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General news of interest to the social enterprise sector in the region.



Auto Enrolment is approaching

Auto Enrolment (AE) is likely to be approaching fast for many Social Enterprises.  You can establish your Staging Date by using the link below:

 

http://www.tptae.org.uk/home.aspx

 

.....but then what?  More obvious areas to consider are:

 

  1. Do I understand the regulations - http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/automatic-enrolment.aspx

  2. Do I have a Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme (QWPS)?

  3. What’s my budget?

  4. Is pension provision valuable to me / my workforce?

  5. Will I provide different benefits for staff based on job role or other factors?

 

.....then, some less obvious areas:

 

  1. Do I know the current pension market and/or will I employ an adviser?

  2. Is there an affordable product available to me based on my budget and circumstances (average salary, level of contribution, staff turnover, etc)?

  3. Will this product remain available by the time I stage or should I look to set a scheme up now?

  4. Is my current payroll structure / provider able to cope with the AE procedures (assessment, communications, opt-out, re-enrolment, record keeping, reporting to the regulator) ?

  5. Have I built in to my plans and budgets the time and costs linked with the AE demands, particularly those caused by high turnover, low paid workers, zero hour contract workers, etc?

  6. Will I simply meet the regulations or will I grasp the opportunity to look for good pension provision for my staff?

 

The final point is perhaps both the most important and the most neglected from a pension perspective.  Many employers are racing into pension products which are designed to act as an Auto Enrolment solution.  They are naturally keen to ensure they comply and this tends to be the focus of their questions.  I would argue that good member outcomes should be an even greater focus.

 

Contact details for The Pensions Trust are 0845 123 6663 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
Auto Enrolment is approaching

Auto Enrolment (AE) is likely to be approaching fast for many Social Enterprises.  You can establish your Staging Date by using the link below:

 

http://www.tptae.org.uk/home.aspx

 

.....but then what?  More obvious areas to consider are:

 

  1. Do I understand the regulations - http://www.thepensionsregulator.gov.uk/automatic-enrolment.aspx

  2. Do I have a Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme (QWPS)?

  3. What’s my budget?

  4. Is pension provision valuable to me / my workforce?

  5. Will I provide different benefits for staff based on job role or other factors?

 

.....then, some less obvious areas:

 

  1. Do I know the current pension market and/or will I employ an adviser?

  2. Is there an affordable product available to me based on my budget and circumstances (average salary, level of contribution, staff turnover, etc)?

  3. Will this product remain available by the time I stage or should I look to set a scheme up now?

  4. Is my current payroll structure / provider able to cope with the AE procedures (assessment, communications, opt-out, re-enrolment, record keeping, reporting to the regulator) ?

  5. Have I built in to my plans and budgets the time and costs linked with the AE demands, particularly those caused by high turnover, low paid workers, zero hour contract workers, etc?

  6. Will I simply meet the regulations or will I grasp the opportunity to look for good pension provision for my staff?

 

The final point is perhaps both the most important and the most neglected from a pension perspective.  Many employers are racing into pension products which are designed to act as an Auto Enrolment solution.  They are naturally keen to ensure they comply and this tends to be the focus of their questions.  I would argue that good member outcomes should be an even greater focus.

 

Contact details for The Pensions Trust are 0845 123 6663 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 
PwC - Delivering the value you're looking for

At PwC we help organisations and individuals create the value they’re looking for. We employ more than more than 17,000 people in 35 locations across the UK, including Leeds, Sheffield & Hull.


The challenges of social and environmental sustainability are global issues. We believe social entrepreneurs can provide great examples of innovative and sustainable ways of working, trying out new ideas which can help create a stronger, more vibrant society and a more inclusive economy.
To support social enterprise in the UK, we have created a unique public - private - voluntary sector partnership enterprise hub. It incorporates mentors and support from PwC, SEUK, the School for Social Entrepreneurs, the PwC Centre for Social Impact and Brigade, a cook school, bar and bistro training those at risk of homelessness. Find out more at www.firestation.pwc.co.uk

Contact
David R Adair - Head of Community Affairs
Office: 0207-212-7140
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Two new Youth Social Action Funds

Youth Social Action Journey Fund

www.gov.uk/government/publications/youth-social-action-fund and  https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-6-million-fund-to-create-more-social-action-opportunities-for-young-people

The Youth Social Action Fund offers financial support to social action programmes.

A fourth call for ideas has now been opened, seeking applications for social action providers to: • increase the number of young people aged 10 to 20 taking part in high quality, social action opportunities on their existing programmes • embed National Citizen Service in the social action journey of young people with whom they work Funding of up to £6 million will be available over this financial year and next to support this.

Since 2011 National Citizen Service (NCS) has worked with over 65,000 young people and it is growing so it can be available to all 16 and 17-year-olds to support the important transition to adulthood. This fund will support organisations to make this journey a reality by increasing the number of quality social action opportunities for young people aged 10 to 20, embedding NCS into this journey and improving the handover from one social action opportunity to the next.

The ambition for this Youth Social Action Journey Fund is to: • learn about how the Campaign for Youth Social Action Principles and Outcomes Framework work in practice and contribute to an evidence base which shows the impact of social action on outcomes for young people and their communities • work with existing social action providers delivering in England to grow in a sustainable way, expanding their reach and impact • integrate NCS and other programmes into a seamless social action journey for young people Call for ideas – more details at - https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/253379/Youth_Social_Action_Journey_Fund_call_for_ideas_FINAL.pdf

Following consultation with a number of social action providers, two streams of funding have been established to help build a social action journey with NCS at their heart. Bids are sought to provide one or more of the following: • Increase the number of young people aged 10 to 17 engaged in high quality social action and support them to take part in NCS at 16 or 17; and/or • Increase the number of opportunities for the growing number of NCS graduates aged 16 to 20 to engage in high quality social action opportunities.

How to apply - To apply, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to request a form. Applications must be received by midnight on 17 November 2013.

Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund

The Vulnerable and Disengaged Young People Fund, is a new funding stream through the Cabinet Office Centre for Social Action - https://www.gov.uk/centre-for-social-action and has up to £2m to help grow ambitious social action programmes to inspire England’s most vulnerable young people.

It will be administered by the Social Investment Business on behalf of the Cabinet Office - http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth.

Organisations looking to create or further develop inspiring social action programmes for young people can apply for a development, evidence or scale-up grant. Successful organisations will have a strong track record of reaching and creating positive impact for the most vulnerable young people as well as be able to demonstrate strong evidence of need.

Applications can come from the voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector, public bodies (for example Local Authorities) and businesses with a social mission or a clear objective in their corporate social responsibility policy towards increasing social action, or businesses involved in the delivery of public service. The grant fund opens for applications on 8th November 2013 and closes on 6th December 2013.

The Social Investment Business (SIB) is administering the fund. Further details and how to apply are available from: http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth/ More information on the Fund’s Criteria and Guidance are available at - http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth/criteria/ and http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/youth/guidance Full guidance at - http://www.sibgroup.org.uk/fileadmin/tsib_users/Our_Funds/SAF/VDYPF_Guidance_Nov13_final.pdf

Who can apply?

Organisations that work with young offenders, young people in care or leaving care, and other groups of disengaged and vulnerable young people can apply. Projects must be serving young people in the 9-24 range. Applications can come from - • properly constituted civil society organisations (for example, a CIC or Company Limited by Guarantee with Charitable Status) • public sector bodies (for example, a Local Authority) • businesses with a social mission or a clear objective in their corporate social responsibility policy towards increasing social action, or businesses involved in the delivery of public service What can be applied for? The grant programme offers 3 strands of awards - Development • To expand or develop a new social action project • Grants between £30K and £100K • Can be used for evaluation, development, expansion & delivery costs • Must be based on a strong theory of impact or promising evidence Validation • To build evidence of impact of an existing social action project • Grants between £30K and £100K • Can be used for impact evaluation, delivery costs & costs to expand if necessary for a robust evaluation • Must be based on a strong theory of impact or promising evidence Scale up • To scale up an existing social action project – for example by replicating an existing model in a new area, or by scaling up an existing programme • Grant between £100K and £250K • Can be used for impact evaluation, delivery costs & scale up costs • Proposals with the most rigorous evidence can receive large grants that enable expansion

 
A GOOD DEAL DONE

Social business stimulating part time recruitment wins £100,000 of investment from RBS Group Microfinance Funds at Good Deals 2013

Two mothers and a father who champion the social and business benefits of growing good quality part time and flexible working opportunities in the recruitment market, have won investment of £100,000 from RBS Group Mircrofinance Funds at the annual social investment conference Good Deals.

One of three social ventures shortlisted to pitch to a panel of investors chaired by RBS's head of charities and public sector, Hugh Biddell, the Timewise Foundation (www.timewisefoundation.org.uk) received overwhelming support from the panel as well as winning audience votes in the live pitching contest, which took place at Good Deals on Thursday 7 November.

The Timewise Foundation runs services to stimulate the creation of more good quality part-time and flexible job opportunities, and represents 50,000 people, who all want or need part time or flexible work to fit with something ‘other’ in life.

Set up by Emma Stewart, Karen Mattison and David Curtis, the foundation aims to reduce maternal worklessness, child poverty and gender inequality by shapinga new kind of recruitment marketplace, where employers can extend the flexibility they offer in their employment practices into their recruitment practices. The foundation also tackles outdated perceptions of what a part time job is, or can be.

 

Timewise Foundation co-founder Emma Stewart, MBE, said: “Millions of people face significant levels of social disadvantage and deprivation in the UK as they struggle to find work that they can fit with other core commitments in life. Be that caring for young children or elderly parents. We are dedicated to tackling inequalities and economic hardship and are working to ensure the social and business benefits of part time working are understood.”

“Stimulating more quality part time jobs in the economy has the potential to create significant social and economic impact – an important step towards building a resilient and sustainable society. This £100,000 investment means we can push for genuine scalability – championing the business case to employers for the social and economic value of part time work.”

 

Over the past eight years, Timewise Foundation has reached out to more than 50,000 jobseekers, provided dedicated support to over 5,300 and helped more than 2,000 into jobs.

 

Initially launched as social enterprise Women Like Us, which provides career advice and support to women back to work after having children, its services have grown to include Timewise Jobs and Timewise Recruitment, a jobsite and recruitment agency specialising in quality part time and flexible vacancies.

 

The Good Deals Pioneers Fund saw Timewise Foundation compete against Co-wheels car club, which offers an alternative to car ownership and the environmental damage that entails, with ‘pay by the hour’ cars parked at pick-up locations across the UK, and Upturn Enterprise, which exists to help individuals, private and third sector organisations and businesses unlock and fulfil their potential to create positive social change.

 

Hugh Biddell, RBS's head of charities and public sector, said: “We had three very good applications for the Good Deals social investment fund but the Timewise Foundation is the worthy winner. It has a strong track record and has developed the business to ensure it balances both a social and commercial focus that is creating significant change on the mainstream recruitment market and channelling important debate around the significant economic and social impact of developing a flexible labour market that support part time jobs.”

 

Tim West, Director of Matter&Co, the social innovation company behind Good Deals, said: “This is the second year that Good Deals has successfully made a social investment possible. The longstanding mission of this conference is to introduce social investors with great social businesses in order to get good deals done. The Timewise Foundation has got a clear social mission backed up by a commercial proposition that is sustainable through employer revenue. The benefits of workplace flexibility, particularly for people with families, are clear to see. Supporting Timewise Foundation to develop the recruitment market to better service families is a great investment.”

 
Enterprising Communities Support Programme

 

Coalfields Regeneration Trust (CRT)
Enterprising Communities Support Programme

 

 

SEYH are delighted to be partnering CRT in the delivery of this programme across Yorshire.

 

The programme which includes discretionary access to the Development Fund is specifically aimed at community organisations located and working within former coalfield areas  (please click here to see list of Eligible Wards).

 

The programme will support community organisations to become more enterprising, help them develop new opportunities to safeguard and grow their activities and secure the resources necessary to realise their ambitions.

 

CRT is particularly interested in strengthening assets in the former coalfield regions. Over the years they have been a major investor in community facilities, resource centres and one stop shops and in challenging times these assets play a vital role in hosting activities that respond to local needs. CRT wants to safeguard these assets and develop new ones to create a lasting legacy in our communities.

 

For further information on this programme call 01226 270800. Please be certain your organisation and its work are located within an eligible ward and ensure that you mention SEYH when enquiring

To see a list of eligible wards please click on the links below
Eligible Wards

 
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