Newsletter & Bids 20 2018

 In bids

Dear Members

This week’s newsletter bids, grants and funds come to you in conjunction with our New sponsors KPI DEVELOPMENT Limited going forward.  Exciting news on that next week with our newsletter going out to around 3,516 professionals in the industry.  This week we have some 43 pages of information News, Bids Grants and Funds.

Full details can be downloaded from the link below:


 Developing the ESFA Customer Commitment: We are looking for volunteers who are willing to review a draft of the Customer Commitment plan and provide us with feedback.  The draft Commitment details our ambitions and commitments, to deliver continuous improvements to the services we offer. If you would like to participate in the draft review, this will take about 20 minutes of your time, please email  by close of play on Tuesday 22 May.


Identity and Belonging Conference 2018: Gangs, Schools and Community: Psychology, Research and Practice.  Gangs and serious youth violence are an urgent concern across the UK. A recent report by the Children’s Commissioner estimated that more than 45,000 young people between the ages of 10 and 18 are gang members, many joining as a result of coercion and exploitation.

This conference, hosted jointly by the School of Psychology at the University of Kent and Kent Educational Psychology Service, will present current research and practice on the nature of gangs and the varied and complex reasons why young people get involved. It will explore practical strategies that education, social care and psychology professionals can use to support this ‘at risk’ group.

The one-day event includes presentations, Q&A sessions, interactive workshops and opportunities for networking.  A varied and inspiring line-up of speakers include: Sammy Woodhouse (campaigner, author, activist), Stephanie Waddell (Early Intervention Foundation), Mark Pearson and James Hensman (Excelsior Safeguarding), and Dr Jane Wood (Forensic Psychologist, University of Kent)   Date: Wednesday 11th July 2018, 9.30am – 4.30pm Venue: Darwin College, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent

Places at the conference cost £99 and can be booked here. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.  For more information please contact Jackie Fotheringham at or on 01227 824 804.


Ofqual launches call for evidence on centre-based assessment judgements in vocational and technical qualifications. Ofqual have launched a call for evidence on the assessment of qualifications in centres (schools, colleges, training providers, etc.). Ofqual have recently been reviewing the quality of centre-based assessment judgements in vocational and technical qualifications. Ofqual need to be sure that assessment is fair and consistent whenever and wherever it is delivered, so that both standards and public confidence in regulated qualifications are maintained. The evidence Ofqual have suggests that not all organisations’ controls are as robust as they need to be. Ofqual are also aware that there are practical problems for awarding organisations in remaining compliant with rules when assessment is delegated to centres. Ofqual are therefore inviting awarding organisations, centres and other interested parties to inform their ongoing work to build a detailed picture of practice across the sector. Ofqual will use these responses to decide whether their rules are right on this point and, if not, how they might be changed.

You can see what they are looking at The call for evidence closes at 5pm on Friday 15 June.


Do you know what Freegle is. Well I had no idea but I have looked into it amazing

Freegle makes it really easy to pass on your unwanted but useable items. Simply post a message on Freegle offering the item(s), then choose and respond to someone who wants to come and collect. Loads of items and loads of locations with free items.

So find your local Freegle group and get searching and posting. It’s the ideal alternative to visiting a recycling centre this coming bank holiday. Please always check the opening times of your nearest site before visiting.


Parliament CPD for Teachers and Education

Seminars are held throughout the academic year, ranging from general introductory days to specialist themed events. They are free of charge and designed for education professionals. Parliament covers travel expenses for those in the state or voluntary/charitable education sector. Lunch is provided.


DFE ESFA say we have published the findings of the annual review of end-year 16 to 19 study programmes data

for the 2015 to 2016 academic year, which includes actions for providers. This is the third annual review we have completed with the purpose of ensuring that public funding meets the core principles of study programmes.


Join Clinks and advertise your jobs on our popular jobs board for free,
are you recruiting for a new team member? Do you need to reach people interested in working in the criminal justice system?
Our jobs board is viewed up to 18,000 times each month and Clinks members can post their vacancies for free. Membership is free for the smallest non-profit organisations and starts at £20 thereafter. Until the end of May, we are offering a 20% promotional discount on a year’s membership.  Job vacancies are also mentioned in our weekly newsletter, Light Lunch, which reaches over 11,000 contacts with an interest in the voluntary sector and the criminal justice system.  To ensure your vacancy stands out, members can post a stand-alone featured vacancy advert in Light Lunch, amongst a range of other benefits.


Two weeks until Nominations & Voting Closes

In two weeks’ time nominations and voting will close for the National Diversity Awards 2018! An astonishing 16,000 people have taken the time to tell us about the life changing work being carried out by local heroes and community groups.

Voting closes on Friday 01th June – Why wait? Submit an entry today!


Wish are launching a Women’s Mental Health Network at a #TurnUpTheVolume event [8th June, Camden, £21.50]. The Network is a user-led campaigning platform that will work to improve the current mental health system for women by working cross-sector. Its focus is to improve women’s experience of using statutory services in a range of settings, such as hospitals, prisons, drugs and alcohol, housing, social services, by influencing them to become more gender-specific. The event will include live music, comedy and poetry. The ticket price includes a welcome drink. Turn Up The Volume will be a display of brilliant female voices who all want to see a change in the mental health system.

Our wonderful compere for the night is presenter Remel London, with performers including comedian Jessie Cave, poet Charly Cox, musician Misha B, comedians Chloe Green and Jodie Mitchell from the LOL word, and Momtaza Mehri, who was recently announced as the Young People’s Poet Laureate for London.”

Find out more here


Midlands Roadshows Skills for Care Midlands Roadshows

The Skills for Care Midlands team are running a series of interactive roadshows aimed at adult social care employers.  Come along to learn from our team of sector experts about:

How to achieve a good or outstanding CQC rating.

Recruiting and developing a competent workforce.

Developing a positive workplace culture.

Skills for Care’s offer of support to employers and our newest resources.

This is a series of events, with the same information given at each location. The roadshows are fully funded by Skills for Care so there is no cost to attend.

Thursday 05 July 2018 – The Guildhall, Northampton

Thursday 27 September 2018 – THe Kind Centre, Hereford

Thursday 04 October 2018 – West Warwickshire Sports Club, Solihull

Thursday 11 October 2018 – BVSC, Birmingham

Tuesday 06 November 2018 – Horizon Hub, Worcester

Thursday 22 November 2018 – Holiday Inn Lincoln, Lincoln

Wednesday 28 November 2018 – The Northfield Centre, Stafford

Wednesday 09 January 2019 – The Welcome Centre, Coventry

Tuesday 05 February 2019 – NSPCC National Training Centre, Leicester

Tuesday 05 March 2019 – University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Wolverhampton

To book please go to:


Matt Hancock says there might be ‘a new era of public sector grants’ for charities

The government wants to find more sustainable operating models, which could see the return of grants, and wants to make charities and other civil society organisations more confident when it comes to campaigning, Matt Hancock has said.

Hancock, the secretary of state for digital, culture, media and sport, was speaking at an event related to the Department for Digital Culture Media and Sport’s consultation on Civil Society Strategy this morning.

He said he wants to “preserve and extend the sector’s independence” by making the sector more sustainable and more confident, so that it can play a pivotal role in rebuilding divisions in society.

Hancock said that the government is looking at various ways of making charities more sustainable, including a move back towards grants, reform of commissioning processes and social impact bonds.

He said that the civil society strategy is looking at ways of “supporting charities and community groups to become better capitalised and more resilient”.

He added: “I don’t think we spend nearly enough on the small or local organisations.”

Hancock said the government is “investing in a great expansion of social impact bonds, and also exploring how to ensure the Social Value Act delivers on its revolutionary promise, which has not nearly been met yet”.

He added that he believes in payment-by-results and commissioning models but that they are not the answer to everything.

“Tracey [Crouch] and her team are looking closely at whether we can deliver a new era of public sector grants – Grants 2.0, let us call them – without sacrificing the efficiency and focus on outcomes that contracts are designed to achieve,” he said.

 Economy depends on strong civil society 

Hancock also said that economic growth depends on a strong a civil society.

He said things like culture, sport and running social and community groups “are the things that strengthen our social fabric”. While they are hard to measure, they “make our economy succeed”.

But he also said he wants to make business more responsible and wants to support “growing calls

for people to have more power to direct their investments to support good causes”.


Tip of the week I: Go camping with huskies and eagles from £119 Details

Animal aficionados will be in their element with an overnight camping at the Eagle Heights wildlife park, among creatures including elegant bald eagles and huskies. Found within Kent’s Lullingstone Park, just a one-hour journey from the capital, the park is host to 100 birds of prey in both indoor and outdoor aviaries. During the overnight experience, guests can huddle around the campfire and interact with the huskies, all while immersing themselves in the park’s after-hours activities.


Tip of the week 2: 25% discount on Karen Millen clothing only 2 days left   Details


Tip of the week 3: 30% off Domino’s pizza Details

2 days left spend £20.00 get 30% off with Code


From 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

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