South West

NOMS CFO Consortia Building, London, Bristol, Birmingham, Leeds

Tuesday 6th March 2012 - Wednesday 14th March 2012

Join NOMS (National Offender Management Service) at a series of FREE events on consortia building with the social enterprise sector.

“More than the Sum” is part of NOMS social enterprise programme to help small and medium sized  enterprises (SMEs) in England participate in the delivery of services for ex-offenders by supporting the creation and development of consortiums.

Taking place in London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds, these events will:

• explain the programme objectives in more detail,
• outline the time frame and actions
• describe the technical and other support that will be offered to assist potential bidders.
• facilitate initial networking opportunity
• provide the opportunity to meet with prime providers and other specialists.

NOMS (National Offender Management Service)

Learning to speak again at 37…seven years later and I’m back in work

Seven years ago Andy Martin, 44, from Mawnan Smith near Falmouth, had two strokes and a cardiac arrest which left him hospitalised for five months and with lifelong speech and sight impairments.

Andy, who had previously been an Operations Manager at a book factory, was initially unable to speak and didn’t think he would ever get back into paid work.

Fast forward to 2014 and Andy is celebrating his first paid job as a Café Assistant at the family run Cornish Maid Café in Mawnan Smith. He is a likeable, hardworking and highly respected member of the team and the local community.

Andy told us “I was in hospital for five months. I had to learn to speak again from scratch. I ended up going home to live with my Mum and Step-Dad here in Mawnan Smith.

547 job applications, unemployed and depressed…now I have turned my life around.

Robin tells his story for World Mental Health Day

Robin Boness, a 60 year old Security Officer from Torquay, is a successful, motivated and respected employee working for Frontline Total Security Ltd.

However, rewind one year and it was a completely different story. Isolated and in the very depths of despair, Robin was fighting a battle with severe depression due to long-term unemployment.

Friday 10th October is World Mental Health day. One in four people in the UK every year will experience a mental health issue which can include conditions such as depression, anxiety and obsessive compulsive disorder. Robin is telling his story to raise awareness of the vital role work had to play in his recovery to mental wellbeing.

Pluss wins national Charity Times award

Social enterprise Pluss was recently bestowed with the national Social Champion Award at the Charity Times Awards.

The awards are in their fifteenth year and are the pre-eminent celebration of best practice in the UK charity and not-for-profit sector. The judges said Pluss had “Impressive growth, impressive impact based on a clear vision. This is a very impressive winner.”

The Social Champion Award is given to a Social Enterprise that can show how they have consistently delivered outstanding service to the end-beneficiaries, promoted and raised its cause, been clear in its social changing goals, strategy and vision and demonstrated excellence all round.

Social Enterprise Cleans Up - Car Valeting with a Difference

Cleaning Up

 Up to seventy cars cleaned a week generates up to £900 while “we train people with disabilities in job-ready skills”.

Rod Burnett, Development Manager at Pluss is rightly proud of the Future Clean service offered by their social enterprise at an Exeter car park. “Our quality and pricing attracts custom. We do get a lot of repeat business, around 50%, and provide loyalty cards so we can track how popular our service is".

“We have developed a low start-up cost Social Franchise,” continued Rod explaining how the service is growing out of Exeter and other Devon car parks into both the north and the east of the country and into cleaning mobility aids and hospital beds. “The operating system is beautiful in its simplicity, huge on ingenuity and environmental gains”.

Co-operative and Community Finance - job advert


£22,221 to £25,472 p.a. pro-rata 21 Hours/Week - Permanent

 Co-operative and Community Finance provide loan finance for co-operatives and community businesses. We are the longest established Community Development Finance Institution (CDFI) in the UK, successfully combining risk lending with financial sustainability.

We are looking for a new Financial Administrator to join our Bristol office and provide accounting, administrative and clerical support to the staff team within a social finance lending environment.

From our Head Office in central Bristol you will be at the heart of the organisation and the CDFI industry, and have an important role within the co-operative movement. You will be central to the delivery of our service package and administrative and information systems to the staff team, the Board of Trustees, borrowers and client organisations.

Coming to a region near you - NOMS regional tour

Thursday 12th May 2011 - Wednesday 22nd June 2011

 In conjunction with Concilium and the regional social enterprise networks NOMS are organising a series of events designed to encourage and facilitate dialogue between NOMS and the sector.

Each event will aim to produce a clear action plan that will seek to ensure that social enterprise has a strong voice within NOMS and a clear way in which to engage.

NOMS want to encourage as much participation as possible from the sector and see this as just the start. We want diversity in size, focus and history – even if you are a new and developing enterprise, please get involved.


Transition Fund Briefing Event South West

Tuesday 14th December 2010, 10:00am - 12:00pm

 The Cabinet Office has launched a new £100million Transition Fund to help the charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises that are affected by public spending cuts to make necessary adjustments so that they can continue to play an important part in public service reform and the Big Society Agenda.

The Transition Fund will help civil society organisations which deliver high quality public services to be more resilient, agile and able to take opportunities presented by a changing funding environment.

The Office for Civil Society has appointed BIG Fund (non-Lottery funding operation of the Big Lottery Fund) to administer the fund. This briefing is for civil society organisations which meet the criteria below and are interested in applying to the Transition Fund.

The event is open to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises which meet the following criteria:

Ministry of Justice Funding Opps


The MoJ's National Offender Management Service (NOMS) has announced two new funding opportunities (each totalling £200k) for social enterprises in England to develop creative approaches to service delivery.

If you could deliver a supervision model incorporating skills and employability training in a work environment or could create training and work opportunities within the sustainable/green sector, then check out the full details and click here.


Social Media for Civil Society, Penzance

Friday 12th November 2010, 9:00am - 4:00pm

Social enterprise organisation Social Traders has created a unique one day marketing programme to help charities, social enterprises and voluntary organisation improve the marketing of their services and engage directly with customers and supported.

The programme will focus on the use of social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Slideshare, Wordpress, Google and YouTube.

This programme is for people with responsibility or interest in marketing their organisation. Organisations with an agreed marketing plan will benefit most from participation and a basic working knowledge of the internet/email is required.


Social Traders