Include-IT Mersey is a new project, jointly funded by the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund as part of its 2014-2020 Building Better Opportunities Programme. The project will provide a personalised package of support to digitally excluded residents of the Liverpool City Region that are out of work to help improve their IT and online skills, confidence in using and practical access to digital technologies and, ultimately, support them towards and into employment.
The project will be delivered by a partnership of 23* not-for-profit and public sector partners spanning the six boroughs of Liverpool, Knowsley, Sefton, St Helens, Halton and Wirral, with specific target areas in each borough.
Led by Sefton CVS, in collaboration with VOLA Consortium members, local Housing Associations and Local Authorities, this innovative multi-agency partnership is founded on partners that really care about their local communities. It will ensure that those in need of support to help develop their IT skills, access to online services and digital technologies will receive the best possible service, whatever their starting point. In addition to IT skills development, assistance will include employability and personal skills development to support people into or closer to employment.
The project is currently being set up and hopes to start being able to offer services to people from May 2017, and more details will be announced in the coming weeks. For those already online, you can find out more and sign up to receive updates at www.includeitmersey.org.uk.
The VS6 network is seeking to appoint an Independent Chair (closing date: 5pm, Friday 11th March)
VS6 is the consortium of voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) infrastructure providers across the Liverpool City Region (LCR). It has developed to provide public and private sector partners working at the city region level a formal point of contact to engage with the VCSE sector, to debate, influence and shape policy and to consider how to develop a collective response. Members of VS6 have a collective reach, communication and feedback channels to over 8,000 VCSE organisations within LCR. We believe that VS6 has a vital role to play in ensuring that devolution delivers tangible benefits to local communities.
As part of our development, we are looking for an independent chair of the consortium. This is an exciting role, working in partnership with members to develop VS6 strategic objectives, providing leadership and representing the collective voice of VS6 when required and ensuring the efficient conduct of the consortium’s meetings. The successful candidate will have effective networking skills and ability to represent VS6, effective chairing skills and previous experience in the role of Chair and a good understanding of the changing political climate in which VCSE infrastructure support operates. Our new chair will have credibility with external partners and a good understanding of the role of VS6.
We expect the time commitment for the chair to be approximately one day per month. This is a voluntary position.
• Role Outline and Person Specification
• VS6 Terms of Reference
VS6 Chair Sefton Council for Voluntary Service (CVS) 3rd Floor, Suite 3B, Burlington House, Crosby Road North, Waterloo L22 0LG
The closing date for applications is 5pm on Friday 11th March . Interviews will be held with shortlisted candidates during the week commencing Monday 21 March .
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