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Agenda Item No

 

The Vale of Glamorgan Council

 

Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee: 8th February, 2012

 

Report of the Voluntary Sector

 

Additional Funds Brought into the Vale by Voluntary Sector

 

Purpose of the Report

1.             To inform the Committee of the outside funding brought into the Vale by local third sector organisations.

Recommendations

1.             That the Voluntary Sector Joint Liaison Committee receive and note the amount of funding from outside sources brought into the Vale of Glamorgan by the local third sector.

2.             That Partners take into consideration the impact that cuts to their third sector grants/financial support have on the ability of the sector to bring in additional funding to support vital services for the area.

3.             That the report be referred to Cabinet for information.

Reasons for the 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

Background

2.             Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) has a database of more than 31,000 third sector organisations in Wales of which 29, 000 operate at a local level, with approximately 1,200 here in the Vale of Glamorgan. Vale Centre for Voluntary Services has a membership of just under 500 with many more groups accessing its services.  The Welsh third sector covers a wide range of organisations, from local fundraising groups to national charities with incomes of over £100million.

3.             There are currently 51,000 paid posts in the third sector in Wales, equivalent to 2.6% of all employees in Wales and one seventh of the public sector workforce.  So the sector is a significant employer and could become more significant in the future through a greater role in public service delivery.

4.             However the contribution of the third sector cannot simply be measured through financial means or conventional economic data or the numbers of employees that it has.  As an industry, the third sector is underpinned by a shadow labour force of volunteers.  The time given by volunteers has an estimated value of £1.6 billion.  The Vale Volunteer Bureau produces an annual report in which the economic value of volunteering for the Vale of Glamorgan is calculated and this currently stands at over £28 million. If we combine the value of volunteers with the income of the third sector in Wales, the third sector generates 7% of the GDP of Wales.  This is similar to the contribution of the construction industry in Wales.

5.             The third sector is not just a significant employer both nationally and locally, contributing to GDP, economic development and renewal, it brings wider benefits, benefits which flow from its business model: namely to operate for community benefit, informed by social goals and not for profit. The third sector fills the space between the public and the private sector, often reaching the parts and understanding the needs of citizens and customers in the way that the public sector and private enterprise find challenging.

Relevant Issues and Options

6.             The third sector in Wales and the Vale recognises the pressures on public finance.  It has already experienced cutbacks, and many organisations are taking their own action to achieve savings.  But the sector already provides real value for its public sector funding.  The Welsh Government’s direct funding for the sector amounts to less than 2% of its annual expenditure.  This is a tiny part of its budget, but it is a vital contribution to a sector that in turn is generating services and activities for local people and communities. 

7.             Each year VCVS undertakes a survey of its membership to ascertain the amount of funding that has been brought into the Vale of Glamorgan by local groups from external sources of grant aid.  This can be from sources as small as the Roger Vore Foundation to the larger players such as the BIG Lottery Fund.  VCVS works closely with local organisations to help them to maximize their success in gaining such funding through a variety of workshops, surgeries, training courses and one to one support. For the three year period from 2008 – 2011 groups reported back to VCVS that they had brought in an additional income to the Vale of Glamorgan of over £1.3 million.  A fantastic return on grant funding invested in the third sector by the Local Authority and Health Board.  However this is not the full picture, the questionnaire that we send out annually has only a 22% rate of form return, from this we conservatively estimate the full figure to be in excess of £3 million over this period.

8.             Some  examples of the sort of organisation and amount of funding achieved:

BarriVale Community Aid – VCVS provided assistance on two occasions to enable this organisation to apply to Awards for All Wales for a grant to enable their elderly members (age range 70 to 90+) to go on a short break holiday. The first application was unsuccessful so further  advice on how to complete the form and what information was required were provided. The second application was successful and the group received an award for £2,600.

 

WRVS Colcot Darby and Joan Club – VCVS carried out a funding search for the organisation to identify potential funders to enable their members aged 70 to 90+ to go on day trips and to pay for entertainment at their weekly meetings. A total of 42 funders were identified and a successful bid was made to the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust and a grant of £680 was awarded to pay for visiting speakers and musicians.

 

Cowbridge United Free Church – VCVS arranged for the organisation to attend a VCVS’ funding surgery with Heritage Lottery Funding to discuss the refurbishment of the church. As a result of this meeting they were successful with their application and received £100k which enabled them to provide community facilities.

 

Holy Trinity Presbyterian Church – VCVS carried out a funding search for the organisation to identify potential funders to enable them to complete the demolition of their Church Hall and to build a new Church/Community Hall. Ten potential funders were identified including the Community Facilities and Activities Programme (CFAP). A successful application was made to CFAP which resulted in a grant for £97k being awarded.

9.             Cardiff & Vale Rescue Association (CAVRA) – VCVS carried out a funding search for the organisation to identify potential funders for their work.  Thirty potential funders were identified and successful bids were made to Coutts Bank, Roger Vore Foundation, Jane Hodge Foundation and Awards for All.

10.        Penarth Arts & Crafts – VCVS arranged for the organisation to attend a VCVS funding surgery with BBC Children In Need.  As a result of this meeting they were successful with their application and received over £20k towards their educational programme.

Resource Implications (Financial and Employment and Climate Change, if appropriate)

11.        The grant aid that the Local Authority and the Health Board have invested in the local third sector has provided at least a £1.3 million return, bringing much needed additional funding into the communities of the Vale of Glamorgan and helping to support the services delivered by partners in each agency.

12.        Partners in the Health Board and Local Authority are asked to bear in mind the knock on implications of funding cuts to local organisations who often use their funding as a match to bring in additional resources from outside agencies and grant making bodies.

Legal Implications (to Include Human Rights Implications)

13.        There are no direct implications as a result of this report.

Crime and Disorder Implications

14.        There are no direct implications as a result of this report.

Equal Opportunities Implications (to include Welsh Language issues)

15.        There are no direct implications as a result of this report.

Contact Officer

Rachel Connor, Executive Director of VCVS

 

Responsible Officer:

Rachel Connor, Executive Director of VCVS

 

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