)

South West Impact Awards – Enter by 18th March 
Developed to recognise the work of social purpose organisations in measuring and communicating the impact of what they do, the inaugural South West Impact Awards are sponsored by Charity Bank will be presented over a champagne tea reception at our ‘In Pursuit of Happiness’ conference on 14th April, At-Bristol (conference details below).
Find out why you should enter and more here...
Conference: In Pursuit of Happiness, 14th April 2014 At-Bristol
Free to attend, 'In Pursuit of Happiness' will offer evidence of the social and economic impact of voluntary organisations and insights into impact practice based on 4 years of voluntary sector – higher education collaboration, plus keynote addresses from Dawn Austwick, Chief Executive, Big Lottery Fund and Dame Suzi Leather, and a full programme of workshops. Bookings are rolling in so don’t hesitate to secure your place here...
Impact Survey - Win a trip to France
South West Forum is working to increase service delivery opportunities for social purpose organisations. Part of this work includes helping social purpose organisations to demonstrate their impact more effectively and to communicate their social value to partners and stakeholders.  We are conducting an impact evaluation survey to establish a baseline for this work. Find out more and take the survey here...
Regional Voices survey: How is the voluntary sector engaging with health and wellbeing boards?
The survey should take 10-15 minutes to fill in (depending on how much you would like to say). Closing date is 10am on 6 March. Take the survey...
Police Crime Commissioner Scrutiny
Following the Police and Crime Panel on 11 October 2013, at which Stephen Woollett, Chief Executive, South West Forum gave evidence, a copy of the report prepared by the panel following scrutiny of the Police and Crime Commissioner’s Commissioning Intentions is now available on our website here... 
More information on the Police and Crime Panel is available on the Plymouth City Council website here...

Independent report on England’s public library service – call for evidence
Key questions for the panel to address include:

  • What are the core principles of a public library into the future?
  • Is the current model of delivery the most comprehensive and efficient? and
  • What is the role of community libraries?

Have your say here...  Consultation closes on Friday 21 March

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Opportunities and Resources

Funding South West Guide
Funding South West is a group of funders who all invest in voluntary and community organisations across the West and South West of England. They have produced a leaflet detailed giving details of 20 funders who all have funding available and want to support local groups to make a positive difference in their communities. Each funder has its own criteria and range of support available, so if you find a funder that interests you, do check out the link for further information. View guide...

Seeking VCS office space in Exeter/ South Devon
Devon Welfare Rights Unit (Citizens Advice/ CAB Devon) will be moving premises during the year. We are seeking suitable office space in Exeter or South Devon and wonder whether anyone is aware of any potential premises. Essential requirements: space for 7 desks, minimum 1 year lease and an annual break clause. Desirable: Access to meeting room and training room, access to staff kitchen, staff parking If you have a suggestions please contact nora.corkery@citizensadvice.org.uk

University of Exeter Business School Students

A number of 1st and 2nd year (undergraduate) Business School students at the University of Exeter are seeking a short term (70 Hrs) project to complete as part of their Business Experience module.  Students don’t need to be paid but you will need to invest a little time. For more details, please contact Caroline Harvey, Work Placement Co-ordinator on 01392 726288 or email: c.harvey@exeter.ac.uk 
The One Planet MBA students are also offering their services, in exchange for broadening their experience. More details... 


South West Forum Events

Masterclasses in Demonstrating Impact and Effectiveness 
27th March 2014, Plymouth & 2nd April, Exeter
These Masterclasses are designed for voluntary and community sector providers of services for children, young people and their families in Devon, Cornwall, Torbay and Plymouth.
There will be four ½ day Masterclasses covering topics including:
  • Aggregating individual stories and data into a broader impact picture of impact; 
  • Involving children and young people in evaluation and impact;
  • Evidence and impact - how robust does your evidence need to be?
  • Cost Benefit Analysis and addressing commissioner and provider priorities. 
The Masterclasses will be facilitated by Learning South West with support from South West Forum’s Impact Hub and input from other specialists and commissioners.  More information and booking details will be available shortly on South West Forum’s website. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact jane@southwestforum.org.uk
There will also be an opportunity for individual organisations attending the Masterclasses to access bespoke one to one support and consultancy to help them develop, improve and refine their approach to impact measurement.
Impact Hub: Theory of Change – Working Towards your Long Term Aims
Wednesday 12th March 2014
Developing a Theory of Change is a fundamental step in impact evaluation planning, or in developing a new area of service delivery, supporting you to think about the difference you make through particular activities. This course will introduce the principles for developing a Theory of Change and the benefits and use of this process, as well as give you the chance to work up a Theory of Change for your organisation. 
Venue - The Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Time - 9:30am - 4:00pm, Price - £95 / £145 (Discounted rates apply to South West Forum Members & Partners. 
Commissioning of Victim Services – South West Engagement Event
Tuesday 18th March
The Police and Crime Commissioners of the South West Region have approached South West Forum to organise a regional event on the commissioning of victims services. The event will take place at Somerset County Cricket Club in Taunton between 10am and 3.30pm.  It is FREE to attend and lunch will be provided.
Impact Hub: Evidencing the difference you make - using data collection methods
Wednesday 7 May 2014
Collecting suitable data is essential for organisations to demonstrate the important changes they bring about.  This course will introduce a range of useful techniques for collecting data from key stakeholders, providing guidance in developing online surveys, undertaking interviews and running effective focus groups.  
Venue: The Innovation Centre, University of Exeter, Time 9.30am- 4.00pm Price: £95/£145 (Discounted rates apply to South West Forum Members & Partners) Book now...

Other Events

X Jam returns! Join the 2nd Exeter gathering in the world's largest design thinking event, Global Service Jam 7-9 March.

Tickets start at £10 - please visit http://xjam.co.uk for more info or http://xjam2014.eventbrite.co.uk/ to book

Strategic Economic Plan consultation event - Early Booking recommended

The Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership is holding a business breakfast on Thursday 13 March 2014 at the Exeter Golf and Country Club as part of the consultation on the area’s draft Strategic Economic Plan. 

The event will provide an opportunity to feedback to the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) on the strategic direction for economic development across Devon, Somerset, Plymouth and Torbay.
To book your place and to find out more, visit: www.heartofswlep.co.uk/news/sep-event

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still respond to the consultation online and find out more about the Strategic Economic Plan at www.heartofswlep.co.uk/strategic-economic-plan
Please note that the online consultation closes on Friday 7 March.
Transforming Rehabilitation Legal Support
Workshop: Subcontracting - the legal implications for voluntary sector organisations
Exeter, 12th March 2014
The implications of the contract, including risk and insurance, governance structures, TUPE and Pensions, HR implications, data protection etc, followed by a Q and A. Based on legal analysis by Russell-Cooke Solicitors and delivered by CLINKS regional legal partners around the country.
The workshops are free, but please book a place here...

A Digest of News from Government

Ending gang and youth violence

A report bringing together the findings of the government's review of the ending gang and youth violence programme's first year.

Minister praises slavery charity in Bristol

Home Office Minister, Karen Bradley, visits a charity in Bristol to see first hand the action being taken locally to tackle modern slavery.

£500,000 to help break the silence

Male victims of rape and sexual violence will receive unprecedented access to vital help and support thanks to the first dedicated fund designed specifically to meet their needs, Victims' Minister Damian Green has announced.

£10m scheme for flood affected businesses

Mental health crisis care agreement

A joint statement about how public services should work together to respond to people who are in mental health crisis.

Contacts for Jobcentre Plus District Managers

Jobcentre Plus wants partnerships with local public and voluntary organisations that will help unemployed people move off benefits and into employment. Some of the opportunities focus on specific measures or specific groups. Contact your nearest District Manager for information about existing or future partnership opportunities.

£11m to boost opportunities for young people

41 voluntary and community sector organisations will be granted a total of £11 million to encourage young people to help others through social action.

Your country needs you!

Make this year's Armed Forces Day memorable by hosting your own event with the help of MOD funding.

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