Newsletter and bids 50 2019

 In bids

Dear Members.

This week more news and Views and bids Grants and funds.  We go out to over 3,000 people and organisations every week and today have 49 pages. Thanks also to our sponsor Richard at Net Security Training who can be contacted at

Full details of all bids and grants can be downloaded from the link below:


A Free  award-winning counter terrorism training course is being made available to the public for the first time and police want you to sign up and help protect the UK.

Devised by counter terrorism officers and security experts, the ACT Awareness eLearning package was previously only available to staff working in crowded places like shopping centres and entertainment venues.

Now Counter Terrorism Policing has decided to open up the training to anyone who wants to become a CT Citizen so they can learn how to spot the signs of suspicious behaviour and understand what to do in the event of a major incident.

The programme was originally devised in partnership with retail giant Marks and Spencer – and participants needed to be signed up by their employers. Today the online learning is available free of charge to anyone who wants to take part.

The decision to offer the training to the public was not made in response to the recent attack in London.

However, the tragic events which took place just 10 days ago, when two people lost their lives to terrorism, were a stark reminder of the ongoing threat and the need for vigilance.  “ACT Awareness eLearning is especially useful for anyone working in or regularly visiting crowded places,” says Deputy Assistant Commissioner Lucy D’Orsi, Senior National Coordinator for Protective Security. “We developed each stage alongside industry experts and to date over one and a half million modules have been completed. “The course has been so popular, with nine out of 10 users saying they would recommend it, we want to open it up to as many people as possible.  “The threat level remains at Substantial – meaning an attack is likely – so giving everyone the chance to be extra eyes and ears for police and local security teams help to keep all communities safe. “The festive period is obviously a very busy one – so this is a good time to join up and become a CT Citizen.”  ACT Awareness is made up of seven modules that take a few minutes each to complete. You can pause and re-join at any time. In total it takes just 45 minutes – so less than an hour of your time could help to prevent an attack or help save lives if one was to happen. ​To start go to ​​


The Department of Education is asking for feedback from the front line

My name is Mayur and I’m a researcher at the Education and Skills Funding Agency, Department for Education. I have your contact details as you’ve previously indicated that you may be interested in providing feedback on the apprenticeship service.

We’re currently testing new ideas to improve how you do things in the apprenticeship service when an apprentice changes employer We’would welcome your feedback on these ideas via an online feedback session that would last approximately 30 minutes.

If you’d be happy to participate in this research, please could I ask you to select a time that suits you at the weblink below? Sessions are taking place next week.


Pathway Group looking for AEB subcontractors – more information under bids section


The board of the government’s apprenticeship agency has “stressed” the need for a funding band methodology that “works, is clear and easy to understand”, following years of trailblazer group criticism.  Minutes from a meeting in September, published today Thursday 12th of December, show the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education is carrying out a “funding improvement project”.  Robert Nitsch, the apprenticeship quango’s chief operating officer, “reminded” the board that the aims of this project were to “redefine a funding process that is clear, easy to understand and draws upon the best available evidence”.  In May, the institute made “several changes” to improve the current funding process, but the minutes state the board was keen to see improvements to two particular areas – affordability and quote moderation.


Pearson Our Customer Services teams will be open until 12.00 on 24 December 2019 (Christmas Eve). We will have limited cover for urgent queries between 27 and 30 December from 08:30 – 16:30 and on the 31 December from 08:30 until 13:00
Any none urgent queries can be sent our via our 
web form, or by e-mail:
We will reopen and return to our usual business hours on 
Thursday 2 January 2020 at 8am.Pearson Work-based learning Customer Services


Company looking to buy a small training Provider ltd Company with ROATP accreditation email


Also our new website Business 2 Business will be out soon


The DPN Rosemary Smith Award for Responsible Marketing

Supported by The DM Trust and The DMA:  This Award has been launched to recognise a contribution made to Responsible Marketing, giving a team or an individual credit for a creative and privacy aware project or initiative.

Rosemary Smith, co-founder of the DPN & the Data Protection Consultancy, Opt-4 was an inspirational mentor to many. She made a significant contribution to the marketing and data industries, both as influencer and thought-leader. ‘Responsible Marketing’ were the watch words in all her guidance and advice.

This Award, kindly supported by the DMA and the DM Trust, is launched in Rosemary’s memory.

About the Award

The VIP judging panel will be looking for the following:

How have you embraced the principle of “Privacy by Design”?

Have customer needs been put at the centre of your project?

How have you encouraged your organisation to support you?

Can you measure the impact of your project?

It’s free to enter and the winners will receive £1,000 and a trophy. All entrants will be eligible for access to 15% discount on training at the IDM (Institute of Data and Marketing). We welcome entries from marketing, privacy or data protection professionals or those teams.

On 28th February 2020, representatives of short-listed entries to participate in a discussion on Responsible Marketing at the DMA Data Protection conference, followed by presentation of the award at a drinks reception after the conference.

 Key Dates

Launch: Thursday 5th September 2019

Closing date:  Deadline extended to 17th January

Judging: w/c January 20th 2020, after which the shortlist will be announced

Presentation: February 28 th 2020, at the DMA Data Protection Summit


Very exciting news for the start of 2020!! : Due to the incredible feedback of our first sell out Macmillan at Work Workshop in Chelmsford we are thrilled to announce that we are in the final stages of confirming dates for our Essex wide 2020 tour in March!!

We will be visiting Colchester, Southend and Harlow to give local corporate organisations the opportunity of attending these free sessions which provides support to HR professionals and line managers who are managing employees affected by cancer. Due to the interest we have already received, these sessions will sell out and we will announce dates and venues in January. However we are finalising a venue for Harlow so if you can help with a venue option or know someone else that can, than please do make contact #colchester #southend #harlow #local #support #charity #networking #essex #wellbeingatwork #macmillanatwork


EIF and Ofsted are looking to see the following:  Update your Safeguarding and Prevent policy and documentation. The items shown should appear in the documentation   Do all staff have sufficient knowledge and confidence to:

  • exemplify British Values in their management, teaching and through general behaviours in the institution 2) understand the factors that make people vulnerable to being drawn into terrorism and to challenge extremist ideas which are used by terrorist groups and can purport to legitimise terrorism 3) have sufficient training to be able to recognise this vulnerability and be aware of what action to take in response  4) Have front line staff got the tools and knowledge to impart knowledge of Prevent in a contextualised way?​

Welcome to Sam’s Wall this week!!!  Christmas is well and truly upon us! I hope you’re all looking forward to the Christmas break!! If you’re anything like myself, you’ll be doing some last-minute Christmas Shopping over the next week or so!

Unfortunately, for many people, Christmas is a time of sorrow. They don’t have the extra money to buy presents for their children, family, and friends. Many are saddened at Christmas time when they think of their loved ones who will not be able to come home for various reasons. Turkey dinners may be only a wish and not a reality for some.

I personally love the festive season and I love seeing the faces of excited children enjoying the celebrations, however, as we enjoy our Christmas parties and look forward to our luscious Christmas dinner on the 25th I’m going to remind us all about those who are less fortunate than we are, who are either living in poverty, homeless or sleeping rough and braving the cold weather on our streets.

Here are some of the organisations and people that are doing something positive to help those less fortunate and some ideas of how you can get involved or donate to make all the difference to others.


Firstly, I want to mention my inspirational friend Natalie Jane Lek (also a mother of 5 and founder of The Launch Project CIC) who, every year for the past 3 years has personally prepared, cooked and delivered hot Christmas Dinners on Christmas Day for those families and the elderly living in poverty and / or isolation in the Salford (Greater Manchester) area.  This year, Natalie, due to demand and an increase in poverty in the area has scaled her charitable festive service right up and will be prepping, cooking and delivering a staggering 1000 Christmas Dinners!! Natalie gives up her entire day to do this for others and totally relies on volunteers to help.

I caught up with her this week and due to supermarkets in the local area limiting their help and food donations this year she needs more support than ever from the general public to ensure she doesn’t let 1000 people down. Here is where Natalie is at as of today, she needs:

  • 17 turkeys – 10 ham joints also some 40 bags of frozen roast potatoes then 2000 pigs in blankets, 1000 stuffing balls – 25 litres of gravy and 25 kilos of veggies

Any food donations would be greatly appreciated, please email:  For online donations please see


 Now, there are a number of organisations who are doing much to help those who are sleeping rough in The Midlands area, most notably, Crisis.


Crisis at Christmas is a unique volunteer effort that provides immediate help for homeless people at a critical time of year. By volunteering with Crisis this Christmas, you can make a real difference to people experiencing homelessness.

Applications for Coventry Edinburgh, London, Birmingham, Newcastle and South Wales are still open.  Thousands of people will be without a home this Christmas and are in urgent need of support.

Donate:  By donating £28.87 you can reserve a place for someone this Christmas and introduce them to the education, training and support to help end their homelessness for good through Crisis’ year-round services.


Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is holding a Christmas Appeal again this year. Last year, over 180 children spent at least one night in the hospital over the Christmas period.  The mission of Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity is to raise vital funds needed to make a real difference to all who use their services, offering them the best experience possible. There are three types of donations this Christmas:

  • Giving a gift to a child with a festive sing-along session at their bedside from their trained professionals.
  • Providing a ‘Health Passport’ for a young person working with their Mental Health Service, who may feel overwhelmed by the Christmas period. Bespoke journals like these are designed to empower patients to manage their own health and wellbeing.
  • Treating a family facing the Christmas period with the hospital with a special day out to help them make memories away from the bedside.


Have yourselves a fabulous week full of festive fun, don’t put too much pressure on yourselves either, that Christmas Day you’re planning for doesn’t need to be stressful it should be your time to enjoy your family and friends.

That’s all for this week but see you all next week!  Sam from Sams Wall


Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Visits Services Catering Worker with NEPACS [HMP Northumberland], Open Access & Assessment Worker with Humankind [Harrogate], Catering Assistant with Changing Lives [York], Project Worker with Women in Prison [Surrey], Criminal Justice Policy & Campaigns Officer with The Traveller Movement [London], Recovery Worker with EDP Drugs and Alcohol Services [HMP Exeter], Prison Support Volunteer with The Forward Trust [HMP Highdown], Trainer/Assessor with St Giles [London], Engagement Team Member with User Voice [Northumbria], Cluster Manager with Catch 22 [Bristol]. For more information about these vacancies, and many more, click here


 From all of us from and me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training Non-Executive Director at Five Companies and MD of EEVT Ltd Linked In Group 2020 Vision Group 2020 Vision Training Days and 2020 Vision Newsletter



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