Newsletter and bids 41 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 some 47 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:


Ok this week started off with a great organisation going through for their Matrix very good work and well done to all the team.

Then off out and about to the west midlands and indeed meeting a couple of great clients and looking to the future what they wish to achieve.

Then a Night for the finalist for the MBCC Awards and indeed a great night all round.

Back in the car and guess what Man Flu struck.  So 36 hour in Bed fighting the good fight.


Pearson EPA announcement, we are withdrawing from the register for Retail Level 2, as we have only had 2 learners to date, non on our epa countdown register ACE system. The test now needs to be updated and we have decided not to proceed. We are not on the register for Level 3 Similar story with Hospitality, we dont have the infrastructure, facilities, nor end point assessors to conduct EPA. We are advising any new centres to pursue with other EPAOs! It is important to advise centres that they should choose an epao with their employers, and register their learners with an epao at least 9 months in advance in order to ensure a timely epa.


World Mental Health Day 2019: was this week and Suzanne Green Workplace Well-being| Mental Health First Aid England trainer | Management Consultancy and Training tells us the perfect time to share my new venture- Lotus Learning Consultants. I’m on a mission to support organisations of all sectors and sizes to build mentally healthier and happier workplaces. Life can be tough for businesses and employees at all levels; strategies which look after everyone during these times lead to the best outcomes all round. Mental Health First Aid courses are a great way to get people talking and thinking about mental health, why it’s important in the workplace and learning how to make a difference for others – and take care of yourself. This year’s theme for World Mental Health Day is suicide and suicide prevention. It’s the leading cause of death among young people aged 20-34 years in the UK; will you take 40 seconds of positive action?


Adam Slone from the MHfed are more than a Brand they are an Educational community. We aim to raise standards globally alongside our partners in the U.K. , India, Japan and Jamaica. City&guilds are our Awarding Organisation and we are proud to work alongside them. Please , come join us. hashtag#qualityeducation hashtag#internationaldevelopment hashtag#collaborations hashtag#workwithus hashtag#ambassador hashtag#wecan hashtag#jamaica hashtag#professionaldevelopment hashtag#teachers hashtag#standards hashtag#mentoring hashtag#inspirational hashtag#apprenticeships


A college has been refused admission to the Office for Students’ register of higher education providers and had an application for an injunction to conceal the decision rejected by the High Court. Barking and Dagenham College was refused access to the HE register because it “has failed to demonstrate that it delivers successful outcomes for all of its higher education students”, according to the universities regulator. After being informed of this, the college appealed and also sought an injunction to prevent the OfS from publishing the decision.


City & Guilds are pleased to announce a live webinar open to all City & Guilds centres. This will take place on the 17th October at 12:00pm.
We will provide an update on specific improvements that we have made to the Customer Service Practitioner EPA guidance documentation and process. We have made the changes in order to provide additional guidance for centres regarding the showcase portfolio.
We will also highlight key recommendations and hints and tips on how to create the showcase portfolio. The webinar will be followed by a Q & A session. To register please follow the link below.,6J17T,PTODSK,PXR3Q,1


The government has written to a new training firm demanding it stops claiming to high-profile employers it can deliver apprenticeships.

Thomas Cook Airlines and a McDonald’s franchise are among those to have had approaches from Apprenticeship Partners, which was set up by David Montague and Jane Simpson in August (pictured above). Emails from Montague to learners and their employers, seen by this newspaper, assert that his new firm is “able and ready” to provide apprenticeships. “I can assure you, that we would not be offering any services that we are not able to fulfil,” he said in one message.


WEBINAR: health and the voluntary sector

NHS England is running a series of free webinars for voluntary sector organisations.  Topics include: Health Inequalities Menu of Evidence Based Intervention; Primary Care Networks: Introduction & How to Get Involved; and An update on Volunteering for the VCSE sector. Find out more and register here


FUNDING: making communities safer

Grants of up to £5,000 are available from the High Sheriffs’ Fund, which was established to recognise and support community initiatives that address crime and anti-social behaviour. Voluntary and community organisations, local charities and Community Interest Companies (CIC) can apply for a grant to support their work making their communities safer and better places to live. Find out more and apply before 2nd December here


Jobs this week  Vacancies on the jobs board this week include: Contact Centre Team Manager with Census Life [HMP Swansea], Complex Needs Worker with Changing Lives [Chester le Street], Stronger Families Key Worker with Humankind [Leeds], Volunteer Peer Mentor with ADVANCE (Advocacy and Non-Violence Community Education) [Pan London], Specialist Case Manager with Project 507 Limited [HMP Woodhill], Curriculum Manager with Weston College (Offender Learning) [HMP Dartmoor], Head of Delivery with Unlocked Graduates [London], EQUAL Head of Policy & Campaigns with Black Training and Enterprise Group (BTEG) [London], OWRS Manager and East Sussex Lead with Oasis Project [Hastings], Advice and Information Officer with Prison Reform Trust [London], Apprentice Drug and Alcohol Practitioner with The Forward Trust [HMP Rochester]. For more information about these vacancies


Welcome again to Sam’s Wall!  This week I’m dedicating my ‘Wall’ to the issue of homelessness, rough sleeping and drug abuse, I’m sorry to get ‘heavy’ with the subject matter but this really is getting out of control and whilst there are many organisations who are helping to support the growing problem (with funding, accommodation and volunteers thinner on the ground than we’d like), I believe it is important that we truly understand the core of this issue in order to come close to solving it at ground level.

As winter draws in, there will inevitably be more deaths on our streets amongst our rough sleeping communities, there always are, it is imperative now more than ever, sooner rather than later that we approach this issue with a fuller understanding in order to have greater success in solving it.  One of the key problems amongst our homeless / rough sleeping communities, most certainly, is substance abuse, unfortunately, in too many cases it goes ‘hand in hand’ with those who have ended up on our streets and those who are now trying to survive life on our streets.  Taking drugs is a common way for users to ensure ‘escapism’ and in the case of rough sleepers in particular it means masking the reality of the dark, harsh and oppressive environment of street life. Additionally, a high proportion of those who find themselves on the streets are already drug users, in fact 2 out of 3 homeless people cite drug or alcohol use as a reason for first becoming homeless.

Educating people (particularly students; as our up and coming leaders of tomorrow) on the harsh realities of the ‘rough sleeping cycle’ is extremely relevant and important in order to truly address the issue, which, is actually a problem that is directly connected to mental health and not just about somebody being ‘irresponsible’ or self-indulgent for the sheer sake of it.

I’m aware that there are some who consider those that take drugs as being ‘useless’ or a ‘waste’ to society and have no ‘time’ or ‘desire’ to understand the problem for what it really is (mental health related) – it is my strong belief that many rough sleepers actually need ‘medical’ and ‘psychological’ help as well as the practicalities of sheltered accommodation. a home and help back into employment.

When I use the term ‘rough sleeping cycle’ what I mean is, after being out on homeless street outreach myself with charities who offer support with food and accommodation for those who live out there, what occurs only too often is that a person who has no home and receives external help (if they are lucky enough to get temporary accommodation and maybe even job opportunities enabling them to leave their life on the street), invariably will return back because the situation isn’t being properly or fully handled and that’s the drug dependency side of it).   Another reason for this to happen is because many rough sleepers end up being ‘institutionalised’ through street life and are also terrified to be living in other more ‘civil’ and healthy ways. Many have been treated like they don’t matter, they have been abused or ignored by the general public, their own self esteem is so low they don’t believe they are worthy of being treated like a fellow human being with any rights.

On street outreach I have met rough sleepers who are terrified to speak to me, in one such case earlier this year one lady would not let my fellow outreach worker (a nurse) give her a jacket because she did not believe she was worthy of being warm or of wearing a jacket that belonged to a nurse.  The lady was so ashamed she hid her face from me whilst I spoke to her to find out where she had come from to find out how we could get her back to her temporary accommodation and to find out exactly what drugs she had taken in case she needed urgent medical attention.   She wouldn’t let me get close to her she didn’t want me to touch her, she explained to me that I would ‘catch’ something from her because she was dirty, that she probably had viruses (she knew she had hepatitis), she didn’t trust me. I sat on the floor with her and communicated on the same physical level so she didn’t feel ‘lower than me’ physically or psychologically, I was attempting to break the barrier down to gain her trust.  After 30 minutes I slowly made progress with her and soon I learnt all about her situation, her name, her age (she was the same age as me, I was shocked because she looked 20 years older).  She told me her parents hadn’t wanted to know her as a child and she didn’t blame them because she must have been a ‘bother’ to them just by the sheer fact she existed!  Her dad would stay in the pub for lock-ins every night and she would follow him there and sit outside hoping to spend at least a few minutes in his company because she would never see him otherwise.  As it turns out, she had a heart, feelings, a background, a story, a life and she’d had friends, she had a personality, she had character… but she used drugs to escape the blackness of her life now. She didn’t feel she deserved any time or attention; she certainly didn’t feel she deserved love. In fact she kept apologising to me because I’d chosen to sit with her and take the time to get to know her as a person, for her she didn’t see any reason for me to do this. She’d been abused on the street physically and verbally, kicked like a dog, had litter and alcohol thrown over her and treated as nothing. She now believed she was nothing and was terrified to be around people, she didn’t feel comfortable in her temporary accommodation because she didn’t feel she deserved to even be there and she wasn’t used to living in that way.

We managed to return the lady safely back to her accommodation but I absolutely know she would have ‘run away’ again to escape what she felt uncomfortable and mistrusting living in (even though she hated street life, other than the mist that drugs gave her which helped to obscure her reality for a short time).

This is only one example of many I can give you, I have heard from men living on the street who have been punched and kicked by young adults on a night out (because those young adults fancied a bit of fun and kicking another human being was fun to them); only too often, rough sleepers are shown in so many ways that they do not count and do not have the same rights.  One man was so desperate to escape his reality he was injecting the inner thigh of his leg with heroin and his leg over time became so seriously infected it started turning black and one of my fellow outreach workers had to rush him to hospital where his leg was immediately amputated. He was discharged from hospital as soon as possible and would not stay in temporary accommodation because he didn’t trust anyone who was in charge there and he could no longer get his ‘fix’ Now, with only one leg and more vulnerable than ever before, he returned back to the street, a place he hated but a place he was able to disappear from reality for a short while each day to forget how bleak his life really was.

I have been made aware of drug dealers/kids/other people forcing rough sleepers to give them the money they raised from begging and beating them up to extract their funds.

Unfortunately, on the flip side, I have also been privy to charities and volunteers putting in all their time and hard work to helping a rough sleeper off the street only to quickly see them return again; it’s heartbreaking and it’s a poor use of funds without addressing all issues.  As explained already, the key reason for this to happen in the majority of cases is because that person is addicted to drugs and either has been rejected from their temporary accommodation for continuing with their substance abuse or because they chose to leave the accommodation themselves so they could obtain or continue to take the drugs they are addicted to.

The fact is, this has become a way of life and a way of survival for most who live on our streets and there is little to no support for them in addressing their addictions whilst (or before) re-homing them; those who use drugs are 7x more likely to be homeless In Manchester. In Manchester as with a number of other cities Spice has become a huge problem on our streets because it is so cheap and easy to obtain, quite literally an individual who takes this substance does not know what they are doing, they lose control of their mind and co-ordination, it is a particularly nasty drug and it is rife out there in the UK.

As long as there are communities of rough sleepers taking substances to ‘escape’ their realities there are more drug gangs praying on them as well as praying on patches of inner city areas and driving those who genuinely ‘beg’ for food out of them, it continues to attract turf wars and fighting and in turn, puts extra strain on our police and ambulance services.

Even if there was enough ‘available’ accommodation to house every rough sleeper in the UK (and there is) but for various reasons the accommodation is not available for this purpose, it STILL will not solve the problem because rough sleepers drift back to the streets to take the substances that they have now become completely addicted to.

There are certain services available for rough sleepers to access to help them find replacement medication for the drugs they’re taking but there is too much pressure on these organisations currently for them to be anywhere near accessible to everybody needing them. On top of this, chemists and doctors are not reacting quickly enough to prescribing alternative medication and the rough sleeper ends up back on the street.

In a perfect world (we know it doesn’t exist), we need to be addressing this issue through some form of ‘halfway house’ counselling / access to medications.

This is a mental health issue and educating our future leaders is the start of tackling this huge issue.

In Manchester (and London) rough sleeping statistics are particularly high, there are other cities in the UK where the situation is out of control.

It is a fact that rates of substance misuse are high within the homeless population; it is BOTH a cause and consequence of homelessness. The Homeless Healthcare Society of the University of Manchester has been addressing some of the issues I have covered above and next week they have an event which is worth attending if you or anyone you know is interested in getting involved to learn more. The Homeless Healthcare Society of the University of Manchester are working to improve homeless health through student education and volunteering. The way they are tackling this is through improving the healthcare of Manchester’s homeless population via 3 key steps:

  1. UNDERSTAND: lectures given by support workers, healthcare staff, charities and homeless individuals.
  2. ENGAGE: provide access to volunteer work with homeless populations
  3. IMPROVE: seek to change attitudes towards homelessness and better the care available


The event takes place on Weds 16 October 17:30 – 19:00,  Location: Phase 2 Lecture Theatre, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road, Manchester City Centre.

Guest Speaker: Professor Jason Hall (professor of pharmacy education)

Professor Hall will be discussing the harm reduction approach to substance misuse, covering the risks, practical advice and a demonstration. There will be the opportunity to ask any questions.

This event is open to all and is free to attend! You just need to register on Eventbrite so they know numbers!! The location within MRI is: Sem room 3, MRI undergraduate centre.


That’s all from Sam’s Wall this week!  Have a great week ahead and speak to you next week!


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All from me Steve and from all the team have a great week and keep training

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