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Building and supporting voluntary and community action in Tameside


OUR YEAR IN NUMBERS For those that like numbers... 135 local voluntary and community

22 people attended our ‘Skilling

groups received funding support from T3SC

up for Represenation’ programme.

...and we helped those groups achieve £1,468,665 of funding. ...through 780 hours of one to one support. We supported 8 new organisations to get started. There are over 700

paid members of staff in

Tameside’s voluntary organisations and charities.

Volunteers give over 9,400 hours a week to Tameside organisations – each organisation getting an average

The LINk grew its membership to over 800 local residents.

Over 650 people now subscribe to our email bulletin, an increase of nearly 9% on the previous year.

Over 85% of people who came to Voice events in 2009 said that they benefited from the events and gained useful information.

48% of Tameside voluntary and community groups said that they were very or fairly satisfied with the overall level of support from T3SC (and only 6.5% either fairly or very dissatisfied)

of 45 hours a week

30 organisations

volunteer time.

from across Greater Manchester have benefited from coaching, mentoring, work shadowing or action learning through our iLearn project.

13 organisations received one to one support from T3SC to improve their organisational development, quality assurance and strategic direction. We helped 10 organisations complete health checks and develop business/strategic plans. We undertook 4 grant management projects, helping funders develop appropriate schemes and processes, and ensuring that £387,000 of grant funding was available to groups locally.

We assisted 15 community and voluntary organisation to create websites.

Numbers alone don’t show the impact of our work – read on to see how we grow and support voluntary and community action in Tameside.

We delivered 27 training sessions, attended by a total of 119 groups. We supported 24 voluntary and community representatives to Tameside Strategic Partnership.

Photographs in this annual review were taken at T3SC events and activities over the year.

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A message from the Chair and Chief Executive Once again it has been a busy year here at T3SC. In this annual review we have tried to describe the year in just 24 pages, using words, numbers, pictures, quotes and 15 case examples. We hope that these help to demonstrate the spectrum of activity that we are involved in and deliver – and the impact that this activity has. Voluntary and community organisations face a number of challenges this year, and in the years ahead. The advent of ‘Big Society’ from the new coalition government will see a new, and increased, role for local community and voluntary activity. This presents the opportunity for the sector to grow in the borough, but at the same time there are significant concerns about how this activity, and the organisations that deliver it, will be funded. T3SC is not insulated from the changing financial climate, and public spending cuts, that face all of the organisations that we serve or work with. We write this message as T3SC completes its move to new offices at 131 Katherine Street in Ashton. This move is part of our response to the ‘difficult times ahead’. We are a responsible charity, and believe that we are in good shape to continue to be able to support frontline voluntary and community action by:

3 reducing our property costs and other overheads 3 collaborating with others our levels of income generation 3 increasing through T3SCplus



We will continue to advocate as a strong, clear and respected voice for the sector, and to ensure that we are responsive to the needs of voluntary, community and faith organisations in the borough. This will be even more important in the difficult years ahead, but we are well placed to be able to give the support that the sector needs to grow and flourish. T3SC is only in the strong position that it is today because of people. Our thanks must go to our dedicated, enthusiastic and talented staff team; our trustees who provide wisdom, counsel, direction and encouragement and the fantastic support from the people in the huge variety of groups that we work with. We hope, as you read this review of our work over the last year, you will agree.

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Capacity building for organisations is a core part of T3SC’s service locally. In the last year we provided over 780 hours of one to one support to 135 voluntary and community organisations. We have supported eight new groups to get started including The Freedom Club, a new group that is providing activities and support services for people with disabilities.

‘A very useful session, I already had experience of tendering, but still found the session useful. It provided some useful pointers and was very succinct and still managed to be participative’. Training participant.

‘Thanks for all the support your have shown me and all the members of the Freedom Club. Without your help and understanding we could not have got where we are today.’ Glenda Harffy.

We have increased our provision to support voluntary and community groups with tendering, working with commissioners from Tameside Council to provide workshops on ‘demystifying commissioning’ and ‘winning tenders’ as well producing a toolkit and checklist.

Our funding service has continued to provide valuable support to over 78 voluntary and community groups, including hosting valuable face-to-face contact sessions with funders including BBC Children in Need, The Co-operative Community Fund and Futurebuilders. In conjunction with other support and development organisations in Greater Manchester we have helped to increase access to funding information via the establishment of a Greater Manchester online Funding Portal at T3SC recognises that practical services, quality and timely, information continue to be important to help build the capacity of the sector locally. To this end we have increased the size of our newsletter and launched our new website, which contains an increased amount of information, and downloadable resources, funding guides and fact sheets. Our email bulletin is now received by over 650 people monthly, an increase of nearly 9% on the previous year. To widen access, information on the site can also be translated into four different languages spoken within Tameside, and features videos of our events and audio versions of some publications. This year we launched a new series of marketing and publicity workshops to enable voluntary and community groups to raise their profile with stakeholders. In particular, we assisted 15 community and voluntary organisation to create websites.

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The impact of public spending cuts will increasingly be felt across voluntary and community groups, particularly from April 2011 onwards. During the year, T3SC has been aiming to raise awareness of this, and to help organisations plan and prepare for changes ahead by being proactive.

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Our work in this area has included: • Hosting a number of meetings between the larger organsiations that are core-funded by the local authority, helping them to consider how they can work together. • Developing a new support package and training on collaboration, upskilling staff and rolling this out locally with a ‘Let’s collaborate’ workshop which seven VCOs attended. • Undertaking health checks and strategic planning with voluntary organisations and facilitating ‘away days’ with 13 voluntary organisations, assisting them to explore future threats and opportunities. • Working in partnership with Voluntary Action Oldham and Stockport CVS to hold a joint ‘Thinking the unthinkable’ event attended by 51 people from 37 organisations across Tameside. Participants learnt and discussed the future challenges for the sector in light of the political and economic situation and attended workshops on managing change, collaboration and social enterprise development. Feedback from the event was very positive with 97% satisfaction rating from the evaluation forms.

Learn iLearn - delivering innovative, informal learning across Greater Manchester ‘

T3SC are leading a project in Tameside and across Greater Manchester to increase and improve the range of informal learning opportunities available to voluntary and community groups. The sector has a wealth of experience within it. By tapping in to this resource iLearn is able to help individuals working or volunteering in the sector to gain valuable skills which they can take back to their organisations in the sector to deliver services more effectively. 30 organisations from across Greater Manchester have so far taken advantage of the opportunity to develop their workers or volunteers through a combination of coaching, mentoring, work shadowing or action learning.

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Raising the profile of community transport

Facilitating Voice (the third sectors‘ network of networks) is one of the main ways that T3SC delivers this aim. Voice is a meeting place for all community, voluntary and faith groups in Tameside, enabling all kinds of Tameside groups and communities to influence key decisions that affect the community and voluntary sector. Voice is also important to our third aim of empowering and supporting local communities to identify needs and develop responses. During the year we reviewed the effectiveness of Voice and its associated thematic networks. Groups told us that Voice is a great means of gaining information, that people do want to be more involved in decision making, and that we need to enhance and support the role of your elected representatives. In response we: • re-launched ‘New Voice’ in May with a conference attended by 70 people. • were involved in a national pilot programme ‘Skilling up for Stronger Voices’, run by NAVCA (National Association for Voluntary and Community Action). We now deliver this programme of training for representatives locally. In the year, 22 people took part. • introduced a new ‘representatives pack’, which offers information about local structures, Voice processes and roles and responsibilities of representatives from the sector.


In conjunction with Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE), T3SC were pleased to host a Community Transport Seminar in June with over 80 local people attending from local groups and service providers. Feedback to Voice and network meetings has repeatedly highlighted the importance of transport as an issue and this event was brought about because of work responding to this. Through the speakers, small group discussion and a question and answer session, a wide range of key transport issues were raised and shared. The seminar also gave those attending the opportunity to put their points directly to the panel of transport providers. Useful information on gaps in current provision for local groups, and the initial findings of GMPTE commissioned research into unmet transport needs, were highlighted. In depth discussion between groups, transport providers and important local decision makers like the council was also greatly appreciated. The seminar also saw the launch, by the Mayor of Tameside, Councillor Jean Brazil, of the new over 60’s Tameside Shopping Link service, showing how transport issues are being responded to locally. Promotion of this service, especially to and through Community Action for Tameside Seniors Network (CATS), has continued and been well received. T3SC has also promoted GMPTE commissioned local research into transport needs and we are helping prepare the report from this, and the seminar, to present to local decision makers.

Other Voice highlights during the year include: • 30 people attended an event in July that involved consulting the sector on re-drafting Tameside’s Sustainable Community Strategy, which aims to identify one clear set of long-term priorities for the borough. • Health is Everybody’s Business conference, in November, was a big Voice event, led by the Health and Social Care Network, to discuss the Health Inequalities Strategy being developed in Tameside, and reflected how health continues to be a vital cross cutting issue for the networks that make up Voice. • Hosting the quarterly meeting of transport providers in the borough, as a response to this Voice priority, culminating in a transport seminar in June attended by over 70 people to look at unmet transport needs in the borough and ways to work together to address these. • Each network feeding into the Voice ‘What do we want to change?’ event in February at which over 50 people creatively discussed the problems facing communities and the sector and prioritised what they want to work on in the year ahead.

What do we want to change? Agreeing network priorities

‘If you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for anything’. Alexander Hamilton.

Thursday 11 February saw Voice make sure that it really could stand for something in 2010. Over 50 people came together, and took part in small group discussions hosted by each network, to jointly prioritise what they want to speak up about. This will ensure there is a stronger, and well focused, voice for voluntary, community and faith groups across Tameside which is what Voice is all about.

Specific issues were taken back to the networks to address and discuss further. Following discussions, clear actions were decided and presented to decision makers during the year. A DVD of the evening was recorded and can be viewed on the T3SC website. This has been shown to the networks and other meetings to illustrate the creativity and participation in Voice events and explain what has been done together already and the exciting plans for the future.

• Production of a ‘Volunteers make the difference’ case study booklet by the Funky Lizard Network of groups working with children, young people and families.

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Leading ‘third sector works’ At a practical level, T3SC led the development of ‘Third Sector Works’, a consortium of smaller third sector providers around the theme of ‘worklessness’. Without our intervention those organisations would not have received funding for these important services. This project will run until March 2011. Strands of work within the consortium’s programme include: • Breaking down barriers to employment, including raising awareness of how employers can support mental health in the workplace and by developing a childcare pilot social enterprise. • Providing the additional support that many smaller third sector providers require to provide placements for trainees under the national ‘Future Jobs Fund’ programme. • Extending the ‘Brighter Futures’ volunteer development programme to Hattersley and Smallshaw. Volunteering is a vital first stepping stone for many unemployed people giving them the opportunity to get back into a working environment and gain new skills or refresh old ones. Brighter Futures provides a positive supportive environment in which to develop personal skills at the individuals own pace.

The consortium model, with a number of organisations working together, provides a solid foundation for the sector to undertake similar work together in the future. 20 organisations have already benefited from this project.

Working with the private sector We have formed a good working partnership with Carillion, winners of the Building Schools for the Future contract in Tameside, who have enabled local voluntary and community organisations to access free resources via Carillion’s supply chain. Local projects and groups have been given redundant resources and access to specialist equipment. For example, PPG Architectural Coatings, through Carillion’s Third Sector Redundant Paint Offer, have provided over 600 litres of paint to ten community groups in Tameside.

‘Joining with the rest of the panel was the most helpful part’ ‘the sessions were guided and facilitated and it worked well. Everyone I have spoken to said the training worked very well.’ Various Councillors (unnamed).

During the year T3SC undertook a major survey into the size and shape of the third sector in Tameside, and this information has been useful in demonstrating the sectors’ contribution with statutory sector partners. T3SC represents the sector in relation to Tameside’s Local Area Agreement (LAA), and continues to co-chair the Compact Delivery group. T3SC continues to facilitate regular meetings of VOLCON (the voluntary organisations’ chief officers’ network) and the ‘Big Cheese’ (a network for chairs of organisations), further examples of T3SC’s role in helping organisations work together and learn from each other. This year, T3SC has also helped develop relationships between voluntary and community organisations and the private sector, as well as with the council to develop and deliver the Community Chest grants programme. Building and supporting voluntary and community action in Tameside

‘I thought the training was good. I was really surprised how well it worked...... The man that did the training let the conversation flow.’ Various Councillors (unnamed).

‘This initiative has proved to be such a massive success that we have developed a partnership model that we are replicating for the benefit of the communities in other areas in which we work.’ Phil Calland, Carillion’s WorkWinning Supply Chain Manager.

‘I thought the training was excellent. I think it helped us in going forward. The paperwork gave us a simple way of judging the applications by scoring them. I think the money was allocated fairly.’ Various Councillors (unnamed).

Tameside Community Chest T3SC worked with Tameside Council to launch the new Community Chest grant programme which is providing much needed funding to local community initiatives. T3SC led on the grant panel training of eighty community members and Councillors to embed effective decision-making within the grant programme. The training has been put forward by the Council as an example of their member development programme, and it has been assessed as an ‘exemplar’ of good practice in this area.

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Developing participatory budgeting

T3SC also have a role to work with communities of interest and in geographic communities, to help people identify their needs and develop suitable responses. We do this in a variety of ways – for example during the year have continued to run a community development service in Denton and Droylsden, helping local people come together to develop and grow community and voluntary activity in those areas. T3SC also hosts Tameside’s Local Involvement Network (LINk), helping to give local residents a say about health and social care issues. The LINk has made progress on five key work plan areas, helping to improve dentistry, GP and mental health provision. Four examples demonstrate the breadth, and impact, of work that we have delivered during the year against this aim:

Working to improve Tameside General Hospital The importance of the LINk in allowing local people to get involved was further demonstrated by the LINk’s work in holding a Hospital Improvement event which was attended by 100 local people. This was an opportunity for people to suggest practical ways to improve care at the hospital as well as telling the stories of their experiences. The Care Quality Commission came to listen to the event and the hospital’s managers have committed to look at how recommendations from the day can be taken forward.

Supporting the growth of Credit Unions During the year T3SC, in partnership with Tameside Council, Cash Box and Money Spinner Credit Unions, pioneered an innovative project supporting the growth and development of Tameside’s Credit Unions. Credit Unions are ‘not for profit’ financial co-operatives and are run and governed predominately by volunteers. Tameside’s Credit Unions offer straightforward savings and low cost loans to its communities, and can also offer help and guidance on money matters where needed. The project is targeted to increase the number of Tameside residents accessing Credit Unions, and also assist the Credit Unions to enrol additional volunteers. Due to the success of the project, we have been asked to undertake a piece of work on a Greater Manchester scale, to ensure Credit Union provision is available and accessible to residents throughout the wider city region.

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The last 18 months has seen T3SC develop and pioneer the first borough wide participatory budgeting (PB) events. Participatory budgeting allows local people to decide directly how public money is spent on projects and services in their neighbourhoods. As someone said ‘if it feels like we’ve decided, it’s PB, if it feels like someone else has decided, it isn’t’ The largest PB event so far was developed for the new Culture to Build Community Cohesion funding stream. Over 100 people came together to decide how money should be allocated for cultural events that are aimed at strengthening the links between different communities. The applications from both voluntary groups and public sector projects were presented by their representatives, many in colourful, creative and noisy ways! Everyone gave each proposal scores against the criteria for the funding and the money was shared out on the day depending on the scores achieved after some frantic counting of votes. The event was a great success and it is hoped to continue with such innovative and empowering ways for local people to have their say. T3SC is now linked into the potential development of a PB strategy for Tameside and feedback on the day has already inspired queries from other partners about holding PB events.

Developing ‘flu friends’ Throughout 2009 T3SC worked with a range of NHS, Local Authority and voluntary and community services locally and regionally to prepare for the expected influenza pandemic. Through the Health and Social Care Network, policy information was provided for voluntary organisations to better prepare them for the potential implications for their service users, volunteers and staff and the service they provide. Groups also received posters and leaflets for display on ‘reducing the risk’ and encouraging service users, staff and volunteers to identify a ‘Flu Friend’. These ‘Flu Friends’ leaflets were also translated from English by T3SC into the other languages spoken in Tameside’s communities (French, Polish, Bengali, Urdu and Guturati). T3SC were able to produce and disseminate 1770 translated ‘Flu Friends’ leaflets through June to groups and healthcare professionals who requested them. Network members discussed further these implications at network meetings and were encouraged to take this opportunity to revisit their business continuity plans. T3SC’s Support and Development Team provided groups with support to produce or update these particularly for those delivering (or hoping to in the future) public services as this is now a prerequisite for tendering for these contracts. Whilst the level and impact of the flu pandemic was not as severe expected, preparations and support from T3SC enabled voluntary and community organisations to be prepared.

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What we’re about – our mission and aims


During the year, we undertook a major series of events asking stakeholders (Board members, staff, voluntary, community and faith groups and wider partner organisations) what they thought about the services we provide and the role that we perform. Overwhelmingly they said that mission, vision and objectives that T3SC deliver are still valid and necessary, and therefore need to be sustained. However, stakeholders also said that we need to get better at describing what we do – so we have tried, by simplifying the words we use, and by reducing our aims from five down to four, and our objectives from over 20 to 16. T3SC’s mission remains to build and support strong, clear and independent voluntary and community action in Tameside. We do this by developing and sustaining the capacity and accountability of individuals and groups, and of the sector as a whole.

OBJECTIVE 1.5 To provide access to relevant, timely and accessible information

OBJECTIVE 1.2 To improve the skills of people in voluntary and community organisations: paid staff, volunteers and management committees

AIM 1 To build the capacity and skills of voluntary and community organisations

OBJECTIVE 1.1 To increase the levels and types of funding available to voluntary and community sector organisations, and to help them access funding

OUTCOME: Tameside voluntary and community organisations which are better resourced, skilled, managed and informed, and are delivering high quality services to their users.

To increase the level of partnership/ collaborative working within voluntary and community organisations

OBJECTIVE 2.2 To improve and sustain the working relationships between the voluntary, community and faith sector and other sectors

To develop (a) strong AIM 2 voluntary, community and To promote faith sector voice(s) and to support it/them to be and support active heard and listened to in partnerships within strategic arenas the voluntary, community OBJECTIVE 2.4 and faith sector, To increase the contribution of the voluntary, community and between and faith sector to the sector and the achievement of the Sustainable other sectors

To encourage and support organisations to become more enterprising





To provide support about governance, organisational form, quality systems, business planning, measuring effectiveness, environmental sustainability and financial management

AIM 1: To build the capacity and skills of voluntary and community organisations

To provide access to a range of practical resources and facilities



Community Strategy

AIM 3 OBJECTIVE 3.1 To increase the quality To empower and level of consultation and support local and involvement of local communities, with a focus communities to on those currently under represented identify needs and develop OBJECTIVE 3.2 responses

To build and support strong, clear and independent voluntary and community action In Tameside.

AIM 4 To further develop and sustain T3SC as an efficient and effective support and development organisation

To support communities to develop sustainable solutions to meet local needs

OBJECTIVE 3.3 OBJECTIVE 4.3 To develop a central hub/building resource centre

AIM 2: To promote and support active partnerships within the voluntary, community and faith sector, and between the sector and other sectors OUTCOME: A stronger and more influential voluntary, community and faith sector, which is appreciated as a key effective partner in the development of policies, strategies and services and which recognises and celebrates its own differences and diversity. AIM 3: To empower and support local communities to identify needs and develop responses OUTCOME: Stronger and increased levels of community action resulting in reduced levels of inequality and deprivation.

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To continue to demonstrate our impact and quality of services

To further develop sustainable funding streams

To champion joint action to deliver positive changes to Tameside’s communities and address areas of inequality

AIM 4: To further develop and sustain T3SC as an efficient and effective local support and development organisation OUTCOME: T3SC as a robust and secure organsiation providing high quality effective services to Tameside’s voluntary, community and faith sector, recognised and valued in its role by local partners and the local community.

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AIM 4: AN EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE T3SC T3SC recognises the need to be efficient and to demonstrate our effectiveness. Four examples from the year demonstrate how we continue to strive to achieve this.

Developing T3SCplus We know that the levels of grant funding will reduce over the next few years. As a responsible charity, we are aiming to reduce our reliance on traditional grant income streams by being more enterprising. Over the last few years we have undertaken a range of short term consultancy, research and training projects for voluntary and statutory sector clients, over and above our ‘core’ service to local groups, and this year we developed the T3SCplus brand to market those services. Any surpluses generated from activities and projects undertaken through T3SC plus gets reinvested in delivering our core services for the benefit of voluntary and community action in Tameside.


Signing up to the 10:10 Challenge In January 2010 we pledged to reduce T3SC’s carbon footprint by 10%. Through work with the MERCi Sustaining Change programme we have developed a sustainability policy and action plan to drive forward changes to demonstrate our commitment to environmental and social sustainability.

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Achieving the PQASSO Quality Award In the last year we achieved the externally accredited PQASSO Quality Award at level 2, to add to the NAVCA Quality Award achieved in 2008-09. These awards demonstrate and provide assurance that we are managed and governed well, and that the quality of our services meets a national benchmark.

Collaborating across boundaries Many of T3SCs funding streams come to an end in 2011, and given the difficult financial climate the board has taken steps to ensure that the organisation is in the best shape possible to deliver its important services. During the year we entered into a formal partnership agreement with Voluntary Action Oldham, our sister organisation in the neighbouring borough, and now share a senior management function, and have agreed to develop joint delivery where possible to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

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The income of T3SC rose again in 2009-10, exceeding £1m for the first time. This is due to increased income generating activities, and the addition of two new projects (iLearn and Third Sector Works). We expect income to fall back slightly in 10-11 and then see a significant reduction in 11-12.


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Key Project delivery £244,794 Staffing £565,471 Office costs/overheads £142,185 Professional/audit fees £46,686 Building and supporting voluntary and community action in Tameside

TMBC: Core grant £98,800 Big Lottery Fund grant: BASIS £125,958 Fairshare: Droylsden Community Development £29,660 TMBC: Interfaith £30,001 TMBC/NHS Tameside & Glossop: Health and Social Care £83,760 TMBC/CWDC: Children & Young Peoples work £45,000 LINk £142,029 TMBC WNF: Third Sector Works £14,000 CDF: Interfaith projects £6,000 TMBC WNF: Credit Union Growth and Development £22,402 TMBC WNF: Voice £108,000 TMBC WNF: Community Development in Denton £46,000 GMVSS: iLearn £9,000 Drugs and Diversity post £29,359 Holding grants £570 Sale of services, recharges, bank interest etc £242,532

A copy of our full audited accounts can be found at or obtained by calling 0161 339 4985 or email

Auditor Moss & Williamson Chartered Accountants Registered Auditors Booth Street Chambers Ashton-under-Lyne Lancashire OL6 7LQ

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None of T3SC’s achievements would be possible without fantastic and talented staff, volunteers and trustees. We believe in the importance in growing and developing our team. In the year all staff attended at least 2 separate learning and development activities during the year, and 7 people were supported with accredited learning courses. In total, over 150 days of formal staff learning and development were supported. This activity helps us to be better in providing the services that we do.

Our team during the year: Staff Chief Executive Tony Okotie Deputy Director Liz Windsor-Welsh Central Support Team Office and Finance Manager Helen Tallents Central Support Workers am McNicholls, Lilian Peace Support and Development Team Manager Naomi Sampson Community Development Worker Ruth Madden

Policy and Participation Officer Drugs and Diversity Azzam Sheikh (to 31/10/09) Policy and Participation Officer Families, children and young people Veronica Hyde Policy and Participation Officer Older people/Crime and disorder reduction Colin Kirby Policy and Participation Officer BME Hakeel Qureshi (to 28/8/09) Derin Adefajo (from 4/11/09)

Development Worker Dawn Acton Development Worker Stuart Vaughan

Policy and Participation Officer Interfaith Mohamed Seedat

Information and Marketing Officer Hannah Powell

LINk Co-ordinator Kevin Peel (to 6/5/09) Peter Denton (from 8/7/09)

Community Development Worker Rachael Atkin

LINk Policy and Research Officer Tahmena Khan

Policy and Participation Team Manager Ben Gilchrist

LINk Development Worker Fouzia Shaikh (to 9/11/09) Robert Longden (from 1/1/10)

Policy and Participation Officer Health and Social Care Anna Hynes

Link Admin Worker Julie Beech (from 16/11/09)

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Board members

Bill Johnson

Neil Chaisty (Chair)

Hanif Malik

Stuart. Eyres (vice chair)

Amrit Mistry

Bill Ormsby (treasurer)

Pat Ousey

Maria Bailey

Jim Pinder (resigned 14/10/09)

Margaret Downs Roger Farnworth

Stephen Young

Joyce. Howarth (appointed 14/10/09)

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OUR PRIORITIES IN THE YEAR AHEAD Our stakeholders have told us that the mission, vision and objectives that T3SC deliver are still valid and necessary, and therefore need to be sustained. Therefore, in the current year, T3SC’s priorities include:

OUR YEAR IN QUOTES For those that like quotes, feedback from those we have worked with over the year:

‘I will be able to complete a funding bid properly’. Funding Training.


‘We would always have advice from T3SC and its very much appreciated as we are still learning’. Funding Training.

Seeking external funding sources to sustain current services – in particular alternatives to replace Big Lottery BASIS funding.


Developing new services that address emerging trends, in particular more detailed support to voluntary and community groups about consortium working and collaboration.


Increasing our income generating activities that generate a surplus to pay for core services, through our new T3SCplus brand.


Continuing to actively seeking out collaborations with organisations which could help to reduce costs but will not

‘I will use T3SC ‘I thought your event was very well more because I organised and the structure lent itself very know they can help’. well to the workshop tasks - supported by well briefed and skilled facilitators. I will certainly be able to pass this on to any other LINks who are facing similar challenges‘. Jane Golden, Community Engagement ‘I feel inspired to promote Officer, Care Quality Commission, through newspaper, radio, About the LINk Hospital Improvement leaflets’. Participant at Event - May 2010. Raising your profile – Marketing training.

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Developing a ‘Think the unthinkable’ plan – scoping how the organisation would be configured if it was subject to a 25% reduction in external funding.

‘I would like to thank you for giving up your time and energy to support our fun day event. We are very grateful for the help and advice that we have received from yourself and other members of T3SC’.

‘Since T3SC have carried out the Small Travel Grant promotion, your district has known a significant rise. It was around £1500 before and it ended the year with a staggering £3642’. GMPTE.

Other operational priorities: •

Developing an internal Quality Improvement Group, and renewing our NAVCA Quality Award.

Developing a new, three year, strategic plan.

Helping the voluntary, community and faith sectors in Tameside understand Big Society and the challenges ahead.

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‘HJFC is delighted to say we have found the advice and support we have received from T3SC invaluable’. Hollingworth Juniors Football Club.

‘We would not have known where to start filling in the application form had it not been for Ruth’s knowledge and expertise. The difference it has made to us is that we have actually gained funding’. Littlemoss War Memorial Garden

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OUR YEAR IN QUOTES ‘Just a quick note to say a big thank you to you and your team for all your efforts helping us organise and deliver the Health Inequalities Conference for the third sector last night. I was thrilled with the attendance and it was great to see so many local people contributing to our future planning. The room was buzzing and the feedback from participants was really positive. The Compact in action!’. Debbie Bishop, Head of Health Improvement, Tameside MBC/Tameside and Glossop PCT.

‘[T3SC] has been very good. I now know who to apply to and how to word the form. I’m not shy anymore of funding. If I get stuck, I know who to call’.

‘Clearer view of collaborative working’. ‘The scope of possibilities that exists in working together’. “Greater knowledge and new resources and ideas’. Thinking the Unthinkable event delegates.

‘We have felt totally supported knowing that advice is only a phonecall away. The service and approachability to the service has been of high quality’.

‘Thanks for all the support your have shown me and all the members of the Freedom Club. Without your help and understanding we could not have got where we are today’. Glenda Harffy, The Freedom Club.

‘Whenever we need anything T3SC is there’. Khush Amdid.

‘[T3SC] has guided us to sources [of funding] that we would not have known about in our effort to raise much needed funds’.

‘Congratulations on the valuable services you provide throughout the community to groups like ourselves and long may it continue’. John Buckley,Hon Secretary, Mossley AODS.

‘We have felt totally supported knowing that advice is only a phonecall away. The service and approachability to the service has been of high quality’.

Feedback from training beneficiaries: ‘When applying for funding I will be more informed for filling in the application form’. ‘We will be filling in applications more confidently now’. ‘I will be able to chair meetings better within my organisation’. ‘I know how to do the books now’.

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Building and supporting voluntary and community action in Tameside

T3SC Annual Review - 2010  
T3SC Annual Review - 2010  

Tameside Third Sector Coalition Annual Review (2010). T3SC has now merged with Volunteer Centre Tameside to create CVAT (Community and Volun...