BRADFORD Council and Bradford Craven CCG District have appointed two local consortia to support its vital program of supporting and enhancing voluntary, community and social enterprises.

Following the conclusion of a procurement process at the end of 2021, the successful bidders are two local consortia, “Here4BDCC” and “Network Central”. The contract will run for three years from April with an option to extend for another two years, subject to performance.

The value of the new contract is £767,000 per year and merges existing grants.

Councilor Abdul Jabar, Neighborhoods and Community Safety Portfolio Holder, said: “Following the extensive consultation with community organizations in the districts and our desire to provide one-stop contracts for community organization and resident support, these contracts will provide a single point of contact for those who want to develop and sustain the valuable local services offered in our neighborhoods.

“The support offered from April 2022 will improve collaboration between organizations providing services and increase the sector’s ability to become more self-reliant.”

In 2019, an independent review was commissioned to assess the effectiveness of supporting existing VCSE sector infrastructure in the Bradford district. The offering at the VCSE in Bradford needed to be robust, co-designed and ‘fit for purpose’ in a new and changing landscape.

The six areas of work came from what had worked before and new areas of work that needed support in the new contract.

Here 4 BDCC – a consortium of Bradford District and Craven Communities led by Community Action Bradford and District in partnership with Participate, VCS Alliance and HALE will provide:

• Capacity building: development of people, leaders, governance, capacity and organizational skills

• Insight and Information: Central to this area of ​​work will be ensuring that there is an accurate and user-friendly database of VCSE organizations that is linked to key systems used by utilities and that there is a website one stop shop for online information and resources

• Citizen engagement: to build on existing approaches to engagement and co-production with people and communities. A wide range of engagement activities and asset-based approaches must be available to ensure effective participation of people and communities

• Voice and Influence: to promote the voice and influence of the VCSE sector and their collective effort. Establish partnership structures/networks to bring together public sector services and VCSEs. This area would include support around equalities and diversity.

• Promotion: volunteering includes recruitment, training, database management, promotion of volunteering opportunities in the public, voluntary and commercial sectors.

A spokesperson for Here 4 BDCC said: “Community Action Bradford & District, HALE, Participate Projects and The VCS Alliance have come together to place the communities of Bradford and Craven District at the heart of the voluntary, community and social. We are honored to have been selected to deliver such a large contract for the not-for-profit sector in Bradford and District with Craven and are excited to get started. This contract allows our consortium to continue to provide much-needed services to local groups that help communities thrive. We have big plans for how this support will be provided over the next 3 years, so watch this space.

“We would like to thank the Commissioners of Bradford Council and Bradford District and Craven CCG for their hard work behind the scenes and for believing in our vision of a brighter Bradford District.”

Network Central – CNet-led consortium with Race Equality Network and Bradford Impact Hub will provide:

• Sustainability: to develop skills and knowledge of the fundraising capabilities of the VCSE organization, introducing and enhancing the tools, techniques and practical support available to become self-sufficient.

A Network Central spokesperson said: “We are delighted to be implementing the Building Sustainability and Business Development Program with our partners Impact Hub and Race Equality Network. We look forward to working with and supporting the VCSE sector in exploring investment, funding and skills development opportunities. This will be done in collaboration with VCS partners and the public sector through co-design. »

Ali Jan Haider, Director of Integrated Health and Care, Bradford District & Craven CCG, said: “We are delighted to be working with Bradford Council to support the transformation of infrastructure support at VCSE. Local VCSE organizations are crucial in the delivery of our health and wellness programs. VCSE organizations often have trusted relationships with communities that can help us better understand people’s lives and experiences, which is critical to improving health outcomes. Integrated work with the VCSE is undoubtedly the way forward as it ensures a joint approach to shaping, improving, delivering and monitoring the effectiveness of services.

“The new infrastructure support model will meet the needs of the VCSE sector in the future, support our partnership ambitions and enable local communities to play an active role in the co-design and delivery of healthcare services.