Greggs and the Environment

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Discover the Greggs fund here, changing environments for the better…

The Greggs Foundation environmental grants programme is now open for applications.

The fund is especially interested this year in applications from schools, but your project must meet the Foundation criteria for applications.

Individual maximum grants are for £2,000. The application deadline is 25th November 2016.

The Funding Committees of the Greggs Foundation are interested in…

‘…projects that improve the physical environment in a way that will improve people’s lives. This can include purchase of equipment, sessional salary costs, purchase of trees/plants, small capital projects and learning activities. We are also interested in new approaches and innovative ideas as well as sustainable approaches to supporting your local environment. ‘

Priority will be given to projects that meet one or more of the following criteria.

  • Improves the local environment
  • Ensures involvement of local communities
  • Delivers a sustainable and measurable difference
  • Supports people in need

You can find the fund application form here.

If your community organisation, or school, do apply…good luck.

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Jeremy Corbyn pledges support for Youth Services

A CYPN article - web link‘Labour leadership front-runner Jeremy Corbyn has pledged to fight for statutory youth services if he is chosen to head the party.’

Children and Young People Now have published, on 11.8.15, an article about pledges and commitments made by Jeremy Corbyn.

‘Labour leadership hopeful Jeremy Corbyn pledges statutory requirement for youth services.
Islington MP Corbyn, who is ahead in the polls to be next Labour leader, said his party should maintain a commitment to a statutory youth service in order to offer young people the benefit of wide-ranging advice, guidance and support to access further and higher education.

His pledge comes just months after Labour ditched its commitment to statutory youth services prior to the general election.

The party’s Youth Manifesto for the 2015 election ruled out forcing councils to provide a minimum level of youth provision, committing instead to a “root and branch” review of youth services should it win the general election.

Corbyn’s pledge to pursue statutory youth services featured in a youth policy document published yesterday.’

SmithMartin Partnership – working with communities

Increase in childcare entitlement from 15 – 30 hours per week.

Image 1Children and Young People Now have published the latest from the government in doubling free universal childcare entitlement.

The government is to fast-track legislation to double free universal childcare entitlement to 30 hours a week. David Cameron says one of the first things his government will do is legislate to increase childcare provision.


In a speech in Stockton-on-Tees yesterday Prime Minister David Cameron confirmed that the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to expand the free entitlement to early education from 15 hours a week to 30 hours a week, will be included in the Queen’s Speech this month.

He said: “One of the first things we are going to do is to make sure that we legislate to help with childcare.

“I think for so many families in our country it’s absolutely essential that they get that help with childcare, so that people who want to work and want to work more hours or longer shifts, or more shifts to bring home more money, are able to do that.” ‘

SmithMartin Partnership – working to achieve good quality childcare.

Venturefest 2015, April 14th

Our Partnership will be exhibiting in the Social Business Hub of Venturefest East Midlands, in Nottingham, on Tuesday 14th April 2015.

Supporting the Social Business Hub visitors in their exploration of the newly emergent Social Business sector.

venturefestLogoWe will be working with Roger Moors of SEEM in Nottingham, our client, helping to create new pathways to social outcome for mainstream business. These outcomes are no longer the sole remit of the Third Sector in the UK, with many SME’s particularly, being interested in how they can build social outcome into their business profile, delivery and surplus generation.

We can help you achieve these aims.

We work collaboratively with a wide range of organisations across the UK, helping establish new projects and sustainable community business ideas in schools, children’s centres, charities, social business and community enterprises of all kinds.

We have a wealth of experience in business case development, business model exploration, budgeting and business plans – as well as expertise in ethical business operations, marketing and delivery.

We are particularly strong in the childcare, education and literacy sectors. Finding new ways to add value to traditional supply chains and helping to introduce new models of ‘learning and earning’ into traditional institutions and settings.

Bringing together the best of enterprise creation, third sector social gain and mediated management across our whole sector experience. We specialise, as a Partnership, in the following areas…

  • Social Business and Charity Development
  • Education, Early Years and Literacy
  • Funding and Governance Support
  • Web, New Media and original Content Creation

You can still register for your free ticket for Venturefest East Midlands 2015 in Nottingham here.

If you are passing the Social Business Hub, call and see how we might help your business ‘go social’. We’ll be pleased to see you.

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Tailor Made: How do community groups improve society?

 

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Supporting community, supporting society…

Research from the Community Development Foundation shows that vital contributions from small community groups are making huge benefits nationally to society.

Today sees the launch of a research project ‘Tailor Made: how community groups improve people’s lives’; from The Community Development Foundation.

The CDF have developed a specific micro-site, where the range of research into community group impact can be found. See more detail here.

‘Nearly all of the groups identified as being under the radar, are providing tailored services to their community with an income of less than £2,000 a year. With increasing pressure on public funding, we are using this research that demonstrates the important contribution that community groups make to society as a call to action to secure their future.

The research found that community groups are able to develop ‘tailor-made’ support for people in their communities. They complement statutory services because they have the flexibility to meet specific needs with groups of people or whole communities – providing bespoke support.

The types of outcomes of the work being carried out by these groups include:

  • building safer communities: They prevent crime, support victims of crime and support ex-offenders in rebuilding their lives
  • improving the physical environment: They maintain and improve the physical environment including parks, allotments and buildings
  • improving health and well-being: They tackle the wider causes of poor health and wellbeing such as poverty, housing, employment, crime, pollution and isolation
  • improving local economies:They provide training and support to help people into work. They also contribute to economic growth by supporting people to start small businesses and helping people to manage their money better so there is more to spend locally.’
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The community groups provide ‘lived experience’ of the issues they are working with which provides a unique insight to support other forms of knowledge. The trust gained by these groups makes people in communities more likely to come forward for help and support.

The research project can be viewed on Community Development Foundation website, as a downloadable document or as a series of chapters on the Tailor-Made research page.

It was jointly funded by The Community Development Foundation, Asda Foundation and Trust for London.

Sue Martin – SmithMartin Partnership LLP, Cambridge- building better communities

Social Incubator North now active…

seedlingPic44There is a new feeling of enterprise and social business generation abroad in the North of England.

Social Incubator North is now taking applications for the new fund, offering support, encouragement and practical assistance to entrepreneurs and nascent social businesses in the North.

 

The Fund offers…

  • On-going, specialist advice and support
  • Assistance with your staged development
  • Up to £25k of investment available with contacts to other investors
  • 80 hours of one to one development support
  • The opportunity to network and learn from peer groups

‘Social Incubator Fund is Government initiative that offers investment, bespoke business support and access to expertise to grow entrepreneurial ideas into glorious fruition.Its aim is to nurture social businesses from a grassroots level.

Social Incubator North received just over £1m from the UK-wide £10m Social Incubator Fund from the Big Lottery Fund on behalf of the Office for Civil Society. This was match funded by the delivery partners to create a total fund of just over £2m’.

You don’t need a fully formed idea to apply to the fund, just a competitive and innovative new idea. See more on the Social Incubator North web site here.

(Article by Tim Smith – Tim is a board member of SEEM, a regional partner in the Social Incubator North delivery framework).

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National Childcare Week

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Daycare Trust’s National childcare week is now in it’s 15th year and runs from 2nd July – 9th July, 2012.

This is a good time to celebrate with Daycare Trust on achievements in the provision and quality of childcare throughout the UK. Daycare Trust has campaigned tirelessly to ensure that children and families receive the best in childcare wherever they are. For many children growing up today, their time in nurseries and all types of childcare settings has given them a good start in life and provides a really strong foundation for learning.

 

SmithMartin Partnership has been supporting National Childcare Week for several years, and we are providing some great picture books to be presented to this year’s competition winners.

Childcare settings all over the country are taking part in events and activities to celebrate. It will be great to find out more from Daycare Trust when all the events have been recorded.

There’s a Big Breakfast Bonanza, which is a photographic competition and with categories like;

The Most Imaginative Breakfast… The most Dad’s at a Big Breakfast…. and the most grandparents at a Big Breakfast it promises to be lots of fun.

National Childcare Week is sponsored by Care.com and Good Care Guide and sponsors for the prizes include SmithMartin Partnership LLP and Community Playthings.

Congratulations to Daycare Trust on another year of campaigning, and supporting all involved in the deliery of high quality childcare.

SmithMartin Partnership LLP – Broadening horizons in communities

A Better Beginning:
Easing the Cost of Childcare

eveAn interesting report from The Social Market Foundation explores a new way to support the affordability of formal childcare for working parents.

It is based on a similar approach to the student loans model and aims to spread the load of childcare costs over a longer period of time.

The advantages for parents would be that the significant costs of childcare would be lessened immediately, and may well enable parents to continue in working arrangements without the worry of escalating childcare costs.

For the government there would be no cost and it would bolster incentives to work, helping to make work pay, as well as the drive to ensure the access to high quality early years care and education.

This would seem to be a solution to families who are in long term employment and have a foreseeable future in their careers. It could be a positive step in ensuring that childcare costs can be calculated into their budgets over time.

It will be interesting to see if it is an option for part time and casual employment, or is an incentive to start looking for work in an environment where being unable to pay in the short term is the main driver to making the decision to return to work or not.

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The Social Market Foundation, a think tank developing innovative ideas on social and economic policy.

Sue Martin