19th December 2022

3SIF coproduction meeting, 15th December

  • Julius Olu, Assistant Director of Adult Social Care led the meeting.
  • Current position is that current contracts have been extended until September 2023, with the hope of tendering new contracts, to be in place by October. HOWEVER, officers are also allowing for “slippage” which may result in 3SIF being awarded against the timescale below

Governance and decision-making

Officer governance & challenge (CAB, CMB, SLT)

April 23 to May 23

Cabinet approval of procurement strategy and business case

June 23

Development of documents

July 23

Tender submission and evaluation period (at least 6 weeks for tender and 4 weeks for evaluation

Sept 23 to Nov 23

Cabinet Member approval for contract award

Nov 23 – Dec 23

Contract mobilisation

Jan 24 to Mar 24

Service commencement

1 Apr 24

Find our notes from the event here: https://sobus.org.uk/3sif/event-notes-15-12-22/

Services available over Christmas

  • Sobus is compiling information on local services open over Christmas and New Year.
  • The latest version of this can be found here. https://sobus.org.uk/2022/12/christmas-season-services/
  • To add any information about your services, please contact us by Wednesday 21st

H&F Winter booklet 2022

LBHF have produced a winter booklet: https://www.lbhf.gov.uk/councillors-and-democracy/your-christmas-and-new-year-booklet

Volunteering opportunities for Duke of Edinburgh Award participants

Sobus has been approached by young people (age 14-16) looking for local volunteering opportunities as part of their Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme.  However, most places they’ve tried will only take volunteers age 18+.  Does your organisation offer any volunteering opportunities for young people between 14-18?  If so, please let us know.

H&F Health & Care Partnership event, 24th January

This will benefit those colleagues who would like to learn more about the H&F Health and Care Partnership and understand what we do and how we work together.  4 spaces are available for voluntary sector colleagues.  Please contact us by 6th January if you’d like to attend.  First come, first served!

Strategic involvement opportunity – 3rd Sector Together

What is 3rd Sector Together (3ST)?

  • A group of like-minded charities that have been working together since 2019 across the eight boroughs of North West London (NWL / NW London)
  • Our structure has been designed to mirror that of the external stakeholders we most commonly interact with – the NHS and local authorities.
  • It also reflects the diverse range of organisations we represent with regional, borough and neighbourhood level groups.
  • This ensures we develop and maintain effective, transparent communication channels, so that all organisations have a voice, regardless of size.

3ST Strategic Group

  • Membership consists of infrastructure support bodies as well as delivery partners to ensure we can access established communication channels and the support that these bodies offer for smaller groups and organisations.
  • 4 representatives from each borough, with the CVS from each borough automatically agreed as a representative

H&F Representation

  • Age UK H&F has been involved from the outset
  • Cross borough organisations are also members of the Strategic Group, including Mind and Open Age
  • Opportunities for other groups to be involved

The main criteria for membership is that members have the strategic understanding required to engage at a systems level and the capacity to release senior management time in support of our collective endeavours

Would you like to be involved?

Please submit a brief expression of interest by 20th January to info@sobus.org.uk, outlining

  • Your area of expertise in terms of client group (BAME, disability, youth etc.)
  • Your ability and capacity to engage and represent the voluntary and community sector at a systems level
  • Your capacity to release senior management time in support of 3ST’s collective endeavours

If we receive more interest that there are vacancies available, Sobus will invite organisations to vote for their preferred representatives in January 2023.