Jane Slowey Memorial Membership Programme

Thursday, 13 September, 2018

The Jane Slowey Memorial Membership Programme will provide expert support, guidance, advice and mentoring for women who are aspiring CEOs, or are in their first two years as a CEO for a charity or social enterprise. Priority will be given to women who are under 45, from BAME backgrounds and/or who have a disability. Fundraising has begun to get the programme up and running. A target of £10,000 will be raised to provide 16 ACEVO Jane Slowey memorial memberships.

The programme will run in total for four years (each time for two years) assisting a total of 16 aspiring or new CEOs (each time for eight individuals). Cohort One will participate in the programme from Jan 2019 to December 2020, and Cohort Two will participate from Jan 2021 to December 2022.


Recipients of the Jane Slowey memorial programme will receive:

  • The full range of ACEVO member benefits, including:
    • 1-2-1 support services
    • Coaching with Henley Business School
    • CEO in Crisis service
    • Local CEO forums
    • Governance advice line
    • Special interest groups
    • New member lunches
    • Discounted workplace meditation service
    • Policy publications and reports
    • Weekly Leader to Leader email
    • Free and discounted ACEVO publications
    • Free personal development planning
    • Recommended reading and viewing
    • Discounted Emerging Leaders Programme
    • Understanding your costs financial tool
    • Discounted Coaching for Excellence programme
    • Discounted Leadership learning workshops
    • Practical tools and resources on leadership
  • A mentor - eight charity CEOs will mentor the first cohorts throughout the two-year programme. The first cohort will become the mentors for the second cohort in 2021. Mentors for the first group include:
    • Rosie Ferguson, chief executive, Gingerbread
    • Charlotte Hill, chief executive, Step Up To Serve
    • Matt Hyde, chief executive, The Scouts
    • Matt Stevenson-Dodd, chief executive, Street League
    • Thomas Lawson, chief executive, Leap Confronting Conflict
    • Nick Wilkie, chief executive, NCT
    • Helen Marshall, chief executive, Brook
    • Rosemary Watt-Wyness, chief executive, London Youth
  • Four learning/networking/training days with fellow cohorts
  • Two annual dinners with fellow cohorts, hosted by Prospectus.


  • Applications are open between 3 Sept to 30 Nov 2018.
  • Applicants must submit a complete application form, cv and cover letter (no more than 500 words) to natalie.westerman[at]acevo.org[dot]uk explaining why you would like to receive a Jane Slowey memorial membership, with a focus on how you envisage this programme helping you to meet your personal and professional goals or develop new skills which could strengthen your impact as a leader.
  • Applicants must be female.
  • Priority will be given to women under 45, those from BAME backgrounds and/or women with a disability.

Applications will be assessed by ACEVO and approved by the steering committee which comprises:

  • Rosie Ferguson, CEO, Gingerbread
  • David Gold, CEO, Prospectus
  • Bethia McNeil, director, The Centre for Youth Impact
  • Vicky Browning, CEO, ACEVO

To find out more, to apply, and to donate to the Jane Slowey Memorial Membership Programme, visit: https://www.acevo.org.uk/jane-slowey-programme

Mind and Agenda launch the Women’s Mental Health Peer Support Programme

Monday, 10 September, 2018

Mind, the leading mental health charity in England and Wales, and Agenda, the alliance for women and girls at risk, are delighted to announce that their £1.3m women’s mental health peer support grants programme is open to applications, with a closing date of 15 October.

The programme responds to the needs of women experiencing disadvantage, particularly those experiencing multiple disadvantages, who are frequently under-represented in services.

Covering England and Wales, the programme aims to fund:

  • Organisations to facilitate peer support initiatives with women experiencing or at risk of multiple forms of disadvantage.
  • Capacity building, knowledge, and networking and influencing ‘Hubs’ to support and promote delivery of women’s mental health peer support
  • Find out more and how to apply on our website here where you can also sign up to attend a face-to-face information session – seven are being held across England and Wales - and to take part in live webinars.

Sign up now – Thrive at Work Wellbeing Trial

Thursday, 2 August, 2018

A healthy and happy team is a productive one.
Employers have a clear interest in reducing the illhealth of their employees. An average sized firm with 250 employees is estimated to make a loss of £250,000 annually, due to sickness absenteeism. Promoting wellbeing can prevent problems from escalating and help create positive working environments where individuals and organisations can thrive.
When we invest in keeping our team healthy, not only do they thrive, but their productivity soars, they have better engagement, and their happiness is elevated; everyone wins.

We invite you to participate in the evaluation of the Wellbeing Premium Programme.
West Midlands Combined Authority has been asked by the government to carry out, in partnership with RAND Europe, Warwick Medical School and Warwick Business School, an evaluation of the effectiveness of a programme to help Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) to improve the health and wellbeing of their employees.

We would like to invite your organisation to take part in a randomised control trial which is designed to establish the extent to which receiving a financial grant and/or guidance and a toolkit, results in employers doing more to support the health and wellbeing of their employees.
Not all organisations will receive a financial grant however all organisations will receive the Thrive at Work Commitment with criteria and guidelines on creating a workplace that promotes employee health and wellbeing and a supporting toolkit of local and national resources, policies and services to make it clear and easy for you to take positive action to improve health and wellbeing.

Further details regarding the trial can be found in the clickable documents below.

What will be the benefit to participating organisations?
Evidence suggests that organisations can see a financial benefit from investing in employee health and wellbeing through reduced sickness absence, staff turnover, improved productivity and job satisfaction.
In addition, all organisations will have the chance to receive a Thrive at Work Wellbeing Awards and be celebrated at an awards ceremony if they achieve the Thrive at Work Commitment.

How to let us know if you can take part
If you would like to sign your organisation up to take part in this research evaluation we would be delighted to hear from you. Please register your interest via the Thrive at Work website at wmca.org.uk/thriveatwork or by completing the enclosed reply form and returning it to us in the pre-paid envelope provided by 27 July 2018.
Should your organisation have any queries regarding the evaluation please do not hesitate to contact The Wellbeing Premium Team on 0121 214 7042 or by email to wellbeingpremiumtrial[at]wmca.org[dot]uk

Click to download:
Brief Information Leaflet
Detailed Information Sheet
Reply Form


External evaluator needed

Thursday, 2 August, 2018

USE-IT Partnership is looking for an external evaluator to:

  • Provide an independent evaluation of our work,
  • Conduct an impact assessment (social added value)
  • Record participant journeys
  • To support the Project’s Challenge Panel.

We are looking for an on-going flexible relationship that would enrich our offer and be in line with the R&D approach this project has taken. We would like the reports to be written with multiple audiences in mind (communities and local organisations, local and national authorities, international agencies, the European Commission and other relevant organisations) and be presented in a visually attractive way suitable for paper publications as well as websites, social media and other platforms (infographics, photos, diagrams, etc).

Bids from consortia are welcome. If you can’t apply, please share this email with your networks.

Please note, only bids sent through the In-tend portal will be accepted. Registration and use of in-tend is free. All correspondence for this procurement process must be via the in-tend correspondence function. If you are unable to register with in-tend please either email us at cps[at]birmingham.gov[dot]uk or call 0121 464 8000.

If you are interested in tendering please click on the following link to access the Council’s tender Portal: https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc/ and submit your details to register as a bidder. We will send you a log on and password so you can download the quotation documentation.

Your completed quotation documentation should be returned by noon on 28 August 2018 via the ‘in-tend’ system https://in-tendhost.co.uk/birminghamcc


Breakfast Club Take 2 – spotlight on Stourbridge Fire Service. 

Monday, 30 July, 2018

Local charity Camphill Village Trust (CVT), joined forces with Stourbridge Fire Station for the second breakfast meeting of 2018. The Breakfast Club meets each quarter and is open to local residents, voluntary organisations and statutory groups, to offer an opportunity to network, share stories and develop partnerships. 

After a round of bacon and sausage sandwiches and plenty of tea, the group heard from Station Commander Mal Fellows, Christopher Glover and David Boucher of West Midlands Fire Service (WMFS), regarding the ‘Safe And Well’ initiative across the Borough.
Mal explained “prevention work is all about keeping our most vulnerable people safe and getting extra support for those who need it from our many partner organisations”

Partnership work and networking with local organisations through events such as the Breakfast Clubs, is vital in enabling WMFS to identify and support local residents and people at risk within the community. For more information regarding WMFS click here
Thank you to Stourbridge Fire Station for hosting and cooking the breakfast, and to Anthony Ruben,  for sponsoring the bacon and sausages, they went down a treat!

We will look forward to the next meeting and see you all again later in autumn – dates and venues to be confirmed, so follow us on Twitter for regular updates  https://twitter.com/CVTSharedLives
To find out more about Shared Lives and the next Community Breakfast Club, please go to: www.cvt.org.uk/sharedlives or keep in touch on Twitter: @CVTSharedLives