(WCVYS) have been given a Grant by the Big Lottery Fund to provide training but are charging £101.00 for (WCVYS) members and non- members will pay £250.00 for it. So why have they been given a grant in the first place. I think it’s wrong that they can be given a grant for a training course and then charge people and other charities £250.00

IF (WCVYS)  ARE GETTING LOTTERY FUNDING WHY ARE THEY CHARGING £250.00  FOR THE TRAINING COURSE ?

Press release from WCVYS

WORCESTERSHIRE Council for Voluntary Youth Services (WCVYS) has secured Big Lottery funding to deliver a new training course to help support young people.

Those completing the course will receive a nationally recognised qualification that will be of relevance to anyone working or aspiring to work in a situation where they will be dealing with young people.

The qualification will build knowledge and understanding as well as focusing on specific issues such as safeguarding and health and safety.

Phil Street, manager of WCVYS, which is based in Ledwych Road, Droitwich, said: “This course is an ideal opportunity for anyone working with young people to gain a qualification and develop a whole range of transferable skills. The course is vital in making sure those working with young people have the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding of youth development.”

The new course, entitled a Certificate in Youth Work Practice, begins in January and runs until July. Successful applicants will have to be working or volunteering with young people in some capacity at the time of beginning the course.

The fee is £101 for WCVYS members and £250 for non-members and WCVYS is also seeking support from employers who would be willing to sponsor people by contributing to a bursary fund.

For more details contact WCVYS on 07540 031 953.

The Big Lottery fund Said on it’s website

“This is a project by a charity in Droitwich serving beneficiaries across Worcestershire. The group will use the funding to provide training and accredited youth work courses to volunteer youth leaders. This will increase the volunteers’ confidence and knowledge of their work, which will help with their future career development.”

I found this on the Big Lottery Fund website

Distributing Body Big Lottery Fund
Good Cause Health, Education, Environment and Charitable Expenditure
Recipient Name Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Services Limited
Project Name This is a project by a charity in Droitwich serving beneficiaries across Worcestershire. The group will use the funding to provide training and accredited youth work courses to volunteer youth leaders. This will increase the volunteers’ confidence and knowledge of their work, which will help with their future career development.
Grant Date 19/12/2011
Grant Amount £7,689
Local Authority Wychavon
Region West Midlands
UK Constituency Mid Worcestershire The course details

From WCVYS website

Level 2 Award in Youth Work Practice

5 January 2012, 19:30PM – 31 March 2012, 21:00PM

DATES AND UNITS
Details of dates of taught element of the qualification, titles of units, their credit values and outline unit content is attached.

Mandatory Units are:
• Understanding Youth Work – Principles and Practice
• Youth Work – Principles, Knowledge and Skills in work based practice

However, all applicants will be required complete all the units and to attend ALL the taught elements.

APPLICATION PROCESS
Applicants should complete an application form. This can be posted to WCVYS, 39D Ledwych Road, Droitwich, Worcestershire WR9 9LA or completed online and sent tooffice@wcvys.co.uk

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS IS – Monday 19th December 2011
• A basic requirement for applicants is that they have at least attained Level 1 Literacy.
• There is a requirement that applicants are currently involved in work with young people on a regular basis (this means working directly with young people on average at least once a week) and that applicants will be working with young people in a paid or voluntary capacity until at least 30th June 2012.
• There is no requirement to possess any youth work related qualifications.
• There is no requirement for this to be paid work. WCVYS especially welcomes applications from volunteers.

The qualification is offering 24 places on the programme commencing 14th January 2012.

DESCRIPTION OF THE QUALIFICATION
• The qualification consists of a taught element and work based learning.
• Participants will be required to attend ALL the taught elements.
• The taught elements will take place at Droitwich Youth House.
• Most taught sessions take place on Saturday’s and Sunday’s as non-residential.
• Most taught sessions will commence at 9.30 a.m. and end at 3.30 p.m.
• There are some variations from this and applicants should look at the attached taught programme.

WORK BASED LEARNING
• Work based learning will take place where the applicant is working with young people.
• Applicants will be required to produce a portfolio of evidence to meet the qualifications requirements.
• All applicants will be allotted an assessor / supervisor to support, guide and assess the portfolio work.
• All applicants will need to receive permission from their line managers or management committee to pursue the qualification.
• All applicants will need a work based supervisor who will ensure time and space is permitted for participants to undertake the work necessary to achieve then qualification and to sign off the work as evidence that it has been completed.
• Participants will need to dedicate time to collect information for their portfolio.
• All portfolios need to be submitted by the end of May 2012.

OTHER INFORMATION
• There will be an introductory session for participants at Droitwich Youth House on Thursday 5th January at 7.30 p.m.
• Successful participants will need to obtain 23 credits for the Certificate in Youth Work Practice.

COST OF THE QUALIFICATION
The fee inclusive of registration and credits are:
• £101 for members of WCVYS
• £250 for non-members.

Fees to be paid by 13th January 2012. Arrangements can be made for payments to be spread over four separate amounts from 1st January to 1st July 2012, but this must be agreed with WCVYS before the qualification commences.

About Us

Worcestershire Council for Voluntary Youth Services (WCVYS) is a charity which supports and represents voluntary organisations and community groups working with children and young people. We have over 90 members including:

  • Uniformed organisations (e.g. Scouts, Girlguiding)
  • Independent youth groups
  • Voluntary youth groups
  • Faith youth groups

We work towards meeting the needs and aspirations of young people by strengthening and supporting the work of our member organisations. This includes support with fundraising, practical help and advice, training and organisation development.

We are committed to enabling young people to have fun, to feel secure and valued, and to learn to take greater control of their lives. Informal education programmes and activities are key to our work and provide a wide range of new experiences for children and young people. These can include:

  • Creative arts
  • Play
  • Sports
  • Health education
  • International opportunities
  • Outdoor activities
  • Residential breaks
  • Involvement in decision making
  • Environmental activities

WCVYS was established in 1998 and draws on the expertise of a range of specialists on a regular basis. We are managed by an Executive Committee which meets on a regular basis to oversee our governance and finance.

Limited Company Details

Executive Committee Members

Funding Opportunities

We provide advice to organisations on accessing grants and funding to support their work with children and young people. This includes:

• signposting to potential sources of funding
• support in writing funding applications and bids
• acting as a reference for funding applications

Please see the highlighted section on the left hand side of your screen for the latest Funding Opportunities.  Also check the News section of this website, as it is regularly updated.

The accounts for year ending 201o http://www.wcvys.co.uk/files/wcvys_report_and_accounts_2009-2010.pdf

WORCESTERSHIRE Council for Voluntary Youth Services (WCVYS) has secured Big Lottery funding to deliver a new training course to help support young people.

Those completing the course will receive a nationally recognised qualification that will be of relevance to anyone working or aspiring to work in a situation where they will be dealing with young people.

The qualification will build knowledge and understanding as well as focusing on specific issues such as safeguarding and health and safety.

Phil Street, manager of WCVYS, which is based in Ledwych Road, Droitwich, said: “This course is an ideal opportunity for anyone working with young people to gain a qualification and develop a whole range of transferable skills. The course is vital in making sure those working with young people have the appropriate skills, knowledge and understanding of youth development.”

The new course, entitled a Certificate in Youth Work Practice, begins in January and runs until July. Successful applicants will have to be working or volunteering with young people in some capacity at the time of beginning the course.

The fee is £101 for WCVYS members and £250 for non-members and WCVYS is also seeking support from employers who would be willing to sponsor people by contributing to a bursary fund.

For more details contact WCVYS on 07540 031 953.

I shall contact the Big Lottery Fund in January for a statement as WCVYS has failed to respond to my questions. 

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