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A message from BVSC’s Chief Executive: BCC Budget Consultation 2015+

On Wednesday 10th December, Birmingham City Council released a number of documents – including a white paper and several factsheets – under the heading of “Responding to the challenge, looking to the future: Budget Consultation 2015+”.

As many of you will know, the BBC immediately picked up the story, majoring on the implications for the Library of Birmingham, but also highlighting several voluntary organisations whose funding is now at risk:

The white paper can be found here:

More detailed factsheets on each of the proposal areas are to be found here:

I’m strongly encouraging all community and voluntary organisations in the city to take a careful look at these documents, and to make their views known in the consultation process.

There are a number of ways feed in your views:

1)    You can respond to the City Council directly, via the details provided in the links above

2)    You can feed your views in via your Third Sector Assembly Champions.  Details of the Third Sector Assembly and each network’s champion can be found here:

3)    You can feed your views in to me, for inclusion in the response that BVSC will be preparing on behalf of the Third Sector Assembly.  Please feel free to contact me directly at

Whichever method you choose, it is of course worth giving consideration to any implications for your organisation and for the third sector at large, but it is even more important to consider and be clear about how these proposals may impact on your organisation’s service users now and in the future. If you are able to back up your assertions with evidence and examples, so much the better.

It is important that Birmingham’s voluntary sector doesn’t miss its chance to have a say. The Council is openly seeking our views and this provides us all with an opportunity to positively contribute to the Council’s search for real ideas for dealing with the ongoing financial challenge and the unavoidable and far-reaching implications for Birmingham’s residents.

Yours sincerely

Brian Carr

Chief Executive, BVSC

12 Dec 2014

Playwork ways of knowing: the indivisibility of theory and practice

The University of Gloucestershire’s 6th annual Professional Development Event for the play and playwork sector

Friday 23 January 2015

9.30am – 4.30pm (lunch provided)

Oxstalls Campus
University of Gloucestershire
Click here for further details  Playwork ways of knowing  
Or alternatively telephone: 01242 715207 or email

10 Dec 2014

CPD Opportunities for Playworks at University of Gloucestershire

The University of Gloucestershire is offering a unique opportunity to playworkers and for those in the playwork sector who wish to update and extend their knowledge of current thinking about play and playwork.

From January 2015 they are offering a series of study days that introduce the ideas, theories and concepts that form the foundations of study of children’s play and playwork in our higher education programmes.

For further information click here: CPD 2014-15    CPD Booking Form 2015

Or alternatively contact:

Hilary Smith
Playwork Course Leader
Tel 01242 715132

10 Dec 2014

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