The early part of the week has required concentration on Governance – with Trustees’ meeting on Tuesday evening, and a meeting early on Wednesday with the facilitator of our forthcoming strategy awayday. The Trustees approved the Business Plan for 2012/13 and we can think about the longer term – 3 year strategy. I am meeting with a colleague from West Sussex CVYS to discuss possible synergies between Surrey and Sussex . I had a meeting with our uniformed organisations last night and they are geared up well to take advantage of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and especially volunteering to help with the torch relay and the road cycle race.
I’ve met with two organisations that have won Surrey CC youth work contracts as the result of the commissioning /tendering process. Raven Housing will be running 5 youth centres in Reigate and Banstead, and as social housing landlords are very well tapped into these areas and are already doing good work with young people. Working Links have won the youth engagement contract and have 4 sub- contractor colleague companies. I am very impressed indeed with the creativity and professionalism of this outfit…the bar has been raised for youth work in this county. I note with interest that the Government’s Public Services (Socail Value) Act is passed embedding social value into public sector thinking, though the outworking of this in the tendering/contracting stage will reamin controversial in terms of how it adds to/subtracts from Localism and the Big Society.
The setting up of our social enterprise is moving on apace, and so too our proposed “Surrey Youth Enterprises” website and support service for young people about self – employment and social enterprise. One of our trustees is entrepreneur in residence at Surrey University and is being enormously helpful with both projects. So..an enterprising week!