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On 18 January 2012 - 5:44pm

Create a social benefit by booking your holiday with IQS Travel, a travel service that invests all profits to benefit disabled and disadvantaged people. IQS Travel is a social enterprise run by Ideal for All, a social enterprise certified with the Social Enterprise Mark, in Sandwell run by disabled people for disabled and disadvantaged people.

IQS Travel offers a wide range of holidays to suit everyone and all tastes. What really makes it stand out above other travel companies is that it specialises in accessible holidays for disabled people.

The team at Ideal for All understand the difficulty that disabled people face when booking short breaks or a holiday so IQS Travel was set to help disabled people find a suitable break to suit their needs. However, the holidays are not just restricted to disabled people, anyone can book a holiday or ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 18 January 2012 - 4:33pm

The Government have been committed to a revolution in rehabilitation. Goodness knows it's needed. We know prison does not work. We know the majority of those in prison are back there in a year. In opposition we worked with the Tories in particular on the need for a radical new approach.

So ACEVO set up a taskforce to see where it is all going. Published today we are calling for urgent and radical reform of the criminal justice system.

With prison population figures at record levels, reoffending rates stubbornly high and the Ministry of Justice facing a 23% budget cut, our members argue that as an economy and as a society, we simply cannot afford to continue with the self-defeating status quo.

ACEVO’s Reducing Reoffending taskforce is therefore urging Government to re-energise their commitment for a genuine Rehabilitation Revolution and work with the third sector to make sure it does not fall off track.

Back on Track, the Taskforce’s final report, ...more

Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 18 January 2012 - 11:38am

How great to hear that the St Giles Trust is to have Prince William as its patron. The CEO is the dynamic reformed capitalist Rob Owen who has been an active member of ACEVO for years. He is a real pace setter for our sector; his work on impact assessment is a classic. More on the the taksforce Rob has been leading for us later today.

And they celebrate their 50 th anniversary. I'm into anniversaries this year as ACEVO celebrates 25! Mondy night Michael Burton was celebrating 25 years at the Municipal Journal. He reminded us this was the year ( 1987) of Duran Duran and Bon there's an idea for the ACEVO reception. After all, we have done the Beatles!

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Lunch with Tom Flood at the British Museum. Here is Tom looking none of his 65 years! Rather trimmer than me I thought grumpily. What's he on ...more

Posted By The BSSEC blog
On 18 January 2012 - 9:58am

Social Enterprise Mentor is Birmingham’s leading networking event for those in, interested in or supporting social enterprise and is returning to 2012 with two very special events.


Join us for our first visit to Wolverhampton on Tuesday 7th February 4.00-5.30 at The Light House Cafe.

We start the year with a ‘New Start’ theme as we host the launch of Andy Beaton Consultancy – a new consultancy founded by Andy Beaton, offering “straightforward advice and support for the Third Sector”. This is a great opportunity to meet Andy in a relaxed atmosphere and enjoy the unique atmosphere of Social Enterprise Mentor networking .

So if you’re a regular Social Enterprise Mentor networker or if you work in Wolverhampton’s third ...more

On 17 January 2012 - 6:05pm

Do It Anyway

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies.
Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you.
Be honest and sincere anyway.

What you spend years creating, others could destroy overnight.
Create anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, some may be jealous.
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, will often be forgotten.
Do good anyway.

Give the best you have, and it will never be enough.
Give your best anyway.

On 17 January 2012 - 2:07pm

Two keen bargain hunters go out to get some goods deals. Shopper A decides to only look in John Lewis.  Shopper B is less particular: he'll look in Lewis', of course – also anywhere else he might get some better deals.  When they get home their partners want to know how well they've done.  Of course they assume Shopper B must have done better – since he looked at the best deals in Lewis' and everywhere else, wheras Shopper A only looked in Lewis'.  Surely the result is a foregone conclusion...

Yet strangely enough when they look at the actual goods bought there doesn't seem to be a great deal of difference in the deals each has got – in fact if anything it is Shopper A who has done best.

How can this be?

A passing economist doesn't seem surprised: “It seems that restricting our shopping to John Lewis may not result in any statistically significant bargains.”



Posted By Bubb’s blog
On 16 January 2012 - 5:45pm

A great day in Surrey; although in fact it wasn't as it was the London Borough of Kingston! I was speaking to the senior managers and directors and members of Surrey County Council at one of their lunchtime leadership sessions. And the HQ of Surrey CC is in Kingston. Once, of course a while back that was indeed in Surrey. Indeed my own dear Borough of Lambeth was in Surrey ( hence Surrey county cricket is at the Oval! ) some 100 years ago.

I was talking to a senior group of directors, to managers and members about how the third sector can deliver more services and how partnership working has to be the way forward. A very positive and constructive response. They are interested in taking the debate forward and were particularly keen to talk about the potential for loans to the sector.

Inevitably they raised the need for the sector to get its act together. How we don't cooperate or coordinate and how we sometimes assume we are good simply because we are the voluntary ...more

On 16 January 2012 - 4:00pm

Ofsted gets a mixed reaction from the sector.  It can bring you out in a rash or a hot sweat, but it can also be a very helpful and useful experience. I think we have now had about 50 inspections across LEYF, and of varying quality. The first one was led by Jim Rose back in 1997, when Westminster was a pilot; I remember him refusing lunch in case it constituted a bribe, and instead sticking with his banana.

Inspecting the Early Years

Inspecting the Early Years


On 16 January 2012 - 2:34pm

It’s an interesting paradox that while David Cameron has so far been a politically successful prime minister – if a general election were held today, he’d be likely to get a better result than he achieved at the 2010 general election – he’s been dramatically unsuccessful in securing support for his major philosophical contribution to British politics.

Having recently co-authored a report on the government’s big policy idea, I well understand the feeling of working on a project that started as an in investigation into how The Big Society might work, and ended up focusing heavily on why it hasn’t worked – at least so far. The RSA seem to have found themselves ...more

Posted By Addiction Focus
On 16 January 2012 - 2:32pm

In this short but thought-provoking video Mark Abrami, an addictions therapist at Castle Craig rehab, describes the contrast between addiction and recovery. Abrami describes addiction as “about isolation, about loneliness, about a sense of ignorance and arrogance.” Abrami contemplates how “addiction creates unemployment and an inability to be responsible” but, once in recovery, a person [...] ...more