Voluntary & Community Sector (VCS) Development Scheme 2009-2011 (LDA/ESF Technical Assistance) was aimed at strengthening the capacity of the VCS by providing a range of information materials, workshops and individual tailor made support in accessing resources and developing business plans.
PQP-Promoting Quality & Performance 2008-2010 (London Councils) provided support in strengthening and developing the Voluntary and Community Sector (VCS) organizations. TheTechnical Assistance programme (PQP) was designed to enable third sector organisations to compete for ESF funding in London; improve the quality of employment and training services delivered by third sector providers funded by ESF; provide strategic support to the third sector (ESF programme-wide intelligence), and provide basic operational level support (practical guidance around project set up, management and monitoring).
This support was delivered through a range of methods, including one-to-one face to face and telephone advice, workshops/group training sessions, online policy and topic-based briefings and information bulletins, mentoring, networking events, study visits and online training and third sector employer directories. Approximately 100 organisations were engaged and benefitted from the support - some achieved quality marks such as matrix and others successfully applied for a variety of funding streams.
As part of the legacy of the PQP project, a Quality Toolkit is freely available to all VCS organisations offering templates, sample policies and useful links:
SKEIN Skills for Economic Inclusion Network 2005-2007 (LSC) was a network of over 3,000 organisations with members from all 33 London boroughs. The project offered: regular E-bulletins, 1-1 advice surgeries, ongoing technical support, events and workshops and partnership brokerage. LTEN recruited the participation of over 200 organisations pan London; over 300 organisations attended specialist workshops and events orgnised by us and many went to on to become our members, delivery partners or associates.