Voluntary sector development team

The voluntary sector development team forms part of Nottinghamshire County Council’s youth service.

Our team covers the seven districts in Nottinghamshire working to support voluntary sector organisations that work primarily with children and young people between the ages of 4-19 (or up to 25 for looked after young people or disabled young people).

The service is free to access for any organisation that falls into the criteria above. Support is offered to organisations at any stage in their development.

The team holds a wide range of knowledge and experience in working with children and young people in various different settings. It also forms part of the youth service extended leadership team, which ensures the team remain up to date with the most recent professional updates related to working with children and young people.

The best way our team can support you is for you to get in touch and discuss your needs in detail. This way, we can put together a support plan to support you where we can.

Phone: 01623 411 300

Email voluntarysectordevelopmentteam@nottscc.gov.uk

Please let us know which district your organisation operates in so we can allocate the worker best suited to your area:

  • Vickie Dolby: Gedling, Newark and Sherwood
  • Linda Mellors: Mansfield, Ashfield, Bassetlaw
  • Danielle Metcalf: Rushcliffe, Broxtowe

 

 

Our team offer detailed support and development plans that are tailored to the needs of your organisation. This can cover a range of support ranging from establishing a brand-new project, through to supporting professional updates for well-established organisations.

A support and development plan will involve working directly with you to ensure we can put a suitable package of support together based on your aims and outcomes of your organisation or project.   

The areas that we can support include:

Policy development

A significant part of the support that we offer revolves around the development of Policies and Procedures. As a team, we have a breadth of experience in planning and delivering services to children and young people. Our team sits within Nottinghamshire County Council's Youth Service, and has access to local, regional and national professional updates in relation to services for children and young people. It is our role to ensure that this information is passed onto the voluntary sector to maintain a benchmark for quality and safety of services.

Part of this support is to offer our ‘Policy Checklist’, which acts as a useful tool for organisations to use for getting their policies and procedures in place. It will cover the types of policies you need. This will not only ensure that your project is safe for your service users, but also ensure that your organisation looks attractive to potential funders if applying for funding.

DBS Checks

It is important that all of those working directly with children and young people on a regular basis have an adequate ‘enhanced’ DBS check in place. This applies to volunteers and paid staff. Our team offers DBS checks through the Nottinghamshire Disclosure and Barring Service.

We support with the entire process, including applying for a DBS check, ID checking, and one to one support with the online system if required. If you require support with accessing a DBS check, please contact us for more information and prices.

Training

As part of Nottinghamshire County Council's Youth Service, our training team offers a range of ‘Youth Work’ based training to voluntary sector organisations.

As a team, we are able to provide suitable training information and opportunities to voluntary groups specifically aimed at Youth and Play provision.

Prices and availability vary, so please contact us for more information.

Committee Management

Part of the support available is guidance on effective committee/project management. We can offer a range of guidance on all the following areas:

  • Safer Recruitment Processes
  • Creating a constitution
  • Programme planning
  • Consultation and promotion
  • Support with funding applications

Our ‘Voluntary Sector Team Newsletter’ is one of our most useful resources for our contacts to access. The newsletter is sent out on a fortnightly basis on email and includes the information our team receive that may be useful for the voluntary sector.

The newsletter also provides opportunities for networking. A lot of the information included is provided by voluntary sector organisations within Nottinghamshire. You do not need to be in receipt of any support from our team to be on the mailing list, so please get in touch if you would like to receive the newsletter: voluntarysectordevelopmentteam@nottscc.gov.uk

The Nottinghamshire Children and Young People’s Voluntary Sector Partnership (NCYPVSP) is a partnership between Nottinghamshire County Council and the voluntary sector. The partnership was created to establish and strengthen the working relationship between Nottinghamshire County Council and voluntary sector organisations across Nottinghamshire County.

The partnership aims to promote networking, provide professional updates in the youth and play sector, and to maintain a standard in services for children and young people across both the public and voluntary sector. The partnership members come from a range of targeted and open access services for children and young people.

Voluntary sector organisations within the county who provide youth and play services are welcome to join the partnership. If you are interested in getting involved, please get in touch: voluntarysectordevelopmentteam@nottscc.gov.uk

 

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