Monday, 28 July 2014
Friday, 25 July 2014
We will Officially Launch the BCH Community Action Team in Mereside with a 'Week of Community Action' during the final week of August.
You'll be pleased to know that they are all mid-week dates too:
- Tues 26th Aug
- Wed 27th Aug
- Thur 28th Aug
- Fri 29th Aug
(the Monday is a bank holiday, so we'll kick start on the Tuesday!)
On each of the days the team will meet together and get kitted up outside our new Tool Depot (which will be one of the Branstree Road Garages FY4 4UD) for 9:00am. Each project will run until 1:30pm or may finish earlier.
If you would like to be involved in the project days, or could help provide volunteers from your organisation, or could provide a service to connect with people while we're out on the streets, then please contact me and let me know how you could help :)
- I would certainly love to arrange a multi-agency approach to the launch week, so if you're available on any or all of the dates above, then I would love to link in with what you're doing, help promote your services and we can work together to make an even bigger impact on Mereside!
We will be doing a mixture of gardening projects and litter picking projects all over the estate, and I will be planning a Street BBQ for at least one of the days too!
So it will be high profile and something worth partnering with if you can, and a great and unique way to connect with local people about the services you provide.
Keep checking the BCH Twitter feed for more updates as well:
I look forward to hearing from you!
Community Development Officer
Based at the
Monday, 21 July 2014
(The Parish of The Risen Lord Preston Lancashire)
School and Community Worker
Salary £21-23,000 pa
We wish to appoint a person to work with St Matthew's Primary School developing our
worshipping life, Christian ethos and community engagement, and to work with St
Matthew's Church focussing on work with children, young people and families.
This is a fantastic opportunity to establish a new role in a challenging inner-city parish.
We are interested in seeing you if you have:
- a personal Christian faith
We offerA full-time post with funding for three years A varied and engaging church and community Professional support and opportunities for professional development
Please see our website for further details and an application form:
or contact Rev Peter Nunn, 01772 794312
Closing date: 12 September 2014
Digital Champions Event at Bolton, 9th July, 2014
The event was organised by Tinder Foundation (formerly GO-ON UK in conjunction with eon energy UK. Eon energy are involved because they understand that 1/5th of their customers have no skills in completing digital transactions and increasingly their services are going online. Tinder Foundation is a charity which started in the NE in October 2013. It is government funded and the aim is to increase the number of people who can communicate, email, use search engines, complete application forms online and keep safe online.
Currently in the North West 763,000 people have never used a computer. In the Greater Manchester area 263,000 have never been online. This is against a background of research that says if an individual is online they can make £560 savings each year, 3.1 million people over the age of 65 years go more than one week without seeing friends, family or neighbours, 90% of jobs will be advertised only online by 2015 and increasingly for most jobs, applications have to be made online. The aim is to reduce the number of people who do not have access online by 25% by July 2015.
The Tinder Foundation offer resources, communications, support and provide campaigning and marketing tools, train digital champions and share in the celebration of successes.
A digital champion is there to inspire and help individuals to use computers and the internet. They need basic computer skills, as well as being patient, a good listener and be enthusiastic about the internet and essentially they need to enjoy helping people and spending time in other peoples company.
Some of the challenges that people face with using computers and solutions:
v accessibility – if they have a disability
o dragon speech can be provided and funding accessed
o abilitynet provides guides and advice on technologies available
v accessibility – no hardware to learn how to use computers or access the internet
o computers available in a number of community locations including libraries and learning centres
v difficulty with language and literacy
o google translate can be used
o do-it.org – volunteer organisation for local commities
v no support or training opportunities
o local providers and councils are offering free training
www.ukonlinecentres.com/centresearch has a list of local centres where individuals can volunteer to support learners or where learners can go to get online.
www.digitalskills.com provides free resources for training
www.learnmyway.com provides a free resource for training
The 13-19th October is get online week. It is a week when we can encourage people to go online. The basic skills that individuals need to get started are:
v Using a mouse
v Understanding and using the keyboard, including shortcuts
v Searching skills
v Internet safety
v Using smart phones and tablets
To create a Learning Plan for an individual:
1. Find out what they already know
2. What do they want to know or be able to do?
3. Plan how they are going to get there – are there resources that are needed, training courses, additional support, set a timescale and detailed action list
4. Review how they are getting on
5. Celebrate achievements – the smallest things can be the biggest achievement
It should take approximately 10 weeks to become a competent IT user.
Tips for supporting learners:
v Keep language simple and explanations short
v Demonstrate as well as instruct
v Never take over from the learner, always let them do it
v Make any training relevant – if they want to shop, show them how to access shopping sites, if they want to research or book holidays, show them holiday sites, if they are interested in college courses, research their area for local colleges and then access college sites, etc.
Thursday, 10 July 2014
Tuesday, 8 July 2014
Farewell to Welfare!?
1st October St James Church Thurland Rd, Bermondsey, London, SE16 4AA
15th October St Michael in the City Upper Pitt St, Liverpool, L1 5DB
This year's annual conference explores the effect that the Cuts are having on the people of our poorer housing estates. We are really excited that our keynote speaker at both venues is John Battle the brilliant long-time campaigner and advocate for those who are marginalised. As well as high quality input, there will be time to share and reflect together. What does our Christian Faith demand of us who live and work with those who really feel the impact of benefit reform? Can we make the system better or is it really 'Farewell to Welfare'? Come and join people like you who are struggling to find answers. Book online or you can phone or text 07933 438304 giving us your contact details We can send you a booking form and answer any questions about the conference. It will be great to hear from you.
A whole day conference at just £20 including lunch.
So book one of the two dates:
1st October or 15th October 2014
and see you there!
To book online for London, 1st October, click here.
or to book online for Liverpool, 15th October, click here.
Monday, 7 July 2014
death rates were among the highest in the North West.
Friday, 4 July 2014
The Minimum Income Standard 2014 study asks members of the public what goods and services they think different types of households need to live to an adequate level.
Published annually since 2008, the study uses this information to calculate how much people have to earn taking into account their family circumstances, the changing cost of these essentials and changes to the tax and benefit system to reach this benchmark.
This year's research finds:
NCIA has begun the release of 16 major reports as part of its Inquiry into the Future of Voluntary Services. Using the contributions of senior academics, voluntary sector managers, practitioners and consultants, this series of reports presents alarming evidence of the extent to which voluntary groups have allowed themselves to become subservient contractors, in the process muzzling their ability to speak up for their users and communities, and adopting 'managerialist' workplace practices in a 'race to the bottom'. The reports also give examples of people resisting these pressures and their stand with local people affected by cuts, privatisation and austerity.
The first four reports in the series are now available as downloads:
The Ideological Context by Professor Dexter Whitfield examines the changes brought about by the commitment of successive governments to the principles and practice of neo-liberalism, explains what neo-liberalism is, how this has reshaped the environment in which the UK voluntary and community sector now operates and its impact on voluntary agencies.
Ordinary Glory: Big Surprise not Big Society by Dr Mike Aiken looks at the impact of this changed environment on small volunteer-based community groups, shows how the influence of contracting and marketisation has damaged all levels of voluntary action but describes how, with a little encouragement, these groups and their activities might discover the seeds of a positive future.
Outsourcing and the Voluntary Sector by Laird Ryan documents the Coalition Government's drive to privatise public services and evidences the damage being wrought by competition and marketisation, shows where the money is going, and uncovers the growing trend of Voluntary Services as sub-contractors to profit-hungry corporations like Serco and G4S
The Devil that has come amongst us by Andy Benson looks in detail at the procurement and commissioning regimes through which this progressive enslavement on voluntary groups has been achieved, and the ways this has diminished interest and capacity to take their mandate from users and communities and speak out against injustice.
Further reports will be released over the next few weeks. These will deal with the rise of social enterprise and investment, changes in the ecology of the voluntary services sector, stories from the frontline, the failure of 'leadership' at local and national levels, and the impact on volunteering and employment practices. There will also be specific studies on services for black and minority ethnic elders and refugees and migrant workers and reports on Scotland and Northern Ireland. These reports will be available via the NCIA website - http://www.independentaction.net/category/inquiry-voluntary-services/updates-reports/.
Further information available from Andy Benson: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, 1 July 2014