Manchester City Council is making the Youth Fund available to commission youth related activities from voluntary sector organisations within the City during the period 01 August 2011 to 31 March 2013. The contracted activity will be for young people aged 13-19. The fund is being jointly commissioned by Children’s Services and Neighbourhood Services and reflects the jointly agreed Valuing Young People Strategy.
The purpose of the fund is to ensure that vulnerable young people (aged 13-19) from the City of Manchester (and those for whom the City acts as corporate parent) who are furthest away from the labour market have access to positive targeted activities which are appropriate to meet their needs and which will allow them to flourish in a safe environment. Through the delivery of local projects, which will provide a variety of programmes of informal learning and self development, the aim is to support young people in engaging in a range of educational and recreational pursuits which will help reduce their dependency and move them closer to economic independence.
The offer to young people may include: training in literacy and numeracy and social skills, motivating activities such as the arts, leisure, sports and multi-media, outdoor and residential opportunities, health and self image building projects, help with CVs, job searching and interview skills.
Activity will be commissioned from voluntary and community sector organisations that have a proven track record of working with the target group(s) and can already demonstrate that they have existing practice in this field with evidence of results.
There is also scope for these organisations to try new and creative approaches to street based/activity based work , as long as there is a commitment to evaluate the work and share the learning with other organisations.
Organisations will also be considered that have not had experience of delivering this type of targeted work, but who can present a sound business case for why they are in a position to deliver based on expectations, the approach they will adopt and the outcomes they hope to achieve.
Manchester City Council are also interested in attracting smaller voluntary or community based projects that have a good knowledge of the local community in which they are based and have established networks and relationships with other agencies and the local community.
Bids are sought for activities / services with contract values with a minimum of £10,000 per annum (pro rata) and a maximum value of £120,000 per annum (pro rata).
A report entitled Valuing Young People: Future Provision of Youth Services was discussed at the Resources and Governance Overview and Scrutiny Committee on 28 June. The document provides information that applicants might find helpful in formulating bids. To read the report, visit: www.manchester.gov.uk/egov_downloads/combined_report.pdf.
For further details and to apply, see below.
For further information, contact Martin Bell, on 0161 234 5965, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: Monday 18 July 2011, 17:00