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Big Advice Day Social

Big Advice Day Social

Small Charity Week is coming up between Monday 20th and Friday 24th June 2022. Here 4 Bradford District and Craven Communities (Here 4 BDCC) are hosting a series of online events and workshops throughout the week. These will be on topics like safeguarding, social media and funding. 

With the pandemic putting a stop to any in-person events and networking opportunities for the last couple of years, we wanted to welcome you all back with a social event, face-to-face!

The Big Advice Day Social is a free event for the voluntary and community sector in Bradford District and Craven. An opportunity to network and make connections with other groups and individuals in an informal evening setting. Get and give advice on shared challenges.

The event will see a number of voluntary and community groups come together, recognising that the experts in this sector are largely yourselves! Hosts and members of the Here 4 BDCC consortium, Community Action, Participate, HALE and the VCS Alliance, will also be in attendance to answer any specific questions you may have or signpost to further support.

When and where is the Big Advice Day Social?

The event will take place on Tuesday 21st June from 17:00 to 19:30 (last entrance at 19:00) at the Rooftop Café, Kala Sangam, Bradford, BD1 4TY. There will be a buffet and drinks provided.

Numbers are limited, please make sure you book your place so you don’t miss out. You will also be asked about any dietary requirements and access needs upon booking.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the event, please email sarahm@cabad.org.uk or call 07422 966142.

To see the full calendar of events for the week, visit our events page

As we return to in-person events, we are mindful that Covid-19 has not gone away, therefore we will be keeping windows and doors open (weather dependent) for increased ventilation; and encouraging attendees to keep a social distance. While face coverings are not mandatory, you are welcome to wear one.

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Coming Up: Big Advice Week!

To celebrate Small Charity Week 2022, Here 4 Bradford District & Craven Communities (Here 4 BDCC) are putting on a whole series of events. Get ready for… Big Advice Week!

Small Charity Week is a campaign first established by the Foundation for Social Improvement (the FSI) to celebrate the small charity sector. Taking place between Monday 20th and Friday 24th June 2022, the week will see charities up and down the country putting on a range of events to celebrate the work of the voluntary sector in their city.

In Bradford, this will see the Here 4 BDCC consortium, led by Community Action Bradford & District in partnership with Participate, HALE and the VCS Alliance, come together to put on a variety of workshops spanning 4 days.

Timetable of events:

Date:Event Title:Time:Delivery Method:
Monday 20th JuneMeet the funder: Easyfundraising12:30 to 13:30Zoom
Tuesday 21st JuneGetting started with safeguarding10:00 to 12:00Zoom
Charity or CIC, what’s the difference?12:30 to 13:30Zoom
Big Advice Day Social17:00 to 19:30Face to face
Wednesday 22nd JuneApplying for small grants13:00 to 15:00Zoom
Thursday 23rd JuneIntroduction to social media10:00 to 12:00Zoom
Citizen Coin Bradford12:30 to 13:30Zoom

You can book onto these events by visiting our Training Calendar. More events may be added so do keep checking back!

Of particular interest is the Big Advice Day Social taking place on Tuesday 21st June, from 17:00 to 19:30 at the Rooftop Cafe (Kala Sangam). With the pandemic putting paid to any in-person events and networking opportunities for the last couple of years, we wanted to welcome you all back with a social event. Nothing too formal, pop in, mingle and maybe get some advice for your group while you’re there!

Save the date and look out for further details coming soon.

If you have any questions or would like more information about any of the events taking place, please email sarahm@cabad.org.uk or call 07422 966142.

Work with us: Network Officers!

Would you like to work with us at Community Action? Well now is your chance.

Community Action, under the Here 4 Bradford District and Craven Communities (Here 4 BDCC) consortium, are hiring 2 Network Officers.

The role(s) will involve working on the voice and influence strand of the VCSE Support and Improvement Programme, engaging with, developing and motivating others.

There are 2 full time equivalent posts available, fixed term for 3 years. You will be responsible for ensuring that the diverse voices of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector are heard and engaged in leadership and advocacy. You will also be expected to support sector leaders, using consistent intelligence and insight to fulfil the role.

We are looking for people with the ability to develop good relationships with both internal and external partners. The ability to get on with people at all levels is a must, as is being a good listener. These skills, plus a desire to learn is more important than previous experience in these, or similar, roles.

If you would like to find out more about the programme, you can watch our Sector Briefing video.

If you would like to talk about the role(s) before applying then please email Soo Nevison – soo@cabad.org.uk or Anthony Waddington – anthony@participateprojects.org.uk.

Download the Role Description for more details. Application is by CV and cover letter explaining how your skills, experience and interests meet the requirements for the role. Completed applications should be sent to recruitment@cabad.org.uk by the deadline which is 17:00 on 9th May.

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Here 4 BDCC: Building Voice and Influence

From 1st April, there will be new arrangements for voluntary sector infrastructure in Bradford District. Community Action and the VCS Alliance will be leading on voice and influence as part of the Here 4 Bradford District and Craven Communities (Here 4 BDCC) consortium.

This will ensure your voice is heard by key decision makers and key decisions are shaped by your knowledge and that of the communities you work with. We are committed to working with the sector to shape how voice and influence looks in the future.

We will be holding a series of workshops to help shape how we take forward the next stage of voice and influence in Bradford. Two events are specifically aimed at existing representatives and chairs of forums and networks. The others are aimed at anyone who wishes to shape how voice and influence is taken forward, but do book on the event most convenient for yourself.

  • Tuesday 29th March 10:00 to 12:00 – for existing representatives and chairs
  • Thursday 31st March 10:00 to 12:00 – open to anybody
  • Tuesday 5th April 13:00 to 16:00 – for existing representatives and chairs
  • Wednesday 6th April 10:00 to 12:00 – open to anybody

Not able to make any of these dates or times? Submit your thoughts via this survey or email peterh@cabad.org.uk and we will arrange to get your thoughts and input.

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Watch our Sector Briefing!

The Here 4 BDCC support programme will be led by Community Action Bradford & District in partnership with Participate, HALE and the VCS Alliance. The programme will begin delivery in April 2022, spanning 3 years (with an optional 2 year extension). To help you to understand what this support offer will look like and how it is different to the current support offer, we hosted a series of Sector Briefing webinars.

These webinars are designed to give you a brief overview of the 5 strands of support we will be delivering and introduce you to those delivering it. The 5 strands are:

  • Capacity Building – developing people and organisational capacity and skills
  • Insight and Information – delivering a database of VCSE organisations and a one-stop shop for resources and information online
  • Citizen Engagement – building on engagement and coproduction in the sector to involve people in their communities
  • Voice and Influence – gathering and promoting the collective community voice to enact change in public sector services
  • Volunteering – promoting and enabling volunteering across the public, voluntary and business sectors

If you were unable to make the webinar dates, or you’d like to take another look, you can now view the presentation. We also recorded it so that you can hear what we discussed – watch it below or directly on Youtube!

For those of you who are interested in finding out more about our Outreach Provider work please watch this video below

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Steph enjoys her #CharityRecharge!

You may remember our Charity Recharge campaign from last year. If you don’t, here’s what you need to know.

We wanted to say thank you to some of the amazing people working their socks off to support vulnerable communities across the Bradford District, this is especially true of those who have worked with us to mobilise a momentous support programme for the voluntary and community sector.

What did we do?

We sent out some goodie boxes filled with tea, coffee and a biscuit among other things, and encouraged those who’ve worked so hard to just stop. Take a break, make a cuppa and recharge those batteries.

We sent out around 100 boxes to people from across the voluntary and community sector, local authority, health settings, emergency services and businesses in the district. There was one lucky winner, the holder of the (Yorkshire) Gold teabag, randomly selected and winning a mystery prize, who could it be?

Steph Taylor, Director of Give Bradford came forward to claim her prize!

Steph Taylor receiving her Charity Recharge prize
Steph receiving her Charity Recharge prize from Emma Webster, Community Action at Cake ‘Ole

She was over the moon at winning a voucher for the locally-owned Cake ‘Ole cafe, a further encouragement to take a break and #CharityRecharge while supporting a small business. She had this to say of the win:

“This is wonderful, thank you so much! I would like to acknowledge the lovely gesture and will definitely use the excuse to take a rest and have a nice afternoon tea.

I also want to recognise that there are so many other leaders across the sector who need a break too so in the spirit of what you’ve started, I will be donating the equivalent value to our GiveBradford fund to support resilience in grassroots groups.”

Steph Taylor enjoying her Charity Recharge afternoon tea at Cake 'Ole Bradford
Steph did indeed enjoy her prize, using it to Charity Recharge over afternoon tea at the Cake ‘Ole cafe.

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Introducing Here 4 BDCC!

Following a procurement process in late 2021, Bradford Council and Bradford District and Craven Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) have appointed two local consortiums to support their vital Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise support programme.

The successful providers are Here 4 Bradford District and Craven Communities (BDCC) and Network Central. Community Action Bradford & District are proud to lead the Here 4 BDCC consortium in partnership with Participate, HALE and the VCS Alliance.

The contract has a value of £767,000 per year and brings together a number of different support grants being delivered previously. It will be delivered from April 2022 for 3 years, with an option to extend for a further 2 years subject to performance.

Following extensive consultation with the voluntary sector since 2019, there are 6 strands of infrastructure support being delivered with Here 4 BDCC delivering 5:

  • Capacity Building – developing people and organisational capacity and skills
  • Insight and Information – delivering a database of VCSE organisations and a one-stop shop for resources and information online
  • Citizen Engagement – building on engagement and coproduction in the sector to involve people in their communities
  • Voice and Influence – gathering and promoting the collective community voice to enact change in public sector services
  • Volunteering – promoting and enabling volunteering across the public, voluntary and business sectors

Network Central are delivering the final strand:

  • Business sustainability – building upon VCSE organisations’ fundraising capabilities

Dr Soo Nevison, Chief Executive Officer of Community Action had this to say:

Community Action, Participate, HALE and the VCS Alliance have come together to put Bradford District and Craven Communities at the heart of the voluntary, community and social enterprise sector.

We are honoured to have been selected to deliver upon such a big contract for the sector and we’re excited to get started. This contract allows our consortium to continue to deliver much needed services to the groups helping communities to thrive. We have big plans for how this support will be delivered over the next 3 years so watch this space!

We’d like to say thank you to the commissioners at Bradford Council and Bradford District and Craven CCG for their hard work behind the scenes and for believing in our vision for a brighter Bradford District.

Voluntary, community and social enterprise sector organisations make a significant contribution to the district and the economy every year. The contract aims to maximise this impact, improving collaboration between organisations, helping them to become more sustainable and resilient, and diversifying the landscape of the sector.

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Meet the Buyer, West Yorkshire:

Local Authorities across the West Yorkshire region are looking to hold a Meet the Buyer event to encourage local suppliers to engage.

They are very interested in hearing from local suppliers to help shape this meet the buyer event. This will make sure they are as beneficial as possible. They have put together a survey to gather this feedback.

If you are a Local Authority supplier then this survey is the right place for you to have a say. An example would be a community group that is paid to provide a day opportunities service; or a private sector construction business.

You will be asked about any previous knowledge or interactions you’ve had with the public sector procurement process in West Yorkshire, as well as how the process could be made easier. Think about if you have bid on public sector contracts in the past, and how you found the process – could it have been easier? If you haven’t bid on any contracts before then think about why not and what might have made you feel more empowered to apply.

The deadline to complete the survey is Friday 18th February 2022 so be quick!

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