Harness the power of smart phone tech to make better videos — watch the workshop replay

Image: courtesy BVSC

I wrote in a recent post about a free online workshop on smart phone video production skills being offered by Ruth Duggal of Make Your Own Video Training Academy (MYO VDO) in conjunction with BVSC. That webinar took place on 20th January but you can still view the recording here (on YouTube). In a brisk 57 minutes Ruth covers a fantastic amount:

  • Why video is such an effective method of communication.
  • What is a “well-made” video?
  • How and why you should be “authentic”.
  • Video and the “trust factor”.
  • Building a viewer profile.
  • Common barriers to make-your-own video production and how to overcome them.
  • Video as part of a communications strategy.
  • Storyboards and how to use them.
  • Gaining confidence and overcoming camera shyness.
  • The 5 Ps of presenting.
  • DIY vs call-in-the-professionals.
  • Equipment — what you need and (more importantly) what you don’t need…


… And more.

There are also download links to free templates — such as analysing your viewer profile and 50 types of video you can make.

If you didn’t manage to catch the webinar then tune-in for a complete replay. I must say, video is a complete mystery to me and I found this an hour well-spent.

Watch the webinar recording

Ruth Duggal and the MYO VDO academy

Could your social enterprise benefit from the support of bright and motivated University of Birmingham students?

Last year we helped promote placements for University of Birmingham College of Arts & Law students and this was extremely successful — the take-up amongst Birmingham social enterprises was excellent.

The university’s 2021 placement offer is just in — please see below.


Could you benefit from the support of bright and motivated University of Birmingham students?

Placement students from the College of Arts and Law can help your organisation in a host of ways through the Professional Skills Module, which co-ordinates 70-hour work placements running from June-December. Our students are keen to work with charities, social enterprises, start-ups and SMEs as they provide a more rounded experience and responsibility.

We are seeking virtual roles, with a dedicated project or research focus and remote supervisory guidance; or location-based roles, within Covid guidelines, with a virtual contingency. The extra capacity and support you gain will help towards the students’ degree.

What could you achieve with the energy, creativity, writing and research skills of some of our brightest minds during these challenging times?

Download the PDF for further details

Or send mail to Lesley Griffiths, Placements Officer

BVSC/Shuut Videos — harness the power of smartphone video tech in a free online workshop

Image: courtesy BVSC

Free workshop: How To Get Better At Video
Date: Wednesday 20th January 2021
Time: 10.00-11.00

Charities and voluntary organisations have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Demand for services has increased yet fundraising opportunities – especially in-person – have disappeared overnight. It doesn’t take an economist to work out that the funding gap is getting wider.

The key for many will lie in effective digital communications. But executing an effective digital comms strategy is not so simple, especially for smaller organisations. With every penny spent on frontline provision, there’s often nothing in the pot to pay communications professionals — and overstretched staff and volunteers often lack the time to organise and run digital campaigns, even if they know how.

So what can you do? Get smart about your communications — by making videos with your phone…

Read more about the free online workshop that BVSC and Ruth Duggal of Shuut videos are offering and book your place.

School for Social Entrepreneurs is promoting three new programmes

The School for Social Entrepreneurs is currently promoting three new programmes of support for social entrepreneurs and we said we’d help get the word out. The programmes are as follows:

Black Social Entrepreneurs Futures Programme

This programme is for people who identify as all of the following:

  • Black.
  • Supporting predominately Black communities.
  • Based in and working in the West Midlands.
  • Have already set up your Social Enterprise.


The programme will help you:

  • Strengthen your project with our free learning programme.
  • Grow your income from trading, so you can increase your social impact.
  • Gain a network of peers, who will help you develop your plans and act as a sounding board.
  • Get 1-to-1 advice from a business expert.
  • Get mentoring from a senior manager from Gowling WLG.


Apply no later than midnight on 31st January (sooner would be better).


Lloyds Bank Social Entrepreneurs Programme

The Lloyds Bank and Bank of Scotland Social Entrepreneurs Programme is run in partnership with the School for Social Entrepreneurs, and jointly funded by The National Lottery Community Fund.

The programme formally opens for applications in the new year but is now open for Expressions of Interest.

It could support you with:

  • A free learning programme, shaped by your needs, to help you adapt to a post-Covid new normal.
  • A grant (£1,000 – £7,000).
  • Mentoring.
  • A supportive community of like-minded peers.


There are 3 levels you could apply to:

Start Up
» Your project is in the planning stages but ready to start, or less than two years old. It makes £0 – £15,000 a year.
» You want to learn how to establish your organisation.

Register interest in the 2021-22 programme and SSE will email you when applications open.

Trade Up
» Your project has been running for at least a year.
» It makes at least £15,000 a year.

Register interest in the 2021-22 programme and SSE will email you when applications open.

Scale Up
Your project was probably established two or more years ago, and probably has two or more paid members of staff.
» It makes at least £75,000 a year (no upper limit).

Register interest in the 2021-22 programme and SSE will email you when applications open.

For more information and advance expressions of interest.

Heritage Trade Up Programme

Are you looking to strengthen the financial resilience and governance capabilities of your heritage organisation? This programme, in partnership with the Heritage Lottery Fund, will offer eight months of capacity building support for a broad range of heritage sector organisations from across the UK.

SSE will support you to develop the skills, knowledge and attitudes you need to develop enterprise models and deepen social and/or environmental impact. You will be part of a safe and supportive group of like-minded peers.

The programme offers:

  • Eight days of cohort-based learning between October 2021 – June 2022.
  • Up to £10,00 Match Trading grant.
  • Support network of like-minded peers.


The application window opens in February 2021 – register your interest to be alerted when recruitment goes live.

Green Paper aims to ‘transform’ public procurement

New plans to radically reform public procurement regulations have been published in the Green Paper ‘Transforming public procurement‘ (Dec 2020, CP 353).

The end of the Transition Period offers an “historic opportunity to overhaul our outdated public procurement regime,” the Green Paper says, and calls for the opening up public procurement to a more diverse supply base so that it is easier for new entrants such as small businesses, social enterprises and voluntary and charitable organisations to compete and win public contracts.

Yes, we have heard this before, and we will have to wait to see how these proposals actually play out in practical terms. However, if fully implemented, the Green Paper lays out changes in procurement legislation that would:

  • Sweep aside over 300 individual rules and introduce a single unified rule book.
  • Overhaul numerous complex procedures and replace them with three simple modern procedures.
  • Allow more freedom for suppliers and the public sector to work together and innovate.
  • Allow buyers to include the wider social benefits of a supplier when assessing who to award a contract to.
  • Give buyers the power to properly take account of a bidder’s past performance and exclude suppliers who have failed to deliver in the past.
  • Establish a new unit to oversee public procurement with powers to improve commercial skills of public sector contractors.
  • Introduce a single digital platform for registering contracts.


The proposed new rules will allow the public sector to ‘buy British’ for contracts not subject to international trade rules and ‘reserve’ public works contracts under £4.7m and goods and services contracts under £122k for small businesses, voluntary, community and social enterprises, or to bidders in specific geographical areas. (UPDATE 21/12/20: Further government guidance on the ‘reserving’ of contracts has just been issued — Policy Note PN 11/20 — and Andrew Millcross on Anthony Collins Solicitors’ blog makes interesting observations this.)

The Green Paper also seems to introduce a slightly broader interpretation of social value: “When public bodies are considering how social value benefits can be delivered through their contracts,” the press statement says, “the new rules will make it possible for them to consider full value to society and not just the public body undertaking the procurement. This means more, wider opportunities to deliver social value through public contracts.”

The Green Paper is subject to public consultation until 10th March 2021.

Cabinet Office press statement.

Transforming public procurement — full Green Paper.

→ There is extensive commentary on the proposals over on the How to Crack a Nut blog (which is written by a Professor of Economic Law and member of the European Procurement Law Group).

Roots HR CIC is recruiting

Founded in 2009, Roots HR CIC provides high quality and affordable HR services to social sector organisations. It has just announced the following vacancy:

Founder and Chief Executive, Jan Golding, is leaving her employed role in April 2021 to pursue new goals, while retaining her role as Chair of the Board.

With an unprecedented demand for our services at this time, it is an appropriate point to conduct a strategic review of the organisation with the aim of increasing and improving the support we offer to the social sector.

We are therefore seeking to appoint an Interim Chief Executive who will lead the organisation and conduct this review while overseeing the governance, finance and operations of the business whilst ensuring we continue to maximise our social impact.

Closing date: 8th January 2021.

We wish Jan well for the future, and we wish Roots HR CIC every success in recruiting to this role.


UK Shared Prosperity Fund — £220m extra funding for ‘piloting and testing new approaches’

With thanks to Debbie Assinder who posted this on LinkedIn.

In the November Spending Review, the chancellor announced that £220 million will be allocated in 2021/22 to help local areas prepare for the introduction of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF).

From 2022 the  UKSPF replaces EU structural funds such as ERDF and ESF and will be worth about £1.5bn a year. The UKSPF will be allocated to bespoke employment and skills programmes tailored to the needs of local areas. Funding will also be targeted to the areas most in need, such as ex-industrial areas, deprived towns and rural and coastal communities.

While full details about the UKSPF will not be announced until spring 2021 it’s encouraging to see an explicit commitment to early funds being dedicated to enabling “communities to pilot programmes and new approaches”.

We must ensure that social enterprises and VCOs in local communities are ready and able to access these funds.

Read more on this story in the Local Government Chronicle 

New BVSC report reveals detailed picture of the impact of the Covid crisis on Birmingham’s VCS — and the sector’s contribution

A new report just published by BVSC reveals a fascinating and detailed picture of the impact of the Covid crisis on Birmingham’s voluntary and community sector.

Birmingham Voluntary Service Council: State of the Sector 2020: Digest of Headlines brings together key findings from a survey redesigned from the ground up to furnish as much data as possible about VCOs in Birmingham as they entered lockdown and as lockdown was lifted.

We all know that the VCSE has been instrumental in the civil response to Covid. 89% of respondents report significantly changing their service delivery in order to meet new and emerging need arising from the pandemic – and doing this often with no additional funding. And while some organisations necessarily had to cut back or curtail some services, over 65% of VCOs actually expanded their services during the lockdown period in order to meet rising demand.

If you want to know more about what being part of the civil response to Covid has actually meant in practice for VCOs in Birmingham, including the likely longer-term trends in income, staffing capacity and volunteering, then you’ll find this report interesting.

(And in the interests of full disclosure, yes I did do some of the work involved.)

Go to the BVSC blog to read a full post from chief executive Brian Carr offering a commentary on key headlines — also, download the full report.


Micro-fund opens to grassroots community groups in Birmingham

BVSC has just announced the following:

The Brum Recovery Micro Fund is set up with funding from Birmingham City Council and is aimed at unconstituted and grassroots community groups in the city. Groups can apply for between £500 and £2,000 to support activity that responds to the needs of their local community, and which have been amplified as a result of COVID-19. The deadline for the first round of applications is 8 December 2020.

This is to support activity taking place over the holidays and into the new year. There will be a second round in January with a deadline of 20 January 2021 and applications will be accepted until March 2021, or until all funds have been awarded, whichever comes sooner.

The fund can provide support for services such as room hire, training and facilitation, and goods such as equipment or items needed to start or maintain activity. For more information about what can and can’t be funded, please refer to the fund criteria and guidance document, and come along to one of the two Q&A online sessions organised to answer any questions you may have.

Online Q&A: Tuesday 1 December 12:30 – 13:30

Round 1 — application closing date is 8th December.
Round 2 — application closing date is 20th January.
Round 3 — applications will be accepted until March 2021, or until all funds have been awarded (whichever comes sooner).

Go to the BVSC website to book for the online Q&A and to see full guidance and application details.

Government sets important new trend in social value

After a period during which things have been very quiet on the social value front, the government has recently (Sept 2020) issued new procurement guidelines which explicitly link social value in public procurement contracts to the Covid recovery effort.

At first glance this may seem a somewhat arcane point, but it is a potentially huge change in the social value world because it establishes a new mandatory model for social value, effectively replacing the previous legislation which merely required social value to be “considered” in public contracts in favour of a model requiring its “explicit evaluation”.

The relevant policy note is covered here in this government press statement and the policy note itself Action Note PPN 06/20.

PPN 06/20 says: “Social value should be explicitly evaluated in all central government procurement, where the requirements are related and proportionate to the subject-matter of the contract, rather than just ‘considered’ as currently required under the Public Services (Social Value) Act 2012.” This new model of social value, it says, “should be applied to all new procurements from 1 January 2021”.

“A minimum weighting of 10% of the total score for social value should be applied in the procurement,” the note says, “to ensure that it carries a heavy enough score to be a differentiating factor in bid evaluation; a higher weighting can be applied if justified.”

An Annex to PPN 06/20 sets out specified THEMES and OUTCOMES that should be used (although commercial teams can exercise discretion in deciding which are most appropriate) and these are in the screen-grabs below:

The guidance neatly sidesteps the thorny issue of how social value in bids should be “measured” by emphasising instead that “evaluation…should be qualitative so all potential suppliers, including SMEs, VCSEs and those new to government business can successfully bid by describing what they will deliver and how they will deliver it (i.e. it is the quality of what is being offered that will count in the evaluation, not the quantity)”.

Application of this model will be mandatory in central government.

Now, as far as I can see, this present guidance therefore applies to all Central Government Departments, their Executive Agencies and Non-Departmental Public Bodies — but not to local authorities. I’m no legal specialist so I thought I may be misunderstanding the PPN but at least one law firm has reviewed it and drawn the same conclusion. (If any of our solicitor colleagues know/think differently please comment or email.)

However, we have previously seen changes in the social value legislation retrospectively applied to local authorities and I suspect that that is what will happen here.

And frankly, if it doesn’t, then we should be lobbying wherever we can to ensure that this same level of consistency does apply to local authorities, because social value has been neglected of late and this new guidance offers a way of extracting the kind of social value that matters most as we and our public institutions set about the task of “building back better”. 

The relevant policy note is covered here in this government press statement and the policy note itself Action Note PPN 06/20.

Direct link to PPN 06/20.

UPDATE 16/12/20: PPN 06/20 has now been supplemented by new government guidance (initial aimed at central government departments) explaining how this “new Social Value Model” should be used. 

Join iSE for a special Social Enterprise Day 2020

Thursday 19th November is Social Enterprise Day, held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week.

As we near the middle of lockdown #2,  iSE wanted to do something to help keep up the spirits of the sector, while also promoting the work that social enterprises do. So join them for a special Social Enterprise Day Zoom quiz from 4pm on Wednesday 19th November.

Places are limited, but iSE is offering a special Christmas prize with social enterprise goodies for the winner!

If you would like to take part please send mail to Paul Barnes.

UK churches create £12.4bn a year in social value

Exercise classes, support for asylum seekers and refugees, community meals, parent-toddler groups, food banks, employment support and job-hunting, credit unions, benefits advice — there are over 40,000 churches in the UK and together they host over 35,000 community projects.

To anyone familiar with the way that in recent decades churches have increasingly become ‘community hubs’ as well as places of worship, it will perhaps be the scale of activity rather than its nature that is surprising.

A recent item in The Guardian (Churches tally up their value to society – at £12.4bn, 18th October 2020) makes this very clear. The National Churches Trust (NCT) has just published House of Good: The economic and social value of church buildings to the UK which reveals for the first time that the social value created every year by church-based projects and activities is equivalent to £12.4bn a year.

There were two things about this that surprised me.

The first was this. I was quite surprised that an organisation like the NCT would adopt a method for measuring its social value that relies on attributing financial proxies to a range of activities and using underlying formulae to combine these into an overall financial equivalent. But perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised. In many ways a financial proxy measurement of social value is perfectly suited to very large organisations (or perhaps more accurately groups of organisations) where there are a multiplicity of hard-to-compare social value outcomes.

But the second thing surprised me more, and that is that the valuation exercise was undertaken not by Social Value Portal Ltd, which has been promoting its ‘National TOMS’ social value methodology since around 2017, but by State of Life, a new entrant into the social value measurement marketplace, a Community Interest Company only launched on the 4th March 2020 — “with the help of David Knott (Director at the Office for CiviI Society in DCMS) and Lord Gus O’Donnell” [previously head of the Civil Service], its website says. And no, I don’t know what that slightly curious formulation means either. The new CIC is a joint venture between Jump Projects Ltd and Reason Digital.

I’ve no doubt that financial equivalence methods for measuring social value are what will eventually come to dominate because in many ways it is the only method that overcomes the thorny issue of ‘comparability’: how do you compare or combine — or even meaningfully report — social value of different kinds? Financial proxies at least provide a headline figure that makes people sit up and take notice — even if they have no idea how that figure has been arrived at.

Anyway, this is an interesting development in social value — both from the NCT’s particular perspective, and from that of there being new entrants into the measurement marketplace. I would dearly love to know how much the National Churches Trust spent in consultancy support because this really has been a huge undertaking and must put it in the forefront of social value measurement and reporting, up there with major national charities and huge non-departmental public bodies (NDPBs).

And on the subject of NDPBs, one can’t help but wonder whether State of Life  has been set up specifically to corner this particular marketplace.

Choose the POLICY ISSUES drop-down menu on our home-page and select PUBLIC SERVICES & SOCIAL VALUE for wealth of material on social value. 

WiSE Wednesday Webinar #9 — Social investment: hear from the entrepreneurs

iSE welcomes you to the last of its WiSE Wednesday webinars for 2020 — a  social investment panel conversation with Melanie Mills, Senior Director, Social Sector Engagement at Big Society Capital and social entrepreneurs who have taken social investment.
Hear expert insights from the world of social investment from Melanie Mills of Big Society Capital. Melanie will chair this session exploring participants’ stories of how social investment has benefitted their organisations, and what they wish they’d known in their investment journey.
The conversation will cover:
  • Taking on debt during a pandemic Some call it brave, some call it some terrifying and taking on debt during a global health pandemic is certainly not for everyone. Yet taking risks can often yield great rewards.
  • Flexible finance?  Covid-19 has shaken up almost every aspect of our lives but what has it been like for someone whose taken on repayable finance. Exactly how flexible is social investment?
  • For better or for worse  Social investors genuinely care about their investees but how has the strain of the pandemic impacted on those treasured relationships and how have they changed?
Ask your social investment questions to the panel in the open Q&A:
Date: Wednesday 14th October 2020
Time: 2.00pm start

Could you be the new operator of a friendly vegan/veggie wholefood shop at The Warehouse, Birmingham Friends of the Earth?

This, just in from The Warehouse/Birmingham FoE:

Could you be the new operator of a friendly vegan/veggie wholefood shop at The Warehouse, Birmingham Friends of the Earth’s community building in Allison St, Digbeth? Or perhaps you have a different ethical retail business idea — books, crafts, hairdressing, or something else entirely?

If so, Birmingham FoE would love to hear from you.

Our friends at Well Rooted Wholefoods have decided to call it a day and the search is on for some new shop-keepers at The Warehouse. 

There has been a wholefood shop operating at Birmingham FoE since the One Earth Shop first opened its doors back in the 1980s. The shop currently trades next to The Warehouse Cafe with a connecting door, but we could also offer spaces fronting Shaw’s Passage or Allison Street.

Monthly rent, including heat, light and business rates, ranges from £300-£600 pcm and the spaces we can offer are 150-450 sq ft.

If you’re interested, or would like more information, please email Birmingham FoE or ring 0121 632 6909.

iSE is recruiting…

iSE is looking for an exceptional and ‘social enterprise passionate’ individual to fill the role of Hub Manager and continue the success of its Sparkbrook Women’s Enterprise and Community Hub (WECH).

Following a massive refurbishment, the HUB offers inspiring office units, co-working space, a place to meet, support for the development of women-led businesses and community support for women on their journey. iSE is keen to continue to develop the HUB as a local facility for women-led businesses and offers high quality spaces for organisations that provide services to local people.

iSE is looking for someone who is able to lead on growth and expansion, ensuring that the HUB thrives and continues to have a positive impact and provide value for local women.

You will be a proven team leader, business planner, project manager, social entrepreneur and have experience in community development and you will need to build relationships with stakeholders across a wide range of fields.  You will also have responsibility for our overall financial success, business development, marketing and brand development and social impact.

It is a fantastic opportunity to make a real difference by creating a positive environment to support women in enterprise.

APPLICATIONS CLOSE on Friday 16th October 2020

Good Luck!


‘Levelling Up Our Communities’ — new report by Danny Kruger MP published

Further to this post, Danny Kruger MP has completed his report on civil society and communities that Boris Johnson tasked him with producing and it has just been published…

I started to read Kruger’s report, Levelling Up Our Communities: Proposals for a New Social Covenant, but then decided I would first read DSC’s policy director Jay Kennedy’s analysis because on other occasions I have found him incisive and accurate. His commentary on Kruger’s report is no exception.

I have to say, I don’t envy Kruger the task that the PM set him — not ever, and certainly not in the current circumstances. But what a largely missed opportunity it seems to be. Frustratingly, it is well written and well argued. And its analysis of why and how successive policy formulations meant to harness the power of civil society have failed, and of the impact of a decade of austerity on communities and the organisations that serve them, is extremely strong — in fact, more acutely and critically argued than anything that Labour has had to say on the subject over the past couple of years.

It’s the proposed solutions that are the problem. For here, as Jay Kennedy rightly says, there is a profound sense of deja-vu.

On the one hand, half-baked ideas from policy initiatives and strategies now lost in the mists of time get a new outing; on the other, more recent policy initiatives — such as the Social Value Act — are refreshed or reinforced, sometimes in useful and innovative ways. For example, the report suggests that all public sector purchasing should have a ‘social value purpose’ (it already does, of course). There is also a recommendation for a Community Right to Serve law that would give local communities and their organisations a right to be involved in policy formulation and service design, and where appropriate to bid for service delivery contracts. Devolution and localisation plans are beefed-up with a proposal for Community Improvement Districts. There is even a suggestion that a new Civil Society Improvement Agency be established (informed by the Cabinet Office ‘What works’ team — an exercise in contradictions, if ever I heard one).

There is also less welcome stuff on data and the need for new and largely unspecified data and monitoring requirements that organisations in receipt of public funding should adhere to. There’s a nod to payment-by-results (good, he thinks) and Social Impact Bonds (also good, he thinks).

Whether the proposals contained here will ever gain traction within government is probably fairly unlikely — especially in the present circumstances. Which is a shame, because there are good and interesting proposals in here. Overall, however, the report is suggestive of a lack of any firsthand experience of the possible shortcomings of its proposals or of their implementational problems…

Although Third Sector Online says that the sector is cautiously welcoming of the report and its proposals, I couldn’t help thinking that in terms of the sector’s needs at the moment and of the historic role it must play in supporting community recovery in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, Levelling Up Our Communities is not enough.

Levelling Up Our Communities — full report

→ Analysis and comment — Jay Kennedy, DCS

Gateway Family Services is recruiting…

It’s good to see positive news at the present time — Gateway Family Services CIC is recruiting to the following positions:

Link Worker Vacancy – BirminghamSocial Prescribing Link Worker

A rewarding opportunity for a Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, GFS would love to hear from you!

Position: Social Prescribing Link Worker
Location: Birmingham
Hours: Full time (37 hours)
Salary: £19,000 – £19,986
Contract: Fixed term to the end of September 2021

All details, how to apply, application form

Senior Link Worker Job VacancySenior Social Prescribing Link Worker

A rewarding opportunity for a Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker to focus on ‘what matters to me’ and taking a holistic approach to people’s health and wellbeing. If you feel you could connect to people, community groups and statutory services for practical and emotional support, GFS would love to hear from you!

Position: Senior Social Prescribing Link Worker
Location: Birmingham
Hours: 37 hours per week
Salary: £23,400 per annum
Contract: Fixed term to the end of September 2021

All details, how to apply, application form

Community Connector – Job Vacancies

GFS is currently seeing to employ a number of Community Connector’ roles to map voluntary and community organisations within the Edgbaston Locality and to share information about organisations across a range of services.

Position: Community Connector
Location: Birmingham (Edgbaston locality)
Hours: Full time (37 hours)
Salary: £18,393 to £19,986 dependant on experience
Contract: Fixed term for 6 months (with possibility of extended funding beyond this point)

All details, how to apply, application form

Closing date for all three posts: Tuesday 13th October 2020 (midnight).

Gateway Family Services CIC tackles the root cause of health inequalities by providing community-based support, helping people to sustain behaviour change and build resilience.

Since it was established in 2006, Gateway has provided a range of preventative health and wellbeing services across Birmingham and the wider West Midlands. A non-profit organisation, Gateway uses any surplus to invest in the education, employment, health and wellbeing of the communities we work with.

Jericho wins prestigious Centre for Social Justice award

Staff and volunteers outside JERICHO’s ReUsers social enterprise in Sutton Coldfield

We would like to congratulate everyone at Jericho on this news, just in…

Leading Birmingham-based social enterprise Jericho has been awarded the coveted Work and Welfare award by the highly regarded Think Tank, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ). The award took place as part of this year’s CSJ Digital Awards 2020.

The news was announced by Bear Grylls on the CSJ’s website and social media feeds on Monday 14th September, during CSJ’s first ever digital awards week. You can watch the announcement here.

The CSJ Awards — in partnership with The Telegraph — are an annual, high profile award ceremony that honours the best grassroots, poverty-fighting charities and social enterprises across the UK. The Work and Welfare award is designed for organisations who help people get back onto their feet and into work. 

Jericho CEO, Richard Beard said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to win the Centre for Social Justice’s Work and Welfare award. Our burgeoning relationship with the CSJ will support our mission to ensure the issues that affect people with barriers to employment and social inclusion are heard and represented at the highest level. This will ultimately mean that we can make an even greater impact above and beyond the individual lives of the people Jericho was established to support”.

Founded in 1993, Jericho actively supports people who are marginalised by society and face barriers to employment, to finding work and to achieving the personal fulfilment they deserve. Jericho believes in a just society where everyone has a chance to prosper. It operates a number of not-for-personal-profit social enterprises which offer great products and services, but with the added benefit that each time a customer buys from Jericho, they are supporting life-changing job opportunities for people who need them most.

The more money people spend with JERICHO, the more it can do to improve the lives of vulnerable people. “It’s that simple,” says Jericho, “and we are not stopping until we realise our vision of a world free from injustice and a future where people from all backgrounds can reach their full potential in work and in life.”

Jericho: breaking barriers, changing lives.


Welcome Change CIC is recruiting — again…

Further to this earlier post

Following a successful bid to the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund (distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund), Welcome Change CIC has a further vacancy at its Kitts Green Community Hub and is seeking a Project Support Worker.

This will be an enthusiastic and proactive individual who will work on the development and delivery of activities at the Community Hub.

The job will involve helping to engage with the local community, grow our existing food pantry, and introduce a range of new activities that meet the needs of the local community.

It is initially a 22.50 hour a week, six-month fixed term post. Welcome Change CIC hopes to secure additional funding to allow the role to continue beyond six months.

Full details, contacts and application pack.


New social investment support programme for social enterprises & third sector

Through its Social Investment Catalyst Programme the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) is offering six free online masterclasses between 10th September and 19th November. The sessions will include a variety of expert keynote speakers from the VCSE sector across the Midlands and each session is supported by Carole Donnelly, a local social entrepreneur.

The sessions are:

Masterclass 1: Thursday 10th September 12:30–2pm: Introduction to public health and social investment. Kiran Kenth, Director of National Regional Programmes for RSPH; Matt Smith CEO Key Fund; Carole Donnelly

Masterclass 2: Thursday 24th September 12:30–2pm: Partnership and Collaboration. Brian Carr, CEO BVSC; Claire Spencer WMCA; Carole Donnelly

Masterclass 3: Thursday 8th October 12:30–2pm: Confidence, capability and continued success. Afzal Hussain COO Witton Lodge Community Association; Carole Donnelly

Masterclass 4: Thursday 22nd October 12:30–2pm: Storytelling for impact. Sallie Ryan, marketing specialist; Steve Sharma communications officer WLCA; Power to Change marketing team

Masterclass 5: Thursday 5th November 12:30–2pm: Cash Flow forecasting made simple and demonstrating social value. Heidi Fisher MBE, social value specialist and former accountant

Masterclass 6: Thursday 19th November 12:30–2pm: How to be a Flourishing Organisation. Carole Donnelly

There will also be a Social Investment West Midlands digital conference 2020 on the 29th October 2020 at 10am – 2pm #SIWM2020.

This will bring together a network of voluntary and community sector organisations, social enterprises and social investors to provide an insight into current thinking and latest developments in the social investment field from a variety of perspectives including policy, practice and prevention.

View the PDF flyer

Sign up to attend