Local Area Coordinators needed for new contract in Bedford Borough

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Job vacancies, Latest News, Supporting Communities

BRCC has recently won a contract tendered by Bedford Borough Council for a development partner to introduce Local Area Coordinators across the Borough. The contract is for 2 years, with the option to extend for 1 further year.

The 3 Local Area Coordinators are to be catalysts for the development of community capacity and “self-help” groups. They will foster the creation of, and signpost people to, alternatives that can prevent entry to the care system. Early support and non-statutory intervention to nip problems in the bud and maintain independence is the focus for these roles. The target group is people with some vulnerability but not yet eligible for Council social care services.

In the interests of finding the best possible candidates for these positions, we will consider applications for job share (where a role is shared by two people applying together); job split (where a role is split on a part-time basis between two or more people applying separately); and secondment from other organisations.

An enhanced DBS check is required.

For further details, including how to apply, please download the files below:

BRCC Local Area Coordinator application information Mar 2017

Local Area Coordinator Application Form

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Application deadline: 9am on Wednesday 3rd May 2017.

Interviews: Tuesday 16th or Wednesday 17th May in Cardington.

 

Central Bedfordshire Village Halls & Community Buildings Survey 2017 – your response is much appreciated

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Community Buildings Advice, Latest News

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and Central Bedfordshire Council are carrying out a survey to help inform future investment in community facilities and the provision of support services, as well as enabling an up to date directory to be produced.

We are aiming for as comprehensive a response as possible, so if you are involved in managing a community building in Central Bedfordshire, please ensure a response from your committee. You can find the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/centralbedfordshirecommunitybuildingssurvey2017

All people completing the survey will be entered into a prize draw for a free 5-year BRCC membership (currently worth £140) for their building. A full report analysing the findings will be produced and made available online.

If you have any enquiries relating to this survey, please contact Bob Hughes, Community Buildings Adviser, on (01234) 832646 or at bobh@bedsrcc.org.uk.

Tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale

Written by Mike Fayers on . Posted in Green Infrastructure, Latest News, Supporting Communities, Volunteering

Get involved with a day of tree planting in the Forest of Marston Vale.

Come along any time between 11am and 3pm, on Sunday 12th Feb 2017, and help the Forest of Marston Vale reach its target of 6 million trees – all you need to bring is warm, waterproof clothes, and plenty of enthusiasm!

The Forest of Marston Vale will be supplying trees, tools and teas & coffees, so bring the whole family along to make a difference to the Forest, and plant something that will live for generations.

Free shuttle buses will be running throughout the day to the planting site in Cranfield, from the Forest Centre in Marston Moretaine.

For further information please contact:

 

Jo Roberts
Community Engagement Officer
Direct line: 01234 762608

Forest of Marston Vale, The Forest Centre, Station Road, Marston Moretaine, Bedford MK43 0PR
(For Sat Nav purposes, use MK43 0PS)

Tel: 01234 767037 │ Fax: 01234 762606 │ Web: www.marstonvale.org

Evaluation of BRCC Good Neighbours Network project published by Nesta

Written by Jon Boswell on . Posted in Good Neighbour Scheme, Latest News, Volunteering

An independent evaluation report on a BRCC project to scale up its Good Neighbour scheme model to other rural areas has been published by Nesta, which funded the project through its Centre for Social Action Innovation Fund.

Some difficulties were experienced with the evaluation, as the project timescale of 15 months proved insufficient for project partners to set up new Good Neighbour schemes in time to gather any meaningful data concerning their impact.

Nevertheless, the report by respected consultancy Red Quadrant concluded that “The likelihood remains that Good Neighbour schemes can be shown to be both effective and economic in the space between household and statutory service provision, helping to reduce pressures on formal services and improve quality of life for people in need, while stimulating civic involvement. In a context where the themes of post-welfare resilience, reduced public sector funding and demographic change all resonate to create intense pressures for change in adult social care, it could be regarded as injudicious not to invest thoroughly in these schemes for the future.”

You can download the report here

Putting the Green Wheel into the Biggleswade Green Wheel

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Biggleswade Green Wheel, Green Infrastructure, Latest News, Supporting Communities

BRCC staff among the first to walk through Green Wheel

BRCC staff among the first to walk through Green Wheel

Users of the Green Wheel, including Dan Albone on his bike

Users of the Green Wheel, including Dan Albone on his bike

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The latest addition to the Biggleswade Green Wheel was installed this week – a Green Wheel!

Commissioned by BRCC and designed by artist Martin Heron, the installation is on the route of the Biggleswade Green Wheel as it passes through CBC’s Saxon Drive Linear Woods.

Various figures are depicted along the top of the wheel, with the cyclist being local legend Dan Albone, the image being taken from a photo of him riding the Ivel Cycle which he invented.

Cliff Andrews, BRCC’s Supporting Communities Manager said “We hope that this feature, along with the recently installed carved benches will be enjoyed by all users of the Biggleswade Green Wheel.  It has been great to work with Martin Heron who also designed the ‘tractor’ sculpture we installed at the Dan Albone Car Park in March.”

 

 

We’re recruiting – could you be our Community Agent for Biggleswade?

Written by Justine Hunt on . Posted in Just Ask Village Agents, Latest News, Supporting Communities

Community Agent Biggleswade

15 hours/week for 12 month contract
£10,156 p.a. (£23,698 pro rata)

Are you committed to supporting vulnerable and isolated people living in Biggleswade? Are you interested in a flexible local employment opportunity that you can fit around your other commitments?

BRCC is seeking to recruit a ‘Community Agent’ for Biggleswade.  The ‘Community Agent’ will work to connect people in Biggleswade to the services and support that they need, reporting to a steering group of local stakeholders.

The post requires an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.

We are grateful to Biggleswade Town Council for being the principal funder of this position.

Downloads:

Application deadline:     Friday June 3rd at 9.00am
Interviews to be held:    Tuesday 14th June

Dan Albone rides into Biggleswade

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Biggleswade Green Wheel, Green Infrastructure, Latest News

We are very pleased to announce the installation of a sculpture on the Biggleswade Green Wheel. The project, led by BRCC and working with artist Martin Heron, means Dan Albone can now be viewed driving his original ‘Ivel Agricultural Motor’ in the Dan Albone Picnic Area beside the River Ivel.  Dan, who was born just over 100m from the sculpture’s location invented the machine which is the father of all modern tractors.  He also manufactured the Ivel Safety Cycle, riding to many victories at national and international races.

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The image of the tractor plays tricks with the mind as you walk around and view it from different angles and in different light. Is it 2D or 3D? Perhaps 2 1/2 ?!
With thanks to project partners: The Fen Reeves of Biggleswade Common, Biggleswade TC, Biggleswade History Society and CBC. Photo: Andy Buckley

RevIVEL of the IVEL

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Biggleswade Green Wheel, Green Infrastructure, Ivel Valley Conservation Vols, Latest News

The Upper & Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership (UBOCP) will be holding a community engagement day on Biggleswade Common on Sunday 13th September.

The event, which will run from 10.00am to 3.00pm will provide information on a wide range of issues, as well as a hands-on opportunity to support river restoration works on the River Ivel. Visitors are welcome to pop in at any time, for as long or short as they wish. Information on topics such as water quality, angling, invasive non-native species, habitat conservation and rivers restoration techniques will be available. Members of the public who want to roll their sleeves up will be able to assist in constructing willow bundles which will be used to help protect sections of riverbank against erosion.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity and the Environment Agency, both key members of UBOCP, will host the event, which will be located where the River Ivel is joined by Bells Brook – approximately 400m (5 minutes walk) north of the Dan Albone Car Park.

BRCC’s Cliff Andrews says ‘We hope to have a large tank with some of our local river fish; and also a 3D river model which can demonstrate erosion and deposition processes. I’m really looking forward to that’.

The practical works being undertaken are part of a series of enhancements being undertaken with funding that UBOCP secured from the Catchment Partnership Action Fund. Further works to be undertaken on the Ivel at Biggleswade common over the coming months include re-profiling of the most-eroded sections of bank, fencing, tree planting and the provision of designated cattle drinking areas.

For more information about the event contact: ubocp@bedsrcc.org.uk

For more information about the Upper & Bedford Ouse Catchment Partnership, please visit www.ubocp.org.uk

 

Rural Housing Week

Written by Cliff Andrews on . Posted in Latest News, Rural campaigns, Rural Housing Enabler, Supporting Communities

This week (6th – 12th July) is Rural Housing Week. The aim of the week is to highlight rural housing issues and to showcase the great projects that have been delivered nationally to tackle these problems. This is an excellent opportunity to shine a spotlight on successful developments that offer a lifeline to local people in our market towns and villages, and to reinforce the message that housing is vital to the survival of rural communities and services.

To find out more about Rural Housing nationally, visit: http://www.housing.org.uk/get-involved/rural-housing-week-2015/ 

BRCC’s Housing service assists Parish Council to undertake Housing Needs Surveys in order to help provide affordable homes for people within their community.  For more information on our service, please contact Jemma McLean at jemmam@bedsrcc.org.uk or on 01234 832932

 

Have you met the Village Agents of Bedford Borough

Written by Teresa Moon on . Posted in Just Ask Village Agents

We make home visits to older people living in villages in Bedford Borough, to help them with free support & assistance.  From advice on home security & safety, to keeping warm in the winter & reducing energy bills, pensions & benefits, advice for carers, support for people living alone and help filling in forms.

We also try to make sure village residents don’t miss out on freebies such as carbon monoxide monitors, security timers, energy saving radiator sheets, and Message in a Bottle (a way of capturing all your essential personal details, in case of a medical emergency). Thanks to the Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust, we have been able to arrange for the Bobby Van to fit smoke alarms & door chains in homes where they are needed.

This year we have had a particular focus on Transport with the launch of the “Wheels in Motion” scheme. This scheme provides lower cost transport for older residents in rural areas of Bedford Borough. It offers two options – either door to door transport in a disability adapted vehicle at a fixed rate, or volunteer drivers who offer a door to door service in their own cars.

Village Agents are funded through BRCC by Bedford Borough Council. Our biggest challenge is letting people know we exist! We have limited resources for publicity & would like to thank you for your support in raising awareness of our services. We have an A5 poster which we would welcome help in displaying in Bedford (Borough) villages.

If you would like to make a referral to the Village Agents Scheme, please leave the details on our Freephone number: 0800 039 1234.

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(Above image): One of our clients, who is happy with the carbon monoxide monitor we supplied her for free, through the generosity of the Katie Haines Memorial Trust.

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