Supporting & Developing overview

Sefton CVS provides support and assistance to build the structures, systems, people and skills of voluntary community and faith organisations so that they are better able to become more efficient, effective and sustainable.

Whether it is a group of local people thinking about starting up a group or charity, or more established organisations, small medium or large, well established or wanting to grow, Sefton CVS will tailor its support services to meet community need and aspirations.

Our services include:

  • Setting up new groups
  • Organisation development support
  • Governance development
  • Registration of charity and/or company/Community Interest Company (CIC)
  • Establishing policy and procedures
  • Funding, sustainability and generating income
  • Merseyside Funding Information Portal- gateway to funds
  • Being prepared for tendering, procurement and commissioning
  • Training and Development
  • CRB Service and safeguarding support
  • Legal and compliance requirements
  • Community accounting services
  • Planning, researching and evidencing need
  • Developing business plans
  • Measuring impact and success
  • Introducing quality assurance systems
  • Good practice information and fact sheets
  • Recruiting staff and volunteers
  • Developing consortiums and partnership
  • Helping groups to be governed and managed well, clear about their direction and goals, who they intend to work and do, and what they want to achieve, is the corner stone of our support and development services.

Support can be provided through one to one support, in groups, by telephone, on line, telephone and in person either in our offices or in the community. CVS also organises regular briefings, network and forum meetings, events and conferences too.

Our services are open to all voluntary community and faith organisations, charities and social enterprises in Sefton. You are encouraged to be a member of Sefton CVS. The majority of our services are free to groups in Sefton.

If you are thinking about a bespoke piece of work or hiring a consultant, why not ask us at Sefton CVS to quote through our CVS approved Community Associates, who will provide a tailor made support package at an affordable and reasonable charge. Services include bid writing, evaluation and impact reports, research and consultation, managing change and business modelling. A separate section on consultancy services will appear shortly.

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Networks

Sefton CVS coordinates networks and forums in order for the voluntary community and faith sector’s voice, experience and reach is an integral part of making change happen in Sefton.

Geographic

There are two geographic forums:

Network South

Network South brings organisations together that have a geographic interest and provide services and activities that cover the areas of Seaforth, Crosby, Blundellsands, Waterloo, Litherland Bootle, Netherton, Aintree and Maghull. This forum has strategic links to the Area Partnerships of Crosby, South Sefton and Sefton East.

Southport & Formy VCF Forum

Southport and Formby VCF Forum is facilitated for those organisations involved in the areas of Southport and Formby. This forum has strategic links to the Area Partnerships of Southport and Formby.

Thematic forums:

Children, Young People & Families

The Children, Young People and Families Forum (Every Child Matters) coordinates those organisations that are committed to delivering quality services and outcomes for children, young people and families in Sefton. The network is linked in with the key local decision-making strategic bodies and structures.

Health & Social Care Forum

The Health and Social Care Forum develops and raises awareness of the work of sector organisations that are involved in improving the health and quality of life of adults and older people living and working in Sefton. The network is linked in with the key local decision-making strategic bodies and structures.

Mental Health Service User Forum

The Mental Health Service Users Forum is a forum whereby mental health service users can meet with commissioners to shape and influence services to meet local needs.

Faith Network

The Faith Network coordinates all Faiths that are engaged in the communities within Sefton. The network exists to ensure Sefton’s Faith communities have a voice in local decision-making bodies.

Local Involvment Networks (LINks)

LINks is an independant structure whereby residents and VCF groups can have their say on the design and delivery of local health and adult care services. CVS facilitate:

  • Sefton LINks
  • Knowsley LINks

Equalities Forums

Ability Network

The Ability network exists to ensure the disability community has a voice in local decision-making bodies and structure. Membership of the Network is open to individual disabled people, living and working in Sefton, and to sector organisations that provide services.

Equal Voice

Equal Voice promotes active participation and engagement of all Sefton’s black minority ethnic organisations and communities. The network exists to ensure the sector is linked in with the key local decision-making bodies and structures.

Embrace

Embrace exists to ensure the LGB community has a voice in local decision-making bodies and structures. Membership is open to all lesbians, gay men and bisexual people both living and working in Sefton and to agencies working with lesbians, gay men and bisexual people.

In-Trust Network

The In-Trust Network is for men and women with a transgendered or intersex history. The network helps to raise awareness of the many issues facing transgender people in their everyday lives both in employment and service provision. The network exists to ensure the transgender community has a voice in local decision-making bodies and structures.

Fawcett Society

The Society supports women who live or work in Sefton and seeks to promote equality between men and women. This is a virtual network and links with the Fawcett Society nationally.

Why be involved in a Forum or Network?


It is an opportunity to:

  • Share information and good practice with others
  • Receive briefings and updates on national and local policy
  • Provides the conduit and fields sector representatives to engage in local partnerships and strategic developments within the borough
  • Engender a spirit of collectivism and collaboration within the sector
  • lobby and influence on matters of concern


To join a network

If you are interested in getting involved in any of these networks follow the link to the Forum that interests you on the left where you will find the contact details for staff co-ordinating each of the networks. You will also find further information about meetings, membership and activities of each forum.

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Help with recruiting volunteers

Volunteer Centre Sefton works with individuals and organisations from within the borough of Sefton in order to promote, deliver and develop high quality voluntary opportunities.

The Centre supports the increasing number of people engaged in volunteering in Sefton by referring potential volunteers to voluntary opportunities within the voluntary and statutory sector via a variety of methods including one-to-one interviews, newsletters, website registration and via the Do-it website.  The Centre also supports accreditation and recognition of volunteers by providing certificates of achievement.

The Centre enables organisations to capacity build and projects to offer quality volunteering opportunities which are quality assessed by the Centre which in turn enables the centre to give support, advice and guidance around voluntary activity and project developments. The Centre provides communication via newsletters; Volunteer Co-ordinator Forums, website and email to ensure marketing of opportunities and information are timely and relevant. 

The Volunteer Centre is part of the volunteer sub-regional and North West network of volunteer centres and is quality assured with Volunteering England. The project is proud to retain the MATRIX award for Information, Advice and Guidance.

We have been extremely fortunate to receive some fantastic feedback from both volunteers and organisations.

“They are a very professional team.” – Volunteer

“They are not backward in helping people to develop and are always ready with a word of advice which might be by telephone or in person.  Nothing is too much trouble for them.” – Volunteer

“I have worked closely with the Volunteer Centre Sefton over the last 2 years. Including attending Volunteer Coordinator forums. I have contact with them when they have new volunteers or volunteers want to do group work for an organisation.  I have also worked closely with them to develop new volunteer opportunities We discussed what people might want experience with.We discussed the wording of the opportunity on the “Do-It” website so it would be as appealing as possible for the potential volunteers” – Feelgood Factory Netherton.

“The centre have assisted us to encourage and make contact with more users and groups. For example on our litter pick days and also with the planting of new trees, which within the last 12 months totalled 7000 new plantings, all carried out by volunteers. They have been able to direct us to interested parties who are able to offer volunteer assistance, explained how to increase our numbers which we have done successfully, explained how best to achieve this and guided us through each process. In addition they have liaised with various organisations and departments on our behalf. Very effective. Without their support we would not have achieved anything near to our current position.” – Chair Friends of Deansgate

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Other Projects overview

Sefton CVS manages several projects including:

Handy Help

The Handy Help is an accident prevention service which carries out small household repairs and minor adaptations, such as the fitting of grab rails.

Social Inclusion

The project runs two services for older people; ageing well clubs and a shopping service. 

The Ageing Well Clubs are for older people who find themselves socially isolated for whatever reason, giving them the opportunity to once again socialise and make friends.

The Shopping Service is a service for older people in Southport & Formbywho are unable to shopfor themselves.

Reablement

Sefton CVS, in partnership with NHS Sefton, have established a service designed to give people the chance to regain their independence through support in their daily lives. The Reablement Service is designed to help individuals live independently and prevent avoidable re-admissions to hospital, particularly within 30 days of discharge.

Informal Mentoring

The Informal Mentoring Project is a pilot project funded by the National Offender Management Service (NOMS) to support male ex-offenders being released from HMP Liverpool. The project staff work within HMP Liverpool to engage prisoners currently serving sentence by preparing them for release and by working with Volunteer Mentors to support the now ex-offender into positive resettlement, signposting to relevant organisations and to ultimately reduce their re-offending behaviour.

Buddy-up

Buddy Up is a mentoring project that makes “places to go, things to do” in Sefton more accessible to young people aged 13 to 16 with Special and Additional Needs.

Sefton Voices

The aim of Sefton Voices is to support and develop a greater voice for children and young people in decision-making and the design and delivery of services. We aim to support organisations to enhance the participation of children and young people in their service and to develop innovative ways of involving and engaging young people.

Sefton Young Advisors

Young Advisors are trained, employed young people, aged between 15 and 21, who support community leaders and decision-makers to better engage young people in community life.

Noted

Noted is a Big Lottery funded arts project working with children and young people, staff and volunteers to explore creative approaches to meaningful participation.

BME CDW Project

The main aim of the project, funded by NHS Sefton, is to work with mental health and social care providers to identify and address language and cultural barriers experienced by members of the BME/Migrant community in accessing services, not only in primary care settings but also in other public service and /or community settings here in Sefton. The overall objective of our work is to improve the experience of members of BME/Migrant community in accessing services.

Workability

The Work-Ability project is funded by the Equality and Human Rights Commission and was launched in 2010 to provide support, advice and guidance for disabled people and people with a limiting long-term illness who want to get back into employment.

Visit Project

The VISIT Project (visitors in sustainable integrated transport) focuses on sustainable transport and the visitor economy (tourism) of the Sefton and West Lancashire area. It promotes and develops opportunities for enjoying the area by sustainable transport and by promoting cycling and walking as attractions in themselves.

Prison’s Co-ordination Service

This service enables Sefton CVS to be based within HMP Kennet, and separately HMP Liverpool, to act as the central point of contact for the respective prisons engagement with Merseyside VCF Sector organisations and the wider Sefton/ Merseyside community.

BASIS 

Funded by BASIS Big Lottery funding, Bridging the Gap is a project between Volunteer Centres Sefton, Liverpool and St Helens, working across Greater Merseyside, to improve and streamline access to a wide range of help, support, training and guidance for frontline Voluntary and Community sector organisations.

For more information and contact details for each of these projects, click on the relevant project in the menu on the left. 

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Safeguarding Children

Sefton CVS work in close partnership with Sefton Local Safeguarding Boards in order to effectively represent and support the Voluntary, Community and Faith Sector of Sefton in order to develop quality services and provision that has the welfare of children at the forefront.

Safeguarding children is about trying to make sure that vulnerable children do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a vulnerable child. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:

  • Protect vulnerable childrnen from harm and abuse
  • Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
  • Show that your organisation or service is responsible

Policy and Procedures

Sefton CVS Staff Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures (2013)

By policies, a child is defined as someone up to the age of 18. If you are searching for policy assistance for those over the age of 18, please view our Safeguarding Adults page.

All organisations need to have their own safeguarding children policy and procedure or guidance. You can use this template to help create a policy for your organisation:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Policy

You should use this checklist to help you update the above templates so they are relevant to your organisation:

Safeguarding Children and Young People Diagnostic Checklist

This is a template only and organisations are advised to encourage staff involvement in developing policies and procedures that meet the specific needs and nature of the organisation. Further templates and guidance are available through speaking to one of our staff or via www.safenetwork.org.uk.

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as CRB)

If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.

As a registered DBS Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. For more information on DBS checks, please visit here.

Available Training

  • Sefton CVS Training Toolkit
  • NSPCC Basic Child Protection E-Learning
  • NSPCC Child Protection Awareness in Sports and Leisure E-Learning
  • Sefton LSCB Training Calendar 2013
  • Sefton MBC Workforce Development Training Calendar – Includes FREE Training Opportunities linked to Safeguarding & Social Care
  • Sefton CVS ‘Safe and Sound Workshop’ Presentation 16th July 2013
  • How Safe Are Our Children 2013 – NSPCC Report
  • Working Together to Safeguard Children – A Guide to Interagency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (March 2013) (Full Document)
  • Working Together

If you would like more information regarding anything you had read on this page, please contact Simone McCaskill on 0151 920 0726 ext 226 .

‘Staff, Service Users, Parents and Carers should be aware that Sefton CVS (Council for Voluntary Services) will take any reasonable action to ensure the safety of its child beneficiaries. In cases where Sefton CVS has reason to be concerned that a child may be subject to ill-treatment, neglect or other forms of abuse, staff, volunteers and the board of trustees have no alternative but to follow Sefton Borough Child Protection Procedures and inform relevant services of their concerns which may include the Police or Children’s Social Services’

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Safeguarding Adults

Safeguarding adults means all work which enables an adult to retain independence, wellbeing and choice and live a life that is free from abuse and neglect. It is about preventing abuse and neglect as well as promoting good practice for responding to concerns on a multi-agency basis.

Everyone has the right to live their lives free from violence and abuse. That right is underpinned by the duty on public agencies under the Human Rights Act (1998). This places a duty on public organisations to enable adults at risk of neglect or abuse to access the advice, support and interventions they need to minimise the risk of further abuse, and stop it wherever possible.

It follows that all citizens should have access to relevant services including the civil and criminal justice system and victim support services. Remedies available should also include measures that achieve behaviour change by those who have perpetrated abuse or neglect.

Safeguarding adults is about trying to make sure that vulnerable adults do not get harmed, and knowing what to do if anyone in your organisation or service is worried about a vulnerable adult. Your service or organisation should have safeguards in place that:

  • Protect vulnerable adults from harm and abuse
  • Enable staff and volunteers to know what to do if they are worried
  • Show that your organisation or service is responsible

“Abuse is a violation of an individual’s human and civil rights by any other person or persons.” (‘No Secrets’ Department of Health 2000)

‘No Secrets’ was issued under Section 7 of the Local Authority Social Services Act, 1970, which requires local authorities in their social services functions to act under the general guidance of the secretary of state. In the context of ‘No Secrets’, this means co-ordinating a multi-agency response to ensuring that appropriate policies, procedures and practices (for the protection of vulnerable adults at risk of abuse) are put in place and implemented locally.

Policy and Procedures

Sefton CVS Staff Safeguarding Children Policy & Procedures (2013)

All organisations need to have their own safeguarding adults policy and procedure or guidance. You can use this template to help create a policy for your organisation:

Vulnerable Adults Policy

You should use this guidance to help you update the above templates so they are relevant to your organisation:

Vulnerable Adults Policy Guidance

Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) (formerly known as CRB)

If your group or organisation works with children or vulnerable adults, it may be necessary for paid staff and volunteers to undergo Disclosure and Barring Service checks.

DBS checks are designed to help organisations from public, private and voluntary sectors to make safer recruitment decisions by identifying candidates who may be unsuitable for certain areas of work, especially those which may involve contact with children or other vulnerable members of society.

Sefton CVS has registered with the DBS to obtain higher level disclosures for its own staff and volunteers. In our capacity as a DBS umbrella body, Sefton CVS also offers access to the Disclosure service to other organisations within Sefton.

As a registered DBS Umbrella Body, Sefton CVS is able to help groups and organisations through the process of applying for DBS checks on staff and volunteers. For more information on DBS checks, please visit here.

Sefton Safeguarding Adults Board

Rachel Bridge, Sefton CVS’s Health and Wellbeing (Adult) Lead sits on the Sefton’s Safeugarding Adults Executive Board. This representation aims to ensure there is a voice for the community and voluntary sector on the Board as well as ensuring information discussed at the Board is fed back to the community and voluntary sector.

You can find out more about the Board and the support and information offered by Sefton Council’s Safeguarding Adults Team by clicking here.

Available Training

Mencap Safeguarding Adult E-Learning

Free Adult Social Care Training via Sefton MBC – Organisations that deliver a social care service to adults within the Sefton geographical area

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VOLA

VOLA Learning Consortium (VOLA) provides a conduit for partnership work between Voluntary, Community and Faith (or ‘Third’) Sector organisations involved in learning, skills and/ or employability services in Merseyside and Halton (Greater Merseyside).

Created in September 2007 with four founding partners, the consortium now has over 170 members across the six boroughs of Greater Merseyside.

The consortium has robust contract, programme and project management processes and, to date (Jan-12), have involved 68 member organisations in the delivery of consortium contracts. Over 100 members have also taken part in capacity building and Quality Improvement activities.

To date, £6.4m in learning/ skills contracts has been won, 2,800 of the hardest to reach learners have received training, including over 1000 ‘NEET’ young people and a range of adult programmes.

Furthermore, it has supported (2009-11) over 600 of Merseyside’s wider Third Sector employers with workforce development, funding over 6,000 learners on a wide range of training courses.

For details of individual members and details of current and previous learning programmes and projects can be found on the VOLA Website.

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Merseyside VCF Sector Police & Crime Commissioner Network

Whether you are a member of the public, a VCF organisation or a local authority partner, our Merseyside VCF Sector Police & Crime Commissioner Network aims to give you all the information you will need to learn more about the changes to police accountability.

Merseyside Voluntary, Community & Faith Sector Statement for Merseyside CSP PCC Briefing

Our next meeting is due to take place on Thursday 12th September at 1.30pm – 4pm in St James House, 20 St James Road, L1 7BY.

Jane Kennedy, Merseyside Police & Crime Commissioner, will be in attendance and the meeting shall be chaired by Ultan Russell, Diocese of Liverpool.

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Keelan Early on [email protected] by Friday 30th August.

If you work in a VCF organisation and would you like to attend future meetings and receive up-to-date news? Please download a membership form here and email it to [email protected]

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Austerity Issues & Impact

Sefton CVS has set up this page providing up to date reports on commentators such as the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Shelter, blogs and think pieces from policy and social commentators. Additionally, we will provide listings of events and interesting keynote speeches delivered by local leaders.

What is happening in Sefton?

A partnership group comprising representatives from Sefton Council, One Vision Housing, Sefton CVS, Sefton CAB and Job Centre Plus are working together to look at measures in relation to the impacts of welfare reform. This includes developing a joint action plan and partnership arrangement to look at the following key areas:

  • Influencing policy and strategy
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Developing Foodbanks in localities in partnership with the Trussell Trust and local faith, community and voluntary sector groups.
  • Digital inclusion
  • Providing training and information in communities and with practitioners about Welfare Reform, what are the changes and impacts. Sefton CAB are leading this piece of work and providing information sessions.
  • Furniture recycling and electrical goods provision to address emergency and crisis situations.
  • Options to develop clothing exchanges -new and second hand.
  • Information made available for referral and knowledge of multi-agency services which can be accessed by practitioners and partners


In order to support partnership working with regards to mitigating the impact of welfare changes, Sefton CVS would like to gather information about the work organisations are currently doing that is supporting people/families at risk, or experiencing poverty. This will support in gaining a greater understanding of the work currently being carried out, current trends in the support being requested and in identifying where there are gaps in support across the borough. Please take a few minutes to complete this very short questionnaire to support us with this and return to [email protected]

The VCF Networks and Forums are receiving presentations and updates on local actions relating to welfare reform. If you want to know more, please follow on this page or contact Angela White on 0151 920 0726 or email [email protected]

Events

Sefton CAB will be hosting a series of welfare reform workshops. For more information, please contact Sefton CAB on 0151 282 5650.

Wednesday June 26th: CLES Summit 2013: an economy for all

Addresses / Speeches

Two bishops spoke in the House of Lords on 19th March.

The Rt Revd Tim Stevens, Bishop of Leicester and the Rt Revd John Packer, Bishop of Ripon & Leeds spoke to amendments that they had tabled and co-sponsored to the Government’s Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill.

See below for links to the bishops’ contributions and ministerial responses.

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill – Amendment 1

The Bishop of Leicester spoke in support of an amendment that he had co-sponsored, which sought to prevent the Bill from introducing a 1% up-rating cap on a range of social security benefits for three years. Inviting those Peers who were vocal advocates of the Bill to visit Leicester to explain and defend its provisions to people who would be affected by it, the bishop argued that the Bill was both unnecessary and ill-conceived and that unamended it would harm the most vulnerable in society and do nothing to promote work incentives. Full text of speech available here.

Baroness Stowell of Beeston concluded the debate on behalf of the government. Her comments together with those of other peers available here.

The Bishops of Birmingham, Bristol, Derby, Leicester, Ripon & Leeds voted content to the amendment (in Lord McKenzie of Luton’s name). The result of the vote was Contents: 206 Not Contents: 275. Government Win.

Welfare Benefits Up-rating Bill – Amendment 2

The Bishop of Ripon & Leeds moved and spoke in support of amendments that would exempt child-related benefits from the 1% up-rating cap. He explained that the amendments were designed to halt the disproportionately negative effects of the Bill on children and their welfare. Full text of speeches available here and here.

Lord Newby concluded the debate on behalf of the government. His comments together with those of other peers are available here.

The Bishops of Bristol, Derby, Leicester, Ripon & Leeds and St Edmundsbury & Ipswich voted content to the Bishop of Ripon & Leeds’s amendment. The result of the vote was Contents: 221 Not Contents: 261 Government Win.

On January 18th, Liverpool hosted the “Come Together” conference, a meeting of Faith and council leaders from England’s biggest cities to discuss how to tackle Government cuts in the fairest way possible. The conference heard from civic leaders conveying a strong collective argument as to how the cuts are being felt across communities. We also heard from faith leaders, including Bishop James Jones who opened the conference. Bishop James pledged to raise the unfairness of the situation in the House of Lords and ask government to review the basis and allocation of council cuts.

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