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Office for Civil Society (OCS) updates:
- LIfe Chances Fund
The Life Chances Fund (LCF) seeks applications from local commissioners, service providers and intermediaries who seek to use Social Impact Bonds (SIB) to tackle complex social problems that affect children and young people.
The £80m Fund was launched in July 2016 with the objective of helping those people in society who face the most significant barriers to leading happy and productive lives. The fund contributes to outcome payments for Social Impact Bonds.
Expression of interest for funding from the Life Chances Fund for Early Years and Young People are due by 31 March 2017.
The themes of Healthy Lives and Older People’s Services will be open to applications in June 2017.
BLF will be running six free events in June focusing on Older People’s Services and Healthy Lives.In addition to information delivered by the Fund, there will be presentations from investors and commissioners who are either developing or delivering SIB proposals. This will be an excellent opportunity for finding out more about LCF and networking with other interested parties.
The event dates in the north are:
· Leeds – Tuesday 6th June 2017
· Liverpool – Thursday 15th June 2017
If you have any questions about LCF, you can visit the website for full details or view slides from a recent webinar here. For further information about the application process, policy themes, workshops and other opportunities, please contact the Big Lottery Fund.
For further information on Outcomes Based Commissioning and Social Impact Bonds, please visit the website of the Government Outcomes Lab.
On 31 March, the Give Us A Chance Consortium (GUAC) is holding a webinar where Nina Zuendorf, a Policy Advisor at the DCMS Centre for Social Impact Bonds, will provide information about the Life Chances Fund. Nina will explain the scheme and also what Social Impact Bonds are, how they work – and also how they are targeted at achieving outcomes. You can register for the webinar here.
- Tackling Dormant Assets - Independent Dormant Assets Commission report launched
£2 billion boost set to transform charity and voluntary sector funding. Experts find vast sums lying unclaimed in dormant assets such as stocks and shares.
The independent Dormant Assets Commission was tasked with considering whether the current dormant assets scheme, which only covers bank and building society accounts, could be expanded to include other types of assets.
The Commission’s report estimates there to be £1 - 2bn of additional funding potentially available for the benefit of good causes from the inclusion of additional types of asset in an expanded dormant assets scheme.
- Early Years Social Action Fund and Savers Support Fund
In February, the Office for Civil Society launched two new innovative Social Action funds worth £2 million, with our partner Nesta. Eligible projects, based in England, are invited to submit a short expression of interest (EOI) by midday, Wednesday 29 March.
- The £1 million Early Years Social Action Fund to support early years development for children under 5. Nearly a third of children in England are behind in development by age five. The Early Years Fund will support parents in helping their young children reach those important developmental milestones and get the best possible start in life. For full eligibility details, and more information visit Nesta’s website including FAQs and webinar slides.
- The £1 million Savers Support Fund to improve the public’s money management skills. The Savers Support Social Action Fund will help young people and families who are just about managing take better charge of their finances and work towards becoming debt free. This will help people across the UK who have little in savings to help them cope with the unexpected financial shocks in life, those who owe money, and those who struggle to manage their finances. For full eligibility details, and more information visit Nesta’s website including FAQs and webinar slides.
- Enabling Social Action - resources for commissioners
Social action is about people coming together to help improve their lives and solve important problems in their communities. When the public sector works with communities – listening to citizens, growing their capacity to act, and working with them as equals – social action can become a powerful way of meeting people’s needs.
From November 2015 to August 2016 government collaborated with the New Economics Foundationto develop resources for commissioners and other public sector leaders to help them embed social action in commissioning. DCMS have published resources for public sector commissioners to help deliver public services. These publications provide resources, ideas and case studies on how to embed social action into existing services, develop new programmes and create the conditions for social action.
- Social Action - collection
Now published together in one place - reports, articles, data and analysis on how government is empowering communities to take action on the issues that matter to them.
This is part of government’s wider work to grow social action. You can find out more by readingthis summary on social action or by viewing our discussion paper ‘Social Action - Harnessing the Potential’.
- Community Organisers Expansion
The Office of Civil Society, part of the Department of Culture Media and Sport, awarded Community Organisers Ltd. the £4.2m contract to grow the movement of Community Organisers from 6,500 to 10,000 by 2020. Community Organisers Ltd is the independent body that grew out of the original 2011 - 2015 Community Organisers Programme.
Community Organisers are local leaders bringing people together to take action on the things that matter to them. The expansion programme will increase the number of organisers across England and support the most effective Community Organisers recruited through the original programme to broaden and deepen their impact, train new Community Organisers, and facilitate peer-to-peer support. The ultimate aim is for residents to take action together in their own neighbourhoods for social change – focused on the issues that matter most to them.
- Libraries Deliver
Libraries are for everyone! The Libraries Taskforce (a body set up and sponsored jointly by DCMS and the Local Government Association) published its first strategy document in December 2016.
Libraries Deliver: Ambition for Public Libraries in England 2016-2021 paints a thorough picture of the wide range of outcomes which modern public libraries deliver, plus sets out a plan for how our vision of a sustainable public library service will be achieved.
Examples are regularly featured in their blog: https://librariestaskforce.blog.gov.uk/
One of our key 'asks' is that decision makers think 'Libraries First' when considering how to deliver services to people - and we hope that you will take a look at the strategy and consider when libraries may be valuable partners for the activities you are involved in.
Updates from other Government Departments:
- 20 - 24 March is Communities Week
The Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) are marking over 6,000 uses of community rights, protecting over 4,000 buildings, green spaces and other much loved local assets with Communities Week.
Communities Week celebrates positive change led by communities across England. The week will see new resources, funding announcements and more will be happening over the week, so stay tuned on Facebook, Twitter and the mycommunity.org.uk website for everything Communities Week ’17!
Want to get involved in your community? See the My Community Rights website for details on how to go about it. Also follow #CommunitiesWeek17 on Twitter for more details.
- Sport England - Opportunity Fund and Potentials Fund
Sport England’s Opportunity Fund and Potentials Fund will support volunteering projects for groups where we have identified significant untapped potential; those from economically-disadvantaged communities and young people.
- The Opportunity Fund targets people, aged 20+, from economically-disadvantaged communities
- The Potentials Fund targets children and young people aged 10 to 20 (with a particular focus on 10-14 year-olds) who are interested in doing something to benefit their community, through social action.
- The deadline for Expressions of Interest to these two new funds is no later than 12 noon, 24 April 2017.
In this first stage of their volunteering strategy Sport England want to learn from exciting, new volunteering and social action opportunities that will change the lives of volunteers and their communities. If you already work with their target audience and have a great volunteering idea using sport and physical activity, then they want to hear from you.
10) Job Club standards (a small favour)
If your organisation has ever supported a community job club and has documentation around the standards of services to clients can you send it to Paul (email@example.com). Thanks