Agenda Item No.
THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN COUNCIL
CABINET: 15TH FEBRUARY, 2012
REFERENCE FROM VOLUNTARY SECTOR JOINT LIAISON COMMITTEE: 8TH FEBRUARY, 2012
“ ADDITIONAL FUNDS BROUGHT INTO THE VALE BY THE VOLUNTARY SECTOR (VS) -
The report by the Executive Director of the Vale Council for Voluntary Services (VCVS) informed Members of the outside funding brought into the Vale by local Third Sector organisations. The database operated by the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) indicated that 29,000 Third Sector organisations operated at a local level with approximately 1,200 within the Vale of Glamorgan. As indicated in the Vale Volunteer Bureau Annual Report, the economic value of volunteering within the Vale currently stood at over £28m. The Third Sector was not just a significant employer both nationally and locally, contributing to GDP, economic development and renewal but it brought wider benefits filling the space between public and private sector, often reaching the parts and understanding the needs of citizens and customers in a way that the public sector and private enterprise found challenging. The Third Sector recognised the pressures on public finance and had already experienced cut backs with many organisations themselves taking action to achieve savings. It was noted that the Welsh Government's direct funding for the Sector amounted to less than 2% of its annual expenditure.
Each year VCVS undertook surveys of its membership to ascertain the amount of funding which had been brought into the Vale of Glamorgan by local groups from external grant aid. Between 2008 and 2011 groups reported back to VCVS that they had brought in an additional income to the Vale of Glamorgan of over £1.3m. Attention was drawn to the fact, however, that less than 25% of the questionnaires were returned from which it could be extrapolated that the full figure might be in excess of over £3m. over the period. Examples of the sort of organisation and the amount of funding achieved were contained within the report as outlined below:
Barry Vale Community Aid - an organisation arranging short break holidays for elderly persons - awarded £2.6k.
WRVS Colcot Darby and Joan Club - day trips and entertainment at weekly meetings - awarded £680.
Cowbridge United Free Church - refurbishment of the church to provide community facilities- awarded £100k.
Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church - to complete the demolition of the church hall and to construct a new church/community hall - awarded £97k.
Cardiff and Vale Rescue Association (CAVRA) - four funders attracted to forward their work
Penarth Arts and Crafts - funding towards their educational programme - £20k.
The Executive Director referred to the efforts made by Third Sector bodies to attract external funding and stressed the importance of Partners “pump-priming” such bodies.
(1) T H A T the report and the amount of funding from outside sources brought into the Vale by the local Third Sector be noted.
(2) T H A T Partners take into consideration the impact that cuts to their Third Sector grants/financial support would have on the ability of the Sector to bringing in additional funding to support vital services for the area.
(3) T H A T the report be referred to Cabinet for information.
Reason for recommendations
(1-3) To demonstrate the important role that the Third Sector has in generating Wales GDP and its ability to bring in additional finances to the local economy.”
Attached at Appendix A - Report submitted to the Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee