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Edition 4 Summer 2013 Community & Voluntary Action Tameside

You are part of a large and diverse sector that does fantastic things! That is the overwhelming message that I took from comprehensive new reports, authored by the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research (CRESR) at Sheffield Hallam University on CVAT’s behalf, which reveal the true social and economic impact of the voluntary sector. The reports, which we launched with partners across the city region in May and then at the Voice event last week, demonstrate the significant contribution of the sector to the social economy in Tameside as well as trends in the local sector resulting from the impact of the recession on our communities. Whilst the report builds on research T3SC conducted locally in 2009, the input from Sheffield Hallam University has provided much greater rigour and, working with six other support and development organisations across the Greater Manchester region, has enabled the analysis and presentation of rich, borough level information alongside the wider Greater Manchester picture. We are indebted to over 200 local groups and organisations in Tameside that completed the survey, which Sheffield Hallam used to build the report from. Enclosed with this newsletter is a short ‘10 things you should know about the voluntary sector in Tameside’ leaflet, and we have ‘sprinkled’ some of the key facts throughout the newsletter, so I don’t intend to repeat all of these here. They are powerful – for example over 1,000 organisations, of which nearly 70% have an income of under £10,000; 26,000 volunteers, with 73,900 hours given by volunteers per week, and most

staggeringly 1.4 million interventions with clients, service users or beneficiaries a year. We are part of a fantastic voluntary sector, and despite the challenges that organisations face, and which the report highlights, we should be proud of our work. The report evidences that we have a strong, resilient and responsive sector in Tameside. However, we must not assume that it is indestructible – the report also touches on the rapidly changing relationship with public funding, and the fragility of some of the services relied on by our most vulnerable residents Please let us know if you would like more of these leaflets for your members, funders or wider stakeholders. The full Tameside report, leaflet and link to the other Greater Manchester reports can be found at: Tony Okotie Chief Executive

Issue Highlights... CVAT News............................... pages 2–3 Focus on Small 4–5 Community News...................... pages 6–7 Voice Network........................... page 8–11 Finance & Funding.................. pages 12–13 Volunteering 14–15 Healthwatch 16–17 Training & 18–19


Just a Short Click Away Back in March, we invited a number of web designers and developers to present to us their ideas on how they could help us merge the old T3SC and Volunteer Centre Tameside into one fantastic new CVAT site that would allow visitors to access support materials, provide information, and keep us all connected. We knew from the start this would be a mammoth task but the company that won the contract, Countryscape, are not scared of a challenge. Paul Mahoney, Countryscape’s Creative Director, said: “We were delighted to have been chosen to develop the CVAT website. There’s huge potential for it to provide a ‘one stop shop’ for the voluntary

CVAT co-opts additional trustees

sector in Tameside and support the great work that’s going on locally. The website will provide a model for others to follow - and most importantly, it will benefit local people and make services easier to access. It’s a great project to work on!” Paul and his colleagues were also the team behind the CVAT logo and branding so we feel safe in the knowledge that the site will certainly have the CVAT style. The site is taking shape and following a workshop that involved some of our managers, staff, and volunteers, we have begun the task of editing and creating text, sourcing images, and testing the navigation. We want to make sure that this is a site worth visiting and provide much needed support to the voluntary sector in Tameside. We are aiming to have our new site up and running by the end of June on the new CVAT website address

CVAT’s new Development Service

Following the first AGM and election of trustees in January 2013, the CVAT board has undertaken a skills audit and as a result, co-opted an additional three new trustees.

The Development Service (previously the Support and Development Service) at CVAT supports over 150 organisations each year with a wide range of enquiries from starting a new group, funding, policies, finding volunteers etc.

The three co-optees are Ray Shepherd, who previously served on T3SC’s board and is a former chair of Faiths United and one of the sector representatives on the Supportive Communities partnership; Martin Collett, who until recently was head of organisational development at Tameside Council; and Lisa Ringwood, a Stalybridge resident and who currently works for Business in the Community.

We’re a busy service and meeting demand for our help is a challenge, especially when resources are also limited. To make it easier to get help there are now three key ways you can access help for your group.

These three additional trustees will bring the board to full strength and bring in additional knowledge and skills.


of organisations were satisfied with the support available from CVAT (Greater Manchester average was 79%).

1. We are designing ‘self service’ area within the new CVAT website where you can access information 24/7. 2. One to one ‘Development Service Surgeries’ are still available but we will be clear about how much time we can spend helping your group. 3. Chargeable services (e.g. support producing a business plan or bespoke training etc) for when you require intensive support (at affordable rates). We’re still at the end of the phone and happy to answer your queries. Please contact Naomi on 0161 339 4985 email


Tameside 4 Good Grant Scheme Tameside 4 Good have now launched the Tameside 4 Good grant scheme which will see the distribution of £100,000 to local good causes over the next two financial years. Individual residents of Tameside,

aged 5 – 25, can access grants of up to £500 to undertake an activity that benefits their community; whilst local community groups can apply for up to £4,000.

There are three opportunities to apply for a Tameside 4 Good grant, but you can only apply for one grant in each round and will only be awarded a maximum of one grant across the four rounds. The deadlines for each of the three rounds are:

Calling all Tameside Groups

Round 2: Thursday 31 October 2013 Round 3: Monday 31 March 2014 Round 4: Friday 31 October 2014 Unsuccessful applicants are eligible to apply for again, but not using the same opportunity. For more information contact Naomi Sampson or Candice Southern on 0161 339 4985 or email


of survey respondents said they had some direct dealings with commercial businesses in Tameside, with 13% having a “great” or “fair” amount of contact.

Gorse Hall Spring Clean

Staff at Scapa UK recently undertook a Tameside 4 Good Employer Supported Volunteering team challenge, involving them complete conservation activities with Friends of Gorse Hall, Stalybridge. The 10 strong team completed 60 hours of volunteering and made a huge difference to the ‘Old Hall’ site, undertaking consolidation work, stone work, cutting back undergrowth and vegetation, and general tidying up. If you are a group and would like to benefit from a team challenge, or a business who like to setup an employer supported volunteering scheme, contact Riona Doidge on 0161 339 2345 or email

The Tameside 4 Good website ( has a fundraising feature that advertises the needs of local good causes for people to donate. e.g. The Songsters added a sheet music request to the online shop. For an application form contact Dawn on 0161 339 4985 or email

Sheer Dawn

CVAT Development Worker, Dawn Acton, has made a ‘bald statement’ in aid of Tameside 4 Good and the Tameside branch of Beanstalk, a cause close to her heart, by shaving her head! Dawn, cheered on by crowds of people, took centre stage at the Ladysmith Shopping Centre to allow stylist from The Hayloft to create her new look! If you missed the event but would like to sponsor Dawn, you can do so by donating online at:

Get Involved

There is a wide range of adventurous and fun ways for you to get involved in Tameside 4 Good and support local good causes...all you need to do is contact the team on 0161 339 4985 or email You can also check out the website at or Twitter @Tameside4Good and Facebook Tameside4Good.

Stop the Press!

Look out for the Tameside 4 Good page in Tameside Reporter on the second Thursday of the month!


Focus On Small Charities Did you know that 69% of 1,068 organisations operating in the voluntary sector in Tameside are micro organisations (annual income under £10,000) and 25% are classed as small organisations (annual income between £10,000 and £100,000)? As part of CVAT’s engagement in small

charities week (17–23 June 2013 see we are celebrating the great work of just a few of the fantastic grassroots organisations in the Borough here in the newsletter. If you want to give your group a shout out, then please get in touch with us at

Friends of Pole Bank Park

Duke Street Music Project on the Move

Friends of Pole Bank Park, formed in early 2012 by local volunteers, supports the upkeep and improvements at Pole Bank in these times of national austerity. Cllr Philip Fitzpatrick quickly became a supporter and the driving force behind the group, helping them to access Council funding for the purchasing of tools. Cllr Fitzpatrick also helped arrange the restoration of the parks historic stone bridge, together with major improvements to pathways. Having surveyed visitors to the park, it became obvious that one of the most pressing concerns for local people was the visual deterioration of the park’s centrepiece, the walled Victorian pond, complete with Stone Island. Tackling this project was a mammoth task and extremely labour intensive, involving the clearing of weeds and rubbish, and the digging and levelling of ground. To begin with, the friends had no funding and struggled to see where they could raise money to buy shrubs and plants to complete this work. It was at this point they contacted CVAT where they, according to the friends, were advised by “a very helpful Amanda Benson” who explained possible sources of funding. The group then set sail into the uncharted waters of funding applications where Amanda became the rudder on the vessel, guiding them smoothly through the choppy waters. The fantastic end to this story is that both applications, for the ‘Manchester Airport Community Trust Fund’ and also the ‘Forever Manchester Seed Fund’ were successful! This funding has enabled the group to complete their current project and partially finance the from everyone at Friends of Pole Bank Park, thank you very much CVAT for all your help and also many thanks to our funding sources mentioned above!

On 30 March 2013, Duke St Young Peoples’ Centre closed its doors for the very last time. This extremely sad occasion was marked with a huge gig featuring 40 young people (and some not so young) who performed for a total of 5 hours!

Following the event, the youth workers and volunteers gathered up all equipment ready to move the Music Project to its new home at Denton’s Festival Hall. Throughout April, Youth Workers Riz and Rick, with volunteers Jim, Owen and Shane worked tirelessly to get the new area fit and ready for young people to make some beautiful music together. But how do you fit everything into this smaller space? Well with much effort and hard work, that’s how! So although the space is much smaller, the team managed to create one rehearsal room, a computer/DJ room and a small side room attached to an office is currently being turned in to a small recording studio. On the 4 May 2013, local young people were invited into the space to have a look around and make suggestions on the running of the project. Because of reduced capacity, slots will be reduced from 2 hours to 1.5 hours but at least the Music project is still running, and still in Denton! The project is still called ‘Duke St Music Project’, even though it’s on Peel St but as the old saying goes, you take the music project out of Duke St, but you can’t take the “Duke St” out of the music project! Well done to everyone from all at CVAT. Find more information on their Facebook page at


of respondents said that Tameside Council both valued the work they did and that they understood the nature of their organisation’s role.


Farley’s Home Watch

Farley’s Home Watch has been running since 2003 and the group work really hard to promote and ensure the safety of local residents on the Farley’s Estate in Droylsden. The group work closely with Tameside Council, local Councillors, the police and other agencies to improve the estate, help people feel safe, reduce crime and build and maintain and a friendly community. The group told us “Farley’s Home Watch boasts a household membership of 230. The committee members have a good rapport with the residents on the estate and members contact us if there is a problem they think we can help with or to offer information. We feel that Home Watch is bringing the whole community together”. The group has cause to celebrate with the success of having the sinking pot holes on Cordingley Avenue repaired; and a “You Choose” award to fund the cost of a light column and wiring to be put on the field behind Old Farm Crescent. This was much needed as the field has no other lighting and under the Burglary Initiative was considered to be a security “Hot Spot”. Neighbourhood & Home Watch Week 2013 will run from 15–23 June. Further information can be obtained from


of respondents said that Tameside Council respected their organisation’s independence.

Hazel–new lives from an old boat Congratulations to the Wooden Canal Boat Society (WCBS) who officially launched ‘Hazel’, their beautiful new ‘Wellbeing’ Boat, on 3 May 2013. The Mayor attended to show her support and when fully restored, the boat will improve the wellbeing of local residents in Tameside, particularly adults suffering or at risk of mental health issues through “wellbeing” trips and unique volunteering opportunities. Trustee Nick Lowther said “this is a big moment for ‘Hazel’ and for the WCBS in achieving its vision of putting its wooden canal boats back to work on behalf of the community and residents of Tameside”. The Wooden Canal Boat Society is a Registered Charity (no.1069820 ) and Company Ltd by Guarantee (no.3295718). The society is currently recruiting new trustees and if you are interested in joining the team, please get in touch with Mr Jim Vigor on 07795 837664.


Audenshaw Cyclists Win

Rugby Union in Ashton-under-Lyne has received a major boost, thanks to the Rugby Football Union. Ashton-under-Lyne RFC has been awarded a Better Facilities Grants to enable the club to ‘be fit for 2015’ in preparation for the 2015 Rugby World Cup which is being staged in England and Wales.

Audenshaw Cycle Users Group, set up to promote and maintain safe cycle routes, have recently secured £1000 worth of funding from Denton and Audenshaw You Choose.

The grant will enhance the club’s facilities and provide a resource for use by the local community. CVAT assisted the club in their application and is delighted to hear the news. To find out more see

The group also improves the environment in general by clearing up overgrown and neglected area for the benefit of the wider community and the funding award will assist in continue improvements. Chair of the group, Ray, is keen to involve the local community saying “If you are bored at staring at the TV you are welcome to come along, pick up a trowel and join in”. If you would like to know more about the project contact Ray on 07795 596351


Explorer Scouts from two units in Ashton, with others from Greater Manchester, slept out in Manchester City Centre in a cardboard village, to highlight homelessness and to raise funds for raise funds for Retrak.

Bear Grylls meets Ashton Scouts!

The gang were delighted to meet Chief Scout, Bear Grylls who flew in for a visit on Sunday afternoon and spoke to a number of the Explorers, including Jack, who said “I couldn’t believe that Bear Grylls spoke to me, he is a great guy and has changed the image of Scouting, he signed my jacket and shook my hand, I will have to tell my mum they can’t be washed for a long time” For more information: contact Alan Fish on

Happy Anniversary to East Manchester Tameside African Refugee Community Boat Project Association (EMCBP) Tameside African Refugee Association (TARA) has reached its 10 Year Anniversary and CVAT would like to wish the group a many happy returns. The association’s mission is to build the confidence of refugees and asylum seekers to fulfil their potential; whilst their vision is to promote diversity, tolerance and cohesion within Tameside. Over the last 10 years, TARA have provided a wealth of services and projects to refugees including a Money Advice Project; a supplementary school and homework club; a Health Living project; ESOL classes; and have supported refugees to become self employed. The association has built strong relationships with the police and health services and have successfully worked together to support refugees to integrate into Tameside and promote community cohesion. To mark the 10th Anniversary, TARA are celebrating with friends and colleagues on Saturday 13 July 2013 at Ashton Town Hall. For more information contact, call 0161 339 7270 or go to

The East Manchester Community Boat Project (EMCBP), founded in 1994 and registered as a charity, is run entirely by volunteer members all of whom give their time and expertise freely. The project has a 52ft narrowboat named ‘Community Spirit’, moored at Portland Basin, and is used to provide free educational, recreational, historical and environmental days out along the Ashton, Peak Forest or Huddersfield Narrow canals. The trips are aimed at children and adults who may be disabled or disadvantaged. A trustee committee of nine volunteer members manage the project and funding comes from the invaluable support of benefactors and seat sponsors. Passengers do not have to make a donation, however many choose to do so. In 2015, EMCBP will celebrate 21 years of being together and now have a goal of raising funds and launching a new boat in time for their 21st birthday. The new boat will have a whole host of improvements such as better disabled access throughout the boat, better visibility and exciting green technology which means that the boat will be much more eco-friendly. For more information: contact XXXXXXXXXX


Mossley Horticultural Show An invitation to all local growers and allotment holders...get planting and baking as Mossley Community Centre host their first Horticultural Show on 14 September 2-4pm. The event, sponsored by Emmaus, promises to be a hit with green fingered people of all ages with fruit and vegetable, flower and floral art and home produce categories. Judges will be fighting over the home produce category, especially the homemade tipple entries! 14 September 2013 2-4pm Young green fingers also get a chance to win a prize, with seven categories including the ever popular (and highly amusing) ‘funniest shaped’ fruit or vegetable. Mossley Town Team are sponsoring the tallest Sunflower Competition aiming to highlight their exciting plans and initiatives for the town. Local community food enterprise, Operation Farm are crossing their fingers for better weather this year as they ask growers for surplus fruit and vegetable donations. Their live ‘cook off’ demonstration sponsored by Mossley District Assembly aims to use local abundant produce in a variety of tasty dishes. Apples and Pears Wanted – children can get involved in pressing fruit with Operation Farm’s apple press. The event also coincides with Heritage Week and the centre will be celebrating their local history with walking tours and photography displays. The event also aims to showcase activities and groups at the popular and vibrant community run centre, whilst advertising the place as a great party venue. For more details about this exciting event visit or telephone 01457 832361 or email

Have you heard the news from Oldham? Oldham Community Accountancy Services, (OCAS), have merged with Voluntary Action Oldham and are keen to offer their services to the voluntary sector in Tameside. They can offer the following services: •

Payroll Bureau Service


Accounts Preparation and Independent Examination of Accounts

Support to help you prepare your own accounts

Assistance with writing Trustees Annual Reports

Advice on setting up an accounts system

Financial health check – for example are you making best use of Gift Aid?

For more information call Jane Pickering on 0161 633 6222 or email


CVAT report reveals the true state of the Tameside voluntary sector CVAT have launched a comprehensive new report, authored by Sheffield Hallam University, which reveals the true social and economic impact of the voluntary sector in Tameside.

Thanks to the fantastic survey response from over 200 local groups and organisations the report reveals key facts about the voluntary, community and faith sector in Tameside: 1 1

1068 active groups and organisations;

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69% are ‘micro’ organisations with income of less than £10,000;

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38% have been formed since 2003;

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1.4 million interventions with clients/service users/beneficiaries are made a year;

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£47 million income;

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£103 million value of the output produced by paid staff and volunteers;

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1,200 full-time equivalent paid staff employed;

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26,200 volunteers;

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This unique work provides a strong evidence base about how partners and the voluntary sector can work together for maximum effect in our communities, and CVAT will be using it as a key underpinning document in discussion with partners and when forming our future strategic plans. The data analysed by the team at the Centre for Regional Economic and Social Research at Sheffield Hallam University was gathered over a three month period by CVAT in partnership with six other support and development organisations across the Greater Manchester region. This has enabled the analysis and presentation of rich, borough level information alongside the wider Greater Manchester picture. Headlines from the region’s results included that: •

there were 14,592 community and voluntary organisations, co-operatives and social enterprises;

73,900 hours given by volunteers per week;

the total income of the sector was £1 billion;

51% have regular direct dealings with other voluntary organisations, 33% with Tameside Council and 13% with commercial businesses.

medium and large organisations received 91% of the total sector income;

11,963 organisations had an annual income of under £10,000;

334,200 individuals volunteer within the sector;

1.1 million volunteering hours a week were logged;

the contribution of volunteers is valued at £947 million;

the sector employs 23,600 full time equivalent paid staff.

Tony Okotie, Chief Executive of Community and Voluntary Action Tameside, said: “This report evidences that we have a strong, resilient and responsive voluntary sector in Tameside. However, we must not assume that it is indestructible – the report also touches on the rapidly changing relationship with public funding, and the fragility of some of the services relied on by our most vulnerable residents.” The research demonstrates the significant contribution of the sector to the social economy in Tameside and trends in the local sector resulting from the impact of the recession on our communities. Whilst it builds on research T3SC conducted locally in 2009, the input from Sheffield Hallam University has provided much greater rigour.

If you would like any more information about the research and its findings, including how you can use this data to influence decision-making, please email or call the Policy and Participation Team at CVAT on 0161 339 4985. The Tameside report, 10 facts leaflet and link to the other Greater Manchester reports can be found at:


Making connections–Voice developments What are your priorities for sharing information, working together, and having an influence on local decision making?

This is the question that the CVAT Policy and Participation Team want to hear your views on. We are already getting updated on your priorities, such as supporting Food Banks, as this is the constant process at the heart of our Voice work. As many of you know CVAT like many other charities has been adapting to reduced funding. This means we are in the process of changing our Voice work in the year ahead. We will be: •

Focusing on your key priorities (hence the question above and our recent work developing Better Futures Tameside for example).

Maintaining our large Voice meetings at least twice a year with a focus on tackling issues together across the borough. What should we work on together?

Moving from quarterly thematic network meetings to more flexible networking activity on the topics that you prioritise. Please come to upcoming network meetings and get in touch to give us your feedback and ideas.

Networking themes remain critical to Voice but we need to be more flexible in our approach. This means: •

We will not be holding quarterly network meetings on the themes of health and wellbeing, or on children, young people and families. Priorities identified instead

for targeted meetings/learning opportunities are mental health, changes to the NHS and the Better Futures Tameside consortium. •

We will hold BME, older people’s (CATS) and Faiths United network meetings but unless we secure more resources these will have to happen less frequently. Depending on network feedback this may involve more targeted work.

We will continue to support the new Tameside Food Bank Forum and invest in wider networking about tackling poverty together.

Responding to ‘hot topics’ in the news, opportunities for the sector or notable shared priorities across the sector (e.g. tackling poverty) with themed meetings. This will include testing online networking and teleconferencing as cheap networking options (though we know this won’t meet everyone’s needs). What do you want to get together about in person or online?

Ensuring there is representation of your views in strategy and policy development locally, regionally and nationally. We have less support capacity for this but we will be seeking the best avenues for influence and coordinating more peer support and accountability.

Your feedback has already informed these plans and we want to hear from you so that Voice can continue to be an influential and creative space for the whole voluntary, community and faith sector. Get in touch or 0161 339 4985.

Join Better Futures Tameside Now! Better Futures Tameside is an innovative new consortium, created to safeguard and grow high quality voluntary, community and faith sector provision for children, young people and families. Some of the benefits of joining: •

supporting you to better manage the funding environment - being in a consortium means your organisation/project can be part of much larger tender opportunities than you have not been able to access alone

access to a membership directory that will increase your knowledge of member services, aiding better networking and give you the ability to better serve the people you work with

dedicated online discussion areas for good practice to be shared (along with the pitfalls)

greater negotiating power with decision makers due to recognition of the formal collective

increasing your organisations profile and image through a collective consortium marketing and communications strategy

Joining this exciting new way of working is easy! As long as your trustees/board of directors is in agreement with your organisation’s application to join, all it takes is the completion of a couple of simple forms. Once the board of directors have accepted your membership, you can tell us more about your project and the level of funding that you currently work with. We are so proud of current membership, we want to build on this success. For an informal chat or to join, contact Veronica on 0161 339 4985 or email



were satisfied with the availability of opportunities to work together to deliver local services.

How has Britain changed since Stephen Lawrence’s murder? The murder of Stephen Lawrence in April 1993 became an important moment in our modern history. The crime – and the police’s failure to catch his killers – shocked Britain. The dogged campaign led by the Lawrence family made social and legal history, with a major inquiry into institutional racism, and a change in the criminal law which saw two of his murderers finally convicted on new DNA evidence in 2012. Twenty years on, how much has changed – in Britain, in London, and in Eltham itself? A new report directly addresses this question. Through national polling, and two events in Eltham in March

Health and care – what’s the latest?

2013 – a citizens’ jury and a debate – there is evidence that Britain has changed, as has Eltham. 51% of people polled thought levels of racism were higher in 1993 than they are today, while anxiety about living next door to somebody of a different ethnicity has fallen to an all-time low of just 6%. But the report also found that while discrimination has fallen in some areas, it still exists, and for certain groups is very pronounced. Specifically 54% of people polled think that Muslims experience a lot of prejudice today. More information: Government is currently reforming the care system so more changes will follow this year. However, do not fear there are places where you can get easy to understand and up to date information online. If you need to know what this all means for your group, or would be interested in a 2 hour bespoke training session, Anna can help (0161 339 4985 ext 2019,

As many of you will know there have been lots of changes to the organisations responsible for delivering our health and social care services both locally and nationally over the last couple of years. As a result many voluntary More information: organisations (and patients!) are struggling to • Regional Voices briefings on the main navigate the new systems and create links that changes: will help their service users and their group • The Department of Health’s interactive map which find out what they need to know. In December 2012 the Health and Social Care Act was passed by Parliament, and as a result Primary Care Trusts were replaced by Clinical Commissioning Groups (formerly ‘GP consortia’) and Public Health (the team responsible for protecting our local population) moved to local councils in April. If that wasn’t enough the

tells you the key organisations and what they do:

At a local level the Clinical Commissioning Group’s site:

For patients and the public a good source of information is Healthwatch Tameside (based at CVAT):


Changes to adult social care

The government will legislate to overhaul adult social care this year to deliver a cap on self-funders’ costs, a right to support for carers and put adult safeguarding on a statutory footing, it has confirmed. However, though ministers have dubbed the Care Bill the biggest reform to the system in 65 years, sector leaders are questioning how impactful it will be in light of cuts to adult social care as it has also been revealed that 20% has been wiped off adult social care budgets since the cuts began in 2011. The legislation (published shortly) based on the draft bill published last year includes a host of new duties on local authorities to: •

commission preventive services, information and advice

promote a market of diverse high-quality services

assess adult carers and provide support for those who meet eligible needs

comply with a new national minimum threshold for care and support

ensure continuity of support for people who move between local authority areas

make enquiries into suspected abuse or neglect of adults with care and support needs

establish safeguarding adults boards to oversee local safeguarding arrangements

meet the care costs of people whose historic care costs have exceeded £72,000

The legislation would also tighten regulation for providers by introducing new quality ratings for social care providers and introduce a system of financial oversight of large providers to guard against adverse consequences for service users if they go bust. For more information read Age UK’s response to the changes:

Food Banks in Tameside

Evidence submitted to the Greater Manchester Poverty Commission suggests food poverty is increasing, leading to a rise in the number of food banks and demand for their services. The need for food banks is unacceptable, although the work they do is welcome and clearly much needed. The Trussell Trust executive chairman, Chris Mould, said: “The sheer volume of people who are turning to food banks because they can’t afford food is a wake-up call to the nation that we cannot ignore the hunger on our doorstep.” He added: “Politicians across the political spectrum urgently need to recognise the real extent of UK food poverty and create fresh policies that better address its underlying causes. This is more important than ever as the impact of the biggest reforms to the welfare state since it began start to take effect.” What is the Tameside picture? Nine food banks are in operation and three are in development. Over 90 people are involved with food banks and 371 families were supported in February 2013 with 3 days’ worth of non-perishable food usually given each visit, to a person or family. This level of demand is expected to increase. Food bank volunteers don’t give advice, but they listen, and may be able to give information about further help. Food bank help is confidential, and volunteers are not there to judge people. For more information on food banks contact Mohamed on 0161 339 4985 ext 2020 or email


said that the council had a positive influence on their organisation’s success.

Police & Crime Commissioner – Consultation Meeting Live or work in Greater Manchester? This is your chance to meet your commissioner. The eighth of ten public Greater Manchester meetings will be held in Tameside where you can question Tony on police and crime issues, see how Greater Manchester Police is performing and meet senior police officers from the force.

30 September, 6.30pm–9.00pm. Lesser Hall, Dukinfield Town Hall, King Street, Dukinfield, SK16 4LA. If you have any specific requirements or to register your interest in attending please contact us on 0161 793 3748, visit or email


Focus on Finance & Funding The State of the Sector reports the decline in income in the sector over the last 3 years is likely to continue. In the last 12 months 36% of organisations reported they spent more money that they received which is worrying. The survey did also highlight the ability of community, voluntary and faith (VCF) organisations to raise money in different ways – grants, membership/subscription fees, fundraising and charging for services. At CVAT we want to help organisations survive and thrive and help is at hand with our sustainable funding project.

What is sustainable funding? Sustainable funding is not about an ever-lasting source of funding (though this would be nice!). It’s about: •

Planning ahead

Exploring all the available options to raise money for your organisation

Using the right income stream(s) for different activities/projects at the right time.

Having good financial management & leadership.

Check out the main sources of income for VCF organisations in the table below. Do you have all money coming from one source? Look at the other areas for new income ideas, get in touch for assistance.

Grants Last year CVAT helped groups secure £1.12m from grants. Top tips: • Leave plenty of time • Read the guidelines – check you can apply • Gather evidence to show your project is needed (use statistics, talk to members) • Research your costs (get quotes) • Say what difference the funding will make • If stuck get help call Amanda, Dawn or Naomi. We also offer a free checking service to read over applications before you send them.

Looking for grants? Search for free on our funding database: or subscribe to our free monthly funding bulletin.

Contracts Contracts are formal agreements between a public (or private) authority to provide a specific often public service on their behalf. More and more councils and health bodies are keen for VCF organisations to deliver local services which is opening up new income opportunities. At CVAT, we are here to help you build relationships with commissioners (the people who design and contract out public services) – particularly with children, young people and families and adult services. If you deliver activities in these areas, please get in touch to find out more about contract opportunities. We can help prepare you to team up with other organisations to bid in partnership. Contract opportunities can also be searched for on:

Donations Don’t like form filling? Then why not try raising more money yourselves? There are loads of different ways to try out from doing a community event, writing to local businesses, asking volunteers to shave their head (like our Dawn is doing at CVAT!) or setting up a quick and simple online fundraising page. Help is at hand via Tameside 4 Good. Since we started last year we have helped 27 community organisations secure time, money, skills or resources and raise over £4000 through own bagpacks, individuals doing sponsored runs, triathlons and having stalls at events etc. For more information on how Tameside 4 Good can help you check out or call Amy on 0161 339 4985

Trading Trading is selling goods and services to customers. Like donations, money made through trading is unrestricted. At CVAT we have started to make more money through trading to offset the reductions in other income sources. We sell training courses, consultation and marketing services to name a few. Like us, we want you to help you identify what skills and services you have got to sell to others (may be in a different geographical area or to new clients). We can assist with putting together a business plan and marketing yourselves effectively. Contact Amanda on 0161 339 4985 email

CVAT Development Team can help your organisation develop a sustainable funding plan that will: •

Help you plan better for your future – so you know where you are going.

Have a greater understanding of the range of income options available to your organisation.

Get right skills and knowledge to manage your group better and make money.



of respondents were successful in bidding for contracts with Tameside Council compared to a 32% success-rate with other public sector bodies.

What are you doing about your financial sustainability? The financial challenges and risks facing civil society organisations and social enterprises have never been greater and there is little sign that this will change in the next 5 years. With greater scrutiny and regulation, demands and expectations of Board members (executives and trustees/ non-executives) and staff are increasing. There are still many opportunities to equip your organisation for longer term sustainability and success. Here are just a few questions for you and your Board to think about: •

Are you getting the right financial information in the right format that tells you - how you are doing in-year, the forecast for the year, movement in reserves, and projections beyond the current year. Has this data proved to be reliable in the past? Have you got clear financial projections for next year and beyond aligned to your business plan and what are they telling you? Do you understand the impact on your reserves?

rises, loss of rental income, level of voids and bad-debts? •

Do you have enough information about your service users/customers to understand the likely impact of the welfare reforms?

What functions could you out source or share with others? Are you getting the right level of strategic thinking managing your finances?

Have you thought about how you could work with other organisations to deliver more joined-up service, to save overheads, or enhance access to skills?

Do you know your critical performance indicators and associated targets and do you regularly monitor performance and take any decisive action needed?

Are your auditors adding value to your organisation? Is their work identifying key issues and helping you act on potential risks?

Do you understand how your tax position may change as your business changes?

Are you prepared for changes arising from real time payroll information, auto-enrolment, possible accounting standards or other legislative requirements?

Do you have the resources to keep doing what you are doing? What could you stop doing?

Are you effectively managing the collection of your income? Do you know how long your debtors are taking to pay you? Are you keeping a keen eye on your cash flow?

Are you maintaining and building relationships with commissioners of your services now or in the future. Do you know what their priorities are now? How can you Grenville (part of Human Interest CIC) and OCAS innovate or expand what your deliver to make are CVAT’s Specialist Support Providers. it more attractive to an even wider market? If you would like help with your financial Do you understand your costs – fixed, management or planning, the Specialist variable, indirect, direct? What margins do Support Fund can help cover the costs. you need to cover overheads in tender bids? Contact Naomi Sampson on 0161 339 4985 Have you done any scenario planning? Do email you know how sensitive your forecasts are to changing interest rates, energy price

The good news is that there are techniques, tools, and individuals to help you address these issues. The essential requirement is that time is made available to think and speak about them openly, and for the Board to work together to agree the next steps and take actions.



million the estimated contribution that volunteers in Tameside bring to the economy each year

Celebrating the 26,200 Volunteers in Tameside! The State of The Sector report has provided a wealth of information on volunteers and volunteering in our borough. Over the next few months the team here at the Volunteer Centre will be looking through the data to see what we can learn from the report, how we can best support organisations and groups that have volunteers and how we can make it easier for you to volunteer. You can play your part in developing volunteering by helping us re-energise the Tameside Volunteering Strategy. Our Director of Volunteering, Sue Vickers, would like to invite you to a re-connection meeting in July (date to be confirmed) at Portland Basin Museum, where issues connected to volunteering, the impact of volunteering and how we can co‑ordinate the promotion of volunteering in Tameside will be discussed. There will also be lots of time to talk about your project and how you involve volunteers. If you would like to join in, email or call 0161 339 2345 to register your interest.

The Contribution of Volunteering

Every year, over 20 million people across the UK volunteer, donating more than 100 million hours to their communities every week. In Tameside, we know that volunteers have given over 73,900 hours per week. The economic value of nationwide volunteering has been estimated to be worth in excess of £40 billion to our economy. Services and initiatives that are vital to the running of our country simply wouldn’t exist if it wasn’t for volunteers, for instance the Mountain and Cave Rescue Service has 3,500 volunteers; the judiciary has over 30,000 volunteer magistrates; and the Police engages over 15,000 Special Constables.


hours are given by over 26,000 volunteers every week

Re-building our Volunteer Centre You may have noticed that work at Penny Meadow has come to a standstill as we wait for quotes, architects drawings, planning permission, etc. If you have ever had any building work done you will know how frustrating this can be. However, we will soon have a brand new shop front and a great excuse to have a Grand Reopening. Keep up to date with what is happening by following us on Twitter @vctameside

Volunteers Week 2013 Thanks to everyone who took part in activities during Volunteers’ Week (1–7 June) 2013. As you may know, Volunteers’ Week is an annual campaign and celebrates the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK. The theme of years’ celebrations focused on saying ‘Thank You’ to the millions of volunteers who regularly contribute to society, and to recognise the way that organisations celebrate the work of volunteers across the UK.

Community Cohesion Volunteering has a greater value than ensuring our essential community services function and national events are a success. Every year, millions of people help in all sorts of ways that they might not recognise as volunteering. This makes a crucial contribution to our communities, building co-operation and trust between individuals, and helping make our communities better places. The next newsletter will include a feature on the Volunteer and Community Awards being held on 26 June. We’d also like to share photos of your Volunteer’s Week celebrations, please send them in to us and we will publish a selection next time.


Celebrating Breaking the Record! One in four adults of working age in the UK has a criminal record and Tameside has the highest rate of re-offending in Greater Manchester. It’s widely accepted that volunteering reduces the risk of re-offending by offering work experience, skills acquisition, knowledge, and increases an individual’s confidence. Many Volunteer Involving Organisations (VIO’s) were concerned about recruiting ex-offenders as volunteers. Responding to this, Volunteer Centre Tameside undertook a two year project, ‘Breaking the Record Project’, funded by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, which aimed to equip VIO’s with the necessary support and tools to increase their knowledge, confidence, motivation and capacity to recruit and manage ex offenders as volunteers. Over the past two years, the project has: •

Supported 107 VIO’s

Distributed 168 toolkits

Facilitated 4 Volunteer Coordinator Forums with 71 delegates

Created 98 new volunteering opportunities

Time Banking is a Credit to Tameside

Distributed 320 training calendars

Delivered 27 training courses with 180 delegates

This has resulted in volunteer managers telling us they felt: •

25% more motivated

68% more confident

63% more knowledgeable

38% more capable involving ex offenders as volunteers.

The project has helped staff and volunteers within VIO’s to remove barriers for ex offenders and also highlighted the skills, life experience and potential that ex offenders bring with them when they volunteer. This provides the groundwork for future targeted work with ex offenders and we would like to thanks all those involved in the project, including Achieve, Probation Services and Back on Track.

Team v Recruitment Youth volunteering charity vInspired are on the lookout for creative, committed and motivated 18-25 year olds to become leaders in their flagship leadership programme, Team v.

Time Banking in Tameside opened in February 2010 and since then there has been 230 members, undertaking 981 swops, This unique nine month leadership and volunteering which equates to 3202 hours exchanged! The project enables individuals to use their skills in their community – everyone has a skill and everyone’s skills are valued equally. Recently, members took some ‘Time Out’ to enjoy the sunshine, canoeing at the Water Adventure Centre in Droylsden and going on a guided walk around ChadKirk in Romiley. There’s a lot happening over the next few months, from swops to event and the team are always on the look for new members, old and young (one of our newest members is 9 years old!). Why not get involved, just pick up the phone and call Elaine, Julie or Sasha on 0161 339 2345 or email

programme gives young people experience in running three social action campaigns whilst receiving expert training in areas such as leadership, project management, budgeting and PR. Following successful completion of the campaigns, learners will have the opportunity to access a Team v scholarship of up to £1,000 to support their future goals. For more information: Call 020 7960 7039 or email Were you a Games Maker? The National Lottery is looking for Games Makers who loved volunteering so much that they’ve continued to do more. If you are one of the thousands that did, contact Vicci Moyles on and


Healthwatch Tameside is Launched! Wednesday 13 May saw the official launch of Healthwatch Tameside, held at St Johns Church in Dukinfield. Over 100 people from across Tameside including representatives from various organisations including the Carers Centre, Tameside Sight and Hyde Community Action, came through the doors to find out more about Healthwatch Tameside. We were also delighted to have representatives from the Clinical Commissioning Group, Tameside Council, Pennine Care and the Tameside Hospital NHS Trust. Councillor Lynn Travis officially launched the event, which was broadcast live on Tameside Radio. The feedback we’ve received from the event has been fantastic with many people feeling that they not only understood what Healthwatch is, but how they can get involved. What is Healthwatch?

2. Influencing services. We use what local people tell us about their experiences to help local services to make changes. Sometimes this is about telling them when something isn’t working, sometimes this is about telling services about a gap in services and sometimes it’s about helping them to understand how changes they are planning might affect local people. 3. Providing an information signposting service. This is about helping you to know where to get information that will help you to make an informed choice about what health or care service you (or a family member) might access. How Can I Get Involved? People living in Tameside can get involved in lots of different ways including: Become a Healthwatch Tameside Member — you can join Healthwatch Tameside by completing a very simple form that you can get from our office by ringing 0161 339 4985 or from our website at

Healthwatch is the new independent consumer champion created to gather and represent the views of the public. Healthwatch will play a role at both national and local level and will make sure that the views of the public and people who use Health Sign Up to our eBulletin – we will be sending a and Care services are taken into account. monthly eBulletin so make sure your signed up here Healthwatch Tameside has three main areas of work: Visit our website 1. Listening to local people. We want to know or follow us on Twitter: @HealthwatchTame about your experiences of using local health and social care services.


What are we doing? We think it is really important to build on the work of Tameside LINk. Many people gave their time, energy and commitment to the LINk and some of their projects include recommendations for future work. The May Healthwatch Shadow Board meeting agreed we would work on these topics in the next six months: •

How outpatient services can improve the experience of people who use Patient Transport Services - building on the LINk Legacy.

Ensuring that Mental Health Services are able to act on the key messages from the LINk’s review of mental health hospital discharge.

Developing our Information Signposting service.

Engaging with Young People on a topic of their choice.

Supporting the Empowerment work stream in Tameside Adult Safeguarding Partnership’s strategic plan.

Thinking about how we can help to ensure the quality of care in local Care Homes.

In the autumn we will have plans in place for our main work areas and development through to March 2015. We will make sure that people in Tameside have opportunities to influence our forward planning.

Other News Listen to the Health Hour on Tameside Radio Tuesday nights, 6pm–7pm at 103.6FM. This is the place to receive information about health related topics that might be of interest to you. Patient and Care Opinion Forms Complete one of the patient opinion forms (available on our website) if you would like to tell us your story about using health or social care services. You can use these to tell us about any NHS or regulated social care service. Healthwatch Champions Healthwatch Tameside is looking for people across Tameside to help us spread the word about Healthwatch. They will signpost people to the most appropriate Health and Social Care Service, and encourage members of the public to tell their stories about the Health and Social Services they use. You will be based in a community setting in Tameside – normally in an area that you’re already connected with (e.g. your home town). You could also be nominated to our Board. Healthwatch members will be sent information about this and will get an opportunity to vote over the summer. If you are thinking of becoming more involved in Healthwatch Tameside or you would like more information about any of the above or our volunteering opportunities call Ruth Madden on 0161 339 4985 or email



Armed Forces Day 2013

Saturday 29 June 2013, 1pm—4pm Victoria Park, Denton Tameside will be celebrating and using Armed Forces Day as an opportunity to say thank you to the serving personnel, Reservists and Veterans and recognise their contributions. The event highlights the contributions that Service personnel make and Veterans made to the defence of the realm and to their local community.

Outdoor Summer Family Theatre During the Thursday’s of August 2013 Tameside Arts and Events Team will be out and about in Tameside’s Parks, Countryside Locations and Green Spaces with a range of traditional open air theatre which is family friendly.


Tameside Arts Confident Me Course Fridays, 14 June to 26 July 2013, 10am—12pm This free course is ideal for people who would like to build their confidence, and skills related to employment/volunteering. You will: •

Find out about Volunteering and Employment

Build your confidence through games & activities

Explore your skills

Drama, dance, art and movement workshops Games, role-play, group-work to build confidence and celebrate your skills and abilities Location: Volunteer Centre Tameside, 95-97 Penny Meadow, Ashton-under-Lyne. OL6 6EP

Each of the performances will be accompanied with For more information phone 07737 178899 a workshop and best of all the whole experience is or email free of charge! So bring along your picnics and be entertained in the open air a fantastic opportunity to enjoy theatre in the outdoors. Pinocchio, Thursday 1 August 11am – Hyde Park, adjacent to Bayley Hall 2.30pm – Mossley Park, Mossley Open Air Theatre Wind in the Willows, Thurs 8 August 11am – Broadbottom, Lymefield Visitors Centre 2.30pm – Dukinfield Park, adjacent to the Play Area The Wizard of Oz, Thurs 15 August 11am – Cheetham Park, Stalybridge 2.30pm – Ryecroft Hall Park, Audenshaw The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Thurs 22 August 11am – Victoria Park, Denton 2.30pm – King George V Playing Fields, Ashton

Bid Writing Workshop Tuesday, 18 June 2013

This training course will provide delegates with practical bid writing techniques, enabling them to produce focused proposals, increase their success rates and win new resources for their organisation. Idox’s Bid Writing Workshop is ideal for staff from public and not-for-profit organisations who are expected to write funding applications as part of their job role. Delegates are encouraged to bring along funding applications they are working on, or bids that have previously been submitted for use in the practical elements of the day. Location: Idox Wilmslow For further information and to register:


Project Management Monday 29 July 9.30am and Wednesday 31 July 4.30pm

A three day workshop designed for those who manage or are about to be managing projects. Effective projects techniques help you reduce spend, beat deadlines and take a pro-active approach to problem solving. All projects have a beginning, middle and end, and this workshop will provide you with the essential components required in planning the project and give you the confidence and tools to put them into practice in the workplace This course takes place on the following dates 29, 30 and 31 July 9.30am—15.30pm Course cost: £295.00 Location: GMCVO - St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ For more information and to register:

Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) 23 September 9.30AM to 14 November 4.30PM Newly revised and improved 5-day course. This course is suitable for new and existing trainers who want to develop their skills and gain the nationally recognised PTLLS qualification. Due to popular demand GMCVO is offering a further opportunity to complete the Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (PTLLS) Level 3 Qualification (accredited by Edexcel). The fee for this newly designed five day course is now £499. This includes the trainee’s own copy of “The Learning Styles Questionnaire” by Peter Honey.

CIEH Level 2 Award in Health and Safety in the Workplace Mon 1 July 2013 9.30am—4.00pm

Voluntary organisations are responsible for providing safe and healthy workplace conditions as well as the right systems and methods for safe activities for you service users, staff and volunteers. This course will help you gain the right knowledge and feel confident to manage the health and safety of your organisation and your activities and services appropriately and legally. Assessment: To gain your qualification, participants must complete a multiple choice examination which is done at the end of the day. Charges: Please note there is a £30.00 charge per person for this course. You can use the Specialist Support Fund to cover the cost if you wish to. For more information about this, please contact Naomi at CVAT on 0161 339 4985 email Location: CVAT, 131 Katherine Street, Ashton-under-Lyne, OL6 7AW To book your place visit

Train the Trainer

15 July 9.30am—16 July 4.30pm This 2-day ILM Recognised course is to enable participants to enhance the quality and effectiveness of their training skills and practices. Train the Trainer introduces new and experienced trainers to the tools, practices and theories of training and learning outlined above and other key principles to develop trainer knowledge and effectiveness in delivering their own training that best meets the needs of their learners.

This course is recognised by ILM, but requires PTLLS replaces the old ‘Train the Trainer’ level 3 course no assessment. and is the government standard minimum qualification for trainers delivering publicly funded courses. Course Fee: £159.00 per person Course Dates: 23, 30 September, 24, 31 October, 14 November 2013 Location: GMCVO - St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ Course cost: £499 Registration closes: Friday 30 August 2013, 5pm For more information and to register visit:

Location: GMCVO, St Thomas Centre, Ardwick Green North, Manchester, M12 6FZ For more information and to register visit:

In every edition of CVAT news we will publish a calendar of helpful event and training listings. Send your events for inclusion to


Development Services


One-to-one capacity building support, including funding information and advice, for Voluntary & Community Organisations in Tameside.

A project that encourages people to exchange skills and time. One hour given to another earns one time credit which they can save, donate or spend.

Contact Naomi, Dawn, Amanda or Lisa on 0161 339 4985,,

Contact Elaine or Julie on 0161 339 2345 or or

Breaking the Record Supporting volunteer involving organisations to recruit ex-offenders as volunteers. Contact Vashti, 0161 339 2345, email Policy & Participation Supporting groups and providing a policy function and developing the voice of local community and community action via a range of networks and associated activity.

Miles of Smiles A community transport scheme using volunteers to help people attend medical appointments. Contact Sam on 0161 339 2345 or Tameside 4 Good An initiative to help local people and businesses give time, skills and money to local good causes. Contact Amy on 0161 339 4985, or Riona on 0161 339 2345,

Telephone the team on 0161 339 4985 or Voice BME and BME Women’s Networks Older People’s Network, Faiths United Health and Social Care Network Children & Young People’s Network

Central Services

Volunteering Services

Promote your message locally through CVAT’s Newsletter and eBulletins. We can also provide marketing & design support services for your group under CVAT plus+

Facilities management, financial control and administrative support, personnel management. Contact Helen or Sam on 0161 339 4985,,, or Kelly on 0161 339 2345, Marketing and Communications

Including brokerage (matching both individuals and groups interested in volunteering with appropriate opportunities in the local community); marketing volunteering locally and promoting good practice in Contact Duncan or Michael on volunteer management to organisations; developing 0161 339 4985,, local volunteering opportunities; identifying and responding to proposals or legislation that may impact on volunteering. Senior Management Contact Ben, Paul, Vashti on 0161 339 2345,, or Brighter Futures Helping individuals use volunteering as a way into employment. Contact Ben on 0161 339 2345 or

Chief Executive, Tony Okotie, 0161 339 4985, Director of Volunteering and Deputy Chief Executive, Sue Vickers, 0161 339 2345,

If you are interested in having an article in CVAT News the deadline for the next issue is 22 August 2013. Newsletter articles should be sent to, tel 0161 339 4985.

CVAT News - Summer 2013 Edition  
CVAT News - Summer 2013 Edition  

Welcome to the CVAT News Summer 2013 edition, packed full of news from the local voluntary sector; and articles to help community groups and...