Review of health and care sector investment in the VCSE Sector

A review of health and care investment in the Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise Sector began in February 2015. The Department of Health, NHS England and Public Health England recognise the importance of voluntary, community and social enterprise organisations in improving the health and wellbeing of the nation’s population and want to find out more about what is happening on the ground.

Read more on the VCSE review website, see the Blog and Comment.

Download the briefing document.

During the last week of February, three focus groups met in Worcester, Wolverhampton and Leeds. This was the initial stage of the UK review that will report back to Government, a review that intends to influence policy on how health and wellbeing initiatives are supported. Community Catalysts led the first stage of reporting in partnership with local organisations.

Community micro-enterprises and voluntary organisations joined an open focus group to explain:

  • What they do and how they contribute to the wellbeing of the people they support and the local community.
  • What gets in the way of providing services for more people and what could government do to remove those barriers?
  • If they receive grant funding and, if so, how useful it has been in helping them to establish the enterprise and grow

Download the Worcestershire Focus Group notes that will feed into the overall report. 

Volunteers’ Week 30th Anniversary Resources

Volunteers' Week logo with 30th anniversary badge for 2014

NCVO has produced a digital resource pack to celebrate this year’s Volunteers’ Week, which will mark its 30th anniversary.

Register online to receive the digital resource pack directly to your Inbox. 

The pack includes:

  • Certificate template
  • Poster template
  • Volunteers’ Week logo with 30 years badge
  • Guidance on micro volunteering

Members of NCVO are also able to access other resources, including how to develop interesting new role descriptions.

Are you making the most of the Youth Bus?

Have you considered booking the Wychavon Youth Bus for your events? The Youth Bus provides a mobile facility for young people aged between 11-17. It can be booked to go out to villages across the district to host a range of activities, information and support for young people. You will need a group of people in your locality to organise the event or activities and the bus will support your leaders/volunteers.

Read more, including how to book, on the Wychavon District website.

Upton Warren Conservation Area Review

Wychavon District Council is reviewing the Upton Warren conservation area – its first review in nearly 40 years.

The Council is seeking public comment on the draft Character Appraisal and Management Plan for the Upton Warren conservation area.

The conservation area covers the historic core of this small village located just off the A38 between Wychbold and Bromsgrove It was first designated a conservation area in 1975.

The consultation will run from 31 March until 12 May 2014. Residents are invited to attend a public meeting on 1 April at 6.30pm at the Upton Warren Outdoor Centre, where the Council’s heritage manager will present the review and answer questions.

Information and hard copies of the review will be available from Droitwich Library, the Civic Centre in Pershore and Upton Warren parish council from 31 March 2014.  Information and an online comments form will also be available on the Council’s website at www.wychavon.gov.uk/conservationareas from the same date.  Alternatively for more details call Jim Burgin, heritage manager, on 01386 565366.

Dumbleton Village Club Craft Fayre

Saturday 5 April 2014, 10am-4.30pm

Come and join us for a day of unique local craftsmanship showcasing products from jewellery, bags, candle sticks, furniture, baskets, textiles, cards, plants, garden ornaments, paintings, home bakes, vintage goods, accessories and so much more.

Live music by talented local musicians, face painting and a selection of refreshments available all day.

FREE parking. Bring the whole family, all welcome!

£1 entry for the public. (Under 12s free)
Market opening times: 10.00am – 4.30pm

Price of each Stallholder space is £10 (8ft). We do have some tables available to hire allocated on a first come first serve basis but if you are able to bring your own tables that would be wonderful. We also have room for outdoor sellers too – so if this is your preference let me know. Get in touch – it will be a fab day!

Contact: Zoe on 07788 562301 or email zoedwyer13@yahoo.co.uk

Price of each Stallholder space is £10 (8ft). We do have some tables available to hire allocated on a first come first serve basis but if you are able to bring your own tables that would be wonderful. We also have room for outdoor sellers too – so if this is your preference let me know. Get in touch – it will be a fab day!

Contact: Zoe on  07788 562301 or email zoedwyer13@yahoo.co.uk

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New website

Evesham Volunteer Centre is building a new website. What do you want from this website? Whilst it’s still in development, we might be able to add what you are looking for.