December 2, 2011
Mutuo, a not-for-profit society that supports the creation of new mutual organisations, has published a mutual business detector. The detector is designed to provide an initial indication of whether it will be possible to “spin out” a council service into a new mutual organisation.
The council have been involved in the development of the detector, having piloted the approach with a number of council services. It isn’t intended to provide a definitive answer as to whether a service should spin out, but does provide an indication of where the service does have a fit with a mutual approach and where there are challenges that would need to be overcome.
The test looks at a number of factors related to the service centred around three categories:
The detector is available on the Mutuo website and includes full instructions of what to do. Using the detector shouldn’t take any more than 15 minutes so it really is a quick and simple tool.
October 17, 2011
The Social Action Fund is a new grant fund of over £20 million managed by Social Investment Business on behalf of the government.
The fund aims to inspire organisations to create new social action opportunities through people giving what they have, be that their time, their money, or their assets, knowledge and skills.
The Fund aims to support social action in three areas:
1. Social action in the community – projects that will encourage people to come together in their neighbourhoods to support each other
2. Social action inspired by the Olympics and Paralympics – projects that will capitalise on the momentum and enthusiasm generated to by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympics Games to create a legacy of social action.
3. Social action for all ages – projects that motivate people across all generations to get involved in volunteering and charitable giving – from school children and students, to working professionals and those near or of retirement age.
The Social Action Fund is open to applications to fund social action projects in England from civil society organisations, public sector bodies and businesses with a track record of delivering social action programmes. The organisations must have operated for more than 2 years and have a minimum turnover of £100k. Check out the website for more details and the application form.
October 13, 2011
NHS Lambeth have just launched a new fund aimed at increasing timebanking activity in Lambeth. Timebanking is one of the incentives that could contribute to the cooperative council, and can be a way of encouraging involvement of residents in running public services.
Timebanking is a form of volunteering which is effective at strengthening communities and social networks. It is being used by the public sector as one way of delivering preventive services that are designed and delivered in partnership with residents.
Timebanking recognises all people as having valuable skills and resources that can contribute to building a stronger community, as well as build up their individual skills. There are several models of delivery, but they all take the same approach: mutuality and reciprocity. Participants ‘deposit’ their time in the bank by giving practical help and support to others and are able to ‘withdraw’ their time when they need something done themselves. Timebanking is considered a key approach to supporting a different social and economic model – where work that does not normally have an economic value is rewarded and appreciated.
There is a Time Bank development workshop on Monday 17th October at YMCA Stockwell, King Georges House, 40 -46 Stockwell Rd, SW9 9ES from 4.30 – 7.00pm where you can find out more about timebanking and this fund. If you are interested in attending, please contact Natalie Sutherland (Natalie.Sutherland@lambethpct.nhs.uk, 020 3049 4268) to confirm your place. Natalie can also provide the application pack and form with further details on the new fund.
If anyone is looking to try to find ways to involve people in their activities they should consider whether timebanking can support this and to go to the workshop!