Agenda and minutes

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Apologies for Absence


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor Brett, Councillor Dearnley, Councillor Stott, Dianne Gardner, Sue Hennessey, Alistair Sheldrick and Mohammed Miah




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To consider the minutes of the meeting held on 13th September 2018.




That the Minutes of the meeting of the Voluntary Sector Partnership held on 13th September 2018 be approved as a correct record.


Update on New Infrastructure Organisation

To consider an update on the new infrastructure organisation.


The Chair provided an update on the progress being made with regard to the new infrastructure organisation.


Three bids had been submitted during the tender process with two going forward to interview stage.


The emphasis for the new provider would be on training and support, grant funding, sustainability, bid writing and applications.


Interviews would be held on 23rd November 2018 and it was hoped that the contract would be awarded in mid-December with a view to the new service going from live from 1st April 2019.


There would be a more in depth update at the next meeting of the Partnership where it was hoped that the new provider would be in attendance.




That the update on the new infrastructure organisation be noted.



Volunteering Update

To consider an update on volunteering.


Phil Greenwood gave an update on the volunteering project that had been running since January 2018 and had previously been hosted by CVS.


There were around 350/400 live volunteering opportunities that could be accessed through the “Do it” website.


Partnership members had an opportunity to ask questions about the volunteering project.




That Phil Greenwood be thanked for the update on the volunteering project.




Funding Update

To consider an update on funding.


The Chair referred to a proposal relating to Community Centre funding that had been approved by Cabinet on 30th October 2018.


Since the proposals had been published, there had been a number of representations about them and the Chair indicated that following discussion with the Leader of the Council that a revised proposal would be being put forward.


The revised proposal would still mean a 50% reduction in Year 1 of the savings proposal but not as big a reduction in Year 2 as originally proposed and the transition funding would still be included to assist with the reduction in budgets. It was envisaged the application process for transition funding would be similar to applications for Township Funding, not overcomplicated and should be aligned to Council Priorities.


Community Centre representatives had the opportunity to raise matters about the proposed savings proposal.


The revised proposal was currently being worked upon so the exact details and how it would be approved would be circulated in due course.




That the funding update be noted.


Date of the Next Meeting

To note that the next meeting of the Voluntary Sector Partnership will

be on Thursday 21st February 2019 commencing at 10.00am at Number One Riverside.




That the next meeting of the Voluntary Sector Partnership be held on 21st February 2019 at 10am and that the main topic for discussion be the new infrastructure provider.


Also, that items for future meetings be as follows:

·         Asylum Seeker and Refugee Project Update (Alistair Sheldrick);

·         Universal Credit (Molly Brown/Jonathan Yates);