£30 million finance for Welsh social economy announced
- Thursday, 06 December 2012
A £30 million loan fund launched last week is designed to help create community hubs, activity centres and other office premises for charities across Wales.
A joint venture between Unity Trust Bank and Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA), the fund will make £6 million available annually for the next five years to help organisations finance new premises or refurbish existing properties.
The fund is being launched at WCVA’s annual conference in Cardiff and has the backing of the Welsh Government.
Local Government and Communities Minister, Carl Sargeant, said: "Third sector organisations are responding to the needs of Welsh communities and delivering essential public services that are used by people across Wales every day.
"I am delighted to see the third sector finding new ways of financing its work. The significant finance that this new initiative will make available to organisations across Wales is very welcome."
Tender opportunity: ITT Support to Co-operative Housing Schemes in Wales
- Wednesday, 05 December 2012
CONTRACT NOTICE - NON OJEU
Is this notice funded by the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO)? No
Contract Type: Services
SECTION I: CONTRACTING AUTHORITY
Name of the organisation: Wales Co-operative Centre
Contact Name: Christine Heath
Address: Llandaff Court, Fairwater Road, Cardiff
Postcode: CF5 2XP
Phone: 0300 111 5050
Fax: 0300 111 5051
Web Address: http://www.walescooperative.org
SECTION II: DETAILS OF THE CONTRACT
Service category: 11 Management Consulting Services
Is it a framework agreement? Yes
Title of the contract: ITT Support to Co-operative Housing Schemes in Wales
Description of the contract: As part of the Co-operative Housing in Wales project (CHiW), the Wales Co-operative Centre is establishing this co-operative housing framework agreement to provide organisational development support to housing cooperative initiatives across Wales.
On the basis of the tender proposal, one or more Organisations (the “Organisation”) will be included in a Framework Agreement for Organisational Development (the “Service”).
The Centre requires Organisations to provide the following Service:
• Organisational development advice and guidance – provided by an adviser (the “Adviser”).
To help them realise their full potential a menu of assistance will be made available to clients of the Wales Co-operative Centre. This will ensure their tailored support package is relevant, timely and specific to their individual needs.
The Service might be provided to a whole range of individuals and organisations involved in taking forward co-operative housing initiatives, including housing associations, councils, third sector organisations, community groups as well as co-operative housing organisations themselves.
The Framework Agreement and Service provision will continue until March 2014, subject to continued Welsh Government funding, with any extension period being approved by the Centre.
A key aspect of the client Service will be to support the organisational development of co-operative housing initiatives across the whole of Wales. All client beneficiaries will receive the Service local to their area.
A number of co-operative housing clients have already been identified by Welsh Government but there are likely to be additional clients that are signposted to the Centre for support.
Prior to any specialist support being provided an initial assessment will be conducted by the Wales Co-operative Centre with the co-operative housing initiatives. The assessment will focus on the objectives of the initiative as well as its resource capacity, the long and short term plans, etc. Targeted support required by the initiative will be identified in this assessment and will form the agreed menu of support to be provided by the Project. Advisers will be sourced from the Framework Agreement to deliver elements of this support.
The Service will be delivered by Organisations according to an agreed methodology under the direction of the Centre and according to agreed processes and procedures as defined by the Centre.
Advisers – Advice and Guidance
Bespoke and specialist organisational development advice and guidance will be delivered by Advisers on a one to one basis with individuals, groups of individuals and organisations involved in co-operative housing initiatives.
In order to respond to the specific needs of the co-operative housing initiatives, advisers will be sought who are able to provide expert knowledge and specialist advice in the areas detailed below:
• Community engagement, development and facilitation in the area of housing and co-operative housing;
• Legal and organisational models of co-operative housing, particularly ownership housing co- operatives, lease agreements and other legal matters relating to co-operative housing;
• Business planning and financial planning for housing co-operatives, including expertise on accessing finance and modelling.
Place / site of work / delivery
Classification of contract (CPV codes)
70000000 - Real estate services.
70100000 - Real estate services with own property.
70111000 - Development of residential real estate.
70122000 - Land sale or purchase services.
70130000 - Letting services of own property.
70210000 - Residential property renting or leasing services.
73000000 - Research and development services and related consultancy services.
79000000 - Business services - law, marketing, consulting, recruitment, printing and security.
79410000 - Business and management consultancy services.
79411000 - General management consultancy services.
79411100 - Business-development consultancy services.
79998000 - Coaching services.
98110000 - Services furnished by business, professional and specialist organisations.
98133000 - Services furnished by social membership organisations.
98133100 - Civic betterment and community facility support services.
Period in month/s
SECTION III: AWARD CRITERIA
Contract will be awarded based on:
Most economically advantageous tender in terms of:
Criteria as detailed in the contract documents
SECTION IV: Administrative Information
Instructions to suppliers
Tender documents must be submitted to Christine Heath by Thursday 20th of December 2012 by 2pm to:
Wales Co-operative Centre
Tenderers must not include any information on the envelope which could identify the source of the proposal as this will result in disqualification from the process.
The Form of Tender is shown in Annex 3.
An Organisation’s tender submission should include:
• A completed Annex 3
• Policy documents
• Evidence or commitment to professional indemnity insurance to a minimum sum of £5million
• A statement of turnover for the past 3 years (or for as many years of trading if the organisation is less than 3 years old).
Please provide 4 paper copies of your completed Annex 3.
The Centre aims to make a decision based solely on the tenders submitted. However, tendering Organisations may be invited to attend a meeting to clarify aspects of their submission.
Prospective tenderers should particularly note that costs incurred by Organisations in preparing and submitting a tender will not be covered by the Centre.
Your Response to Tender must remain valid for a period of 90 days from date of signature by your Authorised Official/s.
Successful and unsuccessful Organisations will be advised of the outcome within 30 working days of the closing date unless a clarification meeting is required. Companies will be notified of this requirement within 20 working days of the closing date.
Reference Number: ITTSCHSW12
Deadline Date: 20.12.2012
Deadline date refers to Receipt of Tenders
Does this contract relate to a Project / Programme funded by EU funds? No
Community Benefits do not apply to this contract
Shelve It! Sixteen days of activism
- Wednesday, 05 December 2012
We've just been sent information about the 16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence, an international campaign from 25 November - International Day against Violence against Women - to 10 December - International Human Rights Day - to symbolically link violence against women and human rights and to emphasise that such violence is a human rights violation.
There is lots of evidence showing a link between lads’ mags, porn and violence against women and girls, so please support Shelve It!, a campaign asking retailers to shelve lads’ mags out of reach and view of children.
How you can get involved
Please visit http://shelve-it.co.uk to find out more about the impact of lads’ mags on women and girls and how you can support the campaign.
- Spread the word about the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence.
Rate your retailer: Are lads’ mags in your retailer out of reach and view of children? Please join others and rate your retailer and share the results with Shelve It! Visit
Follow @shelveit on Twitter and share with your followers. Why not retweet us while you’re at it?
Like Shelve It! on Facebook and share with your friends.
Tweet retailers to show you’re rating them. Tweet:
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Find out more at http://shelve-it.co.uk
SITA Trust Enriching Nature Programme - call for expressions of interest
- Thursday, 29 November 2012
Enriching Nature is one of SITA Trust’s main funding programmes. SITA Trust provides funding for community and biodiversity conservation projects through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF). In 2013, for the first time, the Enriching Nature Programme will award money to applicants from Wales.
Applications to the Enriching Nature Programme are considered once a year.
Expressions of interest must be submitted as soon as possible and no later than 2 January 2013, and if this is approved then a full application by 29 January 2013.
Please spread the word about Ash Wales's 'Youth Smoking Survey 2012'
- Thursday, 29 November 2012
ASH Wales is conducting a survey on youth smoking and would really like to get 1,000 responses by 1st January. The link is below – please forward it on to anyone you think would be interested in the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/YouthSmoking2012
- Career opportunities for 16- to 19-year-old NEETs
- Huggard is now offering catering
- Do you want to help shape the future of volunteering and mentoring?
- Project to help organisations in criminal justice show they are ‘impact ready’ for payment by results contracts
- 'Youth On Boards' project for 18- to 25-year-olds